A software consulting firm committed professional negligence to the tune of more than $20 million when it botched a project for the online vehicle auction business Copart Inc., a California federal jury concluded in what Copart attorneys believe was the first such finding against a software implementation company.
NASA’s cybersecurity “nerve center” is failing to properly address cyberthreats, an agency watchdog said in a report Wednesday, a day after the U.S. Government Accountability Office also criticized the agency for weaknesses in both its information technology management and cybersecurity programs.
From staggering megamergers to the rise of artificial intelligence, telecom attorneys have some pretty complicated legal matters on their minds heading into the second half of 2018. Here’s a look at what’s keeping some communications experts up at night.
Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, head of the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust division, said Tuesday that the traditional consumer welfare standard, which places antitrust scrutiny on prices and products available to consumers, can be adapted to better enforce digital markets through an increased focus on innovation, choice and quality.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a ruling that found Microsoft Corp. did not infringe a patent related to software anti-piracy features, despite not agreeing with how the lower court interpreted and applied certain terms in the patent.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to grant 10 state- and local-backed projects special licenses to test different ways of flying unmanned aircraft systems in collaboration with private-sector partners gives those governments a larger-than-expected role in shaping the federal regulatory framework for drones, industry observers say.
Dubai-based ride-hailing company Careem Networks is looking to raise $500 million, Pershing Square Capital Management has secured a nearly $1 billion stake in home improvement chain Lowe’s, and Barclays isn’t eyeing any potential mergers with its rivals.
HgCapital Trust PLC and Intermediate Capital Group announced Wednesday that they are partnering to make a significant investment in IRIS Software Group, which provides software and services to the U.K. accountancy, education and business markets, in a deal the companies say represents the largest U.K. private equity software buyout in history.
Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday that malware capable of stealing website credentials and destroying infected equipment has targeted an estimated 500,000 routers and storage devices around the globe, with a particular focus on Ukraine, which the country said indicates a potential Russian cyberattack.
President Donald Trump’s blocking of critics from his personal Twitter account is unconstitutional, a Manhattan federal judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting the U.S. Department of Justice’s argument that the president’s actions don’t trample on anyone’s First Amendment rights.
The U.S. Department of Defense will block mobile devices from being brought into areas of the Pentagon that handle classified information, according to a new policy released Tuesday that stopped short of an outright ban, after a review prompted by concerns about devices potentially revealing sensitive information.
Google has accused an online ordering service in California federal court of disguising itself as a Google affiliate to trick restaurant owners into giving up control of their business profiles on the search engine, infringing the tech giant’s trademark in the process.
A top official at the European Commission emphasized Wednesday that the continent’s efforts to tax large digital firms are intended not to punish individual companies but simply to tax an activity that didn’t exist when tax rules were written.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland ruling one year ago restricted where patent suits can be filed, the courts have grappled with many venue issues the decision didn’t address. Here’s a look at the rulings that have helped clarify questions about venue law — and some issues that remain unresolved.
A Washington, D.C., telecommunications attorney says it has taken the Federal Communications Commission nearly 10 months to begin looking into allegations he raised that prison telephone company Securus Technologies failed to safeguard personal data of inmates and others.
Amazon has been encouraging local law enforcement in Oregon and Florida to incorporate its facial recognition technology, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday, pointing to documents obtained by the group that it says raise concerns about the tool being abused to conduct surveillance on vulnerable populations.
Bankrupt advertising technology firm Videology Inc. proposed a settlement Tuesday with its largest customer that would pump $14.6 million into the company as it pursues a going-concern sale of its assets through its Chapter 11 case.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has hired the former co-chair of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s patent litigation practice to co-lead Orrick’s global intellectual property practice, after he's represented major technology companies like Oracle Corp., eBay Inc. and Micron Technology in high-profile patent disputes, Orrick said Tuesday.
Two senators, one from each party, have told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to fix a public commenting system that has let bots produce millions of fraudulent comments under stolen identities — including the identities of the senators themselves.
After winning a ruling that opened the door for more appeals of Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions, Wi-Fi One LLC asked Monday for another chance in front of the full Federal Circuit, as it tries to salvage its messaging patents.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are gaining popularity in the construction industry, as they are useful for inspections, security and surveillance, among other functions. However, companies using them need to consider a number of legal risks and issues, including conflicts between state laws and federal aviation laws, says Kenneth Suzan of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.
Workers in the gig economy are currently not entitled to enjoy a traditional employer-based retirement plan because such plans are subject to stringent rules and only permitted to cover employees, not independent contractors. However, Congress is attempting to address this issue via the recently reintroduced Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, says Brett Owens of Fisher Phillips.
When an advertiser voluntarily participates in industry self-regulation before the National Advertising Division, it does so expecting to avoid litigation. Yet there is a consistent concern among advertisers that NAD participation may make consumer class action litigation more, rather than less, likely. Attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP examine whether NAD decisions actually provide fodder for class actions.
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.
Spotify made a big splash last month by debuting on the New York Stock Exchange without an initial public offering — an often-used going-public method on the OTC Markets that may now gain popularity on national exchanges as well. However, there are some fundamental differences between the direct listing processes for OTC Markets and for an exchange, says Laura Anthony of Legal & Compliance LLC.
In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.
Determining whether computer software is taxable is no easy task, especially in light of the changing technological landscape. However, in several nonbinding letters, the Illinois Department of Revenue has recently provided clarification on several key issues, including the taxability of cloud computing, says Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.
Last month, the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls announced a major enforcement case and settlement for violations of arms export regulations involving FLIR Systems Inc. The case is a reminder to U.S. companies that what may seem like “routine” violations can quickly turn into a $30 million problem, says Thomas McVey of Williams Mullen.
Receiving U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval is critical for any medical device company looking to bring new products to market. Only a handful of premarket approval applications and de novo reclassifications brave the advisory panel process each year. Gerry Prud’homme and Kristin Zielinski Duggan of Hogan Lovells offer six key points for companies preparing for an advisory panel meeting.
While the revamped test for independent contractor status under the California Supreme Court's recent decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court raises new questions under state law, it also presents opportunities for companies to present new legal arguments (and take new proactive steps) in defense of independent contractor relationships, say Samantha Rollins and Andrew Murphy of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.