Technology

  • October 5, 2017

    Facebook Dad Faces Big Fine Over Failed Copyright Suits

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday ordered a man who live-streamed his son’s birth on Facebook to repay $120,000 in legal bills to several media outlets he sued for using it, saying he likely made enough money from settlements in other suits to pay the fine.

  • October 4, 2017

    Facebook Shareholder's Suit Over Video Metrics Error Tossed

    A California federal judge dismissed a putative class action brought against Facebook Inc. by an investor who claims that the social media giant’s misleading comments artificially inflated stock prices, ruling that the shareholder failed to show that the comments were intentionally misleading.

  • October 4, 2017

    JPML Rebuffs Blue Spike’s Bid To Centralize 9 IP Lawsuits

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation rejected efforts by technology company Blue Spike LLC to centralize in Texas nine patent lawsuits, saying Wednesday it wasn’t persuaded there was enough commonality in the cases to make centralization beneficial or necessary.

  • October 4, 2017

    LinkedIn Asks 9th Circ. To Stop Startup's Info Scraping

    LinkedIn Corp. asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to nix a lower court’s preliminary injunction allowing a startup to scrape information from the networking site's public profiles, arguing antitrust laws don’t require it to give another company a “free ride” on its work, and that doing so would violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

  • October 4, 2017

    Knight Institute Files FOIA Suit Over 'Extreme Vetting' Policies

    Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute filed suit in New York federal court Wednesday against various federal agencies seeking documents relating to the “extreme vetting” of non-citizens, saying the government’s failure to produce the records violates the Freedom of Information Act.

  • October 4, 2017

    Frontier Hid $10.5B Verizon Purchase Deadbeats: Investors

    Frontier Communications Corp. was hit with a putative class action Wednesday in Connecticut federal court alleging the communication services provider violated securities law by hiding financial concerns related to a mass of unpaid user accounts acquired with its $10.5 billion Verizon Communications Inc. purchase.

  • October 4, 2017

    Trump's Nominee For NTIA Chief Moves To Full Senate

    The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration is a step closer to having its new leader after a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday moved nominee David Redl forward as the next principal adviser to the president on telecommunication policies.

  • October 4, 2017

    Korean Scientist Gets 14 Months In Bribe Laundering Case

    The former head of South Korea’s government-funded earthquake research program was ordered by a California federal judge Monday to serve 14 months in federal prison followed by a year of supervised release for laundering bribery proceeds in the United States.

  • October 4, 2017

    Gilstrap Pauses Uniloc Suits Against Google For PTAB Review

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap on Tuesday granted Google’s bid to pause six related patent infringement suits in Texas federal court to allow the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to review the validity of several patents covering voice over internet protocol technology that Uniloc is asserting in the cases.

  • October 4, 2017

    FCC To Decide On Local Station Rule At Oct. Meeting

    The Federal Communications Commission will vote on the proposed elimination of the "main studio rule" for radio and TV stations, which had been criticized as outdated, at its upcoming October meeting, according to a tentative agenda released Tuesday.

  • October 4, 2017

    Failure To Collect On €13B Apple Case Lands Ireland In Court

    The European Commission took Ireland to court on Wednesday for failing to collect €13 billion ($15.3 billion) in back taxes from Apple more than a year after the antitrust enforcer concluded the iPhone maker had illegally benefited from special treatment.

  • October 4, 2017

    Rosenstein Says Working With DOJ Can Benefit Tech Cos.

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told an audience of tech executives gathered in Boston on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice is poised to help them root out abuse and criminal activity, despite its concerns about their increasing use of encryption.

  • October 4, 2017

    SEC Urged To Delay Start Of Audit Trail Over Cyber Risks

    A top Republican lawmaker pressed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton on Wednesday to postpone the planned November launch of a massive database known as the Consolidated Audit Trail, citing the recent disclosure of a hack into the agency's data system on public companies.

  • October 4, 2017

    Bird & Bird To Open San Francisco Office In Mid-2018

    Bird & Bird LLP will open a San Francisco office, its first in the U.S., in mid-2018 as part of its drive to offer clients more face-to-face advisement on grappling with European Union privacy and data laws, the firm announced Monday.

