Technology

  • April 25, 2018

    ITC Bans Certain Chinese Mobile Device Mounts In IP Case

    A general exclusion order by the U.S. International Trade Commission that blocks the import of patent-infringing magnetic mobile device stands from a slew of Chinese companies was finalized on Tuesday after the end of a presidential review period.

  • April 25, 2018

    EU Invests Funds, Working On Standards To Spur AI Growth

    The European Commission on Wednesday stepped up its efforts to be a global leader in artificial intelligence, announcing the investment of €1.5 billion ($1.83 billion) to boost research in the transportation, health care and other key sectors and revealing plans to develop ethical guidelines and product liability standards before the end of next year.

  • April 25, 2018

    Software Startup Atlassian Raises $850M In Convertible Bonds

    Goodwin Procter LLP and Cooley LLP advised on a private $850 million senior notes offering for Australian software company Atlassian Corp. Plc that is expected to generate nearly $841.3 million in proceeds for working capital and potential acquisitions, the company said Wednesday.

  • April 25, 2018

    Game Maker Says Teen Player Can’t Dodge Copyright Suit

    The maker of the popular “Fortnite” video game urged a North Carolina federal court on Monday to keep alive its copyright infringement suit against a teenage gamer it says is popularizing cheat codes, arguing its user agreement barring cheating is valid even though the player is underage.

  • April 25, 2018

    Facebook Investor Sues Over Cambridge Analytica Cover-Up

    Fallout over the Cambridge Analytica scandal continued Wednesday when a Facebook investor hit the social media giant’s leadership with a stockholder derivative suit in Delaware’s Chancery Court, seeking “extraordinary equitable relief” on claims that founder Mark Zuckerberg and the company’s top brass breached their fiduciary duty by hiding the scandal.

  • April 25, 2018

    Google Fights Uber's Intervention In Ex-Execs' Arbitration

    Google LLC told a California appeals court Wednesday that Uber Technologies Inc. shouldn’t be allowed to intervene in its arbitration with two former employees accused of defecting to Uber with stolen trade secrets, arguing during a hearing that Uber is not a party to it and "can't keep jumping in on the sidelines."

  • April 25, 2018

    Nike, FitBit, Others Seek Atty Fees For Data Uploading IP Suit

    GoPro, Nike, Fitbit and several other companies that beat lawsuits filed by Cellspin Soft Inc. alleging their fitness-tracking and GPS devices infringed its data uploading patent asked a federal court Tuesday to award them attorneys' fees for having to defend a "meritless" case.

  • April 25, 2018

    WhatsApp Raises EU Age Requirement Ahead Of Data Rule

    Online messaging service WhatsApp said it is raising its minimum age requirement from 13 to 16 years old in the European Union, the latest policy change by a tech giant attempting to comply with the 28-nation bloc's new data protection rule.

  • April 25, 2018

    SEC's $35M Yahoo Fine Lacks Bite Without Targeting Execs

    A $35 million SEC fine levied against Altaba Inc., the company formerly known as Yahoo, for failing to disclose a massive 2014 data breach is a wake-up call for other companies to put disclosure procedures in place and use them, but the message would have been louder and clearer had individual company executives been held liable, legal experts said Wednesday.

  • April 25, 2018

    Corporate Attys Increasingly Steering Biz Strategy, GCs Say

    A corporate law department is expected to be at the forefront of the changes a business needs to make, not acting passively and waiting to be engaged, which historically was the case, a panel of general counsel from three technology companies said on Wednesday.

  • April 25, 2018

    Elio Motors Puts Brakes On IPO, Pursues Coin Offering

    Three-wheeled carmaker Elio Motors Inc. on Wednesday scrapped its plans for a $100 million initial public offering, one day after the company said it would ride the cryptocurrency route and pursue a coin offering to fund production of its yet-to-be-made vehicle.

  • April 25, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Preserves Sharper Image Owner's PTAB Petitions

    The Federal Circuit issued a stay on Wednesday of a district judge’s injunction requiring the company that owns the Sharper Image brand to withdraw its petitions for inter partes review of patents on virtual reality accessories.

