Technology

  • January 12, 2018

    FTC Sharpens Data Security, Privacy Arrows With VTech Pact

    The Federal Trade Commission's first-of-its-kind settlement with toymaker VTech over the breach of children's personal information indicates that the commission under Republican leadership will likely only ramp up established efforts to aggressively police the emerging internet of things and demand reasonable data security for a range of sensitive information, attorneys say. 

  • January 12, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Davis, Skadden, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc. bought DST Systems Inc. for $5.4 billion, the Blackstone Group LP purchased Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust for $3.05 billion and a Riverstone-Goldman Sachs joint venture snapped up Lucid Energy Group II for $1.6 billion.

  • January 11, 2018

    Chancery Keeps Insurers' Bid To Audit Asbestos Trust Alive

    A Delaware Chancery judge declined Thursday to dispatch most of a lawsuit from a group of insurance companies seeking to audit an asbestos personal injury trust, from the bankruptcy of a U.S. unit of Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV, ruling that he needs additional evidence to make a decision.

  • January 11, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Keeps UPS' Alice Win On Notification Patent

    The Federal Circuit refused to revive a telecommunications technology licensing company’s infringement suit against United Parcel Service Inc., lodging a short order on Thursday affirming a Georgia court’s finding the patent’s claims were unpatentable under Alice.

  • January 11, 2018

    Samsung Scolded For Continued Phone Sales In Apple Row

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told Samsung’s counsel Thursday that she is disappointed that the company told her it would no longer sell products that were found to infringe Apple Inc.’s patented designs after losing a $400 million patent trial three years ago, saying during a hearing the representation was “just not accurate.”

  • January 11, 2018

    Freeborn Snags Vedder Price Atty For Its Chicago IP Team

    Freeborn & Peters LLP announced Wednesday that it has added a partner with a wide range of experience to its intellectual property litigation team.

  • January 11, 2018

    Google Nears Win In Bid To Trim Hiring Age Bias Suit

    A California federal judge Thursday tentatively trimmed a disparate impact claim from a collective action alleging Google’s hiring practices discriminated against older candidates, saying because a former plaintiff withdrew that claim it’s also waived for the 47-year-old woman who took over as lead plaintiff.

  • January 11, 2018

    DOT Seeks More Info To Expand Self-Driving Cars Policy

    The U.S. Department of Transportation has asked auto manufacturers and others in the transportation industry to weigh in on what federal regulations should be eliminated or revised to pave the way for developing highly automated or self-driving cars, trucks, buses and light rail.

  • January 11, 2018

    FCC Agrees To Look Harder At Wireless Efficacy In Crises

    The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to foster more-stringent reporting requirements for mobile carriers after a government watchdog found the agency’s oversight of emergency communications was deficient.

  • January 11, 2018

    Billions In Federal IT Spending Lacks Oversight, GAO Says

    Failures to keep chief information officers properly in the loop on information technology acquisitions means federal agencies are letting billions of dollars in IT spending go forward without effective review, the Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

  • January 11, 2018

    Wolters Kluwer Sells Health Software Co. For $180M

    Netherlands-based information services company Wolters Kluwer has signed an agreement to sell its health care software unit to a California-based private equity firm for €150 million ($180 million), the company said Thursday.

  • January 11, 2018

    Hitachi’s $14M Antitrust Deal Gets Preliminary Approval

    A California federal judge granted preliminary approval Wednesday to Hitachi Chemical Co.’s $14 million deal with two putative classes of indirect purchasers to end their accusations the manufacturer schemed with competitors to jack up the price of capacitors.

  • January 11, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Nix Of Patent Suit Against HTC, Motorola

    A split Federal Circuit panel on Thursday upheld a lower court's dismissal of Advanced Video Technologies' video chip patent infringement suits against HTC, BlackBerry and Motorola, finding that AVT does not fully own the patent.

  • January 11, 2018

    Apple Europe To Pay £137 Million To Settle UK Tax Claims

    Apple Europe Ltd. has agreed to pay nearly £137 million ($185 million) to the U.K., settling tax claims covering "prior years up to Sept. 16, 2015," according to a filing with the Companies House.

  • January 11, 2018

    Proposed CFIUS Bill Could Have Opposite Of Intended Effect

    The Chinese government’s push to gain access to innovative technologies has contributed to an ever-growing to-do list for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., but proposed legislation to update the panel's mandate might hamstring its efforts even more than its thin staffing already does.

  • January 11, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Peter Thiel, Xerox, Dropbox

    Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has reportedly bid for the news website he helped shut down, Xerox might be in for a corporate shakeup, and Dropbox Inc. has filed confidential initial public offering plans with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • January 11, 2018

    Google Says IP Suit Over Messaging Repeats Axed Claims

    Google Inc. urged a Federal Circuit panel on Thursday to quash a patent infringement suit over its cloud messaging service, saying a trial judge correctly ruled the patents in question describe the same technology that was the subject of an $85 million judgment tossed by the Federal Circuit in 2016.

  • January 11, 2018

    Net Neutrality Reversal Gains Hill Support As Hurdles Loom

    Congressional Democrats announced this week that they’re gaining steam in their forthcoming effort to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s December decision to roll back Obama-era net neutrality protections, with one defecting Republican giving the measure a chance of passing the Senate.

  • January 11, 2018

    PE-Backed Internet Brands Absorbs Legal Services Biz Avvo

    Avvo Inc., a popular provider of online legal referral services that touts more than 300,000 attorneys as active users of its online platform, has been purchased by private equity-backed website operator Internet Brands Inc., the companies said on Thursday.

  • January 11, 2018

    Think Tank Slams Attacks On FCC's Pai Over Net Neutrality

    The head of a conservative think tank called for civility Thursday amid rancorous debate over the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to repeal net neutrality, which has drawn personal attacks, including threats, against the agency’s Republican chairman, Ajit Pai.

Expert Analysis

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • PTAB Deals A Crippling Blow To Sovereign Immunity

    Desmond O'Sullivan

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently confirmed that while Eleventh Amendment immunity does apply to sovereign actors, those actors waive immunity when filing patent infringement lawsuits. Given that 80 percent of inter partes reviews involve patents in parallel litigation, this order markedly blunts sovereign immunity strategies, says Desmond O'Sullivan of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How Gov't Cyber Efforts Will Affect Companies This Year

    Megan Brown

    2018 will be a busy year for federal cybersecurity activity. There are eight expected developments that will raise the stakes for the private sector, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Munchee Case Clarifies SEC's Stance On Digital Tokens

    Joel Telpner

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent order against Munchee provides us with some guidance that goes beyond the SEC's July report that addressed initial coin offerings. Specifically, issuers must be extremely attentive to how their tokens are being marketed, says Joel Telpner of Sullivan & Worcester LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • The Hottest Patent Law Issues Of 2017

    Lawrence E. Ashery

    As we start the new year, Lawrence E. Ashery of Caesar Rivise PC looks back at the 12 most important patent law opinions of 2017.

  • 5 Things To Watch For In FCPA Enforcement This Year

    David Simon

    After much hand-wringing in 2017 about whether Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement would diminish radically under President Donald Trump, it’s now safe to say that all signs point toward continued and vigorous enforcement, say attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • What To Expect From Blockchain In 2018

    Austin Mills

    Blockchain's growth next year is unlikely to match its 2017 growth, but 2018 may well be a much more impactful year in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. Emerging themes and initiatives include smart contracts, state-backed cryptocurrencies and the maturation of the initial coin offering market, says Austin Mills, head of the blockchain and cryptocurrency group at Morris Manning & Martin LLP.