Technology

  • September 20, 2017

    Uber Asks 9th Circ. To Decertify Driver Wage Class

    Uber urged the Ninth Circuit at a hearing Wednesday to decertify a class of drivers who say they were misclassified as independent contractors and send their claims to arbitration, saying the drivers’ individual interests preclude certification and that the court’s 2016 decision in another Uber case requires arbitration of individual claims.

  • September 20, 2017

    New Group Aims To Protect American IP In Trade Deals

    Trade associations from the entertainment, art, medical and technology industries announced a new partnership Tuesday with a mission to advance creativity and innovation while facing the challenge of enforcing their intellectual property internationally.

  • September 20, 2017

    PTAB Erred In Communication Patent Ruling, Fed. Circ. Says

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling that NFC Technology failed to show the inventor of a near-field communication device had created a prototype that rendered a patent obvious, saying the decision lacked substantial evidence.

  • September 20, 2017

    Requests Soar For Evidence On H-1B Visa Applications

    The number of requests for evidence on H-1B visa petitions for skilled workers has shot up by 45 percent this year compared to the same period in 2016, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics.

  • September 20, 2017

    Bally Slots Owner Drops $628M On Gambling Software Co.

    Gambling product provider Scientific Games Corp., which owns slot machine maker Bally Technologies Inc., has struck a deal to scoop up digital gambling software company NYX Gaming Group Ltd. for roughly $628.3 million to create a digital gambling and lottery powerhouse, the pair announced on Wednesday.

  • September 20, 2017

    White Collar 'Goes Dark' With Rise Of Secret Messaging Apps

    White collar suspects’ use of email and other electronic communications about their illicit activity has been a boon to prosecutors for decades, but the rise of encrypted messaging apps and other new technology may be a roadblock to Wall Street prosecutors accustomed to a run of successes.

  • September 20, 2017

    Waymo Pegs Uber Trade Secret Theft Harm At $2.6B

    Amid revelations on Wednesday that a Waymo-commissioned expert report estimated damages caused by Uber’s alleged trade secret theft at $2.6 billion, U.S. District Judge William Alsup accused the Alphabet spinoff of crying “crocodile tears” in seeking to delay trial over the purported theft of self-driving car technology.

  • September 20, 2017

    D-Link Shakes FTC's Unfairness Claim In Data Security Row

    A California federal judge on Tuesday trimmed the Federal Trade Commission's closely watched suit accusing D-Link Systems Inc. of failing to adequately secure its connected devices, ruling that the commission had failed to allege any actual consumer injury to support its unfairness claim and that two of its deception claims weren't specific enough.

  • September 20, 2017

    Inside Toshiba’s Long-Awaited $17.9B Memory Biz Sale

    After months of setbacks and a series of rumored suitors, Toshiba finally unveiled firm plans to unload its memory business in a roughly 2 trillion yen ($17.9 billion) sale to a consortium led by Boston-based Bain Capital despite the Japanese company's ongoing legal battle with a joint venture partner. Here, an interactive graphic outlines the twists and turns leading to the deal.

  • September 20, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Google, AIA Group, SIX Group

    Google is closing in on a deal to buy assets from struggling smartphone maker HTC, AIA Group is nearing an agreement to buy the roughly $4 billion insurance business of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Switzerland's stock exchange operator is mulling a sale of its multibillion-dollar payments business.

  • September 20, 2017

    PTAB Finds Wireless Patent Challenged By Arris, HP Invalid

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday nixed a Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC wireless communications patent that the company had accused numerous tech giants of infringing, finding that it was obvious as anticipated over prior art.

  • September 20, 2017

    CUT Method No Slam Dunk Despite Amazon, Medtronic Wins

    The U.S. Tax Court's decided preference for the comparable uncontrolled transaction method, as shown most recently in transfer-pricing victories for Amazon and Medtronic, may not necessarily increase the method's popularity among taxpayers, experts say.

  • September 20, 2017

    Ex-Fiber Optics Boss Accused Of $2M Insider Trading Scheme

    The former CEO of a fiber optics company that was bought by Corning Inc. last year was arrested Wednesday after being criminally charged and sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly using insider information and secret brokerage accounts to make $2 million.

  • September 20, 2017

    Global Cos. Say Internet Of Things Botnets Threaten All

    The world’s largest computer companies have called for a global response to the threats that botnets pose to federal networks and other critical infrastructure, arguing that targets vulnerable to hacking threaten the entire digital ecosystem, the federal agency advising the president on telecommunication policies said.

  • September 20, 2017

    KBC, Motley Rice To Lead Cloud Computing Co. Investor Suit

    A New York federal judge gave European investment firm KBC Asset Management NV and its lawyers at Motley Rice LLC the green light on Tuesday to lead a proposed securities fraud class action against cloud computing company Rackspace Hosting Inc.

