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Technology

  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

  • June 18, 2018

    High Court Won't Look At PTAB Ruling Over Time-Bar Issue

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused an inventor’s case that claimed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board instituted an America Invents Act review of his decorative garden light patent, ultimately invalidating it, despite the patent’s challengers having filed a lawsuit against him more than a year prior.

  • June 18, 2018

    Judge Slams DOJ Jury Trial Bid In Ex-Barclays Trader Case

    A California federal judge on Monday laid into the U.S. Department of Justice, suggesting it was wasting resources by requesting a jury trial for a former Barclays PLC trader charged with scheming to defraud Hewlett-Packard Co. in a £6 billion options transaction, after the defendant said he’d prefer a bench trial.

  • June 18, 2018

    Trump Ups Tariff Ante By Targeting $200B In Chinese Exports

    The escalating tariff battle between the U.S. and China took another dramatic turn Monday as President Donald Trump said he will consider duties on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods in an effort to undo the country's purportedly discriminatory intellectual property and technology acquisition rules.

  • June 18, 2018

    Beats Designer Calls $107M Royalties Bid 'Dishonest'

    A designer who worked on the headphones at the heart of a $107 million royalty dispute between a businessman and Beats Electronics founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre told a California jury Monday that he declined to join the suit because he thought going after more royalties would be “dishonest.”

  • June 18, 2018

    Training Crucial To Offsetting Job Losses From Automation

    As the coming artificial intelligence revolution threatens to displace millions of human employees, experts on both sides of the management-worker divide say that lawmakers, businesses and labor groups need to figure out how to train U.S. workers to take advantage of the jobs this new technology will create.

  • June 18, 2018

    Acacia Execs Beat Shareholder Class Action In Mass.

    A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a purported class action against Acacia Communications Inc., finding the company made no misstatements that investors claimed led to a steep stock drop in 2017.

  • June 18, 2018

    PE-Backed BJ's Leads 9 IPO Launches Exceeding $1.9B

    Private equity-backed BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. launched an estimated $600 million initial public offering on Monday, leading a flurry of nine companies that set price ranges on IPOs projected to surpass $1.9 billion in proceeds across several industries.

  • June 18, 2018

    DISA Awards 14 Cos. Places On $7.5B IT Services Deal

    The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded 14 companies slots on a $7.5 billion, decade-long systems engineering and technology deal meant to help the U.S. Department of Defense improve its information technology capabilities, the agency announced.

  • June 18, 2018

    Amazon Urged Not To Sell Face-Recognition Tool To Gov't

    Some Amazon Inc. investors joined privacy advocates Monday in pressing the tech giant to stop selling its real-time facial recognition tools to law enforcement, citing human rights concerns that could hurt the company's stock price and spawn lawsuits.

  • June 18, 2018

    CDK Slams Attempted Info Grab In Car Dealer Data MDL

    Software provider CDK Global LLC urged an Illinois federal judge on Monday to reject what it called overbroad discovery demands from plaintiffs in consolidated multidistrict litigation alleging CDK monopolized access to car sales and service data in software licensed to auto dealerships, saying documents related to a recently scuttled acquisition are irrelevant.

  • June 18, 2018

    Sprint's VoP Patent Suits Lack Specifics, Court Told

    Leading cable television operators and telecommunication providers have pushed back against a trio of patent lawsuits filed by Sprint over Voice-over-Packet technology that facilitates phone calls, telling a Delaware federal judge the company is lumping them all together instead of explaining to each what they allegedly did.

  • June 18, 2018

    Fujifilm Sues Xerox For Killing $6.1B Merger

    Fujifilm hit Xerox with a complaint in New York federal court Monday over the termination of their $6.1 billion combination, alleging that two shareholder activists pressured Xerox into walking away from the deal and seeking more than $1 billion in damages.

  • June 18, 2018

    In Their Own Words: Minority Partners On Reaching The Top

    Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.

