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Technology

  • November 9, 2018

    3 Firms Shepherd $3.2B Merger Of Fiber Optic Cos.

    Finisar Corp., a formerly private equity-owned fiber optic supplier, has agreed to a roughly $3.2 billion cash-and-stock merger with peer II-VI Inc., the companies said Friday, in a deal steered by K&L Gates LLP, Sherrard German and Kelly PC, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • November 9, 2018

    Ex-Tesla Worker Charged With $9.3M Embezzlement Scheme

    A former global supply manager for Elon Musk-helmed Tesla Inc. was indicted on Thursday for his alleged role in an embezzlement scheme in which he purportedly used fake documents and email accounts to divert about $9.3 million from one auto parts supplier to another.

  • November 9, 2018

    What Attys Must Know About Tech M&A For Non-Tech Clients

    As technology continues to become ingrained in all aspects of society, companies not considered to be part of the tech sector are increasingly looking to bolster their businesses through tech mergers and acquisitions, and attorneys well-versed in all things tech will be highly sought after to advise on the unique challenges that can arise in such deals.

  • November 8, 2018

    EVelozcity Can Drive Ahead With No-Poach Contract Row

    Electric vehicle startup Faraday & Future must face claims from rival EVelozcity that it imposed an illegally restrictive contract term that prevented departing employees from recruiting colleagues to another company, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday, rejecting Faraday's bid to end the suit on anti-SLAPP grounds.

  • November 8, 2018

    Judge Takes Loeb & Loeb Atty To Task Over Evidence At Trial

    A California federal judge on Thursday questioned whether a Loeb & Loeb LLP attorney defending Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. in a class discrimination trial had misrepresented evidence to jurors, saying "it looked to me that there [were] some misrepresentations happening" and allowing opposing counsel to clarify the evidence with the jury.

  • November 8, 2018

    CRT Judge Admits Error, Blasts Possible Atty Conflict

    A California federal judge floated the possibility of appointing separate counsel Thursday for a class of indirect cathode ray tubes purchasers, after saying he shouldn't have cleared a $576.8 million bundle of antitrust settlements and admonishing the current attorneys for "a classic indication of a potential conflict of interest."

  • November 8, 2018

    Investors Drop Request Seeking Receiver For 3D TV Tech Cos.

    Shareholders in a pair of 3D television technology development companies dropped their petition for the Delaware Chancery Court to appoint a receiver to manage the companies after their leaders allegedly diverted investment funds for their own personal use.

  • November 8, 2018

    Intel's Draft Of Privacy Law Would Shield Cos. From Fines

    Intel Corp. has released its version of a draft for national privacy legislation that would protect companies from civil penalties so long as they certify annually with the Federal Trade Commission that they have taken steps to protect consumer data.

  • November 8, 2018

    Apple Hit With Suit Over NYC Man's Exploding IPhone

    A New York City resident on Thursday hit Apple Inc. with a suit in state court, alleging that he was "caused to suffer and sustain severe bodily injuries" when his iPhone 6S exploded.

  • November 8, 2018

    SEC Puts Crypto Exchanges On Notice With First Settlement

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settled its first-ever enforcement action against an unregistered cryptocurrency exchange Thursday as the agency continues to target a variety of market participants beyond the token issuers themselves.

  • November 8, 2018

    Kemp Quits As Ga. Election Head, Claims Gubernatorial Win

    Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp stepped down as the state’s top election official Thursday morning, declaring himself victorious in a closely watched gubernatorial battle with Democrat Stacey Abrams despite the results remaining unclear and his opponent refusing to concede.

  • November 8, 2018

    FCC, NASA To Push Private Communications Partnerships

    The Federal Communications Commission and NASA are looking to make it easier for satellite and communications companies to expand in the airwaves by deregulating agency rules and heightening interest in private aerospace-industry contracts, officials told an audience at the Hudson Institute on Thursday.

  • November 8, 2018

    Google Drops Forced Arbitration For Sex Harassment Claims

    Google LLC said Thursday it will no longer make workers arbitrate sexual harassment and assault claims after tens of thousands of workers around the globe walked off the job last week to protest the company's workplace culture.

