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Technology

  • August 7, 2018

    Oracle Protests Pentagon's $10B JEDI Cloud Contract

    Oracle Corp. protested the U.S. Department of Defense’s pending $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract, saying the DOD’s single-award structure for the deal goes against industry standards and that the department failed to meet legal requirements for a sole-vendor contract.

  • August 7, 2018

    Disney, Fox Help WndrCo Raise $1B For NewTV Platform

    Los Angeles-based WndrCo, a holding company focused on consumer technology companies, on Tuesday said 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Co. and other Hollywood giants helped it raise $1 billion in an initial funding round for a new entertainment platform that is represented by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • August 7, 2018

    Paul Weiss Steers KPS' $690M Equipment Biz Sale

    KPS Capital Partners on Tuesday said it will sell the attachments division of heavy equipment manufacturer International Equipment Solutions LLC to Stanley Black & Decker Inc. in a $690 million deal, with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP guiding the private equity firm.

  • August 7, 2018

    EY Says Legal Services Firm Buy Will Buoy 'Disruptor' Status

    Big Four accounting firm EY has reached a deal to acquire Riverview Law, an alternative legal services business in which DLA Piper was once a major investor, the firm announced Tuesday, in a move it said would help it to expand its legal services and further establish it as a "leading disruptor" in the legal industry.

  • August 7, 2018

    Tech Co. Investor Accuses Executives Of Insider Trading

    A shareholder for a fiber optics equipment manufacturer accused the company’s directors and officers in Texas federal court on Tuesday of violating the Securities and Exchange Act by misleading shareholders about the company’s falling sales and selling off hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of shares before the company’s stock value dropped.

  • August 7, 2018

    9th Circ. Withdraws IRS Win In Altera Cost-Sharing Row

    In a move that struck transfer pricing specialists as eerily familiar, the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday withdrew its decision for the IRS in a case in which the agency had argued stock-based compensation costs must be shared with foreign affiliates in cost-sharing arrangements.

  • August 7, 2018

    Therium Adds Ex-Hogan Lovells Litigation, Arbitration Pro

    Litigation funder Therium Group Holdings Ltd. said Monday that it has brought on board a former Hogan Lovells partner for its investment team, bolstering its New York offerings with her experience handling complex commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly related to technology.

  • August 7, 2018

    Shuffle Tech Dealt $315M Verdict Over Competitor's Sham Suit

    An Illinois federal judge tripled a jury’s $105 million award to $315 million Tuesday, following the panel’s verdict for Shuffle Tech LLC and three other companies who accused Scientific Games Corp. of initiating sham litigation to assert invalid patents and keep its automatic card-shuffler competition out of the market.

  • August 7, 2018

    Law Firms Lead Way In Email Spoofing Defense, Report Says

    A new study released Tuesday says law firms are leading the way among private industries when it comes to implementing a form of email security that guards against a popular tactic used in phishing attacks to disguise the origin of a message.

  • August 6, 2018

    Gov’t Seeks To DQ Orrick In Fitbit Trade Secrets Case

    The government asked a California federal judge to disqualify Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, which is representing a former Fitbit Inc. employee accused of stealing trade secrets from another previous employer, Jawbone, saying that the firm's previous representation of other defendants in the case presents a conflict of interest.

  • August 6, 2018

    Agencies Finalize Rules For $110M Grants To Modernize 911

    The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Transportation have published final rules in the Federal Register for a $110 million grant program to facilitate support for text message, video and other internet protocol technologies at 911 call centers around the country.

  • August 6, 2018

    Comment System Take-Down Not Cyberattack, FCC Confirms

    A drastic spike in public comments brought down the FCC’s online system last summer following a segment about net neutrality on the HBO program “Last Week Tonight,” the Federal Communications Commission’s inspector general has concluded in a report, changing the agency’s original narrative that it had been the target of a cyberattack.

  • August 6, 2018

    ZwillGen Nabs Oath Atty To Aid Cos. With Gov't Data Demands

    ZwillGen has picked up an attorney with more than a decade of experience handling law enforcement and security matters both in the government and in-house at Oath and its predecessor Yahoo to help lead ZG Subpoena Solutions, which assists companies in navigating third-party requests for their data. 

