Technology

  • February 24, 2017

    4 Ways Technology Companies Can Combat Bias

    The tech industry's reputation as a boys' club that's inhospitable to women is back in the spotlight after a blog post alleging a culture of sexual harassment at Uber went viral. Here, experts tell Law360 how tech companies can reduce the risk of being accused of gender discrimination.

  • February 24, 2017

    IP Owners Group Backs Lexmark In Patent Exhaustion Row

    The Intellectual Property Owners Association backed printer cartridge maker Lexmark International Inc. before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, arguing in an amicus brief that it should uphold the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision that overseas sales of a product don't exhaust a patent owner's right to sue in the U.S.

  • February 24, 2017

    Share Gain Defended, Fee Disputed In Dell Appraisal Appeal

    Dell Inc. stockholder attorneys who won a 28 percent bump in share prices after a Delaware Chancery Court challenge to a $24.9 billion go-private buyout told Delaware’s Supreme Court late Thursday that justices should either uphold the price over Dell’s objections or take it higher.

  • February 24, 2017

    After Rare Mandamus Order, Google Patent Case Leaves Texas

    A Texas federal judge on Friday transferred a patent case against Google Inc. to California court after the Federal Circuit granted a rare writ of mandamus a day earlier, finding in a split decision that the initial ruling had unfairly weighted the transfer factors against the technology giant.

  • February 24, 2017

    Microsoft Agrees To Pay $1.2M To End Consumer Receipt Suit

    Microsoft Corp. and a proposed class of consumers who allege the company’s physical store receipts displayed too many digits of their credit card numbers submitted details of a $1.2 million deal to end the suit to a Florida federal court on Friday.

  • February 24, 2017

    Disney Hit With Another MagicBand Patent Infringement Suit

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was hit on Friday with a second patent infringement suit in Texas federal court that accuses the entertainment company of ripping off patented technology for use in its MagicBand products, which monitor park visitors’ attendance and purchase history.

  • February 24, 2017

    FCC Urged Not To Regulate Texts Under Open Internet Order

    Wireless communications trade group CTIA has doubled down on its argument that text messages don’t deserve protection under the Federal Communication Commission’s Open Internet Order, as Twilio and others have argued, because doing so would eliminate measures that protect consumers from a bombardment of unwanted texts.

  • February 24, 2017

    Sprint Ad Calls Again Breach Privacy Wishes, Consumer Says

    A Massachusetts man is accusing Sprint of violating his privacy by placing an automated advertising phone call to his cell phone despite his number being listed on the national “do not call” list, a practice the mobile phone company has already been punished for in the past, he said.

  • February 24, 2017

    Ex-Lemon Execs Say Calif. Case Should Halt LifeLock IP Suit

    Former executives of Lemon LLC told a Delaware Chancery judge Friday that a suit over intellectual property brought by LifeLock Inc. should be tossed because the same issues have been raised in a California action that has been stayed in that venue, arguing that Delaware precedent prevents overlapping litigation.

  • February 24, 2017

    5th Circ. Asked To Adopt Narrow Reading Of CFAA's Terms

    A former information technology administrator for a website design company has urged the Fifth Circuit to reverse his conviction for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by allegedly damaging his employer’s computer system, saying the lower court read the law too broadly.

  • February 24, 2017

    Feds Seek 14 Years For Ex-Exec In $50M Russia Export Scam

    A former director at now-defunct Arc Electronics Inc. should serve up to 14 years in prison for his leadership role in a purported conspiracy to export more than $50 million worth of microelectronics to Russia's military and intelligence agencies, prosecutors told a New York federal judge Thursday.

  • February 24, 2017

    Apple Wants Patent Case Stayed During Invalidation Appeal

    Apple Inc. urged a Texas federal court on Friday to halt a case accusing the tech giant of infringing four patents related to its iMessage and FaceTime functions while a related appeal of a series of U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidations is pending before the Federal Circuit.

  • February 24, 2017

    Don't Expect Snap To Single-Handedly Revive IPO Market

    Snapchat maker Snap Inc. plans to price its eagerly watched $3 billion initial public offering in the coming week, providing a rare blockbuster offering to an otherwise stagnant market, but experts caution the heavily hyped deal contains too many distinct qualities to be assumed a forerunner of a revival.

