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Technology

  • December 12, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Launches Video Game, Esports Group

    Greenberg Traurig LLP on Tuesday announced the formation of its new video game and esports group, which is set to serve clients in the billion-dollar entertainment industry.

  • December 12, 2018

    2nd Circ. Agrees Xerox Worker's Benefits Claim Was Too Late

    A Second Circuit panel on Wednesday handed a win to a Xerox benefit plan in a retiree’s suit claiming that a “phantom” deduction unlawfully cut into his pension benefits, finding he brought a benefits denial claim too late. 

  • December 12, 2018

    GOP Sen. Says He May Allow FCC Nominee Vote Soon

    The hurdle blocking the confirmation of two Federal Communications Commission nominees could be removed by the end of the year.

  • December 12, 2018

    FCC Votes 3-1 To Label Texts As Information Service

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to classify text messages as a Title I information service, a move that the agency’s Republican majority said will ward off a potential plethora of spam texts despite the lone Democratic commissioner’s warning that it will give companies censorship abilities.

  • December 12, 2018

    IP Challengers Needn’t Show All Arguments Will Win: PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board said Tuesday a patent challenger doesn’t need to show that each of its arguments will be successful in order for the board to institute America Invents Act review, refusing to back down from an approach it has sometimes taken following the U.S. Supreme Court’s SAS Institute ruling.

  • December 12, 2018

    EU-Japan Trade Pact Set To Take Effect In February

    The bilateral trade agreement between Japan and the European Union will take effect in February following its ratification by lawmakers Wednesday, effectively creating the largest free trade zone ever implemented by a regional trade accord.

  • December 12, 2018

    NY Pirate Radio Operator Arrested After FCC Tip

    A pirate radio operator in Westchester, New York, has been busted by local authorities working off a tip from the Federal Communications Commission, the agency announced Wednesday, marking a rare arrest in an enforcement arena that is usually limited to fines and seizures.

  • December 12, 2018

    FCC OKs Media Ownership Review, Marketplace Assessment

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday kicked off its periodic review of its local media ownership rules and released a first-of-its-kind report that outlines the state of the whole media industry, but the agency’s Republican majority took flak for allegedly still not capturing the whole picture.

  • December 12, 2018

    Google Tracking Class Actions Consolidated In Calif.

    Six proposed class actions accusing Google of tracking and storing users’ private location information even, in instances where consumers have opted out, have been consolidated in a California federal court.

  • December 12, 2018

    Sprint Wants In On Tribal Row Over FCC 5G Exemption Rule

    Sprint and a wireless industry trade group have petitioned to intervene in the Federal Communications Commission's dispute with tribes and environmentalists over its plan to accelerate the rollout of 5G infrastructure, saying small-cell fixtures should be exempt from certain environmental and historic regulatory reviews.

  • December 12, 2018

    Industry Groups Hail Move For Reassigned Numbers Database

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to establish a comprehensive database of reassigned phone numbers, which it says will help companies keep track of when consumers abandon a phone number and cut down on the amount of misdirected calls.

  • December 12, 2018

    Federal IT Acquisition Still Needs Improvement, GAO Says

    Although federal agencies have improved their information technology acquisition and cybersecurity practices over time, they still have a distance to go to fully meet their statutory requirements and implement related recommendations, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

  • December 12, 2018

    Uber Ran Rival Off Road With Fake Ride Requests, Suit Says

    A shuttered ride-hailing startup accused Uber in California federal court Tuesday of requesting rides and canceling them shortly before pickups in a scheme to push competitors out, saying it cost consumers “lower prices, higher quality, and more options.”

  • December 12, 2018

    Investor Seeks Halt Of $1.9B Apptio-Vista Deal For More Info

    An Apptio Inc. shareholder filed a proposed class action in Delaware federal court on Tuesday seeking to halt the information technology company’s proposed $1.9 billion merger with Vista Equity Partners, claiming not enough information has been provided for investors to make an informed vote on the transaction.

