Technology

  • November 21, 2017

    BREAKING: FCC Pushes Forward With Net Neutrality Rollback Plans

    The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that it will vote at its Dec. 14 monthly meeting on rolling back the legal underpinning for its net neutrality rules, forecasting a total repeal of the Obama-era safeguards that prevent paid content prioritization and other schemes that would create "fast" and "slow" lanes for internet content.

  • November 20, 2017

    What Ending H-4 Work Permits Means For Cos., Immigrants

    With the Trump administration reportedly mulling plans to end work authorization for H-4 visa holders, thousands of immigrant spouses may lose the ability to work in the U.S., potentially halving their families’ incomes and creating another headache for employers.

  • November 20, 2017

    Uber Slams Waymo's Bid To Tell Jury Of Missing Evidence

    A jury shouldn’t hear allegations Uber destroyed evidence in Waymo LLC’s suit over allegedly stolen self-driving car trade secrets, Uber told a California federal judge Monday, saying Waymo’s request was untimely and didn’t meet the “stringent requirements” of proving Uber destroyed evidence knowing it would be sued.

  • November 20, 2017

    SEO Firm Can't Use German Privacy Law In IP Discovery Row

    A dispute about the scope of Germany’s stringent data privacy laws took center stage in a patent row earlier this month between two search engine optimization firms facing off in California federal court, when a judge chided one company for trying to hold on to data that was already shielded by a protective order.

  • November 20, 2017

    DigitalGlobe Investors Seek Share Appraisal In $2.4B Deal

    Shareholders of satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe Inc. filed a petition in Delaware state court late Friday seeking appraisal of their shares in the firm following a $2.4 billion cash-and-stock merger with MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. that closed last month.

  • November 20, 2017

    Snap Investor Class Action Could Bounce Back To State Court

    A California federal judge on Monday said she’s inclined to send back to state court a putative class action from Snap Inc. investors accusing the company of understating the stock-based compensation incurred as part of its initial public offering by $300 million, while the tech giant urged her to retain jurisdiction for the purpose of sending a certified question to the Delaware Supreme Court.

  • November 20, 2017

    Uber Fined $8.9M For Problematic Drivers In Colo.

    An Uber affiliate has been hit with an $8.9 million civil fine for allowing nearly 60 people to drive for the company despite having disqualifying criminal or motor vehicle offenses or invalid driver’s licenses, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission said Monday.

  • November 20, 2017

    Light Regs Will Spur Rural Internet Growth, Telecoms Tell FCC

    A group of 21 rural telecommunication service providers on Friday encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to adopt a more “light-touch” approach to regulating broadband internet, suggesting it was essential to spur investment in underserved communities and bridge the “digital divide.”

  • November 20, 2017

    Korean Co. Says Distribution Deal Row Must Be Litigated

    A Korean LED lighting manufacturer urged a California federal court on Friday not to force arbitration of its $14 million dispute with its U.S. distributor, saying an arbitration agreement between the parties was superseded by subsequent pacts stipulating disputes would be resolved in court.

  • November 20, 2017

    Sharp Seeks Pause In Chinese Co.'s Arbitration Bid

    Sharp Corp. asked a California federal court Friday not to rule on Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense’s motion to arbitrate claims that it misrepresented the quality of Sharp-branded televisions, telling a California federal court it should first decide if Sharp can challenge the denial of its bid to remand the suit.

  • November 20, 2017

    OIG Finds Coast Guard IT Investments Lack Oversight

    A government watchdog has urged the U.S. Coast Guard to adopt new oversight measures for information technology procurements designated as “non-major,” in a report this month finding the current fragmented system lacks measures to ensure the acquisitions are subjected to the appropriate level of review.

  • November 20, 2017

    Microsoft Deploys TV-Band Wi-Fi In Disaster Zones

    Microsoft has deployed so-called white space technology to bring connectivity back to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the company said on Monday, activating a project that uses unassigned gaps in TV-band spectrum to power Wi-Fi in the decimated areas.

  • November 20, 2017

    Hung Jury, Partial Verdict In Finjan-Blue Coat IP Rematch

    A California federal jury Monday found that Blue Coat infringed two of Finjan’s online security patents, but cleared the Symantec unit on two other patents and hung on two more, awarding $490,000, far less than the $39.5 million Finjan received in prior litigation.

