Technology

  • July 11, 2017

    Chipmaker To Shell Out $7.25M To Settle Stock Drop Suit

    A class of investors announced a proposed $7.25 million settlement with chipmaker Montage Technology Group Ltd. in California federal court Monday, putting an end to a suit that claims the company misled investors about its relationship to a distributor and inflated stock prices ahead of a stock offering.

  • July 11, 2017

    Judge Says BigCommerce Patent Suit Should Stay In EDTX

    An infringement suit over a website hosting patent that was filed just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision should remain in the Eastern District of Texas, a judge said, finding BigCommerce Inc. lost its chance to fight venue by not raising the issue in earlier filings.

  • July 11, 2017

    Blue Star Grabs Youth Sports Media Biz

    Sports technology and media company Blue Star Sports Inc. said Monday it has acquired Stack Media Inc., a content and media provider geared toward youth and amateur athletes, and picked up an investment from the NFL’s venture capital arm as Blue Star looks to grow its youth sports offerings.

  • July 11, 2017

    Texas Judge Orders Consumers, Credit Monitor To Arbitration

    A federal judge in Texas on Monday determined a group of consumers who filed suit against One Technologies LP alleging the company committed fraud by leading them to believe they were signing up for a free credit report then enrolling them in a paid credit monitoring service will have to arbitrate the claim.

  • July 11, 2017

    Toshiba Can’t Block Western Digital’s JV Access, Judge Says

    A California state judge told Toshiba on Tuesday that it cannot block Western Digital’s access to their joint venture, granting the California-based company a temporary restraining order as tension between the pair heats up over the Japanese company’s anticipated sale of its memory business.

  • July 11, 2017

    Microsoft To Use TV 'White Spaces' To Extend Net Service

    Microsoft announced Monday it is moving forward with a plan to repurpose gaps between channels on TV-licensed spectrum as a way to extend internet service in rural areas, but at least one industry group says the software giant is just seeking an advantage after it refused to participate in a spectrum auction.

  • July 11, 2017

    Tech Firm Wants To Dodge Columbia Sportswear Hacking Suit

    Technology consulting firm Denali Advanced Integration asked an Oregon federal court Monday to throw out a Columbia Sportswear Co. suit alleging a former employee hacked into the apparel company’s computer systems after resigning, saying Columbia found no evidence to support its allegations and refused to share information with Denali.

  • July 11, 2017

    Feds Seek Just $676K From 3 Convicted In Coin.mx Scheme

    Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said Monday that they would seek a combined $676,000 from three men who were convicted of running an illegal bitcoin website and hijacking a credit union to process their transactions, barely one-twentieth of what it originally sought.

  • July 10, 2017

    French Telecom Co. Stole Facebook Calling App, Jury Told

    A now-defunct San Francisco-based startup told a California federal jury during the first day of trial Monday that Orange SA hacked its proprietary phone application to steal its technology allowing users to call friends through social media sites without their phone numbers, weeks before the French telecom giant launched a similar service with Facebook.

  • July 10, 2017

    German Law Revamped To Align With EU Data Privacy Regime

    Germany has become the first member state to revise its national privacy law in light of sweeping changes slated for May to the European Union’s data protection regime, while also taking advantage of several openings in the new bloc-wide regulation to set out its own rules for handling employee, health and other sensitive data.

  • July 10, 2017

    Google, 7 Other Tech Giants Form Patent Policy Group

    Google, Amazon, Intel and five other top technology companies joined forces Monday to form the High Tech Inventors Alliance, a group that says it aims to advocate a balanced patent policy.

  • July 10, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Knocks Gilstrap's Denial Of Genband Injunction

    The Federal Circuit on Monday faulted Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap’s decision not to impose a permanent injunction on Metaswitch after it was found to infringe Genband’s telecommunications patents, saying he possibly used too strict a test to make his decision.

  • July 10, 2017

    Fitbit Sued By Immersion Over 'Haptic' Tech Patents

    Fitbit Inc. was slapped with a patent infringement suit in California federal court Monday from Immersion Corporation that accuses the wearable technology company of illegally using Immersion’s so-called “haptic” feedback technology in its health and fitness devices.

