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Technology

  • September 20, 2018

    MoFo, Weil Gotshal Guide $350M Vonage-NewVoice Tie-Up

    Business and residential communications provider Vonage Holdings Corp. said Thursday it will pay $350 million to take over private equity-backed, cloud-based contact center provider NewVoiceMedia, with Morrison & Foerster LLP guiding the buyer and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP steering the seller.

  • September 20, 2018

    Attys Ask To Withdraw From Suit Over Mattress Review Site

    Attorneys for a mattress review site accused of faking reviews that implied a company’s mattresses cause cancer have asked to withdraw from the suit in both Utah federal court and the Tenth Circuit, saying there is a “fundamental disagreement” with their client over legal strategy.

  • September 20, 2018

    Data Breaches Caused No Harm, Health System Argues

    A 13-hospital health system has again urged a Wisconsin federal judge to toss a proposed class action stemming from two phishing attacks, arguing the plaintiffs haven’t raised a single example of traceable harm.

  • September 20, 2018

    Draft EU Digital Tax Law Leaves Percentage Up To Countries

    A draft resolution recently released by European Union lawmakers contains an amendment that would let individual countries decide the percentage of a tax to be imposed on large digital companies.

  • September 20, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Nature Nate’s, Rocket Internet, Amazon

    Private equity firms are buzzing around Nature Nate’s Honey Co., Rocket Internet is reportedly getting ready to list Jumia, and Amazon and an India-based private equity firm have bought Indian retail and grocery chain More.

  • September 20, 2018

    Samsung Spared $115M Judgment Over Patent Deal's Demise

    Samsung doesn’t need to pay $115 million for ending an agreement to license TV patents from patent pool manager MPEG LA, a New York state appeals court ruled Thursday, reversing a lower court’s decision that the electronics giant had breached its contract.

  • September 20, 2018

    Big Cities Say FCC's 5G Rollout Will Disrupt Biz Partnerships

    As the Federal Communications Commission approaches a Wednesday vote on an order that could set standard rates and terms for the deployment of small cells, powerful cities including New York, Philadelphia and Chicago are voicing opposition to the move, but FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has suggested such pleas are profit-motivated.

  • September 20, 2018

    HTC Says Ericsson Waived Arbitration In SEP Royalties Row

    HTC America Inc. urged a Texas federal court on Thursday to deny Ericsson Inc.'s bid to arbitrate claims that the Swedish telecommunications company overcharged for aging standard-essential patents, saying Ericsson waived its right to force arbitration of the dispute.

  • September 20, 2018

    Bid To Nix Trans Worker Firing Suit A Head-Scratcher: Judge

    A California federal judge said Thursday he was “left scratching [his] head” by an educational technology company’s bid to end the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s suit over the firing of a transgender worker, saying the employee's damning post on a recruitment website created a factual basis for a retaliation argument.

  • September 20, 2018

    Debarred Subcontractor Sinks Army Deal, GAO Finds

    The U.S. Army reasonably rescinded nearly $65 million in information technology task orders for the Afghan government when it discovered the main subcontractor was debarred in Afghanistan, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled in a decision made public Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    White House Cyber Plan Calls For Deterrence, Legal Revamp

    The White House warned Thursday that it would authorize offensive cybersecurity operations and "modernize" federal computer crime laws as part of a new national cybersecurity strategy.

  • September 20, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Revises Axing Of $140M Fairchild IP Verdict

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday made a handful of modifications to a July panel decision that vacated a $140 million jury verdict against Fairchild Semiconductor in a chip patent case brought by Power Integrations but declined to rehear the case as a full court.

  • September 20, 2018

    HP Inks $1.5M Deal In Cartridge Monopoly Suit

    Hewlett Packard Co. will pay a class of printer customers $1.5 million, not including attorneys' fees, to resolve allegations over phony error messages that popped up when users tried to install third-party ink cartridges, under a settlement proposed Tuesday in California federal court.

  • September 20, 2018

    Goodwin-Led Eventbrite's Shares Soar After $230M IPO

    Shares of online ticketing platform Eventbrite Inc., represented by Goodwin Procter LLP, sizzled in their debut Thursday after the venture-backed company priced a $230 million initial public offering at the top of its range, marking the latest technology issuer to score with investors.