  • November 20, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Keeps Gilstrap Order Nixing IV IP Under Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Monday cemented a decision by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap invalidating two retail patents held by Intellectual Ventures, affirming a ruling in which Judge Gilstrap found the patents claim only abstract ideas under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision.

  • November 20, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: The Weinstein Co., Qualcomm, Bridgepoint

    The Weinstein Co. has received a $275 million buyout offer, Qualcomm's $38 billion NXP acquisition is set to earn Japanese regulatory approval, and a U.K. private equity firm is seeking €5 billion ($5.9 billion) from investors for its next investment fund.

  • November 20, 2017

    Francisco Partners Scores Nearly $4B For Latest Tech Fund

    Francisco Partners has closed its most recent fund after taking in almost $4 billion in commitments to be used for investments in technology-related entities, the private equity firm said Monday.

  • November 20, 2017

    GSA Awards 61 Companies Slots On $50B Alliant IT Contract

    The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded 61 companies a place on the latest iteration of its Alliant multiaward information technology services contract, a massive deal worth up to $50 billion, it announced Monday.

  • November 20, 2017

    Smartflash Looks To Reinstate $533M Award In Apple IP Case

    Smartflash has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit decision that found three data storage patents invalid under Alice and that reversed a $533 million jury award in its favor in an infringement suit filed against Apple, saying the ruling conflicts with high court precedent.

  • November 20, 2017

    Raytheon Must Produce Some Docs In Trade Secrets Row

    Raytheon will have to produce additional documents in a suit from another defense contractor over a defunct teaming agreement for national security contracts worth $450 million, after a Virginia federal magistrate judge ruled Friday in favor of the company seeking discovery.

  • November 20, 2017

    Yahoo Tells 9th Circ. SEC Order Blocks Derivative Suit

    Yahoo Inc. shouldn’t have to face a shareholder derivative suit alleging that it failed to register as an investment company once its Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. stake outweighed its internet business, it told the Ninth Circuit on Friday, saying that an exemption order by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission cannot be reviewed by the court.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Data-Scraping Lessons From 7th Circ. Ruling

    Benjamin Byer

    Although the Seventh Circuit recently vacated a preliminary injunction that required two competing software companies to allow a third-party data scraper access to their sites and data, the case highlights the complex intersection of big data, copyright, antitrust and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, says Benjamin Byer of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Initial Coin Offerings May Face A Global Crackdown

    Paul Anderson

    In recent years, initial coin offerings have exploded into the spotlight, but following their recent ban in China and South Korea, and mobilization from a number of top financial regulators in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, it is almost certain that we will see rapid developments in ICO regulation, say Paul Anderson and Harriet Rogers of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Blockchain In The Energy Industry: Part 1

    Caroline Stewart

    Blockchain technology has expanded far beyond cryptocurrencies and into the energy sphere, enabling peer-to-peer payment and potentially catalyzing distributed energy resources. But full integration of blockchain will require confronting a complex energy regulatory landscape, as well as reliability, security and stability concerns, says Caroline Stewart of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Alexander Hamilton

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Deflating Uber's 'Puffery' Defense On Safety Claims

    Thomas Dickerson

    Uber and taxi companies in California, Texas and New York are debating whether Uber's use of words like "safe" and "safety" is misleading and deceptive or mere "puffery." Conflicting rulings from federal courts suggest litigation on this issue will continue, says retired New York State Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Dickerson.

  • 4th Circ. Bypasses Review Standards In Top-Hat Plan Suit

    Marianna Jasiukaitis

    In Plotnick v. Computer Sciences, the Fourth Circuit recently addressed the circuit split over the standard of review applicable to plans providing benefits for highly paid executives, but ultimately found that distinguishing between competing standards of review was unnecessary, says Marianna Jasiukaitis of Funk & Bolton PA.

  • High Transparency May Help SSOs Under Attack By DOJ

    David Newman

    Member-driven standard-setting organizations have traditionally steered clear of antitrust focus despite their inevitable tendency for concerted action. However, new scrutiny espoused by Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim should lead SSOs to change protocol, says David Newman, leader of Gould & Ratner LLP's intellectual property group.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • The Battle Over 3rd-Party Releases Continues

    Matthew Kelsey

    Bankruptcy courts have taken divergent approaches to analyzing whether they have jurisdiction to approve nonconsensual third-party nondebtor releases. While the New York bankruptcy court's recent decision in SunEdison provides another data point for the debate, it leaves some questions unanswered, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.