Technology

  • May 14, 2021

    Apple CEO, Execs On Deck For 3rd Week Of Epic Games Trial

    Apple Inc. is expected to call its top brass and corporate CEO Tim Cook to testify before the close of evidence over the next week in Epic Games' high-stakes antitrust bench trial over Apple's App Store payment policies, with the first defense witness taking the stand after Epic wraps its case-in-chief on Monday.

  • May 14, 2021

    Apple's App Store Runs On 79% Operating Margin, Judge Told

    An accounting expert hired by Epic Games Inc. testified during a high-stakes antitrust bench trial Friday that Apple Inc.'s App Store operating margins verged on an eye-watering 79% in 2018 and 2019, based on data he said he received "directly from the files" of Apple CEO Tim Cook.

  • May 14, 2021

    Google Nears Deal To End Claims It Sold Pirated Hit Tunes

    Google reached a tentative settlement Thursday resolving a trio of copyright lawsuits accusing the tech behemoth of selling pirated copies of hit songs performed by famous musicians including Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, just months after a California federal judge refused Google's bid to toss the suits launched by songwriters' heirs.

  • May 14, 2021

    DC Circ. Shocked AT&T, Iowa Carrier In Dark About Own Deal

    AT&T and an Iowa-based local exchange carrier may finally be winding down their long-running rate dispute, but they weren't ready to field questions about a tentative deal Friday, which perplexed the D.C. Circuit panel assembled to hear their second appeal in the matter.

  • May 14, 2021

    Biden's Cybersecurity Order Likely To Reach Beyond Gov't

    The Biden administration has taken a major step toward curtailing a growing scourge of cyberattacks with a new executive order that not only imposes heightened cybersecurity requirements on the federal government and its contractors but also sets a strong example that's likely to rub off on private companies.

  • May 14, 2021

    Biden Deletes Trump's Social Media 'Censorship' Order

    The Biden administration walked back a number of Trump-era executive orders on Friday, including a measure aiming to restrict social media companies from censoring online content that critics lambasted as an attack on the First Amendment.

  • May 14, 2021

    Feds Push For Normal China Tariff Collection During Suit

    Government attorneys took a broad swipe at the raft of challenges to punitive tariffs on Chinese goods Friday, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that collection of the levies should continue normally while the case plays out.

  • May 14, 2021

    Law360 Cheat Sheet: Peloton's IP Battles

    Peloton has gotten itself involved in so many intellectual property lawsuits that it's easy to lose track. To keep them all straight, here's a quick guide to the company's many battles over patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

  • May 14, 2021

    Senate To Debate $110B Tech Funding Bill To Outdo China

    The U.S. Senate plans to move Monday toward passing a major $110 billion package to fund research and technology to hone the country's competitive edge against China, after lawmakers tacked on a raft of provisions including those opposing boycotts of Israel.

  • May 14, 2021

    Uber Trims Fraud Allegation, But Sex Assault Claim Stays

    A California state judge tossed a fraud claim against Uber on Friday but left intact sexual battery, assault and emotional distress claims brought by a woman who says an Uber driver attacked her as a result of the company's "toxic-male culture," finding Uber ignored allegations that it is vicariously liable as a common carrier.

  • May 14, 2021

    Apple Says App Store Complaints Are Just Biz Disputes

    Apple has responded to complaints voiced at last month's Senate hearing examining potential antitrust issues in app stores, telling lawmakers in a letter that witnesses for a trio of large developers were complaining about business disputes, not competition problems.

  • May 14, 2021

    Facebook Can't Block Order To Halt EU-US Data Transfers

    Facebook on Friday was stopped from blocking an early-stage ruling from a European Union privacy regulator that may prevent the company from sending European users' data to the U.S. in a case that could affect any company that serves consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • May 14, 2021

    Restaurants Fight Grubhub Settlement In False Ad Suit

    Restaurant owners suing Grubhub in Illinois federal court on claims that it uses their trademarks without permission have urged a Colorado federal judge to deny a proposed settlement in a similar suit, saying the deal would effectively legalize Grubhub's practice of listing 150,000 restaurants on its platform without consent.

