Technology

  • March 14, 2017

    Carriers Say FCC Privacy Regs Hurt Small ISPs

    The Competitive Carriers Association has pressed the Federal Communications Commission on its request for the agency to reconsider privacy rules passed last year for broadband providers, saying they create uneven regulation in the internet ecosystem and hurt small providers.

  • March 14, 2017

    Mexican Mobile Co. Fights For $6M Claim Against Vivaro

    Mexican telecommunications provider Telcel urged a New York bankruptcy court on Monday to overrule an objection to its claim for $6 million against defunct calling card maker Vivaro Corp., saying it has produced sufficient documentation showing Vivaro’s liability stemming from a contract over interconnection payments.

  • March 14, 2017

    Motorola Hits China's Hytera With Patent, Trade Secrets Suit

    Motorola Solutions Inc. sued Hytera Communications Corp. Ltd. in Illinois federal court Tuesday over allegations the Chinese radio manufacturer copied its digital two-way radio technology and infringed several Motorola patents.

  • March 14, 2017

    Brazil Accuses Toshiba, Others Of Fixing CRT Prices

    The investigative arm of Brazil’s antitrust watchdog accused four companies and an individual of participating in a cartel for the manufacture and sale of a certain type of cathode ray tube on Monday, sending the case against Toshiba Corp. and others to its tribunal arm in a bid for fines.

  • March 14, 2017

    Philips, Pioneer To Settle Optical Disk Drive MDL For $50.5M

    Electronics companies Pioneer and Philips will pay a combined $50.5 million in the latest settlement with consumers in a long-running multidistrict litigation alleging an industrywide price-fixing scheme over optical disk drives, according to documents filed in California court on Monday.

  • March 14, 2017

    MaxPoint Fights Reconsideration Bid In IPO Disclosures Suit

    MaxPoint Interactive Inc. asked a New York federal court Monday not to resuscitate a shareholder lawsuit alleging the advertising technology firm failed to disclose a change in its business just before its initial public offering, saying the investors simply rehashed old points.

  • March 14, 2017

    Digital Audio Gives Up Oft-Asserted Patent Amid Challenges

    Digital Audio Encoding Systems LLC has abandoned a widely asserted patent related to audio signals after the patent was challenged in America Invents Act reviews by two defensive patent groups, according to Monday documents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • March 14, 2017

    30K Cybersecurity Attacks Hit Fed. Agencies In 2016: Report

    Despite efforts by the U.S. government to tackle cybersecurity threats, federal agencies continue to be bombarded by hackers and suffered more than 30,000 incidents last year, 16 of which were determined to be significant, according to a recently released White House report.

  • March 14, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Nixing Of Legal Data Patent Under Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed an Illinois federal court’s ruling that a patent covering a method of managing electronically stored information during litigation that was asserted against Hewlett-Packard Co. is invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling for claiming only an abstract idea.

  • March 13, 2017

    Veeva Countersuit Alleges IMS Monopoly Over Data Products

    Veeva Systems Inc. lodged a countersuit Monday against Quintiles IMS Inc. in New Jersey federal court alleging anticompetitive conduct over the offering of software products to life sciences companies, the same day it sought partial dismissal of IMS’ suit alleging Veeva misappropriated health care data trade secrets.

  • March 13, 2017

    TEK Tells Jury SSI Infringed Tire Repair Kit Patent

    TEK Global SRL told a California federal jury Monday that Sealant Systems International Inc. stole its patented design for tire repair kits that pump sealant into flat tires, while SSI argued that TEK's patent was invalid and didn't cover SSI's product.

  • March 13, 2017

    Terix To Pay $57.4M To End Oracle's Asset Transfer Suit

    Oracle America Inc. landed a $57.4 million deal in its quest to collect on a copyright judgment against Terix Computer Co. and its executives, raking in just $300,000 less than it originally won in an earlier suit, according to papers filed Monday.

  • March 13, 2017

    $8.5M Google Privacy Deal Improper, 9th Circ. Told

    An objector told the Ninth Circuit Monday that Google’s $8.5 million settlement of a privacy class action raised conflict of interest concerns by giving all the money to charities, including two alma maters of attorneys involved in the case, instead of compensating the users whose search terms were divulged.

  • March 13, 2017

    Senate Dems Push FCC's Pai On Trump’s Media Comments

    Senate Democrats on Friday slammed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s refusal to rebuke at a hearing last week President Donald Trump’s statements on the media, saying his answers to questions weren’t transparent or reassuring that he will uphold reporters’ First Amendment rights.

  • March 13, 2017

    Internet Giants Back Google's Overseas-Data Warrant Fight

    A host of internet and technology giants including Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. have thrown their support behind Google Inc. as it fights a Pennsylvania magistratical order to comply with search warrants in two criminal investigations by turning over data stored on overseas servers.

