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Technology

  • January 17, 2019

    StubHub GC Lands On Twitter's Legal Team

    Tod Cohen, the former general counsel at StubHub Inc., will join the in-house legal team at Twitter Inc. as vice president and deputy general counsel, overseeing the social media giant's teams focusing on litigation, regulation, employment, law enforcement and safety, the company announced on Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2019

    Nonprofits Defend Gov't Use Of AIA Reviews At High Court

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation and R Street Institute on Wednesday jumped into a U.S. Supreme Court case to defend the government’s use of America Invents Act reviews, arguing the U.S. Postal Service was rightly viewed as a "person" when it challenged a patent at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • January 17, 2019

    Prison Callers Stuck Proving 'Intent' In Securus Recording Suit

    A class of ex-prisoners and attorneys suing prison telephone company Securus Technologies Inc. for tapping their calls lost their bid to appeal a ruling that “intent” is required to bring their California Invasion of Privacy Act claim, as a federal judge said Wednesday that rehashing the issue would be a waste of resources.

  • January 17, 2019

    Net Neutrality Oral Args To Proceed Despite Shutdown

    Upcoming oral arguments will proceed as planned in the case over net neutrality deregulation, the D.C. Circuit ruled Thursday, denying the Federal Communications Commission’s request to delay the event due to the government shutdown.

  • January 17, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Won't Halt Patent Appeal During Gov't Shutdown

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday denied the federal government’s bid to delay oral arguments in an appeal of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision upholding the validity of an electronic trading patent, despite arguments that Justice Department attorneys could not attend because of the ongoing government shutdown.

  • January 17, 2019

    WTO Panel Set To Examine US-China Patent Battle

    The World Trade Organization has assembled a panel that will weigh the Trump administration’s allegation that China has violated international trade laws with patent rules that purportedly discriminate against foreign technology companies, according to a document published Thursday.

  • January 17, 2019

    In Shutdown, FCC Field Work Limited To Interference Issues

    While the Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington remains largely shuttered during the federal government shutdown's fourth week, local agency offices are still operating, though they are largely limiting their work to emergency complaints about spectrum interference.

  • January 17, 2019

    Bills Target Scam Robocalls, Pirate Radio Broadcasts­­­­

    House and Senate lawmakers have resurrected bipartisan bills that would make it easier for the Federal Communications Commission to combat illicit radio broadcasts and go after scam robocalls.

  • January 17, 2019

    Qihoo's $9.3B Take-Private Play Conned Investors, Says Suit

    A former investor in Qihoo 360 Technology Co. told a New York federal judge on Thursday that the Chinese internet security company cheated shareholders who approved a $9.3 billion take-private deal in 2016, unaware that the company secretly planned to relist its shares in China the following year.

  • January 17, 2019

    Stevens & Lee Nabs Ballard Partner For Tech Co-Chair Role

    A former Ballard Spahr LLP intellectual property partner has joined the ranks of Stevens & Lee PC outside Philadelphia to take on a new role as co-chair of the firm's technology, telecommunications and life sciences practice.

  • January 17, 2019

    McGuireWoods Snags Former FCC Veteran From Akin Gump

    A former legislative affairs director at the Federal Communications Commission with two decades of experience in telecommunications and technology policy has left Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to join McGuireWoods LLP as senior counsel in its Washington, D.C., office.

  • January 17, 2019

    Gilstrap Won't Delay HTC's Royalty Row Trial With Ericsson

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap on Wednesday shot down HTC's request to delay an upcoming trial in its case alleging Ericsson overcharges for royalties on cellular and wireless standard-essential patents, saying the bid appears to be a "litigation tactic."

  • January 17, 2019

    Ticket Co. Shut Down After $4.5M Tech-Poaching Verdict

    A Manhattan federal judge ordered Seat Scouts LLC effectively closed Thursday after a jury smacked the ticket tech concern and its CEO with $4.5 million of damages, finding they pilfered technology from competitor Broker Genius Inc. that allows resale brokers to easily reprice sports and entertainment stubs.

