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Technology

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    Apple Exec Rips Qualcomm's Chip 'Stranglehold' In FTC Trial

    Apple's vice president of procurement criticized Qualcomm's business practices during day four of a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust allegations against the chipmaker Friday, testifying that Qualcomm developed a “stranglehold” over Apple and tried to charge "gouged" chip prices, which pushed Apple to end their exclusive chip supply deal.

  • January 11, 2019

    Shutdown Is Hampering 5G Deployment, Telecom Group Says

    As the government shutdown continues, new devices to help deploy 5G across the country and technologies to support it await approval, the Telecommunications Industry Association said Friday, asking the FCC to take action to lessen the shutdown’s impact.

  • January 11, 2019

    TracFone Accuses NJ Company Of Device Trafficking Scheme

    Noticing evidence of a recent uptick in trafficking of mobile devices it sells, TracFone Wireless Inc. took swift action to sue a New Jersey company and its operators over an alleged scheme that has damaged the mobile provider financially and also harmed its trademarks and reputation, TracFone's attorney said Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Ballard Spahr Nabs First Amendment Litigator In Minneapolis

    Ballard Spahr LLP has scored a First Amendment attorney from Faegre Baker Daniels LLP who has a track record of representing news organizations and others against defamation and libel claims, the firm announced.

  • January 11, 2019

    Thune Swaps Commerce Panel Chair For Subcommittee Helm

    U.S. Sen. John Thune, the new GOP whip, will trade one committee gig for another when he leaves his position at the helm of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to lead its subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, the senator’s office announced Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Alphabet Board Hid Execs' Misconduct, 2nd Investor Suit Says

    Several executives from Google Inc. parent Alphabet Inc., including its chief legal officer, were hit with another lawsuit from a shareholder in California state court Thursday, claiming that covered-up sexual misconduct has hurt the company’s value.

  • January 11, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Slack, Dalian Wanda, Anheuser-Busch

    The company behind workplace instant-messaging app Slack is reportedly planning on undertaking a direct listing, Dalian Wanda plans to list its sports unit in the U.S., and Anheuser-Busch InBev is mulling publicly listing its Asian operations.

  • January 11, 2019

    Cemtrex Settles Shareholder Suits Over Stock Drop

    Industrial equipment manufacturer Cemtrex Inc. has agreed to stop its use of a stock promoter and to institute several corporate governance reforms to resolve a pair of derivative actions and a New York state court suit accusing the company of misconduct that caused stock values to plummet.

  • January 11, 2019

    Brand Battles: Pizza Hut Tackles 'Football' Trademark

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Pizza Hut defends its status as the official sponsor of the NFL and NCAA football by aiming to sack an "Official Pizza of Football" application, Nintendo isn't cryptic about its opposition to a blockchain riff on Pokémon, and Salesforce claims a broad "family" of "force"-related trademarks.

  • January 11, 2019

    Siemens, Wabtec Train Control IP Trial To Open In Del.

    An eight-day trial over the alleged infringement of eight Siemens Mobility Inc. patents used in "positive train control" systems is slated to open in Delaware federal court Monday, the culmination of a dispute rooted in broader competition for a multibillion-dollar, multiyear rail network safety upgrade.

  • January 11, 2019

    10th Circ. Lets FCC 5G Order Proceed, But In The 9th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit has ruled that a Federal Communications Commission rule governing how wireless infrastructure must be deployed on a local level may start to take effect Monday amid a handful of municipal-led lawsuits challenging the rule as an overreach of the federal government’s powers.

  • January 11, 2019

    DLA Piper Adds Privacy, Data Security Specialist In SF

    Privacy and data security specialist Tracy Shapiro has joined DLA Piper's intellectual property and technology practice as a partner in San Francisco, where the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC alum will assist clients on privacy, advertising and marketing law, the firm said.

