Technology

  • October 19, 2020

    Chamber, Universities Challenge 'Assault' On H-1B Visas

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Stanford University, and other business groups and schools filed two lawsuits Monday to strike down the Trump administration's work visa restrictions, claiming the policies pull the rug out from underneath foreign workers and their employers.

  • October 19, 2020

    High Court Urged To Block Robocall Barrage In Facebook Suit

    A man suing Facebook over allegedly unsolicited text messages is pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act broadly encompasses any device that can automatically dial numbers, arguing that adopting a narrower reading would "unleash the torrent of robocalls" that the law is intended to stop.

  • October 19, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Google's IP Win On Balloon-Based Internet

    The Federal Circuit on Monday backed a California federal judge's decision that Google's Project Loon, which uses floating balloons in the stratosphere to provide wireless internet, does not infringe a patent owned by Space Data Corp.

  • October 19, 2020

    Baker McKenzie Aims To Gain Client Edge With New AI Project

    Baker McKenzie on Monday announced a new partnership with artificial intelligence platform SparkBeyond that the firm said will use AI technology to "disrupt" the legal industry first with internal projects for the firm, including tools to anticipate client demands, followed by pitches to clients themselves.

  • October 19, 2020

    Trump Tells DC Circ. TikTok Ruling Undermines His Authority

    The Trump administration has told the D.C. Circuit that a trial judge's order temporarily blocking the government from banning new downloads of video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores erroneously second-guessed President Donald Trump's "sensitive national security judgments" and his assessment that personal data of Americans was being collected by the Chinese government.

  • October 19, 2020

    10 Firms To Steer 8 IPOs Exceeding $2B As October Stays Hot

    A life sciences research company and an oncology firm set price ranges for initial public offerings on Monday, joining a busy lineup of eight IPO prospects set to go public this week and potentially raise $2.3 billion combined, guided by 10 law firms total.

  • October 19, 2020

    Cooley Guides Data Processing Co.'s $80M Financing Round

    A Cooley-led company that said it automates various business operations, ranging from opening new client accounts to processing mortgages, announced Monday that it scored $80 million in a funding round led by investment adviser Tiger Global.

  • October 19, 2020

    Uber Driver's Family Blames Poor Rider Screening For Killing

    The family of an Uber driver who was killed by a passenger filed a wrongful death suit in Maryland federal court against the ride-hailing giant on Monday, claiming that the killing was the result of inadequate passenger screening procedures that fail to weed out dangerous passengers.

  • October 19, 2020

    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

  • October 19, 2020

    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

  • October 19, 2020

    What BigLaw Can Do To Actually Retain Female Attorneys

    Even as BigLaw firms are recruiting women into their ranks in larger numbers, their presence in leadership and equity partnerships remains stubbornly low. Here’s a look at why this is happening — and what firms can do.

  • October 19, 2020

    Female Attorneys Gain Ground In Battle For Clerkships​

    More female attorneys are landing highly sought-after U.S. Supreme Court clerkships, and the experience can turbocharge their careers.

  • October 19, 2020

    These Firms Have The Most Women In Equity Partnerships

    At most U.S. law firms, equity partnerships are still overwhelmingly male, but women at some firms are starting to shake up that reality and smash the glass ceiling that has prevented them from advancing to the uppermost ranks. Here are this year’s Ceiling Smashers — the firms that are outpacing their peers as the legal industry works toward closing the gender gap in its top ranks.

  • October 19, 2020

    Wearing Natural Hair In BigLaw

    In this video, four Black women share their thoughts about wearing natural hair as BigLaw attorneys. In order of appearance, the attorneys are: Rukayatu Tijani, founder of Firm for the Culture and a former BigLaw associate; Delilah Clay, legislative & regulatory advisor at Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP; Rachel Boyce, associate at Cooley LLP; and Crystal Nwaneri, associate at Fenwick & West LLP.

