Technology

  • May 19, 2017

    Judicial Watch Sues FCC Over Title II Documents

    Judicial Watch has filed suit in D.C. federal court in pursuit of documents concerning the Obama administration’s influence in the Federal Communications Commission's decision to reclassify broadband as a public utility, with its president saying the records could reveal the former White House “rigged the power grab for the internet.”

  • May 19, 2017

    Microsoft Files Suits Over Stolen Xbox Accounts, Currencies

    Microsoft Corp. filed a trio of suits in California federal court Friday alleging that a slew of websites run by Chinese companies and residents have reaped millions of dollars by selling access to stolen Microsoft accounts, as well as fraudulently acquired virtual gaming currencies, which allow Xbox users to buy upgrades and enhancements.

  • May 19, 2017

    Apple Not A Victim Of Monopoly, Nokia Tells Court

    Nokia asked a Texas federal judge Thursday to toss antitrust counterclaims by Apple in a patent infringement suit over video compression technology, calling the tech giant’s protestations that it was the victim of a monopoly a meritless attempt to impede Nokia’s infringement claims.

  • May 19, 2017

    Va. Man Charged With $100M Fitbit Stock Manipulation Fraud

    Manhattan federal prosecutors on Friday charged a Virginia man with orchestrating a $100 million stock manipulation scheme using shares of Fitbit, in which he posed as an officer of a Chinese company and tendered a sham offer for all of the wearable technology company’s outstanding stock.

  • May 19, 2017

    GOP Lawmakers Dive Into Digital Currency Records Row

    Republican congressional leaders have demanded information from the Internal Revenue Service about the agency's efforts to collect information on digital currency transactions, citing concerns over a John Doe summons the IRS issued for records of a digital currency broker’s customers in December.

  • May 19, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Courtroom Note-Passing App

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products aimed at aiding lawyers coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven major recent developments in legal tech.

  • May 19, 2017

    Yahoo Sports Seeks Quick Win In Recurring Payments Suit

    Yahoo Inc. asked a California federal judge to dismiss a proposed class action brought by subscribers to its college football and basketball recruiting-focused site, arguing Friday that the individual who brought the suit is just suffering from buyer’s remorse.

  • May 19, 2017

    Intel Investors Seek $2M Attys' Fees In Anti-Poach Suit

    Attorneys for Intel Corp. shareholders urged a California judge Friday to award $2 million in attorneys’ fees for their recently tossed derivative suit, alleging Intel executives made illegal deals with other tech companies not to hire away workers, arguing Intel instituted more stringent hiring guidelines as a result of their litigation.

  • May 19, 2017

    SBA, As Receiver, Not 'Gov't' In FCA Case, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit has refused to revive a former executive's reverse False Claims Act suit against a software company for allegedly avoiding its obligation to pay accrued dividends to a shareholder being run by the U.S. Small Business Administration, saying the agency was acting as a receiver and not a governmental actor.

  • May 19, 2017

    Google Worker Can Compel Discovery In Confidentiality Row

    A San Francisco judge said Friday he would allow limited discovery to figure out whether the National Labor Relations Act covers the claims in a putative class action alleging Google’s confidentiality policies flout whistleblower and First Amendment rights, and if that means the case must be enforced federally.

  • May 19, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Wachtell, Vinson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Thermo Fisher Scientific picks up a Dutch pharmaceutical company for $7.2 billion, Moody’s buys a business intelligence provider for $3.27 billion, and Yahoo prepares to buy back $3 billion of its common shares before its core business is acquired by Verizon.

  • May 19, 2017

    Ciber Nearly Doubles Asset Price To $93M After Auction

    Bankrupt information technology services firm Ciber Inc. received court approval Friday in Delaware for a $93 million sale of its assets following a successful Chapter 11 auction held earlier this week.

  • May 19, 2017

    8th Circ. Refuses To Clarify 401(k) Retiree Loss Ruling

    The Eighth Circuit issued a terse order Thursday refusing a rehearing bid by ABB Inc. on a March opinion that remanded for a second time a suit accusing the technology conglomerate of changing retirement plans for its own benefit.

  • May 19, 2017

    DC Circ. Says FAA Drone Rule Can't Apply To Model Aircraft

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone registration rule to the extent it applies to model aircraft, finding the agency does not have the authority to regulate such aircraft under a 2012 law.

