Technology

  • 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.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB Ax Of Cisco Network Security Patent

    Arista Networks Inc. notched a win in its fight with Cisco Systems Inc. over networking equipment technology on Wednesday, when the Federal Circuit upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that invalidated part of a Cisco patent that Arista had been found to infringe.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Finds Another Alice Ruling Came Too Soon

    The Federal Circuit faulted a lower court Wednesday for invalidating data manipulation patents as abstract ideas on a motion to dismiss, the second time in days the court has held that a judge too quickly found that patents failed the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

  • February 14, 2018

    GSA Awards 81 Small Businesses Places On $15B IT Deal

    The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded slots on its massive Alliant information technology services contract to 81 small businesses, allowing them to compete for up to $15 billion in orders over a decade, it announced Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fitbit Settles Trademark Suit With Alleged Counterfeiters

    Fitbit Inc. and several of the companies that it accused of selling counterfeit versions of its products asked a California federal judge Tuesday to rule that a confidential settlement between them is fair.

  • February 14, 2018

    FTC Nom Vows Tough Enforcement In Lieu Of Net Neutrality

    During a hearing on Wednesday to grill President Donald Trump's picks for the Federal Trade Commission, the nominee for chairman testified that the agency will step up to be a “vigorous enforcer” in the absence of net neutrality protections, but he acknowledged that some online conduct may fall outside of the FTC’s scope.

  • February 14, 2018

    Seyfarth Shaw, Bryan Cave Steer Cars.com's $165M Purchase

    Cars.com has agreed to acquire two digital solutions companies that will broaden the services offered to its more than 20,000 dealer clients across the nation, in a $165 million deal guided by Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Bryan Cave LLP, the company said Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Warburg Pincus Leads Duetto's $80M Series D Raise

    Hospitality revenue services platform Duetto has raised $80 million in series D financing from a group of investors led by Warburg Pincus LLC funds, according to an announcement from San Francisco-based Duetto on Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: A Hackathon And Alternative Brands

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at five recent developments.

  • February 14, 2018

    EU Clears Northrop's $9.2B Acquisition Of Orbital

    The European Commission has cleared Northrop Grumman Corp.’s bid to acquire defense technology services company Orbital ATK Inc. for $7.8 billion in cash and $1.4 billion in debt, saying the proposed deal raises no competition concerns because the companies are involved in different product markets.

  • February 14, 2018

    Sprint Customers Decertified In Yahoo 'Welcome Text' Suit

    Consumers suing Yahoo over unsolicited “welcome texts” suffered a stinging setback on Tuesday, after an Illinois federal court decertified their class in light of new information that indicates roughly a quarter of recipients may have consented to the welcome texts after all.

  • February 14, 2018

    Norwest Grabs $1.5B For Its Largest-Ever PE Fund

    Norwest Venture Partners said Wednesday its latest and largest-ever investment fund raised $1.5 billion from investors as the private equity firm continues to target companies in the consumer, enterprise and health care sectors.

  • February 13, 2018

    Kaspersky Opens New Front In Legal Fight With White House

    Moscow-based antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab has launched a new salvo in its legal battle with the White House, this time claiming in D.C. federal court that U.S. Department of Defense legislation banning its products from government systems unconstitutionally singles it out.

  • February 13, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Attys' Licensing Co. Loses Patent Suit Under Alice

    A patent licensing company run by former WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis LLP partners lost its infringement claims against two security companies on Monday, when a California federal judge found that its patent on internet data channels is invalid under the Supreme Court's Alice ruling for claiming only an abstract idea.  

  • February 13, 2018

    Ex-Railroad IT Worker Gets Jail Time For Network Damage

    A former Canadian Pacific Railway IT employee was sentenced by a Minnesota federal judge Tuesday to one year and one day in prison for intentionally damaging critical components of the transcontinental railroad company’s computer network, following a guilty verdict in October.

  • February 13, 2018

    Capital Markets Partner Rejoins Latham In Hong Kong

    Latham & Watkins LLP said Monday that it’s welcoming back a former partner who has worked on a variety of capital markets transactions involving Chinese firms, including a $1.4 billion initial public offering for the Shanghai-based ZTO Express Inc. that was the largest U.S. IPO of 2016.

  • February 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Botched Sanctions Ruling, Startup Argues

    Indiezone Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to rethink its decision that a lower court correctly sanctioned the startup and its lawyer for bringing a “sham” company into its case alleging that former employees conspired to steal its $1 billion e-commerce processing software.

  • February 13, 2018

    LeClairRyan Can't Toss Malpractice Suit

    LeClairRyan is stuck defending against a malpractice suit brought by a disgruntled client, after a newly assigned Illinois federal judge refused to toss the case despite harsh words from a previous judge who called the client’s claims “bizarre” and “extraordinarily troubling.”

  • February 13, 2018

    Finjan Drops IP Retrial Against Symantec Unit, Signals Deal

    Finjan Inc. announced Monday it had vacated a California federal patent infringement retrial set to start that day against a Symantec Corp. unit, saying it reached confidential settlement terms with its cybersecurity rival and expects by the month’s end to finalize a “definitive agreement.”

Expert Analysis

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Opinion

    Proposal For Nationalization Of 5G Network Is Dead On Arrival

    Kristin Smith

    The Trump administration is unlikely to act on its reported plan to nationalize the 5G wireless network, but if it formally proposed nationalization, the wireless industry would unleash a lobbying battle on Congress that would doom the project, says Kristin Smith of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • How California Energy Laws Changed In 2017: Part 1

    Ella Foley Gannon

    For energy industry observers, the 2017 California state legislative session produced a few significant bills along with a host of more minor bills. While protecting the environment, the Legislature also sought environmental justice, with new legislation relating to the state's cap-and-trade program, air quality and distributed energy resources, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • BMG V. Cox Is Major Copyright Victory For Music Industry

    Alexander Lawrence

    In one of the music industry's first attempts to hold an internet service provider liable for subscribers' unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, the Fourth Circuit largely sided with the copyright holders. The BMG v. Cox decision last week provides important guidance on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor and the scope of secondary liability under the Copyright Act, says Alexander Lawrence of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • An Overdue Re-Examination Of Antitrust Policy Toward SEPs

    David Teece

    Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim's recent speech on antitrust issues regarding standards development and patents implicating standards is promising in that, for the first time in a while, we might have an authentic innovation champion at the U.S. Department of Justice, say David Teece of Berkeley Research Group LLC and Edward Sherry of Expert Research Associates Inc.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Beware ICO Lawyers, You're The Next Target

    John Reed Stark

    Chairman Jay Clayton of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently gave an extraordinary speech reiterating his concerns about initial coin offerings while also adding a new twist. It's gatekeeper liability redux at the SEC, and lawyers connected to ICOs should be watching their backs, says John Reed Stark, president of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • The Future Of France Is Innovation

    Anne-Charlotte Rivière

    Initiatives and legislation in France to cut red tape, reduce taxes and loosen labor laws have caught investors’ attention, highlighting a shift in French business culture that has brought new energy to innovation-dependent sectors like life sciences and software, say Anne-Charlotte Rivière and Kristopher Brown of Dechert LLP.