Technology

  • August 21, 2019

    Top EU Data Privacy Watchdog Buttarelli Dies

    Giovanni Buttarelli, who as Europe's data protection supervisor was an influential adviser in shaping the bloc's privacy laws, has died at the age of 62, his office said Wednesday.

  • August 20, 2019

    DOJ Calls Sabre's Bluff, Challenges $360M Farelogix Merger

    The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit in a Delaware federal court Tuesday to block Sabre's planned $360 million acquisition of its "disruptive" airline booking technology competitor Farelogix, a move that comes just days after Sabre all but dared the DOJ to challenge the merger.

  • August 20, 2019

    Mass. Amazon Driver Exempt From Arbitration In Wage Suit

    A delivery driver suing Amazon over alleged unpaid wages and unreimbursed expenses counts as a transportation worker exempt from arbitration, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday, but he’ll have to fight the case in Washington state alongside a similar suit.

  • August 20, 2019

    Amazon Win Shuts Down IRS' Broad Definition Of Intangibles

    The IRS loss at the Ninth Circuit in its dispute with Amazon.com Inc. — the latest defeat for the government over cost-sharing rules — likely signals that legal battles over the precise definitions of intangible assets are coming to a close.

  • August 20, 2019

    Fintech Adoption Poised For Growth In US Despite Lag

    The adoption of fintech products that provide online banking and money transmission services has been uneven across the globe, with U.S. consumers lagging behind those in China and India, but with regulatory clarity potentially on the horizon, some see the potential for a surge in use in the U.S.

  • August 20, 2019

    Uniloc Chides Apple's Shifting Theory In Patent Row At PTAB

    Patent holding company Uniloc on Tuesday accused Apple of changing its theory on the fly about why it thinks the Patent Trial and Appeal Board should kill a Uniloc-owned patent covering a personal safety alert system.

  • August 20, 2019

    Mexican Telecom's Bondholders Win Delay Of Ch. 11 Hearing

    Mexican telecommunications provider Maxcom on Tuesday saw its stay in bankruptcy extended by at least a week after bondholders complained they needed more time to look into the vote on the company’s prepack Chapter 11 plan.

  • August 20, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Asked To Rethink Alice Ax Of 3 Targeted Ad Patents

    Bridge and Post Inc. on Monday asked the Federal Circuit to reconsider its decision to invalidate three targeted advertising patents under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision, saying the court puts too much focus on the first part of the patent test and not the other.

  • August 20, 2019

    Canada Settles Challenge To PE Firm's Software Buy

    Canada’s competition enforcer on Tuesday dropped its challenge of Thoma Bravo LLC’s recent purchase of oil and gas software provider Aucerna, after the private equity firm agreed to sell another portfolio company’s competing product.

  • August 20, 2019

    PTAB Takes On Sirius Case Despite Fee-Processing Delay

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed Monday to take on Sirius XM Radio’s challenge to a satellite signal patent owned by a German research organization, rejecting arguments that the petition should be denied because the broadcaster's review fees were processed too late.

  • August 20, 2019

    Omniverse Seeks Arbitration In Dispute With Film Studios

    Omniverse One World Television asked a California federal court Monday to force arbitration in a suit brought by Disney, Paramount Pictures Corp., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and other Hollywood heavyweights accusing Omniverse of selling illegal packages of unlicensed, copyrighted movies and TV shows to streaming services.

  • August 20, 2019

    Verdict Favoring Tata In Race Bias Suit Was Legit, Judge Says

    A jury verdict favoring Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. in a class action alleging that the Mumbai-based information technology outsourcing agency discriminated against non-South Asian workers in the U.S. will not be reversed, a California federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • August 20, 2019

    Qualcomm Can't Put 'Blinders' On 9th Circ., Cell Buyers Say

    Consumers blasted Qualcomm on Monday for trying to limit the Ninth Circuit's gaze in the chipmaker's class certification appeal, urging the court again to recognize the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust win over the tech giant and their efforts to notify a class of 250 million U.S. phone buyers.

