Technology

  • September 20, 2019

    2 Telecom Orgs Back FCC Formula Freeze In DC Circ.

    Two telecom organizations filed an amicus brief Thursday with the D.C. Circuit, supporting the Federal Communications Commission's decision to suspend old accounting methods that governed national and in-state phone networks.

  • September 20, 2019

    Ohio Gov. Too Central To Permit Delays To Exit Suit: Telecom

    A telecom has urged an Ohio federal judge to keep the state's governor and lieutenant governor as defendants in a lawsuit over delayed broadband permits on Ohio public lands, arguing they are directly responsible for a drawn-out approval process.

  • September 20, 2019

    Facebook Says It Suspended 'Tens of Thousands' Of Apps

    Facebook said Friday that it has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps that may have misused its members' information, a far higher number than the social giant has previously disclosed amid fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal.

  • September 20, 2019

    What Attorneys Must Know About The Draft CFIUS Rules

    The draft rules for the overhaul of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States are finally out, providing more detail about the changes coming to the process for reviewing inbound transactions for potential national security concerns. Here, Law360 outlines the key clarifications provided by the proposed regulations.

  • September 20, 2019

    O'Rielly Slams Defense Bill Directive For 5G Spectrum Study

    FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has criticized a provision in a defense funding bill that would direct the U.S. Department of Defense to start testing shared-spectrum regimes, saying such a mandate would usurp the traditional role other agencies play in developing spectrum policy.

  • September 20, 2019

    Eutelsat Wavers On Rejoining C-Band Alliance In FCC Notice

    Eutelsat, the French satellite company that left a prominent industry lobbying group earlier this month, indicated to the Federal Communications Commission that it would consider rejoining the C-Band Alliance if certain unspecified conditions are met.

  • September 20, 2019

    Seven Firms To Steer 4 IPOs Raising $1.8B, Led By Peloton

    Seven law firms will steer four initial public offerings slated to price during the week of Sept. 23, led by an estimated $1.1 billion offering by home exercise startup Peloton Interactive and Hollywood talent agency Endeavor Group's potential $600 million IPO.

  • September 20, 2019

    Semiconductor Co. Says Enplas Suit Not Worth Justices' Time

    A U.S. Supreme Court petition filed by Enplas Display Device Corp. over inducing infringement of LCD technology patents doesn't raise any legal questions worthy of the justices' review, Seoul Semiconductor Co. has said.

  • September 20, 2019

    DLA Piper, Orrick Steer Clutter’s $152M NYC Storage Buy

    Storage startup Clutter said Friday it has acquired the New York real estate portfolio of The Storage Fox for $152 million with guidance from DLA Piper and Orrick as the startup looks to expand its self-storage offerings.

  • September 20, 2019

    VirnetX Loses Bid For Fed. Circ. Rehearing In $1B Apple Row

    A Federal Circuit panel on Thursday shot down VirnetX’s petition to reconsider claims in two network security patents that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated as part of an appeal tied to $1 billion in jury verdicts against Apple Inc.

  • September 20, 2019

    Chinese Fintech Co. Seeks Toss Of Suit Over Post-IPO Regs

    The Beijing-based Jianpu Technology Inc. has told a New York federal judge that a stock-drop suit claiming it didn’t disclose impending government regulations before launching its initial public offering is pleading a textbook case of “fraud by hindsight.”

  • September 20, 2019

    Taxation With Representation: Simpson, Latham, Baker

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, home technology company Vivint Smart Home makes a $5.6 billion merger, Energy Transfer nabs SemGroup for $5.1 billion, and Danish drugmaker Lundbeck makes a $2 billion pharmaceutical deal.

  • September 20, 2019

    McDermott Int'l Weighs Options For $2.5B Lummus Tech Biz

    McDermott International Inc. said Friday that it has received unsolicited takeover interest for its Lummus Technology business, which could be worth more than $2.5 billion in a deal, and the Houston-based engineering and construction company is mulling whether to sell the unit.

  • September 19, 2019

    Telecom Groups Warn Google Update Will Be Disruptive

    A group of telecommunications organizations sent a letter to congressional committees Thursday asking them to seek information from Google about a new internet browser protocol that the tech company plans to implement.

  • September 19, 2019

    Wells Fargo Doubts Counsel's Adequacy In Mortgage Action

    Wells Fargo responded sharply to a motion for class certification filed in California federal court alleging the bank denied mortgage aid to more than 900 eligible homeowners, saying Thursday the "egregious" deficiencies in the motion "provide reasons to doubt the adequacy of plaintiffs' counsel."

  • September 19, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Wipes Out Chrimar's Win After PTAB Axes Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday wiped out Chrimar’s trial win over ALE USA Inc. in a patent case involving Ethernet technology, finding more recent Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions invalidating parts of the patents “must be given effect.”

  • September 19, 2019

    Brazil, Russia, Others Confront Competition In Digital Markets

    Four of the five emerging economic powers known as the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa — see themselves as generally well-positioned to deal with the challenges of antitrust enforcement in the digital age, but challenges remain, according to a new report from their competition enforcers.

  • September 19, 2019

    Apple Gets Partial PTAB Win In Challenge To Uniloc Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has struck down several claims of a Uniloc network patent that was challenged by Apple Inc. in inter partes review, following accusations that its FaceTime technology infringed the patent.

