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Technology

  • May 15, 2018

    Google, YouTube Prevail In Video Takedown Libel Suit

    A California federal judge Tuesday handed a win to YouTube and its parent Google in a suit that alleges the company libels video makers when it tells viewers a video has been removed for violating its terms, saying it is "unlikely" for a reasonable reader to interpret the site's rules in a way that exposes the creators to ridicule.

  • May 15, 2018

    Sale-Bound Cam-Maker Arecont Gets Initial $4M Ch. 11 Loan

    Bankrupt security camera maker Arecont Vision Holdings LLC on Tuesday in Delaware Bankruptcy Court secured approval for a $4 million Chapter 11 loan, in advance of a planned asset sale, although schedules for the fast-paced process remain in flux.

  • May 15, 2018

    IBM Urges Congress Not To Adopt GDPR-Style Privacy Law

    More than 100 IBM executives have a clear message for Congress on data privacy as they meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week: The U.S. should not pass its own version of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation.

  • May 15, 2018

    Analogic Shareholder Sues To Block $1.1B Altaris Merger

    A putative class of Analogic Corp. shareholders sued the company Monday in Massachusetts federal court in an attempt to block its planned $1.1 billion merger with Altaris Capital Partners LLC, saying they hadn't received enough information about the deal.

  • May 15, 2018

    Uber’s Bid To Ditch Assault Claims 'A Costly Sideshow': Judge

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday lost its bid to trim assault and false imprisonment claims filed by a 16-year-old girl who said the ride-hailing giant negligently hired a lascivious driver who held her in his car against her will, after a San Francisco judge called Uber's motion "a costly sideshow."

  • May 15, 2018

    Net Neutrality Bill Could Hasten Other Reforms, Orgs Say

    Congress must pass net neutrality “compromise” legislation so lawmakers and regulators can move on to more pressing issues of online privacy and misinformation, said advocates of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality deregulation on Tuesday.

  • May 15, 2018

    AT&T, Time Warner Fight Alternative Merger Fix

    AT&T and Time Warner asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday to reject a cable company and trade group’s call for a stricter arbitration process than the companies have committed to, saying it’s not their place to fill gaps left in the government’s challenge to their proposed $85 billion merger.

  • May 15, 2018

    FCC Rethinking Autodialer Definition After Court Loss

    The Federal Communications Commission is looking for suggestions as it comes up with a new definition for autodialers that will be banned from making robocalls, after the agency’s previous definition was thrown out by the D.C. Circuit as being too broad.

  • May 15, 2018

    VC-Backed Pluralsight Lifts IPO Target To $290M

    Venture-backed online learning provider Pluralsight Inc. on Tuesday raised pricing expectations for its initial public offering to a maximum of $290 million, hoping to reap rewards from an IPO market that has become friendlier for technology issuers.

  • May 15, 2018

    Car Dealer Data Cos. Must Face Monopolization Claims In MDL

    An Illinois federal judge has given a partial reprieve to CDK Global LLC and Reynolds & Reynolds Co. from consolidated multidistrict litigation alleging they monopolized access to car sales and service data in software licensed to auto dealerships, tossing part of a data integration company’s antitrust claims.

  • May 15, 2018

    Sheppard Mullin Adds Hogan Lovells, Manatt Phelps Partners

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP on Monday announced two lateral hires in California for its corporate practice, partners from Hogan Lovells and Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP with significant experience representing clients in technology and health care, among other industries.

  • May 15, 2018

    IRS Escapes Facebook’s $7B Suit Over Blocked Tax Appeal

    A California federal judge has granted the Internal Revenue Service’s motion to dismiss a $7 billion lawsuit brought by Facebook Inc. that alleged the IRS unjustly denied the social media company’s right to appeal the agency’s decision to adjust its taxes after an audit of its returns.

  • May 15, 2018

    Yahoo Not Covered In TCPA Suits, AIG Tells 9th Circ.

    An AIG insurer on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold a California federal court’s ruling that the insurer owes Yahoo no defense in several Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, saying the lower court properly applied case law in finding that the underlying actions did not allege a potentially covered privacy violation.

