Technology

  • November 17, 2017

    Google Seeks Final Ruling Protecting Search Results

    Google urged a California federal judge Friday to permanently stop enforcement of an order from Canada’s highest court that would compel the tech titan to scrub worldwide searches of results from a company accused of selling products containing stolen trade secrets.

  • November 17, 2017

    Broadsoft Shareholders Sue To Block $1.9B Cisco Deal

    A proposed class of BroadSoft Inc. shareholders say Cisco Systems Inc.’s $1.9 billion bid for the company gives them a raw deal, accusing the telecommunications software company and its executives in Maryland federal court Thursday of keeping them in the dark ahead of a special vote on the proposed deal.

  • November 16, 2017

    Ignition Interlock Co. Seller Is Withholding Escrow, Buyer Says

    The private equity firm that purchased ignition interlock device maker 1A Smart Start Inc. in 2015 filed suit in Delaware late Wednesday, saying the seller is trying to claim escrowed funds from the deal despite failing to achieve a favorable result in a tax dispute, as required in the escrow agreement.

  • November 16, 2017

    PTAB Chief Debunks Patent Myth As Petitions Soar

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board's chief judge said Thursday that he wants to debunk the notion that patent owners are getting "gang tackled” as the PTAB receives more review petitions than ever, arguing that 84 percent of the time a single petitioner challenges the patent.

  • November 16, 2017

    Startup Tells 9th Circ. $1B IP Holder Not A 'Sham' Co.

    Startup Indiezone Inc. told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday that a lower court erred in sanctioning it and its lawyer for bringing a “sham” company into its case alleging former employees conspired to steal its $1 billion e-commerce processing software, saying new evidence showed the co-plaintiff was legitimate.

  • November 16, 2017

    Broadcasters Cleared By FCC To Use Next-Gen TV Standard

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to allow broadcasters to begin implementing the next-generation TV standard known as ATSC 3.0, to the chagrin of Democratic commissioners, who said the move will be a boon for industry but a setback for consumers.

  • November 16, 2017

    FCC Clears Path For 5G Technology

    The Federal Communications Commission took action to free up spectrum for 5G on Thursday, the same day the chair of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee touted the benefits of the fifth-generation wireless broadband technology during a hearing on its development and potential challenges.

  • November 16, 2017

    Avenue Capital $6M MagnaChip Fraud Deal Tossed Again

    A California federal judge on Thursday refused for the second time to grant preliminary approval to a $6.2 million deal between MagnaChip Corp.'s majority shareholder Avenue Capital and the semiconductor products maker's common stock investors who sued for an alleged fraud scheme in which Avenue sold its shares at inflated prices.

  • November 16, 2017

    Chinese Fintech Jianpu Raises $180M After IPO Prices Low

    Online financial planning platform Jianpu Technologies Inc. said Thursday it raised $180 million after pricing 22.5 million shares at $8 each — below its projected range of $8.50 to $10.50 — representing the latest Chinese financial technology firm to complete a U.S. IPO.

  • November 16, 2017

    Fired Xerox Worker Can't Argue Gay Bias In 5th Circ.: Judge

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday advised a former Xerox employee to amend his Title VII claims that the company fired him for being gay, saying that while sexual orientation is not a protected class in the Fifth Circuit, he could better make his case if he amends his sex discrimination claim.

  • November 16, 2017

    Kaspersky Says NSA Info Upload Was Legit Security Check

    AO Kaspersky Lab in a Thursday report fleshed out its recent admission that it had uploaded purportedly classified information and hacking software from a National Security Agency worker’s personal computer, continuing to argue that the upload was inadvertent and happened because the computer appeared to be compromised by “malware."

  • November 16, 2017

    'Lawful Hacking' Hurts Smaller Cities, Manhattan DA Says

    Law enforcement's increased reliance on third-party hacking to get into encrypted smartphones gives wealthy cities an unfair edge in solving crimes, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance warned Thursday.

  • November 16, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Qualcomm, Time, Barnes & Noble

    Qualcomm’s $38 billion buyout of NXP Semiconductor may be approved by the European Commission before 2017 is over, Meredith Corp. is once again looking to buy magazine publisher Time, and an activist investor is looking to take Barnes & Noble private.

  • November 16, 2017

    Aster Brings In €240M For Energy, Digital Investments

    Aster Capital, a venture capital investment firm focused on industries including consumer, digital and energy, has raised €240 million ($282.36 million) from investors, according to a Thursday statement.

  • November 16, 2017

    House Passes Tax Bill With Deep Cuts For Businesses

    House Republicans on Thursday succeeded in passing wide-reaching tax legislation, overcoming Democrats’ criticisms that it would significantly lower taxes for corporations and the wealthy while short-changing middle-income earners.

  • November 15, 2017

    StubHub Must Produce Source Code In Trade Secret Row

    A California federal judge on Tuesday ordered online ticketing platform StubHub Inc. to surrender its source and corresponding server codes as part of discovery in a trade secrets case brought by Calendar Research LLC in an effort to end the dispute quickly.

  • November 15, 2017

    IPhone Glitch Violates Wiretap Act, 9th Circ. Is Told

    A proposed class of ex-iPhone owners asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive their suit against Apple alleging that they never received some text messages because a glitch sent the messages to the iMessage server in violation of the Wiretap Act.

  • November 15, 2017

    Senate Bill Would Set Federal Data Security, Reporting Rules

    Senate Democrats on Tuesday floated legislation that would subject businesses to civil penalties for failing to report data breaches "as expediently as possible" and for neglecting to implement baseline data security standards to protect customers' financial account information and other sensitive records.

  • November 15, 2017

    Chinese Companies Inject Life Into US IPO Market

    A sudden surge in Chinese initial public offerings is spilling over to the U.S., providing a shot in the arm to the IPO market and keeping deals lawyers who work on China-related offerings busy.

  • November 15, 2017

    White House Releases Rules On Disclosing Security Flaws

    The Trump Administration revealed details Wednesday on its secretive process for deciding whether to disclose or keep to itself cybersecurity flaws discovered by intelligence agencies.

Expert Analysis

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Misclassification Claims Threaten Gig Economy Business

    Tracey Diamond

    Recent gig economy cases in New York and California are either pending or were settled before the court could issue a determinative judgment as to the proper classification of workers. But the facts of the cases and the settlement details provide valuable insight into the potential risks and exposure for gig economy companies, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • High Court Gets Ready To Weigh Privacy Vs. Public Safety

    Bob Anderson

    On Nov. 29, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Carpenter v. United States — a case that could dramatically affect the future of surveillance, potentially requiring law enforcement to secure a warrant each time it seeks cell tower data and similar types of metadata, says Bob Anderson, leader of Navigant Consulting Inc.'s information security practice.

  • Dealing With H-1B Extensions In The New No-Deference Era

    Rabindra Singh

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna recently implemented a new policy memo that specifically instructs all USCIS officers not to give deference to any previously approved nonimmigrant visa petition. In light of the policy shift, Rabindra Singh of Immigration Attorneys LLP shares a few practice pointers to consider before filing an H-1B extension petition.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.