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Technology

  • June 15, 2018

    Apostle Pai Preaches On Winning Net Neutrality Converts

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been called names ranging from “Hitler” to “the man who’s trying to end the internet” leading up to his controversial vote to undo Obama-era internet protections known as the net neutrality rules. But at the Cato Institute's auditorium Thursday evening he found a friendly audience and offered tips to free-market devotees on persuading net neutrality-supporting peers that the previous government regulation would have stifled growth of the internet.

  • June 15, 2018

    Ticket-Fighting App Tells Fla. Justices It's Not Practicing Law

    TIKD Services LLC blasted the Florida Bar's latest arguments in its case against the traffic ticket defense startup for the unlicensed practice of law, telling Florida's highest court in a filing posted Friday that the arguments are hollow and protectionist.

  • June 15, 2018

    FCC Support Grows For Pai's $171M Telemedicine Boost

    A proposal to increase the limits on how much the Federal Communications Commission subsidizes rural telecom services for health care providers by $171 million a year is gaining traction with commissioners, in a move aimed at improving telemedicine in some of the country's most underserved areas, Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday.

  • June 15, 2018

    Current, Ex-FitBit Employees Indicted For Trade Secret Theft

    A grand jury indicted one current and five former employees of Fitbit in a California federal court Thursday for stealing trade secrets from their previous employer, a now-defunct technology company specializing in wearable devices.

  • June 15, 2018

    EU's $5.5B Tax Break Helps E-Book Sector, Moscovici Says

    A proposed European Union value-added tax break that could mainly benefit big web platforms shows the bloc is not out to get U.S. digital firms, European Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told Law360 in an exclusive interview, despite his stated aim to increase the tax take from the digital sector.

  • June 15, 2018

    Trump Wallops China With Tariffs As IP Brawl Boils Over

    President Donald Trump moved ahead Friday with tariffs that will eventually cover about $50 billion worth of Chinese goods as punishment for the nation’s restrictive intellectual property rules, targeting touch screens, steel components, medical devices and scores of other items in an escalating trade battle.

  • June 14, 2018

    Oracle, Hewlett Packard Each Seek Win In Software IP Row

    Oracle sought a partial win in its copyright suit against Hewlett Packard Enterprise Thursday, alleging HPE not only illegally gave out its software but that the infringement was part of HPE’s business plan, while HPE insisted there was no evidence the software went to the wrong customers.

  • June 14, 2018

    Twitter Can’t Block Suit Over White Separatist’s Nixed Account

    A San Francisco judge trimmed but didn’t end a white separatist’s lawsuit against Twitter over its suspension of his account, finding Twitter had made public representations that it wouldn’t censor users and can’t now claim that it has a free speech right to remove content from its platform.

  • June 14, 2018

    LegalForce Slips Sanctions In TM Co. Witness Tampering Row

    The law firm that launched a litigation campaign over trademark registration companies’ alleged use of non-attorneys for legal work won’t face sanctions after using a job candidate’s statements during an interview in a complaint and accusing another lawyer of witness tampering, a California federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • June 14, 2018

    Chinese Tech Execs Face Arrest For Ignoring Chancery Suit

    A Delaware Chancery judge teed up arrest warrants for two executives of a Chinese technology firm Thursday after the officers dodged a shareholder suit for years and were found in contempt of prior orders in the case, giving the pair one last chance to cooperate before the warrants take effect.

  • June 14, 2018

    As New IP Tariffs Loom, China Implores Trump To Negotiate

    With the Trump administration preparing to impose tariffs to punish China for its intellectual property regime, Beijing on Thursday made a last-ditch effort to convince the White House to hold off and instead peacefully negotiate a solution to the escalating trade quarrel.

  • June 14, 2018

    Don't Let Wireless Interests Skew CBRS Licenses, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission must thwart an attempt by mobile service providers to lock down large swaths of spectrum through overreaching license areas in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, representatives from a coalition of public interests groups told the agency this week.

  • June 14, 2018

    Samsung-Huawei Patent Row Partly Paused On Heels Of SAS

    Part of a dispute between Samsung and Huawei over cellular network patents was put on hold Wednesday by a California federal court, a decision that stems from the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in SAS Institute.

  • June 14, 2018

    What The Time Warner Case Means For Antitrust Enforcement

    The federal government was dealt a heavy blow this week when U.S. District Judge Richard Leon soundly rejected its first court challenge to a purely vertical merger in decades, and the outcome of the AT&T-Time Warner trial provides some guidance about what to expect from future enforcement efforts.

