Technology

  • September 22, 2017

    Ultratech Investors Seek Stock Appraisal In $815M Merger

    Shareholders of semiconductor equipment maker Ultratech Inc. filed a petition for appraisal of their investments Friday in Delaware Chancery Court, following the company’s $815 million acquisition by Veeco Instruments Inc.

  • September 22, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Ruling To Force More Patent Cases Out Of EDTX

    A Federal Circuit decision Thursday setting guidelines where patent suits can be filed — and rejecting venue rules set by an Eastern District of Texas judge — provides need much-needed clarity in a contentious area of the law and should result in many cases leaving the Texas court, attorneys say.

  • September 22, 2017

    Cop’s Dallas Shooting Suit Against Twitter On Thin Ice

    A California federal judge seem poised Friday to toss a Dallas police sergeant's suit alleging Twitter, Facebook and Google gave a platform to the terrorist organizations that radicalized the gunman who ambushed and killed five officers in July 2016, saying the causal link between social media posts and the shooting is tenuous.

  • September 22, 2017

    PTAB Invalidation Not Enough To Stay Arista ITC Import Ban

    The Federal Circuit on Friday denied Arista Networks’ request to stay a U.S. International Trade Commission ban on its products that infringe on Cisco Systems’ networking equipment patents that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board later invalidated, but said Arista’s redesigned products could enter the country.

  • September 22, 2017

    PTAB Says Fairchild Merger Doesn't Bar IPR Challenge

    A Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel on Friday allowed ON Semiconductor Corp. to challenge Power Integrations Inc.’s electronic power regulation patent despite having undergone a merger with Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc., finding the patent invalid as obvious.

  • September 22, 2017

    Attys Want $1.6M Cut Of App Privacy Deal With Tech Giants

    The attorneys who worked out a $5.3 million deal with tech companies including Twitter, Instagram and Yelp in a consolidated proposed class action over alleged user privacy violations asked a California federal judge Friday to award $1.6 million in fees for their work.

  • September 22, 2017

    SunEdison Slams 'Disgruntled' Investors' Appeal Over Ch. 11

    Aiming to shoot down an appeal stemming from its now-confirmed Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan, renewable energy giant SunEdison Inc. told a New York federal court this week that investors accusing the company of using an exit financing agreement to buy creditor support are improperly seeking to advance a “self-interested agenda.”

  • September 22, 2017

    Worker Who Left For HBO Can't Be Held To Unlawful Contract

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a software services company’s lawsuit alleging a worker violated her employment contract when she defected for Home Box Office Inc., ruling that the contract was invalid since the suing company unlawfully withheld wages during the worker’s training period.

  • September 22, 2017

    FCC Inquiry Sees Contention Over Broadband Standards

    An FCC inquiry into the state of nationwide broadband deployment proved contentious as an initial comment period closed Thursday, with industry groups arguing that the government should count both fixed and mobile services in its analysis and set a certain benchmark for mobile service.

  • September 22, 2017

    Mass. City Ordinance Effectively Banning Drones Cut Back

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday struck down aspects of a city of Newton ordinance that essentially bans the use of pilotless aircraft in the city in the absence of prior permission, finding them preempted by federal law.

  • September 22, 2017

    Looming Net Neutrality Decision May Overtake FOIA Actions

    Freedom of Information Act complaints related to net neutrality are piling up in federal court, but the Federal Communications Commission may decide whether to roll back the legal underpinnings for its net neutrality rules before it releases documents that journalists and watchdogs claim are game-changers, experts say.

  • September 22, 2017

    5th Circ. Won't Rehear $4.4M Yahoo March Madness Ruling

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday said it will not reconsider a panel's determination that Yahoo Inc. owes $4.4 million after backing out of a deal with prize insurer SCA Promotions Inc. involving a March Madness contest, cementing the reversal of a district court ruling originally awarding the internet giant a $550,000 refund.

  • September 22, 2017

    Avaya Allows $40M Bankruptcy Claim To Settle Patent Suit

    Bankrupt telecom giant Avaya Inc. became the 14th company to settle allegations that it infringed an Ethernet patent held by Network-1 Technologies Inc., agreeing to allow a $40 million unsecured claim against the estate, according to papers filed in New York bankruptcy court on Thursday.

  • September 22, 2017

    Sidley Austin Employment M&A Pro Joins Hogan Lovells

    An executive compensation attorney who worked on SoftBank's purchase of a $20 billion stake in Sprint Nextel and represented Intel in a $7.7 billion acquisition joined Hogan Lovells' Silicon Valley office Thursday from Sidley Austin LLP.

