Technology

  • December 15, 2017

    Special Master Says Uber Should Have Produced Letter

    The special master in Waymo’s self-driving car trade secrets suit against Uber said Friday that a letter detailing an ex-Uber employee’s allegations against the company should’ve been produced during discovery, in a report released the same day the 37-page letter — and its claims of corporate espionage and evidence destruction — was unsealed.

  • December 15, 2017

    Developments To Watch After The Net Neutrality Vote

    In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s Thursday vote to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules guaranteeing equal treatment of web traffic, activists and lawmakers have been swift to pledge legal challenges and congressional action to counteract the vote’s effects.

  • December 15, 2017

    BART Derails App User's Data-Collection Class Action

    A California federal magistrate judge has tossed a putative class action alleging the San Francisco Bay Area's public rail system secretly collected users' personal data with its BART Watch smartphone app, but said the claims could be salvaged in a more thorough complaint.

  • December 15, 2017

    Houston Software Co. CEO Pleads Not Guilty In $32M Fraud

    The founder and chief executive officer of a Houston software development company pled not guilty Thursday in Texas federal court of charges of playing a role in a $32 million securities and wire fraud scheme by lying to investors.

  • December 15, 2017

    Dell Ruling Bridges Philosophical Gap In Del. Appraisal Law

    With its reversal of the Chancery Court's appraisal of Dell's $25 billion take-private deal, the Delaware Supreme Court on Thursday closed a rare gulf in philosophies between the two courts and set a cardinal benchmark for appraisal litigation, experts say.

  • December 15, 2017

    Jury Awards Sonos $2M In Denon Wireless Speaker IP Row

    A federal jury in Delaware awarded Sonos Inc. nearly $2 million in damages and royalties Friday after concluding that Denon Electronics LLC infringed three Sonos audio control patents when it developed and began selling a competing high-end HEOS wireless speaker line.

  • December 15, 2017

    Amazon Pays Italy €100M To Settle Tax Claims

    The Italian revenue agency Agenzia delle Entrate said on Friday it reached an agreement with Amazon.com Inc., in which the online retailer will settle allegations that it avoided paying taxes in the country.

  • December 15, 2017

    SEC Settles With 2 Over $370K Insider Trading Scheme

    A former Arizona employee of a semiconductor company and his friend who both copped to securities fraud for what federal prosecutors alleged was an insider trading scheme that netted almost $370,000 have agreed to fork over some of that money to settle related civil claims brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • December 15, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Platinum Equity, Toshiba, Aston Martin

    Platinum Equity could pay nearly $4 billion for Husky Injection Molding Systems, Chinese regulators are investigating the multibillion-dollar sale of Toshiba Memory Corp. and British sports car maker Aston Martin is gearing up either for a public listing or a sale.

  • December 15, 2017

    Fitbit Wants Activity Monitor IP Suit Tossed As Sanction

    Fitbit Inc. urged a California federal judge Thursday to sanction Smart Wearable Technologies Inc. and its counsel by throwing out its patent lawsuit against the wearable fitness device maker, saying the company continues to push forward with the case even though it knows its claims are frivolous.

  • December 15, 2017

    HP's $6.5M Defective Laptop Deal Held Up Near Finish Line

    A California judge on Friday held off on granting final approval to Hewlett-Packard Co.'s $6.5 million settlement resolving long-running class allegations that it sold laptop computers with defective screens, saying he wouldn't rule on its fairness until after the claims deadline to see if requests exceed available funds.

  • December 15, 2017

    Uber Atty Downplays Tort Risks For Driverless-Car Fleets

    A top lawyer at Uber downplayed concerns that the ride-hailing giant’s planned foray into driverless vehicles will create new hazards in the area of tort liability, saying that fleet operators will have less to worry about than original equipment manufacturers.

  • December 15, 2017

    Final GOP Tax Bill Settles On 21% Corporate Rate

    Republicans unveiled the final version of their tax cut bill on Friday that would impose a 21 percent flat rate on corporations, set the maximum individual tax rate at 37 percent and largely adopt the Senate’s proposal for pass-through businesses.

  • December 15, 2017

    Health Hires: Holland & Knight, EBG, Quarles, Ciitizen

    Over the last few weeks, Holland & Knight LLP, Epstein Becker Green, Quarles & Brady LLP and medical records startup Ciitizen have grown their health care and life sciences teams with pros from Laredo & Smith LLP, LifePoint Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • December 15, 2017

    MVP: Skadden's Kenton King

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's Kenton King has brokered record-breaking deals on behalf of Silicon Valley firms in the past year, including a more than $15 billion acquisition for Intel Corp. and the largest-ever semiconductor deal, securing him a place as one of Law360's 2017 Technology MVPs.

  • December 15, 2017

    Luxembourg To Appeal €250M Amazon Tax Recovery Order

    Luxembourg’s finance ministry said Friday that it had decided to appeal a state aid decision handed down by the European Union’s antitrust enforcer earlier this year that ordered the country to recover €250 million ($294 million) in corporate income taxes from Amazon.com Inc.

  • December 15, 2017

    Chinese Lender Tops 2 Year-End IPOs Set To Raise $220M

    At least two companies, including a Chinese online microlender and a life insurance company, are set to price initial public offerings projected to raise about $220 million combined during the week of Dec. 18, among the last few IPOs before the year-end holidays.

  • December 15, 2017

    Trump’s Finance Regulators Shift Focus To Compliance Costs

    The financial stability risks flagged by Trump administration regulators in a Thursday report largely mirrored those highlighted by the Obama administration, but the report's focus on revising the rules governing banks and other financial firms indicates a significant change in perspective among supervisors.

  • December 15, 2017

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen more than 100 individuals sue Ingenious Media Holdings Ltd. amid disputes over the tax treatment of its film investments; Zinc Hotels lodge another challenge against BayernLB, this time adding Hilton Worldwide; and security firm G4S bring a claim over its pension scheme.​ Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 14, 2017

    AGs Want High Court To OK Microsoft Overseas Data Access

    A coalition of 35 state attorneys general urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to strike down a ruling that the federal government can’t access user data stored overseas by Microsoft, saying the “remarkable” decision gives too much control to private companies, while the European Commission and the U.K. and Irish governments separately weighed in on the dispute.

Expert Analysis

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I like to ask is not just what new technology is available, but how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for both professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • MasterMine V. Microsoft: Distinguishing The Nautilus Precedent

    Adam Fowles

    The Federal Circuit has demonstrated in at least the MasterMine v. Microsoft and UltimatePointer v. Nintendo decisions that the tool of looking at whether a claim covers both an apparatus and a method of using the apparatus is still useful in answering the “reasonable certainty” question post-Nautilus. MasterMine also holds several lessons for the patent drafter, says Adam Fowles of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • The Future Of Bitcoin Futures

    Colin Lloyd

    Trading in bitcoin futures opened this week on the CBOE Futures Exchange, with offerings from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Cantor Exchange to soon follow. In designing their contracts, the exchanges had to make decisions about contract size, tenor, and trading and settlement conventions, with some notable consequences, say Colin Lloyd and James Michael Blakemore of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • A GDPR Primer For US-Based Cos. Handling EU Data: Part 2

    Caroline Krass

    In the final part of this series about the General Data Protection Regulation, attorneys at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP explain the stringent restrictions placed on cross-border data transfers to countries outside of the European Union, various compliance mechanisms and penalties, and potential deviations in implementation among EU member states.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.