Technology

  • February 10, 2017

    Morgan & Morgan Gets Lead In Yahoo Data Breach MDL

    A California federal judge on Friday appointed John Yanchunis of Morgan & Morgan PA's complex litigation group as counsel to take the lead in multidistrict litigation against Yahoo Inc. over massive data breaches affecting more than a billion users.

  • February 10, 2017

    Alabama City Sued Over 'Unconstitutional' Traffic Cameras

    An Alabama city and the company that installed its traffic cameras have conspired to illegally profit from constitutional and civil rights violations, a proposed class of people photographed allegedly running red lights told a federal court Wednesday.

  • February 10, 2017

    Delhi High Court Leaves ICC Award Intact

    A Delhi High Court justice refused Thursday to upend an arbitration decision won by investors against the promoters of a canceled Indian IT economic zone, concluding the promoters waited too long to challenge the arbitrators themselves and that the investors didn't breach their end of the bargain.

  • February 10, 2017

    Municipalities Warn FCC Against 5G Infrastructure Mandate

    Several city and town leaders from across the country have urged the Federal Communications Commission against a broad federal mandate to clear the way for infrastructure for next-generation wireless technology at the local level, citing existing staffing and other challenges.

  • February 10, 2017

    Fed. Circ. OKs Amazon's Alice Win In Appistry Patent Suits

    A Federal Circuit panel confirmed a pair of Amazon patent wins under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice standards on Friday when it affirmed two lower court rulings tossing out infringement allegations from Appistry Inc. over its computing patents.

  • February 10, 2017

    3rd Circ. Backs Infosys In Rival’s Noncompete Row

    Infosys Ltd. cannot be held responsible for breaching noncompete contracts it did not know existed, a Third Circuit panel ruled Thursday in a information technology consulting rival's dispute over a project for Time Warner Cable Inc. 

  • February 10, 2017

    Snap's $3B IPO Denies Shareholders Say On Exec Pay

    Shareholders who invest in Snapchat maker Snap Inc.’s estimated $3 billion initial public offering won’t have a say on executive pay as required of most public companies in the wake of Dodd-Frank reforms, a condition born from the company’s uncommon decision to issue no-vote shares, according to a regulatory filing amended on Wednesday.

  • February 10, 2017

    Jawbone Can't Invalidate Three Fitbit Patents, Judge Rules

    A California federal judge rejected on Thursday a bid by wearable technology maker Jawbone to invalidate three of Fitbit's wearable fitness tracker patents at the heart of Fitbit’s infringement lawsuit against the rival device maker, ruling that the patents are sufficiently inventive to be patented and not invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling.

  • February 10, 2017

    Northrop, BAE, Raytheon, Others Net $3B Missile Contract

    Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc., BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Raytheon Co. and five other companies will share a $3.04 billion U.S. Army contract for the research and development of missile defense technology, the U.S. Department of Defense announced on Thursday.

  • February 10, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Vinson, Bracewell, Debevoise

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Parsley Energy in Texas makes its biggest expansion to date with the acquisition of $2.8 billion of oil and gas assets, private equity shop Clayton Dubilier & Rice enters into a $2.3 billion sale of Mauser Group, and CyrusOne Inc. acquires two data centers for $490 million.

  • February 9, 2017

    Firms Fight To Lead Yahoo Data Breach MDL

    Five law firms fought in California federal court Thursday to take the lead in multidistrict litigation against Yahoo Inc. over massive data breaches affecting more than a billion users, with one firm arguing that the litigation is sufficiently complex that it could take two law firms to litigate.

  • February 9, 2017

    Ill. Jury Awards $6.45M To Workers In Gender Bias Suit

    An Illinois federal jury has awarded $6.45 million to two women who were fired from engineering consulting firm Packer Engineering after experiencing gender discrimination and a hostile work environment, the plaintiffs' attorneys confirmed to Law360 on Thursday.

  • February 9, 2017

    Plaintiff Can't Use TCPA Ruling To Show Harm, Spokeo Says

    Spokeo Inc. on Wednesday fired back at the man who has accused the people-search website of injuring him by reporting inaccurate information, telling the Ninth Circuit that the dispute is "starkly different" from a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case recently raised by the plaintiff in support of his standing to sue. 

  • February 9, 2017

    New FCC Looks Poised To Overrule Local Barriers To 5G

    The now GOP-led Federal Communications Commission appears ready to preempt localities if it determines their regulatory processes and fees inhibit next-generation wireless, experts say, despite traditional Republican reluctance to undercut state and local authority.

