Technology

  • January 16, 2018

    Fintech Co. Blackhawk Snapped Up By PE Firms For $3.5B

    Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc. on Tuesday said private equity shops Silver Lake Partners and P2 Capital Partners will pay $3.5 billion for the gift card and prepaid networks provider in a deal that will take it private.

  • January 12, 2018

    The Firms That Dominated In 2017

    Law360’s Firms of the Year rose above the competition with a combined 24 Practice Group of the Year awards after helping their clients win game-changing judgments and close record-breaking deals in 2017. Here’s a closer look at how they landed at the top.

  • January 12, 2018

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2017 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Qualcomm, Hyundai, Lowe's

    EU approval of Qualcomm's deal for NXP could happen soon, Hyundai Oilfield has tapped six banks to guide it through an IPO, and investment manager D.E. Shaw & Co. snapped up an active stake in home improvement retailer Lowe's as the industry struggles under the weight of online shopping.

  • January 12, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen Airbus sue Axa and several other insurers, a sports betting and financial software firm lodge a suit against Barclays, and an appeal from an insurance brokerage that recently lost its U.K. license. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 12, 2018

    Fed. Circ. OKs Denial Of Attys Fees In Honeywell Patent Row

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court's decision denying Samsung’s and Fujifilm’s requests for attorneys’ fees after the companies won a patent dispute against Honeywell, finding that the judge did not abuse his discretion in determining that new fee-shifting rules did not make the case “exceptional.”

  • January 12, 2018

    ABA Sections Warn Of Risks In Regulating Online Platforms

    The antitrust and international law sections at the American Bar Association on Wednesday shared their concerns about the potential chilling effects of additional regulations for online platforms like e-commerce operations and search engines recently floated by the European Commission.

  • January 12, 2018

    Don't Miss It: Hot Deals & Firms We're Following This Week

    With so much mergers and acquisitions news this week, you may have missed several deals announced in the last several days helmed by firms such as Latham & Watkins LLP and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Here, Law360 recaps the ones you may have missed.

  • January 12, 2018

    3 Firms To Steer IPOs Totaling $2.5B As Deal-Making Resumes

    Three firms will guide initial public offerings projected to surpass $2.5 billion during the week of Jan. 15, led by an estimated $2 billion deal by private equity-backed home security giant ADT Inc., and more issuers are lining up to price sizable offerings in late January.

  • January 12, 2018

    9th Circ. Affirms Toss Of Suit Over HP's $11B Autonomy Buy

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action accusing the retirement plan review committee of Hewlett-Packard Co. and others of failing to disclose problems relating to HP's disastrous $11 billion purchase of Autonomy Corp., finding that the concealed data presented by the class was inconsistent with the whistleblower information that ultimately altered the purchase price.

  • January 12, 2018

    Yahoo Tells 9th Circ. TCPA Suits Not Excluded From Coverage

    Yahoo has urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a district court decision that found an insurance policy doesn't cover several Telephone Consumer Protection Act suits because they don't allege a "violation of privacy," saying that at the very least, the issue should be certified to the California Supreme Court.

  • January 12, 2018

    Microsoft Tells High Court Feds Can't Grab Overseas Info

    Microsoft has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a ruling preventing the federal government from unilaterally requesting user data that the company stores overseas, arguing Thursday that Congress never meant to expand the government’s powers beyond U.S. borders without the cooperation of foreign countries.

  • January 12, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says SAP Can't Get Fees In Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower Texas court's ruling denying attorneys’ fees for software firm SAP America Inc. after it beat trade secret claims from software developer Wellogix Inc., agreeing that the case wasn’t “exceptional” enough to obtain the fees.

  • January 12, 2018

    Municipal ISPs Offer Better Value, Harvard Study Suggests

    Municipal broadband networks offer consumers better value than commercial internet service providers in most cases, a Harvard study recently found, although a lack of data on broadband service dynamics obfuscates the picture.

  • January 12, 2018

    Lucrative Piracy Hotspots Named In USTR Report

    Illicit streaming devices used to access pirated content from the internet are the latest “threat” to international enforcement of intellectual property law, potentially raking in around $840 million a year in the United States alone, according to the annual “Notorious Markets” report released by U.S. trade officials Friday.

