Technology

  • April 19, 2018

    Calif. Tech Co. Wants $1M Award Against Pakistani Firm OK'd

    A technology solutions company asked a California federal court on Wednesday to confirm a $1 million arbitral award issued against its former Pakistani business partner in a dispute over a renegotiated services contract, arguing that the Middle Eastern company never showed up to the arbitration.

  • April 19, 2018

    Merits Of Web Prioritization Still Fuzzy Post-Net Neutrality

    While the Trump FCC's deregulation of net neutrality marches forward, Congress still seems baffled on whether giving ISPs leeway to more actively manage traffic on their networks would be harmful and what real-life effects the practice may inspire.

  • April 19, 2018

    Uber Suit Paused Pending 9th Circ. Petition In Hyundai MDL

    A California federal judge on Thursday issued a stay in the settlement proceedings for Uber's "safe rides" suit until the Ninth Circuit makes a decision on an en banc review petition for the multidistrict litigation over Hyundai Motor America Inc. and affiliate Kia Motors Inc.'s alleged misstatements about vehicle fuel efficiency.

  • April 19, 2018

    Alleged Cult Head Owes Microsoft, AT&T Fees, Fed. Circ. Says

    A New York inventor who gained notoriety as an alleged cult leader accused of sex trafficking must pay attorneys’ fees to Microsoft and AT&T, the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday, finding that the dismissal of his patent suit for lack of standing was “tantamount to a judgment on the merits.”

  • April 19, 2018

    Senate Confirms Trump's NASA Administrator Pick

    President Donald Trump’s choice to head NASA has cleared the Senate on a razor-thin margin Thursday after months of delays over concerns about the nominee’s lack of scientific credentials.

  • April 19, 2018

    VTech Toy Data Breach Suit Found Lacking Again

    An Illinois federal judge again tossed a consolidated proposed class action against digital learning toys maker VTech Electronics over a breach that compromised the data of 11 million adults and children, holding Wednesday that some claims were beyond repair while leaving room for others to be revamped.

  • April 19, 2018

    Ready Lawyer One: Virtual Reality Is Coming To Courtrooms

    A Beijing murder trial in March is thought to mark the first time in China a court has used virtual reality during a criminal trial. As the technology's costs come down and its familiarity goes up, it likely won't be long before U.S. courtrooms follow suit.

  • April 19, 2018

    UK Privacy Watchdog Seeks Greater Powers As GDPR Looms

    The U.K.'s privacy regulator has warned that the recent controversy over the use of Facebook data shows that tough European rules taking effect in May will not give investigators sufficient powers to check how personal data is stored and shared.

  • April 18, 2018

    Hacker Who Conspired With Russian Agents Faces 8 Years

    A 23-year-old Canadian “international hacker for hire” who broke into thousands of email accounts, including dozens at the bidding of the Russian government agents behind a massive cyberattack on Yahoo, should be sentenced to eight years' imprisonment, federal prosecutors told a California federal court Tuesday.

  • April 18, 2018

    The Embedded Tweets Battle: Everything You Need To Know

    A controversial ruling on embedded tweets is headed for an immediate appeal, setting up what will be a closely watched case over the tension between copyright law and technological change. As the appeal gets underway, here's everything you need to know.

  • April 18, 2018

    Leverage Doesn’t Solve Problems, Time Warner CEO Says

    AT&T’s proposed purchase of Time Warner has nothing to do with gaining “leverage” over rival pay-TV providers and everything to do with tackling the real challenges facing modern television programmers, Time Warner’s CEO said in D.C. federal court Wednesday in a step-by-step attack on the U.S. government’s merger challenge.

  • April 18, 2018

    Facebook Offers Preview Of GDPR-Inspired Privacy Policies

    Facebook Inc. said that it is rolling out new privacy measures for users worldwide in moves designed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, a slate of European Union privacy laws coming into effect next month.

  • April 18, 2018

    DirecTV Looks To Exit AT&T-Time Warner Merger Fight

    Satellite service provider DirecTV asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday to dismiss it from the U.S. Department of Justice suit challenging AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner, arguing that it has no business being in the case since it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the buyer.

  • April 18, 2018

    Judge Rips Ex-Autonomy CFO’s Defense In HP Fraud Trial

    A California federal judge criticized a defense offered by Autonomy's ex-financial chief as the government’s months-long fraud trial neared its conclusion Wednesday, saying his attorneys can’t tell a jury that Hewlett-Packard Co.’s own internal turmoil caused it to overvalue the British software company, because “even somebody dysfunctional can’t be lied to.”