  • September 19, 2019

    Security and IT Co. Boss Pleads Guilty In Stock-Pump Scheme

    The CEO of HD View 360 on Thursday admitted to his role in a pump-and-dump scheme to inflate the value of the Florida security and information technology company’s stock and generate about $2 million in illicit profits.

  • September 19, 2019

    Tinder Founder Paid Off Witnesses In $2B Suit, Match Says

    Match Group Inc. is accusing Tinder founder Sean Rad and his “litigation funder” of paying off witnesses for their support of his $2 billion suit against Match and its parent company, according to a series of filings unsealed in New York state court on Thursday.

  • September 19, 2019

    Sens. Call On FCC To Abandon Plan For Overall Subsidy Cap

    A group of influential Democratic senators asked the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to halt a plan that would impose an overall budget cap on the agency's Universal Service Fund subsidy programs, saying the move would fundamentally put connectivity at risk.

  • September 19, 2019

    Advocates Worry Nexstar Approval Will Restrict FCC Access

    When the Federal Communications Commission gave its blessing Monday to the Nexstar-Tribune broadcast merger, the commission's 40-page order included an easy-to-overlook footnote that mostly disqualified an advocacy organization from lodging a formal deal challenge. As it turns out, advocates say this small aside could have a big impact on the public's ability to participate in future FCC proceedings.

  • September 19, 2019

    Staffing Co. Wants Out Of Ex-Tesla Worker's Race Bias Suit

    CitiStaff Solutions Inc. is seeking to escape an African American man's suit alleging he faced rampant racial discrimination while working at Tesla Inc.'s California factory, insisting his bid to hold the temporary staffing company liable is "frivolous."

  • September 19, 2019

    Cooley-Led Datadog Leads 3 Cos. With Bullish $648M IPO

    Venture-backed analytics company Datadog Inc. saw shares roar in its public debut on Thursday after completing an above-range $648 million initial public offering, the largest of three fresh IPOs that raised a combined $886 million.

  • September 19, 2019

    Intel Tells High Court Fed. Circ. 'Discourages Innovation'

    A retreat by the Federal Circuit from the long-standing U.S. Supreme Court requirement that damages should be awarded only for the portions of accused products that infringe patents raises "serious policy concerns," Intel Corp. told the high court Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

  • 8 Takeaways From CFIUS' Proposed Risk Review Rules

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    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ draft regulations implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act seem to focus on specific national security concerns, as opposed to taking a broader approach, which means they are significantly more complex than the pre-FIRRMA regime, say Christian Davis and Thor Petersen of Akin Gump.

  • Drone Deliveries Face Technological, Legal Hurdles

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    After years of anticipation, a handful of companies are getting closer to delivering packages in the United States by drone — but navigational and safety technologies are still maturing, and security, privacy and jurisdictional questions remain, says Caroline Gentry of Porter Wright.

  • Must Inventors Be Humans? An Active Debate Over AI Patents

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    With the first international patents naming artificially intelligent algorithms as inventors filed this summer, and with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s query into whether inventorship laws and regulations need revising, the debate over AI is testing the boundaries of patent laws in the U.S. and elsewhere, says Christian Mammen of Womble Bond.

  • Proposed Cloud Tax Regs Foggy On Sourcing

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    The U.S. Treasury Department's recently proposed regulations regarding the classification of cloud and digital content transactions for international tax purposes are sorely overdue. However, some of the proposed sourcing rules have proven to be quite controversial, say Edward Tanenbaum and Stefanie Kavanagh of Alston & Bird.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • SEPs In The Wake Of Qualcomm: 4 Enforcement Issues

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    As demonstrated by recent court decisions such as Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm, standard-essential patent infringement suits are hardly straightforward. But these cases as well as statements from government agencies reveal key factors that SEP holders should keep in mind when seeking to enforce their patents, say attorneys at Sterne Kessler.

  • FTC Settlement Over COPPA Will Change YouTube's Biz Model

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    While the $170 million fine received most of the headlines, the recent settlement of the Federal Trade Commission and New York attorney general with Google and YouTube includes provisions that ultimately could expose content creators and channel owners to liability under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, says Allison Fitzpatrick of Davis & Gilbert.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Calif. Guidelines Advance Telehealth For Medicaid Patients

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    Although the California Department of Health Care Services' updated guidelines expanding telemedicine reimbursement have some shortcomings, they open new channels of care for many Medicaid beneficiaries and raise intriguing prospects for similar programs across the country, say Harsh Parikh and Jill Gordon of Nixon Peabody.

  • Top 5 Modern Tax Challenges For Digital Health Companies

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    As jurisdictions around the world adapt and modernize to capture revenue that would otherwise escape taxation under frameworks put in place long before today’s technology existed, digital health companies face rising tax uncertainty, say Kathleen Gregor and Elizabeth Smith of Ropes & Gray.

  • FCC Rural Health Developments Shift Focus To Functionality

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    The Federal Communications Commission's proposed plans to modernize and fund its rural health care programs represent a new approach prioritizing patients' nuanced needs, rather than focusing on the rurality of health care providers, says Danielle Frappier of Davis Wright.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

  • Crypto-Mining Pools, Chips May Prompt Antitrust Concerns

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    Cryptocurrency-mining company Bitmain's reported plans for an initial public offering have thrust the influence of mining pools and application-specific integrated circuits on the competitive landscape into the spotlight, raising questions over whether they promote mining centralization, says Marc Martos-Vila at Econ One Research.