Technology

  • February 14, 2018

    Ford Gets Claims Trimmed In Faulty Screen Class Action

    With a May trial ahead on class claims alleging Ford Motor Co. sold vehicles with faulty touch screens to over 500,000 drivers, a California federal judge on Wednesday pared class claims for two states, leaving eight state classes and others in the litigation.

  • February 14, 2018

    ISN Investor Says Controllers Withheld Key Valuation Info

    A minority shareholder of ISN Software Inc. filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court on Wednesday, accusing the controllers of the company of withholding key information needed to adequately consider the fair valuation of its holdings and its rights to stock appraisal before a 2013 merger aimed at pushing out minority shareholders.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB Ax Of Cisco Network Security Patent

    Arista Networks Inc. notched a win in its fight with Cisco Systems Inc. over networking equipment technology on Wednesday, when the Federal Circuit upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that invalidated part of a Cisco patent that Arista had been found to infringe.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Finds Another Alice Ruling Came Too Soon

    The Federal Circuit faulted a lower court Wednesday for invalidating data manipulation patents as abstract ideas on a motion to dismiss, the second time in days the court has held that a judge too quickly found that patents failed the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

  • February 14, 2018

    GSA Awards 81 Small Businesses Places On $15B IT Deal

    The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded slots on its massive Alliant information technology services contract to 81 small businesses, allowing them to compete for up to $15 billion in orders over a decade, it announced Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fitbit Settles Trademark Suit With Alleged Counterfeiters

    Fitbit Inc. and several of the companies that it accused of selling counterfeit versions of its products asked a California federal judge Tuesday to rule that a confidential settlement between them is fair.

  • February 14, 2018

    FTC Nom Vows Tough Enforcement In Lieu Of Net Neutrality

    During a hearing on Wednesday to grill President Donald Trump's picks for the Federal Trade Commission, the nominee for chairman testified that the agency will step up to be a “vigorous enforcer” in the absence of net neutrality protections, but he acknowledged that some online conduct may fall outside of the FTC’s scope.

  • February 14, 2018

    Seyfarth Shaw, Bryan Cave Steer Cars.com's $165M Purchase

    Cars.com has agreed to acquire two digital solutions companies that will broaden the services offered to its more than 20,000 dealer clients across the nation, in a $165 million deal guided by Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Bryan Cave LLP, the company said Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Warburg Pincus Leads Duetto's $80M Series D Raise

    Hospitality revenue services platform Duetto has raised $80 million in series D financing from a group of investors led by Warburg Pincus LLC funds, according to an announcement from San Francisco-based Duetto on Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: A Hackathon And Alternative Brands

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

  • February 14, 2018

    EU Clears Northrop's $9.2B Acquisition Of Orbital

    The European Commission has cleared Northrop Grumman Corp.’s bid to acquire defense technology services company Orbital ATK Inc. for $7.8 billion in cash and $1.4 billion in debt, saying the proposed deal raises no competition concerns because the companies are involved in different product markets.

  • February 14, 2018

    Sprint Customers Decertified In Yahoo 'Welcome Text' Suit

    Consumers suing Yahoo over unsolicited “welcome texts” suffered a stinging setback on Tuesday, after an Illinois federal court decertified their class in light of new information that indicates roughly a quarter of recipients may have consented to the welcome texts after all.

  • February 14, 2018

    Norwest Grabs $1.5B For Its Largest-Ever PE Fund

    Norwest Venture Partners said Wednesday its latest and largest-ever investment fund raised $1.5 billion from investors as the private equity firm continues to target companies in the consumer, enterprise and health care sectors.

  • February 13, 2018

    Kaspersky Opens New Front In Legal Fight With White House

    Moscow-based antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab has launched a new salvo in its legal battle with the White House, this time claiming in D.C. federal court that U.S. Department of Defense legislation banning its products from government systems unconstitutionally singles it out.

  • February 13, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Attys' Licensing Co. Loses Patent Suit Under Alice

    A patent licensing company run by former WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis LLP partners lost its infringement claims against two security companies on Monday, when a California federal judge found that its patent on internet data channels is invalid under the Supreme Court's Alice ruling for claiming only an abstract idea.  

