Technology

  • August 15, 2017

    Western Digital Wins Access To Toshiba JV Assets

    A California state court on Monday stood by a finding that Western Digital Corp. can access Toshiba Corp.'s databases and assets tied to their joint venture interests, the latest in an ongoing battle stemming from the Japanese company’s efforts to sell its memory business to a private equity-backed group.

  • August 15, 2017

    Judge Rejects Theranos Investors' Bid To Pause Settlements

    A proposed class of Theranos Inc. investors is moving forward with a securities fraud suit against the health technology startup after losing a bid to pause the company's settlements with Walgreen Co. and others, deals the investors called a “preferential transfer of assets.”

  • August 15, 2017

    HBO Partner Says 4 Arrested For 'Game Of Thrones' Leak

    An Indian media and entertainment company and HBO distribution partner owned by 21st Century Fox announced Tuesday that four arrests had been made related to the leak of an unaired “Game of Thrones” episode earlier this month.

  • August 15, 2017

    UK Man Tied To Trump Dossier Must Testify In BuzzFeed Row

    A Florida federal judge declined Tuesday to allow a British security company director who is widely believed to have compiled a dossier alleging Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump to intervene in a Russian technology executive's defamation suit against BuzzFeed over the publication of his name in the dossier.

  • August 15, 2017

    Ex-Exec Claims Securities Fraudsters Can Legally Own Guns

    A Montana-based former technology company executive convicted of fraud has hired Attorney General Jeff Sessions' personal lawyer to bring a lawsuit on Monday arguing a ban on convicts owning guns contains an exemption for “securities and accounting offenses.”

  • August 15, 2017

    Apple, Others Tell Justices Cell-Site Info Requires Warrant

    Companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Verizon on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that a warrant is needed to obtain historical cellphone location records, arguing that existing Fourth Amendment doctrine should be expanded to reflect new technological realities.

  • August 15, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: AIG, Cohu, Blackstone

    AIG is selling a $2 billion portfolio of so-called “life settlements,” Cohu hopes to block the sale of fellow U.S. semiconductor company Xcerra to a Chinese state-controlled investment fund, and Blackstone has abandoned efforts to buy a stake in Israel's NSO Group.

  • August 15, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, DramaFever, Daniel Catalfumo

    WeWork is reportedly leasing 85,000 square feet in New York, video streaming firm DramaFever has reportedly subleased nearly 23,000 square feet in New York from email tech solutions firm Return Path, and developer Daniel Catalfumo is said to have purchased two buildings from New England Institute of Technology at Palm Beach for $15.75 million.

  • August 15, 2017

    Mobile Shopping Tech Co. Can't Ditch Securities Fraud Claim

    A Texas federal judge rejected an attempt to throw out a securities fraud suit Monday in which a cloud-based mobile financial services company says it was duped into investing $6.5 million in a mobile wallet, coupon and rewards platform.

  • August 15, 2017

    Wis. Can't Tax Microsoft Licenses To Remote Manufacturers

    Microsoft Corp. has won its appeal to a Wisconsin tax tribunal challenging the state’s attempt to tax royalties it earned from software licenses to out-of-state computer manufacturers, defeating nearly $3 million in deficiencies and interest.

  • August 15, 2017

    Ambry Genetics Investors Seek To Block $1B Sale To Konica

    Ambry Genetics Corp. investors sought a preliminary injunction late Monday to enjoin the company’s $1 billion sale to Konica Minolta Inc., immediately after filing a sealed putative class challenge to the deal and the company’s management in Delaware’s Chancery Court.

  • August 15, 2017

    Web-Enabled Vibrator Class Action Ends With $3.75M Deal

    An Illinois federal judge signed off on a $3.75 million settlement in a class action involving web-enabled vibrators Tuesday, ending claims the company that sold them collected data on their customers’ usage of the sex toys.

  • August 15, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Reverses Judge's Nix Of Memory Patent Under Alice

    A split Federal Circuit on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s decision that a Visual Memory LLC patent asserted against Nvidia Corp. was invalid under Alice, finding the patent was not directed to an abstract idea but to a patent-eligible improvement to computer memory systems.

  • August 15, 2017

    PTAB Strikes Out Several Sports Sensor Patent Claims

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday handed mixed results to a company that makes sports analysis equipment, letting stand one patent covering motion sensor technology but invalidating claims in two others.

