Technology

  • May 19, 2017

    Google Worker Can Compel Discovery In Confidentiality Row

    A San Francisco judge said Friday he would allow limited discovery to figure out whether the National Labor Relations Act covers the claims in a putative class action alleging Google’s confidentiality policies flout whistleblower and First Amendment rights, and if that means the case must be enforced federally.

  • May 19, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Wachtell, Vinson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Thermo Fisher Scientific picks up a Dutch pharmaceutical company for $7.2 billion, Moody’s buys a business intelligence provider for $3.27 billion, and Yahoo prepares to buy back $3 billion of its common shares before its core business is acquired by Verizon.

  • May 19, 2017

    Ciber Nearly Doubles Asset Price To $93M After Auction

    Bankrupt information technology services firm Ciber Inc. received court approval Friday in Delaware for a $93 million sale of its assets following a successful Chapter 11 auction held earlier this week.

  • May 19, 2017

    8th Circ. Refuses To Clarify 401(k) Retiree Loss Ruling

    The Eighth Circuit issued a terse order Thursday refusing a rehearing bid by ABB Inc. on a March opinion that remanded for a second time a suit accusing the technology conglomerate of changing retirement plans for its own benefit.

  • May 19, 2017

    DC Circ. Says FAA Drone Rule Can't Apply To Model Aircraft

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone registration rule to the extent it applies to model aircraft, finding the agency does not have the authority to regulate such aircraft under a 2012 law.

  • May 19, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Toshiba, EDF, Ducati

    Second-round bids for Toshiba's multibillion-dollar memory chip business have been placed, the European Commission will approve EDF's acquisition of a majority stake in the nuclear reactor business of Areva and multiple suitors are interested in a possible acquisition of Italian motorcycle company Ducati.

  • May 19, 2017

    Ex-Google Engineer Says Judge Forcing Uber To Fire Him

    A federal judge is unlawfully forcing Uber to fire the former Google engineer at the center of a high-profile fight between the two companies over driverless car technology if he doesn’t waive his Fifth Amendment rights, the ex-employee said in a court filing Thursday.

  • May 19, 2017

    DOD Needs More Purchasing Flexibility, Innovation: Experts

    Fixing the Defense Department won’t come through individual projects like the Defense Industry Unit Experimental, a panel of experts said Friday, calling for more thorough reforms to the DOD’s approach to new technology.

  • May 19, 2017

    3 Firms To Guide IPOs Totaling $549M Led By PE-Backed Deal

    Three firms are set to steer initial public offerings totaling about $549 million the week of May 22, led by a private-equity backed cable giant and two technology companies, representing a modest slate of deals as volume softens heading into Memorial Day weekend.

  • May 18, 2017

    Judge Threatens To Sanction $170M Disney Deal Objectors

    A California federal judge threatened to sanction two Disney producers on Thursday for challenging multiple pending settlements totaling $170 million that would end allegations Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks and other studios agreed not to poach each other’s animators, saying the producers can’t hold up the deals because they’re not class members.

  • May 18, 2017

    Lawsuits Accusing Facebook Of Aiding Hamas Terror Tossed

    A New York federal judge Thursday dismissed two lawsuits against Facebook that had alleged the company allowed Palestinian terrorist groups such as Hamas to use its social media platform to recruit members and incite violence, finding that one claim lacked standing and another failed to state an actionable claim.

  • May 18, 2017

    $395,000 Atty Fee Upheld In Paylocity Fee-Shift Battle

    A dispute over attorneys' fees took a testy turn Thursday in payroll software company Paylocity Holding Corp.’s continued defense of an overturned corporate bylaw that would shift legal expenses to stockholders if they lodge a corporate claim in a court outside Delaware.

  • May 18, 2017

    Blank Rome Adds 2 Conley Rose IP Attys In Houston

    Blank Rome LLP has hired away two partners from intellectual property boutique Conley Rose PC for the firm's Houston office.

  • May 18, 2017

    T-Mobile Wins $4.8M In IP Trial Over Robot Espionage

    A Washington federal jury awarded $4.8 million on Wednesday to T-Mobile over its claims that handset maker and former business partner Huawei undertook a concerted espionage campaign to glean the secrets behind a revolutionary phone-testing robot.

