Technology

  • February 22, 2017

    FTC Secures Deal To End Probe Over APEC Privacy Compliance

    A trio of U.S. companies have agreed to resolve the Federal Trade Commission's allegations that they deceived consumers about their participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s voluntary cross-border privacy rules system, which is designed to protect data that flows between the regions, the regulator said Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    D-Link Says FTC Still Hasn't Shown Harm In Data Security Row

    Connected device manufacturer D-Link Corp. has doubled down on its bid to shake the Federal Trade Commission's claims that it put consumers' privacy at risk by failing to properly secure its products, arguing Tuesday that the commission couldn't use press reports about generalized security vulnerabilities and harm to fill "gaping holes" in its complaint. 

  • February 22, 2017

    Mobile Game Maker Can't Ditch Investor Suit Over $115M IPO

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday largely kept intact a consolidated class action claiming game maker iDreamSky Technology Ltd. misled investors ahead of its $115.5 million initial public offering, saying generalized disclosures don’t shield the developer from its obligation to report issues with its popular mobile game “Cookie Run.”

  • February 22, 2017

    Net Neutrality Rollback May Require FCC First Move

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has not yet revealed a broad strategy to take down the Obama-era net neutrality framework that he has long rejected, but experts say lawmakers may look to his FCC for initial action as deliberations among GOP leaders continue on the best path forward.

  • February 22, 2017

    Purplebricks Raising $62M In Share Sale For U.S. Expansion

    U.K. real estate agent Purplebricks Group PLC said Wednesday that it plans to raise £50 million ($62.3 million) through a stock sale to help fund its expansion into the U.S., its third new market since launching in 2014.

  • February 22, 2017

    Zynga Can't Roll Quick Win In Gambling IP Row

    A gambling technology company has adequately pled that online game developer Zynga Inc. infringed its patent covering a video game system to survive a bid for a quick end to the case, a Nevada federal judge has ruled.

  • February 22, 2017

    Former Intel Exec Joins Patent Licensing Firm Inventergy

    Patent licensing firm Inventergy Global Inc. announced Tuesday that former Intel Capital executive Ken Tallo has joined its subsidiary Inventergy Innovations LLC, saying the move would help facilitate growth in new partnerships, drive the execution of some of its current partnerships and strengthen its strategic resources for the company's monetization efforts.

  • February 22, 2017

    Ex-Tata IT Workers Seek Class Status In Bias Case

    Two former Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. employees urged a California federal court Tuesday to certify two classes of workers alleging the information technology outsourcing agency systemically discriminates against non-South Asians, arguing there could be thousands of class members.

  • February 22, 2017

    Viacom Urges NJ Court To Toss Child Tracking Privacy Row

    Counsel for Viacom Inc. urged a New Jersey federal court Wednesday to toss the sole remaining claim in a putative class action accusing Nickelodeon of tracking the online activity of children under 13, arguing that the media company only collected anonymous information that could not be used to identify users.

  • February 22, 2017

    4G FRAND Suit Against T-Mobile Should Proceed, Judge Says

    A Texas magistrate judge on Wednesday recommended a federal court deny T-Mobile's bid to toss Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s suit for declaratory judgment on whether its license on patented 4G technology was fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory, finding the court had subject-matter jurisdiction over the case.

  • February 22, 2017

    Swiss Co. ABB Reveals $100M Fraud, Fingers Missing Exec

    Swiss engineering conglomerate ABB Ltd. on Wednesday said it has uncovered an embezzlement scheme at its South Korean unit involving a local executive who has since vanished, which could cost the company $100 million.

  • February 22, 2017

    Qualcomm Appeals $905M Korean Antitrust Fine Over Patents

    Qualcomm has appealed a roughly $905 million fine from South Korea's antitrust watchdog over its patent licensing practices and sought to put the penalty on hold as it fights a multijurisdictional battle over the way it uses its intellectual property.

  • February 22, 2017

    PE-Backed Cos., SPAC Merge In $2.8B Creation Of Exela Tech

    Private equity-backed firms SourceHOV and Novitex and special purpose acquisition company Quinpario will join forces in a $2.8 billion merger to create Exela Technologies, in a bid to find a stronger presence in the financial technology and business services industries, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • February 22, 2017

    InvenSense Shareholders Challenge $1.3B Sale To TDK

    Investors in chipmaker InvenSense Inc. filed suit in California federal court on Tuesday to halt the company’s proposed $1.3 billion cash sale to TDK Corp., saying that the deal pads the pockets of InvenSense’s executives while lowballing the technology company’s financial potential.

  • February 22, 2017

    Qualcomm Seeks To Consolidate 24 Antitrust Lawsuits

    Computer chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. has urged the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate 24 antitrust lawsuits in the Southern District of California that allege the company fixed the price of microchips used in cellphones made by Apple Inc. and others.

