Technology

  • November 22, 2017

    Evolving Tech Drives New Risks For Transpo Cos.

    Technological advancements and changing consumer demands are forcing transportation companies to streamline their operations to stay competitive, and experts warn that adapting to the changing landscape means tackling new legal risks. Here, Law360 examines some emerging technology in the transportation sector.

  • November 21, 2017

    Uber Admits Hackers Stole Data On 57 Million Riders

    Uber admitted Tuesday that hackers stole personal data on 57 million riders worldwide, in a breach the company did not disclose for over a year.

  • November 21, 2017

    What We Know About The Upcoming Net Neutrality Vote

    The Federal Communications Commission revealed its plans Tuesday to vote on the proposed rollback of net neutrality protections at its December open meeting. The substance of the proposed order is expected to be unveiled Wednesday, but FCC commissioners and senior officials have already painted the broad strokes of what a net neutrality rule repeal will look like. Here's what we know about the upcoming Restoring Internet Freedom vote.

  • November 21, 2017

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive NBA 2K Face Scans Suit

    A Second Circuit panel affirmed Tuesday that NBA 2K players were not injured by the video game’s collection and retention of scans of their faces, but it found the case should have been dismissed without prejudice to give the players the opportunity to renew their state law claims alleging violations of Illinois' privacy law.

  • November 21, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Nixes $2.2M Award In Circuit Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday set aside $2.2 million in damages that Presidio Components Inc. won in a patent suit against rival American Technical Ceramics Corp. over electrical capacitors, finding that Presidio failed to prove it was entitled to recover lost profits.

  • November 21, 2017

    What To Watch As High Court Weighs PTAB Partial Decisions

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday over the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's process for instituting review of patents, an appeal that could end up having a far-reaching impact. Here, Law360 takes a look at how the Supreme Court's decision could benefit patent owners and petitioners, and what consequences it may have for the PTAB.

  • November 21, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: AppLovin, Nestlé, SQM

    AppLovin and China’s Orient Hontai are altering their $1.4 billion deal to try to pass regulatory muster, Nestlé is among those wooing U.S. organic and vegetarian food maker Hain Celestial, and multiple suitors are vying for a roughly $4.8 billion stake in a Chilean lithium producer.

  • November 21, 2017

    Ardian Reacquires European Biz Process Outsourcing Firm

    Private equity outfit Ardian has agreed to reacquire Competence Call Center Group roughly four years after having sold the European business process outsourcing services provider to Silverfleet Capital, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • November 21, 2017

    Judge Slams Battery Co.'s 'Gamesmanship' In Antitrust MDL

    A California federal judge on Tuesday threatened to sanction Simplo USA and hold it in contempt for violating orders requiring the lithium-ion battery pack developer to hand over sales data in multidistrict litigation over an alleged conspiracy to fix battery prices, saying “all I see is gamesmanship — nothing else.”

  • November 21, 2017

    PTAB Upholds Voip-Pal Patents At Center Of $2.8B Apple Suit

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday upheld numerous claims in two patents that Apple Inc.’s iMessage and WiFi calling features are accused of infringing in a $2.8 billion lawsuit, finding the smartphone maker hadn’t shown the claims are invalid.

  • November 21, 2017

    PE-Backed Cos. Unveil Secondary Offerings Totaling $470M

    Private equity-backed food distribution giant Performance Food Group Co. and software provider Black Knight Inc. priced secondary stock offerings raising a combined $470 million on Tuesday, enabling their private equity shareholders to unload sizable stakes in the companies.

  • November 21, 2017

    Reed Smith Hires Cyber Atty For San Francisco Office

    Reed Smith LLP has reached across the ocean to pluck a new information technology, privacy and data security attorney from Mayer Brown JSM’s Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, bolstering its San Francisco roster with a 10-year veteran experienced in high-tech litigation.

  • November 21, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Dentons, Orrick Make Tech Plays

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products aimed at aiding lawyers coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at eight major recent developments in legal tech.

  • November 21, 2017

    Golden State Warriors Can't Block Fan's App-Spying Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday said that the Golden State Warriors cannot escape a lawsuit accusing the NBA team of secretly recording private conversations through a smartphone app, but found that the proposed class failed to show how app developer YinzCam Inc. intercepted the communications.

  • November 21, 2017

    FCC Pushes Forward With Net Neutrality Rollback Plans

    The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that it will vote at its Dec. 14 monthly meeting on rolling back the legal underpinning for its net neutrality rules, forecasting a total repeal of the Obama-era safeguards that prevent paid content prioritization and other schemes that would create "fast" and "slow" lanes for internet content.

