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  • October 18, 2018

    Fund Takes 2nd Stab At Uber Fraud, Illicit Biz Practices Suit

    A Texas-based retirement fund took another stab at a proposed California class action alleging Uber Technologies Inc. and its ex-CEO Travis Kalanick's illicit business tactics, corporate bullying, institutionalized harassment and rampant flouting of the law cost investors billions.

  • October 18, 2018

    EU Drops Case Against Ireland Over Apple Tax Bill

    Europe’s competition enforcer said Thursday that it had formally dropped its case seeking to force Ireland to recover €13 billion ($14.9 billion) in alleged illegal state aid from Apple Inc., after the company gave the Irish government the back taxes plus interest to hold while they both appeal the underlying state aid decision.

  • October 18, 2018

    Microsoft's Open-Source Move To Pay Dividends In The Cloud

    Microsoft astonished some in the tech community by joining the Open Innovation Network, a group of companies that provide each other free licenses to patents covering the Linux operating system, but attorneys say it's a smart move to bolster Microsoft's cloud computing business.

  • October 18, 2018

    Intel Tells 9th Circ. E-Access To Docs Bars ERISA Suit

    Intel told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday that a lower court properly found that an ex-employee’s putative class action alleging the company unwisely invested workers' retirement funds was time-barred, arguing that offering electronic access to investment documents would be enough to put even a hypothetical coma patient on notice of possible Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims.

  • October 18, 2018

    Can A 'Shitty Media Man' Unmask His Accusers?

    A controversial lawsuit filed last week over a list of men accused of sexual misconduct included a pointed threat to unmask the women who contributed to the document, setting the stage for a potential First Amendment battle over anonymous online speech.

  • October 18, 2018

    FCC Told It Must Shield Airwaves From Global Encroachment

    Satellite companies told the Federal Communications Commission in filings posted Thursday that it should recommend that the decisions made at next year's World Radio Conference be a balance between keeping the domestic uses of spectrum bands in place and adopting consistent rules globally.

  • October 18, 2018

    Facebook Seeks To Duck Suit Claiming It Inflated Ad Stats

    Facebook urged a California federal judge on Wednesday to toss an aromatherapy business owner’s putative class action alleging the social media giant bolsters its advertising revenue by inflating the potential reach of demographic figures provided to its clients, saying it expressly told advertisers the figures might not align with third-party calculations.

  • October 18, 2018

    Toshiba Tells High Court Stock-Drop Suit Doesn't Belong In US

    Japan's Toshiba Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit's revival of a proposed class action alleging misstatements made in the company’s home country caused the price of American depositary shares to fall, saying the supposed misconduct occurred entirely in the Asian country.

  • October 18, 2018

    Fintech Cops Urged To Play Nice, But Sandbox Is A Hard Sell

    A recent Treasury Department report proposed a host of ideas for boosting development in America's financial technology sector and keeping it globally competitive, including a "sandbox" for experimenting with new products and services, but experts say a morass of regulatory agencies makes building such a playground difficult in the U.S.

  • October 18, 2018

    Net Neutrality Rules Were Poor Economics, DC Circ. Told

    The 2015 net neutrality rules created inequalities for low-income communities and discouraged internet service providers from offering free services, supporters of last year’s rule repeal told the D.C. Circuit in the latest round of amicus brief filings on Thursday.

  • October 18, 2018

    Huawei Using Suit Against Him To Steal IP, Ex-Worker Says

    A former Huawei employee on Wednesday accused the Chinese smartphone maker of using its case against his U.S.-based startup to steal intellectual property, calling it the “latest in a long line of underhanded tactics” to help China become a global tech leader.

  • October 18, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Vista Equity, Palantir, Warburg Pincus

    Vista Equity Partners has raised $11.4 billion for its seventh fund, Palantir Technologies Inc. is considering going public, and Warburg Pincus is weighing selling off Navitas Midstream Partners LLC for $3 billion.

  • October 18, 2018

    Satellite Cos. Push Congress To Renew Network Carriage Law

    A trade group for satellite TV providers has urged Congress to reauthorize a law that lets them transmit distant broadcast signals to rural customers before the statute sunsets next year, saying thousands of viewers could otherwise lose network channels.

  • October 18, 2018

    Trade Groups Sue Vt. Over State Net Neutrality Regs

    A handful of trade organizations filed suit against Vermont on Thursday over two net neutrality policies intended to make local providers follow open-internet principles, saying the state was deliberately trying to revive discontinued Federal Communications Commission policy.

