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  • December 13, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Law Firms' New Tools, Tech Tie-Ups

    The world of legal technology is evolving quickly, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent developments.

  • December 12, 2018

    FDA Explains Expectations For Drugmakers' Data Retention

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration answered drugmakers’ questions Wednesday about how to maintain data from drug tests and the manufacturing floor, following an uptick in violations of federal information retention standards.

  • December 12, 2018

    Nikon Says Zeiss, ASML 'Stretching' IP Claims Against It

    Nikon Corp. told a California federal jury during closing arguments Wednesday that lens maker Carl Zeiss and semiconductor maker ASML “overreached and exaggerated” allegations it infringed camera sensor patents and caused $23.9 million in damages, stressing that even one missing claim element means there is no infringement.

  • December 12, 2018

    No 'God-Given Right' To Discovery In Antitrust MDL, CDK Says

    CDK Global LLC stood by its refusal to comply with a second discovery request filed in the multidistrict litigation accusing it of conspiring with a rival to monopolize the market for car dealership data, telling an Illinois federal judge Tuesday that the competitors suing it don’t have a “God-given right” to unlimited discovery.

  • December 12, 2018

    Tokopedia Lands $1.1B E-Commerce Funding Round

    Indonesian technology company and e-commerce platform PT Tokopedia said on Wednesday that it has closed its latest funding round with $1.1 billion in commitments that it plans to use to increase technology and infrastructure to help grow local businesses.

  • December 12, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Launches Video Game, Esports Group

    Greenberg Traurig LLP on Tuesday announced the formation of its new video game and esports group, which is set to serve clients in the billion-dollar entertainment industry.

  • December 12, 2018

    2nd Circ. Agrees Xerox Worker's Benefits Claim Was Too Late

    A Second Circuit panel on Wednesday handed a win to a Xerox benefit plan in a retiree’s suit claiming that a “phantom” deduction unlawfully cut into his pension benefits, finding he brought a benefits denial claim too late. 

  • December 12, 2018

    GOP Sen. Says He May Allow FCC Nominee Vote Soon

    The hurdle blocking the confirmation of two Federal Communications Commission nominees could be removed by the end of the year.

  • December 12, 2018

    FCC Votes 3-1 To Label Texts As Information Service

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to classify text messages as a Title I information service, a move that the agency’s Republican majority said will ward off a potential plethora of spam texts despite the lone Democratic commissioner’s warning that it will give companies censorship abilities.

  • December 12, 2018

    IP Challengers Needn’t Show All Arguments Will Win: PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board said Tuesday a patent challenger doesn’t need to show that each of its arguments will be successful in order for the board to institute America Invents Act review, refusing to back down from an approach it has sometimes taken following the U.S. Supreme Court’s SAS Institute ruling.

  • December 12, 2018

    EU-Japan Trade Pact Set To Take Effect In February

    The bilateral trade agreement between Japan and the European Union will take effect in February following its ratification by lawmakers Wednesday, effectively creating the largest free trade zone ever implemented by a regional trade accord.

  • December 12, 2018

    NY Pirate Radio Operator Arrested After FCC Tip

    A pirate radio operator in Westchester, New York has been busted by local authorities working off a tip from the Federal Communications Commission, the agency announced Wednesday, marking a rare arrest in an enforcement arena that is usually limited to fines and seizures.

  • December 12, 2018

    FCC OKs Media Ownership Review, Marketplace Assessment

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday kicked off its periodic review of its local media ownership rules and released a first-of-its-kind report that outlines the state of the whole media industry, but the agency’s Republican majority took flak for allegedly still not capturing the whole picture.

  • December 12, 2018

    Google Tracking Class Actions Consolidated In Calif.

    Six proposed class actions accusing Google of tracking and storing users’ private location information even, in instances where consumers have opted out, have been consolidated in a California federal court.

  • December 12, 2018

    Sprint Wants In On Tribal Row Over FCC 5G Exemption Rule

    Sprint and a wireless industry trade group have petitioned to intervene in the Federal Communications Commission's dispute with tribes and environmentalists over its plan to accelerate the rollout of 5G infrastructure, saying small-cell fixtures should be exempt from certain environmental and historic regulatory reviews.

