Technology

  • April 18, 2018

    BBH Unit Closes Latest Fund At $250M Hard Cap

    The private equity and venture capital arm of financial services firm Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. said Wednesday that it has closed its latest fund with $250 million in commitments that will be used to invest in a range of sectors including health care and telecommunications.

  • April 17, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Will Hurt Small Cable Providers, CEO Says

    A small cable company’s CEO warned Tuesday in D.C. federal court that he’s already seen one merger between a pay-TV distributor and a television programmer impose competitively detrimental contract terms, and the same could happen with the merger between AT&T and Time Warner being challenged by the U.S. government.

  • April 17, 2018

    Justices Drop Microsoft Warrant Row, But Fight Far From Over

    Recently enacted federal legislation permitting prosecutors to reach user data stored abroad may have dealt the knockout blow to a U.S. Supreme Court dispute involving Microsoft, but the ability for service providers to continue to challenge international data grabs under the new regime means more fights aren’t far off, attorneys say.

  • April 17, 2018

    Breaking Down The Appeals In $1B VirnetX-Apple Patent War

    The nearly $1 billion won by VirnetX in patent trials against Apple Inc. exists under a cloud since the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has found the patents invalid. With appeals pending from the board's decisions and one of the trials, here's a look at VirnetX's arguments that the patents shouldn't have been reviewed, and Apple's efforts to flip the verdict.

  • April 17, 2018

    VIZIO, Others Broke Tariff Act By Infringing: ITC Judge

    An administrative judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has concluded that VIZIO, MediaTek and Sigma Designs all violated the Tariff Act by importing televisions and graphics components that infringed one patent held by Advanced Micro Devices, but decided that a second patent had not been violated.

  • April 17, 2018

    Tech Firms Vow Not To Aid Governments In Cyberattacks

    More than 30 technology companies and cybersecurity firms, led by Microsoft and Facebook, pledged Tuesday not to help any government launch cyberattacks on "innocent citizens" around the world, as part of a new agreement over conduct in cyberspace.

  • April 17, 2018

    No Need To Cover Photo Drone Crash At Nuptial, Insurer Says

    An insurance company shouldn’t have to cover a wedding photography company facing a lawsuit over a shoot that went horribly wrong, the insurer told a California federal court on Monday, saying the unfortunate incident in which a guest lost an eye to a drone is clearly covered by several exclusions.

  • April 17, 2018

    News Site Can Access VAT Case Docs, UK Judge Says

    A U.K. judge has allowed a news outlet to access court documents related to a technology company’s challenge to a lower court decision that found the company avoided paying value-added taxes, citing “a duty under common law” to make information available to nonparties.

  • April 17, 2018

    PTAB Agrees To Review Uniloc's File-Copying Patent

    Defensive patent group United Patents Inc. notched a win Tuesday when the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed to review a Uniloc patent covering technology meant to improve the process of copying large computer files, rejecting Uniloc's arguments that the petition should be denied because the group failed to name its members as interested parties in the proceeding.

  • April 17, 2018

    Education Technology Startup Pluralsight Files $100M IPO

    Technology skills developer Pluralsight Inc. filed an initial public offering late Monday with a preliminary fundraising estimate of $100 million, joining a wave of so-called unicorns to seek public markets following several strong debuts from recent technology IPOs.

  • April 17, 2018

    Facebook Wants Privacy Suit Stay Pending JPML Decision

    Days after removing to Illinois federal court a suit over a massive disclosure of user data that helped influence the 2016 presidential election, Facebook Inc. asked the court Tuesday to pause proceedings until the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides whether to consolidate 21 similar cases.

  • April 17, 2018

    FCC Advances National Security Plan With Assurances

    During its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward with a rulemaking that contemplates cutting off communications subsidies from companies that may threaten U.S. networks, with commissioners offering assurances that the fledgling item still has a long way to go.

