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Technology

  • November 15, 2018

    Commissioners Cite Work Crew Scraps As Network Roadblocks

    Government and industry players must remedy a lack of coordination between utility and telecom work crews, FCC Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O’Rielly suggested Thursday after the agency's monthly open meeting, citing conflicting priorities as a major reason residents are forced to do without connectivity after natural disasters like Hurricane Michael.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Applauds Step Toward Stemming Spoofed Calls

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday praised steps taken by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions to get a system in place to prevent robocallers from pestering consumers with calls from spoofed numbers.

  • November 15, 2018

    Electronics Co. Ducks Derivative Suit Over CEO's Stock Deals

    A Delaware chancellor dismissed a derivative suit on Wednesday that claimed members of Richardson Electronics Ltd.’s board breached their fiduciary duties by failing to properly disclose or take action for three substantial repurchases of stock controlled by the company's CEO, citing a lack of reasonable doubt about the board’s good faith or due care.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Tees Up New GPS Signals And Space Debris Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission took steps Thursday to update a lineup of satellite-related regulations, including an inquiry into the proliferation of orbital debris and a vote to allow American devices to begin receiving signals from the European global positioning system Galileo, with the lone Democratic commissioner saying the move brings up security concerns.

  • November 15, 2018

    Holland & Knight Snags Another Reed Smith Pro As Partner

    Holland & Knight LLP has lured a tech-focused intellectual property associate from Reed Smith LLP who defended Google against Oracle’s copyright claims in district court to be a partner at Holland & Knight's New York office.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC, Wireless Trade Group Praise Spectrum Valuation Bill

    The Federal Communications Commission and CTIA, a trade group that represents wireless communications industry, announced their support Wednesday for a Senate bill that would require government agencies to put a market price on spectrum that they own.

  • November 15, 2018

    Facebook Friendship Doesn't Require DQ, Fla. Justices Say

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Facebook friendship between a judge and a litigator is not on its own a legally sufficient basis for disqualification, although a majority of the justices took the position that judges should not be active on social media.

  • November 14, 2018

    McAfee Founder Held Liable For Death Of Belize Neighbor

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday held that John McAfee, founder of the eponymous cybersecurity software company, is liable for the death of a man who owned a vacation home next to his in Belize.

  • November 14, 2018

    FCC's Carr Sees Regs That Can Unlock The Wireless Future

    From FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr’s perspective, the agency has an obligation to make sure its suite of regulations stimulates economic growth and encourages service providers to expand their networks.

  • November 14, 2018

    FCC Asks For Comment On Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Study

    The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on a recent study examining the proposed $59 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint that was submitted by the two companies as they continue to seek approval of the deal.

  • November 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says NY Court Can't Hear Verizon Unit Patent Suit

    Verizon subsidiary Oath Holdings Inc. does not have to defend a patent lawsuit over advertisement technology in the Eastern District of New York, the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday, finding a lower court failed to follow its decision that TC Heartland was a change in the law.

  • November 14, 2018

    Bio-Rad Wins $24M Jury Verdict In 10X Genomics Patent Suit

    A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday ordered 10X Genomics Inc. to pay nearly $24 million to Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. and the University of Chicago after a jury found that it infringed a droplet-based method of manipulating DNA.

  • November 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tencent, Levi, Legendary Entertainment

    Tencent is discussing joining a group vying to take over Finnish sporting goods company Amer Sports Oyj, Levi Strauss & Co. is planning to go public, and the public investment arm of the government of Saudi Arabia is mulling snapping up a stake in Legendary Entertainment.

  • November 14, 2018

    Oracle Protest Over $10B JEDI Cloud Deal Denied

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday denied an Oracle unit's protest over the U.S. Department of Defense's pending $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract, saying the DOD acted reasonably when it chose to use a single vendor for the deal.

  • November 14, 2018

    FCC Seeks Comment On New Satellite Spectrum Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission opened a comment period Tuesday seeking feedback on a proposal to update rules governing direct broadcasting service systems like DirecTV, instituting a “first come, first served” system for applications to use the limited spectrum space after bidding was banned in 2005.

  • November 14, 2018

    Pa. Widow Sues Security Co., Alleging Fire Alarm Was Faulty

    A western Pennsylvania widow is suing a Pittsburgh-based security company she blames for a fire alarm system that wasn’t properly reset after a false alarm and didn’t go off in a real fire that left her husband dead, according to a complaint filed in state court Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Rimini Kicks Off Copyright Costs Fight At High Court

    Six weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear its copyright battle with Oracle, technical support service Rimini Street Inc. urged the justices Tuesday to overturn an earlier ruling that put the company on the hook for more than $12 million in so-called nontaxable costs.

  • November 14, 2018

    EU Approves $121M To Make German Buses Greener

    The European Commission has greenlighted €107 million ($121 million) in public funds to help Germany make its diesel buses more environmentally friendly, the commission said Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Snap Facing Gov't Probes After Pre-IPO Instagram Claims

    Snap Inc.’s disclosures to investors ahead of its March 2017 initial public offering are the target of investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission expected to focus on statements about potential competition with Instagram, a company spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    ServiceTitan Nabs $165M In Series D Funding

    ServiceTitan, a California-based software company focused on home service businesses, on Wednesday said it pocketed $165 million in a Series D funding round led by Index Ventures, bringing its total value to $1.65 billion.

Expert Analysis

  • Aviation Watch: Wheels Up For FAA Reauthorization

    Alan Hoffman

    It’s impressive, in the current atmosphere of division and gridlock, that Congress managed to hammer out a five-year Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, covering a wide range of important and often contentious matters, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • AI's Role In Financial Services: Some Early Lessons

    Eamonn Moran

    The use of artificial intelligence in financial services is still in the early stages. But a speech this week by Federal Reserve Gov. Lael Brainard shows that regulators are aware and paying attention, says Eamonn Moran of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Solving The Mystery Of Contracting By Hyperlink

    Alan Wingfield

    When analyzing the incorporation of contract terms by reference using hyperlinks, courts are increasingly focusing on the hyperlink's labeling, location, prominence and accessibility, and on the consumer's assent, say Alan Wingfield and Troy Jenkins of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Software Companies Especially At Risk After Wayfair

    Brian Sengson

    Despite a commonly held belief in the technology community that the “service” portion of software-as-a-service means that sales tax has no significance, a growing number of states now require SaaS companies to collect sales tax on their invoices, says Brian Sengson of Bennett Thrasher LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • 3 Takeaways From Google’s Harassment Policy Overhaul

    Nisha Verma

    In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Google’s recent changes to its sexual harassment policy are notable because they highlight employers’ ability to innovate while taking measures to comply with California law, say Nisha Verma and Jessica Linehan of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • New Construction Trends And Their Impact On Contracts

    Joanna Horsnail

    Trends and technologies such as performance-based and resilience-oriented design, modular construction, and the use of drones are changing complex construction and engineering projects — and will require careful consideration and analysis during project negotiation and contracting, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP and engineers with Exponent Inc.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Consider Potential Risks Of Scraping Publicly Available Data

    Kris Kappel

    One legal regime currently wrestling with the concept of data scraping is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. An important distinction that is emerging from the CFAA case law is whether the targeted data is publicly available or private and protected, say Kris Kappel and Liam Reilly of Husch Blackwell LLP.