Technology

  • May 11, 2017

    Google Beats Click-Fraud Class Action, For Now

    A California federal judge Thursday tossed an advertiser’s putative class action alleging Google understates the number of fraudulent clicks its ads receive, saying the advertiser can’t base his claims on a gibberish ad he created as a test case, and would need to amend the complaint with information on actual ads.

  • May 11, 2017

    Investors' Challenge To $400M Cyan Merger Thrown Out

    The Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday dismissed a suit over the $400 million acquisition of network technology company Cyan Inc. by Ciena Corp., saying that Cyan shareholders hadn’t accuse board members of anything that couldn’t fall under the category of fair business judgment.

  • May 11, 2017

    Cloud Co. Hid Impact Of Lost Vodafone Contract, Suit Says

    A Rackspace Hosting Inc. shareholder accused the cloud computing company in New York federal court Wednesday of concealing the financial impact of losing a contract with Vodafone Group PLC, which the investor says led to a two-day stock drop that cost the company $1.3 billion in market capitalization.

  • May 11, 2017

    Trump Inks Executive Order To Fortify Nation's Cybersecurity

    President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a long-anticipated executive order that is designed to boost the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure by pressing agencies to use a popular framework embraced by the private sector to assess their risks and by giving more support to entities that operate vital systems.

  • May 11, 2017

    Patent Owner's Comments At IPR Seal Apple Infringement Win

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld a judge’s decision that Apple Inc. did not infringe a streaming media patent, holding for the first time that statements made by a patent owner during an inter partes review can be used to narrow the scope of a patent in court.

  • May 11, 2017

    Facebook To Face Data Center Secrets Trial In April 2018

    A California federal judge at a hearing Thursday set an April 2018 trial date for a jury to hear allegations that Facebook stole BladeRoom Group Ltd.’s trade secrets by copying the company’s data center designs for Facebook’s own facilities.

  • May 11, 2017

    Split Fed. Circ. Won't Eye Constitutionality Of AIA Reviews

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday declined to consider en banc whether America Invents Act reviews are unconstitutional because they allow an executive branch agency, rather than the courts, to invalidate patents, though some judges said the full court should have addressed the issue.

  • May 11, 2017

    Fitbit Can't Run Away Before Discovery Over, Investors Say

    The investors behind a class action accusing Fitbit Inc. of artificially inflating its stock price by hiding problems with its fitness tracking technology told a California federal court on Wednesday that it would be jumping the gun to let Fitbit escape from the suit before they had a chance to conduct discovery.

  • May 11, 2017

    Tikehau Capital Injects $103M Into Managed Services Provider

    French asset management and investment group Tikehau Capital said Thursday that it has invested £80 million ($103.1 million) in Claranet, a European managed information technology services provider, with guidance from Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • May 11, 2017

    Judge Tosses Some Priceline Claims In IBM IP Row

    A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday partly granted International Business Machines Corp.’s bid to toss counterclaims asserted by Priceline Group Inc. and other travel websites in IBM's suit accusing the sites of infringing four patents, based on his adoption of a magistrate judge’s report and recommendation.

  • May 11, 2017

    Tech-Focused Delta-V Capital Clinches $232M For PE Fund

    Delta-v Capital, a technology-focused private investment firm with offices in Dallas and Boulder, Colorado, has collected $232 million from investors for its latest fund, placement agent Sixpoint Partners LLC said Thursday.

  • May 10, 2017

    Ex-Autonomy CFO Can’t Yet Get HP’s Morgan Lewis Report

    Attorneys defending Autonomy Corp.’s former CFO against criminal charges that he misrepresented the company’s worth when Hewlett-Packard Co. acquired it for $11 billion lost a bid in California federal court Wednesday to force prosecutors to hand over any exculpatory evidence from a Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP investigation commissioned by HP.

  • May 10, 2017

    Insurance Software Co. Can't Exit Intel TM Suit

    A Florida federal judge refused to dismiss Intel's trademark infringement suit against a firm that makes software for insurance companies on Wednesday, saying its complaint is solidly pled and that there is no justification at this time for dismissing it.

  • May 10, 2017

    Facebook, Health Sites Shake Suit Over User Data Sharing

    A California federal judge on Tuesday nixed a putative class action seeking to block several health websites from sharing individual Facebook users' browsing data with the social media giant, ruling that the plaintiffs had consented to Facebook's tracking activities and that the websites didn’t have enough of a connection to the state.

