Technology

  • May 22, 2018

    FCC Dismissed Claim Securus Peddled User Data, Atty Says

    A Washington, D.C., telecommunications attorney says it has taken the Federal Communications Commission nearly 10 months to begin looking into allegations he raised that prison telephone company Securus Technologies failed to safeguard personal data of inmates and others.

  • May 22, 2018

    Amazon Touts Face-Recognition Tool To Gov't, ACLU Says

    Amazon has been encouraging local law enforcement in Oregon and Florida to incorporate its facial recognition technology, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday, pointing to documents obtained by the group that it says raise concerns about the tool being abused to conduct surveillance on vulnerable populations.

  • May 22, 2018

    Videology Floats $14.6M Ch. 11 Deal With Largest Customer

    Bankrupt advertising technology firm Videology Inc. proposed a settlement Tuesday with its largest customer that would pump $14.6 million into the company as it pursues a going-concern sale of its assets through its Chapter 11 case.

  • May 22, 2018

    Orrick Nabs Weil Partner To Co-Lead IP Practice

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has hired the former co-chair of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s patent litigation practice to co-lead Orrick’s global intellectual property practice, after he's represented major technology companies like Oracle Corp., eBay Inc. and Micron Technology in high-profile patent disputes, Orrick said Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Sens. Whose IDs Used In Fake FCC Posts Tell Pai To Fix Site

    Two senators, one from each party, have told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to fix a public commenting system that has let bots produce millions of fraudulent comments under stolen identities — including the identities of the senators themselves.

  • May 22, 2018

    Wi-Fi One Seeks 2nd Fed. Circ. Rehearing In Patent Dispute

    After winning a ruling that opened the door for more appeals of Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions, Wi-Fi One LLC asked Monday for another chance in front of the full Federal Circuit, as it tries to salvage its messaging patents.

  • May 22, 2018

    Google May Escape Gun-Scope Seller’s Crosshairs, For Now

    A California judge has tentatively tossed a suit alleging that Google arbitrarily discriminated against a gun-scope seller via a “dangerous weapons” policy that barred the business from its ad program.

  • May 22, 2018

    Covington Picks Up 2 Kirkland Partners To Lead PE Practice

    Covington & Burling LLP has hired a pair of partners from Kirkland & Ellis LLP experienced in handling mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other transactions in industries including life sciences, media, technology, automotive, defense and hospitality to head up the firm’s private equity practice in New York, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Blank Check Co. Run By Ex-NYSE President Files $400M IPO

    Far Point Acquisition Corp., a blank check company backed by hedge fund Third Point LLC and run by former NYSE Group President Tom Farley, filed an initial public offering Tuesday to raise $400 million in order to acquire a fintech business.

  • May 22, 2018

    EU Officials Grill Zuckerberg On Privacy, Antitrust, Legacy

    European lawmakers laid into Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday for his company’s data privacy failings and raised the prospect of breaking up the social network, which some suggested had amassed an unfair share of power online.

  • May 22, 2018

    Russian-Hired Hacker Asks Judge To Halve 8-Year Sentence

    A Canadian “hacker-for-hire” has urged a California federal court to halve the prison sentence recommended for him by the federal government to four years, arguing that prosecutors have been unable to show a shred of evidence that he caused real-world harm by breaking into 11,000 email accounts.

  • May 22, 2018

    Microsoft Challenge To Auto-Zoom Patent Denied By PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday denied Microsoft’s request for a review of a Philips patent covering an auto-zoom feature for mobile devices, the third time in recent months that it has rejected a challenge to the patent.

  • May 22, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Ingram Micro, Thyssenkrupp, Fortress

    Multiple Chinese companies have interest in buying U.S. electronics distributor Ingram Micro, activist investor Elliott Management has been amassing a stake in Germany’s Thyssenkrupp with plans to oust the company’s current CEO, and Fortress Investment Group hopes to raise about $2 billion for its first direct lending fund.

  • May 22, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Reed Smith, Norton Rose, Bryan Cave

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent developments.

  • May 22, 2018

    Google, Others Launch New Round Of Patent-Buying Program

    A consortium of companies that buys patents on behalf of its members — including Google, Ford, Sony and Uber, among others — announced on Tuesday the latest round of its patent-buying program, known as IP3, which gives patent owners a streamlined way to sell patents to companies.

