Technology

  • July 14, 2020

    $232M Capacitor Price-Fixing Deal Gets First Nod

    A proposed $232 million deal between AVX, Panasonic and other electronic component manufacturers and a class of direct capacitor buyers has cleared the first hurdle in California federal court toward resolving price-fixing allegations.

  • July 14, 2020

    Ad Watchdog Wants 'Misleading' Verizon 5G Spots Pulled

    An advertising watchdog asked Verizon on Tuesday to take down two TV commercials airing across the country touting its 5G capabilities, the latest of several recommendations to wireless carriers to ditch ads that the oversight body found misleading.

  • July 14, 2020

    Sidley-Led Banking Software Co. Soars After $250M IPO

    Banking technology company nCino's shares rocketed upward Tuesday after the company raised $250 million in an upsized, Sidley Austin LLP-steered initial public offering that priced above the company's expected range.

  • July 14, 2020

    Google Offers EU Fixes For $2B Fitbit Deal

    Google has submitted proposed commitments to address concerns from the European Union's antitrust enforcer about the tech giant's planned $2.1 billion purchase of fitness tracking device maker Fitbit, according to a posting on the European Commission's website.

  • July 14, 2020

    Kirkland, Davis Polk Steer Apple Tech Co. Jamf's $288M IPO

    Jamf, a creator of software that automates Apple device management, priced an initial public offering Tuesday for $288 million to raise money to reduce debt and make investments, in a deal guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

  • July 14, 2020

    UK To Ban Huawei's 5G Tech Over Security Concerns

    In an abrupt policy about-face on Tuesday, the British government joined the United States in imposing new restrictions on the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co.'s operations in the country due to national security concerns.

  • July 14, 2020

    Trump Admin Drops Pandemic Student Visa Policy

    The Trump administration has agreed to rescind a directive that would have barred foreign students from the United States if their colleges canceled in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, following lawsuits by a number of universities and states, a Massachusetts federal judge said in a Tuesday hearing.

  • July 14, 2020

    Why Can't Female Lawyers Make Headway At The High Court?

    The number of female lawyers arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court hit a new low this year. Can the pipeline to these coveted oral argument slots be fixed?

  • July 14, 2020

    Mass. AG Healey Sues To End Uber And Lyft's 'Free Ride'

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. challenging the ride-hailing companies' policy of classifying drivers as independent contractors.

  • July 14, 2020

    EQT, TA Associates Buy Enterprise Software Co. In €3B Deal

    An EQT fund and TA Associates agreed to buy Swedish enterprise software maker IFS in a deal valued at more than €3 billion ($3.4 billion), according to a Tuesday statement.

  • July 14, 2020

    Law360's Supreme Court Pop Quiz

    Test how closely you were paying attention to the explosive 2019-2020 Supreme Court term.

  • July 13, 2020

    Jabra Maker Ends 8-Year Antitrust Row With Plantronics

    Jabra headphones parent GN Netcom Inc. has reached a settlement with audio equipment company Plantronics ending eight-year-old allegations that the Jabra rival monopolized the market through exclusive distribution deals, according to filings made Monday in Delaware federal court.

  • July 13, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Power Analytics' Antitrust Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of Power Analytics' antitrust lawsuit over power grid software, noting that a California federal judge gave the company multiple chances to fix its deficiencies "with the patience of a first grader's piano teacher."

  • July 13, 2020

    DOJ Shuts Down Websites Shilling 'False' COVID-19 Vaccines

    A Kentucky federal judge on Monday ordered the shutdown of a series of related websites and a Facebook page offering preregistration for a nonexistent COVID-19 vaccine in exchange for $100 worth of bitcoin after the Louisville man prosecutors claim is behind the scam agreed to a preliminary injunction.

  • July 13, 2020

    Huawei Ban's Scope Spares Few Contractors From Headaches

    A new rule banning federal contractors' use of certain Chinese technologies contains few exemptions, and its broad scope affects even low-value and commercial deals that are typically only lightly regulated, experts say.

