Technology

  • July 30, 2014

    Killers Purportedly Want In On Apple, Google Anti-Poach Row

    The massive antitrust class action accusing Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other tech giants of illegally agreeing not to poach employees took a bizarre twist Wednesday when the court entered a motion purporting to be from a slew of convicted and accused mass murderers seeking to intervene as plaintiffs.

  • July 30, 2014

    Copyright Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2014

    Things move slowly in the dog days of summer, but expect the world of copyright law to speed up in the second half of the year, with highly anticipated decisions and developments on mass digitization, the controversial “Innocence of Muslims” ruling, Aereo's bid for a compulsory license, and more.

  • July 30, 2014

    Field Fisher Nabs Bristows Pro To Head Privacy Team

    Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP has snagged a leading data protection and information technology attorney from Bristows LLP to head its privacy team in London, the firm said Tuesday.

  • July 30, 2014

    French Regulators Challenge $23B Altice, SFR Deal

    French antitrust regulators announced Wednesday that they have opened an investigation into Altice Group's planned $23.3 billion acquisition of telecom unit SFR from Vivendi Group — one of several recent mega-deals consolidating the global media landscape — to examine whether the merger will stifle competition.

  • July 30, 2014

    EU, Google In Power Struggle Over 'Right To Be Forgotten'

    European privacy regulators are already criticizing Google Inc. and other search engines for their implementation of this spring's controversial decision giving consumers the "right to be forgotten" on the sites, a sign the two sides are headed for a potentially yearslong battle over how to balance users' privacy with the public's right to know certain information.

  • July 30, 2014

    Al Jazeera Tries To Ax Sealed Docs In Settled AT&T Row

    Al Jazeera America LLC urged a Delaware Chancery Court judge to eliminate sealed documents filed in its suit against AT&T Services Inc., saying Wednesday that the order requiring the lion’s share of the contract dispute to be made public should no longer apply now that the case has been settled.

  • July 30, 2014

    AT&T Not Liable For Dead Telecommuter's Workers' Comp

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey on Wednesday freed AT&T from a workers’ compensation claim, ruling a widower failed to demonstrate his late wife’s fatal blood clot resulted from extended periods of sitting while working from home for the telecommunications giant.

  • July 30, 2014

    PTAB Denies AIA Petition It Says Is Too Hard To Evaluate

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has denied a petition seeking America Invents Act review of a Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC data analysis patent, ruling that fully evaluating the scores of "underdeveloped" arguments the petition contains would be too much work for the board.

  • July 30, 2014

    Walmart Continues E-Commerce Push With Luvocracy Buy

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s acquisition of e-retail social networking site Luvocracy is the company's second pickup of a tech startup in as many months and comes on the heels of a pledge to shareholders by Walmart CEO Doug McMillon that the world's largest retailer will keep strengthening its e-commerce platform.

  • July 30, 2014

    Tor Says Cyberattack Compromised Users' Online Anonymity

    Internet identity-masking network Tor has discovered a security breach that may have compromised the anonymity of its users by enabling attackers to track and decode their online browsing activities, the service said Wednesday.

  • July 30, 2014

    Study Finds Calif. Firms Dominated US IPO Market In 2013

    California-based companies dominated the U.S. initial public offering market in 2013, accounting for 28 percent of public floats during the year as health care, technology, media and telecommunications companies flocked to the stock market, a study released Wednesday found.

  • July 30, 2014

    AmEx Hit With $14M Copyright Suit Over Software Code

    Enterprise software developer Micro Focus (US) Inc. hit American Express Co. with a $14 million lawsuit on Tuesday that claims the financial services giant vastly exceeded a license it had to use Micro Focus' copyrighted software.

  • July 30, 2014

    Apple Tells Fed. Circ. To OK $930M Samsung Patent Verdict

    Apple Inc. on Monday urged the Federal Circuit to uphold a $930 million judgment as part of an ongoing smartphone patent infringement suit against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., saying its rival presented no evidence to overturn a jury's infringement verdict and damages award.

  • July 30, 2014

    Apple, States Can't Agree On Changes To E-Books Deal

    Apple Inc. and state authorities have been unable to strike a deal to modify a $450 million antitrust settlement of legal claims over Apple's e-books store, attorneys said Wednesday after the judge expressed concern that the deal may be unfair to consumers.

  • July 30, 2014

    Telefonica Eyes $4B Mexican Buy In Global Expansion Push

    Spanish telecom giant Telefonica SA confirmed Wednesday that it is circling a Mexican rival as it tries to crack deeper into that market, answering reports that it was eyeing a $4 billion acquisition of Iusacell, the country's No. 3 wireless player.

