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Technology

  • October 16, 2018

    Audi Fined $925M In Germany Over Diesel Emissions

    German authorities on Tuesday hit Volkswagen’s luxury division, Audi AG, with a $925 million fine for selling cars rigged to pass emissions tests despite their emissions being higher than allowable standards.

  • October 16, 2018

    Axinn Enters California With SF Office, Plans To Expand

    Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP announced Tuesday that it has launched a new office in San Francisco, bringing its antitrust and intellectual property capabilities to the West Coast and planning to lure talent to serve its major clients in the state.

  • October 15, 2018

    Tessera Tells 9th Circ. Toshiba Flouted IP Contract

    Tessera Technologies asked the Ninth Circuit Monday to revive a claim alleging Toshiba Corp. owes it more than $100 million for using its integrated circuit technology, arguing a lower court judge ended the case too soon based on her interpretation of a licensing agreement that was not “crystal clear.”

  • October 15, 2018

    Judge’s Broad View Of WesternGeco May Hike Patent Awards

    A Delaware federal judge has taken an expansive view of this year's WesternGeco decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing patent owners to recover some foreign lost profits, and if it is upheld, his order could lead to a significant increase in available patent damages, attorneys say.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t.

  • October 15, 2018

    Google Sued For Not Telling Investors About March Data Leak

    Google's failure to disclose in at least two federal securities filings a March data leak that came to light last week deceived the investing public and caused the tech giant's shares to be traded at artificially inflated prices for months, according to a proposed shareholder class action filed in California federal court. 

  • October 15, 2018

    Couple Get Prison, House Arrest For Electronics Smuggling

    An Italian national was slapped Monday in New Jersey federal court with a 22-month prison term and his wife was sentenced to six months of home confinement for their roles in a scheme to smuggle thousands of counterfeit electronics into the U.S., including bogus Apple products and video cameras bearing phony Sony labels.

  • October 15, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Innovent, Lime, HNA

    Innovent Biologics wants to raise as much as $422 million when it goes public in Hong Kong, scooter and bike startup Lime has talked to investors about more funding and an at least $3.3 billion valuation, and HNA Group is looking to sell consulting and technology company Pactera.

  • October 15, 2018

    Schulte Roth Guides Veritas Capital In Learning Biz Buy

    New York-based private equity firm Veritas Capital said Monday that it has agreed to acquire Cambium Learning Group Inc. in a deal guided by Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Lowenstein Sandler LLP that values the educational technology solutions company at $685.2 million.

  • October 15, 2018

    Veterans’ Broadband Access Needs Gov’t Boost, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission should explore policy changes to expand broadband access for veterans, especially in rural areas, under a congressional mandate passed earlier this year, telecoms including Verizon Inc. have told the FCC.

  • October 15, 2018

    PTAB Axes TiVo Program-Guide Patent In Win For Comcast

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has found a patent covering a TV programming guide to be invalid, delivering a win to Comcast Cable Communications LLC in its wide-ranging intellectual property dispute with a TiVo Corp. subsidiary.

  • October 15, 2018

    Twitter Faces GDPR Probe Over Possible User Tracking

    The Irish Data Protection Commission confirmed Monday that it is investigating Twitter Inc. for potential violations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation after the social media company refused to disclose whether it tracks users who click on links in tweets.

  • October 15, 2018

    Chopra Wary Of Digital Markets' Data Tracking, In-House Rules

    Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra on Monday said regulators must examine the power digital platforms and marketplaces gain from the vast amounts of data they collect and how they exercise that power to their financial or competitive advantage. 

  • October 15, 2018

    Wikipedia Warns That TVEyes Ruling Would 'Stifle' Critics

    The owner of Wikipedia is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a copyright ruling against a television search engine called TVEyes, warning that the decision would let rights owners such as Fox News "stifle criticism."

