Technology

  • February 13, 2017

    Russia's Megafon Pays $740M For Stake In Internet Co.

    Russian mobile phone giant Megafon OJSC has agreed to pay $740 million for a majority stake in privately owned internet and social media firm Mail.Ru Group, the companies said on Monday, with assistance from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Mourant Ozannes BVI.

  • February 10, 2017

    Google Hit With $20M Jury Verdict Over Malware Patents

    A Texas federal jury awarded an inventor and the family of his late partner $20 million in damages Friday, after finding Google had infringed on three of their patents for malware protection software.

  • February 10, 2017

    LG Hid 'Bootloop' Defect On Smartphones, Consumers Say

    LG Electronics USA Inc. is facing a putative class action filed in California federal court Wednesday that says it failed to warn consumers about “bootlooping” defects, or random restarting and freezing, of its V10 smartphones.

  • February 10, 2017

    Jury Hands Intellectual Ventures A Win In Toshiba IP Row

    Toshiba Corp. and one of its units has induced infringement of an Intellectual Ventures patent for an adapter that allows a handheld computer to communicate with multiple attached devices, a Delaware federal jury concluded on Friday.

  • February 10, 2017

    At Least 5 Cos. Swallowed By GAO Authority 'Doughnut Hole'

    Although its full impact may never be known, a recent gap of several months in the U.S. Government Accountability Office's authority to hear civilian task order protests resulted in five companies having their protests rejected, GAO records show. Here are the five unlucky protesters and the reasons why the GAO shot down their protests.

  • February 10, 2017

    Next-Gen Broadcasting Perilous For Small Cable, FCC Told

    The American Cable Association has urged the Federal Communications Commission to beware of the potential capacity strains that small cable companies could face with the approval of a next-generation broadcasting standard, saying the proposed transition "holds great peril."

  • February 10, 2017

    Oracle Says Trial Judge 'Undermined' Google Copyright Case

    Oracle kicked off a hotly anticipated appeal Friday aimed at reviving its $8.8 billion copyright lawsuit against Google, saying jurors sided with the rival company only because a trial judge "undermined" Oracle's case.

  • February 10, 2017

    Pension Suit Over Yahoo Investment In Alibaba Again Tossed

    A California federal judge on Friday told a pension fund that he did not have the authority to revoke an exemption granted to Yahoo by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that excepted the tech giant from registering as an investment company and, for the second time, dismissed its shareholder derivative suit. 

  • February 10, 2017

    Justices Urged To Ditch USPTO's Review Procedures

    An analytic software developer has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appellate ruling that the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board's final decision in an inter partes review the company requested did not need to address every patent claim it had challenged.

  • February 10, 2017

    Morgan & Morgan Gets Lead In Yahoo Data Breach MDL

    A California federal judge on Friday appointed John Yanchunis of Morgan & Morgan PA's complex litigation group as counsel to take the lead in multidistrict litigation against Yahoo Inc. over massive data breaches affecting more than a billion users.

  • February 10, 2017

    Alabama City Sued Over 'Unconstitutional' Traffic Cameras

    An Alabama city and the company that installed its traffic cameras have conspired to illegally profit from constitutional and civil rights violations, a proposed class of people photographed allegedly running red lights told a federal court Wednesday.

  • February 10, 2017

    Delhi High Court Leaves ICC Award Intact

    A Delhi High Court justice refused Thursday to upend an arbitration decision won by investors against the promoters of a canceled Indian IT economic zone, concluding the promoters waited too long to challenge the arbitrators themselves and that the investors didn't breach their end of the bargain.

  • February 10, 2017

    Municipalities Warn FCC Against 5G Infrastructure Mandate

    Several city and town leaders from across the country have urged the Federal Communications Commission against a broad federal mandate to clear the way for infrastructure for next-generation wireless technology at the local level, citing existing staffing and other challenges.

  • February 10, 2017

    Fed. Circ. OKs Amazon's Alice Win In Appistry Patent Suits

    A Federal Circuit panel confirmed a pair of Amazon patent wins under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice standards on Friday when it affirmed two lower court rulings tossing out infringement allegations from Appistry Inc. over its computing patents.

  • February 10, 2017

    3rd Circ. Backs Infosys In Rival’s Noncompete Row

    Infosys Ltd. cannot be held responsible for breaching noncompete contracts it did not know existed, a Third Circuit panel ruled Thursday in a information technology consulting rival's dispute over a project for Time Warner Cable Inc. 

  • February 10, 2017

    Snap's $3B IPO Denies Shareholders Say On Exec Pay

    Shareholders who invest in Snapchat maker Snap Inc.’s estimated $3 billion initial public offering won’t have a say on executive pay as required of most public companies in the wake of Dodd-Frank reforms, a condition born from the company’s uncommon decision to issue no-vote shares, according to a regulatory filing amended on Wednesday.

