Technology

  • September 12, 2017

    Yelp Accuses Google Of Breaking Search Bias Vows To FTC

    Yelp urged the Federal Trade Commission on Monday to investigate whether Google had violated promises it made to the watchdog not to scrape content from some websites, estimating that the search giant displays the business review site's images thousands of times a minute.

  • September 12, 2017

    4 Ways Amazon Is Shaping Brick-And-Mortar Retail

    Amazon's recent $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods gives the tech titan access to hundreds of stores across the country, and the company's foray into food creates an additional set of challenges for the retail space. Here, Law360 looks at four ways Amazon is shaping the brick-and-mortar retail landscape.

  • September 12, 2017

    Blue Spike Says Juniper Patent Suit Should Stay In Texas

    Patent-holding company Blue Spike told a federal judge in Texas on Monday that its sprawling patent infringement suit against Juniper Networks Inc. shouldn't be moved to California, saying Juniper's claim of inconvenience is as unconvincing as a prior attempt to move the case citing TC Heartland.

  • September 12, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Toshiba, QHotels, Bandhan Bank

    A group led by Bain Capital is now the front-runner to buy Toshiba’s multibillion-dollar memory chip business, a Chinese private equity firm and a London-based real estate investor are partnering to buy U.K. hospitality company QHotels, and Indian microfinance lender Bandhan Bank is preparing to go public.

  • September 12, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Evocative, Pacific Life, Fortis

    Data center firm Evocative is said to have leased 42,000 square feet in downtown Los Angeles, a joint venture that includes Pacific Life has reportedly dropped $125.1 million on a Chicago apartment tower, and Fortis Property is said to have scored $297 million in financing for a Brooklyn mixed-use project.

  • September 12, 2017

    CoStar Inks Deal To Buy ForRent For $385M

    Commercial real estate analytics firm CoStar Group Inc. is buying digital advertising company ForRent for $385 million, according an announcement from the firms on Tuesday.

  • September 12, 2017

    Apple Settles With Acacia Unit After $22M Patent Loss

    Apple and a unit of major patent licensing firm Acacia Research have settled all claims against each other in a case where a Texas federal jury in September ordered Apple to pay $22.1 million in damages after finding iPhones and iPads infringed a patent on wireless communication technology.

  • September 12, 2017

    Synopsys To Repatriate Up To $850M Of Offshore Cash

    Silicon Valley software company Synopsys Inc. has announced that it plans to repatriate up to $850 million in cash currently held offshore in anticipation of potential corporate tax reform, while easing the process by using research and development tax credits.

  • September 12, 2017

    FTC Chief Won’t Rush To Police Digital Economy

    Federal Trade Commission acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen pushed back Tuesday on calls for a more aggressive approach to antitrust enforcement of the digital economy, arguing that market share alone should not guide decisions better based on consumer harms.

  • September 12, 2017

    How To Navigate The Competitive Market For PE Tech Deals

    The practice of private equity funds filling their portfolios with technology companies is growing, and well-informed attorneys with their finger on the pulse of the tech sector can make the difference between smart buys and deals that carry too much risk.

  • September 11, 2017

    InfoSpan Asks 9th Circ. For Redo Of $554M Secrets Trial

    U.S. fintech firm InfoSpan urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to order a new trial on its claims that banking giant Emirates NBD cost it $554 million by stealing its cellphone-based payment system, arguing Emirates manipulated the jury with improperly admitted evidence.

  • September 11, 2017

    Yahoo Ruling Forces Employers To Review Monitoring Policies

    The European Court of Human Rights' recent finding that a Romanian company violated an employee's privacy by monitoring his private Yahoo Messenger chats sends a reminder to employers across the European Union that they need to have a good reason for surveillance of workers and that their employees need to know what's going on.

  • September 11, 2017

    AT&T, Telcos Launch Task Force For Mobile Authentication

    AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon announced on Friday that they are teaming up to create a way for mobile users to authenticate their identities in a manner that will reduce their vulnerability to fraud and identity theft.