  • May 10, 2017

    Quinn Emanuel Must Tweak Suit Seeking Fees From Billionaire

    A California judge on Wednesday granted Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP leave to amend its suit alleging billionaire Darwin Deason owes it $1 million for representing him in a shareholder suit against Xerox, saying the law firm has to add detail to or refine multiple claims.

  • May 10, 2017

    Feds Need To Dial Up Cyberattack Responses, Senate Told

    A White & Case LLP partner and other experts on Wednesday pushed the U.S. Senate to support efforts to ramp up the government's ability to prosecute and make counterstrikes against hackers that infiltrate public- and-private sector information systems, saying the moves would be more effective than mandating corporate security protocols.

  • May 10, 2017

    Intel Claims Victory In $2B Circuit Patent Jury Trial

    A Delaware jury freed Intel Corp. from a $2 billion suit alleging the company infringed a circuit patent, finding the company didn’t infringe any of the asserted claims in a verdict issued Wednesday, according to WilmerHale, which represented Intel in the dispute.

  • May 10, 2017

    Voices Of Desperate SunEdison Shareholders Flood Docket

    In a flurry of objections filed Tuesday and Wednesday, several dozen pained SunEdison Inc. shareholders urged a New York bankruptcy judge to step in and force the green energy giant to explain just how it lost billions of dollars in investment capital.

  • May 10, 2017

    Stolen Fitbit Allegations Can’t Proceed In NJ, Judge Says

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday freed Fitbit Inc. from a suit accusing it of falsely claiming that a retailer of refurbished electronics was selling stolen items, ruling that Fitbit’s lack of intent to cause harm in the Garden State means that the court lacks jurisdiction.

  • May 10, 2017

    Nuance Can't Get Quick Win In Language Processing IP Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday denied a bid by a computer software technology company to toss Word to Info Inc.’s infringement suit over natural language processing patents, rejecting an invalidity challenge based on the priority references of the issued patent.

Expert Analysis

  • IPO Boom Offers Opportunities For Small Companies

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    The recent surge in initial public offering activity may be more of an anomaly for the large “unicorns” than a trend to watch for the future, but there appears to be a window for smaller companies looking to go public, say Richard Friedman and Daniel Teplin of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • USCIS Targets 'Computer-Related' H-1B Positions

    Melissa Winkler

    A recent memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that rescinds its 2000 "Guidance memo on H-1B computer-related positions" indicates that USCIS is attempting to eliminate usage of the Level 1 designation and raise wages and skill levels of foreign nationals entering the U.S., says Melissa Winkler of Fakhoury Law Group.

  • The SAVe Act: A Roadblock To Automated Vehicle Innovation

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    Autonomous vehicle technology, now being developed and tested by companies outside and inside the traditional auto manufacturing sector, promises to bring advances in safety and convenience to U.S. roadways. But legislation recently introduced in several states will impair automated vehicle development, and is designed mainly to protect traditional auto manufacturers and dealers from competition, say attorneys from WilmerHale.

  • A Big Haircut For Indenture Trustee Counsel Fees

    Karol K. Denniston

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge's recent decision in Nortel Network’s Chapter 11 case has several important takeaways for indenture trustees and their legal counsel that go well beyond the fee reductions an indenture trustee’s two law firms received, says Karol Denniston of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • When Does Data Breach Liability Extend To The Boardroom?

    Joseph B. Crace Jr.

    Director liability lawsuits following data breaches have been uniformly unsuccessful, but recently filed suits show the determination of shareholder plaintiffs to continue to pursue such litigation and experiment in the hope of landing the right legal theory or set of facts, say Joseph Crace Jr. and Virginia Yetter of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

  • Exploring 2 Different Approaches To Anti-Rebate Laws

    Shawn Hanson

    The Louisiana Department of Insurance recently issued a revised advisory letter stating that services offered to the general public do not violate the state's anti-rebating laws. This company-friendly position is in contrast with states like Washington, which are more inclined to regulate free or low-cost services, say Shawn Hanson and Crystal Roberts of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Cybersecurity Steps Every Lawyer Should Consider

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    In a state by state chart updated this month, the American Bar Association reports that 34 states have adopted all or most of the ABA's model rules technology amendments and that nine more states are studying the amendments. Even for lawyers in other states, legal ethics require the technological and legal competence to protect clients' confidentiality, says J.S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP..

  • A Sign Of Targeted Patent Reform In Congress?

    Lionel M. Lavenue

    Three months into the 115th congressional term, no patent bill has been proposed yet. However, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, passed by the House in early March and not specifically targeted at patents, hints at what might come next, say attorneys with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.