• December 1, 2015

    Extent Of Records Sought In FBI Letters Finally Revealed

    A gag order on a 2004 FBI records request to a now-defunct Internet company was fully rescinded in New York federal court Monday, making public for the first time exactly what the agency asks for in a national security letter, which does not require prior judicial approval.

  • November 30, 2015

    Garmin Hid Spectrum Issues Around $1.9B Deal, 2nd Circ. Told

    Harbinger Capital Partners LLC asked the Second Circuit on Monday to revive claims that Garmin and other GPS makers defrauded their wireless-spectrum neighbor LightSquared, which Harbinger had acquired for $1.9 billion, by hiding issues that interfered with LightSquared's supposed spectrum band.

  • November 30, 2015

    GE, Electrolux Say DOJ's Critique Of Merger Distorts Market

    General Electric Corp. and AB Electrolux on Monday blasted the U.S. Department of Justice's depiction of the cooking appliance market for overlooking existing competitors' growth, defending their $3.3 billion tie-up in an antitrust bench trial before a D.C. federal judge.

  • November 30, 2015

    Norris McLaughlin Sued Over Investor Row

    Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA has been sued by a security equipment company alleging that the New Jersey firm law tried to sabotage its relationships with banks, vendors and employees while it represented of a group of dissident investors seeking to oust its board members.

  • November 30, 2015

    EveryMD Blasts Facebook Appendix Corrections In Patent Row

    Facebook is trying to skirt Federal Circuit rules with a belated attempt to include additional materials in a joint appendix, EveryMD said Monday, contending the social networking site’s purported calendaring issues are “fictitious and contrived.”

  • November 30, 2015

    VTech Hack Exposes 5M Parents, Kids' Personal Data

    Electronic learning toymaker VTech disclosed Monday that a recent cyberattack on a portal used to download content to its computer tablets had compromised personal information belonging to 5 million adults and children worldwide, prompting trading of its shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange to be halted.

  • November 30, 2015

    TomTom Escapes IP Suit Over GPS Traffic Patent

    GPS maker TomTom Inc. did not infringe a patent for real-time traffic information, a Virginia federal judge has ruled, finding the inventor couldn't prove that TomTom's software performed each of the steps of his patented method.

  • November 30, 2015

    Goodwin-Led 'Unicorn' Atlassian Sets Terms For $350M IPO

    Atlassian Corporation PLC, an Australian, venture-backed software developer whose private valuation of $3.3 billion earns it the “unicorn” label among technological startups, set terms Friday for a $350 million initial public offering guided by Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • November 30, 2015

    Saul Ewing Wins M&A, Private Equity Pro From McCausland

    Saul Ewing LLP has hired former McCausland Keen & Buckman shareholder Robert A. Mascioli as a partner in its private equity and mergers and acquisitions practices, giving the firm a veteran attorney with nearly two decades of experience advising clients in a variety of sectors, including technology and health care.

  • November 30, 2015

    House Votes To Formally Establish DHS Cybercrime Institute

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Monday formally authorizing a U.S. Department of Homeland Security institute to train and equip law enforcement and prosecutors to investigate and prevent fraud, intellectual property theft and other cybercrime and share related information.

  • November 30, 2015

    FISC Taps Advisory Attys Amid Surveillance Reforms

    The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its surveillance denials review body have announced the five legal experts in privacy, data security, national security and classified information who will advise the spy court as it implements the USA Freedom Act's surveillance reforms.

  • November 30, 2015

    Quinn Emanuel-Aided Audit May Spur Congressional Curbs

    With a Washington federal judge's reluctant endorsement of an unprecedented collaboration between Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and the Internal Revenue Service in an investigation of Microsoft Corp.’s transfer pricing practices, lawmakers could be pushed to prohibit private law firm participation in agency examinations.

  • November 30, 2015

    Technology MVP: Skadden's Kenton J. King

    As partner-in-charge of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's Palo Alto, California, office, Kenton J. King has been a constant presence in this year’s top technology deals, including Broadcom Corp.'s $37 billion sale to Avago Technologies Ltd., landing him a place on Law360’s 2015 list of Technology MVPs.

  • November 30, 2015

    GTAT Secures $80M Financing Plan For Ch. 11 Exit

    GT Advanced Technologies said on Sunday that it has secured an $80 million financing package from its creditors that will allow the embattled manufacturer to exit Chapter 11 and also includes a settlement proposal that would resolve creditor disputes.

  • November 30, 2015

    Sheppard Mullin Snags Snell & Wilmer Deal-Maker In LA

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP said it has shored up its corporate practice group in Los Angeles by tapping a former Snell & Wilmer LLP partner with experience advising on mergers and acquisitions in industries including technology, health care, oil and gas, real estate, biotechnology, entertainment and retail.

  • November 30, 2015

    Obama, Xi Huddle On Cybersecurity, Trade Issues

    President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of a closely watched climate summit on Monday to discuss a handful of bilateral trade matters, including the two countries' work on cybersecurity and China's ongoing effort to implement market-based reforms to its economy.

