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Technology

  • May 16, 2018

    Intuit Gets Negligence Claim Tossed In Calif. Class Action

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    Mugshots.com Exploited Those Arrested, Calif. AG Says

    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.”

  • May 16, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tianqi, SoftBank, CVC

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    PTAB Upholds Data Patent Challenged By Dell, Others

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    Samsung Fights Sanctions Bid In Panasonic Antitrust Suit

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    Pentagon Says Cloud Services Best Left To One Company

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    Gov't Not A 'Person' In AIA Patent Reviews, Justices Told

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    UK Lawmakers Want Answers From Facebook On Data Privacy

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    Senate Passes Measure To Keep Net Neutrality

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    Republican Sens. Propose FCC Merger Review 'Shot Clock'

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    Construction Industry Can't Ignore Growing Hacking Threats

    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.

  • May 15, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Alice Win For SAP On Financial Data Patent

    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.

  • May 15, 2018

    Google Cries Foul At Architect’s Revised RICO Suit

    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.

  • May 15, 2018

    GoDaddy Texts Weren't Sent Using Autodialer, Judge Says

    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.

  • May 15, 2018

    Samsung Owes Apple Over $1B For Ripping Off IP, Jury Told

    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.

  • May 15, 2018

    DHS Releases New 5-Point Plan For Fighting Cyber Threats

    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.

  • May 15, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Only 1 District Per State Can Be Patent Venue

    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.

  • May 15, 2018

    Disk Drive Buyers Reach Deals With Samsung, Toshiba

    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.

  • May 15, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Xerox, Carolina Panthers, Canaan

    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.

  • May 15, 2018

    Dell To Pay $3M To End DOL Pay Discrimination Claims

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    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.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    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.

  • Who's Liable For A Crash When It's The Car Driving?

    Jim Jordan

    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.

  • CLOUD Act: Start Or End For Cross-Border Data Exchanges?

    Saad Gul

    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.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    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.

  • A 9th Circ. Warning For Game Apps With Micro-Transactions

    Christopher Queenin

    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 Time Is Right For New Jersey To Adopt Daubert

    Timothy Freeman

    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.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    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.

  • A New Validation Protocol From Poultry Antitrust Cases

    John Tredennick

    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.

  • What To Do After A Product Recall

    Derin Kiykioglu

    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.