Technology

  • February 15, 2018

    Patent Group Gets 2 Purple Leaf E-Payment Patents Nixed

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated a pair of patents held by Purple Leaf LLC that cover a process for conducting electronic transactions, finding that the claims challenged by patent quality advocacy group Askeladden were both obvious and anticipated.

  • February 15, 2018

    Uber Accused Of Forum-Shopping In $19M Ad Contract Case

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Thursday asked a California federal judge to nix mobile advertiser Fetch Media Ltd.’s contract suit alleging that the ride-hailing giant owes $19 million in unpaid bills, saying an existing state court suit covers the same ground, but Fetch countered by saying that Uber is forum-shopping.

  • February 15, 2018

    ABA Presses For Trade Secrets Safeguards In New NAFTA

    Any renegotiation of NAFTA should include a provision requiring all parties to enact stronger protections for trade secrets and patents and to crack down on the import of knockoff goods, the American Bar Association’s intellectual property section told the U.S. Trade Representative on Wednesday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Arbitrators Toss Bulk Of Swedish Co.'s $113M Royalties Case

    International arbitrators have ordered a Swedish networking technology company to pay some $1.6 million in legal fees to a major customer after mostly dismissing its $900 million Swedish krona ($113 million) arbitration case over unpaid royalties, the company said recently. 

  • February 15, 2018

    DOD Wants To Clear Up Cloud Acquisition Questions

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday sought to clear up questions surrounding its contentious upcoming cloud computing acquisition, noting for example that it did not intend to sole-source the contract, shortly after announcing an industry day to discuss the pending deal.

  • February 15, 2018

    View Inc. Fights Investors' Challenge To $60M Settlement

    Attorneys for high-tech window company View Inc. urged a Delaware vice chancellor Thursday to set aside objections to a $60 million settlement in a suit with the company's founder, saying the objectors' claims were unfounded and the deal would avert crippling challenges to the company’s stock and capital structure.

  • February 15, 2018

    Mitsubishi Inks $33M Deal In Sprawling Cathode-Ray MDL

    Mitsubishi Electric Corp. on Wednesday settled with a class of indirect buyers of cathode ray tubes for $33 million in California federal court, bringing total settlements in multidistrict litigation over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy involving electronics companies to $820 million.

  • February 15, 2018

    Navy Yard Shooting Victims Must Propose Damages By April

    Families of victims of a 2013 mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard must submit damages demands by mid-April in a group of negligence suits against Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services LLC and another information technology company that employed the shooter, a D.C. federal judge said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    PlanetRisk Gets Up To $79M Cybersecurity Contract From DHS

    Risk analytics company PlanetRisk has secured an up to $79 million contract to provide program management support over the next five years for a U.S. Department of Homeland Security office tasked with ensuring the cybersecurity of the federal government, the company said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Aruba Share Payout Cut 30% In $2.8B HP Tie-up Appraisal

    Hedge fund investors lost big Thursday in a Delaware Chancery Court appraisal lawsuit that challenged the $2.8 billion price Hewlett-Packard Co. paid for Aruba Networks Inc. in 2015, when a judge pegged the fair value 30 percent lower than the acquisition payout.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • February 14, 2018

    NuVasive Says Rival Hired Key Workers, Copied Spine System

    NuVasive Inc. alleged a competitor engaged in a coordinated effort to rip off its entire spinal surgery system, hiring former executives who worked on the technology and then devising a system that closely mimicked it, according to an infringement suit entered in California federal court Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Uthe’s RICO Harm Theory New To Appeal, 9th Circ. Says

    Uthe Technology Corp. urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive its Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit, arguing the semiconductor company suffered a direct harm when it was defrauded into selling a “thriving” subsidiary and prompting the judges to complain Uthe was raising a new injury theory for the first time on appeal.

  • February 14, 2018

    Venture Capitalist Sued For Alleged In-Flight Sex Battery

    A 29-year-old co-founder of tech companies hit a 73-year-old Silicon Valley venture capitalist with a sexual battery suit in California state court Wednesday, alleging that he groped her on a red-eye flight.

