Technology

  • January 5, 2017

    Identiv Again Escapes Investor Suit Over Reporting Flaws

    A California federal judge has again tossed a proposed class action claiming that Identiv Inc. misled its shareholders over flaws in the security technology company's financial reporting controls, saying investors once again hadn't shown any misstatements.

  • January 5, 2017

    Intel Chiefs Continue To Back Russia Election Hack Claims

    Senior U.S. intelligence officials on Thursday said that an unclassified version of a report into foreign interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election will be made public next week, and stood by earlier statements pointing to Russia for the pre-election hacks on Democratic groups.

  • January 5, 2017

    Half-Million Ends Tribal Contractor's Prevailing Wage Row

    A tribal tech support company that provides services at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia has agreed to pay $500,000 after the U.S. Department of Labor found the contractor did not pay workers prevailing wages under federal law, the agency said Wednesday.

  • January 5, 2017

    Paris Climate Pact Paves Way For Legal Opportunities: Study

    The approval of the Paris climate agreement in November will pave the way for greater opportunities for law firms across the globe specializing in automotive and energy sectors, as more countries begin to scale back their emissions output, a new study found.

  • January 5, 2017

    Wilson Sonsini Leads IT Advisory Co. Gartner In $2.6B Deal

    Gartner Inc., led by Wilson Sonsini, inked a $2.6 billion cash-and-stock deal for business research and analysis company CEB Inc., as the IT research and advisory company looks to grow its offerings, according to a Thursday statement.

  • January 4, 2017

    White House Revamps Breach Response, Reporting Policies

    The White House on Tuesday laid out updated parameters for federal agencies to follow when preparing for and responding to data breaches and for complying with a federal statute that governs the disclosure of the personal information they hold.

  • January 4, 2017

    Sony Gets Early Nod On Settlement In Vaio Laptop Defect Suit

    A California federal judge preliminarily approved on Tuesday a deal that would settle computer buyers' class action lawsuit against Sony Electronics Inc. alleging it knowingly sold Vaio laptops with touchpad defects, finding it fair, reasonable and adequate.

  • January 4, 2017

    Former Federal Officials Want Probe Into Russia Hacks

    A group of prominent former intelligence and foreign policy officials called on Congress on Wednesday to establish an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying independent study was necessary to properly understand “what we can do to protect our democracy.”

  • January 4, 2017

    CRT MDL Co-Counsel's Motion Slammed As Bid To 'Harass'

    An attorney filed a “frivolous” motion in late December in multidistrict litigation concerning cathode ray tubes as a way to “annoy and harass” lead counsel Trump Alioto Trump & Prescott LLP during the recent holiday period, Trump Alioto alleged Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2017

    PTAB Won't Review Hybrid Audio MP3 Patent

    Technology industry consortium Unified Patents Inc. has failed to convince the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that claims in a widely asserted patent related to MP3 processing technology are likely invalid, the board said in a Tuesday decision.

  • January 4, 2017

    Spokeo Points To 2 New Decisions In 9th Circ. FCRA Row

    Spokeo Inc. on Tuesday highlighted two cases decided after the Ninth Circuit heard arguments last month in a closely watched battle over the company’s alleged publication of false personal information, saying the recent rulings bolster its position that the action remanded by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark May decision suffers from a lack of standing.

  • January 4, 2017

    DOL Sues Google Over Withheld Compensation Data

    The U.S. Department of Labor announced an administrative lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force Google to hand over more compensation data regarding a government look into its equal opportunity program, data the technology giant has refused to hand over because of confidentiality concerns, despite reporting obligations for government contractors.

  • January 4, 2017

    AlphaCap Demands Attys' Fees In Gust Patent Suit

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday allowed a nonpracticing entity to hold off on honoring another judge's order that it pay crowdfunding company Gust Inc. $553,891 in attorneys’ fees in a patent suit, giving the court time to consider the NPE's counter-motion for $117,370 in attorneys’ fees.

  • January 4, 2017

    Feds Kill Bid To Divvy Settlements In Wis. Superfund Suit

    The judge overseeing a federal enforcement action over a Wisconsin Superfund site polluted by paper industry activity rejected Tuesday a bid by P.H. Glatfelter Co. to present evidence questioning the allocation of previous settlement money in the case.

  • January 4, 2017

    Small ISPs Ask Pols For Relief From FCC Transparency Rules

    Four trade associations representing small cable, broadband and wireless groups asked several lawmakers Tuesday to move forward with legislation to prevent heightened Federal Communications Commission transparency rules from going into effect for small providers, saying their members need certainty.

