Technology

  • May 13, 2021

    Life Sciences Real Estate Boom May Outlast Logistics Rush

    While the rapid growth of e-commerce has generated much buzz around a robust logistics property market as retailers gobble up distribution space, life sciences real estate is also booming, and experts say the sector has the potential to outlast logistics and remain attractive for some time. Here are three things to watch amid the life sciences boom.

  • May 13, 2021

    DraftKings Reneged On NHL Game Payout, Mich. Bettor Says

    A Michigan sports gambler hit DraftKings Inc. with a putative class action Wednesday claiming it wrongly refused to pay out his winnings after a National Hockey League favorite was incorrectly listed as an underdog.

  • May 13, 2021

    Life Sciences Software Biz Axtria Lands $150M In Funding

    Life sciences software and analytics business Axtria said Thursday it landed $150 million in funding from Bain Capital Tech Opportunities, which it will use to expand its software-as-a-service products.

  • May 13, 2021

    Facebook Loses Appeal Over CMA's Giphy Merger Probe

    An appeals court has tossed Facebook's challenge to restrictions imposed by U.K. antitrust enforcers as they investigate its purchase of Giphy Inc., saying on Thursday that the continuing restraints are a problem of the tech giant's own making

  • May 12, 2021

    House Dems Urge Facebook To Ax WhatsApp Privacy Update

    A group of U.S. House Democrats on Tuesday became the latest to put heat on Facebook to scrap plans to require WhatsApp users to consent to policy changes that would expand the sharing of data between the companies, arguing that the move violates Facebook's past privacy promises and would be particularly detrimental to the messaging service's large population of Hispanic users. 

  • May 12, 2021

    Epic Antitrust Judge Doubts Apple Expert's Amex Comparison

    A California federal judge presiding over Epic's high-stakes antitrust trial appeared skeptical Wednesday of a professor's testimony that Apple's anti-steering provisions are akin to restrictions upheld by the high court in Ohio v. American Express, noting that brick-and-mortar stores advertise various payment methods, while the virtual App Store does not.

  • May 12, 2021

    Amazon 'Annihilated' Evidence In Patent Suit, Tech Cos. Say

    Amazon has admitted it systematically "annihilated" all evidence over the first six years of a Texas federal court suit accusing the online retail giant of infringing networking patents, the tech companies suing it claimed Wednesday in a bid for sanctions.

  • May 12, 2021

    Senate Panel Greenlights TikTok Ban For Federal Devices

    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed a bill that aims to prevent federal employees from downloading the controversial app TikTok onto government devices, according to a Wednesday statement from Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., a sponsor of the bill.

  • May 12, 2021

    Sens. Seek To Tighten Online Privacy Protections For Kids

    A new bipartisan bill aims to update privacy protections for children by expanding existing law to include some teenagers and further restrict companies' collection of minors' personal information.

  • May 12, 2021

    EU Will Review Facebook's Kustomer Deal After Requests

    European enforcers said Wednesday they will review Facebook's planned purchase of customer relationship management service provider Kustomer after receiving requests from nearly a dozen national authorities to probe the deal.

  • May 12, 2021

    Yahoo Sale Spurs New Patent Holder Bid For $749M Reserve

    A patent holder that lost a bid this month to force former Yahoo owner Altaba to establish a $749 million infringement reserve asked the Delaware Chancery Court on Tuesday to reconsider in light of Verizon's recently revealed plans to sell Yahoo to Apollo Global Management.

  • May 12, 2021

    Pentagon Removing Chinese Co. Xiaomi From Trump Blacklist

    The U.S. Department of Defense told a D.C. federal judge Tuesday it will soon reverse a Trump administration order placing Chinese electronics company Xiaomi Corp. on a blacklist over alleged military ties, a move that would allow U.S. investment in the firm to resume.

  • May 12, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Mixed PTAB Ruling In Uniloc-Apple Case

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling that struck down part of a Uniloc Voice over Internet Protocol patent that was challenged by Apple, finding that the board correctly interpreted a key term when it found the claims obvious.