  • May 14, 2021

    Wash. State Files First Suit Under Predatory 'Patent Troll' Law

    Washington state has taken aim at nonpracticing entity Landmark Technology A LLC, making it the first company to be sued in the state under a 2015 law intended to stop so-called patent trolls from threatening small businesses with infringement suits to extort settlements.

  • May 14, 2021

    Facebook Escapes Moderators' Suit Over Trauma Exposure

    Facebook content moderators haven't shown that the social media giant and the contractor that employed them failed to protect them against the psychological trauma of viewing graphic images on the job, a Florida federal judge ruled Friday.

  • May 14, 2021

    Pipeline Ransomware Attack Could Raise Cyber Insurance Bar

    The ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline Co., the latest high-profile example of a growing threat, may make it tougher for companies to negotiate cyber insurance policies without first bolstering their technological defenses, experts said.

  • May 14, 2021

    Ga. Attys Say Lin Wood's Trash Talk Led To Death Threats

    Former colleagues of embattled pro-Trump lawyer L. Lin Wood have asked a Georgia state court to hold him in contempt of an injunctive order for making disparaging comments against them, which they say led to death threats from his supporters.

  • May 14, 2021

    IBM Wants New Trial After Ex-Exec's $11M Retaliation Win

    IBM has asked a Seattle federal judge for a new trial and to undo a "monstrous" emotional damages award in a case where a jury found that the tech giant owed a former sales executive $11 million for firing him after he complained that a co-worker faced discrimination.

  • May 14, 2021

    Cooley-Led Biotech Prices IPO Low As More Companies Delay

    Biotechnology firm Vera Therapeutics Inc. went public Friday after completing a $48 million initial public offering that priced well below its estimated range, represented by Cooley LLP, amid a rocky market that has prompted other companies to postpone IPOs.

  • May 14, 2021

    Philips Slaps MRI Repair 'Hacker' With Trade Secret Suit

    Global medical tech giant Philips is suing a medical equipment service company for allegedly hacking into its MRI scanners at two hospitals to obtain trade secrets, according to a complaint filed in California federal court.

  • May 14, 2021

    Big Tech Says Axing Visa Rule Will Harm Families, Business

    Tech giants including Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft urged a DC federal judge Friday to uphold an Obama-era policy that provides work permits for foreign spouses of H-1B highly skilled workers, arguing that the spouses perform crucial work for American businesses. 

  • May 14, 2021

    Power Integrations Asks Fed. Circ. To Nix $1.2M Judgment

    Power Integrations is seeking to get out of a $1.2 million judgment that it infringed a patent-holding company's circuit design patent, telling the Federal Circuit that what the plaintiff said to keep its patent alive before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year contradicts what it told a California jury.

  • May 14, 2021

    Bibox Fights Token Buyer's Bid To Revive State Law Claims

    Digital asset trading platform Bibox said that a user's state law claims of securities violations were rightly dismissed the first time and that a request for consideration was merely an effort to get "a second bite at the apple."

  • May 14, 2021

    TCV Hires New GC Of Corporate Operations, Associate GC

    Venture capital firm TCMI Inc. has hired two attorneys to serve as the company's new general counsel of corporate operations and associate general counsel.

