Technology

  • April 18, 2018

    DirecTV Looks To Exit AT&T-Time Warner Merger Fight

    Satellite service provider DirecTV asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday to dismiss it from the U.S. Department of Justice suit challenging AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner, arguing that it has no business being in the case since it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the buyer.

  • April 18, 2018

    Judge Rips Ex-Autonomy CFO’s Defense In HP Fraud Trial

    A California federal judge criticized a defense offered by Autonomy's ex-financial chief as the government’s months-long fraud trial neared its conclusion Wednesday, saying his attorneys can’t tell a jury that Hewlett-Packard Co.’s own internal turmoil caused it to overvalue the British software company, because “even somebody dysfunctional can’t be lied to.”

  • April 18, 2018

    House Votes Unanimously To Scrap IRS Oversight Board

    In a show of bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of eliminating the Internal Revenue Service’s Oversight Board, along with other provisions.

  • April 18, 2018

    Senators Ask FCC For New Robocall Rules, Introduce Bills

    A group of senators asked the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to enact consumer safeguards to stem an “onslaught” of unwanted automated calls and texts, the same day robocall legislation was introduced and a Senate committee grilled a robocaller dragged to the hearing by subpoena.

  • April 18, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Altice, Carl Icahn, Grail

    The European Commission plans to fine Altice, Carl Icahn snapped up a less than 5 percent stake in Dell Technologies unit VMware, and Grail Inc. wants to raise $1 billion.

  • April 18, 2018

    Senators Seek Info On Mystery Cell Surveillance In DC

    A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to publicize information about potential cellphone surveillance in the Washington, D.C., area, saying in a letter the public should know more about the mysterious devices at the heart of the issue.

  • April 18, 2018

    Intel Units Allowed Easy Entry For Hackers, Suit Says

    Intel was slapped with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Tuesday claiming the tech giant took shortcuts when creating its central processing units, leading to a flaw that gives hackers and other cyber criminals the ability to access sensitive information on almost every computer that uses an Intel processor.

  • April 18, 2018

    Murphy & McGonigle Nabs CFTC Atty For Securities Team

    A chief trial attorney at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission who helped litigate market manipulation claims against Arcadia Petroleum and nabbed nearly $4 million in disgorgement from a Ponzi schemer in Hawaii has left to join the securities team at Murphy & McGonigle PC, the firm announced this week.

  • April 18, 2018

    Panasonic Wants Samsung Sanctioned In Antitrust Suit

    Panasonic Corp. asked a California federal court on Tuesday to sanction Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over a suit alleging Panasonic monopolized the flash memory card market, arguing that Samsung initiated and maintained the eight-year-old litigation in bad faith.

  • April 18, 2018

    WWE, Take-Two Slammed For Wrestler's Tattoos In Game

    A tattoo artist hit World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and others with a copyright infringement suit in Illinois federal court Tuesday, claiming several of the “WWE 2K” video games portray the distinctive tattoos she's done on professional wrestler Randy Orton.

  • April 18, 2018

    BBH Unit Closes Latest Fund At $250M Hard Cap

    The private equity and venture capital arm of financial services firm Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. said Wednesday that it has closed its latest fund with $250 million in commitments that will be used to invest in a range of sectors including health care and telecommunications.

  • April 17, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Will Hurt Small Cable Providers, CEO Says

    A small cable company’s CEO warned Tuesday in D.C. federal court that he’s already seen one merger between a pay-TV distributor and a television programmer impose competitively detrimental contract terms, and the same could happen with the merger between AT&T and Time Warner being challenged by the U.S. government.

  • April 17, 2018

    Justices Drop Microsoft Warrant Row, But Fight Far From Over

    Recently enacted federal legislation permitting prosecutors to reach user data stored abroad may have dealt the knockout blow to a U.S. Supreme Court dispute involving Microsoft, but the ability for service providers to continue to challenge international data grabs under the new regime means more fights aren’t far off, attorneys say.

  • April 17, 2018

    Breaking Down The Appeals In $1B VirnetX-Apple Patent War

    The nearly $1 billion won by VirnetX in patent trials against Apple Inc. exists under a cloud since the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has found the patents invalid. With appeals pending from the board's decisions and one of the trials, here's a look at VirnetX's arguments that the patents shouldn't have been reviewed, and Apple's efforts to flip the verdict.

