Technology

  • June 30, 2020

    Unclear Scope Of Trump's Work Visa Ban Makes Travel Iffy

    The White House broadened its freeze on work visas for applicants abroad in an update Monday night, but attorneys say the ban's language continues to confuse visa holders in the U.S. who worry future travel may jeopardize their immigration status.

  • June 30, 2020

    Wind Farm Owner Says Texas Co.'s Deception Cost It Millions

    A unit of Spanish energy conglomerate Acciona alleged on Tuesday that a Texas wind farm developer lied about securing land needed for a project to make it seem as if the venture was on track when it was actually falling way behind schedule, which cost $7 million to correct.

  • June 30, 2020

    Skadden Steers $700M IPO For Goldman Sachs SPAC

    A special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Goldman Sachs started trading Tuesday after raising $700 million in an initial public offering steered by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • June 30, 2020

    Congress Urged To Probe 'Badly Misguided' PTAB Denials

    A coalition of organizations has asked the House and Senate judiciary committees to investigate the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's use of discretionary denials, saying the unofficial policy is starting to "choke-off access" to patent reviews and allow low-quality patents to flourish again.

  • June 30, 2020

    FCC OKs $198M Budget Bump For Rural Health Care

    The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday ordered almost $198 million in unused funds to be directed to its Rural Health Care Program, shoring up an initiative that is facing demand and receiving attention due to the need for telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • June 30, 2020

    Ropes Helps B Capital Grab $820M For Sophomore Fund

    B Capital Group, a tech-focused investment firm formed by the co-founder of Facebook and an ex-Bain Capital executive, said Tuesday that it has wrapped up its second fund after securing $820 million from investors, with assistance from Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • June 30, 2020

    Robbins, WeissLaw To Lead Apple Suit Over Slow IPhones

    Robbins LLP and WeissLaw LLP have won co-lead counsel status in a shareholder derivative action accusing Apple Inc.'s top brass of intentionally slowing down its older iPhone models after a California federal judge found that the firms had "an edge" over two competing firms.

  • June 30, 2020

    Supreme Court OKs Trademark For Booking.com

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Booking.com could register its name as a trademark, rejecting the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's "sweeping" argument that it was merely an unprotectable generic term.

  • June 29, 2020

    Atty Says Founders Left Online Legal Marketplace In Ruins

    An attorney with an ownership stake in the online legal platform UpCounsel Inc. filed a derivative suit Saturday in Delaware Chancery Court against the company's founders, asserting they stripped the company of value and left it in shambles before bolting to take jobs at LinkedIn.

  • June 29, 2020

    Napster Knocks 'Wildly Inflated' Fee Bid By Songwriters' Attys

    The company behind Napster has urged a California federal judge to reject a "wildly inflated" request for $6.1 million in attorney fees lodged by songwriters as part of a settlement aiming to end claims that Napster failed to pay millions in so-called mechanical royalties.

  • June 29, 2020

    Match Investors Sue IAC, Diller Over 'Grossly Unfair' Split

    A class of Match Group Inc. stockholders unveiled a 10-count direct and derivative suit Monday against the company's directors, along with InterActiveCorp and media mogul Barry Diller, saying an elaborately conflicted separation of the two companies could cost Match and its stockholders billions.

  • June 29, 2020

    Berger Montague Battles Oxman To Control InventHelp Suits

    Berger Montague PC accused Oxman Law Group of making baseless and disparaging accusations about the firm in an underhanded bid to control a pair of fraud cases against invention marketing service InventHelp as the two firms fight over who should serve as lead counsel for the cases in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • June 29, 2020

    Calif. Privacy Law Expansion Would Hurt EdTech, Group Says

    A technology industry trade association is warning that a proposal to expand California's landmark consumer privacy law that is slated to go before voters in November would put companies that handle students' personal data through partnerships with educational institutions in a bind and harm both in-person and distance learning. 

  • June 29, 2020

    Canadian Watchdogs Probing Tim Hortons For Privacy Breach

    Canadian regulators said Monday they are investigating whether coffee and pastry chain Tim Hortons breached privacy law by constantly tracking the locations of users of its mobile ordering app without first getting valid consent.

  • June 29, 2020

    3 Firms Helm Lululemon's $500M Buy Of Fitness Co. Mirror

    Athletic clothing retailer Lululemon said Monday that it has struck a deal to purchase workout technology startup Mirror for $500 million in a transaction advised by Fenwick & West LLP, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP and Cooley LLP.

  • June 29, 2020

    Open Internet Group Pushes 'Roadmap' To Probe Google

    A public interest group is pressing the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general to examine Google's dominance among search engines, giving them a potential "roadmap" to probe what the advocates characterized as monopoly conduct.

  • June 29, 2020

    Comcast Wipes Out Another Patent In IP War With Rovi

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated all 20 challenged claims in a patent owned by a TiVo subsidiary, finding that Comcast Cable Communications LLC persuasively showed the claims were obvious in light of existing technology.

  • June 29, 2020

    Top 6 Patent Rulings Of 2020: A Midyear Report

    In the first half of the year, patent litigators saw decisions shutting down certain appeals in inter partes review cases and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board detailing when it will use its discretion to refuse to review patents. Here's a look at the most notable patent rulings so far in 2020.

