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Technology

  • October 12, 2018

    Google Data Leak Exposes Breach Disclosure Conundrums

    Google is facing widespread backlash after the revelation of its decision not to notify the public of an incident that exposed 500,000 users' data, highlighting not only the tricky waters companies must navigate in breach disclosure deliberations, but also the importance of ensuring such discussions remain under wraps, attorneys say.

  • October 12, 2018

    Chinese Spy Denies He Tried To Steal GE Aviation IP

    A member of China's intelligence agency pled not guilty Friday to charges he attempted to gather trade secrets from jet engine manufacturer GE Aviation, but an Ohio federal judge said he should remain in prison until trial, citing inconsistent accounts about his employment.

  • October 12, 2018

    Fiat Taking A ‘Free Ride’ With Wireless Tech, Bluetooth Says

    Fiat Chrysler is selling cars it says are Bluetooth-compatible and is using the Bluetooth name in its marketing efforts without the tech company’s permission, according to a suit filed Thursday in Washington federal court.

  • October 12, 2018

    Insurer Can't Duck Yahoo's $4M Email Suit Coverage Row

    A California federal judge found on Friday that Yahoo's insurer largely failed to defend and indemnify the company for $4 million in attorneys' fees from multiple class actions accusing it of scanning customers' emails, but said it was up to a jury to decide whether the insurer's failures to come to Yahoo's aid were coverage errors or evidence of bad faith. 

  • October 12, 2018

    DOJ Says AT&T Can't Fix District Court's Errors

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday continued its bid to revive its challenge of AT&T Inc.'s purchase of Time Warner Inc., telling a D.C. Circuit panel that the company can't fix the economic and logical errors made by the lower court judge.

  • October 12, 2018

    Facebook Says 30M Users' Data Accessed In Recent Breach

    Facebook revealed Friday that hackers accessed a trove of sensitive data from nearly 30 million users, including search history and location information, in an unprecedented breach of its platform that has drawn regulators' attention.

  • October 12, 2018

    Telehealth Pilot Needn't Fund New Infrastructure, FCC Told

    Health care and broadband providers are urging the Federal Communications Commission to focus its $100 million telehealth pilot program on existing connections, as well as investing in internet-enabled applications and services, instead of using the program to build out new connections.

  • October 12, 2018

    What Construction Attys Must Know To Avoid Software Pitfalls

    New software and updates for existing programs roll out so often that it's important for construction lawyers to stay informed about what's running on clients' projects in order to minimize cybersecurity risks and avoid problems, including confusion about access rights and notice requirements.

  • October 12, 2018

    11 Firms To Lead IPOs Raising $1.8B Amid Market Volatility

    Eleven firms are scheduled to guide nine initial public offerings projected to raise more than $1.8 billion during the week of Oct. 15, steering a lineup led by information technology and gambling companies that are going public under renewed market volatility.

  • October 12, 2018

    VC Lawyer Returns To Winston To Lead Tech Practice

    Veteran venture capital attorney Rick Ginsberg has returned to Winston & Strawn LLP to lead the Chicago firm’s technology and emerging companies group, after 11 years at DLA Piper.

  • October 12, 2018

    ADT Hit With Stock-Drop Suit Over SEC Disclosures

    Electronic home security business ADT Inc., its directors and controlling shareholders failed to disclose competition in the market and ongoing litigation in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, ultimately causing the company's stock price to drop, according to a complaint filed in Florida federal court Thursday.

  • October 12, 2018

    Venture-Backed Software Co. Anaplan Raises $263.5M In IPO

    Venture-backed cloud software provider Anaplan Inc. debuted on the market Friday after raising $263.5 million in its New York initial public offering, guided by Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP.

  • October 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sears, SoftBank, Athenahealth

    Sears Holdings Corp. reportedly plans to close as many as 150 of its stores as part of its restructuring plan, Nomura and Goldman Sachs are among the banks SoftBank has tapped related to the public offering for its Japanese wireless business, and upward of five would-be buyers are eyeing Athenahealth.