  • May 12, 2021

    Shaq Gets Fee Award Reinstated In Fight Over Leaked Emails

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reinstated an attorney fee award of more than $400,000 for former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal in a long-running battle with his former tech support provider over leaked emails.

  • May 12, 2021

    AT&T 3G Shutdown Will Hobble Alarm Systems, FCC Told

    Millions of home alarm systems may not be able to operate properly if AT&T follows through with its plans to start sunsetting its 3G network next year, the alarm industry is warning the Federal Communications Commission.

  • May 12, 2021

    Biden Orders IT Gov't Contractors To Report Data Breaches

    President Joe Biden created a new national review board for major cyberattacks and ordered IT sector government contractors to report data breaches as part of an executive order issued Wednesday after hacks on a major U.S. pipeline company and federal agencies.

  • May 12, 2021

    Del. Justices Warned Of 'Frankenstein' Risk In Appraisal Fight

    An attorney for stockholders fighting a Delaware Chancery Court finding that they signed away rights to a post-merger stock appraisal before an allegedly lowball sale told Delaware's Supreme Court on Wednesday that failure to reverse the decision could lead to the creation of "Frankenstein corporations."

  • May 12, 2021

    FTC Says 9th Circ. Can't Revive Robocall 'Soundboard' Suit

    A call center operator's attempt to revive a challenge to the Federal Trade Commission's interpretation of "soundboard" telemarketing technology falls flat because the operator's legal challenge was riddled with fatal errors, the agency has told the Ninth Circuit.

  • May 12, 2021

    Big Tech Critic Lina Khan Clears Senate Panel For FTC Seat

    A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday approved the nomination of progressive academic and Big Tech adversary Lina Khan to the Federal Trade Commission, bringing the agency one step closer to a Democratic majority.

  • May 12, 2021

    Apple, Chicago Trade Jabs Over Streaming Tax Case Ripeness

    A Chicago attorney said Wednesday that Apple's challenge to the city's streaming tax isn't ripe because Chicago hasn't affirmatively stated the tax applies to some of Apple's services, while the company's counsel said the ordinance imposes the tax on them.

  • May 12, 2021

    Albright Told 'Egregiously Improper' Testimony Merits Retrial

    A company that failed to persuade a Western District of Texas jury that Roku Inc. infringed its interactive TV patents is asking for a new trial, saying that Roku presented "egregiously improper" testimony that purportedly "shocked" U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright.

  • May 12, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Revives Calif. Patent Litigation In Jurisdiction Fight

    The Federal Circuit breathed new life into software company Trimble Inc.'s suit asking a court to rule that it didn't infringe opponent PerDiemCo's electronic logging and geofencing technology patents, finding Wednesday that a California federal court had authority to hear the case.

  • May 12, 2021

    Cross-Border E-Commerce Firm Leads 3 IPOs Totaling $568M

    Cross-border e-commerce firm Global-e Online Ltd. led a trio of initial public offerings that debuted Wednesday after raising a combined $568 million under the guidance of seven law firms.

  • May 12, 2021

    Latham, V&E Steer SPAC Deal For $2.3B Electric Scooter Co.

    Electric scooter startup Bird will hit the public markets at an enterprise value of $2.3 billion by merging with a special purpose acquisition company, in a deal put together with assistance from respective legal advisers Latham and Vinson & Elkins, the companies said Wednesday.

  • May 11, 2021

    Texas AG Dodges Twitter Suit Over Moderation Practices

    A California federal judge on Tuesday granted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's bid to ax a suit Twitter lobbed against him over his investigation of the social media platform's content moderation practices, finding the case to be premature since no enforcement actions have been taken.

Expert Analysis

  • COVID IP Waiver Doesn't Resolve Vaccine Production Barriers

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    Given the lack of know-how and other legal and technical hurdles associated with producing COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries, and the potential harm to U.S. industry, the Biden administration's backing a temporary waiver on intellectual property protections may be merely a gesture of goodwill, says William Bergmann at BakerHostetler.