  • September 22, 2017

    Judge Can’t File Brief In Patent Case Venue Row: Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit on Friday denied a request from a district court judge who wanted to respond to an appeal of his decision to keep a patent lawsuit against Micron Inc. in Massachusetts following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent TC Heartland ruling.

  • September 22, 2017

    London Shuts Out Uber In Surprise Move, Calling It 'Unfit'

    Uber will be stripped of its license to operate in London at the end of the month after the city’s transport regulator said Friday the ride-hailing giant was “not fit and proper” to be licensed, a surprise decision that the San Francisco-based company vowed to appeal in court.

  • September 22, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Reliance, Google, Jernigan

    Reliance Realty Partners has reportedly bought a Manhattan rental building for $30.8 million; Google is said to have dropped $130.9 million on an office campus in Boulder, Colorado; and Jernigan Capital has reportedly loaned $14.66 million for a Florida self-storage development project.

  • September 22, 2017

    Symantec Warns US To Devise Custom Security Software

    A major security software company says that the United States' cyber adversaries have an unexpected ally in their efforts to hack into the country’s critical agencies: the U.S.

  • September 22, 2017

    Feds Want Google Sanctioned For Defying Data Orders

    Federal prosecutors are seeking to have Google Inc. sanctioned for refusing to comply with a search warrant requesting certain user data stored overseas, telling a California federal judge Wednesday that the internet giant is flouting court orders.

  • September 22, 2017

    Jury Convicts Man For Infecting Army Computer Program

    A North Carolina federal jury has found an Atlanta resident guilty of placing malicious code onto a U.S. Army computer, causing issues with a program that handles pay and personnel actions for hundreds of thousands of reservists that cost about $2.6 million to fix, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Real Estate Industry Must Ride The Technology Wave

    Louis Archambault

    The real estate industry may be skeptical of technological innovations as unnecessarily risky or unstable until they can be properly analyzed. However, there is now also a present risk for business obsolescence, where fear of the unknown is trumped by the fear of being left behind, says Louis Archambault of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

  • Mass. Digital Health Developments: What To Know Now

    Ellen Janos

    Digital health is now an accepted part of the health care delivery system and has been widely adopted by both health providers and consumers. However, technology is evolving quickly and counsel for businesses entering this market in Massachusetts must keep up with a complex legal and regulatory landscape, says Ellen Janos of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Opinion

    Digital Realty Trust V. Somers May Kill Corporate Compliance

    Stephen Kohn

    During its upcoming term, in Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether employees who report violations internally are protected under Dodd-Frank. If the court requires whistleblowers to report violations directly to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, internal corporate compliance programs will be crippled, says Stephen Kohn of Kohn Kohn & Colapinto LLP.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Balancing Safety And Innovation In Automated Vehicles

    Michael Nelson

    When touting highly automated vehicles, original equipment manufacturers frequently cite the safety benefits. Michael Nelson and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland explore how OEMs consider setting their baseline safety metrics for HAVs to determine whether the early adoption of these vehicles is truly as safe a choice as the automotive community claims.

  • 4 Steps To A Successful Outsourcing Contract

    James Meadows

    The cause of British Airways' estimated £80 million information technology failure in May 2017 was human error, but human error outsourced. These kinds of disasters bring into sharp relief the exposures that may trip up even the most well-intentioned outsourcing arrangements, say James Meadows and Heather Clauson Haughian of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • CFIUS Continues To Present Obstacle To Chinese Acquisitions

    Brendan Hanifin

    Although presidential intervention to block a planned acquisition is relatively rare, President Donald Trump’s executive order last week blocking Canyon from acquiring Lattice was not especially surprising in light of recent precedent, the cautious approach of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and public statements by the Trump administration regarding China, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Managing Digital Vendor Risk — The Next Compliance Frontier

    Chris Olson

    Unfortunately, heightened awareness of third-party cyberrisk and the urgency of identifying third-party activity has not fully extended to the consumer-facing digital assets — websites, mobile applications, social media — that form the backbone of modern business-to-consumer communications, says Chris Olson, CEO of The Media Trust.

  • Fast And Frictionless: Key Legal Issues In POS Loans

    David Bright

    In order to deliver the fast lending experience that today's consumers want, the strategic partnerships in a point-of-sale loan program must be carefully negotiated and crafted to arrive at an approach that complies with consumer loan regulations and other laws. In addition, these partnerships must allow for critical "behind the scenes" sharing and coordination, says David Bright of Holland & Knight LLP.