  • June 14, 2018

    Sprint Defends FCC 5G Cell Review Exemptions At DC Circ.

    Sprint Corp. asked for permission Wednesday to intervene on behalf of the FCC against consolidated D.C. Circuit challenges by Native American tribes and environmentalists contesting an agency rule exempting small-cell fixtures necessary for building up next-generation or 5G networks from environmental and historic reviews.

  • June 14, 2018

    Telecom Agency Head Grilled On US Internet Oversight

    The head of the government agency charged with setting internet policy told lawmakers Wednesday that he hopes the public will weigh in on whether the Trump administration can or should reverse an Obama-era decision relinquishing government control of the internet to international groups.

  • June 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Google, Robbins Property

    WeWork is reportedly leasing 60,000 square feet in New York, Google and Trammell Crow are said to have picked up three California parcels for $9.5 million, and Robbins Property has reportedly dropped $43 million on a Florida apartment complex.

  • June 14, 2018

    Swaps Exchange Accuses BofA, Goldman Of Illegal Boycott

    An electronic exchange for trading interest rate swaps filed suit on Thursday in New York federal court against an array of large financial institutions, including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, accusing them of illegally boycotting the exchange to eliminate competition in the interest rate swaps market and boost their own profits.

  • June 14, 2018

    Blackstone Sells Business Solutions Co. For $1B

    Paris-based customer service and call center company Teleperformance SE said Thursday that it has agreed to buy a business outsourcing firm from Blackstone Group LP in a deal that carries an enterprise value of $1 billion.

  • June 14, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Should Rehear Google V. Oracle, Groups Say

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation and several groups have urged the full Federal Circuit to reconsider a ruling that revived Oracle's billion-dollar copyright lawsuit against Google over its Android smartphones, saying the appeals' court decision failed to consider various public and policy interests.

Expert Analysis

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 2

    John Villafranco

    Are plaintiffs lawyers scouring National Advertising Division rulings for litigation targets? An analysis of the timing of class actions in relation to NAD decisions suggests that the risk of being subject to a follow-on consumer class action after participation in an NAD proceeding that results in an adverse decision is low, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • The Rise Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles In Construction

    Kenneth Suzan

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are gaining popularity in the construction industry, as they are useful for inspections, security and surveillance, among other functions. However, companies using them need to consider a number of legal risks and issues, including conflicts between state laws and federal aviation laws, says Kenneth Suzan of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Reducing Retirement Saving Barriers For Gig Workers

    Brett Owens

    Workers in the gig economy are currently not entitled to enjoy a traditional employer-based retirement plan because such plans are subject to stringent rules and only permitted to cover employees, not independent contractors. However, Congress is attempting to address this issue via the recently reintroduced Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, says Brett Owens of Fisher Phillips.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 1

    John Villafranco

    When an advertiser voluntarily participates in industry self-regulation before the National Advertising Division, it does so expecting to avoid litigation. Yet there is a consistent concern among advertisers that NAD participation may make consumer class action litigation more, rather than less, likely. Attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP examine whether NAD decisions actually provide fodder for class actions.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • Going Public Without An IPO

    Laura Anthony

    Spotify made a big splash last month by debuting on the New York Stock Exchange without an initial public offering — an often-used going-public method on the OTC Markets that may now gain popularity on national exchanges as well. However, there are some fundamental differences between the direct listing processes for OTC Markets and for an exchange, says Laura Anthony of Legal & Compliance LLC.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • A Clearer Forecast On Cloud Computing Tax In Illinois

    Samantha Breslow

    Determining whether computer software is taxable is no easy task, especially in light of the changing technological landscape. However, in several nonbinding letters, the Illinois Department of Revenue has recently provided clarification on several key issues, including the taxability of cloud computing, says Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • Compliance Lessons From An Arms Export Enforcement Case

    Thomas McVey

    Last month, the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls announced a major enforcement case and settlement for violations of arms export regulations involving FLIR Systems Inc. The case is a reminder to U.S. companies that what may seem like “routine” violations can quickly turn into a $30 million problem, says Thomas McVey of Williams Mullen.

  • Keys To FDA Advisory Panel Prep For Device Makers

    How Device Cos. Should Prep For FDA Advisory Panels

    Receiving U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval is critical for any medical device company looking to bring new products to market. Only a handful of premarket approval applications and de novo reclassifications brave the advisory panel process each year. Gerry Prud’homme and Kristin Zielinski Duggan of Hogan Lovells offer six key points for companies preparing for an advisory panel meeting.