Technology

  • April 19, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Judge Returns To Deal's Arbitration Offer

    The D.C. federal judge overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice challenge to AT&T’s proposed $85 billion Time Warner purchase again asked Thursday about an arbitration offer key to defense efforts to appease government antitrust concerns, wanting to know what AT&T’s CEO envisions after that offer expires.

  • April 19, 2018

    1st Amendment May Shield Cisco In Arista's Antitrust Suit

    A California federal judge Thursday expressed “grave concerns” about whether Arista Networks Inc.’s antitrust suit could proceed against Cisco Systems Inc. because the conduct in question — a separate copyright infringement case Cisco filed against Arista and statements by Cisco’s general counsel — may have First Amendment protection.

  • April 19, 2018

    Microsoft Customer Data Demands Drop To Record Low

    Microsoft received nearly 23,000 requests from law enforcement agencies around the world for access to its customers' data in the second half of 2017, the lowest total since the tech giant began publicly reporting such figures five years ago, according to a transparency report released Thursday.

  • April 19, 2018

    PTAB Rejects Fujifilm Challenge To Sony Tape-Drive Patent

    A U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel on Thursday denied Fujifilm’s petition for an inter partes review of a Sony patent relating to tape drives, finding that the imaging company’s challenge was time-barred.

  • April 19, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Droplets Patent Not Unfairly Nixed By PTAB

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday invalidated a patent covering technology related to interactive computer links, upholding a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision the owner of the patent, Droplets Inc., argued was based on a "hypertechnical violation."

  • April 19, 2018

    Facebook To Shrink GDPR Liability With New Service Terms

    Facebook Inc. said Thursday that more than 1.5 billion users who had agreed to be governed by Irish law will be asked to sign new terms of service with its U.S. headquarters, in a shift that would push those users beyond the reach of the European Union's new data regime.

  • April 19, 2018

    Facebook, IRS Spar Over Right To Appeal Tax Adjustments

    Facebook Inc. and the IRS squared off in California federal court Thursday over the government’s bid to toss Facebook’s lawsuit claiming the tech giant is entitled to contest the IRS’ tax adjustments in its independent appeals office, with Facebook arguing that the appeals process could cut its taxes by billions.

  • April 19, 2018

    Apple Settles Patent Fight With Co. Linked To ND Tribe

    Apple and a company that has ties to a North Dakota-based Native American tribe and holds an electrical circuitry patent have reached an undisclosed deal to settle a dispute Apple brought to challenge the patent’s validity, according to a document filed on Wednesday at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • April 19, 2018

    FCC's O’Rielly Wants To Accelerate Freeing Of 5G Spectrum

    FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly reiterated Thursday a desire to free as much spectrum with 5G applications as possible, and said in addition to 24 and 28 GHz auctions in November he’d like to see movement this summer toward opening satellite frequencies to wireless broadband use.

  • April 19, 2018

    Digital Tax Not Directed At US Tech Giants, EU Official Says

    A European Union plan to tax companies’ digital revenue is not intended to punish American tech giants but aims to bring fairness and financial stability to the bloc, the EU's tax policy chief said Thursday before talks with U.S. officials on issues including the proposal.

  • April 19, 2018

    FCC To Tackle More Spectrum-Sharing Options In May

    At its upcoming May meeting, the Federal Communications Commission is slated to tackle a notice of proposed rulemaking that contemplates freeing up additional underused spectrum for rural and tribal broadband access as well as 5G mobile usage, according to an agenda released Thursday.

  • April 19, 2018

    Poor Funding Is The Root Of IT System Failures At IRS

    In the aftermath of this week's breakdown of the IRS’ online filing system, former IRS employees say the best way to prevent future failures is to make sure the agency is appropriately funded by Congress.

  • April 19, 2018

    Uber Investors Face Uphill Battle In ‘Gloppy’ Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge said Thursday he has “substantial concerns” about keeping intact a putative securities class action alleging Uber and its ex-CEO Travis Kalanick's illicit business tactics cost investors billions, calling the allegations “gloppy” and “shotgun” and noting that not all corporate management can be turned into securities fraud.