  • May 15, 2018

    Uber, Lyft Vow Not To Push Arbitration For Sex Assault Claims

    Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. said Tuesday that they will no longer push arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment against riders, drivers or employees, clearing the way for such claims to be heard in court.

  • May 15, 2018

    Personality App Exposed 3M Facebook Users' Details: Report

    A personality quiz on Facebook left the personal information of 3 million users exposed on a website where it was easy to read details on people's nature, such as their conscientiousness, agreeableness and neuroticisms, according to a new report. 

  • May 15, 2018

    2nd Circ. Won't Rehear TVEyes Fair Use Case

    The full Second Circuit on Monday refused to reconsider its February ruling that the media-monitoring service TVEyes violated copyright law by offering a search engine of video clips from Fox News and others.

  • May 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Syska Hennessy, Aqua Marine, Triple 5

    Engineering technology firm Syska Hennessy Group is reportedly leasing 55,000 square feet in New York from real estate investment trust SL Green, Aqua Marine Partners is said to be seeking to build 343 residential units in Florida and developer Triple Five Group is reportedly buying a Miami development site where it plans to build retail and residential space.

  • May 14, 2018

    Three Indicted In $25M Crypto Card ICO Fraud Scheme

    A federal grand jury in New York has returned an indictment charging three Floridians with securities and wire fraud, based on allegations that they defrauded investors of $25 million by lying about their startup’s cryptocurrency debit card ahead of its initial coin offering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

  • May 14, 2018

    Senate Set To Vote On Nixing Net Neutrality Rollback

    A long-awaited Senate vote that could set in motion the nullification of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality deregulation is scheduled for Wednesday, Senate Democrats said Monday.

  • May 14, 2018

    Apple, Samsung Select Jury In Silicon Valley IP Damages Trial

    Attorneys for Apple and Samsung traded juror challenges on Monday at the start of a high-profile California federal trial to determine how much Samsung owes for infringing five of Apple's design and utility patents, winnowing 74 candidates down to a final panel of eight.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Do During A Product Recall

    Derin Kiykioglu

    Maintaining consumer trust during a recall is key. When a company is transparent, consistent and responsive, it may maintain — and potentially surpass — prior levels of consumer satisfaction, say Derin Kiykioglu and Jonathan Judge of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • What To Expect When Litigating Smart Contract Disputes

    David Zaslowsky

    As smart contracts continue to grow more popular, it is worth looking at the unique issues that will arise in litigating smart contract disputes, like the question of who can be held liable when coding errors interfere with a contract's intended function, says David Zaslowsky of Baker McKenzie.

  • The Misunderstood Nash Solution For Reasonable Royalties

    Marianne Ley Hayek

    The Federal Circuit has dismissed recent applications of the so-called “Nash bargaining solution” to determine reasonable royalty damages. But Nash can be a viable — and judicially accepted — method to calculate a reasonable royalty rate in patent infringement cases, says Marianne Ley Hayek of ‎Touchstone Economics LLC.

  • What To Do Before A Product Recall

    Derin Kiykioglu

    Any company — no matter how well-run — may experience a consumer product recall. Managing recall risk is as much about being ready to respond to recalls properly as it is about preventing them, say Derin Kiykioglu and Jonathan Judge of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • How DC Circ. TCPA Decision Affects Health Care Cos.

    Christina Sarchio

    With its recent decision in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission, the D.C. Circuit struck a blow to health care industry efforts to exclude certain communications subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act from liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 4

    Michael Littenberg

    Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in litigation and investigations related to corporate social responsibility issues. Activity has increased not only in the United States at the federal, state and local level, but also in several other countries. Proceedings and investigations have involved many different statutes and theories of liability, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 3

    Michael Littenberg

    As the quantity and quality of corporate social responsibility disclosure increases, there is also movement toward greater comparability. Larger companies should benchmark their disclosures against global peers and evolving global standards, since over time, enhancements in foreign disclosure practices are likely to drive disclosures by many U.S. companies, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.