Technology

  • October 6, 2017

    Phone Patent Claims Against Gov't Time-Barred: Fed. Circ.

    A Federal Circuit panel affirmed a Court of Federal Claims decision to nix an inventor’s suit alleging that the U.S. government infringed his intellectual property related to dual handset telephones, finding Friday that he failed to sue within a special statute of limitations.

  • October 6, 2017

    Fla. Tinder User Reasserts Claim That App Isn't Free

    A Tinder user urged a Florida federal court Thursday not to swipe left and dismiss his putative class action claiming the dating app defrauded users by introducing a premium subscription that limited its free features, saying new facts the company submitted do not diminish his allegations.

  • October 6, 2017

    4 Men Charged In $16M Pentagon Kickback Scheme

    Four men, including a government employee, have been charged with operating a kickback and bribery scheme that saddled the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General with more than $15.7 million in fraudulent payments on a telecommunications contract, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday in Virginia federal court.

  • October 6, 2017

    Lawmakers Blast FCC's Proposed Broadband Standards

    A group of lawmakers told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai Thursday that they are "gravely concerned" that the agency’s proposed standards for acceptable internet access and speeds could "undo significant progress and investment" advanced by both the FCC and Congress.

  • October 6, 2017

    3 Telecom Takeaways From The 2017 Hurricane Season

    A trio of storms pummeled Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico during August and September, inflicting devastating death tolls and decimating communications networks crucial to restoration efforts. Here, Law360 looks at the major post-storm takeaways likely to affect communications law in the future.

  • October 5, 2017

    Full 9th Circ. Won't Review $8.5M Google Privacy Pact

    The full Ninth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a split panel decision upholding a contested $8.5 million class action settlement in a privacy dispute against Google Inc., prompting the objectors to vow to take the challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • October 5, 2017

    Tax Court Orders Transferee To Settle $6.9M Liability Row

    The U.S. Tax Court refused to allow a convicted tax evader to withdraw his own lawsuit challenging the IRS over $6.9 million in liabilities and ruled instead, in a published opinion released Thursday, that the taxpayer must reach an agre​ement with the IRS, despite his insistence that he has already done so.

  • October 5, 2017

    Twitter's User Metrics Set Off #Legal Storm With Investors

    Twitter and its investors squared off before a California federal judge Thursday over the latter's allegations that the social network and two of its executives misled them about its user metrics to boost its stock, with the company arguing that the alleged misrepresentations are hearsay or nonactionable statistics that were “reversed engineered.”

  • October 5, 2017

    Tech Co. Accepts $264K Fine After Exposing Vermonters' Info

    A technology company has agreed to a $264,000 penalty after an issue with its cloud-based IT support system led to the names and Social Security numbers of 660 users of Vermont’s health insurance exchange showing up online, according to the state attorney general.

  • October 5, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bain Capital, Unilever, SeaWorld

    Bain Capital plans to list the multibillion-dollar memory business it recently bought from Toshiba, a number of private equity suitors are vying for Unilever's margarine and spreads business, and Merlin Entertainments is considering an acquisition of SeaWorld, worth a little more than $6 billion.

  • October 5, 2017

    Open Internet Groups Target Dems Over Yes Votes For Pai

    The four Democratic senators who voted this week to reconfirm Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission were labeled “Team Cable” on Wednesday by net neutrality advocacy groups and threatened with billboards informing constituents of their “vote against the internet.”

  • October 5, 2017

    VTech Toy Co. Seeks Toss Of Data Breach Suit

    VTech Electronics told an Illinois federal judge Thursday that a narrowed suit over the hack of an online portal for its digital learning toys that comprised the data of 11 million adults and children still rests on a flawed foundation.

  • October 5, 2017

    Jury To Hear Of Plantronics Email Deletion In $600M Trial

    Heading into an antitrust trial between headset makers Plantronics and Jabra with as much as $600 million at stake, a Delaware judge decided Thursday on the exact instructions a jury must receive regarding the deletion of thousands of emails by a then-Plantronics executive.

  • October 5, 2017

    Westinghouse Seeks OK To Pay $8.3M In Exec Incentives

    Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC asked a New York bankruptcy court Wednesday for permission to pay up to $8.3 million in bonuses to company executives and raise the salaries of its chief officers, saying that the adjustments are critical to maintaining the debtors' workforce and enhancing enterprise value.

