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Lenbrook to ‘Defend Vigorously’ Against Sonos Patent Lawsuit

By Jason Knott · June 27, 2019 • Lenbrook says its Bluesound wireless high-resolution audio ecosystem is 'substantively' different from Sonos system.

Sonos Sues Lenbrook for Bluesound and BluOS, Alleging Patent Infringement

By Julie Jacobson · June 21, 2019 • 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.

Do You Have a Lunch-Break Policy for Technicians?

By Jason Knott · December 26, 2018 • Integrators cannot force employees to work through lunch, nor can employees opt to waive their lunch break.

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

By Jason Knott · December 18, 2018 • Certain state laws prohibit audio recording in covert applications, so can you disguise an Amazon Echo or Google Home?

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

By Jason Knott · November 20, 2018 • Legal expert Ken Kirschenbaum advises integrators to be careful about adding credit card surcharges.

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

By Jason Knott · October 15, 2018 • 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.

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

By Julie Jacobson · September 19, 2018 • Adopted as the motorized shading line for Savant home automation, J Geiger filed for a preliminary injunction against Lutron for alleged patent and trade-dress infringements, but judge rules Geiger presented 'not a scintilla of evidence' on certain claims.

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

By Julie Jacobson · August 13, 2018 • 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?

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

By Jason Knott · July 25, 2018 • 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.

Smart Homes Tied to Domestic Abuse: ‘Going Crazy’

By Julie Jacobson · June 24, 2018 • Exes are remotely controlling smart thermostats, lights, cameras, other smart-home devices to 'watch and listen' and 'scare or show power,' NYT reports.

Thorny Legalities of Video Surveillance in MDU Applications

By Jason Knott · June 20, 2018 • Supplying surveillance video for ‘lawful purposes’ of apprehending suspects is OK., but there are numerous complex legalities for which dealers need protection.

Lessons from ADT Lawsuit: Watch those Tiny Little Clauses in Employee Agreements

By by Ken Kirschenbaum, esq. · May 30, 2018 • Former ADT salesperson can proceed with lawsuit for claims such as "Failure to adequately reimburse plaintiff for expenses he incurred while using his personal vehicle for work" and "Failure to provide wage statements."

Who ‘Owns’ Doorbell Camera Surveillance Video? (and 4 Other Legal Questions)

By Jason Knott · March 28, 2018 • With the proliferation of front door camera systems such as Ring, Nest Hello, and others, the liability and ownership rights to the images is coming to the forefront.

Sonos Defeats Denon HEOS Again: Understanding the Patent Lawsuits

By Julie Jacobson · February 26, 2018 • Sonos seeks injunction and double damages for D&M's ‘willful infringement’ of Sonos patents in the Denon HEOS line. Judge invalidates another D&M patent. (Julie Jacobson)

Ring Settles with ADT in Zonoff Lawsuit, Acquires Lighting Co., Plans Spring Launch of Ring Alarm

By Julie Jacobson · January 18, 2018 • CES 2018: Ring reportedly settles with ADT in Zonoff lawsuit for $25 million, plans to launch super-cheap 'Ring Alarm' security system soon, adds Z-Wave sensors, acquires Mr. Beams (Wireless Environment, LLC). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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