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Technology

  • November 7, 2018

    Hyundai, Kia Pour $250M Into Singapore Ride-Hailing Service

    Hyundai Motor Group and Kia Motors Co. will join forces to invest $250 million into Singapore-based ride-hailing service Grab Holdings Inc., as part of a partnership focused on forming electric vehicle pilot programs in Southeast Asia, the companies said Wednesday.

  • November 7, 2018

    USPTO Taps Expert IP Attorney As Deputy Director

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has appointed the former deputy general counsel of Silicon Valley-based A10 Networks Inc. as deputy director, the agency announced Tuesday.

  • November 7, 2018

    Apple Again Ducks False Ad Suit Over Storage Capacity

    A California federal judge has once again dismissed a lawsuit alleging Apple Inc. falsely advertised the storage capacity of its iPhones, iPads and iPods, saying the proposed class of consumers failed to state its case for how it was misled.

  • November 6, 2018

    Kavanaugh Fallout Fuels GOP's Senate Expansion

    A backlash over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's bitter confirmation battle played a key role in Republicans adding to their Senate majority, as so-called “Trump state” Democrats who opposed confirmation fell to GOP challengers in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

  • November 6, 2018

    Eleventh-Hour Suit Demands 'Biased' Kemp Not Oversee GA Results

    Brian Kemp — Georgia’s acting Secretary of State and the presumed Republican victor in a bitterly contested gubernatorial race — was hit with an eleventh-hour suit in federal court Tuesday, seeking to bar him from certifying a winner or overseeing a possible recount given the “extreme bias” he’s shown as Georgia’s top elections official.

  • November 6, 2018

    Dems Pump Brakes On Trump Agenda With House Win

    Democrats won back the House on Tuesday night and with it divided the chambers of Congress, putting them in position to step up investigations into President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and to run interference on his conservative agenda.

  • November 6, 2018

    Senate Republican Win Cements Trump's Judicial Makeover

    With Senate Republicans returning from a slew of victories at the ballot box, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell looks to continue a two-year project to remake the federal courts by confirming waves of conservative judges to the bench.

  • November 6, 2018

    Voting Machine Critics Tout Low-Tech Fix For Hacking Fears

    Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election pushed U.S. voting security into the spotlight, leaving officials scrambling to shore up the infrastructure before midterms. But efforts remained uneven two years later, with a number of states on Tuesday shirking the surprisingly low-tech fix touted by election-integrity experts: paper ballots.

  • November 6, 2018

    Alibaba Must Show Judge IPO Docs In Stock-Drop Suit

    Alibaba will have to show a New York federal judge nearly a dozen documents it listed on a privilege log in a securities suit over its $25 billion initial public offering, according to a Tuesday order in an ongoing fight over whether the documents should be kept secret.

  • November 6, 2018

    Female Riot Games Workers' Suit Decries 'Bro Culture'

    One current and one former Riot Games Inc. worker hit the maker of League of Legends with a proposed gender discrimination and sexual harassment class action in California state court Tuesday, describing a “men-first” “bro culture” that’s fostered at the company.

  • November 6, 2018

    Chase Says Crypto 'Like Cash' In Bid To Ax Cardholder Suit

    Chase Bank has urged a New York federal judge to dismiss a proposed class action that alleges the bank improperly switched gears on customers earlier this year and started treating their credit-card purchases of cryptocurrency as cash advances without warning, arguing that its cardholder agreements didn’t actually change and that cryptocurrency is basically "like cash" anyway.

  • November 6, 2018

    Investors Say Solar Co.'s Slide Warrants $2M Settlement

    Investors in Chinese solar firm Yingli Green Energy on Monday urged a California federal judge to sign off on a $2 million settlement in a securities fraud suit, saying further litigation would be pointless with the company teetering on bankruptcy.

  • November 6, 2018

    Judge Walks Back Comment Ripping Tata Exec At Bias Trial

    A California federal judge said Tuesday that a Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. executive testifying during a trial over class claims that the IT outsourcing agency illegally favors South Asians "doesn't know a lot of things," but later told jurors to ignore her comment after Tata's counsel objected.