  • December 12, 2018

    Nixon Peabody Snags Corporate Pro For San Francisco Office

    Nixon Peabody LLP has announced that it boosted its corporate practice in Northern California with a former Perkins Coie LLP attorney with experience in emerging growth companies, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions in the technology industry.

  • December 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Uber, Warburg Pincus, Luckin Coffee

    Morgan Stanley will lead the IPO of Uber, which could value the ride-hailing giant at up to $120 billion, Warburg Pincus is launching a $1 billion joint venture that will invest in Chinese real estate, and China's Luckin Coffee has received a $200 million capital injection from private investors.

  • December 12, 2018

    4 Firms Advise As PE Firm Pays $183M For Defense Tech Co.

    Private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP has agreed to buy defense technology company Sparton Corp. for about $183 million, the companies said Wednesday, a deal shepherded by Lowenstein Sandler LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Blank Rome LLP and Mayer Brown LLP.

  • December 12, 2018

    MVP: Simpson Thacher's Kevin Kennedy

    Kevin Kennedy, a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s capital markets and corporate practices, had a hand in several of this year’s highest-profile initial public offerings, including Dropbox and Sonos, landing him a spot as one of Law360’s 2018 Technology MVPs.

  • December 11, 2018

    Huawei Exec Granted Bail By Canadian Judge

    A Canadian judge granted bail on Tuesday to a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive facing extradition to the United States, the telecommunications giant announced.

  • December 11, 2018

    Fiat Presses Supreme Court To Undo Car-Hacking Cert. Order

    Fiat Chrysler urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to resolve a circuit split and allow it to swiftly challenge an Illinois district court's certification of thousands of drivers claiming Jeep Cherokees were vulnerable to hacking, saying the lower court's "manifest errors" cannot go unchecked.

Expert Analysis

  • Perspectives

    Blockchain Can Empower Stateless Refugees

    Amy Schmitz

    Innovative blockchain-based projects providing stateless refugees with forms of identification, digital assets and educational opportunities could change the rules for this vulnerable population, say Amy Schmitz of the University of Missouri School of Law and Jeff Aresty of Internetbar.org.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Face Familiar Challenges In 2019

    Korey Clark

    Many of the issues that are most likely to draw the attention of state lawmakers next year — including cybersecurity, internet and data privacy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, sales taxes on remote sellers, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, and marijuana — are already familiar, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Société Générale: Sanctions Enforcement Is Alive And Well

    Ama Adams

    The recent settlement between Société Générale and U.S. regulators illustrates that U.S. sanctions enforcement authorities may be shifting their attention back to large financial institutions after several years of relatively quiet enforcement across the financial services industry, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Fed. Circ. Further Expands Appellate Review Of IPR

    Christopher Loh

    The decision this month in Arista v. Cisco illustrates the Federal Circuit’s expanding jurisdiction over inter partes review issues that previously were considered unreviewable, says Christopher Loh of Venable LLP.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Days 12 And 13

    Janis Kestenbaum

    The seventh hearing in the Federal Trade Commission’s series on competition in the 21st century addressed artificial intelligence and algorithmic decision-making. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways.

  • The Future Of Intellectual Property Imports In China

    Holly White

    As China's intellectual property enforcement system is strengthened, and its consumer market grows in size and sophistication, there are increasingly more and better opportunities for foreign businesses to bring their IP into the country, says Holly White, a technology consultant at Rouse & Co.

  • Revised DOL Form Will Impact Upcoming H-1B Cap Season

    Miatrai Brown

    The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a new edition of its Labor Condition Application — a prerequisite for the proper filing of an H-1B petition — prompting several changes that will impact future filings, says Miatrai Brown of Erickson Immigration Group.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • Life After The Midterms For Fintech And Digital Assets

    Dina Ellis Rochkind

    Following the 2018 midterm elections and subsequent change in composition of Congress, there are new dynamics at play as to how cryptocurrency, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies will be treated from a legislative and regulatory perspective, say Dina Ellis Rochkind and Lara Kaplan of Paul Hastings LLP.