  • April 17, 2018

    Twitter Fights Investors' Class Cert. In User Metrics Suit

    Twitter Inc. urged a California federal judge Monday to deny class certification for investors who are suing the company for allegedly inflating its stock price by lying about key user statistics, saying the investors have yet to show how they would calculate damages for the entire proposed class.

  • April 17, 2018

    Google Investors Can't Revive Suit Over Anti-Poaching Deals

    A California appeals court on Monday upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a shareholder derivative suit accusing Google Inc. executives of entering into illegal “gentleman’s agreements” pledging not to poach other Silicon Valley companies’ engineers, saying the statute of limitations had run out.

  • April 17, 2018

    Bitcoin 'Founder' Slams $10.2B Suit As A 'Shakedown'

    The Australian computer scientist who once claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of bitcoin, urged a Florida federal court on Monday to throw out a $10.2 billion lawsuit accusing him of stealing hundreds of thousands of bitcoins and related intellectual property from his now-deceased business partner, calling the suit a "shakedown."

  • April 17, 2018

    Tech 'Unicorn' DocuSign Tops 2 IPO Launches Totaling $671M

    Venture-backed electronic signature company DocuSign Inc. launched an initial public offering Tuesday estimated to raise $543 million, part of a growing number of technology “unicorns” to go public lately, and was joined by an insurer that unveiled a $128 million IPO.

  • April 17, 2018

    Cloud Systems Increasingly Under Cyberattack, Insurer Says

    Data breach insurer Beazley issued a report warning companies using Microsoft Corp.'s cloud-based business products that the number of hacks and attempted intrusions is on the rise as employees are continually duped into opening tainted emails.

  • April 17, 2018

    FCC's Clyburn To Retire Within A Month In Surprise Move

    At the end of a Federal Communications Commission meeting with an otherwise routine agenda, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn made a surprise announcement that she is stepping down from the agency within the next month.

  • April 17, 2018

    Uber Shuts Down In Philippines Despite Merger Review

    The competition authority for the Philippines said Monday that Uber has shut down its app in the country despite an ongoing review of its deal to sell its Southeast Asia operations to rival ride-hailing service Grab and an order requiring Uber to continue operating until the review is complete.

  • April 17, 2018

    Tippee Wants Separate Trial In $5M Insider Trading Case

    A computer and network security analyst from California told a New York federal judge Monday that he would be unfairly prejudiced if he was tried alongside three of his co-defendants in a $5 million insider trading case and asked that his case be severed to avoid the “extreme” risk of spillover.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 4

    Michael Littenberg

    Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in litigation and investigations related to corporate social responsibility issues. Activity has increased not only in the United States at the federal, state and local level, but also in several other countries. Proceedings and investigations have involved many different statutes and theories of liability, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 3

    Michael Littenberg

    As the quantity and quality of corporate social responsibility disclosure increases, there is also movement toward greater comparability. Larger companies should benchmark their disclosures against global peers and evolving global standards, since over time, enhancements in foreign disclosure practices are likely to drive disclosures by many U.S. companies, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 2

    Michael Littenberg

    Increasingly, corporate social responsibility must be on the radar screen of in-house counsel. Investors are paying more attention to environmental, social and governance issues, and a growing number of shareholder proposals on these subjects should be expected, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Where PTAB Reform May Be Headed

    Kevin Greenleaf

    The new director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has voiced openness to Patent Trial and Appeal Board reform, while the PTAB faces increased scrutiny from the Federal Circuit, intellectual property law associations, technology companies and Congress, as well as prospective admonishments from the U.S. Supreme Court in its forthcoming Oil States and SAS decisions, say Kevin Greenleaf and Scott Cummings of Dentons.

  • Overcoming Bad Evidence: Lessons From Waymo V. Uber Trial

    Arturo González

    One piece of “bad” evidence can sink a client at trial. This article addresses some of the bad evidence that we — Uber’s counsel — encountered in the Waymo v. Uber trade secrets battle and explains how that evidence was neutralized in front of the court and at trial, say Arturo González and Esther Kim Chang of Morrison & Foerster LLP.