  • February 10, 2017

    Jawbone Can't Invalidate Three Fitbit Patents, Judge Rules

    A California federal judge rejected on Thursday a bid by wearable technology maker Jawbone to invalidate three of Fitbit's wearable fitness tracker patents at the heart of Fitbit’s infringement lawsuit against the rival device maker, ruling that the patents are sufficiently inventive to be patented and not invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling.

  • February 10, 2017

    Northrop, BAE, Raytheon, Others Net $3B Missile Contract

    Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc., BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Raytheon Co. and five other companies will share a $3.04 billion U.S. Army contract for the research and development of missile defense technology, the U.S. Department of Defense announced on Thursday.

  • February 10, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Vinson, Bracewell, Debevoise

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Parsley Energy in Texas makes its biggest expansion to date with the acquisition of $2.8 billion of oil and gas assets, private equity shop Clayton Dubilier & Rice enters into a $2.3 billion sale of Mauser Group, and CyrusOne Inc. acquires two data centers for $490 million.

  • February 9, 2017

    Firms Fight To Lead Yahoo Data Breach MDL

    Five law firms fought in California federal court Thursday to take the lead in multidistrict litigation against Yahoo Inc. over massive data breaches affecting more than a billion users, with one firm arguing that the litigation is sufficiently complex that it could take two law firms to litigate.

Expert Analysis

  • Federal Automated Vehicles Policy: A Work In Progress

    Hanley Chew

    Laws and regulations governing driverless vehicles vary between states. Last fall, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority issued the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy — the first comprehensive attempt by the federal government to regulate this developing technology. But the policy is drawing mixed reviews from some interest groups, says Hanley Chew of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • What The Qualcomm Case Tells Us About FTC And FRAND

    Michael T. Renaud

    Federal Trade Commission staff will no doubt characterize its recent complaint against Qualcomm as the mere application of traditional antitrust principles to conduct that just happens to involve intellectual property licensing. If that were the case, then it should have been uncontroversial to include a discussion of these practices in the revised guidelines released four days earlier, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Gl... (continued)

  • Blaming Online Platforms For Violence Is Likely To Fail

    Seth D. Berlin

    Recently, the families of victims killed by violent criminals have filed several lawsuits against internet powerhouses like Google, Twitter and Facebook, alleging that the platforms should be held responsible. These claims will probably be rejected due to federal statutory immunity, the First Amendment and common law requirements for establishing tort liability, say Seth Berlin and Steven Zansberg of Levine Sullivan Koch & Shulz LLP.

  • Stingray Revealed: Cell-Site Trackers And The 4th Amendment

    Daniel Wenner

    The Seventh Circuit majority in U.S. v. Patrick contends it is not “a concrete case” about the Stingray. And it’s probably right. But the use — and potential abuse — of the Stingray raises concerns about what technology might be able to do. That is why Chief Judge Diane Wood took a different and perhaps more holistic tack, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • A New Meaning For FRAND In Korea's Qualcomm Sanctions

    Michael T. Renaud

    The Korean Fair Trade Commission's antitrust fines against Qualcomm last month provide insight into how Korea views a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory encumbrance, showing that Korea's perspective is rooted in policy, not contract, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC.

  • SEC HomeStreet Action Broadly Interprets Dodd-Frank

    Nicolas Morgan

    With its expanded definition of retaliation in place in 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought a cavalcade of settled enforcement actions, culminating with its recent action against HomeStreet. Each of these cases has pushed the envelope further and further away from Dodd-Frank’s simple prohibition on retaliation, say Nicolas Morgan and Thomas Zaccaro of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • How Mobility-Focused Tech Will Affect Auto Regs

    Michael R. Nelson

    Attendees of the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas spoke openly about the need to rethink everything, including how the insurance marketplace and risk-management practices will adapt to a mobility-focused world. The focus on mobility and the internet of things foreshadows two key challenges that the auto industry and legal practitioners will face in the near future, say Michael Nelson and Kara Ford of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

  • 10 Antitrust Trends And Developments To Watch This Year

    Howard Morse

    President Donald Trump’s competition policies are sure to top the headlines in 2017. We can expect renewed focus on the SMARTER Act, continued attention to the pharmaceutical industry, and hurdles for foreign investment in the U.S., say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • Cybersecurity And The Economic Loss Doctrine

    Alexis Kellert

    The Eleventh Circuit's holding earlier this month in Silverpop Systems v. Leading Market Technologies helps clarify the type of evidence a party must offer to prove that a duty existed in the context of a cybersecurity breach. It also shows how the economic loss doctrine can provide a shield against tort actions brought over cyberattacks, says Alexis Kellert of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.