  • April 17, 2018

    VIZIO, Others Broke Tariff Act By Infringing: ITC Judge

    An administrative judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has concluded that VIZIO, MediaTek and Sigma Designs all violated the Tariff Act by importing televisions and graphics components that infringed one patent held by Advanced Micro Devices, but decided that a second patent had not been violated.

  • April 17, 2018

    Tech Firms Vow Not To Aid Governments In Cyberattacks

    More than 30 technology companies and cybersecurity firms, led by Microsoft and Facebook, pledged Tuesday not to help any government launch cyberattacks on "innocent citizens" around the world, as part of a new agreement over conduct in cyberspace.

  • April 17, 2018

    No Need To Cover Photo Drone Crash At Nuptial, Insurer Says

    An insurance company shouldn’t have to cover a wedding photography company facing a lawsuit over a shoot that went horribly wrong, the insurer told a California federal court on Monday, saying the unfortunate incident in which a guest lost an eye to a drone is clearly covered by several exclusions.

  • April 17, 2018

    News Site Can Access VAT Case Docs, UK Judge Says

    A U.K. judge has allowed a news outlet to access court documents related to a technology company’s challenge to a lower court decision that found the company avoided paying value-added taxes, citing “a duty under common law” to make information available to nonparties.

  • April 17, 2018

    PTAB Agrees To Review Uniloc's File-Copying Patent

    Defensive patent group United Patents Inc. notched a win Tuesday when the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed to review a Uniloc patent covering technology meant to improve the process of copying large computer files, rejecting Uniloc's arguments that the petition should be denied because the group failed to name its members as interested parties in the proceeding.

  • April 17, 2018

    Education Technology Startup Pluralsight Files $100M IPO

    Technology skills developer Pluralsight Inc. filed an initial public offering late Monday with a preliminary fundraising estimate of $100 million, joining a wave of so-called unicorns to seek public markets following several strong debuts from recent technology IPOs.

Expert Analysis

  • Congressional Review Act Cannot Restore Net Neutrality

    Bennett Ross

    Proposals to use the Congressional Review Act to “undo” the Restoring Internet Freedom Order would not accomplish the objectives its proponents claim they want to achieve. In fact, it would only deprive consumers of a right to receive vital information about their broadband services, says Bennett Ross of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 6 Consumer Protection Enforcement Trends To Watch At FTC

    Howard Morse

    With new leadership poised to take the helm at the Federal Trade Commission, now is an opportune time to review the latest consumer protection trends and developments, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • Texas High Court Ruling On Patent Agents May Be Influential

    Perry Napolitano

    The Supreme Court of Texas last month became the first state high court to extend the attorney-client privilege to nonattorney patent agents. The Silver ruling could trigger similar decisions in other states, as two dozen other jurisdictions have the same attorney-client privilege rule upon which the decision was based, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Calif. Seeks Input On Clean Energy Equipment Tax Exemption

    Carley Roberts

    Next month, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration will hold an interested parties meeting regarding a partial sales and use tax exemption for electric generation and distribution equipment. Attorneys from Eversheds Sutherland LLP explain how the exemption has changed this year and why stakeholders may want to weigh in.

  • Foolishness Versus Fintech: Foolishness Wins Again

    Timothy Butler

    A Colorado federal court's recent decision in Meade v. Avant strikes another blow against many financial technology firms by limiting the valid-when-made doctrine, which provides that a loan that is valid when it's made does not become invalid when it's sold or assigned to a third party, say Timothy Butler and Chelsea Lamb of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Unique Office-Leasing Issues For Tech Companies: Part 2

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Daniel Suckerman

    When negotiating leases for office space, technology companies should exercise vigilance to ensure that assignment and subleasing provisions are reasonable and that the leases are as flexible as possible, says Daniel Suckerman of Lowenstein Sandler LLP in the final part of this article.

  • Opinion

    It's Time For The US To Re-Engage With The TPP

    Christopher Corr

    A year after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the remaining TPP countries have signed a revised agreement among themselves, and U.S. exporters may pay a heavy price. Now is the time for industries with the most to lose to push for a U.S. return to the TPP, says Christopher Corr of White & Case LLP.

  • A Closer Look At Long-Awaited DC Circ. Robocall Ruling

    Marc Martin

    While the D.C. Circuit's decision in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission didn't define "autodialer," it clarified what it's not. How the FCC may further clarify the definition remains to be seen, but the ruling should provide guidance on Telephone Consumer Protection Act compliance, say attorneys with Perkins Coie.