Technology

  • March 24, 2017

    IRS Must Rethink Transfer Pricing Cases After Amazon Loss

    The Internal Revenue Service's blistering loss in a $1.5 billion transfer pricing dispute with Amazon has experts calling for a re-examination of the agency's valuation methodologies in order to prevent it from wasting its own resources and those of taxpayers.

  • March 24, 2017

    Heart Apps Revise Ad, Privacy Practices In Deal With NY AG

    A trio of mobile health app developers have agreed to pay $30,000 and revise their advertising and privacy policies to resolve the New York attorney general's claims that they falsely touted their apps' ability to measure key vital signs and were unclear about what data the apps scooped up, the regulator said Thursday. 

  • March 24, 2017

    1.4 Million Illinois Job Seekers' Info Potentially Hacked

    Gov. Bruce Rauner's office confirmed Friday that a vendor contracted with the state's Department of Employment Security had its data breached earlier this month in a hack that touched the data of 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois.

  • March 24, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Latham, Kirkland, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Capitol Acquisition combined with Cision to go public in a $2.4 billion deal, a private equity firm acquired Checkers Drive-In Restaurants for $525 million, and a Connecticut-based data analytics service provider bought a risk management software firm for $205 million.

  • March 24, 2017

    EU Lawmakers Declare 'Privacy Shield' Pact Inadequate

    A European parliamentary committee on Thursday narrowly approved a resolution that slammed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield data transfer pact for “key deficiencies” that need to be addressed during an upcoming review of the mechanism, including concerns over the U.S. government’s alleged failure to curb sweeping surveillance efforts.

  • March 24, 2017

    ADT Agrees To Pay $16M To End Alarm Hackability Suits

    ADT LLC has agreed to pay $16 million to end five separate proposed class actions alleging the home security company deceived consumers about the efficiency of its devices and their vulnerability to hacking, according to documents filed in California federal court on Thursday,

  • March 24, 2017

    USPTO Tells Fed. Circ. AIA Time-Bar Orders Not Appealable

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has urged the full Federal Circuit to hold that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decisions that an America Invents Act petition is timely cannot be appealed, saying that the statute clearly prohibits such appeals.

  • March 24, 2017

    Texas Jury Hits Motorola For $9M In HD Voice Patent Trial

    A Texas federal jury on Friday hit Motorola Mobility LLC with a $9 million verdict, finding willful infringement of five patents related to voice quality on phone calls and rejecting Motorola’s claims the patents are invalid.

  • March 24, 2017

    FCC’s VoIP Phone Number Order Survives DC Circ. Challenge

    An association of state utility commissioners failed to show it was injured by a Federal Communications Commission order allowing certain voice over internet protocol providers like Vonage to get direct access to phone numbers, the D.C. Circuit ruled Friday, dismissing the association’s challenge.

  • March 24, 2017

    FCC Warned 5G Preemption Could Cost Localities 'Billions'

    The National League of Cities, the United States Conference of Mayors and other organizations asked the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to allow more time for comments on a request that it overrule local barriers to deploying fifth-generation wireless infrastructure, saying that the issue is complex and could cost local governments billions of dollars annually.

  • March 24, 2017

    Tech Startup Alteryx Raises $126M In IPO

    Venture-backed analytics provider Alteryx Inc. announced that it has raised $126 million after pricing an initial public offering on Thursday at $14 per share, making it the latest technology startup to join an increasingly receptive IPO pipeline.

  • March 24, 2017

    House Bill Would Make Copyright Chief President Appointee

    The House of Representatives on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill that would make the register of copyrights a presidentially appointed position, in a move lawmakers are calling a first step in a broader overhaul intended to bring the office into the digital age by giving it more resources and more independence.

  • March 24, 2017

    Cisco Says 'Barred' IP Rival Can't Bring Sales Antitrust Suit

    Cisco Systems Inc. asked a California federal judge Thursday to toss rival Arista Networks Inc.’s antitrust suit alleging it interfered with sales of Ethernet switches, arguing Arista lacks standing to bring the suit because the U.S. International Trade Commission had found that the switches infringe Cisco's patents.

