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Technology

  • May 17, 2019

    Structural Remedies In Spotlight In Facebook Privacy Probe

    In the wake of Facebook's revelation that it expects to pay a multibillion-dollar fine to resolve the Federal Trade Commission's pending probe of its privacy practices, experts mull what the agency should include in a settlement for it to truly have teeth.

  • May 17, 2019

    SF Picks Side Of Privacy With Ban On Facial Recognition Tech

    The debate over facial recognition is heating up as San Francisco prepares to enact the nation's first ban on the controversial technology, with privacy advocates praising the step and others warning against too harshly limiting a useful tool for guarding public safety.

  • May 17, 2019

    Calif. Man Who Threatened FCC Chair's Kids Gets 1.5 Years

    A California man who threatened to kill the children of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was sentenced Friday morning to 20 months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced.

  • May 17, 2019

    JP Morgan Chase To Buy Medical Payments Co. InstaMed

    J.P. Morgan Chase announced on Friday its intention to purchase health care payments company InstaMed, which features a cloud-based payments platform, bolstering the bank’s investments in payment services and making inroads into the health care industry.

  • May 17, 2019

    Call Blocking May Come With Cost, Advocacy Org Cautions

    A Federal Communications Commission plan to allow carriers to block robocalls could mean those carriers could pass along charges for the blocking services, whether customers want it or not, an advocacy group said Friday.

  • May 17, 2019

    Rep. Asks FCC's Pai To Clarify Whether He 'Withheld' Info

    Rep. Anna Eshoo has demanded that the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission share information about a probe into mobile location tracking with his Democratic colleagues and suggested he correct statements that portrayed he didn’t know of their requests.

  • May 17, 2019

    Mobile App Developer Tries To Kick 'Click Injection' Fraud Suit

    A Chinese mobile app developer asked a New York federal court on Thursday to excuse it from a proposed class action accusing the company of lying to investors about faking its download numbers to fraudulently increase advertising revenue, arguing that the shareholders' claims are too vague.

  • May 17, 2019

    Ex-Skyworks Engineer Arrested On Insider Trading Charges

    An engineer who formerly worked at semiconductor maker Skyworks Solutions Inc. turned himself in on Friday to face charges in California federal court that he stole private financial information from his ex-employer, cashed in on illegal trades, and then fled to Taiwan when he was caught.

  • May 17, 2019

    FCC Challenger Loses At DC Circ. Over One-Day Delay

    A Hawaii-based telecom carrier appealed a subsidy dispute with the Federal Communications Commission one day too late, the D.C. Circuit ruled Friday, leading the agency's general counsel to call out the incident as a cautionary tale for attorneys.

  • May 17, 2019

    8 Firms Steer 5 IPOs Topping $1B Led By Diamondback Unit

    Eight firms will lead five initial public offerings that could raise more than $1.1 billion in combined proceeds during the week of May 20, led by a Diamondback Energy subsidiary's IPO and joined by smaller offerings among blank check and biotechnology companies.

  • May 17, 2019

    PG Rating For 'Dating Naked' Show Not Clear To FCC Either

    The oversight board that issues TV parental ratings needs to better explain how a show with constant nudity like "Dating Naked" gets the same PG rating as a show with mild innuendo like "The Big Bang Theory," the Federal Communications Commission advised after considering complaints from unhappy parents and concerned organizations.

  • May 17, 2019

    Facebook Launches Swiss Fintech Co. Focused On Payments

    Facebook Global Holdings has put together a Switzerland-based fintech company named Libra Networks to focus on the development of software and infrastructure connected to blockchain, big data, payments and other investments, according to publicly available documents.

  • May 17, 2019

    As 'John Doe' Copyright Cases Spike, Judges Push Back

    A surge in file-sharing cases from porn studios and others led to a spike in new copyright lawsuits in 2018, but the past year has also seen judges around the country attack key aspects of those cases. As the John Doe suits continue to pour in, here are four past rulings to know.

  • May 17, 2019

    Broadband Mapping Bill Reflects Cable Group's Strategy

    A bipartisan group of senators have proposed a "more granular" approach to mapping the nationwide availability of broadband service in a bill that appears to mirror a strategy already floated by the cable industry.

  • May 17, 2019

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Kirkland, Proskauer

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, KPS Capital Partners buys an air and gas business from Colfax, Hewlett-Packard takes over the supercomputer company Cray, and French chemical maker Arkema purchases an additive manufacturer.

  • May 17, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Sheds Light On Murky CBM Eligibility Requirement

    Recent Federal Circuit rulings involving software company Trading Technologies provide guidance on the sometimes confusing exception to covered business method reviews for patents that cover a “technological invention," as well as insights into the patent eligibility analysis.

  • May 17, 2019

    Cooley Guides Venture-Backed Fastly On $180M IPO

    Venture-backed cloud infrastructure provider Fastly made its market debut Friday, racking up a $180 million initial public offering that saw the Cooley-led firm price shares at the high end of its range.

  • May 17, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week has seen a Kazakhstan lender file fraud claims against a dissolved London-based business, a Dubai airport security equipment company sue Barclays, and Yamaha's motorcycle business file claims against a German insurer. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 17, 2019

    Wachtell, Fenwick Shape Hewlett-Packard's $1.3B Cray Buy

    Hewlett-Packard, led by Wachtell, unveiled plans Friday for a $1.3 billion takeover of Fenwick client and supercomputer company Cray as it looks to meet growing data processing needs.

  • May 17, 2019

    Italy's Antitrust Watchdog Looks Into Google App Dominance

    The Italian Competition Authority said Friday it has opened an investigation into Google Inc. over allegations it is abusing its dominant market position in the smart-device sector.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Ways Tech Is Disrupting Patent Procurement

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    Document automation, process automation and big data insights are changing how some patent professionals and patent practices operate, says Ian Schick of Specifio.

  • The Evolution Of Software As A Service Taxes Post-Wayfair

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    Due to the expanded nexus provisions following South Dakota v. Wayfair, software as a service providers need to be especially aware of the recent — and, at times, divergent — state law developments in SaaS taxation, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Fair Pay Law Is Unfair To Startup Founders

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    It's time for legislatures and courts to recognize the unfair burden the California Fair Day’s Pay Act has placed on company leaders — like founders of California startups — by holding them liable for failure to pay wages, say David Siegel and Mital Mikada of Grellas Shah.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • The Complicated Relationship Between Tech Cos. And Patents

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    Tech startups are eager to protect their innovations, but their views on intellectual property often become more nuanced once they grow and find themselves on the other side of patent enforcement. As a result, tech companies are struggling to determine what they want from the shifting patent landscape, says Jonathan Link of Morris Manning.

  • High Court Clarifies Standards For Antitrust Claims

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    The primary practical implication of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in Apple v. Pepper is that the court's Illinois Brick precedent remains an obstacle to federal antitrust claims for damages, but that its scope arguably has been limited, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • A Glimpse Into The Potential Future Of AI Regulation

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    The Algorithmic Accountability Act, a bill recently introduced by Democrats in Congress seeking to enhance oversight of artificial intelligence and data privacy, would present significant challenges for businesses if it became law, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • What's At Stake In Battle Over TCPA Constitutionality

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    As courts across the country grapple with whether the Telephone Consumer Protection Act passes First Amendment scrutiny, the eventual outcome is likely to permanently shift the contours of free speech jurisprudence, one way or another, say Eric Troutman and Petrina McDaniel of Squire Patton Boggs.