  • July 13, 2020

    PTAB Makes 2 Decisions Informative On Discretionary Denials

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board made two decisions informative Monday that apply six factors the board outlined in an earlier precedential order in Apple Inc. v. Fintiv for deciding when to deny review if a district court trial is looming.

  • July 13, 2020

    Facebook Vies To Keep Gibson Dunn Probe Out Of Discovery

    Facebook urged a California federal magistrate judge Monday to reject efforts by users suing over the Cambridge Analytica scandal to review a Gibson Dunn-led investigation, saying the law firm's look into possible misbehavior by some Facebook developers is largely protected by attorney-client privilege.

  • July 13, 2020

    Calif. Firm Sues Oracle Again Over Lack Of Black Directors

    A California law firm behind suits calling for sweeping changes at Facebook Inc. and Oracle Corp. over their respective approaches to diversity has hit the latter with a second derivative action nearly identical to the first.

  • July 13, 2020

    Billionaire Ackman's Blank-Check Co. Lifts Record IPO To $4B

    A blank-check company launched by billionaire investor William Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square upped the price for its initial public offering to $4 billion Monday, further securing its status as the largest ever blank-check vehicle, in a deal advised on by Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • July 13, 2020

    Telescope Co. Denied Early Exit From Block On Sales

    A California federal judge on Friday denied telescope maker Celestron's bid to resume sales of products manufactured by a former alleged antitrust co-conspirator, ruling that Celestron hasn't demonstrated why it would be appropriate to modify a temporary restraining order before it expires.

  • July 13, 2020

    The Sharpest Dissents From The Supreme Court Term

    The majority of this term’s dissents came from the court’s right-leaning justices, and many of their sharpest critiques stemmed from suits over Trump administration policies. Here, Law360 looks at some of the fieriest.

  • July 13, 2020

    Crypto App Pays SEC, CFTC $300K For Unregistered Swaps

    Financial regulators hit California-based Abra and related Philippines-based entity Plutus Technologies with $300,000 in penalties for illegally selling a variety of unregistered digital asset-based and security-based swaps outside any regulated exchange, according to orders filed Monday.

  • July 13, 2020

    Google Wants Quick Appeal Of Order Preserving Privacy Suit

    Google on Friday requested permission to immediately appeal a California federal court's order last month finding that users have standing to sue the tech giant over its purported practice of sharing search terms with third parties, arguing an appeal now avoids a "burdensome and possibly unneeded delay" down the road.

  • July 13, 2020

    Axon Wants FTC's In-House Judge DQ'd In Merger Dispute

    The Federal Trade Commission is mulling a motion by Axon Enterprise Inc. to disqualify the agency's in-house judge from an administrative challenge to the company's purchase of a body camera supplier after the judge refused to step aside Friday.

  • July 13, 2020

    Cable Cos. Urge FCC To Aid Use Of Robocall Blocking Tech

    A trade group for small cable providers has urged the Federal Communications Commission to make it easier for them to use third-party robocall blocking technology, by clarifying whether the providers can use the mechanisms implemented by the third party to investigate and resolve call-blocking disputes on their behalf.

Expert Analysis

  • Shaking Up The Fundamental Laws Of US Internet

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    A recent executive order threatening to end Communications Decency Act protections for social media and a U.S. Copyright Office report on Digital Millennium Copyright Act reform are the latest developments shedding light on the movement to overhaul the fundamental laws of the internet, says Susan Goldsmith at McCarter & English.

  • Booking.com Ruling May Help Generic Hashtag Mark Owners

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    If brand owners can show that consumers perceive a generic term combined with a hashtag as source-identifying, the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Booking.com decision — that "generic.com" marks are not automatically unregistrable as trademarks — may just give refused hashtag marks new life, say Paul Thomas and Patricia Cotton at Pillsbury.

