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Technology

  • August 21, 2018

    PTAB Finds Part Of Fujifilm Data Patent Obvious

    Sony has demonstrated the invalidity of all the asserted claims of a Fujifilm patent covering data storage technology, with the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board determining in an inter partes review that the claims are obvious.

  • August 21, 2018

    Sinclair-Tribune Call Spotlights Pai's White House Ties

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s recent revelation that he spoke with the White House regarding the failed Sinclair-Tribune merger may strain the cozy relationship he’s enjoyed with the Trump administration, but the line for appropriate presidential communications with an independent agency has often been blurred before, experts say.

  • August 21, 2018

    Hacking Law Firms Can Be Just Child's Play

    A 15-year-old demonstrated just how easy it can be to hack law firm partners, associates and staff at the International Legal Technology Association’s annual educational conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Tuesday, providing onlookers with a lesson on the methods that online interlopers might use to cull sensitive information.

  • August 21, 2018

    Russian Hack Targeted Right-Leaning Groups, Microsoft Says

    Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it has detected and shut down a new campaign by a Russia-linked hacking group to create fake websites targeting conservative U.S. think tanks that have pressed for sanctions against the Kremlin.

  • August 21, 2018

    PTAB Faces New Constitutional Attack In High Court Petition

    Patent owner Smartflash LLC has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to find America Invents Act reviews unconstitutional because Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges are not appointed by the president, and it asked the court to hold that PTAB cannot review patents issued before the AIA was enacted.

  • August 21, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Agrees To Give Docs To Facebook Users

    The Chapter 7 trustee for scandal-plagued Cambridge Analytica reached a tentative deal in New York bankruptcy court Tuesday to hand over most of the documents in his possession to a group of Facebook users, who are suing the social media giant and the political consulting shop for allegedly misusing their personal data.

  • August 21, 2018

    Older Workers Fine-Tune Bias Suit Over Facebook Job Ads

    The Communications Workers of America and a group of workers on Monday restyled a suit alleging a proposed class of employers, including Amazon.com Inc. and T-Mobile, illegally blocked a proposed nationwide class of older workers from seeing Facebook job ads, adding language meant to ward off the companies’ bids to escape the suit.

  • August 21, 2018

    Electronics Co. Asks 9th Circ. To Ax Cleanup Coverage Loss

    Arrow Electronics Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit to revive its lawsuit seeking to force Liberty Mutual and Travelers to cover its costs tied to environmental cleanup efforts at an Alabama rocket testing facility, contending that a lower court wrongly ruled in the insurers' favor after applying California law to the dispute.

  • August 21, 2018

    Union Pacific Urges Wis. Court To Toss $2M Levy On Software

    The Union Pacific Railroad Co. has asked a Wisconsin federal judge to dismiss an assessment by the Wisconsin Revenue Department, saying the agency discriminated against the company by imposing more than $2 million in ad valorem taxes and penalties over its computer software.

  • August 21, 2018

    Verizon Wants $2.4B VoIP Patent Suit Moved To Calif.

    Verizon has urged a federal judge to transfer a patent holding company's $2.4 billion patent infringement lawsuit against it over Voice over Internet Protocol technology, arguing neither side has connections to anchor the case to Nevada over Verizon's preferred venue in Northern California.

  • August 21, 2018

    Rising Star: Ropes & Gray's Megan Baca

    Megan Baca of Ropes & Gray LLP has advised top tech giants and private equity firms in a variety of deals and transactions, including advising Bain Capital Private Equity LP in its $17.8 billion acquisition of Toshiba Corp.'s memory chip business, earning her a spot as one of three technology attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 20, 2018

    Good Tech Board Strikes $17M Deal In BlackBerry Merger Suit

    Directors and funds sued in Delaware’s Chancery Court over a technology firm’s underpriced sale to BlackBerry Ltd. in 2015 reported a $17 million settlement Monday, in the near-final piece of a $52 million overall settlement that broke down in August 2017.

  • August 20, 2018

    Judge Who Let Case Drop, But With Fees, Flipped In 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Monday reversed a New York federal judge’s decision to order a digital payments company to pay legal expenses to a licensee as a condition of dropping its late-stage lawsuit, saying in a published decision that the payments firm should have been given a chance to consider pressing forward with its suit.