  • August 20, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive DRM Patent, In Win For Samsung

    Several claims in a digital rights management technology patent that Samsung was accused of infringing are invalid as indefinite, the Federal Circuit affirmed Tuesday.

  • August 20, 2019

    USTelecom Tells FCC Address-Level Web Mapping Is Possible

    A coalition of telecom trade groups has completed a pilot project to map every home and business that needs internet in two states, and the groups told the Federal Communications Commission in a report on Tuesday that it's now time for the agency to take over the effort.

  • August 20, 2019

    Bankruptcy Tech Co. Owner Looks To Duck Antitrust Suit

    The owner of a bankruptcy software provider urged a New Jersey federal court Monday to toss a suit accusing it of maintaining a conspiracy to inflate fees charged in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, saying the issue has already been litigated.

  • August 20, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Saudi Aramco, Cigna, Avaya

    Saudi Aramco has picked banks to assist on its planned $100 billion IPO, Cigna is looking to sell a group benefits insurance business that could be worth up to $6 billion, and a private equity firm is looking to usurp Mitel’s planned offer for California technology company Avaya.

  • August 20, 2019

    Gilead Blasts $825M Monotype Take-Private Deal

    Monotype minority shareholder Gilead Capital slammed the typeface company’s planned $825 million take-private deal in a letter Tuesday, contending the board should print its proxy statement in Comic Sans font to showcase what a "mockery" the sales process was. 

  • August 20, 2019

    No-Show Hotel Tech Co. Liable For Over $40 Million Debt

    A New York state judge ruled Tuesday that the parent company of hotel technology firm interTouch is on the hook for over $40 million after it failed to appear in court to defend itself.

  • August 20, 2019

    PTAB Ends VR Patent Challenges After Forum Clause Ruling

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has shut down MerchSource’s challenges to three virtual reality patents, accepting the company’s request to withdraw its petitions after a court ruled the challenges were barred by a license agreement.

  • August 20, 2019

    Crypto Platform Sets $130M Target In Rare IPO Filing

    Cryptocurrency trading platform INX Ltd. filed plans to raise up to $129.5 million in an initial public offering with the help of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Horn & Co. Law Offices and Hassans International Law Firm, making it one of a few cryptocurrency companies to pursue a U.S. listing. 

  • August 20, 2019

    Fed. Circ. 'Invited Mischief' Into Courts, Execs Tell High Court

    Former CEOs of Apple and Hewlett-Packard and a group of inventors have heaped pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a patent-holding company's case claiming the Federal Circuit undermined the judicial process when it tossed a $22 million infringement loss against Samsung.

  • August 20, 2019

    DC Circ. Ruling Curtails FCC's 5G Rollout Strategy

    The D.C. Circuit recently rebuked the Federal Communications Commission's strategy for a quick 5G rollout when it ruled wireless small cell nodes are still subject to certain preconstruction reviews, dealing a blow to the agency’s aggressive moves to clear the way for companies to deploy the technology.

  • August 20, 2019

    FCC Calls CenturyLink Outage 'Unacceptable,' But No Fine Yet

    Federal Communications Commission head Ajit Pai blasted CenturyLink's day-and-a-half-long network failure last year as "completely unacceptable" and called on communications providers to take steps to prevent similar outages, but the agency stopped short of doling out any penalties.

  • August 20, 2019

    EU Approves €60M In Aid For Austrian Broadband Build-Out

    The European Commission approved €60 million ($66.6 million) in state aid to go toward building high-speed internet in a mountainous, rural swath of Austria, it announced Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Tech Competition Concerns In The EU And Australia

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    Recent cases involving major technology companies and their acquisition of smaller firms have called international attention to the adequacy of competition policy frameworks, and recent proposals in Europe and Australia reveal the onset of an interventionist approach from regulators, say analysts at Cornerstone Research.

  • Workshop Marks Start Of FTC Interest In Gaming 'Loot Boxes'

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    Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission held a full-day workshop to address consumer protection issues regarding video game "loot boxes" — randomized or surprise in-game virtual rewards that players buy or earn — and joined a growing list of policymakers to consider consumer protection issues in this area, say Janis Kestenbaum and Ariel Glickman at Perkins Coie.

