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Technology

  • November 16, 2018

    Activists See Net Neutrality As Civil Rights Battleground

    Almost a year after the FCC's decision to upend its so-called net neutrality rules, public interest groups are pushing Congress to restore those rules while casting their absence as a civil rights issue likely to silence minority voices.

  • November 16, 2018

    Bill Would Give FCC More Power To Punish Robocallers

    A bipartisan pair of senators introduced legislation Thursday aimed at staunching the flood of robocalls to consumers’ phones, laying out harsher penalties against marketers and scammers who use automatic dialing devices and giving the Federal Communications Commission more power to go after lawbreakers.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Revives Computer Security Patent Axed Under Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court ruling that a computer security patent asserted against HTC Corp. is invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice standard, saying the patent is not directed to an abstract idea.

  • November 16, 2018

    Perkins Coie Snags Digital Currency Partner From SEC

    A former branch chief of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has joined Perkins Coie LLP’s blockchain technology and digital currency industry group in Washington, D.C., as a partner.

  • November 16, 2018

    Rivals.com Users Get Final OK On Settlement With Yahoo

    A California federal judge has approved a settlement between Yahoo Inc. and users of college sports site Rivals.com, ending a suit in which Yahoo was accused of violating state consumer protection laws by automatically renewing subscriptions to the site.

  • November 16, 2018

    Feds' Late Evidence Causes Mistrial In $16M Fraud Suit

    The fraud trial of a former U.S. Department of Defense official and a government contractor accused of partaking in a $15.7 million kickback scheme will have to start over, a Virginia federal judge has ruled, finding the men might've switched up their trial tactics if they had had time to review thousands of documents prosecutors revealed midtrial.

  • November 16, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Jones Day, Simpson, Gibson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, SAP SE inks an $8 billion cash deal for Qualtrics International Inc., Veritas Capital and Elliott Management affiliate Evergreen Coast Capital takes Athenahealth private for $5.7 billion, and Johnson Controls sells its power solutions business to Brookfield Business Partners for $13.2 billion.

  • November 16, 2018

    MoFo, Jones Day Steer BlackBerry’s $1.4B Cylance Buy

    BlackBerry Ltd. on Friday said it will take over private equity-backed cybersecurity and artificial intelligence firm Cylance in a $1.4 billion deal, with Morrison & Foerster LLP steering the buyer and Jones Day guiding the Irvine, California-based seller.

  • November 16, 2018

    Sidley Snags Former Milbank Tweed Corporate Practice Pro

    Sidley Austin LLP said it has hired a former Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP corporate attorney with more than 30 years of experience advising companies, private equity sponsors and executives to bolster its corporate group in Los Angeles.

  • November 16, 2018

    Employers May Follow Tech Titans' Lead On Arbitration

    Google and Facebook’s recent pledges to stop making workers arbitrate sexual misconduct claims underscore a surge in public skepticism toward mandating arbitration of workplace disputes, a trend that experts say may lead to more businesses taking a second look at their policies.

  • November 15, 2018

    US Must Use 'Full Toolkit' To Fight Cybercrime: Ex-DOJ Chief

    John P. Carlin, who ran the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division before going into private practice, tells Law360 how a deterrence campaign can help America win its "code war" against Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. He also shares advice for firms deciding whether to tell authorities about cyberattacks.

  • November 15, 2018

    Goodwin Taps Ex-Gunderson Pro With Capital Markets Chops

    Global law firm Goodwin Procter LLP said it has hired a former Gunderson Dettmer capital markets attorney with extensive experience in the life sciences, telecommunications and technology industries to strengthen Goodwin’s technology companies, life sciences and capital markets practices.

  • November 15, 2018

    Tata Exec Defends Firing Practices In Discrimination Trial

    Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.’s head of workplace effectiveness defended the company’s firing practices Thursday during a trial over class allegations that Tata discriminates against non-South Asians, testifying that the company recently raised its retention rates to over 80 percent of workers.

  • November 15, 2018

    Dell Ups VMWare Stock Swap Offer Amid Pressure From Icahn

    Dell on Thursday sweetened the terms of its anticipated stock swap with subsidiary VMWare to $120 per share and agreed to give investors the opportunity to elect a new director, after activist investor Carl Icahn blasted the “insulting” terms of a deal that would see the tech giant rejoin the public market.

