Technology

  • September 19, 2017

    Firm Loses Bid To Block Sanction Of Emails To Uber Drivers

    The Ninth Circuit denied a request to stop a California federal judge from sending out notice of Lichten & Liss-Riordan PC’s allegedly improper communications with a class of Uber drivers who say they’ve been misclassified as independent contractors, hours after a brief claimed Uber was using confidentiality and sanctions as its “newest litigation tactic.”

  • September 19, 2017

    Feds Want 5 Years For Money-Laundering Korean Scientist

    Federal prosecutors told a California federal court on Monday that the former head of South Korea’s government-funded earthquake research program who was convicted of laundering bribery proceeds in the United States should be sentenced to nearly five years in prison, pushing back on his bid for a much shorter prison stay.

  • September 19, 2017

    Online Dating Scammer Pleads Guilty To Fraud

    A man who posed on dating sites as a millionaire to elicit confidential financial information and steal victims' identities has pled guilty to two counts, New York federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • September 19, 2017

    Facebook Users Urge 9th Circ. To Revive Privacy Claims

    Facebook users told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that a California district court erred in tossing their proposed class action, because they did not consent to the social media giant’s gathering of their browsing data from several health websites.

  • September 19, 2017

    Free Internet Advocates Criticize Sex Trafficking Bill

    Internet advocates urged lawmakers to reconsider a controversial anti-sex trafficking bill that would hold tech companies accountable for not doing enough to combat child sex trafficking facilitation on their sites, arguing that it would stifle innovation, in a Senate hearing Tuesday.

  • September 19, 2017

    AOL Seeks 10.3% Share Price Trim In Verizon Merger Suit

    AOL Inc. attorneys argued Tuesday for a 10.3 percent lower payment to stockholders who challenged the $50 per share terms of AOL’s sale to Verizon Communications Inc. in 2015, during a final round of arguments in a Delaware Chancery Court stock appraisal case.

  • September 19, 2017

    Attys Warn Of Shifting Electronic Searches At Borders

    Government prosecutors and privacy experts told their colleagues Tuesday that increased searches of electronic devices at the border have left the law lagging behind law enforcement practices, and searches prohibited today may become permissible tomorrow as consumers become more accustomed to divulging sensitive personal information.

  • September 19, 2017

    2nd Circ. Affirms Tech Co.'s D&O Coverage Loss

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday upheld a judgment that Beazley Insurance doesn't have to cover a video surveillance company's settlement with a business partner over lapsed payments, saying an exclusion in Beazley's directors and officers policy bars coverage because the partner's executive was also a director of the insured company.

  • September 19, 2017

    Uber Says Mobile Ad Co. Took It For An $83M Ride

    A mobile advertising company duped Uber Technologies Inc. out of more than $82.5 million by doctoring data to inflate the success of its ad campaign, the ride hailing company alleged Monday in California federal court.

  • September 19, 2017

    Troutman Sanders Nabs Mintz Levin Litigators In Calif.

    Troutman Sanders LLP has hired two Mintz Levin attorneys who have represented tech and life sciences companies in a range of disputes involving data breaches, intellectual property rights and fiduciary rights for its business litigation practice in San Diego as a part of the firm’s efforts to bolster its presence on the West Coast, Troutman Sanders said Monday.

  • September 19, 2017

    VC Group Sues Over Delay Of Entrepreneur Immigration Rule

    The National Venture Capital Association filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services failed to follow proper procedures when they delayed a rule that would have allowed foreign entrepreneurs to live in the U.S. just a week before it was set to take hold.

  • September 19, 2017

    Prosecutors Seek 5-Year Fraud Sentence For Ex-Tech Exec

    The president of a California company that built electric vehicle charging stations should spend four to five years in prison for defrauding local and state governments out of grant funds, prosecutors told an Illinois federal judge on Monday, describing the scheme as “calculated and sustained.”

  • September 19, 2017

    KIT Fraud Suspect's Trial Delayed To Review Late Laptop Docs

    A New York federal judge Tuesday pushed back the looming fraud trial of now-defunct video technology firm KIT Digital Inc.'s ex-CEO, blaming both sides for the confusion over documents stored on a laptop that was glancingly disclosed to the defense, which in turn never responded to an offer to examine it.

  • September 19, 2017

    Mobile Payments Co. Cashes In On $60M In Series C Funding

    A company touting itself as the world's largest gift card marketplace on Tuesday said it raised $60 million in a Series C funding round thanks to investments from PayPal and venture capital firms Accel, Bessemer Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates, bringing its total capital to more than $147 million.