  • June 29, 2020

    AT&T Again Seeks To Pare Down $2M Crypto Theft Suit

    Wireless service provider AT&T Mobility LLC has asked for a second time to end some of the claims in a suit alleging it failed to protect a customer who claims he repeatedly fell victim to hackers and lost $1.9 million worth of cryptocurrency as a result.

  • June 29, 2020

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Legal Battles Resume Post-Lockdown

    The World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body held its first meeting in more than three months on Monday following a COVID-19 lockdown, and the delegations wasted no time jumping into the fray.

  • June 29, 2020

    Jenner & Block Snags Telecom Attorney From Davis Wright

    Jenner & Block LLP has convinced a communications pro to make the jump over from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, though the pandemic may keep the regulatory whiz from making it into the firm's Los Angeles office anytime soon.

  • June 29, 2020

    Senate Dems Demand Agencies Act On COVID-19 Scams

    A pair of Senate Democrats urged four federal agencies to crack down on robocall scams during the coronavirus pandemic that range from supposed help with IRS stimulus payments to impersonating health experts to hawking fake COVID-19 remedies.

  • June 29, 2020

    Ex-Vivint Worker Wins Revival Of Calif. PAGA Claims

    A California appeals court has brought back to life a former Vivint Inc. employee's proposed wage and hour class action, ruling the home automation and security company's ex-technician has standing to bring claims under the Private Attorneys General Act.

  • June 29, 2020

    Online Gaming Biz Lands $745M Valuation In SPAC Deal

    Online gaming company Golden Nugget plans to go public by combining with a special-purpose acquisition company at a roughly $745 million valuation, in a deal steered by White & Case LLP and Haynes and Boone LLP, according to a Monday announcement.

  • June 29, 2020

    US Tariff Threats May Harm Alliance, EU Finance Ministers Say

    The finance ministers of four European countries have written to the U.S. Treasury secretary, saying that threats by the U.S. to impose tariffs in response to national tax policies of other countries could damage good relationships between allies.

Expert Analysis

  • Considerations For Employers Using Virus Prevention Tech

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    Use of mobile apps may enhance COVID-19 prevention and remediation in the workplace but also comes with privacy, safety and labor law compliance risks worth evaluating, say attorneys at Epstein Becker.

  • Opinion

    License To All Should Prevail In FRAND Patent Wars

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    Because a license-to-all system for standard-essential patents — such as those held by Qualcomm and automakers — inhibits commerce less than an access-to-all system and is more consistent with standard setting organization policies, it should emerge as the default in the ongoing royalty calculation debate, says professor Thomas Cotter at the University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Tax Compliance Issues For Rapidly Growing Media Cos.

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    Our recent survey reveals that while many communications and media companies are planning new corporate structures or product offerings to keep up with their industry’s exponential growth, they need to improve how they identify and address indirect communications tax compliance, says Toby Bargar at Avalara.

  • Best Practices For A Paperless Law Practice

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    A significant challenge in practicing law remotely is the use and handling of documents without paper, because common digital tools such as email or even secure file transfer applications are problematic, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Calif. Extension Of Court Deadlines Rests On Shaky Ground

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    A California emergency rule tolling the statute of limitations for civil causes of action conflicts with statutes enacted by the Legislature, and could lead to litigation over the state Judicial Council's authority, say Mitchell Tilner and Andrea Russi at Horvitz & Levy.

  • How Licensing Affects Patent Damages Apportionment: Part 3

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    A key component of a successful damages theory based on prior licenses — as demonstrated in two recent federal trials — is support from a technical expert who can identify comparable agreements and offer a technology-based methodology for apportionment, say Laurie Stempler at Desmarais and Dominic Persechini at Intensity.

  • Opinion

    If The DOD Wants Ligado's Spectrum, It Should Buy It

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    The U.S. Department of Defense should stop blocking Ligado Networks' 5G network due to concerns it interferes with the department's GPS, and should instead pay the opportunity cost to buy Ligado's spectrum, say Thomas Lenard at the Technology Policy Institute and Lawrence White at the NYU Stern School of Business​​​​​​​.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Address Racial Injustice With Radical Candor

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    The legal industry is uniquely positioned, and indeed obligated, to respond to the racial disparities made clear by the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but lawyers must be willing to be uncomfortable, says Tiffani Lee at Holland & Knight.

  • Patent Owners Should Mind Assignee Rights Restrictions

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    Federal courts' reliance on the Federal Circuit Lone Star v. United Microelectronics decision, which closely scrutinized contractual restrictions in patent assignments, makes it crucial for patent owners to take particular care when limiting an assignee's ability to enforce the patent or transfer the rights, say John Haynes and Lindsay Church at Alston & Bird.

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • The Death Of The Combination Patent Claim

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    Recent Federal Circuit cases appear to suggest that if your patent claim to a combination of otherwise known elements does not include a specific technical improvement, then the claim is not patent-eligible — meaning a bedrock patent principle has been overruled implicitly, says Howard Skaist at Berkeley Law & Technology Group.

  • Strategies For Managing Calif. Litigation As Courts Reopen

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    As state and federal courts in California begin to reopen, strategic decisions need to be made about where cases should be filed, public and private perception of litigation conduct, alternative plans for discovery, and more, says attorney Steven Brower.

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