  • December 12, 2018

    Industry Groups Hail Move For Reassigned Numbers Database

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to establish a comprehensive database of reassigned phone numbers, which it says will help companies keep track of when consumers abandon a phone number and cut down on the amount of misdirected calls.

  • December 12, 2018

    Federal IT Acquisition Still Needs Improvement, GAO Says

    Although federal agencies have improved their information technology acquisition and cybersecurity practices over time, they still have a distance to go to fully meet their statutory requirements and implement related recommendations, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

  • December 12, 2018

    Uber Ran Rival Off Road With Fake Ride Requests, Suit Says

    A shuttered ride-hailing startup accused Uber in California federal court Tuesday of requesting rides and canceling them shortly before pickups in a scheme to push competitors out, saying it cost consumers “lower prices, higher quality, and more options.”

  • December 12, 2018

    Investor Seeks Halt Of $1.9B Apptio-Vista Deal For More Info

    An Apptio Inc. shareholder filed a proposed class action in Delaware federal court on Tuesday seeking to halt the information technology company’s proposed $1.9 billion merger with Vista Equity Partners, claiming not enough information has been provided for investors to make an informed vote on the transaction.

  • December 12, 2018

    Nixon Peabody Snags Corporate Pro For San Francisco Office

    Nixon Peabody LLP has announced that it boosted its corporate practice in Northern California with a former Perkins Coie LLP attorney with experience in emerging growth companies, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions in the technology industry.

Expert Analysis

  • A Multistate Perspective On Taxation Of Digital Products

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    While most states have addressed the taxability of canned and custom software, these two concepts already appear antiquated. Now, with electronically delivered and remotely accessible software, the guidance among states has begun to diverge substantially, says Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • A Series Of Avoidable Missteps In PLX Sale

    Gail Weinstein

    It takes an extraordinary series of mistakes for a stockholder or a banker to be found to have aided and abetted a board’s fiduciary breaches. The Delaware Chancery Court's decision last month in a shareholder suit following PLX Technology's acquisition illustrates the errors and how they can be readily avoided, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • A Look At The Patenting Trends For Artificial Intelligence

    Aaron Gin

    Our research on patent filings for artificial intelligence inventions suggests that different AI‑related claim terms can lead to vastly different patent examination outcomes, say Aaron Gin, Michael Krasniansky and Alexandra MacKenzie of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP.

  • Autonomous Vehicles And UK Product Liability Law: Part 2

    Michaela Herron

    With autonomous vehicles expected to hit the streets of the United Kingdom soon, manufacturers, insurers and their legal counsel face the challenge of determining how the U.K.'s product liability laws will be applied to questions of negligence, evidence and contracts raised by self-driving vehicles, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • Employer 'Glassdoor Wars' Will Carry On After Tech Co. Win

    Alexander Batoff

    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. IXL Learning — where in California federal court the EEOC unsuccessfully alleged a fired transgender employee suffered unlawful retaliation — is far from the first example of a Glassdoor review taking center stage in an employment-related lawsuit, and it certainly will not be the last, says Alexander Batoff of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • How The FAA Reauthorization Accelerates Drone Integration

    Joel Roberson

    The law reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration requires the FAA to take numerous regulatory actions that will reshape the use of drones by governmental, commercial, hobbyist and recreational operators, say Joel Roberson and Jennifer Nowak of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Autonomous Vehicles And UK Product Liability Law: Part 1

    Michaela Herron

    Autonomous vehicles present a number of challenges to the United Kingdom's product liability legal framework, especially with regard to the vehicles' heavy reliance on software, consumers' expectations of safety and the need for compliance with varying local traffic rules, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • A Theory For Defending Libel Suits In An AI World

    Michael Giudicessi

    ​P​ublic figures will face great difficulty winning libel suits involving ​speech generated by artificial intelligence​, ​and even in a private figure case, publishers who use algorithms​ ​can rely on the well-established wire-service defense to avoid liability​, say Michael Giudicessi and Leita Walker of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Perspectives

    Class Cy Pres Settlements Are A Troubling Practice

    Mary Massaron

    Class actions are often touted as a powerful mechanism for access to justice, but is this true when there is zero chance of recovery for class members? asks Mary Massaron, a partner at Plunkett Cooney PC and former president of Lawyers for Civil Justice.