  • August 20, 2018

    9th Circ. Sets Oral Reargument In Altera Suit For October

    The Ninth Circuit has scheduled a rehearing in Altera Corp.’s cost-sharing suit against the Internal Revenue Service for Oct. 16, which will give a replacement judge on the appellate court’s three-member panel a chance to directly question counsel in the case.

  • August 20, 2018

    Apple Site Violates ADA For Those Who Are Blind, Suit Says

    A woman with visual impairments hit Apple Inc. with a proposed class action in New York federal court Sunday, claiming that the tech giant’s website isn’t fully compatible with screen readers, a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • August 20, 2018

    Chancery Class Says 'Phantom' Rights Benefited Ebix CEO

    Phantom approvals and disclosure failures propped up a potential $825 million in allegedly backdated stock appreciation rights provided to the CEO of software company Ebix Inc., a class attorney asserted Monday during the opening of a three-day Delaware Chancery Court trial challenging the benefit.

  • August 20, 2018

    Pa. Appeals Court OKs Dismissal Of Firefighters' Siren Suit

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Monday upheld the dismissal of firefighters’ claims that Federal Signal Corp.’s sirens caused permanent hearing damage, saying that the firefighters hadn’t shown that an alternate design would both protect their ears and alert the public.

  • August 20, 2018

    Vendors Say AI Will Allow Attorneys To Do Better Legal Work

    Artificial intelligence is not yet a part of the standard operating procedure at all large law firms, but in a decade it probably will be, Womble Bond Dickinson chief knowledge officer Bill Koch predicted at a legal technology conference on Monday.

  • August 20, 2018

    Gov't, Industry Back Apple In High Court App Store Fight

    The federal government and industry groups urged the U.S. Supreme Court to side with Apple Inc. and toss a proposed consumer class action claiming the technology giant's app store illegally monopolized the iPhone app market, arguing that only "direct purchasers" — here, app developers themselves — can bring such claims.

  • August 20, 2018

    ISP Says Record Cos. Want It To Be ‘Copyright Police’

    Grande Communications warned a Texas federal judge Friday that Universal Music Group and a host of other recording companies are trying to make internet service providers their “de facto copyright enforcement agents.”

Expert Analysis

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 2

    Jeff Bialos

    The newly enacted Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act significantly expands the authority of the U.S. government to review and restrict foreign investments on national security grounds. But FIRRMA also has provisions that may exempt some transactions from review, and accelerate review of others, say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 1

    Jeffrey Bialos

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act empowers the U.S. government to review a far broader group of transactions than ever before to determine if they threaten national security. FIRRMA's expansive new coverage includes oversight of real estate investments and transfers of "emerging and foundational technologies," say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Internet Of Things Cos. Must Prepare For Law Enforcement

    Matthew Gardner

    As the internet of things device market develops, companies that proactively develop compliance strategies should be able to avoid many of the pitfalls that are sure to come as law enforcement changes the way it investigates cases, say attorneys at Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 6 Tips For Drafting Autonomous Vehicle Contracts

    Jim Jordan

    During the past year, I have been tossed headfirst into the murky water of autonomous vehicle contract drafting, where no well-tested forms exist and negotiating parties often do not know what terms to request. But what is required more than anything is just old-fashioned, common-sense business lawyering, says Jim Jordan of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • Rebuttal

    A Decade Of US Patent Reform Has Gone Too Far

    Boyd Lemna

    In a recent Law360 guest article, John Thorne of the High Tech Inventors Alliance argued that enactment of the Restoring America's Leadership in Innovation Act would threaten positive changes in patent quality and American innovation. However, many of those same changes have had a serious negative impact on the patent system and the innovation economy, says Boyd Lemna of Personalized Media Communications LLC.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Trends In Protection Of Anonymous Online Speech

    Margaret Krawiec

    Soon the Texas Supreme Court will consider under what circumstances Glassdoor should be compelled to reveal the identities of anonymous reviewers. Skadden attorneys Margaret Krawiec and Thomas Parnham discuss how courts over the years have answered the fundamental First Amendment question of whether to unmask an internet user who chooses to speak anonymously.