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Technology

  • December 7, 2018

    Many Native Americans Lack High-Speed Internet: Census

    Native Americans living on Indian lands are among the people least likely in the United States to have access to high-speed internet service, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    DOJ Antitrust Head Redoing Patent Accord To Help IP Owners

    The head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division on Friday delivered one of the sharpest examples yet of the division’s new emphasis on protecting patent holders by promising to rewrite an Obama-era policy on standard-essential patents and to crack down on standard-setting bodies that disrupt competition.

  • December 7, 2018

    Amazon Cuts Deal With Calif. DAs Banning Foie Gras Sales

    Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to pay approximately $100,000 to resolve allegations brought by California district attorneys that it violated a state consumer protection statute by selling force-fed foie gras online, Los Angeles and Monterey counties said Friday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Dems Urge FCC Not To Classify Texting As An Info Service

    A group of Democratic senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to drop plans to classify text messaging as an information service rather than a telecommunications one, saying that such a move would give providers a free pass to censor consumers' text messages.

  • December 7, 2018

    Authentix Shareholders Challenge Nixed Appraisal Rights

    Shareholders of trade security firm Authentix Inc. contended Friday the Delaware Chancery Court wrongly determined they waived their rights to an appraisal following a private equity takeover, arguing a Delaware corporation cannot use a shareholder agreement to strip rights protected by state law.

  • December 7, 2018

    Facebook Health Site Tracking Legal, 9th Circ. Says

    A Ninth Circuit panel has found that a lower court rightly dismissed a suit brought by Facebook users who claimed the company illegally scraped data about their visits to medical websites, finding the users consented to the tracking by agreeing to Facebook's privacy policy.

  • December 7, 2018

    Motorola Wins Bid To Send Two-Way Radio Suit To Illinois

    Motorola Solutions Inc. has won its bid to transfer from New Jersey to Illinois a federal antitrust lawsuit by Hytera Communications Corp. accusing the telecommunications giant of unlawfully monopolizing the land mobile radios market, with a judge finding that the claims arose in the Prairie State.

  • December 7, 2018

    Lockheed To Use Swedish Co.'s Software In $3.5B Army Deal

    Lockheed Martin has reached an agreement with IFS to use the Swedish software company's supply chain and logistics applications in its work for the U.S. Army under a roughly $3.5 billion contract to maintain training systems, according to a Thursday announcement.

  • December 7, 2018

    IP Demand Letter Puts Case In Texas District, Fed. Circ. Says

    A Texas federal court has jurisdiction to hear whether several banks infringe a licensing company’s patents covering electronic banking procedures because the company sent demand letters to the institutions, which are located in the district, the Federal Circuit held Friday.

  • December 7, 2018

    SAP Gets $680K In Atty Fees In Financial Data Patent Win

    A Texas federal judge has determined that SAP America Inc. is entitled to $679,000 in attorneys' fees racked up in a lawsuit challenging the validity of InvestPic LLC's financial data analysis patent, an award short of the $939,306 SAP had requested.

  • December 7, 2018

    Take Merger Fight To The Links, FCC's Pai Says At Roast

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai needled parties involved in two of the year’s biggest mergers during the 32nd annual Chairman’s Dinner Thursday night, suggesting AT&T and the DOJ could settle their beef on the putting green and Sprint and T-Mobile’s merger attempts resemble dysfunctional relationships on “The Office.”

  • December 7, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Uber, ByteDance, WuXi

    Uber filed confidential paperwork to start moving toward an initial public offering, ByteDance is reportedly looking to raise roughly 10 billion Chinese yuan ($1.45 billion) and WuXi AppTec nabbed more than $1 billion in its Hong Kong initial public offering.

  • December 7, 2018

    FCC Halts $4.5B Subsidy Project To Probe Carrier Data

    The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it's opening an investigation into whether major carriers fudged nationwide coverage maps submitted within a $4.53 billion agency initiative to bring high-speed access to rural areas, pausing the project after early looks at carrier data pointed to "significant violations" of the rules.

