A California federal court dismissed claims of negligence and aiding and abetting fraud asserted by two plaintiffs in a proposed class action against Intuit Inc., the maker of TurboTax software, saying Tuesday that the alleged injuries were not reasonably foreseeable.
Four men allegedly behind Mugshots.com were charged Wednesday with extortion, money laundering and identity theft, with California's attorney general saying the company’s “scheme” requiring payment to remove an individual’s booking photo from the website is “exploitation, plain and simple.”
Tianqi Lithium is reportedly getting close to inking a $4.3 billion deal to buy a stake in Sociedad Quimica y Minera, SoftBank CEO and founder Masayoshi Son is considering another $100 billion fund, and private equity firm CVC Capital Partners paused a possible takeover of pharmaceutical giant Recordati.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday upheld a Realtime Data patent covering data compression technology that was challenged by several tech companies including Dell, Oracle and HP, finding the companies failed to show any of the claims are obvious.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. urged a California federal court on Tuesday not to sanction the company over its suit alleging Panasonic Corp. colluded with others to monopolize the flash memory card market, arguing Panasonic is glossing over the main part of the alleged scheme.
The U.S. Department of Defense has defended its decision to build a multibillion-dollar commercial cloud service around a single vendor, telling lawmakers recently that sourcing the project to multiple companies would add costs and hamper "warfighter" effectiveness.
Return Mail Inc. has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit ruling that the federal government is a "person" with standing to challenge patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, saying the government has become a "repeat participant" in America Invents Act review proceedings.
Lawmakers in the United Kingdom took Facebook Inc. to task for failing to sufficiently answer questions Parliament posed regarding the social media giant's data privacy policies and the spread of fake news via its platform, saying they want more answers from CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Senate Democrats narrowly succeeded Wednesday in passing a resolution to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality deregulation rule, setting the stage for a tougher showdown in the House.
Utah Sen. Mike Lee and two other Republican senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would institute a 180-day "shot clock" on merger reviews by the Federal Communications Commission and require the Federal Trade Commission to litigate merger challenges in federal court.
The construction industry has yet to join the ranks of sectors that have been smacked by massive data breaches in recent years, but hackers are no doubt eyeing the sensitive employee data and business plans that builders hold, both to launch isolated attacks and to use as gateways to bigger hauls, attorneys say.
The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a Texas federal judge's finding that InvestPic LLC's patented method for analyzing financial data, which it asserted against SAP America Inc., was invalid under Alice for claiming a noninventive and abstract mathematical idea.
Google objected Tuesday to an architect’s sixth attempt at alleging the tech giant stole his building design technology trade secrets, saying the amended suit filed in California federal court with bolstered Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims was improperly filed without the court’s permission.
GoDaddy.com scored a quick win in a proposed class action alleging Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations stemming from allegedly unauthorized text messages, with an Arizona federal judge citing a recent D.C. Circuit decision addressing the definition of "autodialer" to conclude that such a device wasn’t used here.
Apple told an eight-member jury during opening statements in a high-profile California federal damages trial Tuesday that Samsung owes it more than $1 billion for infringing three of Apple's design patents covering iPhones, while Samsung pegged the number at just $28 million.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday unveiled a new national plan for combating cybersecurity threats, as officials grapple with a growing list of risks and malicious hackers.
Rebuking Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap, the Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday that when companies are incorporated in states with multiple judicial districts, only one is the proper venue for a patent lawsuit, negating decisions that allowed suits in every district.
A class of optical disk drive end consumers has reached deals with Samsung and Toshiba to end price-fixing litigation against the Korean and Japanese tech giants, according to a new court filing in the Ninth Circuit, where the class is seeking to reverse an earlier loss in the case.
Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason want to auction Xerox Corp. as soon as possible, billionaire David Tepper inked a deal to buy the Carolina Panthers NFL team for at least $2.2 billion, and blockchain server producer Canaan Creative plans to list publicly in Hong Kong.
Dell Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay nearly 500 female and African-American employees $2.9 million to settle allegations that four locations in California and North Carolina paid women and some minority workers less than their white male counterparts, the U.S. Department of Labor’s federal contracts watchdog announced Monday.
In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.
I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.
In a fully autonomous vehicle, a passenger's reaction to a traffic emergency is as irrelevant as her ethical calculations about potential injuries to herself and others. But if she agreed in advance to the safety protocols in the vehicle's programming, could she share liability in an accident? No one knows the answer yet, says Jim Jordan of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.
The recently enacted Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data, or CLOUD, Act was broadly supported by the technology industry, but the full implications will take time to become evident. However, some concerns are likely to manifest themselves early, say Saad Gul and Mike Slipsky of Poyner Spruill LLP.
Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.
Courts that have addressed virtual game currencies have found that developers do not run afoul of state gambling laws so long as the virtual currencies have no transferable monetary value outside of the game. But the Ninth Circuit disagreed last month in Kater v. Churchill Downs, says Christopher Queenin of Nixon Peabody LLP.
The New Jersey Supreme Court may soon decide whether to adopt the Daubert standard for admissibility of expert witness testimony. The searching inquiry into the reliability of proffered expert testimony that is required by Daubert protects the integrity of the jury system by ensuring that jurors are not misled by unreliable evidence, says Timothy Freeman of Tanenbaum Keale LLP.
There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.
Special master Maura Grossman recently issued an order crafting a new validation protocol in the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation. This method is potentially important because it could work for other types of litigation beyond document-intensive litigation, says John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems.
If a company facing a product recall has managed it effectively, the hardest part is probably over. But there are four key strategies companies should keep in mind to restore order and maintain brand loyalty following a recall, say Derin Kiykioglu and Jonathan Judge of Schiff Hardin LLP.