  • November 20, 2017

    What Ending H-4 Work Permits Means For Cos., Immigrants

    With the Trump administration reportedly mulling plans to end work authorization for H-4 visa holders, thousands of immigrant spouses may lose the ability to work in the U.S., potentially halving their families’ incomes and creating another headache for employers.

  • November 20, 2017

    Uber Slams Waymo's Bid To Tell Jury Of Missing Evidence

    A jury shouldn’t hear allegations Uber destroyed evidence in Waymo LLC’s suit over allegedly stolen self-driving car trade secrets, Uber told a California federal judge Monday, saying Waymo’s request was untimely and didn’t meet the “stringent requirements” of proving Uber destroyed evidence knowing it would be sued.

  • November 20, 2017

    SEO Firm Can't Use German Privacy Law In IP Discovery Row

    A dispute about the scope of Germany’s stringent data privacy laws took center stage in a patent row earlier this month between two search engine optimization firms facing off in California federal court, when a judge chided one company for trying to hold on to data that was already shielded by a protective order.

  • November 20, 2017

    DigitalGlobe Investors Seek Share Appraisal In $2.4B Deal

    Shareholders of satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe Inc. filed a petition in Delaware state court late Friday seeking appraisal of their shares in the firm following a $2.4 billion cash-and-stock merger with MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. that closed last month.

  • November 20, 2017

    Snap Investor Class Action Could Bounce Back To State Court

    A California federal judge on Monday said she’s inclined to send back to state court a putative class action from Snap Inc. investors accusing the company of understating the stock-based compensation incurred as part of its initial public offering by $300 million, while the tech giant urged her to retain jurisdiction for the purpose of sending a certified question to the Delaware Supreme Court.

Expert Analysis

  • Amicus Arguments For And Against Inter Partes Review

    Thomas King

    In Oil States v. Greene’s — set for oral argument on Monday — more than 50 amicus briefs have been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, representing a substantial share of the U.S. GDP. The issues presented are weighty, including concerns regarding separation of powers and the limits of the administrative state, the impact of inter partes reviews on the patent system, and the application of originalism to 18th century patent practice... (continued)

  • How Blockchain Could Change The Energy Industry: Part 2

    Caroline Stewart

    Incorporating blockchain technology into the energy marketplace poses considerable challenges. Blockchain developers must proceed in the face of regulatory uncertainty, while regulators must address reliability, stability and security concerns. But in the end, it is likely that the opportunities will outweigh the obstacles, says Caroline Stewart of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Inventorship Considerations In Omnibus Patent Applications

    Peter Sleman

    Ericsson recently announced that it had filed a “landmark” patent application that covers a “complete architecture for the 5G network standard” and includes 130 inventors. Patent prosecutors across the country likely trembled at the mention of 130 inventors in a single application — and for good reason, says Peter Sleman of Wei & Sleman LLP.

  • 4 Data-Scraping Lessons From 7th Circ. Ruling

    Benjamin Byer

    Although the Seventh Circuit recently vacated a preliminary injunction that required two competing software companies to allow a third-party data scraper access to their sites and data, the case highlights the complex intersection of big data, copyright, antitrust and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, says Benjamin Byer of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Initial Coin Offerings May Face A Global Crackdown

    Paul Anderson

    In recent years, initial coin offerings have exploded into the spotlight, but following their recent ban in China and South Korea, and mobilization from a number of top financial regulators in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, it is almost certain that we will see rapid developments in ICO regulation, say Paul Anderson and Harriet Rogers of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • How Blockchain Could Change The Energy Industry: Part 1

    Caroline Stewart

    Blockchain technology has expanded far beyond cryptocurrencies and into the energy sphere, enabling peer-to-peer payment and potentially catalyzing distributed energy resources. But full integration of blockchain will require confronting a complex energy regulatory landscape, as well as reliability, security and stability concerns, says Caroline Stewart of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    "Alexander Hamilton"

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Deflating Uber's 'Puffery' Defense On Safety Claims

    Thomas Dickerson

    Uber and taxi companies in California, Texas and New York are debating whether Uber's use of words like "safe" and "safety" is misleading and deceptive or mere "puffery." Conflicting rulings from federal courts suggest litigation on this issue will continue, says retired New York State Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Dickerson.

  • 4th Circ. Bypasses Review Standards In Top-Hat Plan Suit

    Marianna Jasiukaitis

    In Plotnick v. Computer Sciences, the Fourth Circuit recently addressed the circuit split over the standard of review applicable to plans providing benefits for highly paid executives, but ultimately found that distinguishing between competing standards of review was unnecessary, says Marianna Jasiukaitis of Funk & Bolton PA.