  • September 20, 2017

    Court Square Leads $270M Digital Marketing Co. Investment

    System1, a Venice, California-based digital marketing company that provides businesses with targeted internet advertising services, has raked in $270 million from a group of investors led by private equity firm Court Square Capital Partners, according to a statement on Wednesday.

  • September 20, 2017

    Toshiba Inks $17.9B Memory Sale To Bain-Led Group

    Toshiba said Wednesday it will sell its memory business to a consortium led by Boston-based Bain Capital for about 2 trillion yen ($17.9 billion) in an effort to forge a turnaround, a major step in a turbulent sales process steeped in litigation with the Japanese company’s joint venture partner. 

  • September 19, 2017

    Fed Circ. Asked To Nix Finjan Cybersecurity Patents

    Blue Coat Systems Inc. and Palo Alto Networks Inc. asked the Federal Circuit to rethink a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling upholding a Finjan Inc. malware detection patent asserted against them, arguing that it had misinterpreted prior art.

  • September 19, 2017

    Firm Loses Bid To Block Sanction Of Emails To Uber Drivers

    The Ninth Circuit denied a request to stop a California federal judge from sending out notice of Lichten & Liss-Riordan PC’s allegedly improper communications with a class of Uber drivers who say they’ve been misclassified as independent contractors, hours after a brief claimed Uber was using confidentiality and sanctions as its “newest litigation tactic.”

  • September 19, 2017

    Feds Want 5 Years For Money-Laundering Korean Scientist

    Federal prosecutors told a California federal court on Monday that the former head of South Korea’s government-funded earthquake research program who was convicted of laundering bribery proceeds in the United States should be sentenced to nearly five years in prison, pushing back on his bid for a much shorter prison stay.

Expert Analysis

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Balancing Safety And Innovation In Automated Vehicles

    Michael Nelson

    When touting highly automated vehicles, original equipment manufacturers frequently cite the safety benefits. Michael Nelson and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland explore how OEMs consider setting their baseline safety metrics for HAVs to determine whether the early adoption of these vehicles is truly as safe a choice as the automotive community claims.

  • 4 Steps To A Successful Outsourcing Contract

    James Meadows

    The cause of British Airways' estimated £80 million information technology failure in May 2017 was human error, but human error outsourced. These kinds of disasters bring into sharp relief the exposures that may trip up even the most well-intentioned outsourcing arrangements, say James Meadows and Heather Clauson Haughian of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • CFIUS Continues To Present Obstacle To Chinese Acquisitions

    Brendan Hanifin

    Although presidential intervention to block a planned acquisition is relatively rare, President Donald Trump’s executive order last week blocking Canyon from acquiring Lattice was not especially surprising in light of recent precedent, the cautious approach of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and public statements by the Trump administration regarding China, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Managing Digital Vendor Risk — The Next Compliance Frontier

    Chris Olson

    Unfortunately, heightened awareness of third-party cyberrisk and the urgency of identifying third-party activity has not fully extended to the consumer-facing digital assets — websites, mobile applications, social media — that form the backbone of modern business-to-consumer communications, says Chris Olson, CEO of The Media Trust.

  • Fast And Frictionless: Key Legal Issues In POS Loans

    David Bright

    In order to deliver the fast lending experience that today's consumers want, the strategic partnerships in a point-of-sale loan program must be carefully negotiated and crafted to arrive at an approach that complies with consumer loan regulations and other laws. In addition, these partnerships must allow for critical "behind the scenes" sharing and coordination, says David Bright of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Risks And Rules For Data Collection At Retail Properties

    Daniel Ray

    Brick-and-mortar retailers and other property-level businesses have increasingly taken advantage of technology in learning about consumer behavior. But security breaches of consumer information have led to government investigations and multimillion-dollar settlements. Businesses should incorporate privacy principles at every stage of the development of data tracking and collection programs, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Finding Eligible Subject Matter For Business Methods

    Matthew Grady

    Although software and business method patents have recently come under fire, there are valid approaches to successfully preparing and prosecuting these applications in the current environment, say Matthew Grady and Ed Russavage of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.

  • Large And Small Cyberrisk Solutions For Health Care Cos.

    John Gilligan

    Following the radical changes brought by advances in internet of things technology, the health care industry must take both immediate micro steps and larger macro steps to protect its patients from cyberrisks, say John Gilligan and Kimberly Metzger of Ice Miller LLP.

  • Opinion

    Congress Must Do More To Speed Up DOD Cyber Acquisitions

    Daniel Schoeni

    The slow pace of cyber acquisitions constitutes a significant vulnerability. Congress has relieved some of the U.S. Department of Defense's regulatory burden in the past two years, but the streamlining efforts do not go nearly far enough to deter our enemies, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.