The U.S. Supreme Court is gearing up to hear arguments Tuesday in a high-stakes fight over the federal government's ability to access data stored abroad by Microsoft, and court watchers expect the justices to focus on a range of thorny legal and public policy issues in their quest to decide the close question of whether privacy rights or law enforcement needs should prevail.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday sided with an inventor and upended a trial court's order that he turn over more than 300 emails between himself and his nonattorney patent agent in a dispute over restaurant technology, holding that the communications are privileged under the state's evidence rules.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP are guiding the initial public offering process of cloud storage tech giant Dropbox Inc., according to papers filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Friday.
The D.C. Circuit held Friday that an apparel company owner’s $8 million lawsuit against Google over an ex-contractor’s allegedly defamatory blog post was correctly dismissed, saying the Communications Decency Act immunized the tech giant from liability since it published the blog but didn’t create it.
The U.S. Supreme Court is closing out its February oral argument session with a blockbuster docket, taking on a key doctrine of antitrust law in a case involving American Express Co. and pondering the fate of public sector unions.
In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Maker's Mark takes on a "Bowmaker's" bourbon, Apple targets a New York City realty firm over an apple logo, and Duke University picks a fight with LG Electronics for trying to register its own "Duke" trademark.
The U.S. expressed concern Friday over China’s new internet access rules that seem to impose restrictions on virtual private networks, telling the World Trade Organization that China has not provided the proper assurance on the rules’ effects on cross-border business before they come into force next month.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai received a surprise award Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, when the National Rifle Association revealed it was gifting him a token firearm for enduring threats and insults amid the recent net neutrality deregulation.
A top U.S. Department of Justice antitrust official said Friday in a London speech that despite the rapid pace of change in the data and tech landscape, open-minded, evidence-based enforcement remains the crucial ingredient to prevent governments from harming innovation and consumers.
AT&T and other wireless carriers have ramped up their practice of blocking promotional text message alerts since the Federal Communications Commission repealed so-called net neutrality rules, in an effort to push paid service packages, communications platform company Twilio told the FCC on Thursday in an ex parte filing.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down a ruling Thursday concerning a long-running putative class action by purchasers of computer service contracts who asserted the imposition of taxes on the contracts was unlawful, unfair and deceptive.
The New Jersey Appellate Division on Friday refused to disturb a $27,000 judgment in favor of an information technology company that alleged its former worker accessed its system without authorization and destroyed data, ruling that a bench trial judge had properly assessed the evidence.
A Fitbit Inc. rival should be sanctioned for not conducting the simplest of investigations before claiming Fitbit infringed a patent covering its motion detection technology, the company told a California federal court in a renewed push to have the since-dismissed suit deemed frivolous.
U.S. Specialty Insurance Co. on Friday asked a federal judge to rule that it doesn’t have to defend IDT Corp. chairman Howard Jonas against a stockholder suit stemming from an IDT spinoff’s $3 billion wireless spectrum sale to Verizon, arguing that the spinoff isn’t covered by IDT’s policy.
A Georgia federal judge has beefed up a jury's $4.4 million verdict for Canon Inc. over patented toner bottles, saying Thursday that a damages enhancement is warranted because willful infringement went on for some time.
South African company Tracker Connect Ltd., which sells technology used to recover stolen vehicles, urged a Massachusetts federal court Thursday to toss a suit brought by the owner of the technology, LoJack Corp., over arbitration proceedings that allegedly violated the companies’ licensing agreement.
Chinese social and dating app network Momo Inc. said Friday it will take over private equity-backed dating app rival Tantan in a deal worth upward of $600 million.
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. recently revealed plans to give up a slate of stations in its proposed megamerger with Tribune Media Co., but at least one advocacy group is crying foul at the plan as a half-hearted concession underpinned by cooperation from the Federal Communications Commission.
A newly organized blank check company created by private equity firm Terrapin Partners filed for a $300 million initial public offering Friday, with its eye on large private technology companies and technology disrupting markets, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Federal Trade Commission sued a California man and his defunct tech companies in federal court on Thursday, accusing them of facilitating a scheme to deceive older consumers into paying for phony computer protection that bilked them out of millions of dollars and stole their personal information.
An intellectual property partner from Jones Day who has deep technical expertise and a history of working with companies based in China has joined the Silicon Valley office of Faegre Baker Daniels, according to the firm.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC on Thursday announced it has brought aboard a former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP associate for the firm's national security regulatory practice in Washington, D.C.
A former Pepper Hamilton LLP partner has joined Goulston & Storrs PC in its Boston office, adding even more depth and experience to the firm’s corporate practice with a specialist in the middle-market mergers and acquisitions and private equity spaces.
In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Rhône Capital inks a $560 million deal for a Brazilian steakhouse chain, Temenos buys Fidessa for $1.9 billion and IK Investment Partners closes on a €550 million ($676 million) small cap fund.
So far in February, Alston & Bird LLP lost an FDA-focused attorney to Goodwin Procter LLP and gained a government contracts attorney from Dentons, and intellectual property boutique Lucas & Mercanti LLP announced the arrival of three attorneys specializing in pharma.
When filing blockchain patent applications, there are some issues to keep in mind, including divided infringement, Alice and open source, say attorneys with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
While newer forms of commercial crime policies specifically address cryptocurrency losses, there may be debate whether cryptocurrencies are "money," "securities" or "other property" under traditional crime forms. The argument will possibly focus on the "security" definition, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.
While history is littered with reports and whitepapers that do not inspire change, there is an opportunity for the U.S. Department of Justice's new Cyber-Digital Task Force to have an impact, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.
Large law firms have long offered mentorship programs in which senior partners bestow pearls of wisdom upon junior attorneys, but at least one law firm is shaking up that traditional model in what some say could be a game-changer for the legal industry.
The sudden guilty plea of a now-former Skadden lawyer who helped write a legal analysis commissioned by Paul Manafort on behalf of a Ukrainian president puts further scrutiny on the firm’s role in the controversial report and whether Skadden crossed into the legally precarious position of unregistered lobbying for a foreign government, experts said.
A California federal judge said Friday that the Law School Admission Council Inc. was likely in contempt of a consent decree laying out ways it should accommodate disabled test takers, adding it was “astounding” that the federal government took no position on the alleged violations after it had vigorously pursued the litigation for several years.
A report revealed that National Public Radio management hired and retained news executive Michael Oreskes despite multiple "flags" regarding his inappropriate behavior toward women, Democrats dinged new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission guidance as old advice, and the general counsel of Discover Financial Services spoke with Law360 about how the company prioritizes diversity and inclusion. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we are joined by Microsoft's head of litigation to talk about upcoming U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in a privacy case over data stored on servers overseas. We also chat about a BigLaw attorney swept up in Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, the Supreme Court narrowing legal protections for corporate whistleblowers, and a legal beef over Dunkin' Donuts Angus steak sandwiches.
For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.