  • January 4, 2017

    Hughes Hubbard Snags IP, Tech Atty From Ropes & Gray

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has brought on a former Ropes & Gray LLP attorney with nearly two decades of experience representing tech clients in patent infringement, patent prosecution and licensing proceedings, the firm said Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2017

    $8B Harman-Samsung Merger Challenged In Del. Class Suit

    Harman International Industries Inc. shareholders opened a putative class action lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court against the company's directors late Tuesday, saying the directors sold the company short in an $8 billion merger deal with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

  • January 4, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Qualcomm, Ardian, Sogou

    Qualcomm will invest in a $100 billion tech fund being raised by SoftBank, Ardian is in discussions to buy half of Mubadala Development’s $2 billion private equity portfolio, and Sogou is planning a U.S. initial public offering this year that could value the Chinese search engine at up to $5 billion.

  • January 4, 2017

    Full Fed. Circ. To Weigh Appeals Of PTAB Time-Bar Orders

    The full Federal Circuit agreed Wednesday to review whether patent owners can appeal Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that America Invents Act petitions challenging their patents were timely and whether an earlier ruling preventing such appeals should be overruled.

  • January 4, 2017

    Solera Buys PE-Owned Auto Aftermarket Co. In £340M Deal

    Auto insurance software and service firm Solera Holdings Inc. has agreed to buy private equity-owned Autodata, a European provider of technical information to the automotive aftermarket, in a deal worth £340 million ($418.2 million), the companies said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Preparing For A Ransomware Attack

    Darren S. Teshima

    Ransomware attacks, which use malware to hold victims' files to ransom, have been on the rise in recent years. Companies should adopt the multifaceted preparation strategy recommended by the FBI, and obtain proper cyberinsurance, say Darren Teshima and Aravind Swaminathan of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Do Big Data Analytics Hinder Workplace Diversity?

    Judith Biggs

    As more and more employers use new analytical tools for recruiting and hiring, the potential exists for employment decisions to become more fair, objective and unbiased. However, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is exploring whether the use of big data and technology-driven decision-making could disfavor candidates who lack a robust digital footprint, says Judith Biggs of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • A Warning On Bitcoin Tax Compliance For The IRS

    Leslie Book

    Virtual currencies bring special challenges for tax administrators around the world, but the IRS and Congress have not focused sufficient energy on some of the issues associated with their use. That, at least, is the message in a report issued in September by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, says Leslie Book of the Villanova University School of Law.

  • With The New Administration, A New FCC Focus?

    Anne Goodwin Crump

    With the potential of new blood soon coming into the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC may shift at least some of its attention back to broadcasting issues. Anne Crump of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth PLC discusses who the next FCC chairman might be, and what else the future might hold for the commission.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Risk When Acquiring A Payments Company

    Charles J. Morton Jr.

    Creating value for shareholders through acquisitions in the payment space is an important, time-tested strategy. However, regulatory pressure in the payments industry has increased considerably in the past few years. Combining regulatory insight with proven deal execution is essential if an acquisition is to have the intended results, say Charles Morton Jr. and Andrew Bigart of Venable LLP.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • Fed. Circ. Causes Power Shift In Software Patent Litigation

    Samir Mehta

    The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Unwired Planet v. Google significantly restricts the scope of the covered business method review program. Along with other 2016 decisions, this ruling further limits the power of defendants to challenge the validity of software patents, says Samir Mehta of Stinson Leonard Street LLP.

  • The Case Of The Missing Product: What Can A Defendant Do?

    Kevin Sloan

    You get served with a citation in a new products suit. The facts do not look good. But the product itself has been destroyed or misplaced, and is not available for inspection. What happens next? There are substantively powerful and potentially cost-effective procedural paths to go down that can advantageously position a manufacturer’s defenses, says Kevin R. Sloan of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

  • Transportation Policy In The Trump Era: Part 2

    Carolina Mederos

    The challenge of revitalizing and updating the nation’s transportation and infrastructure will be a focus for the 115th Congress and the Trump administration. In the second of a three-part series, attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs consider the outlook for surface transportation initiatives, including the president-elect's infrastructure plans, policies on autonomous vehicles, TIGER grants and safety oversight.

  • Avoiding Law Firm BYOD Risks: Tips For Securing Devices

    Everett Monroe

    Many believe that the solutions to the security problems created by using smartphones for work are primarily technological, but a much larger piece of the puzzle involves the human factor. To achieve reasonable security around mobile devices, law firms must go back to basics — clear policies, effective training and thoughtful oversight, says Everett Monroe of Hanson Bridgett LLP.