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Technology

  • July 16, 2018

    NY Judge Won’t Approve Xerox Deal Or Say What To Do

    A New York judge raised concerns over a shareholder deal with Xerox Corp. over its abandoned plans to merge with Fujifilm Holdings Corp., expressing puzzlement at a hearing Monday over the appearance of certain terms and rejecting a request to clarify what the investors’ lawyers should do next.

  • July 16, 2018

    IBM Seeks $167M From Groupon For Infringing Web Patents

    IBM Corp. told a federal jury in Delaware on Monday that Groupon Inc. should pay about $166.5 million in damages for infringing four of what it described as widely licensed IBM patents that helped make early public use of the internet faster and more efficient.

  • July 16, 2018

    Delivery Co. Fights Couriers' Suit Seeking Fees As Tips

    A courier service that uses a mobile app to pair bicyclists and drivers with people who request a delivery argued Monday that its workers operate under federal, not Massachusetts, labor laws and must lose their class action seeking a piece of the company’s delivery fees.

  • July 16, 2018

    Ex-Apple Engineer Denies Stealing Self-Driving Car IP

    A former Apple employee accused of illegally downloading the tech giant's proprietary information related to self-driving cars before taking a job with a Chinese self-driving car company pled not guilty in California federal court Monday to trade secret theft.

  • July 16, 2018

    DC Circ. Refuses To Delay Gov’t Ban Against Kaspersky

    Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab Inc. lost its bid at the D.C. Circuit for an emergency stay of a rule that bans the use of the company’s antivirus software on government networks.

  • July 16, 2018

    Most Of Ad Publishers' Claims Against Google Axed

    A California federal judge on Friday tossed all putative class claims and most individual claims, with leave to amend in some cases, in a suit claiming Google LLC is refusing to provide refunds to both advertising publishers and their clients after shutting down their accounts for apparent violations of its policy.

  • July 16, 2018

    Yahoo Email Users Seek Class Cert. In Data Breach MDL

    A putative class of Yahoo users sought certification Friday in multidistrict litigation over three data breaches that affected billions of email accounts, telling a California federal judge that the case was governed by common questions about Yahoo’s conduct and customer contracts.

  • July 16, 2018

    Three Research Firms Awarded Part Of $28B DOD R&D Deal

    Three nonprofit research firms have been awarded slots on an up to $28 billion deal to provide chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense research and development work for the U.S. Department of Defense, the DOD announced.

  • July 16, 2018

    Facebook Users Seek Info In Cambridge Analytica Ch. 7

    Consumers leading litigation stemming from Cambridge Analytica’s alleged amassing of more than 87 million Facebook users’ private data asked a New York bankruptcy judge to order the political consulting firm to cough up information about its financial condition and to let them serve a document-preservation subpoena on the debtor.

  • July 16, 2018

    Blackbird Scores Fed. Circ. Win In Lighting IP Row

    Blackbird Technologies, a Boston patent litigation company founded by former BigLaw partners, notched a victory at the Federal Circuit on Monday, when the court revived infringement lawsuits it brought against companies over a patent related to energy-efficient lighting.

  • July 16, 2018

    Baker McKenzie Adds Littler Mendelson Employment Duo

    A pair of Littler Mendelson PC litigators, who have represented management at major technology giants and retailers in high-profile putative class actions, have joined Baker McKenzie's employment and compensation practice in San Francisco, the firm announced recently.

  • July 16, 2018

    Weather Forecast Co. Fending Off Suit Over Sunken Ship

    A Florida federal judge on Monday gave insurers one more shot at amending their suit accusing weather forecasting system provider StormGeo Corp. of being liable for the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, which left its 33 crew members dead and all the vessel's cargo destroyed.

  • July 16, 2018

    DLA Piper Adds IP, Tech Partner To Los Angeles Office

    DLA Piper has added a partner from McDermott Will & Emery LLP to its intellectual property and technology practice in Los Angeles, the firm announced Friday.

  • July 16, 2018

    Blue Spike Hits Roku With ITC Petition On Streaming Patents

    Data patent holder Blue Spike LLC has accused smart TV company Roku Inc. of importing streaming products that violate the Texas company’s intellectual property rights, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban future infringing imports.