  • January 11, 2019

    Tech Startup Partner Gets $5.9M Arbitration Award OK'd

    A federal judge in Texas has affirmed a nearly $6 million arbitration award in favor of a founding partner of a technology startup, rejecting arguments from the inventor of the technology that the sum should be axed altogether or knocked down to $500,000.

  • January 11, 2019

    $29M Yahoo Breach Deal In Calif. Ends Chancery Suit In Del.

    Parties to a Delaware derivative action over data breaches at Yahoo filed a stipulation of dismissal Friday in the state’s chancery court, saying a settlement in a similar California suit resolved the claims here.

  • January 11, 2019

    AMD Hits MediaTek With Graphics Patent Suit After ITC Probe

    American semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices ramped up its patent fight with rival MediaTek on Friday, asking a Delaware federal judge to find that Taiwan-based MediaTek is selling and importing televisions and graphics components that infringe two AMD patents.

  • January 11, 2019

    Health Hires: Lewis Brisbois, Pierce Bainbridge, Bradley Arant

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, McGuireWoods LLP, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Dentons and King & Spalding LLP are the latest firms to add new health and life sciences talent to their ranks.

  • January 11, 2019

    FBI Must Answer Court On BuzzFeed Docs Despite Shutdown

    A Florida federal judge ruled Friday that the ongoing government shutdown will not give the FBI more time to file a position statement on unsealing documents used in a case against BuzzFeed over its publishing of a dossier claiming links between President Donald Trump and Russia.

  • January 11, 2019

    IT Contractor Can't Regain $122M Navy Award At GAO

    The Government Accountability Office found no issue with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.’s win of a $122 million U.S. Navy information technology contract in a decision made public Friday, rejecting the incumbent contractor’s argument that it lost out because of minor terminology quibbles and unfair past performance ratings.

  • January 11, 2019

    Samsung Ducks Out Of Mobile Traffic, Battery Life IP Suit

    Samsung Electronics America Inc.’s involvement in a consolidated patent infringement suit over technology relating to mobile traffic and battery life conservation, among other things, ended Thursday when a Texas federal judge ordered the case closed after previously granting Samsung and Seven Networks LLC’s joint motion to dismiss.

Expert Analysis

  • Will Fed. Circ. Consider The Competitor Standing Doctrine?

    Matthew Dowd

    A major hurdle to the Federal Circuit’s full participation in developing patent law is Article III standing to appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Matthew Dowd of Dowd Scheffel PLLC and Jonathan Stroud of Unified Patents examine whether the Federal Circuit will recognize and apply competitor standing for establishing an injury in fact.

  • How FIRRMA Changed National Security Reviews In 2018

    Farhad Jalinous

    The passage of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act in August expanded the range of transactions that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is able to review for national security concerns — especially transactions related to China, say attorneys at White & Case LLP.

  • Ripe For High Court: Article III Standing In Data Breach Cases

    Ken Kronstadt

    Following Spokeo v. Robins, divergent court decisions have created uncertainty over insurance coverage for data breaches when customers' information is exposed but not misused. The matter of Zappos could provide the U.S. Supreme Court with an opportunity to resolve the split of authority, says Ken Kronstadt of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • A Series Of 1st-Time Crypto Actions For The SEC

    David Zaslowsky

    November was an especially aggressive month for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in terms of cracking down on unauthorized digital activities. Three enforcement actions described as "firsts" demonstrate that the SEC will be using all of the tools in its toolkit, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • How The GDPR Changed Data Privacy In 2018

    Jessica Lee

    The European Union General Data Protection Regulation became enforceable on May 25, 2018, bringing in a flurry of privacy notice updates, the shutdown of certain EU-facing websites and advertising activities, and a good amount of heartburn for companies within its territorial scope, says Jessica Lee of Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Which Class Action Question Will Justices Decide?

    Steve Carey

    In Frank v. Gaos, the U.S. Supreme Court may never address the issue of cy pres awards if it instead rules that none of the named plaintiffs had standing to bring the class action in the first place, says Steve Carey of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP​​​​​​​.