  • August 15, 2017

    Descartes Pays $107M For PE-Backed MacroPoint

    Descartes Systems Group has agreed to pay roughly $107 million for MacroPoint LLC, a private equity-backed maker of technology that is used to track the location of trucks and other vehicles in the freight-shipping industry, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    Sharp Sues To Lift Gag Order On Hisense Arbitration

    Sharp Corp. filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., federal court Tuesday to lift a gag order barring the electronics maker from discussing ongoing arbitration against Chinese state-owned Hisense Co. Ltd., attacking what it called a blatant First Amendment violation by a Singapore arbitrator.

  • August 14, 2017

    Man Who Stopped WannaCry Won't Cop To Kronos Malware

    The British cybersecurity researcher who is credited with halting the global WannaCry ransomware attack pled not guilty Monday in Wisconsin federal court to charges that he helped to create and spread the Kronos banking Trojan malware, which harvested the private information of online banking users. 

  • August 14, 2017

    Fintech Startup SoFi Faces Wage, Retaliation Suits

    Social Finance Inc. was hit with a wage-and-hour putative class action in California court Monday, just days after a former worker sued the financial startup, alleging it fired him for reporting the harassment of a female coworker and for reporting managers who fraudulently canceled loan applications to reap bonuses.

  • August 14, 2017

    LinkedIn Must Let Startup Pull Public Info, Judge Rules

    LinkedIn Corp. will have to let a job-search startup keep scraping information off the social media site’s public profiles, a California federal judge ruled Monday after finding the startup had raised “serious questions” about LinkedIn’s attempt to block it.

  • August 14, 2017

    Finisar Investors Seek Class Cert. In Stock Inflation Suit

    Shareholders who sued fiber optic supplier Finisar Corp. for fraud after a seemingly inarticulate statement by its CEO bumped its stock price up just long enough to make him and his company millions asked a California federal judge Monday to certify their case as a class action.

Expert Analysis

  • Smart Cities And 5G Should Cooperate Instead Of Clashing

    Gregory Dunn

    "Smart City" initiatives and fifth generation wireless connectivity are on a collision course, as both cities and cellular companies are lobbying state legislation for public rights-of-way and usage of city-owned facilities. Instead of competing, they should share use of towers and poles and institute joint planning efforts, say Gregory Dunn and Lindsay Miller of Ice Miller LLP.

  • Asserting Defamation Claims For Anonymous Online Reviews

    Joshua Fowkes

    In its recent opinion in ZL Technologies v. Does, a California appellate court emphasized that whether anonymous online speech can be subject to a defamation claim depends on the website’s structure and the challenged speech’s language and context, says Joshua Fowkes of Arent Fox LLP.

  • Regulatory Rules Of The Road For IoT Manufacturers

    Evan Wolff

    The regulators active in the internet-of-things space are signaling a continuing aggressiveness toward ensuring that IoT devices fall within the privacy and security regimes applicable to more traditional technologies, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • CFTC LedgerX Approval Is A Big Step For Bitcoin

    Daniel Nathan

    LedgerX this week became the first platform to operate as both a bitcoin swap exchange and a clearinghouse under the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s oversight. This approval removes various previous barriers to widespread trading on bitcoin’s value, say attorneys with Morvillo LLP.

  • High Court Won't Take On Lenz DMCA Case — What Now?

    Jose Sariego

    The so-called "dancing baby" case, in which the Ninth Circuit held that a copyright owner must undertake a fair use analysis before sending a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, didn't make the cut for U.S. Supreme Court review. Unfortunately, that leaves both rights holders and creators in a legal limbo, says Jose Sariego of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP.

  • Avoiding The Rotten Compromise In Mass Litigation

    Ted Mayer

    Product liability litigation is often resolved through compromise. But not all compromises are equal. If a settlement achieves peace at unknown cost, does not resolve the most serious claims, or permits new claims to be filed for decades into the future, it is a rotten compromise and should be avoided, say Ted Mayer and Robb Patryk of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • A Fed. Circ. Failure And The Constitutionality Of IPR

    Joseph Kovarik

    The constitutionality of inter partes review and patent proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission now hangs in the balance at the U.S. Supreme Court. The grant of certiorari in Oil States makes the Federal Circuit’s seeming inattention to Cascades Projection v. Epson even more curious, say Joseph Kovarik and Tyler Boschert of Sheridan Ross PC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.