Technology

  • April 02, 2020

    Firms Say Berger Montague 'Piggybacked' On InventHelp Suit

    Oxman Law Group PLLC and Kirby McInerney LLP asked a Pennsylvania federal court to fold a "copycat" lawsuit against invention-marketing service InventHelp into their own, arguing that Berger Montague PC had "piggybacked" off their complaint and years of work.

  • April 02, 2020

    SoftBank Terminates $3B Tender Offer For WeWork Shares

    SoftBank said Thursday that it will not go forward with a tender offer for up to $3 billion of WeWork shares for multiple reasons, including that various conditions to the deal were unsatisfied and that the coronavirus has caused significant disruptions to the workspace-sharing company’s business.

  • April 01, 2020

    Facebook, Chamber Back Bid To Strike TCPA Autodialer Ban

    Facebook, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than a half-dozen others have joined the push to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's autodialer ban, arguing that axing the entire speech-abridging provision is the only way to properly remedy First Amendment deficiencies.

  • April 01, 2020

    FTC, Axon Spar Over Jurisdiction In Federal Court

    Police body camera maker Axon Enterprises sparred with the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday during a hearing held over the phone before an Arizona federal judge over whether the court can hear Axon’s constitutional challenge of the agency’s structure and merger review process.

  • April 01, 2020

    Calif. Judge Cuts Down OT Class Suit Against HP Spinoff

    A California federal judge on Tuesday partially tossed a proposed class action accusing a Hewlett Packard spinoff and others of misclassifying workers to avoid paying them overtime, saying the worker failed to show that the companies qualified as her joint employers. 

  • April 01, 2020

    Microsoft Warns Hospitals Vulnerable To Ransomware Attacks

    Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday that it had warned dozens of hospitals that it believes are particularly vulnerable to being held hostage by ransomware attackers during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • April 01, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Won’t Restore $1.3M CBS Podcast Patent Verdict

    The full Federal Circuit on Wednesday said it won’t reconsider a panel decision refusing to reinstate a $1.3 million verdict against CBS involving a podcasting patent invalidated in inter partes review after the verdict came down.

  • April 01, 2020

    Uber Misclassification Risks Spreading COVID-19, Drivers Say

    Uber drivers asked a California federal judge at a call-in hearing Wednesday for an emergency order requiring Uber to classify drivers as employees, arguing misclassifying them as independent contractors — with no paid sick leave — may cause infected drivers to keep working, exacerbating the spread of COVID-19.

  • April 01, 2020

    Tesla, Ex-Employee Spar Over $168M 'Saboteur' Suit

    Tesla and an ex-employee it has accused of stealing trade secrets and siphoning them to third parties duked it out over whether the automaker's claims for $168 million in damages or the employee's counterclaims for defamation and invasion of privacy should survive.

  • April 01, 2020

    Dish Rival Asks DC Circ. To Rethink Spectrum License Ruling

    California-based telecom provider NTCH Inc. urged the full D.C. Circuit Wednesday to review spectrum license modifications the Federal Communications Commission awarded to Dish Network Corp., saying the commission's refusal to address NTCH's concerns on procedural grounds was "patently a pretext to avoid addressing the unlawfulness" of its own actions.

  • April 01, 2020

    Telegram Cannot Narrow SEC's Injunction, Judge Rules

    A New York federal judge has ruled that Telegram cannot narrow a preliminary injunction prohibiting the messaging company from distributing its Gram digital tokens, saying the injunction applies to all purchasers, even those outside the United States.

  • April 01, 2020

    Dems Probe Net Neutrality Repeal's Effect On FCC Oversight

    A pack of Democratic senators called on the head of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to suss out how the agency's controversial net neutrality repeal could hinder public safety, universal access and competition for broadband.

  • April 01, 2020

    Wi-Fi Sharing And 5G Funding On FCC's Agenda For April

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Wednesday that he will press his fellow commissioners to add more airwaves capacity for Wi-Fi and to launch a new phase of funding for 5G infrastructure this month.

  • April 01, 2020

    Iranian Co. Loses Bid To Lift Sanctions Despite EU Precedent

    A D.C. federal judge has tossed a challenge to the Office of Foreign Assets Control's decision to leave sanctions in place against an Iranian electronics company, ruling that OFAC's decision was well-explained and based on solid evidence about the company's dealings with other sanctioned companies.

  • April 01, 2020

    Theranos Judge Rips 'Tone' Of Attys' Pandemic-Related Filing

    A California federal judge on Wednesday took issue with the "tone" of a request by ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' counsel to let them violate shelter-in-place orders to prepare for her upcoming trial, saying it wasn’t necessary and they should have had a “rational discussion” instead of filing a proposed order.

  • April 01, 2020

    Wells Fargo Agrees To Pay $18.5M To End Mortgage Claims

    Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $18.5 million to settle claims that it denied loan modifications to eligible mortgage borrowers, according to a preliminary settlement agreement filed in California federal court.

  • April 01, 2020

    Dem COVID-19 Package Includes $86B Boost For Broadband

    House Democrats unveiled their plan Wednesday for a fourth-phase coronavirus rescue package, proposing $86 billion for broadband infrastructure and $12 billion to support next-generation 911 services.

  • April 01, 2020

    Professor Gets 2021 Trial Date In Huawei IP Theft Case

    A Brooklyn federal judge set a 2021 trial date Wednesday for a Chinese professor accused of conspiring with tech giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to steal information from a California semiconductor startup, building in time for COVID-19 delays.