  • A Robust Federal Consumer Protection Law May Be Ahead

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    The U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau all recently announced pushes into data privacy and security through consumer protection enforcement, suggesting that they could be developing the foundation for a new U.S. federal privacy statute, say Brad Elbein and Linda Priebe of Culhane Meadows.

  • 2 Insurance Coverage Issues Raised By Cyber Warfare

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    As politics and cyberrisks become increasingly intertwined, policyholders and insurers alike would benefit from more certainty in relation to the cyber insurance war exclusion, and from more options in the market that would cover a cyberattack on the U.S. power grid, says Thomas Hunt of Robert M. Currey & Associates.

  • How Electric Power Group Case Is Affecting Software Patents

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    The Federal Circuit's 2016 Electric Power Group v. Alstom decision, more frequently applied of late, and its progeny pose a serious risk to software inventions. As a result, knowing how to avoid Section 101 invalidity risk is critical when drafting software patents, says Michael Kiklis of Bass Berry.

  • Crisis Messaging To Protect Law Firm Brand And Bottom Line

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    When crises occur, such as data security incidents or gender bias suits, a well-prepared law firm has a thoroughly tested communications plan at the ready, which ensures the firm is the most proactive news source, prevents the crisis from escalating and notifies stakeholders about mitigation efforts, says Zach Olsen at Infinite Global.

  • What Cos. Should Consider To Prep For Nev. Data Privacy Law

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    Website operators that collect and sell Nevada residents' personal information should lay the groundwork for compliance with Nevada Senate Bill 220, effective on Oct. 1, which will be the first U.S. law to grant consumers the right to opt out of the sale of their data, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Assessing The Cost, Legal Fallout Of Capital One Data Breach

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    Following Capital One's recent massive data breach, Jack Lu of IPMAP estimates the incremental direct cost incurred for management of the breach and for post-breach legal and regulatory processes, shedding light on the economic and legal uncertainties.

  • Perspectives

    What You Should Know About Courtroom Closures

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    At attorney Greg Craig’s trial in D.C. federal court this week, the courtroom was cleared so prospective jurors could answer sensitive questions. Even seasoned litigators were left wondering about the nature of this subtle, yet significant, issue involving Sixth Amendment public trial rights, says Luke Cass at Quarles & Brady.

  • 8 Proactive Steps To Avoid Workplace Age Bias Claims

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    As demonstrated by Google's recent $11 million settlement to resolve an age discrimination class action, employers must combat age discrimination with a multifaceted approach that includes cooperation from all members of management, say Charlene Gedeus and Michael Truncellito at Buchanan Ingersoll.

  • FCC's Caller ID Rules Contribute To Spoofed Calls Crackdown

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    As the Federal Communications Commission's enhanced Truth in Caller ID rules take effect, there will be continued pressure on the FCC to demonstrate that its efforts against spoofed calls are working, say Laura Phillips and Qiusi Newcom of Drinker Biddle.

  • GDPR Lessons Can Prep US Cos. For State Data Privacy Laws

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    Companies that have completed the requirements for compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation can apply key steps from that process toward ensuring compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act and a number of other proposed U.S. state data security laws, says Teresa Troester-Falk of Nymity.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Seaweed Scientist's Odyssey

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    In the early 1980s, I was working on my Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. As part of an international team of scientists studying oil spill impacts on marine ecosystems, I saw a niche opportunity to combine science and law, says Andrew Davis of Shipman & Goodwin.

  • How 2 Robocall Bills Would Affect TCPA Enforcement

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    Two bills in Congress — the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act and the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act — seek to prop up the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, though the SBRA is far more expansive and may meet with resistance in the Senate, says Eric Troutman of Squire Patton.

  • How To Counter Jury Reliance On Plaintiff's Damages Ask

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    Years of interviewing jurors and observing deliberation show that the amount juries award in damages is almost always influenced by the amount of the plaintiff's demand, but there are three ways defense counsel can combat this anchoring effect, says Christina Marinakis at Litigation Insights.