Technology

  • February 23, 2018

    China's New VPN Crackdown 'Troubling,' US Tells WTO

    The U.S. expressed concern Friday over China’s new internet access rules that seem to impose restrictions on virtual private networks, telling the World Trade Organization that China has not provided the proper assurance on the rules’ effects on cross-border business before they come into force next month.

  • February 23, 2018

    Wilson Sonsini Adds Ex-Skadden National Security Pro In DC

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC on Thursday announced it has brought aboard a former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP associate for the firm's national security regulatory practice in Washington, D.C.

  • February 23, 2018

    FTC Sues Tech Cos. For Phony Computer Security Scam

    The Federal Trade Commission sued a California man and his defunct tech companies in federal court on Thursday, accusing them of facilitating a scheme to deceive older consumers into paying for phony computer protection that bilked them out of millions of dollars and stole their personal information.

  • February 23, 2018

    Goulston & Storrs Grows Corporate Team With Boston Hire

    A former Pepper Hamilton LLP partner has joined Goulston & Storrs PC in its Boston office, adding even more depth and experience to the firm’s corporate practice with a specialist in the middle-market mergers and acquisitions and private equity spaces.

  • February 23, 2018

    Patent Agent Emails Merit Privilege, Texas Justices Say

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday sided with an inventor and upended a trial court's order that he turn over more than 300 emails between himself and his nonattorney patent agent in a dispute over restaurant technology, holding that the communications are privileged under the state's evidence rules.

  • February 22, 2018

    Palantir Ordered To Turn Over Books, Records To Investor

    The bitter feud between Palantir Technologies Inc. and an early investor accused of stealing its trade secrets took another turn on Thursday after the Delaware Chancery Court ruled the secretive data analysis company must turn over internal information to KT4 Partners LLC.

  • February 22, 2018

    Judge Wants Class Attys' Billing Records In Qualcomm Row

    A California federal judge overseeing antitrust claims related to Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices asked attorneys for a putative class of chip buyers to hand over billing records while the case is ongoing, saying that although such records are typically reviewed at litigation’s end, “that is kind of too late” to ensure good-faith billing.

  • February 22, 2018

    Facebook Shouldn't Expect 'Fake News' Legal Woes, For Now

    Social media sites are facing heightened scrutiny amid charges that an army of Russia-based “bot” accounts meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google are largely immune from liability even if they unwittingly help spread propaganda, attorneys say.

  • February 22, 2018

    Capacitor Biz Faces Restitution For Price-Fixing Scheme

    A California federal judge on Wednesday shot down a request by the federal government and Elna Co. Ltd., deemed a small player in a capacitor price-fixing scheme, to take criminal restitution off the table, saying direct purchaser victims had a payment priority and Elna had not demonstrated inability to pay.

  • February 22, 2018

    Uber Defeats NYC Drivers' Collective Action Bid — For Now

    A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid by New York City drivers to certify a suit against Uber Technologies Inc. for alleged overtime and minimum wage law violations as a collective action, saying that almost all the relevant legal factors cut in the company's favor.

  • February 22, 2018

    FCC Faces Heat On Proposed Lifeline Subsidy Reforms

    The Federal Communications Commission fielded a bevy of comments on its proposals to reform the Lifeline phone subsidy program for low-income households ahead of Thursday’s deadline, with many blasting a ban on wireless services that rent infrastructure.

  • February 22, 2018

    Ex-Tech Co. CEO Admits Insider Trading In Co.'s Securities

    The former head of a Silicon Valley-based fiber optics company that Corning Inc. bought for more than $300 million in April 2016 has pled guilty to insider trading and tender offer fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2018

    Citing Aruba Appraisal Appeal, Attorney Seeks Dell Reset

    The lead counsel in three Delaware post-merger stock price challenges that failed to win higher prices urged a vice chancellor Thursday to stay two earlier, remanded cases pending appeal of the latest, or to reopen the appraisal case record for Dell’s $25 billion go-private deal in 2013.

  • February 22, 2018

    Google Hit With New Lawsuit Stemming From Damore Memo

    A former Google engineer on Wednesday accused the company in California state court of retaliating against him for expressing political opinions, including firing him after he took a strong stance against the opinions expressed in a now-public memo by fellow former employee James Damore.