  • November 6, 2018

    Snowden Verifies NSA Report In EFF Spying Case

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation continues to urge a California federal court to keep alive its long-running class action against the National Security Agency over its alleged unlawful mass surveillance of Americans, helped by a declaration from whistleblower Edward Snowden in which he authenticated a key piece of evidence.

  • November 6, 2018

    Internet Pirate Hit With Atty Fees After 9th Circ. Ruling

    Months after the Ninth Circuit criticized a federal judge for refusing to award attorneys’ fees to a movie producer because its actions resembled those of a "copyright troll," the same judge has reversed course and granted the company its legal bills.

  • November 6, 2018

    Qualcomm Must License Some IP To Rivals In FTC Suit

    A California federal judge found Tuesday that Qualcomm is obligated to provide licenses for its standard-essential patents to rival chipmakers, siding with the Federal Trade Commission on an important issue in the agency's challenge of the company’s broader licensing practices.

  • November 6, 2018

    FCC Says Cos. Have Year To Fix Robocall Spoofing, Or It Will

    The Federal Communications Commission on Monday called on industry to take steps to prevent robocalls from pestering consumers and keeping phones ringing off the hook, saying this week they have a year to make headway or the agency will step in.

  • November 6, 2018

    CACI Lands $194M Contract For TSA Tech Services

    The Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $194 million task-based contract to CACI International Inc. to provide information technology solutions to the Transportation Security Administration, the company said Tuesday.

  • November 6, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Backs PTAB Wins For Activision On Video Game IP

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a series of Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that largely favored Activision Blizzard Inc. and other video game companies in challenges to three broadcast technology patents, finding a number of claims across the patents invalid.

  • November 6, 2018

    Pai Tees Up Wireless Review For Disaster Preparedness

    Chairman Ajit Pai announced Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission will kick off a review of its voluntary industry framework that applies in times of disaster after the agency criticized wireless carriers in Florida for being slow to restore communications in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

Expert Analysis

  • Hurdles Ahead For California's Female Director Mandate

    Teresa Johnson

    Many believe that California's new law requiring a minimum number of female directors at public companies is necessary. But the law also faces a number of criticisms, and its implementation may well be delayed or even blocked by constitutional challenges, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Why It’s Time To Rethink Illinois Brick

    Samuel Miller

    In Apple v. Pepper, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether iPhone owners who purchase apps from Apple’s app store should be considered “direct purchasers” under federal antitrust laws. The court should use this opportunity to reevaluate the direct purchaser analysis it established in Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, says Samuel Miller of UC Hastings Law School.

  • Do Facebook's Targeted Job Ads Violate Title VII?

    Kristen Sinisi

    For the past 50 years, Title VII issues related to classified employment ads arranged by sex remained relatively well-settled. However, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges against Facebook’s targeted advertising platform recently resurrected them, says Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.

  • Can Defrauded Crypto Investors Hope To Recover Anything?

    Brett Theisen

    While insolvencies and fraud in the cryptocurrency space will create many issues of first impression for the courts, some valuable lessons can be found in more traditional fraud cases, such as the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, says Brett Theisen of Gibbons PC.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • UK Product Liability Law In The Autonomous Vehicle Era

    Sarah Batley

    The United Kingdom is positioning itself as the go-to location to develop, test and drive automated vehicles, and has already enacted legislation to provide an insurance model for AVs. But it is not yet clear whether existing U.K. product liability law will be able to accommodate the challenges posed by this new technology, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • The Broad Impact Of H-1B Premium Processing Suspension

    Yeon Me Kim

    With U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' recent decision to extend and expand the suspension of premium processing for certain H-1B petitions, employers now face uncertain processing times, and workers' ability to safely and promptly change employers is severely limited, say attorneys with Hammond Young Immigration Law​​​​​​​ LLC.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Energy Storage: Ready For Takeoff

    Stuart Solsky

    Energy storage has been called the “Swiss army knife” of the electric grid because of the many services it can perform, enhancing both traditional and renewable electric generation. Recent federal and state regulatory developments mean that energy storage is poised to be a major game changer in electric power markets, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.