  • February 22, 2017

    Ex-Locke Lord Privacy Head, 3 Others Join Reed Smith

    A pair of seasoned environmental and privacy litigators, including the former leader of Locke Lord’s cybersecurity practice, and two experienced associates have landed at Reed Smith LLP, bolstering the firm’s already deep 60-attorney office in Houston, according to an announcement on Tuesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Adds Ex-Olswang Atty In London

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP said on Tuesday that it has bolstered its London office with a former Olswang LLP attorney who specializes in corporate and regulatory work in telecommunications, media and technology across Europe and Asia.

  • February 22, 2017

    Colts Phone-Recording Suit Punted From Mass. To Ind.

    A Massachusetts federal judge transferred a proposed class action against the Indianapolis Colts and the maker of its fan app to Indiana federal court on Wednesday, siding with the team and the developer in their bid to transfer the suit accusing them of illegally recording consumers’ conversations.

  • February 21, 2017

    IPhone Unlock Request In Child Porn Probe Too Broad: Judge

    An Illinois federal judge has refused to allow the federal government to force anyone present at the premises linked to a child pornography probe to provide fingerprints to unlock iPhones or other Apple devices that investigators may turn up, ruling the lack of specifics doomed the sweeping request.

  • February 21, 2017

    New Zealand Court OKs Kim Dotcom's Extradition To US

    A New Zealand court on Monday ruled that Megaupload Ltd. founder and accused online piracy kingpin Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S., saying while Dotcom's alleged copyright offenses don't warrant removal to the U.S., he can still be extradited for fraud.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Data Dexterity: The New Moat Of The Information Economy

    Brian H. Lam

    Over the past year, companies have used data-based competitive advantage, or “moats,” to drive astronomic acquisition prices. In this article, Brian Lam of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC introduces the concept of “data dexterity” as the actual creator of data-based moats and analyzes the data interactions of LinkedIn, Dollar Shave Club and AppDynamics to illustrate how data dexterity exists in practice.

  • The Quadrennial Energy Review And Grid Security

    William Demarest, Jr.

    The most recent installment of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review includes a number of recommendations for physical and cybersecurity protection of the nation's power infrastructure. Although the report recommends developing and implementing "necessary" security measures, it provides limited details in some areas, and does not identify revenue sources for some initiatives, say attorneys from Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Civil Litigation Outlook For 2017

    Reid Schar

    Several areas of civil litigation appear poised for growth this year, including securities class action activity, which could outpace even the significant 2016 levels, and trade secret litigation, which could see further growth in the coming year under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Meanwhile, as companies increasingly face the specter of data breaches, several developments in 2017 could bring greater clarity to this area of the law... (continued)

  • How The GDPR Will Impact Life Sciences And Health Care

    Rohan Massey

    The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation will considerably increase the sanctions and penalties that can be imposed on organizations that breach its requirements. The implications for organizations operating in the life sciences and health care sectors are likely to be particularly far-reaching, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Illinois Biometrics Legislation Sets Trend

    Kathryn E. Deal

    Litigation under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act has included putative class actions against corporate defendants ranging from some of the largest social media and technology companies to a daycare center. Now the Connecticut, New Hampshire, Washington and Alaska legislatures have also proposed bills that would regulate the collection, retention and use of biometric data, say attorneys with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • US Patent Practice Drifting Toward Approach Prevalent Abroad

    Gurneet Singh

    Post-Alice cases on technical problems and technical solutions show that a problem-solution standard similar to the one adopted in Europe, Australia, China and Japan is seeing express endorsement by U.S. courts adjudicating Section 101 challenges, say Gurneet Singh and Harold Laidlaw of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Debating Anti-Rebate And Inducement Laws In Washington

    Shawn Hanson

    Last month, the Washington state Senate introduced a bill that would amend its anti-rebate and inducement laws to allow insurers to offer free goods and services. Supporters argue that Washington is the only state in the country to force consumers to pay for technology that is free everywhere else, while opponents have expressed concern for fair competition, say Shawn Hanson and Crystal Roberts of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Google Warrant Case Vs. Microsoft Warrant Case

    Philip J. Bezanson

    The Pennsylvania federal court's recent Google decision may give companies emboldened by the Second Circuit's Microsoft decision pause in deciding whether to resist compliance with what they view as overly broad requests for customer data. However, the different results in the cases may serve as useful guidance for securing data abroad, say Philip Bezanson and Laura Prebeck Hang of Bracewell LLP.

  • Personal Jurisdiction Takeaways From Fed. Circ. In Xilinx

    Phillip Articola

    The Federal Circuit's decision Wednesday in Xilinx v. Papst serves as a lesson to patent owners that if they do not want to be hauled into potentially unfavorable jurisdictions to defend declaratory judgment actions, they should be careful as to what actions they perform in those jurisdictions, says Phillip Articola of Banner & Witcoff Ltd.