  • September 20, 2018

    Hogan Lovells, Kirkland Steer Adobe's $4.75B Marketo Buy

    Adobe Systems Inc. has agreed to pay $4.75 billion to pick up private equity-backed marketing software firm Marketo Inc. as part of an effort to boost Adobe's cloud-based software offerings, in a deal guided by Hogan Lovells and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the companies said on Thursday. 

  • September 20, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Was Correct, DC Circ. Told

    AT&T told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday that a lower court correctly ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice did not demonstrate how its $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. would increase wholesale prices for distributors and retail rates for consumers.

  • September 20, 2018

    Skadden-Led Meituan Debuts After $4.2B Hong Kong IPO

    Chinese online services platform Meituan Dianping’s shares rose in debut trading Thursday following completion of the company’s $4.2 billion initial public offering in Hong Kong — marking the fifth largest IPO in 2018 — advised by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • September 20, 2018

    Tech Giants Urge High Court To Protect Patent Owners' Rights

    Motorola, HTC and BlackBerry urged the U.S. Supreme Court to keep in place a rule that allows patent co-owners to block one another's infringement claims by refusing to join the lawsuit, telling the high court that the rule protects patent owners from being pulled into expensive litigation against their will.

  • September 20, 2018

    UK Competition Authority Probing PayPal's $2B iZettle Deal

    The U.K.’s competition watchdog said Wednesday it had opened an investigation into PayPal Holdings Inc.’s $2.2 billion purchase of Sweden’s iZettle, a payments platform that boasts nearly a half-million merchants across 11 international markets, and restricted some activity by the businesses in the U.K. market.

  • September 20, 2018

    Tech Co. Tries To DQ Ex-Exec's Attys Over Privileged Docs

    A data security startup on Wednesday moved to disqualify the lawyers representing its ousted co-founder in a suit in California federal court accusing him of sharing trade secrets with technology giant Oracle Corp., saying the co-founder's attorneys had weaponized privileged documents he allegedly stole.

Expert Analysis

  • Tallying Repetitive Inter Partes Review Challenges

    Steven Carlson

    We analyzed the petitioning practice of the top five filers of inter partes review — Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and LG — and it is clear that serial, overlapping petitions are commonplace at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, even by a single entity, say Steven Carlson and Ryan Schultz of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Opinion

    Dockless Scooter Cos. Rewarded For Bad Behavior

    Tamara Kurtzman

    The proliferation of dockless scooters throughout the U.S. has given life to the slogan “move fast and break things” in a way that even the slogan’s progenitor, Facebook, never imagined. And it will be an uphill battle for riders to recover from either the rental companies or cities in the event of injury, says Tamara Kurtzman of TMK Attorneys PC.

  • Opinion

    FTC's Public Hearings Will Be Valuable

    David Balto

    On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of hearings on competition and consumer protection in the 21st century. These events are an important first step in guiding enforcement priorities, says David Balto, a former policy director of the FTC Bureau of Competition.

  • Taiwan Digital Tax Law Leaves Open Questions For Corps.

    Michael Wong

    Taiwan introduced a number of significant income tax reforms this year, including becoming the first regime in the world to levy income tax on the cross-border digital economy. The most significant issue regarding this new tax on e-service suppliers is the substantial uncertainty as to its scope and applicable rates, say Michael Wong and Dennis Lee of Baker McKenzie.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Limitations Of NY's Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

    Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager

    A New York law that took effect this summer prohibits predispute agreements to arbitrate sexual harassment claims. Although well-intentioned, this provision is unlikely to significantly alter the status quo, say Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager and Jacob Singer of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • Why Contract Analytics Are Essential To Minimizing Risk

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    In most enterprises, certain critical data remains in silos and cannot be leveraged in a standardized way across all units and issues. By applying analytics to contracts from the small silos and looking at them as a key source of information, executives and counsel can get a clear picture of the overall business, says Ryan Drimalla of FTI Consulting.

  • Intellectual Property Caught In US-China Trade Crossfire

    Holly White

    Earlier this year, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese products as a response to China’s trade practices concerning technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. The U.S.-Chinese trade war highlights the need to approach investments in China differently, taking a broad view of intellectual assets and looking beyond basic legal protection, says Holly White, a consultant at Rouse & Co.