  • January 12, 2018

    Raytheon Mischaracterized Trade Secrets, Fed. Circ. Told

    Thermal imaging company FLIR Systems Inc. fired back Friday at Raytheon’s attempt to overturn a federal jury’s decision that cleared FLIR of allegations that it stole the defense contractor’s infrared camera technology, urging a Federal Circuit panel to not only uphold the decision but to award it attorneys’ fees in the case as well.

  • January 12, 2018

    MLS, Electronic Arts Launch Esports League

    Major League Soccer has partnered with Electronic Arts Inc.'s EA Sports to create an esports league that will feature the best FIFA 18 players in the United States and Canada going head-to-head while representing MLS clubs, the league announced Friday.

  • January 12, 2018

    FanDuel Latest To Face Cloud Computing Patent Suit

    FanDuel Inc. on Thursday became the latest company hit with a cloud computing patent suit by software developer PersonalWeb Technologies LLC, which in recent days has sued dozens of others, including Airbnb Inc., Blue Apron Inc., Venmo and Reddit.

  • January 12, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Acquisition Fever

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven major recent developments.

  • January 12, 2018

    Ex-VP Can't Help Comcast In IP Row, Tech Firm Says

    A technology company accusing Comcast Corp. of infringement of voice-recognition patents urged a Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday to bar a former vice president from continuing to serve as a litigation consultant for the cable giant.

Expert Analysis

  • Amici Views On Big Pharma 'Renting' Sovereign Immunity

    Ben Bourke

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently requested briefing from amici for the first time — in Mylan v. Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. In general, technology and pharmaceutical companies argued that the deal assigning Allergan patents to the tribe was a sham, while other tribes and a group of law professors supported the sovereign immunity defense, says Ben Bourke of Womble Bond Dickinson LLP.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • OFAC Enforcement Trends In 2017: Exporters On Notice

    Sean Kane

    One probable reason for the recent shift in focus by the Office of Foreign Assets Control toward export-related transactions is that the agency’s enforcement efforts targeting big banks have worked. With fewer cases to bring against them, OFAC seems to be moving on to new weak spots in enforcement, say Sean Kane and Susie Park of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Indirect Purchaser Cases In 2017: Key District Court Rulings

    Chris Micheletti

    Over the last year, there were some interesting cases in the indirect purchaser class action arena, with district courts addressing pleading motions, class certification in “pay-for-delay” drug cases, and class certification of nationwide and multistate class claims based on California’s state antitrust law, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.

  • Apple’s Unsuccessful Test Of SEC Proxy Guidance

    Arthur Kohn

    Many commentators assumed that new guidance released in November for excluding shareholder proposals from proxy materials signaled a new willingness by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to defer to companies. However, Apple’s recent unsuccessful request indicates that a citation of board process will not give companies an automatic pass, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • 3 Enforcement Priorities For State AGs In 2018

    Joe Jacquot

    State attorney general campaigns will be in full swing with 31 elections this year. In addition to three top substantive areas, campaign issues themselves will influence how state attorneys general prioritize enforcement, says Joe Jacquot, former chief deputy attorney general of Florida, now with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Preparing For Potential Cuts To Certain H-1B Extensions

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security may be considering new measures that would potentially reduce or eliminate specific H-1B extensions granted under the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act of 2000. Elizabeth Espín Stern and Paul Virtue of Mayer Brown LLP offer guidelines to assist employers in advising their workforce about the potential impact if DHS does take action.

  • Indirect Purchaser Cases In 2017: Key Appeals Court Rulings

    Chris Micheletti

    As with 2016, there were no major U.S. Supreme Court decisions impacting indirect purchaser claims in 2017. Unlike 2016, however, several circuit court decisions addressed important issues such as ascertainability, 23(b)(3) predominance, and indirect versus direct purchaser status, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.

  • Connected Devices Bring New Product Liability Challenges

    Erin Bosman

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting consumers from products that pose potential hazards. Traditionally, this has meant hazards that may cause physical injury or property damage. But as internet-connected household products proliferate, along with cybersecurity and privacy concerns, technological innovation is far outpacing the regulatory process, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Employment Visas: 2017 Changes And What To Expect Ahead

    Daniel Berner

    In line with campaign promises made by President Donald Trump, in 2017 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security imposed added burdens on employers seeking employment-based visas for foreign nationals. Daniel Berner of Berner Law PLLC discusses some of the principal changes and the policies DHS has indicated it will pursue for employment-based visas in 2018 and beyond.