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Technology

  • December 18, 2018

    Red Hat Shareholder Sues To Stop $34B IBM Sale

    A Red Hat Inc. investor filed a putative class action Tuesday in Delaware federal court seeking to block a shareholder vote on the software company's planned $34 billion sale to IBM, saying a proxy statement urging support for the deal omits or misrepresents information needed to make an informed decision.

  • December 18, 2018

    Facebook Row Fair Game For Ill. Privacy Law, 9th Circ. Told

    Several privacy groups are pushing the Ninth Circuit to uphold a ruling that certified a class of Illinois users who claim that Facebook's face-scanning practices violate the state’s biometric privacy law, arguing Monday that requiring consumers to prove actual damages rather than allowing them to rely solely on statutory violations would "gut" the robust privacy statute.

  • December 18, 2018

    T-Mobile Tie-Up Inches Closer To Finish Line With Security OK

    Sprint and T-Mobile have notched approval from U.S. national security officials to proceed with their proposed merger, clearing a hurdle that could have impeded the Federal Communications Commission's recently restarted review of the deal.

  • December 18, 2018

    BuzzFeed Can't Use Public Figure Defense In Dossier Suit

    A Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday that Russian tech executive Aleksej Gubarev is not a public figure for the purposes of his defamation suit against BuzzFeed over the website's publication of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.

  • December 18, 2018

    Ex-Panasonic Subsidiary Execs Reach Deal After FCPA Row

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday charged two former senior executives of a Panasonic Corp. subsidiary with cooking the books through inflated revenue reports and kickbacks to foreign government officials in a scheme that cost the company more than $280 million.

  • December 18, 2018

    Where 5 Top MDLs Stand At The End Of 2018

    The past year was a lively one on the multidistrict litigation docket as major MDLs over the opiate crisis and the Equifax data breach got up and running, while cases concerning a Monsanto weedkiller and a common hospital technology revved for early bellwether trials.

  • December 18, 2018

    Twitter Apologizes For Security Flaw That Exposed User Data

    Twitter Inc. has apologized for a November security issue that exposed user data, including the country codes of phone numbers and account statuses, to actors who may be connected to the Chinese and Saudi Arabian governments.

  • December 18, 2018

    Chancellor Probes Age Claim In Suit Over $283M NCI Merger

    Delaware’s chancellor on Tuesday pressed an attorney to back up investor claims that advanced age and retirement concerns motivated NCI Inc.’s controlling stockholder to cash out through an allegedly unfair and inadequate $283 million go-private sale.

  • December 18, 2018

    IPass Keeping Investors In Dark On Tech Merger, Suit Says

    A stockholder filed a proposed class action in Delaware federal court Tuesday claiming that wireless connectivity technology company iPass Inc. has failed to provide enough financial information to shareholders about a proposed merger with software company Pareteum Corp.

  • December 18, 2018

    Expedia Overcharges Tax On Hotel Bookings, Suit Says

    Expedia Inc. wrongly hiked the amount of “taxes and fees” charged to customers of third-party hotel booking sites and wrongly kept whatever wasn’t due to the government, according to a proposed class action filed Monday in federal court in Washington state.

  • December 18, 2018

    Attys Want $2.7M Fee In TurboTax Refund Fraud Deal

    Attorneys who successfully represented class members affected by fraudsters filing 915,000 fake tax returns through TurboTax asked a federal court in California on Tuesday for $2.7 million in fees.

  • December 18, 2018

    FTC Gets Qualcomm Expert Nixed Before Antitrust Trial

    The Federal Trade Commission won its bid to exclude testimony from a Qualcomm expert who crafted his opinion out of documents the chipmaker submitted too late, a California federal judge has ruled just a few weeks before the agency’s antitrust trial is set to kick off.

  • December 18, 2018

    HP Urges Justices Again To Weigh In On Fed. Circ. Alice Bar

    HP doubled down Tuesday on its efforts to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit decision that made it harder for accused infringers to toss patents quickly in litigation, telling the justices that the appeals court’s decision has sparked “demonstrable confusion.”