  • October 19, 2020

    ISPs Blast Pentagon's Spectrum-Sharing Proposal For 5G

    Members of the broadband industry sternly warned the Pentagon against a proposal for the government to own and operate its own 5G network, saying Monday it should "reject experimental spectrum-sharing schemes" that could amount to "central government planning."

  • October 19, 2020

    Duane Morris, Nelson Mullins Steer Cannabis Software Merger

    Cannabis software company Helix Technologies Inc. and a health care analytics company on Monday said they will merge in an all-stock deal guided by Duane Morris LLP and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • October 19, 2020

    Apple, Epic Warned Against Atty 'Nastiness' In Antitrust Fight

    A California federal judge repeatedly warned Apple and Epic Games Inc.'s counsel Monday that she'll sanction attorneys for any "nastiness" as their antitrust fight heads toward a May bench trial, and also aired concerns the public has maxed out the court's Zoom license and posted bootlegged videos of some hearings online.

  • October 19, 2020

    Altaba Must Reserve $800M For Canadian Data Breach Claims

    A Delaware vice chancellor ruled Monday that former Yahoo owner Altaba must set aside roughly $800 million to cover potential liability for data breach claims asserted in Canadian lawsuits before it can distribute roughly $5.6 billion to stockholders as part of its $40 billion wind-down plan.

  • October 19, 2020

    Microsoft Gets PTAB To Whittle Down 2 Siri Tech Patents

    Microsoft has notched partial victories in an ongoing patent battle over Siri digital voice assistant technology patents, with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board wiping out 17 of 18 claims in one patent and trimming 42 of 71 claims off another.

  • October 19, 2020

    High Court Won't Take Up Facebook Patent Cost Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court won't wade into a dispute over whether Facebook should be able to recover costs in a patent lawsuit, leaving in place a Federal Circuit decision allowing the social media giant to collect about $4,400.

  • October 19, 2020

    Indicted Harvard Professor Can't See Grand Jury Minutes

    A Harvard professor charged with lying about his ties to China and additional tax offenses will not be able to review secret grand jury minutes despite his claim that prosecutors' charged rhetoric about spying may have tainted the proceedings.

  • October 19, 2020

    Facebook Fights UK Deal Restrictions During Giphy Probe

    Facebook argued Monday that restrictions imposed by the U.K.'s antitrust enforcers while investigating its purchase of Giphy Inc. are heavy-handed and should be loosened.

  • October 19, 2020

    House Dems Say Pai's Section 230 Rulemaking Is Political

    House Democrats on Monday criticized FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's move to "clarify" interpretations of a rule that governs when websites' efforts to moderate user-posted content leaves them exposed to potential legal liability, characterizing the chairman's move as an attempt to aid the president before the election.

  • October 19, 2020

    15 Minutes With Change Healthcare's General Counsel

    During the past seven months at Change Healthcare, general counsel Loretta Cecil and her legal team have acted as "the emergency room in the time of a pandemic." Here, she shares more about the novel issues her department has handled, and what she's worried about for the rest of 2020. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

  • October 19, 2020

    Latham Steers Tech, Health Care-Focused Fund's $1.8B Close

    Lower middle market-focused private equity firm LLR Partners, with guidance from Latham & Watkins LLP, said in a news release Monday it has secured $1.8 billion for its sixth fund, which will invest in the health care and technology sectors.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    DOL's New H-1B Wage Rules Disregard Congressional Intent

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    New U.S. Department of Labor rules raise the level of education required to receive an H-1B worker visa, despite a contrary provision in the immigration statute, and creating artificially high entry-level wages that will price out statutorily qualified individuals, says Jeffrey Gorsky at Berry Appleman.

  • How A Biden Administration Would Shape IP Policy

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    While Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's intellectual property agenda would likely strengthen patent rights and international trade secret enforcement, proposals to drastically reduce employee noncompete and no-poach agreements could weaken protections domestically, say Charles Barquist and Maren Laurence at Maschoff Brennan.

