Technology

  • September 30, 2022

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen German software company Topalsson face a breach of contract claim from law firm CMS, Pfizer and BioNTech look for the cure to their patent woes in a claim against Moderna, and Alaska Airlines ready for departure in a commercial contracts claim against Virgin Aviation. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • September 30, 2022

    MVP: Covington's Ashley Simonsen

    Ashley Simonsen has spent much of the past few years at Covington & Burling LLP helping Facebook fight off class actions brought by various parties including aggrieved advertisers and content moderators, earning her a spot among Law360's 2022 Technology MVPs.

  • September 30, 2022

    Ex-Bankruptcy Judge Sontchi To Referee Twitter Trial Prep

    Delaware's chancellor appointed retired U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher S. Sontchi on Friday to serve as a special master for remaining discovery disputes between Elon Musk and Twitter Inc. in Twitter's suit to force Musk to close on a $44 billion offer for the social media giant.

  • September 30, 2022

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Takes Bench, Makes History

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson received her official commission Friday in a ceremony attended by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, becoming the first Black female justice to take the nation's top bench in its 230-year history.

  • September 29, 2022

    SEC Ordered To Finally Turn Over Emails In Ripple Litigation

    A New York federal judge Thursday overruled objections by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in its high-profile enforcement litigation claiming the cryptocurrency tech company Ripple Labs Inc. and its executives violated securities laws, ordering the regulator to finally disclose via discovery emails written by a former SEC director.

  • September 29, 2022

    LinkedIn Spied On Rivals To 'Take Them Out,' Judge Told

    LinkedIn urged a California federal judge Thursday to grant it summary judgment in a recruiting startup's antitrust lawsuit over access to public information on its website, while the startup countered that LinkedIn spied on it for years before leading it and other competitors "down the path to take them out."

  • September 29, 2022

    DLA Piper Says Tech Co. Is Forum Shopping Malpractice Suit

    A tech company that accused DLA Piper of dropping it like a "hot potato" in the midst of an investor suit was met with claims of forum shopping Thursday by counsel for the BigLaw firm and one of its partners in the legal malpractice case.

  • September 29, 2022

    IP Forecast: Philip Morris Looks To Snuff Out ITC Ban

    Two of the largest tobacco companies in the world head to the Federal Circuit to fight over a ban R.J. Reynolds won at the U.S. International Trade Commission that blocked Philip Morris from importing IQOS-branded heated tobacco products into the U.S. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • September 29, 2022

    Uber Threw Ex-Security Chief Under Bus, Ex-PR Exec Testifies

    The criminal defense for a former Uber security chief accused of concealing a massive 2016 data breach from authorities concluded Thursday with testimony from an ex-communications executive for the ride-hailing giant, who said Uber wrongly portrayed Joseph Sullivan as a "bad apple" to distance itself from the hacking.

  • September 29, 2022

    Class Gets Initial OK For $5M Snap Finance Robocall Deal

    A Utah federal judge has given an initial nod to a $5 million class action settlement against Snap Finance that would end claims that the company placed unwanted robocalls to numerous phone numbers.

  • September 29, 2022

    FCC Adopts 5-Year Deorbiting Rule For Low-Earth Satellites

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a rule intended to mitigate orbital debris by requiring operators to take down satellites in low-Earth orbit, or LEO, within five years after use, despite congressional concerns that it lacked the authority to do so.

  • September 29, 2022

    Chase Uses Tech To 'Eavesdrop' On Customer Calls, Suit Says

    JPMorgan Chase Bank is violating California privacy law by using software to "eavesdrop" on private conversations and analyze the voices of customers who call the bank's support center without their knowledge or consent, a proposed class said in a federal suit this week.

  • September 29, 2022

    Stimwave Gets Del. Ch. 11 OK For $124M Auction Offer

    Bankrupt medical device maker Stimwave Technologies won a green light Thursday for a post-auction, $124 million sale to its pre- and post-petition lender and bidder-to-beat stalking horse, topping the sale's starting price by nearly 50%.

