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Technology

  • January 18, 2019

    Qualcomm Exec Says Google, FTC Deal Was Royalties Model

    A Qualcomm executive took the stand Friday during a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's allegations the company's "no license, no chips" practice violates antitrust laws, testifying that it modeled its standard-essential patent process after Google's 2013 consent decree with the FTC.

  • January 18, 2019

    Officials Flout Constitution By Blocking Twitter Critics: Court

    One Wisconsin Now notched a win Friday in its litigation that targeted three Republican state assemblymen for blocking the liberal-leaning advocacy group on Twitter, with a Wisconsin federal judge adding to the growing case law declaring it unconstitutional for officials to shut out critics on social media.

  • January 18, 2019

    Bitcoin Boss Deserves 2 1/2 Years For SEC Lies, Gov't Says

    Alternative currency purveyor Jon E. Montroll should serve about 2 1/2 years in prison for lying to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and defrauding customers after hackers stole 6,000 bitcoins from his businesses, prosecutors told a Manhattan federal judge.

  • January 18, 2019

    Privacy Hawk Hits Tech Firms With Fresh GDPR Complaints

    Austrian privacy lawyer Max Schrems on Friday hit eight companies — including Apple, Amazon and Netflix — with complaints claiming they have breached the EU's General Data Protection Regulation by failing to give users adequate access to data.

  • January 18, 2019

    Reps Tell FCC To Protect TV Cos. In Spectrum Expansion

    Two congressmen have urged the Federal Communications Commission to take a conservative approach in expanding the use of a spectrum band to wireless services, saying the impact on the broadcasters and cable operators that rely on the band should be minimized. 

  • January 18, 2019

    Mass. State Senator Files 2nd Attempt At Patent Troll Bill

    A Massachusetts state senator is taking another swing at implementing measures to protect companies from patent trolls, telling Law360 on Friday his newly filed bill has a better chance to pass after the governor vetoed a similar measure last summer.

  • January 18, 2019

    2nd Circ. Won't Budge On Reviving IBM Workers' ERISA Suit

    The Second Circuit won’t rethink its decision to revive a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action accusing IBM of wrongly investing its workers’ retirement savings into overvalued company stock, the court ruled Friday.

  • January 18, 2019

    Apple CEO Draws Data Brokers Into Federal Privacy Law Fight

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to establish a "data-broker clearinghouse" that would enable consumers to monitor and demand the deletion of data held by companies that operate under the radar, marking the latest entry in the simmering debate over the best way to regulate tech giants' handling of consumer data. 

  • January 18, 2019

    Tech-Driven Hiring Tools May Spawn New Wave Of Bias Suits

    A new breed of high-tech hiring tools aimed at helping employers sift through growing applicant pools can unfairly weed out women and minorities, putting unwary businesses at risk of being caught up in an anticipated wave of bias litigation.  

  • January 18, 2019

    Does The FCC Have To Hold Its Meeting In Shutdown Mode?

    The Federal Communications Commission will face an unprecedented situation if the government shutdown lasts until the end of January: The largely shuttered agency must decide how or even whether to hold its monthly public meeting, which is scheduled for the 30th.

  • January 18, 2019

    FCC Reopens Tech Certification Portal, Relieving Backlog

    The Federal Communications Commission announced late Friday that it is reopening an online portal that confers certifications on new technology products, relieving some pressure that had mounted in the tech industry since the agency took the system offline due to the ongoing government shutdown.

  • January 18, 2019

    CDK Dodges Late Discovery Request In Antitrust Suit

    An Illinois federal judge shut down a discovery request made by companies accusing CDK Global LLC of conspiring with a rival to monopolize the market for car dealership data, saying that deadlines set by court orders are important.

  • January 18, 2019

    AMD Computer Chip Buyers Win Cert. In False Ad Suit

    Consumers who say Advanced Micro Devices falsely advertised certain computer chips as having eight “cores” when they really had fewer can pursue their claims against the tech company as a class, a California federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • January 18, 2019

    Bill Would Ban Tech Sales To Some Chinese Telecom Cos.

    Several congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill that would impose penalties and restrict sales to Chinese telecom companies that have violated export control or sanctions laws, after the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies was detained last month in Canada.

  • January 18, 2019

    Cloud-Based Texting Biz Rakes In $51.5M From Investors

    Zipwhip Inc., the developer of a cloud-based texting-for-business software, revealed Friday that it has received a $51.5 million capital injection from a group of private investors led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing.

  • January 18, 2019

    Paul Hastings Steers Divvy’s $250M Waterfall Investment

    Financial services and lending platform Divvy on Friday said Waterfall Asset Management LLC contributed $250 million in funding, as the Paul Hastings LLP-led technology startup looks to meet an anticipated increase in customer demand in 2019.

  • January 17, 2019

    Ill. Atty Admits To Overbilling Clients At Kirkland, Boutique

    A partner at a boutique Chicago law firm admitted that he overbilled clients there and at his previous job at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, according to a complaint made public Thursday by the body in charge of registering and disciplining Illinois attorneys.

  • January 17, 2019

    UK Finance Cop 'Aggressively' Pursuing Robo Regulation

    The United Kingdom’s head of regulatory technology shed new light Thursday on the Financial Conduct Authority’s “aggressive” pursuit to roboticize oversight of financial services and the watchdog’s vision to automate filings not only for digital currencies but human broker-dealers and investment advisers as well.

  • January 17, 2019

    US Needs Baseline Privacy Rules, New Watchdog, Groups Say

    A coalition of consumer groups on Thursday pushed Congress to enact baseline federal privacy legislation that would allow states to set more stringent standards and establish a new agency focused solely on privacy and data protection, countering a recently proposed Senate bill that would override state regulations.

  • January 17, 2019

    Qualcomm Requests More Time In Apple Patent Fees Trial

    Qualcomm needs an extra day before the jury to defend itself against Apple's allegations that it has been overcharging for patent licensing fees, the chipmaker told a California federal judge Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Automated Vehicles In 2019: Predictions And Suggestions

    Melody Drummond Hansen

    As the automated vehicle industry continues to grow and expand in 2019, innovators will face novel questions concerning data privacy, open source compliance, advertising claims, and local, state, federal and international regulations, say attorneys with O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • High Court's Emulex Issue Is Narrower Than Some Suggest

    Corban Rhodes

    Some have seen the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear Emulex v. Gary Varjabedian as an opportunity to deny investors any ability to bring claims under Section 14(e) of the Securities Exchange Act. This effort is misguided for several reasons, say Corban Rhodes and Anna Menkova of Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

    Chris King.jpg

    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • Expect More SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement This Year

    Doug Davison

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission turned its attention to cybersecurity last year, and those efforts will intensify throughout 2019. There are at least four likely areas of enforcement activity, say attorneys with Linklaters LLP.

  • UK Patent Law: Hot Topics Of 2018 And What's Ahead

    Jin Ooi

    English courts have been active in the past year, grappling with patent topics like plausibility and equivalents, and 2019 promises to be another exciting year as English patent lawyers await developments on obviousness, insufficiency and employee inventor compensation, says Jin Ooi of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Murky Parts Of The New USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidance

    Lawrence Ashery

    While the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's 2019 revised patent subject matter eligibility guidance is a well-written document that relies on considerable case law to support its position, it has certain limitations, says Lawrence Ashery of Caesar Rivise PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • The Privacy Questions Raised By Blockchain

    Steve Snyder

    It is important to establish a framework for understanding the privacy and security challenges of blockchain so that the industry can address them, says Steve Snyder of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.