  • Guest Feature

    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic

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    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • SEP Users Should Jettison Antitrust For Patent, Contract Law

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    Because the recent holdings in Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm and Continental Automotive Systems v. Avanci demonstrate antitrust's flaws in resolving disputes over licensing rates for standard-essential patents, users should employ contract and patent law for more flexibility in negotiations and litigation, say Erik Puknys and Michelle Rice at Finnegan.

  • California Judicial Reference Can Benefit Litigants Right Now

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    Judicial reference proceedings as an alternative to litigating in California state court offer several advantages to parties, including the ability to get a case moving amid pandemic-induced backlogs and the right to appeal a judgment in court, say Charles Correll and George Morris at King & Spalding.

  • Case Law Likely Undercuts DOL's Microsoft Diversity Probe

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    The U.S. Department of Labor is unlikely to uncover liability in its recent investigation into Microsoft’s attempt to hire more Black managers and executives, because Title VII case law supports private employers' consideration of race among other factors to enhance diversity, says Conor Ahern at Sanford Heisler.

  • H-1B Revamp Creates New Complexities For Employers

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    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s recent overhaul of the H-1B specialty occupation visa category creates a new test for whether an employer-employee relationship exists, further complicating an already nuanced process for determining what it means to be an employee, say Rebecca Bernhard, Thomas Oja and Fletcher Warren at Dorsey & Whitney.

  • DOJ Guidance, Indictment Suggest Expanding Crypto Focus

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    Read together, the U.S. Department of Justice's recently released cryptocurrency guidance and unsealed BitMEX indictment send a strong message that the government is expanding efforts to combat use of digital assets and blockchain technology for criminal purposes, say Benjamin Klein and Deborah Meshulam at DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Fight Voter Suppression This Election Season

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    Lawyers should use their unique skill sets, knowledge and spheres of influence to fight burdensome ID requirements and other voter suppression tactics that may influence the 2020 elections, and to participate in potential post-election litigation, say CK Hoffler and Allyce Bailey at the National Bar Association.

  • What Patent Prosecution Market Size Means For Cos., Counsel

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    Pedram Sameni at Patexia explains how an estimated $8.5 billion per year patent prosecution market size could allow companies to reduce their patent spending while maintaining the relevancy and improving the quality of their assets, resulting in fewer but more targeted filings.

  • 4 Enforcement Actions Highlight SEC's Focus On Earnings

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's four enforcement actions settled in the days before its fiscal year-end show the regulator is keeping an eye on issuers' earnings management and financial reporting, and demonstrate the dangers of fixating on analysts' earnings targets, says Lori Echavarria at WilmerHale.

  • Why Online Mediation May Be Here To Stay

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    Videoconferenced mediation offers several advantages and helps cases settle faster and more cordially, making it hard to imagine going back to logistically difficult in-person dispute resolution after COVID-19 restrictions are gone, says Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • Don't Miss USPTO's Lapsing Collaborative Search Option

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    Freedom of Information Act data reveals that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's collaborative search programs expedite examinations, so applicants filing in both the U.S. and Korea or Japan should avail themselves of the option before its October expiration, say Dylon Register and Daniel Ovanezian at Womble Bond and Shankar Nair at Aeva.

  • Opinion

    Calif. AB 5 Unfairly Forces Worker Loyalty To Employers

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    California's A.B. 5 — which Proposition 22 on this year's ballot would override — shoehorns many workers into an employment status that requires undivided employer loyalty instead of expanding opportunities for Californians to earn a living, says Michael Nader at Ogletree.

  • Early Takeaways From SEC's FY 2020 Fraud Enforcement

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    Ahead of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's annual enforcement data release later this fall, emerging enforcement themes include fraud related to COVID-19, as well as individual accountability, misuse of reserves, revenue recognition, disclosure malfeasance and data analytics, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

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