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Technology

  • November 12, 2018

    Veritas, Evergreen To Take Athenahealth Private For $5.7B

    Veritas Capital and Elliott Management affiliate Evergreen Coast Capital said Monday they will take Massachusetts-based Athenahealth private for $5.7 billion in cash, a deal that follows pressure from the activist hedge fund.

  • November 12, 2018

    Jones Day Reps SAP In $8B Qualtrics Buy Ahead Of IPO

    Germany’s SAP SE, led by Jones Day, on Sunday inked an $8 billion cash deal for Qualtrics International Inc., snapping up the U.S.-based experience management software provider ahead of an anticipated initial public offering.

  • November 9, 2018

    9th Circ. Ends Oft-Heated Trade Secrets Suit Against Ex-CEO

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Friday affirmed a district judge’s decision to toss an artificial intelligence startup’s contentiously fought trade secrets case against its former CEO that escalated to an attorney spilling — or perhaps throwing — an iced coffee, saying the judge didn’t abuse his discretion.

  • November 9, 2018

    Facebook, Google Won’t Make Harassed Workers Arbitrate

    Facebook Inc. announced Friday that it will no longer make its workers who claim they have been sexually harassed arbitrate their claims, following Google LLC, which made a similar announcement on Thursday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Equifax, Oracle Accused Of Flouting GDPR Data Use Rules

    A British advocacy group is urging European privacy regulators to investigate Equifax, Oracle, Acxiom and several other data brokers and ad-tech companies for allegedly exploiting millions of people's personal data in violation of the bloc's stringent General Data Protection Regulation. 

  • November 9, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Inventors Can Challenge IP They've Created

    Inventors who reassign their rights in a patent may still subsequently challenge the validity of the intellectual property’s claims in reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the Federal Circuit held Friday in a case involving a Cisco patent covering Ethernet switch products.

  • November 9, 2018

    Tesla's $55B Musk Pay Deal Unfair, Investor Tells Chancery

    A 10-year Tesla compensation plan offering founder and CEO Elon Musk as much as $55.8 billion cannot avoid Delaware Chancery Court’s tough entire fairness review standards, despite director claims that more-permissive standards apply, an investor who challenged the deal argued Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Feds Get Privacy Law Input From Industry, Consumer Groups

    Comments poured in Friday at the Trump administration's deadline for weighing in on the Commerce Department's privacy regime, with trade groups calling for uniform standards and consumer advocates pushing for a baseline federal privacy law.

  • November 9, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Hands GE Another Win Over Jet Engine Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that invalidated claims in three United Technologies Corp. patents covering aircraft engines, handing another win to General Electric Co. in the rivals’ patent fight.

  • November 9, 2018

    $5M Frozen For Chancery Battles Over $52M Good Tech Deal

    Good Technology Corp. stockholder beneficiaries of a $52 million pair of Delaware Chancery Court settlements over the company’s disputed sale to BlackBerry Ltd. have agreed to hold back $5.1 million from distributions pending resolutions with large investors excluded from the deal.

  • November 9, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: BlackBerry, Permira, ADM

    BlackBerry is discussing a deal to buy Cylance Inc., Permira wants to sell off Teraco Data Environments, and Archer Daniels Midland floated a deal to buy Molinos Agro’s livestock feed and soy oil manufacturing plant.

  • November 9, 2018

    Uber Fined $750K Over Response To DUI Driver Complaints

    Uber Technologies Inc. was fined $750,000 by the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday because the ride-hailing giant failed to investigate or promptly suspend drivers suspected of driving under the influence.

  • November 9, 2018

    BMW, Daimler Car-Share Merger Wins EU Approval

    German automakers BMW and Daimler were given the green light by the European Commission to merge their car-sharing, ride-hailing and other mobility services, provided they make concessions to allay the watchdog’s concerns about a potential monopoly in six cities.

  • November 9, 2018

    Panasonic, Others Cut $26M Antitrust Deal With Buyers

    Panasonic Corp. and three other electronics companies have cut four separate deals totaling $25.75 million that would resolve putative class claims alleging they fixed the price of linear resistors used in common electronic devices, according to documents filed Thursday in California federal court.