  • February 13, 2018

    Ex-Railroad IT Worker Gets Jail Time For Network Damage

    A former Canadian Pacific Railway IT employee was sentenced by a Minnesota federal judge Tuesday to one year and one day in prison for intentionally damaging critical components of the transcontinental railroad company’s computer network, following a guilty verdict in October.

  • February 13, 2018

    Capital Markets Partner Rejoins Latham In Hong Kong

    Latham & Watkins LLP said Monday that it’s welcoming back a former partner who has worked on a variety of capital markets transactions involving Chinese firms, including a $1.4 billion initial public offering for the Shanghai-based ZTO Express Inc. that was the largest U.S. IPO of 2016.

  • February 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Botched Sanctions Ruling, Startup Argues

    Indiezone Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to rethink its decision that a lower court correctly sanctioned the startup and its lawyer for bringing a “sham” company into its case alleging that former employees conspired to steal its $1 billion e-commerce processing software.

  • February 13, 2018

    LeClairRyan Can't Toss Malpractice Suit

    LeClairRyan is stuck defending against a malpractice suit brought by a disgruntled client, after a newly assigned Illinois federal judge refused to toss the case despite harsh words from a previous judge who called the client’s claims “bizarre” and “extraordinarily troubling.”

  • February 13, 2018

    Finjan Drops IP Retrial Against Symantec Unit, Signals Deal

    Finjan Inc. announced Monday it had vacated a California federal patent infringement retrial set to start that day against a Symantec Corp. unit, saying it reached confidential settlement terms with its cybersecurity rival and expects by the month’s end to finalize a “definitive agreement.”

Expert Analysis

  • Safe Bank-Fintech Partnerships Can Help Consumers

    Andrew Smith

    Consumers have access to an increasingly wide array of loans as a result of banks' arrangements with online lenders. Two pieces of legislation now making their way through Congress would resolve uncertainty about such partnerships and stabilize the expectations of consumers and banks alike, say Andrew Smith and Dwight Smith of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Trade Secret Law In China: 3 Highlights From 2017

    Ruixue Ran

    China's significant recent developments in trade secret law are encouraging trade secret rights-holders, including multinational companies with a presence in China, to enforce their trade secret rights in the world’s second largest economy, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Lessons For Data Breach Lawyers From Product Liability

    Michael Ruttinger

    Lawyers in data breach litigation can learn from their contemporaries in more established fields such as product liability, where the law has developed well-established approaches to many of the same issues that will arise in the merits stage of data breach cases, says Michael Ruttinger of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • CFTC Reasserts Its Role In Virtual Currency Regulation

    Christopher Conniff

    Virtual currency market participants should be mindful of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which announced three enforcement actions in the past week. The CFTC is arguably better positioned to fight virtual currency fraud than the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 10 Antitrust Developments And Trends To Watch In 2018

    Dee Bansal

    Expect to see antitrust developments in 10 areas this year, including continuing scrutiny of vertical mergers, no-poach agreements and conduct by pharmaceutical companies, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • Understanding SEC’s Mixed Guidance On Apple Proposals

    Kimberly Myers

    Recent, seemingly disparate actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in response to Apple may leave some confused as to whether companies can exclude corporate social responsibility-related shareholder proposals from their proxy materials. Upon closer inspection, however, the SEC’s actions appear consistent with recently issued guidance, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Cloud-Based Patent Claims — And How Providers Can Help

    R. Paul Zeineddin

    Cloud customers may be exposed to liability for open source technologies that are buried deep within their providers’ offerings. In-house legal teams and developers need to be aware of the risk of patent litigation and the extent to which cloud providers can help mitigate these risks, says R. Paul Zeineddin of Zeineddin PLLC.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • High Court Considers Upending Patent Damages

    Rayiner Hashem

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in WesternGeco v. Ion, a case that could have significant ramifications for U.S. patent holders who compete in foreign markets, say attorneys with MoloLamken LLP.