  • May 22, 2018

    UK Crypto Task Force Meets For 1st Time To Talk Strategy

    The U.K. government's new "crypto task force" met for the first time this week to assess the risks and rewards of cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology, and to discuss the possibility of a regulatory response, according to HM Treasury.

  • May 21, 2018

    FCC Investigating Cellphone Location-Tracking Co. After Leak

    The Federal Communications Commission is investigating cellphone location data provider LocationSmart after a researcher discovered the company’s website was leaking location data that allowed for the tracking of any AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon phone in the United States without customer consent.

  • May 21, 2018

    Chancery Judge Denies Bid For Redo In HP-Aruba Appraisal

    A Delaware Chancery Court judge on Monday denied a bid for reargument from investors of Aruba Networks Inc., who claimed he misapplied state law by shaving 30 percent off the deal price in an appraisal action over Hewlett-Packard Co.’s $2.8 billion acquisition of the company.

  • May 21, 2018

    GoPro, 360Heros Settle Trademark, Copyright Fight

    GoPro Inc. and 360Heros Inc. struck a confidential settlement resolving GoPro's hotly contested trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit against the camera rig company, according to a California federal judge's order Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    Facebook Users To Get Online Notice Of Face-Scan Trial

    Facebook users will be notified of the looming trial in their biometric privacy class action on the platform itself, a California federal judge said Monday, though he scoffed at Facebook’s “hollow” contention the notice could take weeks to post, demanding proof it can’t be done faster.

Expert Analysis

  • Health Tech Is The New Focus For Cybersecurity Policy

    Elliot Golding

    Over the last year, government reports, enforcement actions and new regulatory proposals have thrown health care technology into the limelight. While the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is already one of the country's most robust privacy and security laws, the government is seeking to fill some significant gaps in regulation, says Elliot Golding of Squire Patton Boggs.

  • Opinion

    ITC Should Reconsider Realtek R&D Standard

    Rett Snotherly

    The U.S. International Trade Commission’s 2014 Realtek decision negatively impacts legitimate, domestic research and development by inserting hurdles that were neither required by the relevant statutory provisions nor consistent with the realities of how companies conduct and document their R&D efforts, says Rett Snotherly of Levi & Snotherly PLLC.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Continues To Clarify Venue Post-TC Heartland

    Ann Fort

    Tuesday marked one year since the U.S. Supreme Court fundamentally narrowed patent venue in its TC Heartland decision. This month, three Federal Circuit decisions addressed a number of outstanding questions on patent venue, but none of the court's positions was unexpected, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 3

    John Villafranco

    Companies take part in National Advertising Division proceedings as a form of industry self-regulation — and as an alternative to potentially costly litigation. Analysis of which plaintiffs firms are filing lawsuits after NAD rulings, and whether NAD decisions have any impact on federal courts, supports the conclusion that NAD participation has little correlation with consumer class actions, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 2

    John Villafranco

    Are plaintiffs lawyers scouring National Advertising Division rulings for litigation targets? An analysis of the timing of class actions in relation to NAD decisions suggests that the risk of being subject to a follow-on consumer class action after participation in an NAD proceeding that results in an adverse decision is low, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • The Rise Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles In Construction

    Kenneth Suzan

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are gaining popularity in the construction industry, as they are useful for inspections, security and surveillance, among other functions. However, companies using them need to consider a number of legal risks and issues, including conflicts between state laws and federal aviation laws, says Kenneth Suzan of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Reducing Retirement Saving Barriers For Gig Workers

    Brett Owens

    Workers in the gig economy are currently not entitled to enjoy a traditional employer-based retirement plan because such plans are subject to stringent rules and only permitted to cover employees, not independent contractors. However, Congress is attempting to address this issue via the recently reintroduced Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, says Brett Owens of Fisher Phillips.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 1

    John Villafranco

    When an advertiser voluntarily participates in industry self-regulation before the National Advertising Division, it does so expecting to avoid litigation. Yet there is a consistent concern among advertisers that NAD participation may make consumer class action litigation more, rather than less, likely. Attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP examine whether NAD decisions actually provide fodder for class actions.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.