  • July 10, 2017

    EU-Japan Trade Agreement: What You Need To Know

    The European Union and Japan have come together on the broad strokes of a new trade agreement that will forge two of the globe’s largest economies under a united set of trading rules and send waves that reverberate far beyond the two governments’ borders. Here, Law360 offers a rundown of the deal and its potential ramifications for the trade bar.

  • July 10, 2017

    GoDaddy Customers Denied Cert. In Virtual Server Row

    An Arizona federal judge has opted not to certify a proposed class of consumers who allege that GoDaddy Inc. misrepresented its virtual servers as being stand-alone products, saying that the proposed class members did not experience a common enough purchasing experience to warrant a joint class.

  • July 10, 2017

    Euronext Drops $34M For Stake In Digital Portal iBabs

    Euronext said Monday it acquired a majority stake in iBabs, a Dutch provider of digital portal services that seeks to help corporate boards reduce their reliance on paper, for €30.1 million ($34.3 million), the latest of several acquisitions for the growth-minded European stock exchange.

  • July 10, 2017

    Vending Machine Co. Accuses Rival Of Trade Secrets Rip-Off

    A vending machine services startup told a federal judge at the first day of a bench trial in Massachusetts on Monday that a onetime partner violated its copyright, breached its contract and misappropriated its trade secrets in a joint venture gone wrong.

  • July 10, 2017

    Netflix, Starz Can't Beat Data IP Suits, Blackbird Says

    A patent-holding company founded by former WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis LLP partners has asked a Delaware federal court to keep alive its infringement claims against Netflix, Starz and others, saying the streaming sites “oversimplify” claims of the data storage patent at issue in arguing that it is invalid.

  • July 10, 2017

    11 Hard Rock Hotels Hit By Sabre Data Breach

    Hard Rock Hotels has added itself to the list of companies affected by a data hack targeting a third-party booking platform that exposed the personal reservation information of hotel guests.

  • July 10, 2017

    Ex-Akin Gump Atty Accused Of FCA Caper In Talks With Feds

    Lawyers for a one-time Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP litigator allegedly caught trying to sell a sealed False Claims Act complaint to a cybersecurity firm said Friday they are in “productive discussions” with prosecutors and want to again push back his arraignment.

Expert Analysis

  • Why We Must Teach Self-Driving Cars How To Crash

    Todd Benoff

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s policy on automated vehicles has sparked debate on a number of issues, but one remains unaddressed: How should self-driving cars make ethical decisions when an accident is unavoidable? The data shows that how moral algorithms are (or are not) regulated could impact the acceptance of driverless vehicles, says Todd Benoff of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.

  • Patent Exhaustion Ruling Will Affect Many Industries

    Mark Baghdassarian

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent expansion of the patent exhaustion doctrine in Impression Products v. Lexmark raises potentially far-reaching implications that may range from lower prices for consumer products and lower profitability for companies, to higher prices for consumer products and higher profitability for companies, say Mark Baghdassarian and Friedrich Laub of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide

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    Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Key Privacy Developments In Trump's First 150 Days

    Jaipat S. Jain

    Recent significant shifts in privacy policy include an executive order withdrawing Privacy Act protections for non-U.S. individuals, and the rollback of the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules, says Jaipat S. Jain of Lazare Potter & Giacovas LLP.

  • Protect Innovation By Making FDA Compliance Admissible

    Lisa Dwyer

    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear a case concerning a medical device maker's right to introduce the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s review and authorization of its product into evidence. Such information should be a legitimate part of companies' full and robust defenses of their products, say Lisa Dwyer of King & Spalding LLP and Matthew Wetzel of AdvaMed.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • The Latest SEP Developments In China

    Guizhen Han

    China's current judicial practices appear to indicate that standard-essential patent holders are in a favorable condition to commence relevant patent infringement litigation to protect legitimate rights and interests in China, say attorneys with Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • A Bipartisan Call For STRONGER Patents

    Chris Coons

    The American patent system has been weakened by recent court decisions and unintended consequences of the post-issuance proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. That is why I introduced the STRONGER Patents Act on Wednesday,​ says Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.