  • February 22, 2018

    Comcast, Verizon Fight Fed. Circ. Redo After Alice Patent Win

    Comcast and Verizon urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday not to rehear claims by Two-Way Media over four invalidated streaming media patents, saying the panel decision does not contradict Federal Circuit precedent and that en banc review is not warranted.

  • February 22, 2018

    Net Neutrality Challenges Roll In After Rule Publication

    Official net neutrality lawsuits started to rain on federal courts Thursday along with the divisive Restoring Internet Freedom rule’s publication in the Federal Register, with the rule stating an effective date of April 23 for the deregulation.

  • February 22, 2018

    Qualcomm Blasts FTC's Special Master Bid In Antitrust Suit

    Qualcomm Inc. slammed the Federal Trade Commission’s request to have a special master appointed in an antitrust suit over the company’s licensing practices for standard-essential patents on Wednesday, telling a California federal judge that such a move would only complicate discovery proceedings set to close next month.

  • February 22, 2018

    Pa. Appeals Court Won't Revive USA Tech Derivative Suit

    A Pennsylvania appeals court said Thursday it would not revive a derivative lawsuit over inflated income reports by payment processor USA Technology Inc. as a result of the company’s failure to properly account for uncollectible debts from customers.

  • February 22, 2018

    3rd Circ. OKs FBI Malware Warrant In Child Porn Case

    The Third Circuit said Wednesday that a magistrate judge overstepped her authority when she let the FBI use malware to identify suspects in a massive child pornography sting, but broke new legal ground by ruling that the evidence was allowed because law enforcement had obtained the search warrant in good faith.

  • February 22, 2018

    Google's PTAB Loss On Ad Patents Affirmed At Fed. Circ.

    Google LLC took a hit Thursday when the Federal Circuit affirmed decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that upheld claims in two advertising technology patents that the company has been accused of infringing, rejecting its argument that the claims were obvious.

Expert Analysis

  • Autonomous Drones: Set To Fly, But May Not Comply

    Sara Baxenberg

    A California company has unveiled a fully autonomous "selfie" drone, which promises to stay trained on a moving subject, capturing footage while avoiding any obstacles. But a drone that flies itself may run afoul of a number of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, even if it has fancy obstacle detection and personal tracking, say Sara Baxenberg and Joshua Turner of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • A Look At US And EU Fintech Regulatory Frameworks

    Brian Christiansen

    The regulatory fragmentation on the federal level, and at the U.S. state and EU member state levels, presents challenges and uncertainty for many fintech companies. The resolution of these uncertainties will directly impact the evolution of this sector, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Delaware May Be The Right Jurisdiction For 'Smart' Orgs

    Matthew O’Toole

    As distributed ledgers and blockchains emerge as means for processing and recording corporate and commercial transactions, the Delaware LLC may become an attractive organizational form for next-generation "decentralized autonomous organizations," say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Worker Classification Questions Remain Post-GrubHub Win

    Art Lambert

    A California federal judge implied that her recent decision in Lawson v. GrubHub was a close call, which suggests there is a tipping point where a driver moves from the independent contractor classification to the employee classification. However, when exactly that happens is still up in the air, says Art Lambert of Fisher Phillips.

  • A Back-To-Basics Approach To Patent Damages Law

    Aaron Fahrenkrog

    The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Finjan demonstrates how creating patent-specific rules for damages creates uncertainty for future litigants. The patent community would benefit from the law of patent damages returning to fundamental tort and evidentiary principles, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • 4 Ways Blockchain Will Transform The Insurance Industry

    Daniel Marvin

    Blockchain holds huge potential for the insurance industry, enabling the use of smart contracts as well as new methods of fighting insurance fraud and keeping records. It may be some time before the technology is widely adopted, but insurers should consider getting ahead of the curve now, says Daniel Marvin of Morrison Mahoney LLP.

  • Google Equal Pay Case Could Have Far-Reaching Impact

    Debra Ellwood Meppen

    Following the recent filing of an amended complaint, if the class action is certified in Kelly Ellis v. Google — a case alleging gender-based pay discrimination — ramifications will trickle down into every business, large or small, that employs men and women, say Debra Ellwood Meppen and Laurie DeYoung of Gordon & Rees LLP.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.