  • December 7, 2018

    8 Firms To Guide 5 IPOs Led by Tencent Music's $1.1B Deal

    Eight law firms will guide five initial public offerings that could potentially raise more than $1.5 billion combined during the week of Dec. 10, possibly the last wave of IPOs for the year, led by an estimated $1.1 billion offering from streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment Group.

  • December 7, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Cahill, DLA, Brown

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Altice Europe NV sells a stake in a fiber-optic connection business for $2 billion, ResMed lands Propeller Health for $225 million, and Nexstar Media Group inks a $6.4 billion deal for Tribune Media Co.

  • December 7, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Dominion Must Produce Docs In Dealer Data Antitrust MDL

    Media company Dominion Enterprises Inc. must produce testimony documents in multidistrict litigation over Reynolds and Reynolds Co.'s and CDK Global's alleged monopoly over the auto dealer data management systems market, an Illinois federal judge ruled, finding the documents could implicate the companies in a price increase conspiracy and are relevant to the case.

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 7, 2018

    Tribes Can't Stop FCC's Next-Gen Towers, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Communications Commission has urged the D.C. Circuit to toss out a petition for review by tribes and environmentalists regarding the commission’s plan to accelerate the building of 5G infrastructure, saying the deployment of small-cell fixtures is not a major federal action.

  • December 7, 2018

    Uber Is Impeding Arbitrations By Refusing To Pay, Drivers Say

    Thousands of Uber drivers on Wednesday accused the ride-hailing service of employing stall tactics in their bid to force the company to cover the costs of their individual arbitrations in California federal court, following recent Ninth Circuit rulings that determined such arbitrations are the only way for the drivers to resolve classification disputes.

  • December 7, 2018

    Baring Invests $905M To Turn Around, Buy Japan’s Pioneer

    Baring Private Equity Asia will make a 102 billion Japanese yen ($904.9 million) investment in Pioneer Corp., with the Japanese electronics giant saying Friday the funds will be used to get the company back on “sound operational footing” and ultimately take the company private.

Expert Analysis

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Applying Blockchain To Commercial Real Estate Transactions

    Jeffrey Lenobel

    Commercial real estate may be one of the greatest beneficiaries of blockchain. There are three areas that can be streamlined through this technology — municipal document recordings, verification of borrower data, and loan and ancillary document trigger events, say Jeffrey Lenobel and Aaron Retter of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • The Issues Framing NIST's Privacy Framework

    Charlie Wood

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology has stressed that the onus is on commenters to dictate the direction of its Privacy Framework. While this approach may encourage participation, it risks overlooking critical questions, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Opinion

    Alice Must Be Revisited In View Of Emerging Technologies

    James Fussell

    The U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 Alice decision created uncertainty in patent-eligibility law — uncertainty that hits at the heart of the next innovative frontier focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Alice’s two-step test needs to be revised or replaced, say James Fussell of Mayer Brown LLP, and Nikko Quevada and Vincent Violago of Parola Analytics Inc.

  • Crypto Addresses As OFAC Identifiers

    Maxwell T.S. Thompson

    Last week, the Office of Foreign Assets Control took the significant step of adding two digital currency addresses to its list of identifiers for certain individuals related to an Iranian hacking enterprise. This should immediately alert entities that transact in digital assets, says Maxwell T.S. Thompson of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Alice Rejections Now Flow From Different Part Of USPTO

    Kate Gaudry

    Patent-eligibility rejections at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office skyrocketed quickly after the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 Alice decision. These effects were largely contained within the “business method” art units but recently have become more common in Technology Center 2100, say Kate Gaudry and Samuel Hayim of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Money Transmitters Face Ambiguity In State, Federal Law

    Madison Thompson

    Over the past five years, Venmo has been the subject of enforcement actions by both federal and state actors. Madison Thompson of Troutman Sanders LLP provides an overview of the current oversight regime and insight for other money transmitters navigating the regulatory space.

  • Perspectives

    Blockchain Can Empower Stateless Refugees

    Amy Schmitz

    Innovative blockchain-based projects providing stateless refugees with forms of identification, digital assets and educational opportunities could change the rules for this vulnerable population, say Amy Schmitz of the University of Missouri School of Law and Jeff Aresty of Internetbar.org.