  • April 01, 2020

    Calif. Solar Co. Says Rival Stole 'Shingled' Tech IP

    A Canadian solar company has started making "shingled" solar modules that are more powerful and efficient than conventional units by leveraging the trade secrets of its Golden State rival's technology, according to a patent infringement lawsuit filed in California federal court.

  • April 01, 2020

    Chinese Hologram Co. WiMi Prices $26M IPO At Low End

    Chinese hologram company WiMi Hologram Cloud Inc. on Wednesday priced a $26 million initial public offering below its intended range, marking the first company to go public on a U.S. exchange in nearly a month amid a sharp slowdown following the coronavirus outbreak.

  • April 01, 2020

    Facebook Can't Halt Antitrust Row Discovery, Say App Makers

    App developers are firing back at Facebook's bid to halt discovery until a California federal court rules on the company's request to toss their case alleging an illegal monopolistic scheme, arguing the "frivolous" attempt to pause discovery failed to meet its burden of showing the complaint is "facially deficient as to warrant a stay."

  • April 01, 2020

    Second Magistrate Judge Bows Out Of Apple Patent Dispute

    A second magistrate judge has been recused in a patent suit in Florida federal court accusing Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. of infringing a patent held by ParkerVision Inc., this time because the new judge lived across the street from the CEO of ParkerVision.

  • April 01, 2020

    T-Mobile, Sprint Close Merger As Judge Clears Deal With DOJ

    A D.C. federal judge signed off Wednesday on the U.S. Department of Justice deal clearing T-Mobile’s purchase of Sprint, the same day the companies closed the massive tie-up after undergoing intense congressional scrutiny and challenges from consumers and state attorneys general.

  • April 01, 2020

    Citing Free Speech, Judge Ends 'Call Of Duty' Humvee Case

    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Activision Blizzard cannot be sued for trademark infringement for featuring Humvees in “Call of Duty” video games, saying the game developer was shielded by the First Amendment.

  • March 31, 2020

    Coronavirus Response To Test Limits Of Location Privacy

    U.S. authorities may be able to use location data culled from smartphones to track people amid the coronavirus pandemic without breaching privacy laws, but they should explain how they are masking that data and taking steps to avoid targeting individuals, attorneys told Law360.

Expert Analysis

  • Ways Lawyers Can Support The Most Vulnerable Right Now

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    In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.

  • Telehealth During COVID-19: New Rules And Considerations

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    Changes in federal and state regulations are expanding access to remote health care in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and health care providers need to be thinking about licensure, how to establish valid practitioner-patient relationships, prescribing authority, technology requirements and more, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

  • Preparing For Private Right Of Action Under Calif. Privacy Law

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    While enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act won’t begin until July, the private right of action created by the CCPA is available to consumers now, and companies assessing their litigation risk should evaluate three open questions, say Amanda Lawrence and Michael Rome at Buckley.

  • Opinion

    Remote Notarization Bill Will Help Save The Economy

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    The Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act recently proposed in Congress should be enacted as soon as possible because it will remove antiquated barriers to conducting business transactions and protect people from COVID-19 and other diseases, says Scott Rahn at RMO.

  • Discrimination Suits May Upend 30 Years Of OFCCP Precedent

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    The legal battles being waged between the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Oracle, which arise out of the Trump administration's unprecedentedly aggressive anti-discrimination enforcement strategy, could ultimately weaken the OFCCP's institutional authority, says Pratik Chougule at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

  • Shelter-In-Place Orders Raise 5 Business Operations Issues

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    State and local authorities' COVID-19-related orders to shelter in place raise several critical questions that businesses must address in order to protect their employees, data, information technology infrastructure and operations, say Erin Illman and Steve Snyder at Bradley Arant.

  • 3 Steps To Building Effective Teams While On Lockdown

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    When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.

  • NY Fraud Ruling Shows High Bar To Prove Director Liability

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    Although the New York Supreme Court Commercial Division's decision in Acacia Investments v. West End Equity I leaves the door open for recovery against entities that receive fraudulent transfers of assets, the ruling demonstrates the high bar for proving individual directors were at fault in fraudulent conveyance claims, say Robert Quirk and Muhammad Faridi at Patterson Belknap.

  • Tips For Cos. Confronting Pandemic Impact On Global Trade

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    Companies can best weather the effects of the pandemic on international trade by taking certain steps related to supply chains, tariff modifications, and export controls and sanctions, while also remaining mindful of the expanding jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19

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    As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • How To Conduct Depositions Remotely

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    Remote depositions are a useful tool for meeting discovery deadlines while allowing all parties to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But they come with a unique set of challenges, say Eliot Williams and Daniel Rabinowitz at Baker Botts. 

  • FTC Actions, Breach Cases Guide COVID-19 Cyber Response

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    Recent Federal Trade Commission enforcement actions and federal court data breach litigation reveal that companies' cybersecurity measures may be judged based on their foresight and responsiveness to the new risks posed by COVID-19, rather than standards used during normal circumstances, say attorneys at Kelley Drye.

  • A Guide To Zealously Representing Clients During COVID-19

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    The American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to be zealous advocates for clients' interests, but how do these rules apply in this unprecedented time of COVID-19? Anne Lockner at Robins Kaplan offers some pointers.

  • Beware Pervasive Trademark Scams During COVID-19

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    Trademark scams related to COVID-19 are certain to persist for the foreseeable future, but brand owners can mitigate their consequences by proactively registering marks, employing watch services, sending cease-and-desist letters, and staying on top of the latest high-tech scams, say Ann Fort and Cameron Murphy at Eversheds Sutherland.

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