• March 16, 2018

    9th Circ. Saves OnStar Consumer's Suit From Arbitration

    A federal appeals court resuscitated a potential class action against General Motors unit OnStar LLC on Thursday, saying the case couldn’t be sent to arbitration because the lead plaintiff didn’t really know she was agreeing to arbitrate when she signed up for OnStar.

  • March 16, 2018

    Clearlake Closes Latest Fund With $3.6B In Commitments

    Private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group LP has closed its latest round of funding with more than $3.6 billion in commitments that will be invested in target sectors including technology and energy, the firm said Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    FCC Rejects Spectrum Aggregator's License Renewal Bid

    The Federal Communications Commission has denied an "internet of things" wireless network provider a chance to renew 15 of its 16 spectrum licenses, finding that the company hadn't used most of them before they expired.

  • March 16, 2018

    BakerHostetler Adds 3 Technology Partners in Atlanta

    BakerHostetler has hired three former LeClairRyan attorneys, including the co-leads of its technology practice, who have represented digital marketers, software companies, health care providers and others in everything from data breaches to licensing deals.

  • March 16, 2018

    DC Circ. Partly Strikes Down FCC's TCPA Expansion

    The D.C. Circuit in a long-awaited ruling Friday narrowed a 2015 Federal Communications Commission order that expanded the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, striking down the commission's definition of autodialer and strict conditions for calling reassigned numbers while upholding consumers' broad leeway to revoke consent.

  • March 15, 2018

    LinkedIn Tells 9th Circ. Startup’s Bots Hurt Competition

    LinkedIn asked a Ninth Circuit panel to nix a judge’s order allowing a startup company to keep using bots to scrape data from public profiles on its website, saying at oral arguments Thursday that the decision undermined the “very values of competition and innovation the district court thought it was protecting.”

  • March 15, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Backs Symantec’s Alice Win Against IV

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld a decision that a data storage patent Intellectual Ventures accused Symantec of infringing is invalid for claiming a patent-ineligible abstract idea, even under a recent decision making such invalidations harder for accused infringers to win.

  • March 15, 2018

    Spotify Touts 'Transparency' Of Direct Stock Listing

    Music streaming giant Spotify Technology SA on Thursday touted its direct-listing plan as a transparent way of going public that is more democratic than a traditional initial public offering, marking the company’s first public discussion about its rationale for the unconventional strategy.

  • March 15, 2018

    Cost Error Gives Defense Co. 2nd Shot At $40M Navy Deal

    A government watchdog has told the U.S. Navy to take a second look at a $39.9 million contract awarded to a Florida defense contractor for providing information technology services at the Naval Sea Logistics Center, saying it may have inaccurately evaluated a bid by a South Carolina company as being costlier than it really was.

  • March 15, 2018

    FCC Must Undo AT&T, Verizon Spectrum Sales, Rep. Says

    In a letter Wednesday to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a California congresswoman accused the agency of unfairly giving AT&T and Verizon a leg up in the development of next-generation mobile service by approving a pair of multimillion-dollar spectrum license buyouts, calling for the commission to undo its actions. 

  • March 15, 2018

    Blucora Investor Defends Suit Over Costly Acquisitions

    An investor in tax and finance software venture Blucora Inc. argued late Wednesday that company directors were too conflicted to fairly consider and take up the claims in his multicount, derivative suit alleging duty breaches and self-interested board conduct in two costly acquisitions and other deals.

  • March 15, 2018

    Ex-Siemens Exec Admits To $100M Argentine Bribery Ploy

    A former Siemens AG executive on Thursday copped to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act over his role in a massive $100 million bribery scheme in which several employees of the German conglomerate conspired to bribe Argentine officials to secure a $1 billion contract to produce national identity cards.

  • March 15, 2018

    GSA Taps 4 Companies To Start Federal IT Overhaul

    The U.S. General Services Administration has chosen four companies to help kick off the White House’s planned federal information technology overhaul, beginning with a pilot program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the GSA announced.

  • March 15, 2018

    Gravel & Shea Seals First US Blockchain Real Estate Deal

    A condo in South Burlington, Vermont, recently traded hands, and documents for the deal were entered into the blockchain in a historic first for a U.S. real estate transaction, with Gravel & Shea PC helping lay the groundwork to make the deal possible.