  • March 24, 2017

    New Lawyers Must Embrace Emerging Tech, Paper Says

    An influx of new and emerging technologies means a number of legal industry changes and the possible elimination of legal work in certain areas, creating a need to educate up-and-coming law students on how to capitalize on these shifts, a new paper released on Thursday said.

  • March 24, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Time, Canyon Bridge Capital, Portsmouth

    A sale of Time valuing the magazine publisher at about $2 billion is inching closer, Canyon Bridge Capital will ask the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to review its $1.3 billion acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor for a second time, and Michael Eisner's investment firm is in exclusive talks to buy a professional soccer team.

  • March 24, 2017

    Loop, Attys Face $3.5M Fee Bid In 'Nightmare' IP Suit

    Almawave S.p.A. asked a California federal judge Thursday to force Loop AI Labs Inc. and its lawyer to pony up $3.5 million in attorneys’ fees — and a $250 still-unpaid sanction over spilled coffee in a deposition — in a contentious trade secrets dispute the company called a “nightmare.”

  • March 24, 2017

    Nephew’s Google Job Prompts Recusal In Confidentiality Row

    A California judge recused himself Friday from presiding over an anonymous Google employee's putative class action alleging the tech giant’s confidentiality policies violate whistleblower rights and state labor statutes, saying that his nephew works for Google Brain and could financially benefit from the case.

  • March 24, 2017

    Shareholders Hit PayPal Directors With Suit Over Venmo

    PayPal Holdings Inc. shareholders hit the company and insiders with a derivative class action on Friday over claims that poor governance allowed subsidiary Venmo to play fast and loose with consumer information and practices.

  • March 24, 2017

    MLB Accused Of Using Confidential Info For Training Website

    The developer of a Major League Baseball-branded website providing instructional content for youth baseball players, coaches and parents accused the league in New York state court on Wednesday of using confidential information to create a competing website with another partner.

  • March 24, 2017

    Ala. Gov. Signs Remote Vendor Sales Tax Reporting Bill

    Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday signed into law legislation requiring out-of-state sellers to report their sales to the state Department of Revenue and notify customers of their resulting tax obligations.

Expert Analysis

  • Challenging Personal Jurisdiction In Online Conduct Cases

    Blaine C. Kimrey

    A discussion of personal jurisdiction is conspicuously absent from an Illinois federal judge's recent opinion in Rivera v. Google. However, it seems that a company like Google could rely on past Seventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court decisions to dispute personal jurisdiction when there are no contacts between the defendant and the forum state, other than those created by the plaintiffs, say Blaine Kimrey and Bryan Clark of Vedder Price PC.

  • How Past And Present Aerial Photography Can Make The Case

    David Ruiz

    Many cases hinge on visual evidence. And aerial photography can play a key role, showing how geographic features or buildings looked in the past or have changed over time. Legal teams should be aware of the aerial photography resources available and the impact technological advances in the field may have on helping prove their case, says David Ruiz of Quantum Spatial Inc.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Expectations For High Court Patent Exhaustion Decision

    Charlie Steenberg

    The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to hold that the patent exhaustion doctrine bars patent owners from using patent law to enforce post-sale restrictions. While this ruling would have consequences, the concerns raised by Lexmark and amici may be somewhat overblown. The briefing and Tuesday's oral arguments were long on policy but short on concrete examples, say Charlie Steenburg and Ethan Marks of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Applying 'Footprint' Methodology To Prism V. Sprint

    Aaron R. Fahrenkrog

    The Federal Circuit's decision in Prism v. Sprint this month illustrates an example of the "footprint" approach to patent damages, interesting because of its focus on costs — and not revenues — as a reasonable royalty measure, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Why Calif. May Be The New Frontier For Autonomous Vehicles

    Linda Pfatteicher

    This month, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released new draft regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. California's announced commitment to advancing innovation is especially important now that states like Michigan and Florida are challenging its forerunner role in testing autonomous vehicles, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • How EU Data Privacy Reform Will Impact US Telecom Cos.

    Linda V. Priebe

    It's no secret that a new European Union and European Economic Area data protection regulation will go into effect next year. What is not clearly understood is that U.S. communications companies without any EU/EEA customers of their own, may find themselves subject to the new general data protection regulation simply because their U.S. customers have customers in the EU/EEA, says Linda Priebe of Culhane Meadows PLLC.