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  • June 15, 2018

    Trump Throws A Curve With Two-Pronged Tariff Approach

    President Donald Trump’s decision to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese technology in a squabble over intellectual property policy arrived with a wrinkle as the administration primed one set of duties for July while keeping another batch for the future, adding a new layer of intrigue to the sprawling trade fight.

  • June 15, 2018

    3 Telecom Lessons We Can Learn From AT&T-Time Warner

    The U.S. Department of Justice unsuccessfully took AT&T to court over its proposed buy of Time Warner Inc., and U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s Wednesday opinion wholly approving the merger offers several lessons on the shape of the telecom landscape going forward.

  • June 15, 2018

    FCC Urged To Fight Contractor Debt-Collection Robocalls

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Friday called on the Federal Communications Commission to beef up rules against federal contractors sending robocalls and texts, saying the agency shouldn't be deterred after its definition of autodialer was rejected as too broad by the D.C. Circuit.

  • June 15, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: DWF, LyondellBasell, Qualcomm

    Manchester-based law firm DWF is gearing up for a potential £1 billion IPO, LyondellBasell Industries is in exclusive talks to buy a controlling stake in Brazil-based petrochemicals business Braskem, and reports of Chinese approval for Qualcomm's $44 billion proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors were premature.

  • June 15, 2018

    Alarm.com Suit Against PE Investor Tossed

    A suit lodged against private equity investors by home security firm Alarm.com did not survive a motion to dismiss Friday when a Delaware Chancery Court judge said ABS Capital Partners Inc. had the right to make investments in competing companies through mutual agreements with Alarm.com.

  • June 15, 2018

    10 Firms To Steer Biotech-Heavy IPO Lineup Exceeding $1B

    Ten firms are slated to guide 10 initial public offerings projected to raise about $1.3 billion during the week of June 18, representing a lineup dominated by biotechnology issuers plus a real estate investment trust as IPO season hits a busy stretch before the July 4 holiday.

  • June 15, 2018

    DOJ Vet Continues Davis Wright's Privacy, Security Growth

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has bolstered its privacy and securities practice with a U.S. Department of Justice attorney who led the government in a case targeting illegal trading based on hacked data and the prosecution of a Russian government agent behind a massive cyberattack on Yahoo.

  • June 15, 2018

    BALCA Denies Qualcomm's Bid To Certify Engineer Position

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Thursday affirmed the denial of a labor certification bid by Qualcomm for an engineer position in California, determining that the company’s alternate requirements of education and experience for the job were too different from its primary requirements.

  • June 15, 2018

    Seagate Buyers Must Carve Up Class Cert. Bid, Judge Says

    Seagate customers seeking class certification on claims the hardware maker sold faulty hard drives need to divide their request into subclasses, a California federal judge said Friday, explaining there was too much variability in failure rates of different hard drives to lump all claims into one class.

  • June 15, 2018

    PE-Backed Avalara Leads 3 IPOs Raising $377M Total

    Private equity-backed tax automation company Avalara Inc. saw shares soar in first-day trading on Friday after raising $180 million in an initial public offering that priced better than expected, leading three issuers whose shares debuted following IPOs that raised $377 million combined.

  • June 15, 2018

    Former Visa Atty Rejoins White & Case In Silicon Valley

    White & Case LLP has announced that a former vice president and associate general counsel at Visa Inc. has joined its Silicon Valley office as partner, bringing deep experience in intellectual property and tech-related matters to the firm’s technology transactions and global mergers and acquisitions practices.

  • June 15, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Won’t Rethink Patent Antitrust Row Transfer

    The full Federal Circuit refused Friday to rethink a panel decision transferring an antitrust dispute to the Fifth Circuit, upholding findings of a lack of jurisdiction over alleged fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office but drawing a sharp rebuke from the Federal Circuit’s longest-serving member.

  • June 15, 2018

    FTC Adds 3 Years To CoreLogic Data Licensing Conditions

    The Federal Trade Commission has voted to extend its conditions on CoreLogic Inc.'s $661 million deal for private equity-owned rival DataQuick Information Systems Inc. for another three years, saying Friday that the company hadn’t completely complied with the initial deal conditions.

  • June 15, 2018

    DOJ Won't Seek Stay, AT&T Closes $85B Time Warner Deal

    AT&T Inc. said late Thursday that it has closed its $85.4 billion deal for Time Warner Inc., after the U.S. Department of Justice agreed not to seek a stay of the D.C. district court ruling that rejected the government's merger challenge earlier this week.