  • October 5, 2017

    Hotel Deals Site Closes $111M Series D Funding Round

    A London-based luxury travel deal website on Thursday said it had closed a Series D investment and debt facility, led by Singapore investment company Temasek, at $111 million, bringing the online marketplace’s total funding to nearly $153 million.

  • October 5, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Grills Both Sides In $106M Google Patent Row

    Hearing an appeal of a Delaware jury verdict that Google Earth does not infringe a mapping patent, a panel of Federal Circuit judges pressed attorneys for both sides Thursday about whether the trial testimony of Google's witnesses supported the jury's decision.

  • October 5, 2017

    Ex-NFLers' Publicity Claim Can't Be Revived, EA Says

    Electronic Arts Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to reject a bid by retired NFL players to revive a state publicity claim in their putative class action alleging the game maker improperly used their likenesses in Madden video games, arguing the players haven’t presented any new arguments.

  • October 5, 2017

    Ex-Bookkeeper Stole $1.6M From NJ Co. Via PayPal, Feds Say

    Pennsylvania federal prosecutors Thursday filed an indictment charging a Philadelphia man with using PayPal to embezzle $1.6 million from his former employer, a New Jersey company that sells products for the cellular phone industry.

  • October 5, 2017

    Top 4 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Now that the FCC's comment period on net neutrality has closed, lobbyists are turning their attention to proposed mergers, emergency communications and satellite regulation, among other hot topics. Here, Law360 looks at the top organizations lobbying the FCC in the past month.

  • October 5, 2017

    Hotel Reservation Website Hit With Suit Over Hidden Fees

    A proposed class of consumers filed a breach of contract suit against the operators of hotel booking site Reservations.com on Wednesday, telling a Florida federal court that they duped customers into paying a hidden booking fee in violation of state and federal consumer protection laws.

Expert Analysis

  • Takeaways From FTC's Settlement With Lenovo

    Tracy Lechner

    The Federal Trade Commission's recent settlement with Lenovo over allegedly preloaded adware on its laptops reinforces a growing trend of courts and regulatory authorities imputing liability to companies for the acts and omissions of its third-party vendors, say Tracy Lechner and Esteban Morin of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Proving Injury In Lanham Act False Ad Cases

    Susan Cook

    Recent case law underscores the importance of demonstrating a strong causal link between a false or misleading statement forming the basis of a Lanham Act false advertising claim and a resulting injury to the plaintiff. These decisions provide valuable guidance for any company that wishes to pursue or needs to defend against a false advertising claim, say Susan Cook and Rebecca Mandel of Hogan Lovells.

  • How The Utility Of The Future Will Evolve: Part 1

    Bill Zarakas

    Rapid deployment of distributed energy resources has led some to argue that the utility business model of the last 100 years will soon no longer suffice. Even moderate amounts of DERs change the landscape for utility planning, and require new methods of analysis and changes to status quo policies, say Bill Zarakas and Frank Graves of The Brattle Group.

  • A Closer Look At 9th Circ. Video Filtering Copyright Ruling

    Jim Burger

    Some have cast the Disney v. VidAngel proceeding, recently decided by the Ninth Circuit, as the “big studios” versus the “little guy.” This is far from the truth. Instead, copyright law served to vindicate a small Utah company that pioneered filtering and adhered to the law, says Jim Burger of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • Blockchain Cos. Must Beware SEC Intervention Risks

    Herbert Kozlov

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently suspended trading in securities of three public blockchain-related businesses in a period of just over two weeks, highlighting the fact that the spot market for digital tokens is no longer the “Wild West,” say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • An Update On China's Cybersecurity Law, 3 Months In

    Sarah Zhao

    Since the Cybersecurity Law of China took effect, the government has begun strengthening enforcement actions and adopting additional measures, including an entirely online court dedicated to internet-related disputes, in order to show its determination to give teeth to the new law, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Advising Departing Employees On How To Keep Future Jobs

    Nancy Shilepsky

    Employees who do not manage their career moves carefully — like the recent example of former “star” Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski — can find themselves unemployed and in legal trouble. However, there are several precautions that can make a critical difference and increase the chances of a smooth transition to a new job, say attorneys with Sherin and Lodgen LLP.

  • Ky. Utility Pole Case Defines FCC Jurisdiction Boundaries

    Charles Zdebski

    A Kentucky federal court's decision in BellSouth v. Louisville last month is significant because it limits the Federal Communications Commission's reach and provides the judicial imprimatur for one specific legislated solution for coordinating make-ready work on the interstices of the nation's information highway, says Charles Zdebski of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.