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Technology

  • May 17, 2018

    Training, Insurance Best Cybersecurity Tools, Panelists Say

    The biggest cybersecurity threat facing law firms and their clients is employees who innocently click on a virus and fail to safeguard their passwords, making training and good insurance key necessities in the digital age, according to panelists who spoke at the New Jersey State Bar Association convention Thursday.

  • May 17, 2018

    Leidos Deal To Support Army Corps In IT Could Total $239M

    Global technology company Leidos Inc. said Thursday that it has landed a contract potentially worth $239.5 million to continue providing IT support to 37,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers members stationed around the world.

  • May 17, 2018

    Emerson Seeks Peek At Facebook Deal In $30M IP Theft Suit

    Emerson Electric told a skeptical California federal judge Thursday it wants former co-defendant Facebook to disclose its confidential deal to exit BladeRoom Group Ltd.’s trade secret suit, saying any financial settlement could offset the $30 million a jury said it owes BladeRoom.

  • May 17, 2018

    Technology Companies Are Driving The IPO Rebound

    After years of avoiding initial public offerings, venture-backed technology companies are now leading the charge, a trend experts say is buoyed by strong investor appetite for technology IPOs and a desire among aging startups to provide their shareholders liquidity.

  • May 17, 2018

    Apple Slims Exercise Headphone Class Action Claims

    A California federal judge on Wednesday trimmed a proposed class action claiming Apple Inc.'s Powerbeats headphones fail to hold a charge when a user is sweating, nixing a negligence claim altogether while keeping alive other claims that the company lied about the products’ durability.

  • May 17, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Anglo, Aspen, Thoma Bravo

    Mining company Anglo American is expected to sell less than half of its stake in its Peruvian copper project to Japanese buyers, Reckitt Benckiser Group and Perrigo are eyeing Aspen Pharmacare’s infant formula business, and Thoma Bravo and Vista Equity are raising competing funds.

  • May 17, 2018

    Architect's Revised Suit In Google RICO Row Stricken

    A California federal judge on Wednesday struck an architect’s sixth try to allege Google stole his building design technology trade secrets, one day after she said she was “surprised” at the amended complaint given pending dismissal motions before her.

  • May 17, 2018

    'Meaningful Disclosure' A Must In Wake Of Data Beaches

    Lots of advanced preparation and prompt, “meaningful disclosure” are the best methods for companies hoping to avoid costly fines and lessen the damage of inevitable shareholder suits in the event of a data breach, legal experts advise.

  • May 17, 2018

    Online Ad Co. Looks To DQ Rival Counsel In Click Fraud Suit

    An internet ad placement company has asked a Texas federal judge to disqualify an attorney representing a rival in a $2.3 million suit over click fraud, saying the attorney had shared information the company designated as for outside attorneys' eyes only.

  • May 17, 2018

    Developer Convicted Of Running Malware Testing Service

    A federal jury has convicted a man living in Latvia of selling malware services that allowed hackers to probe U.S. businesses' cyber defenses before they launched attacks, software said to have led to hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to companies and consumers.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 17, 2018

    Guggenheim Lands $600M Loan For Consumer FinTech Co.

    LendingPoint, a financial technology company focused on consumer credit accessibility, has secured a committed credit facility worth up to $600 million that was arranged by the New York-based investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners, the company said Thursday.

  • May 17, 2018

    Blue Spike Loses Bid Again To Keep IP Row In Texas

    An Eastern District of Texas judge remained firm on Wednesday on her decision to transfer to California federal court a sprawling patent infringement suit filed by Blue Spike against Juniper Networks Inc., rejecting the patent-holding company's counterarguments as merely disagreeing with her position.

  • May 17, 2018

    China Approves $18B Sale Of Toshiba's Memory Unit

    Chinese antitrust regulators have cleared the way for Toshiba Corp. to sell off its memory business to an investment group led by Bain Capital Private Equity LLP for 2 trillion yen ($18.06 billion), the parties said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2018

    Covington Partner Tapped As FTC Consumer Bureau Director

    Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons made four appointments to the agency’s senior leadership team Wednesday, including selecting a Covington & Burling LLP partner who co-chairs the firm’s financial services practice group, the agency announced.

  • May 16, 2018

    Chinese Telecom Poses Cybersecurity Risk, House Reps. Told

    Cybersecurity experts told a House subcommittee Wednesday that telecom infrastructure built by Chinese companies with alleged government ties poses a national security risk, and advocated for interagency and private sector collaboration to address the risks in a targeted way.

  • May 16, 2018

    Quinn Atty's Query In $1B Apple Trial 'Improper,' Judge Says

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh threatened Wednesday to admonish Samsung's counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in front of a jury deciding how much Samsung owes for infringing Apple smartphone patents, calling a line of questioning posed to an Apple witness “very improper" and "intentionally done.”

  • May 16, 2018

    LG Chem Can't Shake NJ Suit Over Exploding Battery

    LG Chem Ltd. has lost its bid to toss a New Jersey federal court lawsuit from a California man who was allegedly injured by an exploding battery after boarding a flight in Denver, with a judge ordering discovery to gauge whether the case may be heard in the Garden State.

  • May 16, 2018

    Lexis Boosts IP Services With PatentSight Acquisition

    LexisNexis-owned Reed Tech, which provides information services to the intellectual property, government and life sciences industries, on Wednesday announced that it has acquired PatentSight, a data analytics company known for its program that helps value IP assets.

  • May 16, 2018

    Liberty, Travelers Off Hook For Costs In Ala. Enviro Cleanup

    A California federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Liberty Mutual and Travelers don’t have to cover environmental cleanup costs for an electronics company that struck a deal with an Alabama regulator, finding the policies only obligated the insurers to pay costs racked up as damages from a lawsuit.

Expert Analysis

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • What's New In NIST’s Updated Cybersecurity Framework

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the National Institute for Standards and Technology released a revised version of its standard-setting Cybersecurity Framework, once again producing a useful, flexible document that can be applied or adapted by a wide range of companies, says Alan Raul, leader of Sidley Austin LLP's cybersecurity practice.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Equifax Cybersecurity Ruling Heightens Risk For Companies

    Heather Egan Sussman

    The Superior Court of Massachusetts' recent Equifax decision — the first-ever court ruling on allegations made by a state attorney general in cybersecurity litigation — is notable for siding with Attorney General Maura Healey on several key issues of concern to all companies that collect personal information, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Regulators' Jurisdictional Overreach In Crypto Enforcement

    Jason Gottlieb

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission both claim jurisdictional authority over cryptocurrency, yet no new legislation has been passed and very few court decisions have addressed the issue of who, if anyone, has regulatory authority, say attorneys with Morrison Cohen LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Assessing Business Auto Coverage For Autonomous Vehicles

    Katherine Henry

    Courts have not yet determined whether business auto coverage extends to accidents involving autonomous vehicles. Much depends on whether or not an autonomous vehicle can qualify as an "auto," despite potentially lacking key components like steering wheels and turn signals, say Katherine Henry and Brendan Hogan of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • What’s Next For Embedded Tweet Copyright Case

    Marcus Chatterton

    If the Second Circuit affirms the Goldman v. Breitbart decision that embedded content may constitute copyright infringement, it will create more burdens on publishers and journalists, and it may invite some creative defenses under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, says Marcus Chatterton of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.