  • December 18, 2018

    DPW Says It Plans To Float Technology Unit

    California-based holding company DPW Holdings on Tuesday said it will pursue taking a technology unit public, weeks after the company said it agreed to simplify its organizational structure and spin off a cloud computing service unit.

  • December 18, 2018

    FCC Should Review Sinclair Renewals Early, Cable Org Says

    The American Cable Association on Tuesday continued to urge the Federal Communications Commission to require Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. to file early renewal applications for four of its television stations, so that the commission can determine whether or not Sinclair lied when it attempted to acquire the Tribune Media Co.

  • December 18, 2018

    Panasonic, Others To Pay $33M To Indirect Resistor Buyers

    Panasonic Corp. and several other electronics companies will pay more than $33 million to indirect buyers of resistors used in common electronic devices under the terms of proposed antitrust settlements filed in California federal court.

  • December 18, 2018

    HTC Can't Duck Ericsson Counterclaims In IP Antitrust Row

    A Texas federal judge refused Monday to toss Ericsson's counterclaims against HTC, holding that they're more than a "mirror image" of HTC's claims alleging Ericsson is trying to overcharge on royalties to license standard-essential cellular and wireless network patents.

  • December 18, 2018

    Alice Can't Help Bumble Dump Tinder's Swiping Patents

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss an intellectual property dispute between dating app rivals Bumble and Tinder, holding that Bumble Trading Inc. had failed to show at this stage that the swiping patents owned by Tinder’s patent company Match Group LLC are invalid.

  • December 18, 2018

    Nasdaq Unit Ups Bid For Swedish Fintech Cinnober To $220M

    A subsidiary of Nasdaq Inc. said on Tuesday that it has increased its offer to acquire Swedish trading technology provider Cinnober Financial Technology AB for 1.9 billion Swedish krona ($219.5 million).

  • December 18, 2018

    EU Approves €1.75B Multistate Tech Research Project

    European watchdogs on Tuesday approved a plan from France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. to invest a total of €1.75 billion ($1.99 billion) in research focused on improving chip and sensor technology, the first project of its kind to receive approval under one of the bloc’s state aid rules.

Expert Analysis

  • The 3 Most Important Bid Protest Decisions Of 2018

    Aron Beezley

    In 2018, three particularly important decisions were issued that will have a significant impact on corrective action protests, set-aside priority protests and protests involving "other transaction agreements" for years to come. Attorneys at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP provide insights on how these cases will shape the bid protest landscape going forward.

  • Will Fed. Circ. Consider The Competitor Standing Doctrine?

    Matthew Dowd

    A major hurdle to the Federal Circuit’s full participation in developing patent law is Article III standing to appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Matthew Dowd of Dowd Scheffel PLLC and Jonathan Stroud of Unified Patents examine whether the Federal Circuit will recognize and apply competitor standing for establishing an injury in fact.

  • How FIRRMA Changed National Security Reviews In 2018

    Farhad Jalinous

    The passage of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act in August expanded the range of transactions that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is able to review for national security concerns — especially transactions related to China, say attorneys at White & Case LLP.

  • Ripe For High Court: Article III Standing In Data Breach Cases

    Ken Kronstadt

    Following Spokeo v. Robins, divergent court decisions have created uncertainty over insurance coverage for data breaches when customers' information is exposed but not misused. The matter of Zappos could provide the U.S. Supreme Court with an opportunity to resolve the split of authority, says Ken Kronstadt of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • A Series Of 1st-Time Crypto Actions For The SEC

    David Zaslowsky

    November was an especially aggressive month for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in terms of cracking down on unauthorized digital activities. Three enforcement actions described as "firsts" demonstrate that the SEC will be using all of the tools in its toolkit, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • How The GDPR Changed Data Privacy In 2018

    Jessica Lee

    The European Union General Data Protection Regulation became enforceable on May 25, 2018, bringing in a flurry of privacy notice updates, the shutdown of certain EU-facing websites and advertising activities, and a good amount of heartburn for companies within its territorial scope, says Jessica Lee of Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.