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Technology

  • August 17, 2018

    DOD Contract Review Agency Botched Own Deal, Report Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense agency tasked with overseeing DOD contracts made a number of significant mistakes when implementing contracts for its own software project meant to help with its oversight duties, as part of a broader systemic problem within the defense agency, an independent watchdog group claimed in a new report.

  • August 17, 2018

    HUD Claims Facebook's Housing Ads Are Discriminatory

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has hit Facebook Inc. with an administrative complaint that accuses the social media giant of using discriminatory advertising practices to target home buyers, according to New York federal court documents filed Friday in a related lawsuit.

  • August 17, 2018

    TV 'White Spaces' Program Lacks Oversight, NAB Says

    The so-called TV white spaces program that repurposes unused broadcast spectrum gaps is fraught with errors and is egregiously unsupervised, the National Association of Broadcasters has told the Federal Communications Commission.

  • August 17, 2018

    Scammers Are Extorting 'Sugar Daddies,' Dating Site Claims

    The owner of the so-called sugar daddy dating website SeekingArrangements.com sued the operators of a half-dozen internet sites in California federal court Thursday in a bid to stop what it said was an international scheme in which scam artists pose as single women looking for romance and then extort legitimate male users.

  • August 17, 2018

    FCC Must Include Local Data In Market Review, CCA Says

    The Federal Communications Commission should learn from its Mobility Fund Phase II data collection, which will inform the way the FCC doles out subsidies to mobile carriers in an upcoming auction, as it separately analyzes the state of competition in the market for wireless services, the Competitive Carriers Association has told the agency.

  • August 17, 2018

    Facebook, Google Could Be Wild Cards In Privacy Law Fight

    Federal lawmakers have struggled for years to enact uniform online data security rules, but now once-unthinkable support from tech giants like Facebook and Google and shifting consumer attitudes are signaling a chance for momentous change, attorneys say.

  • August 17, 2018

    Health Hires: Dorsey & Whitney, DLA Piper, Epstein Becker

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP, DLA Piper, Epstein Becker Green, Spencer Fane LLP, Minerva Neurosciences and Carlton Fields are among the latest firms to boost their health and life sciences offerings with new hires. 

  • August 17, 2018

    Retailers Can't Escape Duracell's TM Suit, Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge has greenlighted Duracell's trademark suit against retailers alleging that they unlawfully sell its batteries that are not approved for sale in the U.S., finding that the nation's largest battery brand showed that the sale of "gray market" batteries would likely cause confusion among consumers.

  • August 17, 2018

    ITC Launches Probe Of Nikon Lithography Machines

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched two investigations into whether imports of certain lithography machines, specifically by Nikon Corp., infringe German lens maker Carl Zeiss AG’s intellectual property rights.

  • August 17, 2018

    SAP Unit To Develop New Business Travel System For DOD

    The U.S. Department of Defense will work with SAP's Concur unit on a prototype system intended to replace its current "aging and inefficient" travel system and cut down on the billions of dollars and millions of hours the department spends on arranging business travel each year, the DOD announced Thursday.

  • August 17, 2018

    Facebook Backs Bid For FCC To Make Internet Airship Rules

    Facebook has backed a startup’s recent bid for the Federal Communications Commission to begin writing rules for regulating airships that could beam down the next generation of 5G mobile internet service, arguing that under the Communications Act, the FCC must usher in new technology that could improve affordable access.

  • August 17, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Akin Gump, Wachtell, Kirkland

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Diamondback snapped up Energen for $9.2 billion, Federal Street Acquisition Corp. bought Universal Hospital Services for $1.7 billion, Cabot Microelectronics Corp. bought KMG Chemicals for $1.6 billion and Best Buy acquired GreatCall for $800 million.

  • August 17, 2018

    6th Circ. Revives Kyocera's Challenge To Supply Contract

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday resurrected Kyocera Corp.'s attempt to nix what it says is a coercive provision in its supply contract for material used in solar panels that requires it to pay for the material even if it chooses not to buy any.

  • August 17, 2018

    Ropes & Gray Can Breathe Easy With Toshiba Deal Sealed

    Ropes & Gray LLP’s Tsuyoshi Imai recalls finally being able to take a breath when Bain Capital, a longtime client and the lead in the buyer group for Toshiba Memory, finally overcame its last hurdle — regulatory clearance in China — to seal its complex, controversial and critically time-sensitive 2.3 trillion yen ($20.8 billion) takeover of the business.