  • November 9, 2018

    FCC Aims For Deference To Net Neutrality Order, GC Says

    The Federal Communications Commission is interested in keeping its net neutrality deregulation order on the books as it navigates D.C. Circuit challenges to the regime, but it’s not necessarily seeking a broader ruling that its approach is the only permissible way to classify broadband, the agency's general counsel told a Washington, D.C., audience Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Hit With Gender Pay Gap Suit

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. has been sued in California state court for allegedly discriminating against its female workers, paying them less than their male counterparts and funneling women into jobs based on stereotypes.

  • November 9, 2018

    Drone Crash Injury At Wedding Not Covered, Insurer Says

    An insurance company has asked a California federal court to grant a quick win in its suit against a policy-holding photography company because exclusions in the coverage mean it doesn't have to pay for a drone incident at a wedding shoot during which a guest lost an eye.

  • November 9, 2018

    Electric Car Co. Seeks OK For New Investor After Deal Sinks

    The parent company of American electric vehicle startup Faraday Future has filed suit in California federal court seeking to confirm an arbitration award affirming its right to find alternative financing after a Hong Kong-based investor shirked its obligation to make a payment partway into a $2 billion agreement.

  • November 9, 2018

    Idelic Closes $2M Funding Round Led By Bain Capital

    Pittsburgh-based Idelic, which specializes in software aimed at improving transportation safety, has closed a $2 million round of financing led by Bain Capital Ventures and overseen by Pepper Hamilton LLP, the firm announced Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Sonus Fudged Revenue Forecasts, Investor Says In Suit

    Sonus Networks and its executives were hit with an investor suit in Massachusetts federal court Thursday for allegedly stretching financial statements to overstate revenue forecasts after the company and two of its officials were fined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Expect From New Democratic Investigation Efforts

    Reginald Brown

    The new Democratic House majority is expected to direct much of its attention to executive branch oversight and accountability. Companies and their legal counsel should be prepared for a dramatically changed collateral environment as investigations cover a wide range of topics, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Considering Blockchain In The Electricity Industry

    Mark Sundback

    Because blockchain could fundamentally change how electricity is supplied and consumed in the future, traditional utilities should consider ways to leverage this technology, while regulators must update practices that impede the use of blockchain in the industry, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hamilton LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • A Look At Tax Code Section 199's Last Stand

    Kevin Spencer

    The IRS has increased scrutiny for Internal Revenue Code Section 199 deductions taken against profits from film, computer software, electricity, natural gas, potable water, tangible personal property and certain sound recordings. Though 199 was repealed by tax reform, battles over this contentious deduction are sure to continue for some time, say attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • San Francisco Starts Down Road To Autonomous Vehicle Tax

    Benjamin Ebbink

    California Assembly Bill 1184, passed in September, authorizes a new tax on privately owned autonomous vehicles. This is likely the first of many pieces of similar legislation across the nation as policymakers grapple with the impact of automated technology on the economy and the job market, says Benjamin Ebbink of Fisher & Phillips LLP.

  • How Blockchain Can Certify Global Supply Chains

    Rebecca Campbell

    Companies in mining and other industries are seeking to demonstrate the sustainability and ethical integrity of their products and supply chains. Because of its ability to improve transparency and accountability through incorruptible data sharing, blockchain may be ideal for this purpose, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Watch For Antitrust Developments North Of The Border

    Mohsen Seddigh

    Next month, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Godfrey v. Sony Corporation, which could be one of the most important antitrust cases to ever come before the court. The decision on "umbrella purchasers" will determine the viability of some future Canadian antitrust class actions, says Mohsen Seddigh of Sotos LLP.

  • Justices Seem Open To Class Cy Pres Awards, Occasionally

    Irving Scher

    It appeared from the U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Frank v. Gaos that the majority of the court would approve 100 percent cy pres settlements, but under extremely limited circumstances, says Irving Scher of Hausfeld.