  • May 19, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Toshiba, EDF, Ducati

    Second-round bids for Toshiba's multibillion-dollar memory chip business have been placed, the European Commission will approve EDF's acquisition of a majority stake in the nuclear reactor business of Areva and multiple suitors are interested in a possible acquisition of Italian motorcycle company Ducati.

  • May 19, 2017

    Ex-Google Engineer Says Judge Forcing Uber To Fire Him

    A federal judge is unlawfully forcing Uber to fire the former Google engineer at the center of a high-profile fight between the two companies over driverless car technology if he doesn’t waive his Fifth Amendment rights, the ex-employee said in a court filing Thursday.

  • May 19, 2017

    DOD Needs More Purchasing Flexibility, Innovation: Experts

    Fixing the Defense Department won’t come through individual projects like the Defense Industry Unit Experimental, a panel of experts said Friday, calling for more thorough reforms to the DOD’s approach to new technology.

  • May 19, 2017

    3 Firms To Guide IPOs Totaling $549M Led By PE-Backed Deal

    Three firms are set to steer initial public offerings totaling about $549 million the week of May 22, led by a private-equity backed cable giant and two technology companies, representing a modest slate of deals as volume softens heading into Memorial Day weekend.

  • May 18, 2017

    Judge Threatens To Sanction $170M Disney Deal Objectors

    A California federal judge threatened to sanction two Disney producers on Thursday for challenging multiple pending settlements totaling $170 million that would end allegations Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks and other studios agreed not to poach each other’s animators, saying the producers can’t hold up the deals because they’re not class members.

  • May 18, 2017

    Lawsuits Accusing Facebook Of Aiding Hamas Terror Tossed

    A New York federal judge Thursday dismissed two lawsuits against Facebook that had alleged the company allowed Palestinian terrorist groups such as Hamas to use its social media platform to recruit members and incite violence, finding that one claim lacked standing and another failed to state an actionable claim.

Expert Analysis

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Trump Cybersecurity Order: Ambitious Goals, Tight Timelines

    Heather Sussman

    The Trump administration’s first executive action on cybersecurity aims to jump-start cybersecurity risk management activities within the federal government. But with such short reporting deadlines, agencies may not be able to undertake meaningful risk assessments and planning activities, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Consider Ransomware Now So You Don’t WannaCry Later

    Roberta Anderson

    Last Friday, the largest ransomware infestation ever affected tens of thousands of organizations across the globe and a wide range of industry sectors. A well-negotiated insurance program will position an organization to be resilient in the face of the escalating threat of cyberextortion, says Roberta Anderson of Cohen & Grigsby PC.

  • The Meaning Of Spokeo, 365 Days And 430 Decisions Later

    Ezra Church

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision, nearly 60 percent of courts analyzing constitutional standing have determined that the plaintiff had Article III standing. Notably, the outcomes vary markedly by statute and forum, and have intensified in some ways over the last six months, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • The Concerns Surrounding Snap’s No-Vote Shares

    Brian Shea

    Beyond the magnitude of the offering and its implications for the broader deal pipeline, Snap’s initial public offering has raised interesting governance issues around its nonvoting shares, says Brian Shea of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • The Case For A Lawyer As Chief Operating Officer

    Nate Bennett

    It is wise to consider looking for a potential chief operating officer in what some might consider an unconventional place — the ranks of the legal profession. A risk-conscious attorney may serve as a good counterweight to a more enterprising CEO, say Dr. Nathan Bennett of Georgia State University and Matt Bedwell of The Miles Group LLC.

  • The Narrowing Scope Of Covered Business Method Review

    Ali Dhanani

    Covered business method reviews had proved to be an effective way to file petitions outside of the strict limitations of inter partes reviews. However, the Federal Circuit's recent decision in Secure Axcess v. PNC and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's ruling in Google v. HBAC will make it significantly harder to seek those reviews, says Ali Dhanani of Baker Botts LLP.

  • The Power Of A Transparent And Broad Privacy Policy

    Zuzana Ikels

    A California federal judge's recent decision in Smith v. Facebook is quite helpful for companies taking the position that data gathered through their websites, especially passive, casual browsers, does not constitute “protected health information” as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, say Zuzana Ikels and Erin Dunlap of Polsinelli PC.