  • March 13, 2017

    Tax Reform Needs To Benefit US Tech Cos., Panel Says

    With tax reform a hot topic for the Republican-controlled Congress, a panel of experts from both the private and public sectors said Monday that now is the time to tackle what they called an outdated tax code that disadvantages U.S. tech companies competing in a global marketplace.

  • March 13, 2017

    Tata Of India Says It Will Fulfill $1.2B Arbitral Ruling

    Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd. has agreed to buy back $1.17 billion worth of stock in a subsidiary from Japanese cellphone company NTT DoCoMo Inc. in accordance with a June arbitral award, pending approval in Indian court, the companies told a Manhattan judge Monday.

  • March 13, 2017

    Match.com Shakes Stabbing Victim's Suit Over Violent Match

    A Nevada federal judge held Friday that a suit brought by a woman attacked by a fellow Match.com user fares no better on remand from the Ninth Circuit, saying she didn’t establish that the dating site had a duty to warn her that the man was dangerous.

  • March 13, 2017

    Oracle Urges FCC To Ax Privacy, Net Neutrality Rules

    Oracle Corp. asked the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to reconsider privacy rules for internet service providers, change course on net neutrality and end consideration of rules to promote set-top box competition, saying the company is optimistic about a new FCC approach.

  • March 13, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Anbang, 1WorldSync, Sugar Hill Capital

    Anbang Insurance is reportedly investing more than $400 million in a Kushner New York tower, tech firm 1WorldSync is said to be leasing 22,247 square feet in Chicago, and a Sugar Hill Capital venture is reportedly buying a four-building New York rental portfolio for $60 million.

Expert Analysis

  • The Missing Key To 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Tripp Haston

    Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • OFCCP Continues To Crack Down On Pay Discrimination

    Lindsey A. Coley

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which is expected to take a more employer-friendly approach under the Trump administration, has yet to have a new director appointed. But for now, the OFCCP, headed by interim acting director Thomas Dowd, has several high-profile lawsuits against large corporations for their practices involving compensation, say Lindsey Coley and Bradley Tobias of Gentry Locke.

  • Energy And The Internet Of Things: The Smart Grid

    Kristina M. Tridico

    The "smart grid" refers to technology used to bring utility electricity delivery systems into the next century with the use of computer-based remote control and automation. Businesses and stakeholders in the energy sector should understand the data developed by these technologies in order to make sure their perspective is integrated into the regulatory solutions forming at the state and federal level, says Kristina Tridico of Ice Miller LLP.

  • Takeaways From NIST’s Updated Cybersecurity Framework

    Sheila A. Millar

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released a draft update to its cybersecurity framework. The new guidance is particularly useful to businesses because it focuses on using business drivers to guide cybersecurity activities and advises businesses to consider cybersecurity risks as part of the organization’s risk management processes, say attorneys with Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • When Smartphones Get The Blame For Driver Distraction

    Freddy Fonseca

    In Modisette v. Apple, the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California, must decide whether a smartphone manufacturer has a duty to protect the public by preventing the use of certain applications while driving. But the plaintiffs — who allege that Apple's iPhone was defective because the company failed to implement a patented "lock out" feature — face an uphill legal battle, says Freddy Fonseca of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

  • Decoding The Import Of A Company’s Code Of Ethics

    William F. Sullivan

    In a shareholder suit against Hewlett-Packard, the Ninth Circuit recently adopted an objective approach to determining whether statements regarding a company’s code of ethics may become material misrepresentations. The decision has important implications for companies seeking to promote their ethical standards, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Securing The Internet Of Things Is An FTC Priority

    Francoise Gilbert

    The new Federal Trade Commission case against D-Link clearly shows that the FTC is highly concerned by the significant security risks that internet-of-things products present. Recent incidents have shown that these concerns are not unfounded, says Francoise Gilbert of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Chinese IP Courts Are Increasing Damages Awards

    Pauline Booth

    The Beijing IP Court's recent decision in Watchdata v. Hengbao is noteworthy for the amount of damages awarded and the extent of the detail shared by the court about its process for calculating damages, say Pauline Booth and Yi Zhang of Duff & Phelps.

  • Can Federal Agencies Reverse Course Under Trump?

    Steven D. Gordon

    The next four years will see litigation that explores the extent to which the Trump administration can alter or reverse the regulatory policies of the Obama administration without having to enact new legislation. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently made clear that there are fewer limits to an agency changing course than had previously been thought, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's Good, Wrong Opinion In Microsoft Antitrust Case

    James Robertson Martin

    Judge Neil Gorsuch got it wrong when he affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of an unlawful monopolization case brought by our client, the former owners of WordPerfect, against Microsoft. But it was an extraordinarily well-written opinion — powerful and analytic. It was 2013 and clear to me that Judge Gorsuch was going to end up on someone’s shortlist for the U.S. Supreme Court, says James Robertson Martin of Zelle LLP.