Technology

  • April 12, 2018

    FisherBroyles Snags Blockchain Pro From Sheppard Mullin

    FisherBroyles LLP has hired a former Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP attorney in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley with experience handling bitcoin technology development agreements, venture capital financing and other cutting-edge technology as a partner and co-chair of its financial technology and blockchain practice group.

  • April 12, 2018

    GAO Denies IBM Protest Over $48M TSA IT Support Deal

    IBM failed to show the Transportation Security Administration misevaluated bids on a $47.8 million information technology support deal awarded to an Accenture unit, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision released Thursday.

  • April 12, 2018

    SunPower Investors’ Stock-Drop Suit May Be Thrown Out

    A California federal judge said Thursday he’s inclined to toss with leave to amend a putative securities class action claiming SunPower Corp. fraudulently overstated its financial projections, causing its stock to drop 30 percent, saying the fraud allegations are insufficient and “there’s nothing hidden from the public here.”

  • April 12, 2018

    Expedia Says Ryanair Site-Scraping Suit Belongs In Ireland

    Expedia Inc. urged a Washington federal judge Wednesday to dismiss a suit from Ryanair DAC that accuses the travel booking site of illegally scraping the airline’s website for fare information and then profiting from the unauthorized flight sales, saying Ireland is the most convenient venue for the Dublin-based airline.

  • April 12, 2018

    Former Snap Employee Must Arbitrate Dispute Over His Firing

    A California federal judge on Wednesday sent to arbitration a suit brought by a former employee of Snapchat maker Snap Inc. who alleged he was fired for raising concerns about the social media company's user metrics, finding their contract was neither unconscionable nor ambiguous.

  • April 12, 2018

    VC-Backed Startup Zuora Raises $154M In Upsized IPO

    Venture capital-backed Zuora Inc., a cloud software company that helps businesses manage subscriptions, saw shares rally in their trading debut on Thursday after raising $144 million in an initial public offering that priced above its forecasted range.

  • April 12, 2018

    Ex-Alaska Telecom Boss Accused Of $250M Investment Fraud

    Manhattan federal prosecutors on Thursday accused the former CEO of Quintillion Networks of using forged contracts to con investors into sinking $250 million into the telecommunications company’s fiber-optic cable network in Alaska.

  • April 12, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Canon's Patent Win And $1.8M Attys' Fees

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld lower court rulings that cleared Canon Inc. of infringing flash memory card reader patents and required the companies that filed the lawsuit to pay nearly $1.8 million in Canon's attorneys' fees.

  • April 12, 2018

    PE-Backed Ceridian's $420M Deal Tops 2 IPO Launches

    Private equity-backed human resources software firm Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. launched an estimated $420 million initial public offering, representing the larger of two companies to set terms Thursday on IPOs scheduled to price later this month as the April calendar fills up.

  • April 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: GE, Wynn, Walmart

    General Electric is considering floating one of its divisions or combining assets with other companies, Wynn Resorts is reportedly in talks to sell its not-yet-built Wynn Boston Harbor to MGM Resorts International, and Walmart is close to buying a majority stake in Flipkart.

  • April 12, 2018

    FCC Commish Urges USDA Cooperation On Rural Broadband

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture must coordinate with the Federal Communications Commission to ensure a newly created $600 million pilot program for rural broadband deployment is administered effectively, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said Wednesday.

  • April 12, 2018

    Apple's Infringement In $502M Security IP Row Willful: Jury

    One day after finding Apple Inc. infringed VirnetX network security patents, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas on Wednesday found the infringement was willful, a decision that has the potential to put the iPhone maker on the hook for more than $1.5 billion in damages after an initial award of over $502 million.

  • April 12, 2018

    Wachtell Adds Ex-Silicon Valley Tech, IP Deals Pro In NY

    A Silicon Valley technology transactions and intellectual property specialist has taken his practice back to New York after more than 20 years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC, joining Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in a rare lateral move for the firm.

  • April 12, 2018

    Irish High Court Pushes Outline For Probing Data Transfers

    Ireland's high court on Thursday specified how it wants Europe's top court to probe whether multinational companies such as Facebook can transfer Europeans' data outside the bloc, especially to the United States.