  • November 8, 2018

    Acacia Shareholders Seek $1.75M Atty Fees, Final OK Of Deal

    Shareholders for Acacia Communications Inc. have asked a Massachusetts federal judge for $1.75 million in attorneys' fees and final approval of a settlement that will have the fiber optics company improve its corporate governance to address allegations of misconduct by Acacia executives that led to multiple derivative suits.

  • November 8, 2018

    Biz Travel Company Nabs $154M From Funding Round

    Business travel management firm TripActions on Thursday said investors poured in $154 million during the company’s latest funding round as it looks to increase research and development and roll out new technologies in an effort to continue global growth.

  • November 8, 2018

    Wi-Fi One Takes Broadcom Patent Dispute To High Court

    The Federal Circuit skirted fundamental legislative standards when it upheld a patent board ruling that Broadcom Corp.’s challenges to Wi-Fi One LLC’s messaging patents were not time-barred, Wi-Fi One argued in a bid for a U.S. Supreme Court review of the decision.

  • November 8, 2018

    McCarter & English Adds IP Duo In Boston

    McCarter & English LLP has added a pair of attorneys experienced in life sciences as intellectual property partners in its Boston office, the firm has announced.

  • November 8, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Kislak, Bytedance, Verzasca

    Kislak Organization has reportedly bought a Florida office building for $13.85 million, Chinese tech startup Bytedance is said to be taking nearly 119,000 square feet in Los Angeles County and Verzasca Group has reportedly sold a Miami development site for $13.1 million.

  • November 7, 2018

    House Flip To Boost Privacy Policy Push, Interference Probes

    Efforts to enact federal privacy legislation and to clamp down on foreign cyberattacks and influence campaigns are likely to receive even greater attention after Tuesday's midterm elections, which put Democrats with significant appetites for digging deeper into these issues in charge of key oversight committees in the U.S. House, experts say.

  • November 7, 2018

    Ex-Tata Engineer Testifies He Was Harassed On Apple Team

    An Iranian national and former Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. software engineer testified Wednesday during a California federal trial over class discrimination claims that his Indian boss and colleagues mocked him, repeatedly called him “stupid” and then kicked him off an Apple Inc. job for being late for work on a single occasion.

Expert Analysis

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • 10 Questions The SEC Will Probably Ask Google: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    With the announcement this week that a previously undisclosed software bug potentially exposed up to 500,000 Google+ users' personal data, Google has a problem. And the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is probably investigating, says John Reed Stark, former chief of the SEC's Office of Internet Enforcement.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Autonomous Ships: Coming Soon To A Port Near You

    Micah Dawson

    With almost 75 percent of marine liability losses being a result of human error, companies are increasingly interested in the development of autonomous ships. While fully autonomous vessels could offer a competitive advantage by allowing elimination of shipboard crew, hiring and training of capable shoreside support staff will be essential, says Micah Dawson of Fisher Phillips LLP.

  • What New Calif. Law Means For Connected Medical Devices

    Michael Buchanan

    Last month, California passed the first-ever state legislation aimed at regulating "internet of things" devices. The new law restricts liability to manufacturers of physical hardware — drawing a narrower line than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's previous guidance, say Michael Buchanan and Michelle Bufano of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • Hurdles Ahead For California's Female Director Mandate

    Teresa Johnson

    Many believe that California's new law requiring a minimum number of female directors at public companies is necessary. But the law also faces a number of criticisms, and its implementation may well be delayed or even blocked by constitutional challenges, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Why It’s Time To Rethink Illinois Brick

    Samuel Miller

    In Apple v. Pepper, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether iPhone owners who purchase apps from Apple’s app store should be considered “direct purchasers” under federal antitrust laws. The court should use this opportunity to reevaluate the direct purchaser analysis it established in Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, says Samuel Miller of UC Hastings Law School.

  • Do Facebook's Targeted Job Ads Violate Title VII?

    Kristen Sinisi

    For the past 50 years, Title VII issues related to classified employment ads arranged by sex remained relatively well-settled. However, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges against Facebook’s targeted advertising platform recently resurrected them, says Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.

  • Can Defrauded Crypto Investors Hope To Recover Anything?

    Brett Theisen

    While insolvencies and fraud in the cryptocurrency space will create many issues of first impression for the courts, some valuable lessons can be found in more traditional fraud cases, such as the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, says Brett Theisen of Gibbons PC.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.