  • September 11, 2017

    FCC Chair Names 31 Diversity Committee Members

    Two former commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission, the heads of Hispanic and black advocacy groups and women who’ve been pioneers in the telecommunications industry will serve on the FCC’s diversity and digital empowerment committee, Chairman Ajit Pai announced Friday.

  • September 11, 2017

    Nonunion Workers Deserve Weingarten Rights, NLRB GC Says

    The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel has concluded in a recent advice memorandum that two cases involving General Electric should be used to argue that so-called Weingarten rights, which enable union workers to insist on having representation during investigatory interviews that could reasonably result in discipline, should be extended to nonunion workplaces.

  • September 11, 2017

    Apple Can't Get Quick Judgment In FaceTime IP Suit

    Apple Inc. lost an attempt to toss patent infringement claims over its FaceTime application on Friday, when U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Straight Path IP Group Inc. adequately alleged infringement and that it was too soon to rule out whether it might be entitled to enhanced damages.

  • September 11, 2017

    FCC Trims Outdated Common Carrier Regs

    The Federal Communications Commission has issued an order to streamline and eliminate regulations pertaining to common carriers, which are highly regulated as utility services and currently include internet service providers.

  • September 11, 2017

    Waymo Can't Get Uber Analysis Docs In Trade Secrets Spat

    A California magistrate judge said Monday that Alphabet Inc. self-driving car unit Waymo LLC cannot get its hands on all documents detailing Uber’s efforts to locate files that the since-fired head of Uber’s autonomous vehicle program allegedly stole from Waymo, but it can get communications potentially laying out Uber’s reasons for firing him.

  • September 11, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: EssilorLuxottica, Vivint, IndusInd Bank

    The European Commission will seriously scrutinize the megamerger of eyewear giants Essilor and Luxottica, Blackstone is preparing to either sell or list smart-home technology company Vivint, and IndusInd Bank could buy Bharat Financial Inclusion in a deal valuing the Indian microfinance provider at roughly $2.2 billion.

  • September 11, 2017

    Litigation Risk Ebbs Even As Data Hacks Rise, Report Says

    Despite data hacks dominating the headlines and becoming a fact of everyday life, the risk companies face of being sued following a breach remains relatively low as consumers continue to face difficulties establishing an injury, a new report by Bryan Cave LLP says.

Expert Analysis

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • How Insurers Can Respond To Disruptive Technology

    Huhnsik Chung

    In an age where technology is poised to disrupt the existing landscape, insurers who embrace the changes and turn them into opportunities will thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace, say Huhnsik Chung and Christina Cerutti of Baker McKenzie.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • Panel-Dependent Fed. Circ. Decisions For 101 Challenges?

    Yar Chaikovsky

    Last week, a divided panel at the Federal Circuit applied an analytical framework in Visual Memory v. Nvidia that appears to be inconsistent with the framework applied in a number of previous Federal Circuit decisions on Section 101 motions at the Rule 12(b)(6) stage, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Rebuttal

    Discovery Proportionality: A Defense View

    Alan Hoffman

    A recent Law360 guest article offered a plaintiff’s guide to discovery proportionality, focusing on recent amendments to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. But proportionality is achieved by collaboration, not by mechanistically applying rules. When lawyers work together to establish the nature and scope of discovery, disputes can be avoided, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Candy Lab And The Changing Reality Of Augmented Reality

    Kimberly Culp

    Augmented reality game developers recently scored major points when a Wisconsin federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in the Candy Lab case, prohibiting Milwaukee from enforcing an ordinance limiting the use of augmented reality and location-based applications, say Kimberly Culp and Taylor Sachs of Venable LLP.

  • FTC V. Qualcomm: The Balance Between Patents And Antitrust

    Derek Dahlgren

    Qualcomm’s position outside of the court has largely been to defend its licensing practices rather than to deny the Federal Trade Commission's accusations. But the California federal judge's recent order denying the motion to dismiss amounts to agreeing that Qualcomm’s behavior, as alleged by the FTC, would be anti-competitive if true, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.