  • July 30, 2014

    Kirkland Reps GTCR In Latest Deal For Health Tech Company

    The summer is shaping up to be a busy time for Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR LLC, which announced its third deal this month on Wednesday — a buyout of health care-technology company XIFIN Inc. for an undisclosed amount.

  • July 30, 2014

    Dealmakers Q&A: Moses & Singer's James Alterbaum

    Many companies seeking to raise equity or quasi-equity capital do not realize that dealing with an unregistered broker-dealer will not only expose the broker but also the issuer of the securities, says James Alterbaum of Moses & Singer LLP.

  • July 29, 2014

    Square Counters Patent-Holder Letter With Lawsuit

    Square Inc. launched a lawsuit in California federal court on Monday in which it insists its online marketplace product does not infringe on a pair of patents owned by data encryption company Protegrity Corp., in response to a letter it received from the company.

  • July 29, 2014

    Toshiba Can't Force Settlement Discovery In Price-Fixing MDL

    A California federal judge on Monday denied a bid by Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. to force several plaintiffs to fork over settlement agreements in multidistrict litigation over cathode ray tubes price-fixing, finding the discovery request was premature.

  • July 29, 2014

    Chinese Antitrust Watchdog Raids Microsoft Offices

    Chinese antitrust authorities on Monday raided Microsoft Corp.'s offices in the country based on concerns about interoperability issues related to the technology giant's popular Office software, officials said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Risks Posed By Anonymous Social Apps

    Susan McLean

    Users of new social media apps like Secret, Whisper and Yik Yak should not be lulled into a false sense of security simply because these apps purport to be anonymous — they may even be riskier than traditional social media platforms because anonymity may create an environment where users feel free to behave recklessly, says Susan McLean of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Death Rattle For Unfinished Business Claims?

    Angelo G. Savino

    In a departure from Jewel v. Boxer, the decisions in the cases of Thelen LLP and Heller Ehrman LLP reflect a shift in the manner by which courts treat trustees’ claims for post-dissolution fees, say Angelo Savino and Julie Moeller Albright of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Does 'Consent' Survive Cellphone Number Recycling?

    Perrie M. Weiner

    The new Twitter case in the Northern District of California raises interesting issues regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s concepts of “consent” and “called party” that have not yet been finally determined by either the courts or the Federal Communications Commission, say attorneys with DLA Piper LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Top 10 Venue Arguments

    Alan E. Rothman

    As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to the “Heart of America” for its July 31 hearing, this column will take a bit of a detour from its regular format and present a top 10 list of arguments — some strange, yet true — made in support of a particular MDL venue, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • What The Supreme Court Said About Patents This Term

    Michael Martinez de Andino

    This year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided on six patent cases that will have significant consequences for companies as they work to advance their strategy for protecting their intellectual property, say J. Michael Martinez de Andino and George Davis of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Peregrine Puts Hired-To-Invent Issues In Spotlight

    Michael Bunis

    Do you think your employees are hired to invent? A California federal judge's recent ruling in Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. v. RF Micro Devices Inc. serves as a reminder that oral agreements are insufficient and employees who perform general engineering, development or other activities will likely fall outside the scope of the hired-to-invent doctrine, say Michael Bunis and Vanessa Arslanian of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Litigator’s Perspective: 5 Tips On Arbitration Provisions

    Daniel T. McCloskey

    It happens all the time. When a dispute arises, two parties find themselves in arbitration, realizing that they might have had more leverage to dictate the terms of the process when they were negotiating the arbitration provision — but missed the opportunity, says Daniel McCloskey of Duane Morris LLP.

  • 6 Years In, Why Haven't FRE 502(d) Orders Caught On?

    John A. Rosans

    In this e-discovery era, why aren't more litigants using Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) orders and affording themselves basic protection of their most sensitive information? Or, if they are moving for such orders, why are they doing it wrong? asks John Rosans of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Trial-Ready In 180 Days: Prepare For SDNY's Rocket Docket

    Isaac S. Greaney

    A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • A 12-Point Patent Monetization Plan

    Stephen Glazier

    A recent Delaware decision acknowledges that there may be an affirmative duty of officers and directors of a corporation to monetize the corporation’s intellectual property. Fortunately, there are steps available to manage this risk that are also profitable business strategies, says Stephen Glazier of Akerman LLP.