  • October 12, 2018

    How Attys Can Help PE Clients In The Wake Of A Cyberattack

    They say the best offense is a good defense, but in today’s world it simply isn’t possible for private equity firms to totally protect themselves from a potential cyberattack, meaning PE clients will need attorneys who can quickly and carefully help clean up the mess while limiting any legal exposure in the event of a cyber incident.

  • October 12, 2018

    FTC Knocks Nokia's Stance Against Cellphone Part Licensing

    Qualcomm Inc. must license its patented cellphone components under its obligations with standard-setting groups, contrary to arguments Nokia made backing Qualcomm in an ongoing antitrust suit, the Federal Trade Commission told a California federal judge Thursday.

  • October 12, 2018

    Class Attys Defend 'Boss, Give Money' Notice On WeChat

    Attorneys bringing a proposed class action accusing a New York City car service of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act have argued that they should not be sanctioned for posting a notice of the case on the Chinese social media site WeChat in a post titled “Boss, Give Money.”

  • October 12, 2018

    Microchip Says Taiwanese Co. Stole Microcontroller IP

    Microchip Technology Inc. is accusing a Taiwan-based rival of infringing six patents that cover electronic components that control computer fans, memory and other elements to create nearly identical products in a suit in Delaware federal court.

  • October 12, 2018

    T-Mobile, AT&T Spar Over Vouchers In FCC Spectrum Auction

    Mobile companies this week wrangled over details of an upcoming FCC spectrum auction intended to open up bandwidth for next-generation wireless services, with T-Mobile suggesting in a filing that the commission should consider scrapping a pre-auction voucher exchange, while Verizon and AT&T say the exchange should be kept with minor tweaks.

  • October 12, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Gibson Dunn

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Precision Drilling Corp. nabs Trinidad Drilling Ltd. for $796 million, Antero Midstream GP snagged Antero Midstream Partners’ outstanding common shares for $7.2 billion, TransDigm Group Inc. scoops up Esterline Technologies Corp. for $4 billion, and Imperva Inc. goes private in a $2.1 billion deal with Thoma Bravo LLC.

  • October 12, 2018

    USCIS Overstepping Authority With H-1B Regs, IT Group Says

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is violating various federal regulations by requiring that employers seeking to use H-1B visas list upfront where and when employees will work during the time the worker will use the visa, an information technology trade organization said in District of Columbia federal court on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Many Crypto Exchanges May Now Need Colorado Licenses

    Sarah Auchterlonie

    Ever since cryptocurrencies appeared on the scene, states have scrambled to determine whether their money transmission laws and licensure requirements apply to cryptocurrency exchanges. Last week, Colorado joined the minority of jurisdictions with clear guidance on the issue, say attorneys with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Open-Source Software In Connected Vehicles: Pros And Cons

    Marjorie Loeb

    As automobiles become part of the internet of things, some automakers and their suppliers are turning to open-source software to reduce costs, accelerate development and enhance interoperability. But a disciplined and thoughtful approach is needed to evaluate software licensing terms, functionality, stability and security, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • Fed. Circ. Ruling Highlights Bid Protester Standing Issues

    Stuart Turner

    There is friction between the need for courts to consider the standing of government contract bid protesters and the exclusive authority of the procuring agency to perform evaluations. The Federal Circuit's decision last week in CliniComp provides an illustration, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.

  • Sharing Economy Brings New Opportunities For Insurers

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    The ever-expanding sharing economy operates within the framework of an insurance industry that is constantly adapting to new technologies and risks. Collaboration between traditional carriers and innovators will lead to more participants for platforms and more customers for carriers, says Alexandra Fernandez of Zelle LLP.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Telemedicine — The Next Frontier For DOJ Scrutiny?

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    CVS is the first major drugstore company to offer customers the option to use their smartphone to “see” a doctor. With the U.S. Department of Justice affording more resources to health care fraud prosecutions, telemedicine services are certain to attract the scrutiny of investigators, say Lionel André and Michelle Bradford of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • 10 Best Practices For Due Diligence In AI Transactions

    Lee Tiedrich

    When approaching M&A, investments and other transactions associated with artificial intelligence, we must take into consideration the nature of the technology today, the anticipated technological developments and the evolving legal landscape, say Lee Tiedrich and Daniel Gurman of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.