  • October 15, 2018

    Icahn Challenges Dell's VMware Stock Swap Plan

    Activist investor Carl Icahn vowed Monday to challenge Dell's plans to buy back a tracking stock tied to subsidiary VMware, contending the private equity-backed technology giant is selfishly encouraging shareholders to accept a too-low offer that will yield Dell's backers a roughly $11 billion "economic windfall."

  • October 15, 2018

    Microsoft Employees Urge Co. To Avoid DOD JEDI Cloud Deal

    A purported group of Microsoft Corp. employees has urged the company not to bid on the U.S. Department of Defense's $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract, citing ethical concerns, in an echo of a similar letter from Google employees that ultimately resulted in Google declining to bid on the deal.

  • October 15, 2018

    Qualcomm Fights Cert. Of 'Biggest Class Action In History'

    Qualcomm has asked the Ninth Circuit to review the certification of a class estimated to cover 250 million cellphone buyers who allegedly paid overages stemming from the chipmaker's anti-competitive licensing practices, saying the ruling creates "quite likely the biggest class action in history."

  • October 15, 2018

    Gigamon Seeks Toss Of Suit Over $1.6B Sale To Elliott

    Gigamon Inc. has asked a California federal court to toss a shareholder suit accusing directors of using an inaccurate financial forecast in its proxy statement for a $1.6 billion acquisition offer from hedge fund management firm Elliott Management Corp., with Gigamon saying the forecast it used reflected declines in 2017 revenue growth.

  • October 15, 2018

    High Court Passes On Media Streaming Patent Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not review a case against Comcast and Verizon over media streaming patents, leaving in place a ruling that found the patents were invalid for claiming nothing more than an abstract idea.

  • October 15, 2018

    Sens. OK Privacy Board Picks Ahead Of EU Data Deal Review

    The U.S. Senate has confirmed three nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, allowing the agency to get back to monitoring federal surveillance programs for the first time since President Donald Trump took office and coming just days before a key review of the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield.

Expert Analysis

  • Do Facebook's Targeted Job Ads Violate Title VII?

    Kristen Sinisi

    For the past 50 years, Title VII issues related to classified employment ads arranged by sex remained relatively well-settled. However, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges against Facebook’s targeted advertising platform recently resurrected them, says Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.

  • Can Defrauded Crypto Investors Hope To Recover Anything?

    Brett Theisen

    While insolvencies and fraud in the cryptocurrency space will create many issues of first impression for the courts, some valuable lessons can be found in more traditional fraud cases, such as the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, says Brett Theisen of Gibbons PC.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • UK Product Liability Law In The Autonomous Vehicle Era

    Sarah Batley

    The United Kingdom is positioning itself as the go-to location to develop, test and drive automated vehicles, and has already enacted legislation to provide an insurance model for AVs. But it is not yet clear whether existing U.K. product liability law will be able to accommodate the challenges posed by this new technology, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • The Broad Impact Of H-1B Premium Processing Suspension

    Yeon Me Kim

    With U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' recent decision to extend and expand the suspension of premium processing for certain H-1B petitions, employers now face uncertain processing times, and workers' ability to safely and promptly change employers is severely limited, say attorneys with Hammond Young Immigration Law​​​​​​​ LLC.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Energy Storage: Ready For Takeoff

    Stuart Solsky

    Energy storage has been called the “Swiss army knife” of the electric grid because of the many services it can perform, enhancing both traditional and renewable electric generation. Recent federal and state regulatory developments mean that energy storage is poised to be a major game changer in electric power markets, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.

  • Ethics Considerations For 4 Types Of Artificial Intelligence

    Johannes Stiehler

    Deciphering the ethics of artificial intelligence can be tricky. It always helps to have a human in the mix, but taking that element completely out of the equation makes answering questions about accountability much more pressing, says Johannes Stiehler of Ayfie Group AS.

  • How US And EU Sanctions Clash With Russian Antitrust Laws

    Stefan Weber

    U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia are forcing many international companies to carefully evaluate and restructure their contractual relationships with Russian counterparties. In this process, Russian antitrust law provides obstacles that may be difficult to overcome in some situations, say attorneys with Noerr Consulting AG.