  • May 18, 2017

    Avaya Faces Opposition To Ch. 11 Exclusivity Extension

    Holders of more than $4.6 billion in first-lien debt against Avaya Inc. urged a New York bankruptcy court this week to reject the telecom giant’s request for a 120-day extension to exclusively file a Chapter 11 plan, criticizing the company’s current proposal and failure to include them in negotiations.

  • May 18, 2017

    GAO Sides With DHA Over Changes To Disputed Solicitation

    The Government Accountability Office has rejected a challenge to the Defense Health Agency’s change in requirements on a tech support contract, saying the agency acted properly in requesting revised quotations in response to protests over the contract award, rather than re-evaluating vendor proposals.

  • May 18, 2017

    Google Gets Part Of Video Delivery Patent Nixed At PTAB

    The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board found Wednesday that Google has shown several claims in a Vedanti Systems Ltd. patent covering video delivery technology are invalid, ruling that two patents issued more than two decades ago make the technology obvious in light of prior art.

  • May 18, 2017

    Jenner & Block Brings 3 Ex-FCC Officials On Board In DC

    Jenner & Block LLP announced on Thursday that it has bolstered its Washington, D.C., office with the addition of three former Federal Communications Commission officials who will join the firm’s communications, internet and technology practice.

  • May 18, 2017

    EU Fines Facebook $122M Over Lies During WhatsApp Deal

    The European Union's top antitrust enforcer slapped Facebook Inc. with a €110 million ($122.4 million) fine on Thursday for providing incorrect or misleading information during a 2014 European Commission investigation into Facebook’s $22 billion acquisition of the messaging service WhatsApp.

  • May 18, 2017

    Baker McKenzie, Eversheds, Latham Top Mobile Tech Push

    Mobile applications by Baker McKenzie, Eversheds Sutherland and Latham & Watkins LLP are among the most comprehensive and forward-thinking in today’s legal environment as the legal world starts to embrace mobile technologies more fully, a new report by app builder Fliplet has found.

Expert Analysis

  • Why FTC's Qualcomm Investigation Is Important

    Joshua Wolson

    The United States needs to pursue its investigation of Qualcomm vigorously both to ensure that Qualcomm is not acting improperly and also to deter future potential abuses of standard-essential patents, says Joshua Wolson of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

  • Series

    10 Years Of KSR: 2 'Common Sense' Outcomes At Fed. Circ.

    Hui Wauters

    Two Federal Circuit cases — Perfect Web v. InfoUSA and Arendi v. Apple — have applied the KSR “common sense” rationale in seemingly similar situations but with opposite results. Looking at what set the cases apart may shed light on what is truly common sense for an obviousness determination, says Hui Wauters of Sughrue Mion PLLC.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Herding Cats: Making The Most Out Of A Joint Defense Group

    Audra Dial

    Audra Dial, managing partner for Kilpatrick Townsend LLP’s Atlanta office, shares four strategies that she believes make multidefendant litigation more efficient — and ensure the joint defense group does not devolve into a leaderless group.

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • A Hollow Win For Ride-Sharing Cos. On Unionizing Drivers

    Daniel Handman

    When a federal judge in Seattle recently enjoined the city from enforcing parts of an ordinance allowing ride-sharing drivers to unionize, it was hailed as a major victory for a badly beaten industry. But that victory may prove to be fleeting, says Daniel Handman of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP.

  • Increasing Focus On Info Exchanges Among Competitors

    Phillip Johnson

    Sharing sensitive nonpublic information can have adverse effects on competition. Indeed, recent activity in private and public antitrust enforcement shows growing concern with competitors’ coordinated actions and information sharing, say Phillip Johnson and Niyati Ahuja of Econ One Research Inc.

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    10 Years Of KSR: The Evolution Of 'Common Sense'

    Karen McDaniel

    In KSR, the U.S. Supreme Court instructed lower courts to cast a broad net when considering patent obviousness, and condemned “rigid, preventative rules that deny factfinders recourse to common sense.” But just what is common sense, legally? In the decade since the decision, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the courts all have wrestled with this question, say Karen McDaniel and Lisa Colbur... (continued)

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.