  • November 30, 2015

    Uber Slams NY Limo Companies' False Ad Suit

    Uber has repeated its call asking a New York federal judge to drop a suit brought by two black car companies alleging false advertising and other charges, saying the competitors were trying to circumvent rulings in other venues.

  • November 25, 2015

    GSI Wins Nearly $1M At Calif. Trade Secrets Trial

    A federal jury in California found on Wednesday that a chip design company was liable for breach of contract in a trade secrets suit brought by chipmaker GSI Technology and awarded GSI nearly $1 million in damages, according to court documents.

  • November 25, 2015

    GE Trims Confidential Info Request After LG, Lowe's Object

    General Electric on Wednesday trimmed a request for its in-house attorney to have access to confidential information from competitors like LG in the bench trial challenging GE’s $3.3 billion deal with Electrolux, after LG and Lowe’s objected to allowing “unprecedented” access to such information.

  • November 25, 2015

    MedTel Found In Contempt Again In Heart Monitor IP Fight

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday issued a second order finding heart monitoring company MedTel24 Inc. in contempt of a consent judgment in a patent infringement case brought by CardioNet LLC, but he stopped short of issuing sanctions against it.

Expert Analysis

  • 3rd Circ. TCPA Decisions Are Not Setbacks For Defendants

    Michael P. Daly

    Defendants’ reactions to the Third Circuit’s recent Telephone Consumer Protection Act decisions in Leyse v. Bank of America and Dominguez v. Yahoo have been mostly doom and gloom. Some degree of disappointment is understandable, as both decisions vacated notable defense rulings. But on closer examination they offer not only swords to plaintiffs but also shields to defendants, say Michael Daly and Eduardo Guzman of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Making The Most Of Document Analytics

    Rand Ghayad

    Recent case law reflects a clear progression toward judicial acceptance of document analytics. In this article, principals at The Brattle Group Inc. and the leader of Reed Smith LLP's records and e-discovery group summarize court opinions on the superiority of using predictive coding over keyword searches and provide an illustration of how a closely related method, topic modeling, can be used in document-intensive investigations.

  • 1 Less Reason To Fear The Hague Convention

    Maurice Horwitz

    A New York bankruptcy court decision in the case of Vivaro Corp. adds greater weight to the line of cases that permit service of claim objections by mail. More importantly, the ruling clarifies that Bankruptcy Rule 3007 can be applied equally to foreign and domestic claimants, thus obviating the need to comply with the Hague Convention when serving claim objections, says Maurice Horwitz of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

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    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • Employers, Are You Prepared For Cyber Monday?

    Peter J. Stuhldreher

    Roughly 127 million people shopped on Cyber Monday last year — significantly more than the estimated 87 million in-store, Black Friday shoppers. Given the temptation for employees to use company or personal devices to shop for deals while at work, the shoppers’ “holiday” serves as a reminder for employers regarding the appropriate scope of their policies, say Peter Stuhldreher and Carmen Jo Rejda-Ponce of Reed Smith LLP.

  • A Closer Look At Fed. Circ.’s Ruling In ClearCorrect

    Lyle B. Vander Schaaf

    The Federal Circuit's majority opinion in ClearCorrect seems to provide a sweeping pronouncement regarding U.S. International Trade Commission jurisdiction, but the ITC likely will read the opinion narrowly to simply stand for the proposition that, where the only imported item is digital data that is transferred electronically from outside the U.S., the agency does not have jurisdiction, say Lyle Vander Schaaf and Yashas Honasoge o... (continued)

  • Paris Attacks Underscore Debate In Apple Warrant Case

    Susan Feibus

    Just a few weeks ago, the Obama administration said it would not seek statutory authority to compel tech companies to provide the keys to encrypted communications. But following the Paris attacks the issue is again front and center. Judicially, the debate also continues as a federal magistrate judge in New York weighs a government request for Apple Inc. to unlock an iPhone. Nixon Peabody partner Susan Feibus recaps the debate.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • Don't Let Mobile App 'Consumer' Become 'Subscriber'

    Zuzana Ikels

    The Eleventh Circuit's recent decision in Ellis v. Cartoon Network addressed a question of first impression at the appellate level — when a user of a free mobile application is a “subscriber” under the Video Privacy Protection Act. But the ruling's implications go far beyond the VPPA. The case illuminates three strategic issues that should be considered in developing mobile apps, says Zuzana Ikels of Polsinelli PC.

  • More Regulators Eye Health Info Blocking

    Jodi Daniel

    Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and certain states have taken action to identify and prevent “information blocking” by health care providers, hospitals, technology developers and service providers. And there likely will be more guidance, statutory and regulatory changes, and enforcement by federal agencies and states in the coming year, say Crowell & Moring LLP attorneys Jodi Daniel and Roma Sharma.