  • March 15, 2018

    'Warcraft' Maker Activision Gets PTAB To Kill Gaming Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled that "World of Warcraft" maker Activision Blizzard had proven that a patent on avatars used in computer games is invalid based on prior art in an America Invents Act inter partes review, according to a decision issued Wednesday.

  • March 15, 2018

    EU To Decide Fate Of Apple's Shazam Purchase By Late April

    The European Union’s competition watchdog has set an April 23 deadline for a provisional decision on whether to clear Apple Inc.’s $400 million acquisition of music recognition service Shazam Entertainment Ltd., with a final decision due by June 2.

  • March 15, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Alibaba, Bayer, BP

    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is reportedly laying the groundwork for a Chinese stock market listing, Department of Justice antitrust officials aren’t satisfied with Bayer’s divestment plans related to its Monsanto takeover, and BP is looking to sell its stake in an Egyptian joint venture.

  • March 15, 2018

    9th Circ. Hears Bid To Revive Stolen IP Suit Against Oculus

    Total Recall Technologies asked a Ninth Circuit panel Thursday to revive fraud and contract claims alleging the founder of Facebook’s Oculus VR stole its 3-D virtual reality headset design, saying a lower court judge erroneously dismissed the suit after one of TRT’s founders signed over rights to the claims.

  • March 15, 2018

    Cable Group Rips Sinclair Station Divestiture Plans As Vague

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. still hasn’t presented enough information for the Federal Communications Commission to adequately weigh station divestiture plans driven by its proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co., the American Cable Association said in its latest barrage against the merger.

  • March 15, 2018

    Google Faces New Privacy Suits For Non-User Email Scanning

    A California law firm said Thursday it has filed the first of what it hopes will be thousands of individual state court damages claims over Google’s allegedly illegal email scanning for advertising purposes, which has already resulted in a $2.2 million federal court settlement.

Expert Analysis

  • 9th Circ. Rescues FTC Authority Over Common Carriers

    J.G. Harrington

    The Ninth Circuit's decision last month in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility has significant implications for enforcement against telephone, wireless and internet businesses, and for the potential fate of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • 3 Lessons From Sinovel's Trade Secret Theft Conviction

    Justus Getty

    One of the key takeaways from a Wisconsin federal court's recent decision in U.S. v. Sinovel Wind Group is that the most serious threats to a company’s trade secrets can often be internal rather than external, says Justus Getty of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Appraisal Takeaways From AOL

    Scott Barshay

    One lesson from the Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision in the AOL appraisal case is that if the deal process, deal protections and informational disparities among potential purchasers sufficiently preclude the emergence of other bidders, deal price will not warrant deference in the court’s determination of fair value, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Software Case Highlights China's Unique Design Patent Law

    Junqi Hang

    U.S. practitioners with clients who want design patent protection in China should familiarize themselves with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court's opinion in Qihu v. Jiangmin, the very first patent infringement dispute in China involving a graphic user interface design patent, say Junqi Hang and Xianwei Zeng of Dragon Intellectual Property Law Firm.

  • Where White Collar Enforcement Is Heading

    Gregory Morvillo

    Expect regulators and prosecutors to make cases in industries that are beginning to generate enormous amounts of new revenue, while using the same investigative tools they’ve used for decades, say Gregory Morvillo and Amy Walsh of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Practicality Is A Driving Force In High Court Microsoft Case

    James Kitchen

    Absent new legislation or a major reformation of the mutual legal assistance treaty process, victory in the Microsoft case at the U.S. Supreme Court may be vital for the government when it comes to its ability to conduct investigations in the fast-paced world of electronic data and cybercrime, says James Kitchen of Jones Day.

  • Innovation-Based Tech Standards Under Growing Threat

    David Kappos

    It is frightening to consider how many technological innovations of the last 20 years might have missed mass adoption had they been subject to the same pressures faced by innovators today, says David Kappos, a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Class Action Lawyers Behaving Badly

    Thomas Dickerson

    In prosecuting and defending class actions, a conservative, ethical and salutary approach should be taken by all parties. Unfortunately, a survey of recent cases reveals a wide range of problematic behavior by certain class action attorneys, which only lends credence to criticisms of the class action concept, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration


    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.