  • August 17, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Amerra Capital, Google

    Lennar is reportedly under contract to buy 18.2 acres in Miami, private equity shop Amerra Capital is said to be subleasing 12,750 square feet in New York and Google is reportedly close to a deal to lease nearly 14,000 square feet in Chicago, where it plans to open a retail store.

  • August 16, 2018

    Atty Suing Google Sees No Conflict With Law Firm

    A lawyer seeking to represent thousands of online advertisers in a suit against Google urged a California federal judge Thursday to certify a class and reject the tech giant's objections that the named plaintiff — himself an attorney —is now a partner at a law firm that once worked on the case.

  • August 16, 2018

    'Grand Theft Auto' Cheater Barred From Selling Cheats

    A New York federal judge issued an order Thursday stopping an unemployed Georgia man from selling cheat programs used in Grand Theft Auto video games, finding that the company behind the series of games had shown it has a good chance at proving the programs violated the company's copyright.

  • August 16, 2018

    $25M Beats Royalties Winner Likely Getting Interest, Fees

    A California judge on Thursday tentatively ruled that an entrepreneur who won $25.25 million at trial for his work on Beats Electronics LLC’s first headphones is entitled to roughly $5.6 million in prejudgment interest, and said that he will likely award attorneys’ fees in the future.

  • August 16, 2018

    Will Law Schools Start Counting ‘Generation ADA’?

    No one is tracking law students with disabilities to see where the education system may be failing them, but some advocates are working to change this dynamic and build a better pipeline.

  • August 16, 2018

    Ancestry.com Says 23andMe DNA Patent Invalid Under Alice

    Ancestry.com sought to nix allegations it infringed 23andMe Inc.’s technique for determining whether two customers are related by comparing DNA samples, telling a California federal judge Thursday that the patent is invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice standard because it’s not inventive and relies on natural phenomenon.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 2

    Jeff Bialos

    The newly enacted Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act significantly expands the authority of the U.S. government to review and restrict foreign investments on national security grounds. But FIRRMA also has provisions that may exempt some transactions from review, and accelerate review of others, say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 1

    Jeffrey Bialos

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act empowers the U.S. government to review a far broader group of transactions than ever before to determine if they threaten national security. FIRRMA's expansive new coverage includes oversight of real estate investments and transfers of "emerging and foundational technologies," say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Internet Of Things Cos. Must Prepare For Law Enforcement

    Matthew Gardner

    As the internet of things device market develops, companies that proactively develop compliance strategies should be able to avoid many of the pitfalls that are sure to come as law enforcement changes the way it investigates cases, say attorneys at Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 6 Tips For Drafting Autonomous Vehicle Contracts

    Jim Jordan

    During the past year, I have been tossed headfirst into the murky water of autonomous vehicle contract drafting, where no well-tested forms exist and negotiating parties often do not know what terms to request. But what is required more than anything is just old-fashioned, common-sense business lawyering, says Jim Jordan of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • Rebuttal

    A Decade Of US Patent Reform Has Gone Too Far

    Boyd Lemna

    In a recent Law360 guest article, John Thorne of the High Tech Inventors Alliance argued that enactment of the Restoring America's Leadership in Innovation Act would threaten positive changes in patent quality and American innovation. However, many of those same changes have had a serious negative impact on the patent system and the innovation economy, says Boyd Lemna of Personalized Media Communications LLC.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Trends In Protection Of Anonymous Online Speech

    Margaret Krawiec

    Soon the Texas Supreme Court will consider under what circumstances Glassdoor should be compelled to reveal the identities of anonymous reviewers. Skadden attorneys Margaret Krawiec and Thomas Parnham discuss how courts over the years have answered the fundamental First Amendment question of whether to unmask an internet user who chooses to speak anonymously.

  • Japan's Balanced Approach To SEP Licensing

    David Kappos

    The Japan Patent Office's new guide to licensing for standard-essential patents maintains an admirable neutrality in tone, language and substance, making it an effective reference tool for all sides in SEP licensing, says David Kappos, a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.