  • July 16, 2018

    USPTO Urges Justices To Deny Review Of Web Patent Suit

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has fired back at a bid for U.S. Supreme Court review by the owner of a web linking patent found invalid after it was challenged by Google, saying there is "no basis" for the owner’s arguments that the Federal Circuit had flouted precedent.

  • July 16, 2018

    Pai Rejects Sen.'s Concern Tribes Lacked Input On 5G Rule

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has rebuffed a Democratic senator's concerns the agency didn’t adequately consult with Native American tribes before making a rule change allowing wireless carriers to sidestep historic preservation and environmental reviews for the small-cell fixtures used for next-generation 5G networks.

  • July 16, 2018

    Missouri AG Seeks Sanctions On Backpage For Lawsuit

    The Missouri Attorney General asked a Missouri federal court Monday to levy sanctions on sex ad website Backpage.com, saying the company’s guilty pleas for human trafficking show that its suit claiming it was the innocent victim of a “witch hunt” was filed under false premises.

  • July 16, 2018

    Wealth Manager Leads 4 IPO Launches Surpassing $1.1B

    Four companies launched initial public offerings on Monday that could raise more than $1.1 billion combined, led by a wealth management firm plus an oil producer, cybersecurity firm and drug manufacturer that are seeking to go public while the summer IPO market remains hot.

  • July 13, 2018

    Arista Says Cisco Cost It $160M As Antitrust Trial Nears

    Just weeks before trial in Arista Networks Inc.’s antitrust suit against Cisco Systems Inc., the parties squared off Friday in California federal court over Arista's bid to introduce expert testimony that it lost about $160 million after Cisco asserted copyright violations to block sales of competing ethernet switches.

  • July 13, 2018

    Google Gets Protective Order For Staff In Anti-Male Bias Suit

    A California judge on Friday ordered a former Google engineer who filed a putative class action alleging the tech company discriminates against conservative, white male workers to redact identifying information from court filings about non-party Google employees who the company says are now being threatened online.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • The 1st Judicial Finding That Digital Tokens Are Securities

    Deborah Meshulam

    A Florida magistrate judge's finding last month that tokens issued and sold by technology startup Centra Tech are investment contracts could serve as a road map for the evaluation of token sales in other cases, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Another Decision In Goldman Code Theft Case

    Jonathan Waisnor

    The Aleynikov case demonstrates that employees who attempt to use the proprietary source code of their former employers without authorization may face not only the risk of civil liability, but also prosecution under local criminal statutes. And they could also face liability under the recently expanded federal Economic Espionage Act, says Jonathan Waisnor of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. 

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Managing The Risks Of Emerging Construction Technologies

    Gary Brown

    As buildings incorporate increasingly advanced features, the risks associated with technology failures — and resulting defect claims against those involved in the buildings' design and construction — become greater. Owners and contractors presenting these technologies to end users should explore nontraditional approaches in contracts and insurance to better mitigate these risks, says Gary Brown of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

  • The Robot’s Invention: Patent Considerations In AI

    Eric Sophir

    Identifying inventorship for artificial intelligence-enabled technology is especially challenging because there may be different parties generating the initial model, training the model and providing the known data to train the model. Indeed, these parties may even have competing interests, say Eric Sophir and Kamyar Maserrat of Dentons and Tanguy de Carbonnieres of Fannie Mae.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • 2 Takeaways From The AT&T-Time Warner Ruling

    Nathaniel Wackman

    A D.C. federal judge's decision last month in United States v. AT&T contains important insights that will be influential well beyond the confines of the now-completed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner, say Nathaniel Wackman and Lee Van Voorhis of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Reading The China Tariff Tea Leaves

    Mark Ludwikowski

    With tariffs against some $250 billion of Chinese goods taking effect Friday, U.S. companies that do business with China are wondering what happens next. While China is the more export-dependent country, it is unlikely to face the sort of industry protests and lobbying aimed at the Trump administration in opposition of the tariffs, says Mark Ludwikowski of Clark Hill PLC.

  • GDPR Gameplay: Privacy Issues For Video Game Developers

    Roger Wylie

    Independent video game developers may collect and utilize data from users to improve their games or release new content — and they may not be prepared for the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, say Roger Wylie and Frank Johnson Jr. of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.