  • May 14, 2021

    Orrick Adds Ex-Fenwick Venture Capital Atty In Silicon Valley

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, continuing with a streak of hires to its global technology group, has scooped a corporate attorney from Fenwick & West LLP to join its Silicon Valley office.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Let's End The Offshoring Of US Patents

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    Congress should work toward removing the loophole that allows companies to avoid U.S. taxes by moving their patents offshore, and ensure profits are taxed where the sales take place, says Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

  • Mitigating User Content Risk After EU Copyright Directive

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    As the deadline approaches for member states to implement the European Union’s new copyright directive, which will hold certain online content service providers liable for copyright infringement pertaining to user-uploaded content, companies should have risk-mitigation strategies in place, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • 5 Steps For Law Firms Rethinking Flexible Work Post-COVID

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    A flexible work environment will be key to recruiting and retention efforts post-pandemic, so law firms must develop comprehensive policies that solidify expectations and boundaries on accommodations such as flextime, remote work and reduced hours, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • COVID IP Waiver Doesn't Resolve Vaccine Production Barriers

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    Given the lack of know-how and other legal and technical hurdles associated with producing COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries, and the potential harm to U.S. industry, the Biden administration's backing of a temporary waiver on intellectual property protections may be merely a gesture of goodwill, says William Bergmann at BakerHostetler.

  • What UK's New Merger Controls Mean For Private Equity

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    Expansive notification and approval requirements under the U.K.’s new merger control regime — the National Security and Investment Act — along with a lack of clarity about when they go into effect, pose unique challenges for private equity sponsors, as well as their investors and portfolio companies, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • Keep Forced Labor Out Of Supply Chains As Scrutiny Rises

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    Companies can manage the increasing risk of penalties and reputational harm arising from discovery of forced labor in their supply chains by developing and implementing auditable compliance programs that include measurable milestones and supply chain mapping through data analytics and blockchain automation, say trade and customs advisers at KPMG.

  • Judge's Rebuke Of Mass. AG Has Lessons For All Attorneys

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    A Massachusetts federal judge’s recent rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office for refusing to respond to discovery requests in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey highlights six important considerations for attorneys who want to avoid the dreaded benchslap, say Alison Eggers and Dallin Wilson at Seyfarth.  

  • How 5-Year-Old Defend Trade Secrets Act Has Met Its Goals

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    Case law and data reveal that, five years after its enactment, the Defend Trade Secrets Act has opened up federal courts to litigants and has proven effective against extraterritorial misappropriation, while concerns about inconsistency and overuse of ex parte seizures have not borne out, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Font Considerations To Give Your Legal Briefs An Edge

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    Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.

  • How Biden's First 100 Days Will Affect Gov't Contractors

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    Joseph Berger and Thomas Mason at Thompson Hine examine the significant opportunities for government contractors arising from actions during the first 100 days of the Biden administration, which set the stage for unprecedented investment in national infrastructure, domestic manufacturing, research and development, clean energy, pandemic response and economic recovery.

  • Make Profitability Management Part Of Your Law Firm Culture

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    As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.

  • Indoor Air Pollution Fix Will Require New Laws, New Tech

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    The COVID-19 pandemic, an aging population and changing workplace dynamics all foretell more exposure to indoor air pollutants, so a multidisciplinary policy approach combining technology, insurance, funding and regulation will be needed to improve indoor air quality and health, says Ann Al-Bahish at Haynes and Boone.

  • How D&O Coverage Fits Into Diversity Claim Mitigation

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    As companies face a shift in the directors and officers insurance market following a spate of recent shareholder suits over lack of diversity in corporate leadership, executive teams should review D&O policy coverage while implementing diversity initiatives that will effect meaningful, long-term change, say Natasha Romagnoli and Hannah Ahn at Blank Rome.

  • Time For Auto Suppliers To Review Force Majeure Options

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    With the recent shortage of semiconductor chips leading some auto manufacturers to suspend or reduce production, auto suppliers should review their contracts to determine the scope of their rights to declare force majeure in the event of supply chain disruptions, say attorneys at Varnum.

  • Functionality's Role In Oracle Copyright Ruling Isn't So Novel

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    In its recent Google v. Oracle decision, the U.S. Supreme Court seemingly revived the copyright fair use factor concerning functionality, highlighting its significant role, particularly in technological contexts, but this accords with a long-standing minority view, says Andrew Michaels at the University of Houston Law Center.

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