A New York federal judge lifted a stay on an order that Microsoft Corp. produce customer emails stored on a company server located overseas, ruling Friday that the order, which stems from a narcotics trafficking probe, wasn't final and therefore wasn't subject to appellate review.
A whistleblower who twice sued Verizon Communications Inc. under the False Claims Act for allegedly fraudulent billing practices asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a lower court’s dismissal of his second suit under the first-to-file bar provision, citing a circuit split and a dissent from D.C. Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan.
A California federal judge granted preliminary approval Friday to eBay Inc.’s $3.75 million settlement in state prosecutors’ case over eBay’s anti-competitive agreement not to poach Intuit Inc.’s workers, a sibling to the recently rejected $324.5 million class action deal between tech giants and Bay Area engineers.
Australian regulators said Friday that they are suing video game developer and distributor Valve Corp., saying the company's refusal to grant refunds for games sold through its online distribution platform, known as Steam, and other policies violate the country's consumer protection laws.
The Ninth Circuit on Friday ruled that Oracle Corp. can accept $356 million from SAP AG for infringing Oracle's software copyrights or head to a new trial on damages but can't reinstate the $1.3 billion awarded by the jury in the case.
In Law360's latest rundown of the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body proceedings, members adopt reports faulting China's rare earth elements export barriers, Canada takes steps to settle a dispute over its green energy subsidies, and Antigua seeks peace in a years-long online gambling fight.
A divided Texas Supreme Court on Friday freed Google Inc. from having to unmask an anonymous blogger accused of defaming The Reynolds & Reynolds Co., finding that a lower court lacks personal jurisdiction over the blogger and can't order presuit discovery.
Shareholders of California-based chipmaker International Rectifier Corp. this week filed two putative class actions in California court over its proposed $3 billion acquisition by the German semiconductor giant Infineon Technologies AG, saying the transaction undervalues International Rectifier.
San Francisco Bay Area-based Walsh Law Firm and Ramsey Law Group on Thursday collectively won about $400,000 in arbitration from an Atlanta data infrastructure company, which the arbitrator said had engaged in “Monday-morning quarterbacking” when it tried to get out of a settlement with AT&T.
Real estate, entertainment and retail conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group has signed a deal with Baidu and Tencent, two of the largest Web services companies in China, to create a $814 million joint venture as rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. ramps up to issue its initial public offering.
A California federal judge said Friday he’d likely reject Google Inc.’s $8.5 million settlement in a class action claiming the tech giant illegally divulged search data, saying the fact most of the money would go to charities Google already supports “doesn’t pass the smell test.”
President Barack Obama on Thursday named former Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski as one of six appointees to an independent body overseeing the U.S. intelligence community.
Ericsson Inc. and IBM Corp. urged the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Thursday to scrutinize more patents owned by major patent licensing firm Intellectual Ventures Management LLC, filing separate America Invents Act review petitions challenging patents on 4G LTE and web security technology.
Microsoft Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a request to revive a $1 billion antitrust suit brought against it by PC-sharing software maker MiniFrame Ltd., arguing the Second Circuit properly tossed the suit by treating the allegations as a refusal to deal claim.
Apple Inc. said Friday that it would appeal to the Federal Circuit a California federal judge's refusal to permanently ban Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. from selling several mobile phones and tablets that a jury recently found infringed Apple’s patents.
The most impressive transactional professionals I’ve practiced with have a deep understanding of what matters to the parties on the other side of the table, well beyond what may be communicated in a term sheet or markup, says Sean McCann of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
Ford Motor Co. and IBM Corp. won dismissal Thursday of long-running suits alleging they aided and abetted apartheid-era South Africa by selling its government military vehicles and computers, with a New York federal judge ruling that they can't be sued in the U.S. over actions by their subsidiaries abroad.
The surge in mergers and acquisitions activity over the first half of the year is expected to continue into the fall, with more deals expected in the health care and telecommunications sectors, M&A attorneys say.
The U.S. Supreme Court's Alice Corp. ruling barring patents on computer-implemented abstract ideas means that Ultramercial Inc.'s patent on online advertising technology is invalid, accused infringer WildTangent Inc. told the Federal Circuit on Wednesday.
T-Mobile USA on Wednesday petitioned the Third Circuit for an en banc hearing after an appellate panel affirmed a $7 million judgment for an automotive racing team in a breach of contract suit and opened the door for a decision that could double the award.
Vehicle manufacturers and lawmakers alike have been making efforts to reduce the number of automobile accidents caused by distracted driving. Interestingly, technology can both contribute to distracted driving and offer solutions that help mitigate it, say Joshua Becker and Bradley Strickland of Alston & Bird LLP.
The departure of attorneys from large firms is a trend that has increased as a result of the Great Recession and its aftermath, and boutique firm partners who previously worked at large firms understand the potential large-firm pitfalls, say attorneys with Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP.
Many companies regularly communicate with in-house legal advisers all over the globe. Are these communications privileged? By answering five questions, companies and attorneys can perform a high-level, initial assessment of legal privilege protection in a multijurisdictional context, says Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Haynes and Boone LLP.
Given the large number of calls that can be made electronically, damages for Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations can run into the millions. In this short video, Sutherland partner Lewis Wiener discusses the TCPA and how businesses that communicate with customers by phone or text may be impacted.
Contracts for providing and obtaining technology establish important, often long-term relationships. When they involve mission-critical products and services, the impact of a flawed contract can be devastating, says Craig Auge of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.
Every business runs at least in part on technology — and, when contracting for technology products and services, the “gotchas” don’t discriminate based on size or industry. All parties can benefit from avoiding these situations, says Craig Auge of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.
Windstream Holdings Inc.’s recent tax-free real estate investment trust spinoff highlights an intriguing option for U.S. corporations — particularly those in the technology, telecommunications or utility sector — as the IRS continues to expand the range of “real estate” assets that can be held by an REIT, say Thomas Humphreys and Matthew Lau of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
The Federal Trade Commission has increasingly challenged conditional pricing practices, but without articulating a bright-line rule. Practitioners should always consider whether the economic realities of a client’s industry lends itself to one analysis over the other, say attorneys with Ballard Spahr LLP.
In U.S. Bank National Association v. Verizon Communications, the Fifth Circuit found competing valuations helpful in dismissing a litigation trustee’s $2.5 billion fraudulent transfer suit against a Chapter 11 debtor’s corporate parent. An adversarial system, therefore, not ideology, worked for the defendants, says Michael Cook of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.