  • April 18, 2018

    House Votes Unanimously To Scrap IRS Oversight Board

    In a show of bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of eliminating the Internal Revenue Service’s Oversight Board, along with other provisions.

  • April 18, 2018

    Senators Ask FCC For New Robocall Rules, Introduce Bills

    A group of senators asked the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to enact consumer safeguards to stem an “onslaught” of unwanted automated calls and texts, the same day robocall legislation was introduced and a Senate committee grilled a robocaller dragged to the hearing by subpoena.

  • April 18, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Altice, Carl Icahn, Grail

    The European Commission plans to fine Altice, Carl Icahn snapped up a less than 5 percent stake in Dell Technologies unit VMware, and Grail Inc. wants to raise $1 billion.

  • April 18, 2018

    Senators Seek Info On Mystery Cell Surveillance In DC

    A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to publicize information about potential cellphone surveillance in the Washington, D.C., area, saying in a letter the public should know more about the mysterious devices at the heart of the issue.

  • April 18, 2018

    Intel Units Allowed Easy Entry For Hackers, Suit Says

    Intel was slapped with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Tuesday claiming the tech giant took shortcuts when creating its central processing units, leading to a flaw that gives hackers and other cyber criminals the ability to access sensitive information on almost every computer that uses an Intel processor.

  • April 18, 2018

    Murphy & McGonigle Nabs CFTC Atty For Securities Team

    A chief trial attorney at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission who helped litigate market manipulation claims against Arcadia Petroleum and nabbed nearly $4 million in disgorgement from a Ponzi schemer in Hawaii has left to join the securities team at Murphy & McGonigle PC, the firm announced this week.

Expert Analysis

  • A 9th Circ. Warning For Game Apps With Micro-Transactions

    Christopher Queenin

    Courts that have addressed virtual game currencies have found that developers do not run afoul of state gambling laws so long as the virtual currencies have no transferable monetary value outside of the game. But the Ninth Circuit disagreed last month in Kater v. Churchill Downs, says Christopher Queenin of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • The Time Is Right For New Jersey To Adopt Daubert

    Timothy Freeman

    The New Jersey Supreme Court may soon decide whether to adopt the Daubert standard for admissibility of expert witness testimony. The searching inquiry into the reliability of proffered expert testimony that is required by Daubert protects the integrity of the jury system by ensuring that jurors are not misled by unreliable evidence, says Timothy Freeman of Tanenbaum Keale LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • A New Validation Protocol From Poultry Antitrust Cases

    John Tredennick

    Special master Maura Grossman recently issued an order crafting a new validation protocol in the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation. This method is potentially important because it could work for other types of litigation beyond document-intensive litigation, says John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • What To Do After A Product Recall

    Derin Kiykioglu

    If a company facing a product recall has managed it effectively, the hardest part is probably over. But there are four key strategies companies should keep in mind to restore order and maintain brand loyalty following a recall, say Derin Kiykioglu and Jonathan Judge of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • What To Do During A Product Recall

    Derin Kiykioglu

    Maintaining consumer trust during a recall is key. When a company is transparent, consistent and responsive, it may maintain — and potentially surpass — prior levels of consumer satisfaction, say Derin Kiykioglu and Jonathan Judge of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • What To Expect When Litigating Smart Contract Disputes

    David Zaslowsky

    As smart contracts continue to grow more popular, it is worth looking at the unique issues that will arise in litigating smart contract disputes, like the question of who can be held liable when coding errors interfere with a contract's intended function, says David Zaslowsky of Baker McKenzie.

  • The Misunderstood Nash Solution For Reasonable Royalties

    Marianne Ley Hayek

    The Federal Circuit has dismissed recent applications of the so-called “Nash bargaining solution” to determine reasonable royalty damages. But Nash can be a viable — and judicially accepted — method to calculate a reasonable royalty rate in patent infringement cases, says Marianne Ley Hayek of ‎Touchstone Economics LLC.

  • What To Do Before A Product Recall

    Derin Kiykioglu

    Any company — no matter how well-run — may experience a consumer product recall. Managing recall risk is as much about being ready to respond to recalls properly as it is about preventing them, say Derin Kiykioglu and Jonathan Judge of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • How DC Circ. TCPA Decision Affects Health Care Cos.

    Christina Sarchio

    With its recent decision in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission, the D.C. Circuit struck a blow to health care industry efforts to exclude certain communications subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act from liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.