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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.