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Lutron Sues Savant Over Alleged Patent Infringement on 4-Button Keypad

Savant’s Ascend keypad allegedly infringes on Lutron’s “award-winning, clean and sleek Palladiom® keypads.”

CE Pro Editors · August 27, 2019

Lenbrook to ‘Defend Vigorously’ Against Sonos Patent Lawsuit

Lenbrook says its Bluesound wireless high-resolution audio ecosystem is ‘substantively’ different from Sonos system.

Jason Knott · June 27, 2019

Sonos Sues Lenbrook for Bluesound and BluOS, Alleging Patent Infringement

After the D&M Denon HEOS patent-infringement lawsuits, Sonos files suit against Lenbrook and its Bluesound and BluOS wireless multiroom audio products and platform.

Julie Jacobson · June 21, 2019

Do You Have a Lunch-Break Policy for Technicians?

Integrators cannot force employees to work through lunch, nor can employees opt to waive their lunch break.

Jason Knott · December 26, 2018

Is It Illegal to Install a ‘Hidden’ Smart Speaker?

Certain state laws prohibit audio recording in covert applications, so can you disguise an Amazon Echo or Google Home?

Jason Knott · December 18, 2018

Should You Add Surcharge to Clients Who Pay by Credit Card?

Legal expert Ken Kirschenbaum advises integrators to be careful about adding credit card surcharges.

Jason Knott · November 20, 2018

Vizio to Pay $17M in ‘Spying’ Class-Action Lawsuit Decision

Vizio settles $17 million class-action lawsuit regarding its Smart Interactivity software that tracked viewers usage habits and sold data to third parties without permission.

Jason Knott · October 15, 2018

J. Geiger ‘Utterly Failed’ on Infringement Claims Against Lutron’s Palladiom Motorized Shades

J Geiger denied request for preliminary injunction against the sale of Lutron’s new motorized shading line

Julie Jacobson · September 19, 2018

Careful on 1099 vs Employee: Wrong Contract Can Bite You in the … Achilles

Security dealer hires full-time ‘independent’ 1099 salesman who gets bit by a dog during a sales call. Who is liable for medical expenses and lost wages?

Julie Jacobson · August 13, 2018

CTA, SIA Blast Trump Tariffs as Bad for Smart-Home and Security

Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Security Industry Association (SIA) say U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods will hurt the smart-home industry, especially the thermostat and security markets.

Jason Knott · July 25, 2018

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