  • November 15, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Director Deemed Responsible In Ch. 7

    The elusive director of scandal-plagued political consulting shop Cambridge Analytica LLC has been designated the "person responsible" for the bankrupt entity in its Chapter 7 case, a move that could aid the beleaguered attorneys at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP who've been trying to withdraw as the debtor's counsel for months.

  • November 15, 2018

    USPTO Testing AI Software To Help Examiners ID Prior Art

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is testing new software that gives patent examiners additional tools to identify whether a patent application incorporates existing technology, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu said Thursday.

  • November 15, 2018

    Direct Capacitor Buyers Win Cert. In Price-Fixing MDL

    Four U.S. companies won their bid to certify a direct buyer class in sprawling multidistrict litigation in California federal court alleging dozens of overseas capacitor manufacturers plotted to boost the price of the electronic component in a decadelong scheme.

  • November 15, 2018

    Justices Urged To Ax Fed. Circ. Ruling Restricting Alice

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation and T-Mobile, among others, have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Federal Circuit decision that made it harder for courts to quickly invalidate patents for claiming patent-ineligible material, saying that the ruling has far-reaching consequences for patent litigation and innovation.

  • November 15, 2018

    Inside Icahn's Battle Over Dell's VMware Stock Swap

    Activist investor Carl Icahn is digging in his heels over Dell's plans to buy back a tracking stock tied to subsidiary VMware and relist itself in the process, in a battle reminiscent of the activist investor’s efforts to derail a private equity-backed take-private of the tech giant five years ago. Here, Law360 recaps the turbulent history between Icahn and Dell.

  • November 15, 2018

    AI Processor Co. Habana Labs Nabs $75M Series B Funding

    Artificial intelligence processor startup Habana Labs Ltd. on Thursday said it nabbed $75 million in an oversubscribed series B funding round led by Intel Corp.’s venture capital arm.

Expert Analysis

  • Consider Potential Risks Of Scraping Publicly Available Data

    Kris Kappel

    One legal regime currently wrestling with the concept of data scraping is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. An important distinction that is emerging from the CFAA case law is whether the targeted data is publicly available or private and protected, say Kris Kappel and Liam Reilly of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • What To Expect From New Democratic Investigation Efforts

    Reginald Brown

    The new Democratic House majority is expected to direct much of its attention to executive branch oversight and accountability. Companies and their legal counsel should be prepared for a dramatically changed collateral environment as investigations cover a wide range of topics, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Considering Blockchain In The Electricity Industry

    Mark Sundback

    Because blockchain could fundamentally change how electricity is supplied and consumed in the future, traditional utilities should consider ways to leverage this technology, while regulators must update practices that impede the use of blockchain in the industry, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hamilton LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • A Look At Tax Code Section 199's Last Stand

    Kevin Spencer

    The IRS has increased scrutiny for Internal Revenue Code Section 199 deductions taken against profits from film, computer software, electricity, natural gas, potable water, tangible personal property and certain sound recordings. Though 199 was repealed by tax reform, battles over this contentious deduction are sure to continue for some time, say attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • San Francisco Starts Down Road To Autonomous Vehicle Tax

    Benjamin Ebbink

    California Assembly Bill 1184, passed in September, authorizes a new tax on privately owned autonomous vehicles. This is likely the first of many pieces of similar legislation across the nation as policymakers grapple with the impact of automated technology on the economy and the job market, says Benjamin Ebbink of Fisher & Phillips LLP.

  • How Blockchain Can Certify Global Supply Chains

    Rebecca Campbell

    Companies in mining and other industries are seeking to demonstrate the sustainability and ethical integrity of their products and supply chains. Because of its ability to improve transparency and accountability through incorruptible data sharing, blockchain may be ideal for this purpose, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Watch For Antitrust Developments North Of The Border

    Mohsen Seddigh

    Next month, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Godfrey v. Sony Corporation, which could be one of the most important antitrust cases to ever come before the court. The decision on "umbrella purchasers" will determine the viability of some future Canadian antitrust class actions, says Mohsen Seddigh of Sotos LLP.