  • April 25, 2018

    Cable, Consumer Groups Fight For Next-Gen TV Safeguards

    Groups representing cable programmers and consumers are pushing the Federal Communications Commission to rethink some aspects of its newly approved next-generation TV broadcasting standard, saying the agency neglected safeguards to ensure continued viewership and reasonable retransmission rates.

  • April 25, 2018

    Defying Trump, Macron Calls For Scaling Back Trade Blitz

    Addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a measured and diplomatic approach to global trade policy in open defiance of the Trump administration, which has made a flurry of aggressive enforcement maneuvers in recent months.

  • April 25, 2018

    Capacitor Buyers Seek Approval Of $20M In Antitrust Deals

    Buyers of electrical parts known as capacitors have reached $20 million in settlements with various manufacturers alleged to have jacked up prices on the products and on Tuesday sought a California federal court's preliminary approval of the deals after nearly four years of antitrust litigation.

  • April 25, 2018

    Bill Would Let Feds Quickly Ban Software From Gov't Use

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill that would give the federal government authority to ban the use of private companies' software across government without notice, in a measure she said would help shield federal computer systems from foreign attacks.

  • April 25, 2018

    Network Advocate Joins Net Neutrality Rollback Challengers

    Incompas, an advocacy group representing streaming services and other online platforms, has joined the latest round of net neutrality litigation, announcing it filed a D.C. Circuit petition Tuesday that calls for the Federal Communications Commission’s recent rule deregulation to be reversed.

  • April 25, 2018

    VC-Backed DocuSign Raises IPO Target To $582M

    Venture-backed electronic signature company DocuSign Inc. on Wednesday increased the target range of its initial public offering to raise up to $592 million, marking the second technology startup this week to beef up its IPO forecast just before pricing.

  • April 25, 2018

    4 Things Lawyers Need To Know About Data Center Deals

    Last year was a record year for data center investment, and demand for storage is only growing. Here, Law360 looks at four things lawyers need to keep in mind to make their clients' data center deals go smoothly.

  • April 24, 2018

    DACA Program Rescission Unlawful, DC Judge Rules

    A D.C. federal court Tuesday ruled that the Trump administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was unlawful and must be set aside, requiring the government to accept new applicants.

Expert Analysis

  • Aviation Watch: The Rise Of The Dreamliner

    Alan Hoffman

    The 787 Dreamliner's lithium batteries experienced multiple thermal runaway events soon after the plane went into service. But the manufacturer, the FAA, the NTSB and the airlines worked together to quickly and effectively solve the problem. Five years later, the 787 has compiled an admirable operational record, and Boeing continues to receive new orders, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Battery Supply Chain: A Unique Growth Opportunity

    Rebecca Campbell

    Battery materials and electric vehicles offer something unique to today’s commodity producers and investors: a sustainable growth story that is not just China-dependent. The exponential growth in demand is creating a scramble for resources not seen since the last great commodity supercycle, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • What's New In NIST’s Updated Cybersecurity Framework

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the National Institute for Standards and Technology released a revised version of its standard-setting Cybersecurity Framework, once again producing a useful, flexible document that can be applied or adapted by a wide range of companies, says Alan Raul, leader of Sidley Austin LLP's cybersecurity practice.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Equifax Cybersecurity Ruling Heightens Risk For Companies

    Heather Egan Sussman

    The Superior Court of Massachusetts' recent Equifax decision — the first-ever court ruling on allegations made by a state attorney general in cybersecurity litigation — is notable for siding with Attorney General Maura Healey on several key issues of concern to all companies that collect personal information, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Regulators' Jurisdictional Overreach In Crypto Enforcement

    Jason Gottlieb

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission both claim jurisdictional authority over cryptocurrency, yet no new legislation has been passed and very few court decisions have addressed the issue of who, if anyone, has regulatory authority, say attorneys with Morrison Cohen LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.