Technology

  • April 25, 2018

    4 Things Lawyers Need To Know About Data Center Deals

    Last year was a record year for data center investment, and demand for storage is only growing. Here, Law360 looks at four things lawyers need to keep in mind to make their clients' data center deals go smoothly.

  • April 24, 2018

    DACA Program Rescission Unlawful, DC Judge Rules

    A D.C. federal court Tuesday ruled that the Trump administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was unlawful and must be set aside, requiring the government to accept new applicants.

  • April 24, 2018

    Cybersecurity Warning May Bring Gov't, Industry Together

    The U.S. and U.K. governments’ recent joint warning about hacking threats from Russia offers assurance to businesses that government officials are open to working with them to combat such cyberattacks, while potentially emboldening them to push for stronger deterrence measures, attorneys say.

  • April 24, 2018

    FCC Urged To Auction 3.5 GHz Licenses For Mix Of Areas

    Two wireless trade groups have urged the FCC to auction 3.5 gigahertz band licenses in metro- and county-size chunks as a compromise on the areas' size, drawing criticism that the carriers are just dealing among themselves at the expense of 5G stakeholders who want more-granular spectrum purchase options.

  • April 24, 2018

    Tough Questions Await As PTAB Partial Reviews Get Boot

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board must decide the validity of all challenged claims in America Invents Act reviews could simplify certain patent disputes, but it raises a host of questions for the PTAB and for litigants, with increased costs and less detailed institution decisions possible.

  • April 24, 2018

    Florida Hotel Sued Over Website's Inaccessible Design

    A blind Florida man who won a notable victory last year over requirements for businesses' websites under the Americans with Disabilities Act has made a Florida hotel the latest target of his crusade, alleging in a lawsuit Monday that it failed to make its website accessible.

  • April 24, 2018

    New Senate Bill Calls For Social Media Data Transparency

    Two U.S. senators, one Republican and one Democrat, introduced legislation Tuesday that would require social media companies to post clear and concise terms of service and tell users more about what sorts of "individually identifiable" data they collect.

  • April 24, 2018

    Autonomy CFO Atty Channels Johnnie Cochran At Trial’s End

    In rhymed closings that echoed the late Johnnie Cochran, counsel for Autonomy's ex-financial chief urged a California federal jury Tuesday to reject charges his client lied about the British software company’s financials, arguing the case boils down to a "battle of accountants," and "if the accountants disagree, [he] must go free."

  • April 24, 2018

    Payment Processing Co. Hits Rival With Antitrust Suit

    Electronic payment-processing company Payment Logistics Ltd. launched an antitrust suit in California federal court Tuesday challenging a recent merger that created Shift4 Payments LLC, saying the newly formed business is trying to monopolize the payment-processing market for mid-sized, table-service restaurants.

  • April 24, 2018

    Judge Doubts 'Severe' Sentence For Russia-Hired Hacker

    A California federal judge on Tuesday held off on sentencing a Canadian "hacker-for-hire" to nearly eight years in prison for breaking into thousands of email accounts, some at the bidding of Russian agents tied to a Yahoo cyberattack, saying it’s severe and he doesn’t want to create an "unwarranted sentencing disparity" among hackers.

  • April 24, 2018

    Apple To Put $16B In Escrow For EU Row Over Irish Taxes

    Apple Inc. will put about $16 billion in an escrow account as part of a deal signed Tuesday with Ireland over its dispute with the European Commission over the computer giant's tax payments, according to the Irish finance minister.

  • April 24, 2018

    House Passes Space, Tech Development Rule Changes

    The House of Representatives passed a pair of bills Tuesday meant to make outer space and terrestrial technology development more commercially oriented, changing rules for commercial space missions and the National Science Foundation.

  • April 24, 2018

    Lawyers Weigh In On PTAB Cases At The High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday decided two patent cases: In Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group LLC the justices upheld the constitutionality of America Invents Act reviews and in SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu the court ruled the Patent Trial and Appeal Board must decide the validity of every challenged claim when it agrees to institute AIA reviews. Here, attorneys tell Law360 how these decisions will impact practicing before the PTAB.

  • April 24, 2018

    Yahoo Fined $35M For Waiting Nearly 2 Yrs To Reveal Breach

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday said Altaba Inc., the company formerly known as Yahoo, will pay $35 million for misleading investors by waiting nearly two years to acknowledge a massive computer breach, the first such penalty ever levied against a publicly traded company for failing to disclose a cyberattack.

