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Technology

  • January 16, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Schleich, Siemens-Alstom, Salesforce

    Ardian is planning to sell German toymaker Schleich, Siemens and Alstom are mulling bolstering their assets being sold as part of a bid to win European regulators’ approval of their €15 billion proposed rail merger, and Salesforce.com is discussing a deal to snap up ClickSoftware Technologies.

  • January 16, 2019

    FCC Dropping Ball On Consumer Data Protection, Group Says

    The Federal Communications Commission has failed to enforce data protection laws, leading to "increasing recklessness" in the way companies safeguard consumer information, an internet advocacy group said Wednesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Texas Anti-SLAPP Law Ruled Inapplicable In Federal Court

    A Texas federal judge ruled Wednesday that Texas’ anti-SLAPP law does not apply in federal court, denying Neology Inc.'s motion to dismiss a $1 million lawsuit alleging the RFID technology company published false claims that a rival company stole trade secrets.

  • January 16, 2019

    Rubio Proposes Privacy Bill That Overrides State Data Laws

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Wednesday introduced a national data privacy bill that would give Congress, not the Federal Trade Commission, the ability to write federal privacy rules — and which would override stringent state regulations.

  • January 16, 2019

    Morningstar, Prudential Beat RICO Suit Over Robo-Adviser

    Morningstar Investment Management LLC and two Prudential Financial Inc. retirement-focused subsidiaries won’t have to face allegations that they illegally colluded to profit from a robo-adviser program after an Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday that the plan participant leading the suit failed to show they violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

  • January 16, 2019

    Oracle Can’t Toss Race, Sex Bias Case Over ALJs

    Oracle America must continue fighting a race and sex bias suit brought by the U.S. Department of Labor federal contracts watchdog after an agency administrative law judge rejected its claim that he and his colleagues were not validly appointed under a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

  • January 16, 2019

    Dispute Over Ticket Autopricing Tech Goes Before NYC Jury

    A Manhattan jury mulled Wednesday whether to award entrepreneur Shmuel "Sam" Sherman damages after his company accused a rival of poaching what Sherman calls revolutionary software that allows resale brokers to easily reprice inventory in the multibillion-dollar market for sports and entertainment tickets.

  • January 16, 2019

    Relaxed Rules Offer Little Clarity On Expanded Drone Flights

    The Federal Aviation Administration's loosening of restrictions on certain drone flights won't spur more drones to take to the skies until regulators draft additional rules to track and identify unmanned aircraft, ensuring the regulatory landscape will remain murky as technology continues to outpace the legal landscape, experts say.

  • January 16, 2019

    Napster Settles Songwriter Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties

    The company that currently operates Napster reached a settlement Tuesday in California federal court to end one of several class actions that claimed streaming music services had failed to pay millions in so-called mechanical royalties to songwriters.

  • January 16, 2019

    9th Circ. Sends Yahoo TCPA Coverage Row To Calif. Justices

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday asked California’s high court to weigh Yahoo’s bid to force an AIG insurer to fund its defense of several Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits accusing the web services provider of sending unsolicited text messages, saying Golden State law is unsettled on whether liability insurance covers TCPA claims.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pokemon Go Creator Niantic Snags $245M Funding Round

    Niantic Inc., the company behind mobile augmented reality game Pokemon Go, on Wednesday said investors contributed $245 million to its latest funding round as it looks to improve the engine used for its various game platforms and other AR capabilities.

  • January 16, 2019

    DC Circ. Urged Not To Halt Net Neutrality Args Over Shutdown

    The Federal Communications Commission should not win a pause in the upcoming net neutrality oral arguments, trade group Incompas told the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday, saying the court allowed oral arguments to proceed during the last funding lapse and that the issue of proper web regulation must be resolved speedily.