  • October 18, 2018

    FCC Gets Input On Autodialer Definition After 9th Circ. Ruling

    The FCC has received the first round of public comments on how it should apply restrictions on automatic telephone dialing systems under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in the wake of the Ninth Circuit's decision in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, with businesses and industry groups largely advocating a narrow interpretation of the law.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ex-Microsoft Exec Profited Off Super Bowl Tickets, DOJ Says

    Microsoft’s former director of sports marketing and alliances has been indicted on wire fraud charges for selling $200,000 worth of Super Bowl tickets paid for by the software giant and pocketing a fraudulent $750,000 invoice, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2018

    HIG Growth Grabs $970M For Latest Investment Fund

    The growth equity division of private equity firm HIG Capital on Thursday wrapped up its latest fund after securing $970 million from limited partners, with plans to focus on tech-enabled business services, software, digital ad-tech, e-commerce, internet services, health care and industrial technology.

  • October 17, 2018

    Nokia Backs Patent Successor In $7.3M Fight With Apple

    Nokia Technologies Oy has thrown its support behind Core Wireless Licensing SARL's bid asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate a $7.3 million jury verdict for patent infringement against Apple Inc., arguing in a Tuesday brief that the panel was wrong to find that one of Core Wireless' cellular patents might be unenforceable.

  • October 17, 2018

    NY Times Urges Judge To Unseal Docs In Trump Dossier Row

    The New York Times asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to unseal documents filed by both sides of a Russian tech executive’s defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed over its publishing of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.

  • October 17, 2018

    Musk, Tesla Board Face Chancery Suit Over 'Erratic' Conduct

    Pointing to unchecked, "erratic" behavior by Tesla founder Elon Musk and board failures to head off recent, costly consequences, a company shareholder launched a derivative suit in Delaware’s Chancery Court on Wednesday, seeking damages and governance reforms.

Expert Analysis

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Can Blockchain Deliver Secure IT Solutions For Health Care?

    Jonathan Gordon

    Blockchain-powered tools may revolutionize health care by allowing providers to easily exchange medical and health records while still protecting patients' information, but entrepreneurs must carefully consider novel legal challenges and questions, say Jonathan Gordon and Jesse Welsh-Keyser of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: When Trade And National Security Converge

    Mario Mancuso

    Increasing tariffs, new scrutiny of foreign investments in U.S. companies, and export controls over “emerging and foundational” technology are part of a Trump administration strategy to advance national security objectives using economic tools. These measures are ushering in a new era of trade restrictions, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Anti-Dumping And Countervailing Duty Trends

    Shelby Anderson

    In the first article of this special series on the Trump administration's trade policies, attorneys from Covington & Burling LLP explore how a notable increase in U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty enforcement actions is creating significant compliance challenges for foreign companies and U.S. importers.

  • What IP Attorneys Need To Know About 5G

    Ranganath Sudarshan

    With some companies planning to launch proprietary 5G services by the end of this year, attorneys should prepare for certain legal issues, such as the internationalization of 5G royalties and the challenge of calculating royalties for 5G-related patents, say Ranganath Sudarshan and Jason Reinecke of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Fortress Ruling Helps Temper Overzealous SEC Enforcement

    Perrie Weiner

    The insider trading action against certain Fortress securities traders is one more example of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relying upon analytical data to pursue what may be suspicious activity. But a New Jersey federal court's recent decision in the case reinforces that suspicious trades are not enough, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Blockchain Cos. Should Welcome Regulation — Here's Why

    Anna Fridman

    A clearly delineated regulatory framework would go a long way in providing the certainty necessary for the digital asset economy to thrive, analogous to the stabilizing effect the formation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had on the stock market after the 1929 crash, says Anna Fridman of Spring Labs.

  • The Side Effects Of Policing 'Speech Monopolies'

    Hartley West

    Are companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Google stifling free speech on their platforms? If the answer top antitrust regulators arrive at is “yes,” then significant new risks could be coming for not only these tech behemoths, but any businesses that utilize their platforms — in the U.S. or abroad, say attorneys at Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • CFIUS Pilot Program: Immediate Investment Implications

    Ama Adams

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has announced a pilot program to review noncontrolling foreign investments in certain U.S. industries that were formerly outside the scope of its jurisdiction. This is a rapid assertion of CFIUS' new powers under the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.