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Technology

  • August 2, 2018

    JPML Won't Centralize IP Rows Against Hulu, Netflix, Others

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Wednesday declined to centralize in Colorado or Texas federal court nine infringement suits involving digital data compression patents filed against Hulu, Netflix and others, determining that the allegations against the companies are too disparate.

  • August 2, 2018

    Kaspersky Reports Phishing Attacks On Russian Industries

    Cybercriminals have sent phishing emails within the past year to at least 400 industrial companies, mostly in Russia, in attempts to commit financial fraud and steal money, according to researchers from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab.

  • August 2, 2018

    More Tribes Want In On Small-Cell FCC Rule Challenge

    Several tribes have sought to intervene in a challenge to a Federal Communications Commission rule that allowed 5G network builders to avoid tribal consultations, adding to a coalition of Native American communities who are pursuing the challenge at the D.C. Circuit.

  • August 2, 2018

    Ford Can't Shave All Classes In Faulty Touch Screen Row

    A California federal judge kept intact certain state claims in a class action alleging Ford Motor Co. sold vehicles with faulty touch screens, shaving only a Massachusetts consumer fraud claim as the parties ready for trial after abandoning an estimated $50 million settlement that the judge called problematic.

  • August 2, 2018

    Calif. Jury Hits Apple With $145M Verdict In WiLan IP Row

    A California federal jury on Wednesday awarded WiLan Inc. $145.1 million after finding that Apple Inc. infringed two of its patents covering wireless communication technology.

  • August 2, 2018

    UK Launches Broad Review Of Tech Competition Policies

    The United Kingdom unveiled plans Thursday to review competition rules for the country's £116 billion ($151 billion) digital sector, hiring an economics expert who served under former U.S. President Barack Obama to examine a host of issues, ranging from how to deal with mergers between tech companies to the antitrust implications of data concentration.

  • August 2, 2018

    Library Of Congress Gets New Data Center In $27M Contract

    Accenture Federal Services has won a contract worth roughly $27.3 million to build a new data center for the Library of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office with the aim of improving security, reliability and performance, the company said.

  • August 2, 2018

    Startup Fights Paper's Bid To Unseal Records After $706M Win

    A data analytics startup has opposed a newspaper's bid to unseal court records from its $706 million trade secrets win over a Quicken Loans affiliate, saying the Texas statute used to seal the documents does not allow for interlocutory appeal.

  • August 2, 2018

    Real Estate Brokerage Leads 2 IPOs Exceeding $973M

    Advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, real estate giant Cushman & Wakefield PLC priced its initial public offering at $17 per share before opening Thursday morning, joining wireless speaker company Sonos Inc. to raise a combined $973.5 million.

  • August 2, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Adds WilmerHale Partners In Silicon Valley

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has hired a pair of WilmerHale partners who advise technology and life sciences clients on complex deals to add to its global corporate transactions team in Silicon Valley, the firm said on Wednesday.

  • August 2, 2018

    Fitbit Cuts Deal To Put Sleep-Tracker Suit To Bed

    Fitbit Inc. inked a deal to resolve class claims that customers paid extra for devices with a sleep-tracking function that doesn’t work as advertised, preempting oral arguments set for Thursday in California federal court.

  • August 2, 2018

    FCC Blocks Local Rules Barring New Net Infrastructure

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to let wireless and broadband companies do all of the prep work for attaching new wires to utility poles in one swoop, and additionally declared that state and local rules blocking the rollout of new internet infrastructure are illegal.

  • August 2, 2018

    Cisco Inks $2.35B Cash Deal For Security Software Co.

    San Jose, California-based Cisco Systems Inc. has agreed to buy privately held security software maker Duo Security for $2.35 billion in cash, the networking and information technology company said Thursday.

  • August 2, 2018

    Comcast’s Xfinity Accused Of Infringing Streaming TV Patent

    An online television streaming company sued Comcast Corp. in Florida federal court Wednesday accusing the company’s Xfinity television service of infringing a patent covering a “global interactive programming guide,” in a potential threat to the very heart of Comcast’s business.