  • June 15, 2018

    Apostle Pai Preaches On Winning Net Neutrality Converts

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been called names ranging from “Hitler” to “the man who’s trying to end the internet” leading up to his controversial vote to undo Obama-era internet protections known as the net neutrality rules. But at the Cato Institute's auditorium Thursday evening he found a friendly audience and offered tips to free-market devotees on persuading net neutrality-supporting peers that the previous government regulation would have stifled growth of the internet.

  • June 15, 2018

    Ticket-Fighting App Tells Fla. Justices It's Not Practicing Law

    TIKD Services LLC blasted the Florida Bar's latest arguments in its case against the traffic ticket defense startup for the unlicensed practice of law, telling Florida's highest court in a filing posted Friday that the arguments are hollow and protectionist.

  • June 15, 2018

    FCC Support Grows For Pai's $171M Telemedicine Boost

    A proposal to increase the limits on how much the Federal Communications Commission subsidizes rural telecom services for health care providers by $171 million a year is gaining traction with commissioners, in a move aimed at improving telemedicine in some of the country's most underserved areas, Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday.

  • June 15, 2018

    Current, Ex-FitBit Employees Indicted For Trade Secret Theft

    A grand jury indicted one current and five former employees of Fitbit in a California federal court Thursday for stealing trade secrets from their previous employer, a now-defunct technology company specializing in wearable devices.

  • June 15, 2018

    EU's $5.5B Tax Break Helps E-Book Sector, Moscovici Says

    A proposed European Union value-added tax break that could mainly benefit big web platforms shows the bloc is not out to get U.S. digital firms, European Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told Law360 in an exclusive interview, despite his stated aim to increase the tax take from the digital sector.

  • June 15, 2018

    Trump Wallops China With Tariffs As IP Brawl Boils Over

    President Donald Trump moved ahead Friday with tariffs that will eventually cover about $50 billion worth of Chinese goods as punishment for the nation’s restrictive intellectual property rules, targeting touch screens, steel components, medical devices and scores of other items in an escalating trade battle.

Expert Analysis

  • A Better Method For Achieving Broader Class Action Reform

    Kahn Scolnick

    In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice and many state attorneys general have addressed class action reform by objecting to proposed class action settlements. While we are sympathetic to concerns about class litigation abuse, what's needed is careful oversight at the earliest stages of litigation, say Kahn Scolnick and Bradley Hamburger of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Companies Will Feel The Weight Of Team Telecom Oversight

    Megan Brown

    For years, a little-known group of federal agencies collectively known as "Team Telecom" has gone quietly about its oversight functions of risk assessment, mitigation and oversight. But as multiple parts of the government grapple with supply chain security, including concerns about Chinese-made communications equipment, companies should anticipate enhanced scrutiny and greater compliance obligations, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • The Brave New World Of Autonomous Vehicle Litigation

    Jonathan Feczko

    Autonomous vehicles promise to change the way we commute, work and even plan cities. But equally dramatic may be the way they change how we prepare and try litigation following motor vehicle accidents. Exploring how autonomous vehicle litigation might look will help practitioners better prepare for the wave to come, say Jonathan Feczko and Zachary Adams of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • 'Injury In Fact' Standing After Cambridge Analytica

    Michael Ruttinger

    If personally identifiable information has value — the lesson of the Cambridge Analytica scandal — courts may find themselves revisiting the long-marginalized theory that the lost opportunity to profit from your own private data is itself sufficient to show you have been injured, says Michael Ruttinger of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Opioid MDL Order Shows Need For Broad Funding Disclosure

    Alex Dahl

    The judge in the national opioid multidistrict litigation recently ordered lawyers to disclose whether their cases are financed by third parties. This has drawn attention to courts’ responsibility to address problems surrounding third-party litigation funding, but a uniform funding disclosure requirement would be more effective, says Alex Dahl of Strategic Policy Counsel PLLC.

  • Criminal Trade Secret Prosecutions Under Trump So Far

    Barak Cohen

    Although the U.S. Department of Justice kept pace with the Obama administration’s annual Economic Espionage Act prosecution rates during the first 12 months of the Trump administration, there is reason to suspect that the foreseeable future may reflect a less vigorous approach, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Lessons From Panasonic FCPA, Accounting Fraud Settlement

    Gayle Littleton

    Panasonic recently agreed to pay over $280 million in penalties, disgorgement and prejudgment interest to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and accounting fraud violation allegations, making it the largest FCPA settlement so far this year. The resolution reaffirms the importance of internal controls to identify the location of corporate funds, say attorneys with Jenner & Block LLP.