  • NY High Court Case Could Upend Litigation Finance Industry

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    A ruling in favor of the defendant in Fast Trak Investment v. Sax, a case recently accepted by the New York Court of Appeals, could enable borrowers to avoid repaying litigation funders by claiming state usury law violations, say attorneys at MoloLamken.

  • Unpacking The Supreme Court's Praise For The TCPA

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants strengthens the Telephone Consumer Protection Act as one of the most vexing and frequently deployed privacy statutes in the U.S., and paints the TCPA in a favorable light, say Ezra Church and Terese Schireson at Morgan Lewis.

  • Associates Can Prioritize Biz Development Despite Pandemic

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    Although many traditional business development activities are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associates should seize the unique opportunities of this time to cultivate business by strengthening their personal and professional relationships, and developing new ones, says Jeremy Schneider at Jackson Lewis.

  • Highlights From OECD Roundtable On Conglomerate Mergers

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    The issue of creating a special standard for digital platform mergers — discussed at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's recent off-the-record roundtable on trends in the conglomerate effects of mergers — raises several questions, says David Pearl at Axinn.

  • Should Cos. Use USPTO's New Fast-Track Appeals Program?

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    For innovators eager to commercialize inventions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's new fast-track appeals pilot program will be a no-brainer, but for others, the promise of faster disposition may be outweighed by the advantages of the traditionally long appeal process, say attorneys at Morrison & Foerster.

  • Opinion

    Let's Create An Ethical Obligation For Attys To Fight Racism

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    In this moment of national recognition of historical institutional racism, the American Bar Association must implement a model rule that explicitly declares efforts to fight racism and advance equality to be a matter of attorneys' ethics and professional conduct, say Marc Firestone at Philip Morris International and David Douglass at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Lessons From 6 Months Of Calif. Privacy Law Litigation

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    The California Consumer Privacy Act’s first six months have produced more than 50 consumer class actions, and trends in private litigants' strategies may be instructive on what to expect for enforcement, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • Possibilities If Justices Review PTAB Judge Constitutionality

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    Should the U.S. Supreme Court grant certiorari in a series of Federal Circuit cases concerning the constitutionality of Patent Trial and Appeal Board administrative patent judges, its decision could give losing owners the chance to have their ex parte and inter partes cases reheard, say Brent Babcock and Tyler Train at Womble Bond.

  • US-China Relationship Holds Lessons For US-India Trade

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    Although the rapport between India and the U.S. has improved amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S.-China relationship should teach companies that increased closeness in trade comes with increased risk of U.S. investigation and enforcement, says Vasu Muthyala at Kobre & Kim.

  • Opinion

    Fed. Circ. Patent Eligibility Test Erroneously Distorts Alice

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    A recent certiorari petition to the U.S. Supreme Court in Chamberlain v. Techtronic reveals that the Federal Circuit's twisting of the Mayo-Alice patent eligibility framework demands fixing, whether by the Supreme Court or other courts, litigators and lawmakers, say former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel and attorney John Battaglia.

  • Tech Tools Can Boost Auto Accident Claim Recovery

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    It can be difficult to determine what happened and who is at fault after a vehicle accident — but attorneys and investigators can multiply the value of legal claims by moving quickly to preserve evidence and capture information with the latest technology, says Harry Kazakian at USA Express Legal and Investigative Services.

  • 6 Considerations When Shopping For Legal Tech Software

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    When evaluating the vast range of legal technology options available today, law firms will want to make sure that firm intellectual property and client data stored in the software are encrypted, isolated, protected through backups and in compliance with the ever-growing list of data regulations, say Eric Tucker and Dorna Moini at Documate.

  • What DC's Advertising Sales Tax Proposal Means For Biz

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    The District of Columbia's recently approved preliminary budget would make it the first jurisdiction to adopt targeted, transaction-based sales tax on digital advertising and personal information, and business taxpayers should evaluate the complexities that arise from taxing such services, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

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