Technology

  • October 16, 2017

    Former RadioShack Employees Object To Del. Ch. 11 Plan

    A group of former employees suing defunct RadioShack over botched mass layoffs urged a Delaware bankruptcy court Monday to shoot down the electronic retailer’s proposed Chapter 11 plan, saying it provides no information on how RadioShack will pay for the proposed class action if the laid-off workers prevail.

  • October 16, 2017

    High Court To Weigh Microsoft Overseas Data Warrant Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a Second Circuit decision that the federal government can’t use search warrants to access user data stored overseas by service providers such as Microsoft.

  • October 13, 2017

    Yahoo's Info On 2B Hacked Accounts Doesn't Satisfy Judge

    The California federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over Yahoo's 2013 data breach said Friday that recent revelations that 2 billion additional accounts were impacted put the case "back at square one," and expressed frustration at the amount of information Yahoo has revealed about the hack's broadened scope.

  • October 13, 2017

    Google Sharing App User Data Without Permission, Suit Says

    Google has breached its contract with Wallet users who buy apps through its Play store by sharing their email addresses, phone numbers and other personal data with third-party app developers without their permission, according to a putative class action recently removed to California federal court.

  • October 13, 2017

    Mediation, Trial Set In TracFone-Simply Wireless Dispute

    A Florida federal judge has ordered Simply Wireless and TracFone to mediate TracFone’s suit accusing Simply Wireless of taking free airtime that TracFone provided for new customers and selling that time to existing users, while also setting a trial date for next summer, according to an order issued Friday.

  • October 13, 2017

    4 Firms To Guide IPOs Surpassing $1.8B

    Four firms are set to guide five initial public offerings estimated to raise more than $1.8 billion during the week of Oct. 16 as activity accelerates in what is regarded as a sweet spot on the IPO calendar.

  • October 13, 2017

    GAO To Probe FCC 'Attack' In Net Neutrality Row

    The Government Accountability Office said Friday it will probe a reported cyberattack of the Federal Communications Commission that may have disrupted public comment over net neutrality, in an investigation a former FCC bureau chief hopes will answer lingering questions over whether the episode was, in fact, an “attack.”

  • October 13, 2017

    Patent Litigator Goes After Wearables For Seniors

    Frequent patent-litigation plaintiff SportBrain sued Reemo Health LLC in Illinois federal court on Friday over Reemo's wearable devices and smart tech for seniors, saying they infringe a SportBrain patent covering the capture of personal data in mobile devices.

  • October 13, 2017

    SunEdison Can End IP Contract With Korean Co., Judge Rules

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Friday found that a supply and license agreement between SunEdison Inc. and a Korean company it helped create to manufacture solar materials is governed by New York law and was properly terminated, allowing SunEdison to sell the patent rights to the production process.

  • October 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Smartphone Makers' ITC Win Under Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling that found a Creative Technology Ltd. media player patent is invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision, sealing a win for various smartphone makers, including Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

  • October 13, 2017

    Del. Court Tosses Ripple, R3 Crypto-Cash Contract Clash

    Citing lack of jurisdiction under any theory, a Delaware court on Friday dismissed a potential $1.3 billion contract breach claim filed by enterprise software firm R3 HoldCo LLC against blockchain developer Ripple Labs and its XRP cryptocurrency subsidiary.

  • October 13, 2017

    Auto Software Maker Wants Rival's Sales Halted

    An Illinois-based maker of software that lets car buffs “tune” their rides asked a Washington federal judge Thursday to stop a rival from selling competing products at an upcoming trade show it claims were made with hacked trade secrets.

  • October 13, 2017

    Media Wants Rethink Of Gag Orders On FBI Data Requests

    Media organizations including The New York Times Co. and Dow Jones & Co. Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit Thursday to rehear a decision ending a constitutional challenge to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's use of national security letters that bar service providers from telling users about government requests for their data.

  • October 13, 2017

    Uber Appeals London License Ban, Will 'Make Things Right'

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Friday appealed to a London court a decision by the city’s transportation regulator to strip the company of its license to operate, buying itself time to continue offering its ride-hailing services in the British capital while negotiating with officials to reinstate its license, saying it will "make things right."

  • October 13, 2017

    Deal Makers' Interest In Tech M&A Continues To Rise

    The market for tech mergers and acquisitions is expected to pick up as private equity and corporate acquirers alike look to stay ahead of the competition, meaning more intense bidding wars and increasingly complex due diligence processes are on the horizon for deal makers and their legal advisers.

  • October 13, 2017

    Tech Co. Wins Intelligence Agency's $1B IT Management Deal

    Science and technology company Leidos has won an almost $1 billion contract to provide information technology management services to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, according to a statement Thursday.

  • October 13, 2017

    Canon Defends $1.8M Attys’ Fees In Memory Card IP Row

    Canon Inc. on Thursday asked the Federal Circuit to uphold a ruling saying that the holders of two flash memory card reader patents owe it nearly $1.8 million in attorneys’ fees after an exceptional infringement case, reasoning that their flimsy arguments underscore that the court did not abuse its discretion.

  • October 13, 2017

    Arent Fox IP Litigation Duo Joins Crowell & Moring In SF

    Crowell & Moring LLP has hired two Arent Fox LLP intellectual property litigators for its litigation group in San Francisco, bolstering the firm’s ability to serve clients in high-stakes disputes involving technology innovation, Crowell & Moring said Thursday.

  • October 13, 2017

    Uber Says Waymo Can't Fish For Source Code Before Trial

    Uber urged a California federal judge Thursday not to force it to surrender its self-driving car source code to Waymo LLC, saying Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit shouldn’t be allowed to go on a “carte-blanche fishing expedition” to reinvent its entire case with just two months before trial.

  • October 12, 2017

    France Attack Widow Says Google, Facebook, Twitter Aid ISIS

    A Texas woman whose husband and son were killed in an attack in Nice, France, last year by members of the Islamic State group, commonly known as ISIS, filed a lawsuit in California federal court on Thursday alleging that Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. allowed the terrorist group to use their social networks as a tool for spreading propaganda and growing its base.

Expert Analysis

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • How Hotel Owners Can Respond To Evolving Technology

    Samantha Ahuja

    As the role of guest-facing technology proliferates and brands update their standards, hotels and hotel managers must negotiate their management and franchise agreements in order to protect themselves, say attorneys with Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • Defensive Patenting Strategies For Blockchain Innovators

    Leslie Spencer

    In response to blockchain patenting activity, blockchain companies and other stakeholders have begun collaborating to develop a patent pledge or patent pool for patents related to blockchain technology, say Leslie Spencer and Marta Belcher of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 4 Takeaways From FTC V. D-Link Systems

    Janis Kestenbaum

    A California federal court's recent ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. D-Link Systems suggests that, without evidence of misuse of data, the FTC will be hard-pressed to demonstrate that a heightened risk of exposure of personal data constitutes the requisite “substantial injury” for an unfairness claim, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Mitigating Securities Litigation Risk From Software Problems

    Gerard Pecht

    Public companies can face significant securities litigation risk over defective algorithms, data errors and software glitches. Even companies that follow best practices in software development can face liability for unexpected problems if they do not also follow best practices from a disclosure standpoint, say Gerard Pecht and Peter Stokes of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Employers Should Be Wary Of Turning Over Employee Info

    Meg Inomata

    An administrative law judge's recent decision to substantially limit the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s demand for employee contact information from Google demonstrates that employers can, and should, request judicial intervention before producing their employees’ confidential information for the government, private litigants or opposing counsel, says Meg Inomata of Vedder Price PC.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.