  • August 6, 2018

    Disney, Viacom Push To Dismiss Kid Data Scrape Suit

    Disney, Viacom and other companies asked a California federal court to toss proposed class actions accusing them of surreptitiously gathering kids’ personal information while they play mobile games and selling it to advertisers, saying the parents leading the suits haven’t shown any data was improperly collected or used.

  • August 6, 2018

    Split PTAB Denies Apple's Bid For IPR On Uniloc Patent

    In a 2-1 decision Monday, a Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel declined to review Apple’s challenge to a Uniloc patent related to technology for connecting telephones and computers, which the nonpracticing entity has asserted against the tech giant in one of several infringement cases it initially launched in Eastern Texas.

  • August 6, 2018

    Bernstein Litowitz, Robbins Geller Tapped In Facebook Suit

    A California federal judge appointed Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP as co-lead counsel in consolidated class action litigation against Facebook Inc. after its stock dropped following disclosure of its ties to the now-bankrupt political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

  • August 6, 2018

    Shuffle Tech CEO Not A 'Liar-Loser' But A Victim, Jury Told

    Shuffle Tech LLC’s counsel urged a federal jury Monday not to buy into the idea that its CEO is a “loser and a liar” when it comes to his company, saying he is actually a victim and Scientific Games Corp.'s characterization was “just the arrogance of a monopolist and their attorneys.”

  • August 6, 2018

    Tablet Maker Xplore Faces Shareholder Suit Over $90M Deal

    An investor filed a proposed class action in Delaware federal court Saturday seeking to halt the estimated $90 million sale of tablet maker Xplore Technologies Corp. to Zebra Technologies Corp., claiming he needs more information about the transaction.

  • August 6, 2018

    Ryanair's Suit Against Expedia Can't Travel To Ireland

    A Washington federal judge on Monday tossed Expedia's bid to dismiss budget airline Ryanair's suit against the travel booking website accusing it of unauthorized data scraping, ruling Expedia failed to show that Ireland is a proper venue for the case.

  • August 6, 2018

    Judge Got AT&T-Time Warner Case Wrong, DC Circ. Told

    The U.S. Department of Justice told the D.C. Circuit on Monday that a lower court ignored a fundamental economic model and basic corporate principles when it rejected the agency's effort to block AT&T's now-completed $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner.

Expert Analysis

  • Aviation Watch: Is There Really A Pilot Shortage?

    Alan Hoffman

    In April, regional carrier Great Lakes Airlines ceased operations, blaming a lack of qualified cockpit personnel. It joins other airlines whose recent business woes have been attributed to a shortage of trained pilots. But the Air Line Pilots Association says poor pay and benefits are the issue. Retired attorney and private pilot Alan Hoffman explores how the current situation came about, and what lies ahead.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • What's Next For Issue Preclusion And Patent Invalidity

    John O'Quinn

    Following the Federal Circuit's recent decision in Voter Verified v. Election Systems, district courts may begin to rethink their approach to issue preclusion as it applies to patent invalidity, say John O’Quinn and Hannah Bedard of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • ICOs As Exempt Securities Offerings: An Economic Analysis

    Simona Mola

    Assuming that initial coin offerings are securities offerings, issuers must register them with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission unless they rely on an exemption from registration. Among the available exemptions from registration, three look well-suited for ICOs, say members of Bates White LLC and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • What You Should Know About The 24/7 Cybercrime Network

    Chris Ott

    The CLOUD Act raises the possibility of agreements between the U.S. and EU on law enforcement access to digital evidence, and the EU’s proposed “e-evidence” regulation would streamline law enforcement access to data among its 28 member states. These two actions will greatly change the way that the G7's 24/7 Cybercrime Network operates, says Chris Ott of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Classifying $10B Of Auctioned Airwaves For Tax Purposes

    R. Gregory Roberts

    Television broadcasters who participated in the 2017 Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction should carefully consider how the auction proceeds should be treated for state tax apportionment purposes, say attorneys at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Design Patent Damages And The Jury's Confusion In Apple

    Derek Dahlgren

    Comments from a juror after the Apple v. Samsung trial revealed a specific problematic conclusion reached by the jury in its decision-making process, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.