  • January 17, 2019

    ACLU Sues Gov't, Demands Docs On Social Media Spying

    The American Civil Liberties Union hit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and six other federal agencies with a Freedom of Information Act suit in California federal court on Thursday, demanding the government hand over documents related to its social media surveillance practices.

  • January 17, 2019

    GOP Leaders Join Calls For Mobile Tracking Crackdowns

    Several House Republicans have sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and other telecom companies asking them about privacy policies regarding location-sharing services after a report described how an individual can purchase location information from a mobile phone.

  • January 16, 2019

    Telecom Industry Wrestles With Best Rural Funding Plans

    As the telecom industry considers better ways to fund rural broadband in 2019, serious questions are being raised about how great the demand for high-speed service is in rural areas and whether the FCC is placing the right emphasis on deployment in those markets.

  • January 16, 2019

    Ongoing Gov't Shutdown Leaves Cyber Risks Unchecked

    The lingering government shutdown doesn't bode well for critical efforts to protect the nation from increasingly sophisticated cyberthreats, leaving gaping holes in agencies' ability to monitor threats, pursue bad actors and provide crucial aid to private companies, experts say.

  • January 16, 2019

    Salesforce Board's Salaries Too High, Chancery Suit Says

    An investor filed a derivative lawsuit against Salesforce.com Inc. in Delaware Chancery Court on Tuesday claiming the nonemployee directors for the cloud-based software company are paid excessive salaries that stockholders did not properly sign off on.

  • January 16, 2019

    Panasonic Avionics Hires New GC Following Corruption Probe

    Panasonic Avionics Corp. has tapped Kimberly Chainey as general counsel after a turbulent, five-year-long government investigation and settlement over alleged corrupt practices relating to foreign government-owned airlines, the in-flight entertainment and communications company announced Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Match Accuses Tinder Co-Founder Of Swiping Trade Secrets

    Tinder co-founder Sean Rad violated trade secret protection agreements by making copies of his work emails and other documents, Tinder owner Match Group Inc. and its parent company said in a suit filed in New York state court.

Expert Analysis

  • Automotive Tech In 2018: Legal Trends And Developments

    David Cavanaugh

    The legal landscape for the automotive sector continued its evolution in 2018 with the development of new technology becoming a focal point for litigation, patenting and regulation, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Why Apple Customers Lost A Suit Over Storage Capacity

    Jeffrey Edelstein

    A California federal court recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by Apple customers over the advertised storage capacity of iPhones and iPads. The case illustrates the importance of accurate advertising about the technical specifications of products, but also the need for plaintiffs to draft their complaints with care, says Jeffrey Edelstein of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era

    John Hellerman

    President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.

  • Did High Court Overrule Fed. Circ. On Foreign Lost Profits?

    Andrew Michaels

    The Federal Circuit recently agreed to consider whether its decision in Power Integrations v. Fairchild was "implicitly overruled" by the U.S. Supreme Court's WesternGeco ruling. Andrew Michaels of the University of Houston Law Center examines how one may know when a circuit court precedent has been overruled by the Supreme Court.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Cybersecurity's Developing Role In FCPA Compliance

    Ryan Rohlfsen

    While much attention has been paid to recent revisions to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Corporate Enforcement Policy, other developments suggest that the U.S. Department of Justice may also be adapting FCPA enforcement principles to the area of cybersecurity, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Shutdown's Messy Impact On Consumer Protection Activities

    Alan Wingfield

    As it appears the federal government shutdown could continue for some time, attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP discuss its effect on the regulatory and litigation docket for consumer-facing companies.

  • Trends Suggest Cartel Enforcers Face Headwinds In 2019

    John Terzaken

    Judged purely by enforcement statistics, 2018 was a down year for cartel enforcement. But authorities are training their sights on new sectors, theories and targets, and considering additional ways to further sharpen their enforcement stick and sweeten the leniency pot, say John Terzaken and Elizabeth French of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Patent Eligibility Lessons From PTAB's Use Of Berkheimer

    Nisha Somnath

    Taken together, Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions relying on the Federal Circuit's Berkheimer ruling provide a road map for avoiding and responding to patent eligibility rejections, say Nisha Somnath and Max Colice of Smith Baluch LLP.