  • What UK's New Merger Controls Mean For Private Equity

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    Expansive notification and approval requirements under the U.K.’s new merger control regime — the National Security and Investment Act — along with a lack of clarity about when they go into effect, pose unique challenges for private equity sponsors, as well as their investors and portfolio companies, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • Keep Forced Labor Out Of Supply Chains As Scrutiny Rises

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    Companies can manage the increasing risk of penalties and reputational harm arising from discovery of forced labor in their supply chains by developing and implementing auditable compliance programs that include measurable milestones and supply chain mapping through data analytics and blockchain automation, say trade and customs advisers at KPMG.

  • Judge's Rebuke Of Mass. AG Has Lessons For All Attorneys

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    A Massachusetts federal judge’s recent rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office for refusing to respond to discovery requests in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey highlights six important considerations for attorneys who want to avoid the dreaded benchslap, say Alison Eggers and Dallin Wilson at Seyfarth.  

  • How 5-Year-Old Defend Trade Secrets Act Has Met Its Goals

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    Case law and data reveal that, five years after its enactment, the Defend Trade Secrets Act has opened up federal courts to litigants and has proven effective against extraterritorial misappropriation, while concerns about inconsistency and overuse of ex parte seizures have not borne out, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Font Considerations To Give Your Legal Briefs An Edge

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    Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.

  • How Biden's First 100 Days Will Affect Gov't Contractors

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    Joseph Berger and Thomas Mason at Thompson Hine examine the significant opportunities for government contractors arising from actions during the first 100 days of the Biden administration, which set the stage for unprecedented investment in national infrastructure, domestic manufacturing, research and development, clean energy, pandemic response and economic recovery.

  • Make Profitability Management Part Of Your Law Firm Culture

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    As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.

  • Indoor Air Pollution Fix Will Require New Laws, New Tech

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    The COVID-19 pandemic, an aging population and changing workplace dynamics all foretell more exposure to indoor air pollutants, so a multidisciplinary policy approach combining technology, insurance, funding and regulation will be needed to improve indoor air quality and health, says Ann Al-Bahish at Haynes and Boone.

  • How D&O Coverage Fits Into Diversity Claim Mitigation

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    As companies face a shift in the directors and officers insurance market following a spate of recent shareholder suits over lack of diversity in corporate leadership, executive teams should review D&O policy coverage while implementing diversity initiatives that will effect meaningful, long-term change, say Natasha Romagnoli and Hannah Ahn at Blank Rome.

  • Time For Auto Suppliers To Review Force Majeure Options

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    With the recent shortage of semiconductor chips leading some auto manufacturers to suspend or reduce production, auto suppliers should review their contracts to determine the scope of their rights to declare force majeure in the event of supply chain disruptions, say attorneys at Varnum.

  • Functionality's Role In Oracle Copyright Ruling Isn't So Novel

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    In its recent Google v. Oracle decision, the U.S. Supreme Court seemingly revived the copyright fair use factor concerning functionality, highlighting its significant role, particularly in technological contexts, but this accords with a long-standing minority view, says Andrew Michaels at the University of Houston Law Center.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Scope, Evaluation Criterion, Privity

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, Sandeep Nandivada and Markus Speidel at MoFo look at April U.S. Government Accountability Office and U.S. Court of Federal Claims decisions concerning proposed labor categories outside the scope of vendor schedule contracts, use of unstated evaluation criterion, and whether co-prime contractor privity supports standing to protest.

  • 4 Trends In Discoverability Of Litigation Funding Documents

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    Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.

  • Expect Increasing Scrutiny Of Wage-Fixing, No-Poach Deals

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    Employers can expect more actions against wage-fixing or no-poach agreements as the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division cracks down on labor market collusion, so companies should consider tailoring these agreements on their scope, duration and definition of nonsolicitation, say attorneys at Duane Morris.

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