  • February 14, 2018

    AT&T Beats Consumers' Class Cert. Bid In Robocall Case

    A group of consumers suing telecom giant AT&T for robocalls the company allegedly made was denied class certification Wednesday after AT&T told the court late last year that it denies the bulk of the allegations made in the lawsuit.

  • February 14, 2018

    FTC Picks Prodded On Tech, Data Safety At Senate Hearing

    The four nominees seeking to fill posts on the Federal Trade Commission appeared in front of a Senate committee on Wednesday, answering questions from lawmakers about the power of big technology companies and consumer protection issues surrounding data breaches and privacy.

  • February 14, 2018

    FCC Reauthorization Bill Clears House Committee

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved an amended bill Wednesday afternoon that would reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission for the first time in two and a half decades, providing funding to help broadcasters with the post-spectrum auction reorganization and implementing other process reforms.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-Chair Laments Trump's FCC As 'AWOL' On Cybersecurity

    Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler derided the absence of his former agency in efforts to enhance U.S. cybersecurity infrastructure during a Wednesday panel at the Brookings Institution, stressing the need for active enforcement and more "agile regulation," particularly as the rollout of 5G nears.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ford Gets Claims Trimmed In Faulty Screen Class Action

    With a May trial ahead on class claims alleging Ford Motor Co. sold vehicles with faulty touch screens to over 500,000 drivers, a California federal judge on Wednesday pared class claims for two states, leaving eight state classes and others in the litigation.

  • February 14, 2018

    ISN Investor Says Controllers Withheld Key Valuation Info

    A minority shareholder of ISN Software Inc. filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court on Wednesday, accusing the controllers of the company of withholding key information needed to adequately consider the fair valuation of its holdings and its rights to stock appraisal before a 2013 merger aimed at pushing out minority shareholders.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Blockchain’s Impact On The Retail Sector Is Growing

    Scott Kimpel

    Retail and consumer products companies can no longer afford to ignore blockchain as a passing trend. From tracing the source of a defective item, to verifying products' authenticity, to simplifying international shipping, to streamlining consumer loyalty programs, blockchain is increasingly becoming a valuable tool, say Scott Kimpel and Mayme Beth Donohue of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • 2 'Pass-Through' Hurdles For Indirect Purchaser Plaintiffs

    Jon Tomlin

    As several recent decisions demonstrate, indirect purchaser plaintiffs aiming to establish that any price-fixing overcharges imposed by manufacturers were ultimately “passed through” to them face a formidable economic task, says Jon Tomlin of Navigant Consulting.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • GDPR And APAC: 8 Letters Spell Out Major Changes

    Samantha Green

    Multinational corporations operating in Asian and Pacific countries may soon be saddled with not only the cumbersome laws enacted by China, Japan and Singapore, but also the General Data Protection Regulation. Complying with the GDPR will require a coordinated approach including technology, breach response policy and training, says Samantha Green of Epiq Systems Inc.

  • Bargaining Model Takeaways From Limelight Ruling

    Jeffrey Klenk

    A Virginia federal court's recent decision in Limelight v. XO confirmed an apparent trend in courts’ acceptance of bargaining theory, based either on Rubinstein or Nash, to model hypothetical negotiations in intellectual property disputes, says Jeffrey Klenk of Berkeley Research Group LLC.

  • Google Bias Suit Presents Critical Juncture In Labor Law

    Eve Wagner

    Two ex-Google employees recently accused the company of singling out conservative white men and terminating their employment after they shared their political views with colleagues. The question for the trier of fact will be whether their speech is protected under California law or constituted discrimination or other wrongful conduct in violation of Google’s policies, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • IP For AI: How Cos. Can Protect Artificial Intelligence Tech

    Andrew MacArthur

    Artificial intelligence technology can rapidly change, but a company’s intellectual property strategy should move with it to capture the growth or business goals at each iteration. Otherwise, an outsider could question the true value of the AI technology or a competitor could develop similar technology with accompanying IP, says Andrew MacArthur of Venable LLP.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How California Energy Laws Changed In 2017: Part 2

    Ella Foley Gannon

    The laws relating to energy that were enacted during the 2017 California state legislative session will bring a host of changes to existing state programs and policies. Interested stakeholders must familiarize themselves with the state's new policies on solar consumer protection, emerging technologies, zero-emission vehicles and retail utilities, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.