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