Technology

  • November 15, 2017

    Westinghouse, Ex-Workers Told To Consolidate Complaints

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday told Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC and former employees at its canceled project to build two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina to come up with a plan to consolidate the former workers' suits against the company over lack of sufficient notice of the project's closure.

  • November 15, 2017

    Advocacy Org. Presses FCC For More Net Neutrality Docs

    A media advocacy organization is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to review whether it has actually completed a release of consumer complaints and supporting documents that the group says could shed new light on the expected net neutrality rule rollback.

  • November 15, 2017

    Arrowroot Capital Closes 3rd Fund At $177M

    California-based, software-focused growth equity firm Arrowroot Capital Management LLC on Wednesday said it closed an oversubscribed third fund at its hard cap after more than $177 million in commitments.

  • November 15, 2017

    EU May Not Decide Qualcomm-NXP Deal’s Fate Until 2018

    The European Union’s competition watchdog may not decide on the fate of Qualcomm Inc.’s $38 billion buyout of NXP Semiconductors NV until next year, according to comments made Wednesday by European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.

  • November 15, 2017

    TC Heartland Was A Change In The Law, Fed. Circ. Says

    Resolving a question that has sharply divided district courts, the Federal Circuit on Wednesday ruled the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision restricting where patent suits can be filed was a change in the law — a ruling that could give more defendants a chance to argue their cases should be transferred.

  • November 14, 2017

    Finjan Says Blue Coat's IP 'Disrespect' Merits At Least $47M

    Symantec-unit Blue Coat Systems should pay more than $47 million in royalties for showing “almost complete disrespect for Finjan’s intellectual property rights,” an attorney for the cybersecurity company told a California federal jury Tuesday during closing arguments in its patent infringement suit.

  • November 14, 2017

    Buzzfeed Bid For Trump Dossier Info Imperils Probe, Feds Say

    The federal government is fighting BuzzFeed’s bid to force it to testify about how federal agencies handled an unverified dossier containing scandalous claims about information that Russia was said to be collecting to blackmail President Donald Trump.

  • November 14, 2017

    Apple At Center Of New ITC Probe Into Macs, iPhones

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Tuesday it has launched an investigation into an infringement complaint against Apple Inc. by the Southern California company that made the first Mac terminal server.

  • November 14, 2017

    Flash-Drive Maker Tells PTAB Patents Should Be Tossed

    Flash-drive company Kingston Technology Co. Inc. urged a Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel Tuesday to nix computer memory patents asserted against it by nonpracticing entity Polaris Innovations Ltd. in a suit allegedly funded by Samsung, arguing the technology would’ve been obvious given earlier technological developments.

  • November 14, 2017

    HP Cleared By Jury In Ethernet Patent Suit

    A jury in the Eastern District of Texas on Monday cleared Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co. of infringing an Ethernet patent owned by Network-1 Technologies Inc., in a decision that could have major ramifications for the patent-licensing company going forward.

  • November 14, 2017

    TWC Urges Fed. Circ. To Nix Sprint's $140M IP Verdict Win

    Time Warner Cable asked the Federal Circuit on Tuesday to overturn a $140 million verdict awarded to Sprint Communications after a Kansas federal jury found that five of Sprint's internet calling patents were willfully infringed, arguing that the damage award was fundamentally flawed and the patent claims were invalid.

  • November 14, 2017

    SEC Gets Preliminary Injunction In Coin Offering Fraud Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday entered a preliminary injunction freezing the assets of a Brooklyn businessman whom the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused of swindling investors through so-called initial coin offerings purportedly backed by real estate and diamonds.

  • November 14, 2017

    Apple Says IPhone Buyers' Class Cert. Bid Ignores Reality

    Apple Inc. urged a California federal court Monday to reject a class certification bid by a group of consumers who accused the iPhone maker of locking them into voice and data plans with AT&T, saying the phone buyers were being “deliberately indifferent” to earlier rulings trimming their case.

  • November 14, 2017

    Waymo, Uber Missed 'Lobotomy' Jury Instruction, Judge Says

    A California federal judge said Tuesday that Uber and Waymo attorneys have “blown an opportunity” in their driverless car trade secret trial by failing to craft jury instructions on a vital issue in Silicon Valley: whether engineers need “a frontal lobotomy before going to their next job” or can apply what they’ve learned during prior employment.

  • November 14, 2017

    What Telecom Attys Need To Know About Connected Cars

    As the possibility of connected vehicles moves from a futuristic development to an impending reality, the automotive sector has been busy trying to establish technical standards to guide the innovation. But the realm also includes sophisticated communications technology that is taking the telecommunications industry on a wild ride.

  • November 14, 2017

    Fraud At KIT 'The Elephant In The Room,' Ex-CFO Tells Jury

    Former KIT Digital Inc. finance executive Robin Smyth told a New York federal jury Tuesday that he helped create bogus revenue streams for Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, the former head of the fallen tech concern, who is accused of fraud, and that they used terms like “the elephant” and “the back end” to discuss the fakery.

  • November 14, 2017

    VC Group Pushes For Win In Foreign Entrepreneur Rule Row

    A venture capital group and others asked a D.C. federal court Monday to vacate a Trump administration rule that delayed an Obama-era regulation for international entrepreneurs, arguing it’s not lawful because the government did not give time for public notice or comment.

  • November 14, 2017

    Canon's $4.4M Win In Toner Patent Case Left Untouched

    A Georgia federal judge on Tuesday let stand a $4.4 million verdict against a toner company and plastic manufacturer accused by Canon Inc. of violating its ink toner bottle patent, saying the jury’s infringement findings and damage award were reasonably supported by the evidence.

  • November 14, 2017

    3rd Circ. Questions Google Privacy-Payout Challenger

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday pressed a class action fairness advocate challenging the distribution of a Google Inc. privacy case settlement to prove why class members, and not internet watchdog groups, should have been the direct beneficiaries of the proceeds if the case wasn’t about a financial loss.

  • November 14, 2017

    Tata, DoCoMo Sew Up Deal Over $1.2B Arbitration Award

    Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd. and Japanese telecom NTT DoCoMo Inc. appear to have completed their settlement over a $1.2 billion arbitration award in a share purchase dispute, after the two sides agreed to drop DoCoMo’s New York federal suit to confirm the award.

Expert Analysis

  • Misclassification Claims Threaten Gig Economy Business

    Tracey Diamond

    Recent gig economy cases in New York and California are either pending or were settled before the court could issue a determinative judgment as to the proper classification of workers. But the facts of the cases and the settlement details provide valuable insight into the potential risks and exposure for gig economy companies, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • High Court Gets Ready To Weigh Privacy Vs. Public Safety

    Bob Anderson

    On Nov. 29, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Carpenter v. United States — a case that could dramatically affect the future of surveillance, potentially requiring law enforcement to secure a warrant each time it seeks cell tower data and similar types of metadata, says Bob Anderson, leader of Navigant Consulting Inc.'s information security practice.

  • Dealing With H-1B Extensions In The New No-Deference Era

    Rabindra Singh

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna recently implemented a new policy memo that specifically instructs all USCIS officers not to give deference to any previously approved nonimmigrant visa petition. In light of the policy shift, Rabindra Singh of Immigration Attorneys LLP shares a few practice pointers to consider before filing an H-1B extension petition.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.