Technology

  • April 03, 2020

    US Warns 'Gateway Providers' To Halt COVID-19 Phone Scams

    Three companies that usher calls into the United States are officially on notice: If they don’t start blocking coronavirus scams immediately, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission will give the go-ahead to block all their phone traffic.

  • April 03, 2020

    Judge OKs $4.7M Atty Award, Citing Opponent's Legal Bill

    A California federal judge on Friday reduced a $50.4 million antitrust judgment against a Chinese telescope maker by $3.1 million, but awarded the rival plaintiff's counsel $4.7 million in fees and costs, pointing to the fact that Sheppard Mullin's defense bill was roughly twice the amount.

  • April 03, 2020

    Payments Co. Seeks Retrial Citing Confused Jury

    Software company iControl Systems USA has asked a Florida federal judge to grant a new trial in a trade secrets case against Financial Information Technologies, claiming that its rival only won at trial after its attorneys confused the jury about the nature of a trade secret.

  • April 03, 2020

    LifeLock Investors Seek OK Of $20M Securities Deal

    A group of shareholders asked an Arizona federal judge Friday to give his blessing to a $20 million settlement to resolve claims that the identity protection service LifeLock Inc. misled investors about the impending fallout from its violation of a Federal Trade Commission settlement.

  • April 03, 2020

    New Trial For Ericsson After Fed. Circ. 'Unravels' FRAND Rate

    Ericsson and Chinese smartphone maker TCL will sort out their dispute over licensing rates for TCL's standard-essential wireless patents at trial, after a California federal judge said the Federal Circuit’s remand of the case “unraveled” his entire judgment.

  • April 03, 2020

    Roku Asks For June IP Trial Delay Over Coronavirus Concern

    Roku Inc. asked a Texas federal judge on Thursday to delay a June trial over claims that its devices infringe a patent for media streaming technology, arguing over the plaintiff's objections that almost everyone involved in the case is under a stay-at-home order due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

  • April 03, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Unwinds Acer's Trade Secrets Win Over Intellisoft

    The Federal Circuit vacated a Northern District of California summary judgment win for computer maker Acer America Corp. on allegations it misappropriated trade secrets from Intellisoft, ruling Friday the case should never have been removed to federal court.

  • April 03, 2020

    Kingston Calls Bid To Triple $7.5M Patent Verdict 'Outlandish'

    Kingston Technology Co. Inc. has told a California federal judge that Pavo Solutions LLC's bid to triple a $7.5 million jury award for infringing a USB patent is based on "outlandish accusations and over-the-top rhetoric," so it should either pay a much smaller amount or escape the verdict altogether.

  • April 03, 2020

    Switch Says Mysterious Exit Of Lead Plaintiff Would Be Unfair

    Switch Inc. challenged a withdrawal bid by the lead plaintiff in the proposed class action over the data center company's initial public offering as unfair, telling a Nevada federal judge that the company has already invested resources into building an argument against the current plaintiff.

  • April 03, 2020

    Tinder Accuses Bumble Of 'Exploiting' COVID-19 In IP Fight

    Lawyers for the dating app Tinder are accusing attorneys for rival Bumble of "exploiting the country's COVID-19 crisis" to delay an already-contentious intellectual property lawsuit.

  • April 03, 2020

    Venture-Backed Firms Could Miss Out On Virus Relief Loans

    Certain venture-backed startups may be ineligible for relief loans aimed at small businesses struggling to pay employees during the coronavirus pandemic, prompting fears that many distressed startups will be denied aid amid a brutal cash crunch.

  • April 03, 2020

    Zoom's Sudden Rise Presents Test For New Calif. Privacy Law

    The privacy backlash that has accompanied Zoom's meteoric rise since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked challenges that are poised to test the strength of California's new privacy law and fuel calls for other states to embrace robust data safeguards.

  • April 03, 2020

    Voip-Pal Says WhatsApp Infringes Call-Routing Patent

    Voip-Pal.com Inc. has accused Facebook in Texas federal court of infringing a call-routing patent with its WhatsApp messaging application, just weeks after the Federal Circuit found other tech giants didn't infringe an earlier version of that patent.

  • April 03, 2020

    Voice Tech Atty Says He's Facing 'Avalanche' Of Harassment

    A voice technology patent owner bringing a lawsuit against artificial intelligence startup Mycroft AI is urging a Missouri federal court to take action against the "avalanche" of harassment its counsel has faced since filing suit.

  • April 03, 2020

    Motorola Rival Urges Redo In $764M Radio Trade Secret Row

    China-based Hytera told an Illinois federal judge Thursday that if he doesn't totally wipe out a $764 million verdict for Motorola or order a new trial, he should cut Motorola's actual damages to $28 million because a host of errors gave Hytera an unfair shake at trial.

  • April 03, 2020

    Google 'Infiltrated' Schools To Collect Kids' Data, Ill. Dad Says

    Google has violated state and federal privacy laws by selling and distributing Chromebooks that collect and store students’ facial and voice data, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court.

  • April 03, 2020

    Surveillance Co. Says Facebook Wanted To Use Its Spy Tools

    Controversial surveillance vendor NSO Group is claiming Facebook tried to monitor some of its own users by buying the same software the social media giant accuses NSO of later using to hack into WhatsApp users' phones, the latest twist in what has become an ugly legal battle.

  • April 03, 2020

    Lawmakers Urge FCC To Enforce Law Barring Hidden Fees

    Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., sent a letter Thursday urging the Federal Communications Commission to "vigorously enforce" an upcoming law that prohibits cable and satellite TV providers from hiding fees from consumers.

  • April 03, 2020

    Social Media Giants Must Face Free Speech Suit, DC Circ. Told

    The D.C. Circuit must give new life to a $1.5 billion suit accusing Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple of illegally suppressing conservative voices in light of high court precedent that recognizes social media access as a First Amendment issue, the court was told this week.