  • August 2, 2018

    Attys In $35M Facebook Deal Seek $14M In Fees, Costs

    Attorneys asked a New York federal court for almost $14 million in fees and costs Wednesday for negotiating a $35 million settlement with Facebook Inc. to resolve a consolidated securities class action alleging the social media company misrepresented revenue projections ahead of its 2012 initial public offering.

  • August 2, 2018

    Apple Has Paid €9B Of €14B EU Tax Bill, Filing Says

    Apple Inc. has already paid €9 billion ($10.4 billion) of the €14 billion it owes following a European Commission decision that it underpaid Irish taxes, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    Facebook Urges 9th Circ. To Keep Tracking Claims Buried

    Facebook has shot back at a bid to revive multidistrict litigation accusing the social media giant of unlawfully tracking people’s browsing activity after they sign out, telling the Ninth Circuit the plaintiffs had failed to prove the alleged conduct caused them any actual harm or fell outside the parameters of its data privacy policies. 

  • August 1, 2018

    Qualcomm Investor Sues Over $117B Broadcom Merger Bust

    A Qualcomm Inc. investor opened a derivative lawsuit against the company and its directors late Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court, alleging the tech company’s board made undisclosed and self-interested decisions that scuttled a proposed $117 billion merger with Broadcom Ltd. and cost Qualcomm $8 billion in market value.

  • August 1, 2018

    Cloud Storage Co. Gets OK On Ch. 11 Bid, Auction Plans

    Cloud storage technology firm Tintri Inc. received bankruptcy court approval in Delaware on Wednesday for its plan to run a Chapter 11 auction for the sale of its assets, including a $52.5 million stalking horse offer.

  • August 1, 2018

    Charter May Have To Cough Up NCTA Docs To NY AG

    A New York state appeals judge told Charter Communications that it can't necessarily withhold communications with telecom trade association NCTA from the state attorney general's office in a false advertising suit over the cable company's purported internet speeds.

Expert Analysis

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • 2 Takeaways From The AT&T-Time Warner Ruling

    Nathaniel Wackman

    A D.C. federal judge's decision last month in United States v. AT&T contains important insights that will be influential well beyond the confines of the now-completed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner, say Nathaniel Wackman and Lee Van Voorhis of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Reading The China Tariff Tea Leaves

    Mark Ludwikowski

    With tariffs against some $250 billion of Chinese goods taking effect Friday, U.S. companies that do business with China are wondering what happens next. While China is the more export-dependent country, it is unlikely to face the sort of industry protests and lobbying aimed at the Trump administration in opposition of the tariffs, says Mark Ludwikowski of Clark Hill PLC.

  • GDPR Gameplay: Privacy Issues For Video Game Developers

    Roger Wylie

    Independent video game developers may collect and utilize data from users to improve their games or release new content — and they may not be prepared for the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, say Roger Wylie and Frank Johnson Jr. of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • The Reinvention Of Art Auctions In The Age Of Blockchain

    Desiree Moore

    In the context of the purchase and sale of fine art, blockchain technology is proving to be a profound answer to uncertainty in authenticity, gaps in provenance and overall lack of transparency that have long plagued the global art market, say Desiree Moore and Dora Georgescu of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • The California Consumer Privacy Act: 3 Early Questions

    Grant Davis-Denny

    It is difficult to overstate the scope of the new California Consumer Privacy Act — it will dramatically change the privacy landscape in the U.S. when it takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The act also contains ambiguities that are likely to sow confusion and litigation, say attorneys with Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Crypto Tax Compliance Challenges Shouldn't Deter Investors

    Patrick McCormick

    Cryptocurrency has been a source of significant consternation in the tax arena due to the lack of guidance regarding transaction classification and consequent lack of reporting compliance. Despite the IRS ending its offshore voluntary disclosure program this coming September, alternate disclosure programs remain to enable taxpayers to come into compliance without significant penalty, says Patrick McCormick of Drucker & Scaccetti.