• March 9, 2018

    Raytheon, Palantir Nab $876M Army Intelligence System Deal

    A unit of defense giant Raytheon and data analytics firm Palantir have jointly scored an $876 million deal to replace the U.S. Army’s troubled intelligence analysis system, the Army announced Thursday, after Palantir had previously sued it over its alleged failure to properly consider commercial contractors.

  • March 9, 2018

    Versata Challenges Ford’s Bid For Judgment In IP Suit

    Versata Software Inc. fired back Friday at Ford’s attempt to get a win in its suit in Michigan federal court seeking a declaration that the automotive giant did not infringe on Versata’s patents for automobile configuration software, saying that Ford’s arguments contradict evidence on the record and even its own experts.

  • March 9, 2018

    Silent Chinese Firm's Investors Win Records Demand

    Delaware’s Chancery Court entered a default judgment Friday against a long-unresponsive China-based battery component maker after the company failed to send a representative to court to answer a final books and records demand from investors.

  • March 9, 2018

    Brand Battles: Apple, McDonald's, Travelers, Marriott

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Apple faces a fight over its "HomePod" smart speaker, McDonald's asserts its "family of marks," and Travelers picks a fight with Marriott over a travel magazine.

  • March 9, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Broadcom, Intel, GE

    Broadcom has reportedly been ordered to give the U.S. five days’ notice of plans to relocate stateside, Intel is considering a range of deal options, and General Electric is mulling a sale of its electrical engineering unit.

  • March 9, 2018

    Fed. Circ. OKs Alice Win For Facebook On EveryMD Patents

    The Federal Circuit upheld on Thursday a California federal judge’s ruling that two online communications patents that doctor search website accused Facebook of infringing were invalid under the Supreme Court’s Alice decision for claiming abstract ideas.

  • March 9, 2018

    Mass. Gov's $610M Bill Extends Fantasy Sports Gaming

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker released a new economic development framework and legislation Friday that commits $610 million to various infrastructure projects and will allow fantasy sports gaming to continue in the state through the July deadline.

  • March 9, 2018

    Hudson River Views Can't Halt MTA Tower, FCC Says

    An upstate New York village may not ask for additional reviews of a planned Metropolitan Transit Authority communications tower, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday, squashing residents’ concerns that the tower will interfere with their views of the Hudson River.

  • March 9, 2018

    Royal Caribbean Is An 'Internet Service Provider,' Judge Says

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. government can compel Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to turn over electronic records that allegedly relate to money transfers connected to fraud, finding that the cruise company is an internet service provider under the Stored Communications Act.

  • March 9, 2018

    3 Firms To Guide IPOs Totaling $286M, Led By 'Unicorn'

    Three firms will steer initial public offerings projected to raise about $286 million during the week of March 12, representing life sciences, banking and technology companies, including the year’s first “unicorn” IPO, potentially igniting a busier season for deals.

  • March 9, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a BMW plant lodge a commercial fraud claim against Barclays, another dispute between Barents Re and Petróleos de Venezuela's captive insurer and AXA take on a rival private health insurer.

  • March 9, 2018

    Sprint’s $1.8M Deal Over Unpaid Vacation Time Gets Final OK

    A California federal judge said Friday he’ll approve Sprint’s $1.8 million deal resolving a class action claiming the telecommunications giant didn't pay its hourly sales representatives for all “floating holidays” they accrue, but rejected a last-minute request to swap the state agency that will receive any unclaimed funds.

  • March 9, 2018

    Broadcom Says It Won't Sell Sensitive Qualcomm Assets

    Broadcom took its pledge to support 5G technology in the U.S. to Congress in a letter published Friday, promising not to sell sensitive assets to foreign buyers as it looks to garner support for its hostile $117 billion Qualcomm bid amid scrutiny from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

  • March 9, 2018

    Top 4 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During the month of February, barriers to infrastructure deployment largely drove the conversation at the Federal Communications Commission, as industry groups urged the agency to override local authorities and clear the way for new 5G networks.

  • March 9, 2018

    ITC Finds Sony Infringed Fujifilm Data Patent, Bans Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday found that Sony storage devices used in hospitals and banks infringed a Fujifilm patent on data storage technology and banned imports of such Sony products into the U.S.

  • March 8, 2018

    Google Nears Toss Of Architect’s RICO Claims, For Now

    A California federal judge indicated Thursday she’d toss Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims from a prominent architect's suit alleging Google Inc. stole his trade secrets for building design technology, but said she'd allow him to refile the claims and try again.

  • March 8, 2018

    9th Circ. To Hear Consolidated Net Neutrality Challenges

    A dozen challenges seeking to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s order ending net neutrality regulations will be consolidated and heard by the Ninth Circuit, according to a Thursday order from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

  • March 8, 2018

    7th Circ. Won't Undo Ex-CEO's $9M Fraud Conviction

    The Seventh Circuit Thursday upheld the conviction of the CEO of an Illinois company on charges he defrauded investors of $9 million with false promises he was on the verge of sealing government contracts for biological weapon detection technology.

  • March 8, 2018

    Baker McKenzie Snags 5 Ex-Hogan Attys, Opens LA Office

    Baker McKenzie said Thursday it is launching an office in Los Angeles after hiring five partners from Hogan Lovells US LLP, bringing on board attorneys steeped in experience in employment, life sciences, energy, product liability and commercial matters to bolster its West Coast offerings.

  • March 8, 2018

    Uber Drivers Get Cert. And Win In Safe Ride Fee Row

    A California federal judge Thursday handed a win to a group of Uber Technologies Inc. drivers who say their contract was breached through the overcharging of a $1 “safe ride” fee.

Expert Analysis

  • How California Energy Laws Changed In 2017: Part 2

    Ella Foley Gannon

    The laws relating to energy that were enacted during the 2017 California state legislative session will bring a host of changes to existing state programs and policies. Interested stakeholders must familiarize themselves with the state's new policies on solar consumer protection, emerging technologies, zero-emission vehicles and retail utilities, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Opinion

    Proposal For Nationalization Of 5G Network Is Dead On Arrival

    Kristin Smith

    The Trump administration is unlikely to act on its reported plan to nationalize the 5G wireless network, but if it formally proposed nationalization, the wireless industry would unleash a lobbying battle on Congress that would doom the project, says Kristin Smith of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • How California Energy Laws Changed In 2017: Part 1

    Ella Foley Gannon

    For energy industry observers, the 2017 California state legislative session produced a few significant bills along with a host of more minor bills. While protecting the environment, the Legislature also sought environmental justice, with new legislation relating to the state's cap-and-trade program, air quality and distributed energy resources, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • BMG V. Cox Is Major Copyright Victory For Music Industry

    Alexander Lawrence

    In one of the music industry's first attempts to hold an internet service provider liable for subscribers' unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, the Fourth Circuit largely sided with the copyright holders. The BMG v. Cox decision last week provides important guidance on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor and the scope of secondary liability under the Copyright Act, says Alexander Lawrence of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • An Overdue Re-Examination Of Antitrust Policy Toward SEPs

    David Teece

    Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim's recent speech on antitrust issues regarding standards development and patents implicating standards is promising in that, for the first time in a while, we might have an authentic innovation champion at the U.S. Department of Justice, say David Teece of Berkeley Research Group LLC and Edward Sherry of Expert Research Associates Inc.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Beware ICO Lawyers, You're The Next Target

    John Reed Stark

    Chairman Jay Clayton of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently gave an extraordinary speech reiterating his concerns about initial coin offerings while also adding a new twist. It's gatekeeper liability redux at the SEC, and lawyers connected to ICOs should be watching their backs, says John Reed Stark, president of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.