  • April 24, 2018

    Longfin, CEO Relieved From SEC's $27M Asset Freeze

    A New York federal judge on Monday freed financial technology firm Longfin Corp. and its founder and CEO from an order that froze $27 million in allegedly illegal trading proceeds generated from the sale of restricted shares, a move that came at the behest of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • April 24, 2018

    White House Steeling For Trade Talks With China

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would dispatch two of his top economic advisers to China “in a few days” to discuss the two countries’ escalating trade tensions over steel and aluminum tariffs, technology policy and intellectual property enforcement.

  • April 24, 2018

    FisherBroyles Nabs Cyber Litigator From Insurance Boutique

    FisherBroyles LLP has landed the former cybersecurity practice co-chair from boutique insurance firm Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP to expand its New Jersey presence.

  • April 24, 2018

    Extra Addressee On Job Notice Dooms IT Co.'s Labor Cert. Bid

    The Board of Alien and Labor Certification Appeals on Monday affirmed the denial of a labor certification for a programmer analyst in New Jersey after determining that the employer erred in including an alternative addressee for the certifying officer on a job opportunity notice.

  • April 24, 2018

    Israeli Defense Co. Tacks $5.8M More Onto $21M IP Verdict

    A Texas federal judge has refused to upend a $21.1 million jury verdict handed down after a satellite internet service provider was found to have infringed upon an Israeli defense contractor's patent, instead tacking some $5.8 million onto the bill for royalties that accumulated before and after the trial.

  • April 24, 2018

    Royal Jordanian Airlines Sues Man Over Facebook Posts

    Royal Jordanian Airlines sued an Illinois man in federal court on Monday, alleging he made several Facebook posts accusing the company of being involved in "corruption and scandals" — accusations that Royal Jordanian denies and says are libelous and defamatory.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Signs Of Trouble For Customers In Software Contracts

    Robert Kriss

    Implementing new software is a challenging process, even with the best vendors and contracts. We have identified a number of potential early warning signs of trouble for customers in software contracts, say Robert Kriss and Brad Peterson of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Crypto Set To Drive Demand For Traditional Services: Part 2

    Izzy Nelken

    There is speculation that smart contracts may enable technology to replace the practice of law. However, disputes will almost certainly arise as a result of the innate characteristics of smart contracts, requiring seasoned legal representation, say Collin Starkweather, a principal at Charles River Associates, and Izzy Nelken, a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange's product development committee.

  • Equal Pay: Where Do We Stand Now?

    Debra Ellwood Meppen

    In Kelly Ellis v. Google, a California federal judge recently denied Google's bid to dismiss classwide claims alleging gender-based pay discrimination. If the class is certified and if the plaintiffs win, it may signify the beginning of the end of the fight for equal pay for women, say Debra Ellwood Meppen and Laurie DeYoung of Gordon & Rees LLP.

  • Medical Device Cybersecurity: Preparing For The Worst

    Sonali Gunawardhana

    Connected medical technology improves the lives of patients, but serious concerns can arise when hackers exploit security holes in these devices. Attorneys should advise their medical device manufacturer clients to develop and test detailed recall plans, and find better ways to reach consumers when a recall happens, say Sonali Gunawardhana of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP and Chris Harvey of Stericycle Expert Solutions.

  • Crypto Set To Drive Demand For Traditional Services: Part 1

    Collin Starkweather

    The widespread adoption and increasing regulation of virtual currencies and related technologies will give rise to the need for individuals with expertise in traditional fields, such as financial services and tax, say Collin Starkweather, a principal at Charles River Associates, and Izzy Nelken, a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange's product development committee.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Forum Selection Clauses Can Doom PTAB Review

    Cynthia Lambert Hardman

    Affirmance of the California federal court's decision in Dodocase v. MerchSource would have an important impact on the rights of patent licensees to challenge patentability in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and may provide a pathway for patent owners to dispose of PTAB patent challenges, say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Aviation Watch: The Rise Of The Dreamliner

    Alan Hoffman

    The 787 Dreamliner's lithium batteries experienced multiple thermal runaway events soon after the plane went into service. But the manufacturer, the FAA, the NTSB and the airlines worked together to quickly and effectively solve the problem. Five years later, the 787 has compiled an admirable operational record, and Boeing continues to receive new orders, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • 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.