  • September 19, 2017

    Priceline Gets Partial Win In IBM Patent Infringement Suit

    A Delaware federal judge on Monday handed a complicated and split ruling to International Business Machines Corp. and several Priceline Group Inc. travel and hospitality websites in IBM’s lawsuit accusing the sites of infringing its patents from the early days of the internet.

  • September 18, 2017

    Insurer Wants Coverage Claims Nixed In $36M Experian Suit

    Illinois National Insurance Co. told an Illinois federal judge on Friday that it owes no coverage to Experian Information Solutions Inc. in an underlying breach of contract suit with the Business Development Bank of Canada in which the bank was awarded CA$44.4 million ($36 million).

  • September 18, 2017

    Waymo Seeks Trial Delay In Self-Driving IP Row With Uber

    In what Uber called a “do-over request,” Waymo asked a California federal judge Saturday to delay the trial date for its trade secret misappropriation suit against Uber, saying it needs to scale a “mountain of evidence” revealed by a report that was only proffered after a Federal Circuit ruling last week.

  • September 18, 2017

    Shutterfly Must Face Face-Scan Privacy Suit, Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday refused to nix a putative class action accusing Shutterfly Inc. of violating the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act by collecting and storing face geometry scans, ruling that the statute covers data derived from photos and doesn't require consumers to allege actual damages.

  • September 18, 2017

    EU To Consider New Tax Rules For Digital Economy

    Businesses with digital operations in the European Union could soon be liable for taxes they don't currently pay as the EU considers new rules for the virtual economy.

  • September 18, 2017

    Sony's Headphone Patent Rehearing Bid Nixed Under Nautilus

    Without elaborating on its reasoning, the full Federal Circuit on Monday unanimously denied Sony Corp. and other tech companies’ request to reconsider the revival of wireless headphone patents that One-E-Way Inc. accused them of infringing before the International Trade Commission.

Expert Analysis

  • Blockchain Cos. Must Beware SEC Intervention Risks

    Herbert Kozlov

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently suspended trading in securities of three public blockchain-related businesses in a period of just over two weeks, highlighting the fact that the spot market for digital tokens is no longer the “Wild West,” say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • An Update On China's Cybersecurity Law, 3 Months In

    Sarah Zhao

    Since the Cybersecurity Law of China took effect, the government has begun strengthening enforcement actions and adopting additional measures, including an entirely online court dedicated to internet-related disputes, in order to show its determination to give teeth to the new law, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Advising Departing Employees On How To Keep Future Jobs

    Nancy Shilepsky

    Employees who do not manage their career moves carefully — like the recent example of former “star” Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski — can find themselves unemployed and in legal trouble. However, there are several precautions that can make a critical difference and increase the chances of a smooth transition to a new job, say attorneys with Sherin and Lodgen LLP.

  • Ky. Utility Pole Case Defines FCC Jurisdiction Boundaries

    Charles Zdebski

    A Kentucky federal court's decision in BellSouth v. Louisville last month is significant because it limits the Federal Communications Commission's reach and provides the judicial imprimatur for one specific legislated solution for coordinating make-ready work on the interstices of the nation's information highway, says Charles Zdebski of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • A Lawyer’s Guide To NIST's 'Security And Privacy Controls'

    Mark Mao

    The fifth draft version of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Special Publication 800-53 — "Security And Privacy Controls For Information Systems And Organizations" — contains invaluable wisdom on internet-of-things ecosystems for legal professionals and technologists alike, say Mark Mao and Molly DiRago of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Don't Want To Be The Next Kodak? Embrace Blockchain

    Dario de Martino

    The opportunities presented by blockchain and cryptocurrencies are exciting. But failure to understand these technologies may trigger a Kodak moment, and put successful companies at the mercy of those that quickly pivoted, say Dario de Martino and Spencer Klein of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Beware Unique Challenges When Acquiring Internet Tech

    Nicholas Merker

    Internet of things devices bring the promise of tremendous insight for product manufacturers and marketers, but also bring a number of risks and potential liabilities that may not necessarily be obvious. Acquiring these new technologies creates new areas of risk that some companies may not appropriately understand during the procurement process, say Nicholas Merker and Eric Goodman of Ice Miller LLP.

  • It Might Be A Bad Idea For NPEs To Attack Cloud Services

    Chad Ennis

    By modifying their user agreements, cloud service providers have signaled that nonpracticing entities will face tough and organized opponents if the NPEs use their standard tactics, say Chad Ennis and Chris Shield of Bracewell LLP.