  • September 29, 2022

    Feds See Closer Spectrum Coordination Effort As Working

    The two federal agencies that manage the nation's airwaves are making solid progress in working more closely together to avoid fiascos like last year's delay of a cellphone service expansion over aircraft safety worries, officials said Thursday.

  • September 29, 2022

    Tech Co. Can't Slip Suit Alleging Non-South Asian Worker Bias

    A New Jersey federal judge narrowed a lawsuit Thursday that accused an Indian-based tech company of illegally favoring Indian or other South Asian workers, shutting down allegations of unintentional disparate impact discrimination but keeping claims of intentional bias alive.

  • September 29, 2022

    Experts Say GOP Wins Would Hike Broadband Oversight

    Wireless industry experts are predicting that a Republican takeover of part or all of Congress in November would mean much tighter oversight of the Biden administration's rollout of a multibillion-dollar broadband infrastructure plan.

  • September 29, 2022

    Judge Axes Tech Patent On Prescription Drug Plan Selection

    An Ohio federal judge has tossed digital health care company Truveris' infringement suit against a rival over a system for selecting a prescription drug plan, invalidating the asserted patent upon finding it is directed toward an abstract idea.

  • September 29, 2022

    Technology Co. Sues Insurers Over Wire Fraud Losses

    A technology manufacturer for medical device and industrial markets told a Pennsylvania federal court that its insurers breached a contract by failing to reimburse the company for losses and expenses it incurred from fraudulent wire transfers.

  • September 29, 2022

    Apple Judge Open To Tossing Screen Defect Suit, For Now

    A California federal judge indicated Thursday he will likely toss with leave to amend a proposed class action alleging Apple defectively designed MacBook Air and Pro laptops with thin screens that are susceptible to cracking, saying the complaint is "a little vague" on whether Apple knew about the alleged defect.

  • September 29, 2022

    Idaho Backs Law Against Patent Filing Abuse In Micron Row

    Idaho has urged a federal judge not to throw out Micron Technology's suit alleging that a patent holding company asserted bad faith infringement claims, saying the state's law to deter so-called patent trolls is "well within the police powers" afforded by the constitution.

  • September 29, 2022

    Nuix Knowingly Misled Investors, Australian Watchdog Says

    The Australian Securities & Investments Commission has launched federal litigation against Nuix that alleges the legal tech firm proffered deceptive statements about the company's financial forecast last year.

  • September 29, 2022

    Vodafone Names Battle-Tested EasyJet Atty As GC

    U.K.-based Vodafone Group PLC, the largest European and African technology communications company, announced Thursday that Maaike de Bie, currently the legal chief at discount airline easyJet PLC in London, will become Vodafone's next group general counsel on March 1, 2023.

  • September 29, 2022

    Data Privacy Bill Not Dead Yet, House Commerce Heads Say

    The leaders of the House Commerce Committee said Thursday they haven't given up on enacting federal privacy legislation this year, arguing that their proposal provides "stronger" data protections than California law and that there's still time left to get it across the finish line.

  • September 29, 2022

    Dems Press FTC To Oppose Amazon's IRobot Acquisition

    A group of Democratic lawmakers has urged the Federal Trade Commission to oppose Amazon's proposed $1.65 billion acquisition of iRobot Corp., insisting that the deal could harm consumers and reduce competition and innovation in the home robotics market.

  • September 29, 2022

    Meta Hit With Suit Over Messenger Site Tracking Code

    Meta has been hit with a proposed class action in California federal court over alleged data tracking through its Facebook Messenger app without user consent.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Keys To A 9-0 High Court Win: Practicality Over Perfection

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    When I argued for the petitioner in Wooden v. U.S. last year, I discovered that preparation is key, but so is the right kind of preparation — in giving decisive answers to the U.S. Supreme Court justices' hypothetical questions I was not aiming for perfection, just the best response available, says Allon Kedem at Arnold & Porter.

  • What New Bar Exam Means For Law Students And Schools

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    Stephanie Acosta at UWorld discusses how law students and law schools can start preparing now for the new bar exam launching in 2026, which is expected to emphasize real-world lawyering skills-based tasks over rote memorization.