  • April 19, 2018

    DOJ Antitrust Chief Says Privacy Could Be New Market Asset

    The head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division laid out his views about digital platforms like Facebook and Google on Thursday, saying privacy is emerging as a new type of asset that digital companies may soon be competing over, but called for measured enforcement of the space.

  • April 19, 2018

    DOJ Slams DirecTV Bid To Exit AT&T-Time Warner Tie-Up Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice hit back Thursday against DirecTV’s bid to escape the suit challenging its parent company AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner, telling a D.C. federal court that the satellite provider is a major part of why the deal is under fire.

  • April 19, 2018

    Yelp Escapes Privacy Suit Over Recording Sales Calls

    A San Francisco judge has thrown out a proposed class action accusing Yelp Inc. of illegally monitoring and recording conversations between the named plaintiff and Yelp sales representatives, ruling that there’s no evidence the online review company eavesdropped on any calls.

  • April 19, 2018

    Calif. Tech Co. Wants $1M Award Against Pakistani Firm OK'd

    A technology solutions company asked a California federal court on Wednesday to confirm a $1 million arbitral award issued against its former Pakistani business partner in a dispute over a renegotiated services contract, arguing that the Middle Eastern company never showed up to the arbitration.

  • April 19, 2018

    Merits Of Web Prioritization Still Fuzzy Post-Net Neutrality

    While the Trump FCC's deregulation of net neutrality marches forward, Congress still seems baffled on whether giving ISPs leeway to more actively manage traffic on their networks would be harmful and what real-life effects the practice may inspire.

  • April 19, 2018

    Uber Suit Paused Pending 9th Circ. Petition In Hyundai MDL

    A California federal judge on Thursday issued a stay in the settlement proceedings for Uber's "safe rides" suit until the Ninth Circuit makes a decision on an en banc review petition for the multidistrict litigation over Hyundai Motor America Inc. and affiliate Kia Motors Inc.'s alleged misstatements about vehicle fuel efficiency.

  • April 19, 2018

    Alleged Cult Head Owes Microsoft, AT&T Fees, Fed. Circ. Says

    A New York inventor who gained notoriety as an alleged cult leader accused of sex trafficking must pay attorneys’ fees to Microsoft and AT&T, the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday, finding that the dismissal of his patent suit for lack of standing was “tantamount to a judgment on the merits.”

Expert Analysis

  • Battery Supply Chain: A Unique Growth Opportunity

    Rebecca Campbell

    Battery materials and electric vehicles offer something unique to today’s commodity producers and investors: a sustainable growth story that is not just China-dependent. The exponential growth in demand is creating a scramble for resources not seen since the last great commodity supercycle, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • What's New In NIST’s Updated Cybersecurity Framework

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the National Institute for Standards and Technology released a revised version of its standard-setting Cybersecurity Framework, once again producing a useful, flexible document that can be applied or adapted by a wide range of companies, says Alan Raul, leader of Sidley Austin LLP's cybersecurity practice.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Equifax Cybersecurity Ruling Heightens Risk For Companies

    Heather Egan Sussman

    The Superior Court of Massachusetts' recent Equifax decision — the first-ever court ruling on allegations made by a state attorney general in cybersecurity litigation — is notable for siding with Attorney General Maura Healey on several key issues of concern to all companies that collect personal information, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Regulators' Jurisdictional Overreach In Crypto Enforcement

    Jason Gottlieb

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission both claim jurisdictional authority over cryptocurrency, yet no new legislation has been passed and very few court decisions have addressed the issue of who, if anyone, has regulatory authority, say attorneys with Morrison Cohen LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Assessing Business Auto Coverage For Autonomous Vehicles

    Katherine Henry

    Courts have not yet determined whether business auto coverage extends to accidents involving autonomous vehicles. Much depends on whether or not an autonomous vehicle can qualify as an "auto," despite potentially lacking key components like steering wheels and turn signals, say Katherine Henry and Brendan Hogan of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.