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  • March 21, 2019

    Apple's PTAB Review Frustrates Judge Deciding IP Case

    A California federal judge expressed frustration Thursday with presiding over infringement cases involving patents being reviewed by the PTAB, saying during a hearing in a suit against Apple that allowing the case to proceed could result in inconsistent rulings, but staying it could make litigation "interminable."

  • March 21, 2019

    Ex-Intel Engineer In Trade Secrets Case Must Give Up Docs

    An engineer accused of stealing "revolutionary" secrets from Intel Cop. before jumping ship for rival computer chipmaker Micron Technology Inc. must return any confidential documents he took from the company, a California federal judge said Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Chancery Threatens Charter's Contractor With Arrests

    In a rare fire-and-brimstone ruling, a Delaware vice chancellor found the top officer of a cloud services contractor to Charter Communications Operating LLC in contempt late Thursday and gave the business until Monday to restore Charter’s access to a crucial sales force pay platform or face the prospect of court-ordered arrests.

  • March 21, 2019

    Qualcomm Can Seek Claim Apple Forfeited FRAND Rights

    A California federal judge has allowed Qualcomm to pursue its counterclaim in an antitrust suit that Apple forfeited rights to favorable licensing terms for smartphone technology.

  • March 21, 2019

    FCC Tightens Up Rules For Spectrum-Sharing Databases

    Industry groups praised the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday for its plan to tighten rules covering "TV white spaces" databases, which allow unlicensed users to share unused broadcast spectrum for a variety of applications like rural broadband.

  • March 21, 2019

    In Latest EU Fine, Signs Of Google's Next Sanction

    Despite leveling its third major fine against Google for abusing its market power, the European Commission is far from done with the search engine giant.

  • March 21, 2019

    Long-Distance Carrier Fined $2.3M For Unauthorized Charges

    The Federal Communications Commission today issued a $2.32 million fine against Michigan-based Long Distance Consolidated Billing Company for deceptive marketing practices, saying it switched consumers’ carriers — a practice known as slamming — and charged them for services without authorization, also known as cramming.

  • March 21, 2019

    Pai Aims To Kill 'Kinda Crazy' Rural Phone Rate Floor

    The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month on several reforms, including whether to end its "kinda crazy" rural telephone rate floor in order to head off likely price hikes this summer, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    DLA Piper Nabs Baker McKenzie, Wilson Sonsini Partners

    DLA Piper LLP said Wednesday that it's beefed up its California offices by hiring a former Baker McKenzie partner who focuses her practice on energy and project finance and a former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner who specializes in advising startups, emerging technology and media companies.

  • March 21, 2019

    O'Melveny Adds Ex-Obama Adviser As Privacy Co-Chair

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has tapped a national security and counterterrorism adviser to former President Barack Obama as partner and co-chair of its data security and privacy group, the firm said in a press release Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Ex-Oracle Worker Can Arbitrate Pay Dispute, 9th Circ. Says

    A former worker who hit Oracle Inc. with a putative class action over sales commission pay can send the dispute to arbitration, a Ninth Circuit panel said Thursday, noting that the case put the tech titan in the atypical position of fighting against arbitrating employment matters.

  • March 21, 2019

    USTelecom Pilot Program To Gather Broadband Location Data

    Trade groups headlined by USTelecom officially unveiled a plan Thursday that they say could cure the federal government’s ailing broadband maps, announcing a pilot program that will layer data from public sources, providers and customers to visualize where internet service is and is not.

  • March 21, 2019

    Facebook Staff Had Access To Millions Of User Passwords

    Facebook admitted Thursday that it stored hundreds of millions of users' passwords in a format that would have allowed Facebook employees to read them, the latest of several privacy lapses for the company.

  • March 21, 2019

    Bid To Close IPR 'Loopholes' Shot Down By Precedent Panel

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s precedent-setting panel won’t look at whether the board can still review a patent after certain district court and U.S. International Trade Commission challenges.

  • March 21, 2019

    S. Korean Watchdog Trims Qualcomm Rebates Fine

    South Korea’s competition enforcer on Thursday reduced by around $40 million a fine it slapped on Qualcomm a decade ago for allegedly abusing its dominance by offering rebates to manufacturers for patent royalties when they used Qualcomm’s chips.

  • March 21, 2019

    Blackstone-Backed HR Provider Alight Hits Pause On IPO

    The Blackstone Group-backed human resources and benefits coordinator Alight Inc. said it will hold off on moving forward with an anticipated initial public offering that could have seen the company bring in approximately $752 million.

  • March 21, 2019

    FCC Still Weighing All C-Band Options, Pai Says

    The Federal Communications Commission is still equally weighing options for reorganizing a valuable slice of the airwaves known as the C-band to power 5G, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday, noting that he'll prioritize making an informed decision over rushing out an order.

  • March 20, 2019

    Microsoft Women Say Dukes Misapplied To Sex-Bias Claims

    Two female Microsoft workers claiming the tech giant discriminated against them based on their sex told the Ninth Circuit this week a Washington federal court incorrectly applied the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes when it nixed their bid for class certification last year.

  • March 20, 2019

    Health Care IP Key To Cutting Costs: FTC Member

    Enforcing intellectual property rights in health care and ensuring competition to everyone’s benefit — especially finding ways to control skyrocketing prescription drug costs — has emerged as a priority at the Federal Trade Commission, a Republican member of the body said Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2019

    Google Ruling Hints At High Court Wariness Of Cy Pres Deals

    The U.S. Supreme Court punted Wednesday on deciding the fairness of Google's $8.5 million cy pres privacy deal that steered funds to third parties instead of class members, but Justice Clarence Thomas' unequivocal criticism of the arrangement is a sign that the high court may soon curtail the practice.

Expert Analysis

  • Assessing Compliance Risk Under DOJ China Initiative

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's China Initiative should be a signal to Chinese companies, multinational companies with Chinese subsidiaries, and U.S.-based investors in Chinese companies — it's time to design and implement strong anti-corruption and anti-bribery programs, says Jean Chow-Callam of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • 2 High Court Decisions Highlight Copyright Act Complexities

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent unanimous decisions in Rimini Street v. Oracle and Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com clarify terms in the Copyright Act that have been misconstrued for decades, say Alain Villeneuve and Evan Muller of Duane Morris LLP.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • How China's Version Of CFIUS Will Expand Security Reviews

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    China's foreign investment security review regime shares many characteristics with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. And as tensions rise between the two countries, China, like the U.S., is set to scrutinize more deals, says Guogang Li of the Tahota Law Firm.

  • Opinion

    US Antitrust Law Supports An FTC Win Against Qualcomm

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    Though general propositions of antitrust appear to pose serious threats to the Federal Trade Commission's case against Qualcomm in the Northern District of California, a closer look shows how Qualcomm's use of its patents has distorted the competitive process, says Thomas Cotter of the University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • If There, Then Here: How Gov't Probes Help Antitrust Plaintiffs

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    Private plaintiffs seeking to bolster their price-fixing complaints by citing government investigations or guilty pleas concerning different markets should consider instructive decisions from the Auto Parts, Generic Drugs, and SRAM and Flash Memory litigations, say William Reiss and Dave Rochelson of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.