  • High Court Likely To Review Social Media Speech Censorship

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    In light of the circuit split on whether two state laws intended to prohibit social media platforms from censoring speech violate the First Amendment — and Justice Samuel Alito's recent dissent in support of U.S. Supreme Court review — it's very probable that at least one of the laws at issue will head to the high court, say attorneys at Cahill Gordon.

  • Apple's New Messaging Features Will Complicate E-Discovery

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    Apple's newest mobile operating system allows users to edit and recall messages and recover deleted messages, which could significantly increase the time, burden and expense of processing and analyzing cellphones if messages or their associated metadata become an area of scrutiny in a case, says Jarrett Coco at Nelson Mullins.

  • Regulatory Changes That May Affect Investments In Wireless

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    A potential acquisition or investment in the wireless space requires a fulsome understanding of the regulatory environment, including a new spectrum strategy under the Biden administration, the potential for more legal challenges to Federal Communications Commission decisions and more, says Laura Stefani at Venable.

  • Twitter Whistleblower Claim Is Cautionary Tale For Employers

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    A former Twitter executive's recent whistleblower complaint should serve as a wake-up call for organizations employing cybersecurity professionals to respond quickly when concerns over security practices are raised, lest they face litigation, regulatory activity and reputational harm, say attorneys at Epstein Becker.

  • Law Firm Inclusion Efforts Often Overlook Business Staff

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    Law firms committed to a culture of universal inclusion can take steps to foster a sense of belonging in their business services teams, says Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Consulting.

  • AI Artists Highlight Need For Copyright Updates

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    As virtual musicians are generated in the age of artificial intelligence, the U.S. Copyright Office will be forced to clarify the limits of copyright protections, which are currently reserved only for human beings, say Sarkis Yeretsian and Jonathan Goins at Lewis Brisbois.

  • Precautions For New Wave Of Digital Privacy Class Actions

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    Consumer class actions attempting to expand existing laws to cover new online activities have recently targeted companies that use source code-based tools on their websites to interact with visitors — emphasizing the importance of transparency about information collection, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • The Murky Status Of TCPA Standing In The 11th Circ.

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    The Eleventh Circuit's lack of clarity regarding Telephone Consumer Protection Act standing, which it acknowledged in its recent Drazen v. Pinto decision, may be rooted in a number of cases involving different subsections of the TCPA, say Aaron Weiss and Charles Throckmorton at Carlton Fields.

  • An Associate's Guide To Rebounding After A Layoff

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    Law firm associates laid off due to economic conditions can recuperate and move forward by practicing self-care, identifying key skills to leverage during the job search, engaging in self-reflection and more, say Kate Sheikh at Major Lindsey and wellness consultant Jarrett Green.

  • AML Regulation Of Lawyers Is Imminent And Controversial

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    The U.S. House of Representatives' recently passed National Defense Authorization Act subjects lawyers engaged in certain financial-related activities to anti-money laundering regulation under the Bank Secrecy Act, which could pit lawyers against clients in ways harmful to the rule of law and administration of justice, says Jeremy Glicksman at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in New York.

  • EU Regulation Highlights AI Issues For Digital Health Cos.

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    As the regulation of artificial intelligence is high on the agenda for EU and U.K. policymakers and regulators, and likely imminent in the U.S., now is the time for providers in the digital health space to consider how compliance may need to change, and safeguard their position in the market, say Chris Eastham and Olivia Morgan at Fieldfisher.

  • PTAB Director Review Under Vidal: The First 6 Months

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    In her first six months in office, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal has displayed a practical approach that refocuses proceedings to the merits of invalidity challenges and the statutory goal of restoring confidence in patent quality, say Harper Batts and Fred Qiu at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Biden Order's New Lens Puts Foreign Transactions In Focus

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    President Joe Biden's landmark executive order on national security factors that will be considered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States provides a new perspective for parties addressing questions and concerns on transactions, and reaffirms the role of CFIUS in national security, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

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