Vivendi SA will spin off Internet and mobile unit SFR as the French mass media and telecommunications giant continues to pare itself down in a move to focus on becoming an international producer and distributor of original content, the company announced Wednesday.
Public documents for Violin Memory Inc.'s $146 million initial public offering concealed the data storage firm's revenue and sales issues stemming from the U.S. government fiscal crisis, according to a Tuesday class action that lists J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and other bank underwriters as defendants.
Turkish mobile phone operator Turkcell Iletisim AS said Wednesday that it has launched a $4 billion lawsuit against MTN Group in a South African court alleging the company bribed officials to participate in Iran’s second mobile phone network.
More than a half-dozen private equity firms are looking at the $1.5 billion water technologies unit of chemical supplier Ashland, while Compuware could finally bow to activist pressure amid a surge in interest from prospective buyers.
A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss claims against Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Meg Whitman in a shareholder class action over the company's $11 billion acquisition of British software company Autonomy Corp., finding evidence she may have misled shareholders over the purchase. (Correction: An earlier story omitted information about shareholder claims continuing against Whitman and misstated the case caption. These errors have been corrected.)
A United Nations panel on Tuesday responded to months of disclosures about U.S. spying activities by unanimously adopting a general resolution declaring that “unlawful or arbitrary” government surveillance violates the international human rights to privacy and freedom of expression.
Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday asked the D.C. Circuit not to revive a qui tam relator's second False Claims Act suit accusing the company of fraudulent billing practices, saying the case was virtually similar to his prior case, which ended with Verizon paying a $93.5 million settlement.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center on Tuesday sued the U.S. Department of Justice in D.C. federal court, saying it violated the Freedom of Information Act by ignoring its requests for records regarding the legal authority for the National Security Agency’s collection of people’s communications from leading Internet companies.
A U.K. privacy advocate on Tuesday pushed the data protection authorities of France, Spain and a dozen other European countries to investigate a recent policy change that allows Google Inc. to feature adult users' profiles in advertisements, saying the revisions “substantially violate” privacy law.
A federal trademark appeals panel refused a registration last week on the name of audio equipment startup Grain Audio, affirming an examiner's ruling that it was too close to the already registered “EGRAIN.”
Hitachi Ltd. agreed to a share transfer buyout of ATM provider Prizm Payment Services Pvt. Ltd. for an undisclosed amount, as the Japanese company expands deeper into India, Hitachi said Tuesday.
Gains from the sale of a wholly owned subsidiary qualify as business income under Arizona tax law, a state appeals court ruled on Tuesday.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Tuesday asked the D.C. Circuit to reverse a lower court’s dismissal of its Freedom of Information Act suit seeking a document containing the DOJ's legal advice to the FBI on a now-discontinued telephone surveillance program.
A California federal judge on Monday rejected a request by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to stay its smartphone patent dispute with Apple Inc. in light of a preliminary ruling that a key Apple patent is invalid, saying that delaying the case will harm Apple.
The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday it would review a portion of an administrative law judge's finding that LG Electronics Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Barnes & Noble Inc. and other companies do not import consumer electronics that infringe a microprocessor patent held by Technology Properties Ltd. LLC.
A Texas jury ruled Monday that online computer retailer Newegg Inc. infringed TQP Development LLC's data encryption patent and ordered it to pay $2.3 million in damages, in a loss for a company known for its policy of never settling with plaintiffs it calls patent trolls.
A California federal judge on Monday entered judgment in favor of Apple Inc. in a class action brought by a group of iPhone and iPad users who said their devices leaked personal data to third parties, holding that the plaintiffs lacked standing to pursue their claims.
A chief legal adviser to the Europe Union's highest appeals court said Tuesday that EU law allowed for court injunctions that require Internet service providers to block subscriber access to pirate websites.
A California federal jury on Monday found that Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4 did not infringe a patent held by NetAirus Technologies LLC and its owner Richard L. Ditzik covering wireless handset communications and also invalidated many of the patent's claims.
Apple Inc. on Tuesday told a California federal judge overseeing FlatWorld Interactives LLC’s touch-screen patent infringement suit against the electronics giant that FlatWorld must divulge emails between its co-founder and her husband, a former Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP attorney who once represented Apple, saying spousal privilege doesn’t protect the communications.
While private sector calamities typically do not generate the blanket media coverage that Healthcare.gov is garnering, they can be costly for a company and even devastating — particularly for software used in mission-critical business functions, says John Zabriskie of Foley & Lardner LLP.
A California federal court's rejection of customer testimony in the U.S. Department of Justice's 2004 challenge of the Oracle Corp.-PeopleSoft Inc. merger was widely considered to be a huge blow to agency merger enforcement. But in an interesting pivot, in the recent Bazaarvoice Inc. case, the DOJ tried to use Oracle to its strategic advantage, say Brian Rafkin and Jeremy Cline of Baker & McKenzie LLP.
According to its recent guidance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will now oversee mobile medical applications that could pose a risk to a patient's safety if they were not to function as intended. Manufacturers should review the steps to determine whether their product is subject to such oversight and act accordingly when the FDA plans to focus on it, say Jennifer Hennessy and Lisa Davis of Quarles & Brady LLP.
While reliance on outside counsel will continue, only 13 percent of companies recently surveyed indicated that increasing the use of outside counsel was of high importance in addressing increases in legal demand. The trend, more notably since the economic crisis of the late 2000s, has been on rigorous management of outside counsel costs — 95 percent of survey participants said they are taking measures to reduce outside counsel spending, says Lauren Chung of HBR Consulting LLC.
China appears to be strengthening its grip on the implementation of international merger and acquisition transactions by increasingly imposing a variety of conditions on such transactions. Meanwhile, amid concerns that China's merger review process needed improvement in transparency and efficiency, the Ministry of Commerce issued two sets of draft rules this year, says Suat Eng Seah of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
With the recent publication of a final rule, the U.S. Department of Defense has solidified the framework for its voluntary cybersecurity program, which will allow defense industrial base participants to better recognize and repel cyber attacks based on compiled patterns regarding attack vectors and hacking trends, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
In the recent Innovatio IP Ventures LLC case, U.S. District Judge James Holderman adopted a “top-down” approach to calculating a reasonable and nondiscriminatory royalty. This approach helps achieve the twin goals of awarding patent holders royalties commensurate with their technological contributions while still addressing the risk of royalty stacking, says Mario Lopez of Edgeworth Economics LLC.
When facing competing obligations, technology startups may think short-term and place freedom-to-operate investigations lower on their lists of priorities. Doing so could, however, lead to problems in the near future as they may find it more difficult both to obtain funding from potential investors and to court potential buyers, say Thomas Ho and Aamer Ahmed of Bookoff McAndrews PLLC.
Few brands have the expertise themselves to create a compelling loyalty program from scratch. The IT demands alone are daunting. And the rewards catalog has to be attractive, with goods, services or experiences that appeal. But on top of the basics of the program itself, a truly successful loyalty program has to be integrated throughout the customer experience with the company's advertising, website, in-store sales and increasingly through mobile channels, says Jonathan Lemberg of Farella Braun Martel LLP.
It’s not too surprising that the marriage of a police officer and a prisoner would have adverse employment consequences, but nothing in the law distinguishes that marriage from one between law-abiding executives at Coke and Pepsi. While Coke might not fire an employee for marrying an executive at Pepsi, in most states, it could, says John Connolly of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.