  • April 12, 2018

    Family Sues Apple Seeking Late Loved One's ICloud Info

    The family of a Boston doctor who died in 2016 sued Apple Inc. late Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court for access to her laptop, cellphone and iCloud account in the hopes that the information inside will lead to clues about her "suspicious" passing.

  • April 12, 2018

    FDA Proposes New Way To Approve Updated Medical Devices

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday released anticipated proposed draft guidance laying out an alternative pathway for medical device manufacturers to prove that their new devices are as safe and effective as ones already on the market.

  • April 12, 2018

    Fenwick To Move NYC Office To Tech Hub Flatiron District

    Fenwick & West LLP said Thursday it will more than double the footprint of its New York City office when it relocates to the technology-friendly Flatiron District, a move the firm said will benefit its tech and life sciences clients.

  • April 12, 2018

    Feds Look To Curb Trade Barriers For US Hardware Makers

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is developing a plan to counteract trade barriers that "arbitrarily discriminate" against U.S. producers of information and communication technology hardware, according to a filing published in the Federal Register on Thursday.

  • April 11, 2018

    JPMorgan Hit With Suit Over Alleged Cryptocurrency Fees

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. started counting its credit card customers’ cryptocurrency purchases as cash advances instead of ordinary transactions, causing consumers to rack up fees and high interest charges without warning, according to a proposed class action filed in New York federal court Tuesday.

  • April 11, 2018

    Imperium In Rarefied Air With $7M Patent Atty Fee Award

    Imperium IP Holdings secured a whopping $7 million in attorneys' fees last week in a patent case against Samsung, among the largest of its kind since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it easier for winning patent litigants to recover fees. Here, Law360 looks at this and other notable recent fee awards.

Expert Analysis

  • Practicality Is A Driving Force In High Court Microsoft Case

    James Kitchen

    Absent new legislation or a major reformation of the mutual legal assistance treaty process, victory in the Microsoft case at the U.S. Supreme Court may be vital for the government when it comes to its ability to conduct investigations in the fast-paced world of electronic data and cybercrime, says James Kitchen of Jones Day.

  • Innovation-Based Tech Standards Under Growing Threat

    David Kappos

    It is frightening to consider how many technological innovations of the last 20 years might have missed mass adoption had they been subject to the same pressures faced by innovators today, says David Kappos, a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Class Action Lawyers Behaving Badly

    Thomas Dickerson

    In prosecuting and defending class actions, a conservative, ethical and salutary approach should be taken by all parties. Unfortunately, a survey of recent cases reveals a wide range of problematic behavior by certain class action attorneys, which only lends credence to criticisms of the class action concept, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration

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    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Opinion

    The Dangers Of DOJ Victory In High Court Microsoft Case

    Saad Gul

    American tech firms have dominated the world for decades. But now, in the Microsoft warrant case, the U.S. Department of Justice may clumsily, inadvertently and shortsightedly accomplish what foreign governments and international competitors have been unable to do — kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, say ​​​​​​​Saad Gul and Michael Slipsky of Poyner Spruill LLP.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • Using The Purchase Funnel To Analyze Consumer Behavior

    Nikita Piankov

    In many lawsuits, questions of impact and damages turn on whether the defendant’s conduct caused consumers to buy more or fewer of a product than they would otherwise. A better understanding of the consumer decision process can be derived using what economists call the "purchase funnel," say Nikita Piankov of Analysis Group and Catherine Tucker of the MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • The Securities Law Questions Raised By #MeToo

    Deborah Birnbach

    Although companies often do not disclose internal or government investigations generally, and there are no cases obligating disclosure of sexual harassment investigations specifically, companies are not impervious to litigation for failing to disclose such information, or for breach of fiduciary duty in connection with tolerating sexual harassment, say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Avoid Getting A Plaintiff's Fingerprint Pointed At You

    Stephanie Sheridan

    Over the last year or so, what began as a handful of cases under the little-known lllinois Biometric Information Privacy Act has evolved into a wave of well over 30 cases against some of the world’s largest companies. However, a recent decision from the Illinois Court of Appeals could potentially stifle the growing momentum, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.