  • June 18, 2018

    Goodwin Snags 4-Atty IP Tech Team From Greenberg Traurig

    Goodwin Procter LLP has lured a team of four intellectual property litigators from Greenberg Traurig LLP with significant experience in the technology sector for its Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 18, 2018

    Apple Blasts Arbitration Bid In $25M Row As 'Gamesmanship'

    Apple Inc. urged a California federal judge not to force it to arbitrate a $25 million dispute with a Chinese supplier of materials that were to be used for the glass screens on iPhones, calling the company's arbitration bid "blatant gamesmanship and forum shopping."

  • June 18, 2018

    Here's What We Know About FCC Nominee Geoffrey Starks

    The Democrat nominated to fill FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s recently vacated role at the regulatory agency will be in the hot seat this week, as Senate leaders grill Geoffrey Starks over why he’s qualified to step up to the dais. Here's what we know about him so far.

  • June 18, 2018

    15 Minutes With Uber's General Counsel

    In a recent interview, Uber General Counsel Tony West discussed some of the ongoing controversies embroiling the ride-hailing giant, how startups at the cutting edge of new industries can best position themselves for long-term success and what changing a company's culture means to him.

  • June 18, 2018

    UK Antitrust Watchdog Eyes Ion's £1.5B Fidessa Buyout Bid

    The U.K.'s competition watchdog said Monday it is investigating Ion Capital UK Ltd.’s proposed, £1.5 billion deal to buy rival British trading software company Fidessa Group PLC.

Expert Analysis

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • FCPA Enforcement Activity In Early 2018: Part 2

    Collmann Griffin

    The first quarter of 2018 was above average in terms of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations closed by U.S. regulators without enforcement. But the government may return to more assertive enforcement in the future — and companies and individuals may still face liability long after the "completion" of any misconduct, says Collmann Griffin of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • FCPA Enforcement Activity In Early 2018: Part 1

    Collmann Griffin

    Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was relatively slow during the first quarter of 2018, with only three fairly low-value corporate enforcement actions announced between January and March of the year. But the announced second quarter settlements and likely future dispositions suggest that 2018 still may be an active year overall for FCPA enforcement, says Collmann Griffin of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Digital Toy Data Breach Highlights Cybersecurity Concerns

    Erin Bosman

    In April, an Illinois federal judge powered down a proposed class action against VTech Electronics following a 2015 data breach of its internet-connected digital learning toys. But the breach also triggered a Federal Trade Commission enforcement action, resulting in a $650,000 settlement. Both developments illustrate the increasing exposure that the internet of things brings for consumer product manufacturers, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • A Better Method For Achieving Broader Class Action Reform

    Kahn Scolnick

    In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice and many state attorneys general have addressed class action reform by objecting to proposed class action settlements. While we are sympathetic to concerns about class litigation abuse, what's needed is careful oversight at the earliest stages of litigation, say Kahn Scolnick and Bradley Hamburger of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Companies Will Feel The Weight Of Team Telecom Oversight

    Megan Brown

    For years, a little-known group of federal agencies collectively known as "Team Telecom" has gone quietly about its oversight functions of risk assessment, mitigation and oversight. But as multiple parts of the government grapple with supply chain security, including concerns about Chinese-made communications equipment, companies should anticipate enhanced scrutiny and greater compliance obligations, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • The Brave New World Of Autonomous Vehicle Litigation

    Jonathan Feczko

    Autonomous vehicles promise to change the way we commute, work and even plan cities. But equally dramatic may be the way they change how we prepare and try litigation following motor vehicle accidents. Exploring how autonomous vehicle litigation might look will help practitioners better prepare for the wave to come, say Jonathan Feczko and Zachary Adams of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • 'Injury In Fact' Standing After Cambridge Analytica

    Michael Ruttinger

    If personally identifiable information has value — the lesson of the Cambridge Analytica scandal — courts may find themselves revisiting the long-marginalized theory that the lost opportunity to profit from your own private data is itself sufficient to show you have been injured, says Michael Ruttinger of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.