  • October 4, 2017

    MarkitServ Wants Withheld Data In Antitrust Suit

    Financial technology company TrueEx LLC, which has accused interest rate swap trading company MarkitServ Ltd. of having a monopoly on the processing service industry, is impeding experts’ time to analyze data by not cooperating with document requests, MarkitServ argued in New York federal court on Tuesday.

  • October 4, 2017

    Toshiba Stands By Ability To Close $17.8B Memory Biz Sale

    Toshiba reiterated Tuesday that the planned $17.8 billion sale of its memory business to a consortium led by Boston-based Bain Capital will go ahead as planned, saying the blockbuster deal will close in spite of protests and litigation from joint venture partner Western Digital.

  • October 4, 2017

    European Commission Proposes Reforms For VAT System

    The European Commission continued its efforts to drastically overhaul the value-added tax system by asking Wednesday for agreement from member countries to begin collecting taxes on currently exempt cross-border trade activities.

  • October 3, 2017

    EU High Court To Weigh Data Transfer Tool In Facebook Row

    The European Court of Justice will soon decide whether multinational companies such as Facebook can continue to use model contracts to transfer data between the EU and U.S., after Ireland's high court on Tuesday found that the national data protection regulator had "well-founded concerns" about whether the mechanism violates EU law.

  • October 3, 2017

    Dormant Ch. 11 Case Reopened To Go After Indicted Ex-CEO

    An entrepreneur with a winding trail of fraud allegations may be back on the hook for a $24 million judgment for misappropriating funds while serving as CEO of a computerized trading firm after a New York bankruptcy court reopened the company’s Chapter 11 case on Monday.

  • October 3, 2017

    Websites Get Cert. In Nearly Settled Google AdSense Suit

    A California federal judge has partially certified a class of website owners accusing Google Inc. of withholding advertising revenue, according to an order unsealed Tuesday in a lawsuit that’s nearing a mediated settlement.

Expert Analysis

  • How Courts Treat USPTO Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

    Jeremiah Frueauf

    Patentees in district courts have argued patent eligibility based on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office subject matter eligibility guidelines, with mixed success. A Virginia federal court's recent decision in Cleveland Clinic v. True Health is the first to address a patent that issued, in part, based on the guidelines, say attorneys with Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC.

  • Telehealth: A Priority For Advancing Quality Health Care

    Michael Adelberg

    Following its August recess, Congress will have less than four weeks to work through must-pass legislation that would fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Amid this hard-stop deadline for program funding, there is a possibility that this legislation could lend itself as a vehicle to attach other party priorities, such as expansion of telehealth services for Medicaid beneficiaries, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • An Update On The Apple-Samsung Damages Saga

    Joshua Wolson

    Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed a jury verdict that awarded Apple nearly $400 million in damages from Samsung. Now a California federal court has an opportunity to provide important guidance on the meaning of the Supreme Court’s decision, says Joshua Wolson of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

  • Managing Consumer Expectations For Autonomous Vehicles

    Charles Moellenberg Jr.

    As consumers begin to sit in the driver’s seat of automated and autonomous vehicles, manufacturers and sellers have a golden opportunity to educate consumers on the benefits and risks of those vehicles and to shape their expectations, says Charles Moellenberg Jr. of Jones Day.

  • New Considerations For Patent Counsel In The Startup World

    Justin Nifong

    The goal of many small companies now is to grow to the point of acquisition, instead of or in addition to working to become long-term sustaining businesses. With this change comes a shift in intellectual property advising to drive a startup’s valuation at the fundraising and exit stages, says Justin Nifong, co-founder of NK Patent Law PLLC.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • How Insurers Can Respond To Disruptive Technology

    Huhnsik Chung

    In an age where technology is poised to disrupt the existing landscape, insurers who embrace the changes and turn them into opportunities will thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace, say Huhnsik Chung and Christina Cerutti of Baker McKenzie.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • Panel-Dependent Fed. Circ. Decisions For 101 Challenges?

    Yar Chaikovsky

    Last week, a divided panel at the Federal Circuit applied an analytical framework in Visual Memory v. Nvidia that appears to be inconsistent with the framework applied in a number of previous Federal Circuit decisions on Section 101 motions at the Rule 12(b)(6) stage, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.