  • January 16, 2019

    High-Tech Parts Maker Claims Rival Stole Trade Secrets

    A high-tech parts manufacturer has accused electronics contract maker Foxconn and some of its associates of stealing exclusive designs for special connectors used in computers and automotive systems.

  • January 16, 2019

    Koch Unit, Golden Gate Capital Invest $1.5B In Infor

    The investment arm of Koch Industries and San Francisco-based Golden Gate Capital have agreed to invest $1.5 billion in Infor, the business cloud software company said Wednesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pa. Dem To Head Key House Communications Subcommittee

    Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., has been elected chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which oversees the Federal Communications Commission and policy matters relating to spectrum use, Democrats announced Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Atlanta PE Firm Wraps Up Debut Fund With $200M Raised

    Atlanta-based Resurgens Technology Partners has clinched its debut fund after bringing in more than $200 million from limited partners, the Proskauer Rose LLP-advised middle-market private equity firm said Wednesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Apple Won't Face Qualcomm's Latest Patent Suit In Germany

    Apple scored a victory Tuesday when a German regional court tossed a patent suit brought against the tech giant by Qualcomm, with the court finding that Apple did not infringe the chipmaker’s patent with the chips in iPhones.

  • January 16, 2019

    Willkie Steers $500M Investment In Veeam Software

    Automated data management software maker Veeam Software will receive a $500 million investment from tech-focused venture and private equity firm Insight Venture Partners and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in a deal guided by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, the companies said Wednesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    4 Firms Guide Fiserv's $22B First Data Buy

    Fiserv said Wednesday it will buy private equity-backed financial services company First Data in a $22 billion all-stock acquisition guided by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • January 15, 2019

    PTAB Nixes Patent In Suit Over Google 'Lucky' Button

    Google LLC scored a win in its fight with Israeli company Spring Ventures Ltd. over the technology behind the search giant’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature, when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday said Spring Ventures’ patent for web searches without exact site addresses is invalid due to obviousness.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • 5 Things To Know About USPTO’s New Eligibility Guidance

    Michelle Holoubek

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s new guidelines attempt to clarify examination procedures regarding patent-eligible subject matter. This will ease the burden on patenting computer-implemented innovation, but there is still some ambiguity in the guidance, say Michelle Holoubek and Lestin Kenton of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    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 Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • 6 Advertising Law Trends To Watch In 2019

    Jason Gordon

    In the world of advertising last year, the recurring theme appeared to be honesty. With the lid pried away to expose how companies have been studying their customers, those customers have begun studying the companies in return, say Jason Gordon and Andrew Levad of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Evolving Frontier Of Foreign Securities Litigation

    Joel Rothman

    Several recent developments — including a petition for certiorari filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Toshiba v. Automotive Industries Pension Trust Fund — highlight why foreign securities litigation is an ever-changing scenario where nothing is definite, say Joel Rothman and Peter Saparoff of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

    Elizabeth Black

    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.

  • Opinion

    Ending Arbitration Pacts For Harassment Claims Isn't Enough

    Tom Spiggle

    Several tech companies recently ended policies that forced arbitration for internal sexual harassment claims, but a closer look at these changes indicates there’s still a long way to go before workers are treated as fairly as possible, says Tom Spiggle of the Spiggle Law Firm.

  • The Top Blockchain Patents Of 2018

    William Zac Duffy

    Of the 200 blockchain patents that were issued in the United States last year, 10 stand out as being particularly interesting and provide insight into the future direction of the technology, says William Zac Duffy of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • Opinion

    A Call To Permit Judicial Substitution In MDL Proceedings

    Doug Smith

    While several proposed changes to multidistrict litigation procedures may be warranted and appropriate, consideration should be given to a modest modification of the judicial selection process, says Doug Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Perspectives

    Cy Pres Awards Are The Best Answer

    John Campbell

    The argument that cy pres awards violate the rights of absent class members is wrong on many levels and ignores the fact that prohibiting such distributions creates far more problems than it solves, says John Campbell, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.