  • April 03, 2020

    SEC Accuses Entertainment Tech Co. Of $45M Offering Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a complaint in California federal court claiming a Beverly Hills-based entertainment technology company deceived its backers to secure $45 million in a nearly decadelong unregistered securities offering.

  • April 03, 2020

    InventHelp Judge Won't Consolidate 'Copycat' Fraud Suit Yet

    A Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge denied a bid from Oxman Law Group and Kirby McInerney to consolidate an alleged "copycat" of their fraud case against InventHelp, saying Friday that since the lawsuit filed by Berger Montague is awaiting a ruling on a motion to dismiss, consolidation might be moot.

  • April 03, 2020

    Taxation With Representation: Sidley, Kirkland, Gibson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Palo Alto Networks buys network services provider CloudGenix for $420 million, Ares inks a $384 million deal with Japanese financial institution SMBC, and News Corp sells a marketing business for $235 million.

  • April 03, 2020

    Health Hires: Akin Gump, K&L Gates, EIP, Oric Pharma

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has welcomed back an attorney after a stint at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and K&L Gates LLP nabbed the former managing partner of Haynes and Boone LLP's Chicago office, headlining Law360's latest roundup of personnel moves in the health care and life sciences arena.

  • April 03, 2020

    Lenders Sue Fair Isaac After Feds Open Antitrust Probe

    Lenders have slapped credit score developer Fair Isaac Corp. with a proposed antitrust class action in Illinois federal court, on the heels of a probe by federal competition enforcers examining whether the company engages in monopoly tactics.

  • April 03, 2020

    Willkie Steers Insight Partners To $9.5B Tech-Focused Fund

    Insight Partners, advised by Willkie Farr, said Friday it has amassed $9.5 billion for its 11th flagship fund, with plans to target investments in enterprise software companies the firm sees as being positioned for major, rapid growth.

Expert Analysis

  • The Pandemic's Early Effects On Foreign Trade, Investment

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    Though the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States continues to function despite worldwide disruptions due to the coronavirus, dealmakers should stay mindful of several considerations in this rapidly changing investment environment, say Michael Leiter and Daniel Gerkin at Skadden.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Availability, Disparate Treatment, Codes

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, James Tucker and Markus Speidel at MoFo look at three March decisions: The Government Accountability Office considered alleged unavailability of key personnel, the Federal Circuit set precedent for establishing disparate treatment, and the Court of Federal Claims adopted a test to review North American Industry Classification System code designations.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Shaming Of Attys Is Troubling Even During Pandemic

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    Judges have recently rebuked attorneys for wasting judicial resources to resolve minor issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including in a trademark lawsuit over unicorn drawings. But it is unfair to publicly flog lawyers for doing what they are trained to do, says Ronald Minkoff, chairman of Frankfurt Kurnit's professional responsibility group.

  • Don't Be Social Media Distancing: LinkedIn Tips For Lawyers

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    While we need to be physically apart at this time, lawyers and firms should be leaning into social media to reinforce and build relationships, and help guide clients through the coronavirus crisis, says marketing consultant Stefanie Marrone.

  • How COVID-19 Will Affect DOJ’s White Collar Enforcement

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    To help address fraudulent conduct amid a slowing of the U.S. Department of Justice's prosecution and enforcement efforts, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act grants the DOJ some emergency powers, subject to important limitations related to defendants' constitutional rights and public access to hearings, says James Petkun at Klehr Harrison.

  • Remote Depositions: Coming To A Home Office Near You

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    Recent Texas state court orders indicate judges are increasingly requiring parties and nonparties to submit to remote depositions amid the pandemic. However, there are inherent drawbacks to such depositions, including limitations on attorneys’ ability to assess witness credibility, says Edward Duffy at Reed Smith.

  • Ways Lawyers Can Support The Most Vulnerable Right Now

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    In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.

  • Telehealth During COVID-19: New Rules And Considerations

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    Changes in federal and state regulations are expanding access to remote health care in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and health care providers need to be thinking about licensure, how to establish valid practitioner-patient relationships, prescribing authority, technology requirements and more, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

  • Preparing For Private Right Of Action Under Calif. Privacy Law

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    While enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act won’t begin until July, the private right of action created by the CCPA is available to consumers now, and companies assessing their litigation risk should evaluate three open questions, say Amanda Lawrence and Michael Rome at Buckley.

  • Opinion

    Remote Notarization Bill Will Help Save The Economy

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    The Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act recently proposed in Congress should be enacted as soon as possible because it will remove antiquated barriers to conducting business transactions and protect people from COVID-19 and other diseases, says Scott Rahn at RMO.

  • Discrimination Suits May Upend 30 Years Of OFCCP Precedent

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    The legal battles being waged between the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Oracle, which arise out of the Trump administration's unprecedentedly aggressive anti-discrimination enforcement strategy, could ultimately weaken the OFCCP's institutional authority, says Pratik Chougule at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

  • Shelter-In-Place Orders Raise 5 Business Operations Issues

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    State and local authorities' COVID-19-related orders to shelter in place raise several critical questions that businesses must address in order to protect their employees, data, information technology infrastructure and operations, say Erin Illman and Steve Snyder at Bradley Arant.

  • 3 Steps To Building Effective Teams While On Lockdown

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    When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.

  • NY Fraud Ruling Shows High Bar To Prove Director Liability

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    Although the New York Supreme Court Commercial Division's decision in Acacia Investments v. West End Equity I leaves the door open for recovery against entities that receive fraudulent transfers of assets, the ruling demonstrates the high bar for proving individual directors were at fault in fraudulent conveyance claims, say Robert Quirk and Muhammad Faridi at Patterson Belknap.

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