  • February 9, 2017

    Microsoft Loses 4th Amendment Claim In Gag Order Row

    A Washington state federal judge cleared the way Thursday for Microsoft to proceed with its claims that the government's practice of barring internet service providers from informing customers of warrants for their data violates the First Amendment, but struck down its bid to bring Fourth Amendment claims on behalf of its users. 

  • February 9, 2017

    9th Circ. Reverses Software Co.'s Loss In Copyright Row

    The Ninth Circuit, in a decision published Thursday, ruled that a steel detailing design company’s possible use of a design software maker’s product without paying for it wasn’t de minimis copyright infringement, reversing a California federal judge’s decision.

  • February 9, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Blackstone, Toshiba, Ant Financial

    Blackstone will pay roughly $4.8 billion for Hewitt Associates, a number of companies have offered as much as $3.6 billion for a 19.9 percent stake in Toshiba's flash memory business and Ant Financial is in talks to raise up to $3 billion in debt to fund acquisitions.

  • February 9, 2017

    Computer Scammer Admits Ripping Off Pa. Oil Co.

    A Moldovan man has copped a plea to charges he participated in a phishing ring that used computer malware to target a western Pennsylvania oil drilling company and school district for millions of dollars, federal prosecutors said.

  • February 9, 2017

    Extreme Networks Urges Judge To End Shareholder Suit

    Computer networking company Extreme Networks Inc. urged a California federal judge Thursday to toss a shareholder class action alleging it misled investors about the success of a deal to acquire a rival, saying its CEO disclosed there were risks and that most of the investors’ evidence was self-serving employee complaints.

  • February 9, 2017

    NASA Watchdog Dings Management Of Operational Systems

    A NASA watchdog criticized the agency Wednesday for security and operational risks stemming from poor oversight of its critical operational support systems, the day after the watchdog also found weaknesses in NASA’s cloud computing programs.

Expert Analysis

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 2

    David Fink

    Virtual and augmented reality technologies are here, and are raising very real legal issues. Technology firms and content creators must take care to safeguard private information collected from users, ensure respect for the laws of copyright, trademark and right of publicity, and grapple with moral and legal questions surrounding simulations of illegal acts, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 1

    David Fink

    Virtual reality and its cousin, augmented reality, are going mainstream. Many top tech companies are developing VR systems, and firms in many industries have created VR “experiences” for their customers. But this technology raises very real legal issues, especially in the areas of consumer safety, privacy, intellectual property and First Amendment law, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • State Attorneys General Play Growing Data Privacy Role

    Jasen Eige

    State attorneys general play an active role in data privacy and security, bringing evolving state laws and broad consumer protection authority to bear on changing technologies and threats. Private sector custodians of personal data such as retailers, financial institutions, technology companies and health systems must understand the role of state attorneys general before a crisis occurs, say Jasen Eige and Kassie Schroth of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • 2 States, 2 Visions For Driverless Vehicle Regulation

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    When it comes to automated vehicles on public roads, a new Michigan law and draft regulations in California present competing approaches to balancing innovation with safety. Michigan takes a permissive approach, allowing automakers to experiment with technologies and business models, while California proposes extensive vetting of automated vehicles before they hit the road, say Michael Reynolds and Jason Orr of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • Future FCC Leadership Could Mean Big Changes For TCPA

    David N. Anthony

    Litigation involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has become one of the leading types of consumer lawsuits in the U.S. However, the election of Donald Trump as president may prove to be a watershed moment for the TCPA, with the Federal Communications Commission's leadership switching to a majority of Republican appointees including a sharp critic of the FCC’s past handling of the TCPA, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Acquiring Ownership Rights To Machine Learning Output

    Michael Baumert

    Without certain adjustments, the traditional software licensing model may no longer be appropriate for the licensing of artificial intelligence systems, says Michael Baumert of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 2 More SEC Whistleblower Actions And Lessons Learned

    Christopher Davies

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently settled cases against NeuStar and SandRidge Energy continue its efforts to bring enforcement actions for violations of whistleblower protections and provide more confirmation that the SEC considers illegal any severance agreement provisions that expressly preclude communications with government agencies, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • FCPA Predictions For 2017

    Michael Volkov

    Everyone is predicting major changes in the U.S. Department of Justice's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement. I do not share this view. Frankly, FCPA enforcement is more bipartisan than other controversial enforcement programs, and the DOJ’s FCPA program is very profitable, says Michael Volkov, CEO of The Volkov Law Group LLC and a former federal prosecutor.