  • February 24, 2017

    IBM Asks Judge To Toss 'Amorphous' Revamped ERISA Suit

    IBM on Friday urged a New York federal judge to throw out the second amended complaint in a putative class action by employees alleging that fraud involving the sale of its troubled microchip division made its stock plunge, saying the new filing merely repeated deficient claims from the earlier dismissed complaint.

  • February 24, 2017

    SalesForce's Auto-Renewals Violate Calif. Law, User Says

    Online customer service platform SalesForce has been hit with a putative class action in California state court from a user who says the company charges her and others for automatic renewals without clearly explaining the terms or obtaining customer consent.

  • February 24, 2017

    Google Strikes $22M Deal To End AdWords 'Dead Sites' Action

    Google Inc. struck a $22.5 million settlement with a proposed class of advertisers who claim the tech giant placed their purchased ads on unused or inactive websites, bringing an end to a nearly nine-years-long litigation in California federal court, according to a Thursday court filing.

  • February 24, 2017

    FCC’s Pai Moves To Halt Data Security ISP Privacy Rule

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will act with or without his fellow commissioners to hold off on making effective a data security rule in broadband provider privacy regulations passed late in the Obama administration, representatives for the chairman’s office confirmed Friday.

  • February 24, 2017

    THQ Execs Want 9th Circ. To Rethink Reviving UDraw Suit

    Two executives of now-bankrupt THQ Inc. have urged the full Ninth Circuit to rethink reviving class allegations that they misled investors leading up to the company's failed plan to expand its Nintendo Wii accessory to other platforms, saying the appeals court depended on facts absent from the complaint.

  • February 24, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Bar Assoc., Others Endorse PTAB Time-Bar Appeals

    The Federal Circuit Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association headlined a chorus of recent calls for appellate review of Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that find an America Invents Act petition was timely filed.

  • February 24, 2017

    Amazon Can Put Refunds On Hold In In-App Purchase Suit

    A Washington federal judge granted Amazon’s request to hold off on the claims process for customers charged for unauthorized app purchases by their children, saying Thursday the company made good points for imposing a stay while an appeal is pending, particularly concerning the irreparable harm it could face without one.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Latest Twist In The Merger Objection Lawsuit Saga

    Kevin M. LaCroix

    A New York appellate court’s recent decision in Gordon v. Verizon presents a number of important suggestions on the future direction of merger objection lawsuits, and raises the question of whether New York will become an attractive forum for such cases, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Here Come The Drones — And The Legal Headaches

    Nathan Bohlander

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are being adapted for a myriad of commercial purposes, by a range of industries including entertainment, energy, farming, real estate, telecommunications, shipping and construction. But as drone usage proliferates, manufacturers and distributors must be cognizant of product liability risks, safety standards, technological developments, and changing insurance coverage requirements, says Nathan Bohlander of M... (continued)

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Data Dexterity: The New Moat Of The Information Economy

    Brian H. Lam

    Over the past year, companies have used data-based competitive advantage, or “moats,” to drive astronomic acquisition prices. In this article, Brian Lam of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC introduces the concept of “data dexterity” as the actual creator of data-based moats and analyzes the data interactions of LinkedIn, Dollar Shave Club and AppDynamics to illustrate how data dexterity exists in practice.

  • The Quadrennial Energy Review And Grid Security

    William Demarest, Jr.

    The most recent installment of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review includes a number of recommendations for physical and cybersecurity protection of the nation's power infrastructure. Although the report recommends developing and implementing "necessary" security measures, it provides limited details in some areas, and does not identify revenue sources for some initiatives, say attorneys from Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Civil Litigation Outlook For 2017

    Reid Schar

    Several areas of civil litigation appear poised for growth this year, including securities class action activity, which could outpace even the significant 2016 levels, and trade secret litigation, which could see further growth in the coming year under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Meanwhile, as companies increasingly face the specter of data breaches, several developments in 2017 could bring greater clarity to this area of the law... (continued)

  • How The GDPR Will Impact Life Sciences And Health Care

    Rohan Massey

    The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation will considerably increase the sanctions and penalties that can be imposed on organizations that breach its requirements. The implications for organizations operating in the life sciences and health care sectors are likely to be particularly far-reaching, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • US Patent Practice Drifting Toward Approach Prevalent Abroad

    Gurneet Singh

    Post-Alice cases on technical problems and technical solutions show that a problem-solution standard similar to the one adopted in Europe, Australia, China and Japan is seeing express endorsement by U.S. courts adjudicating Section 101 challenges, say Gurneet Singh and Harold Laidlaw of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.