Technology

  • July 27, 2021

    Ex-Mayor Says Bribe, Fraud Counts Cross-Contaminated Trial

    A former Massachusetts mayor convicted of fleecing investors and shaking down marijuana businesses said Monday that the government's sprawling, 24-count case left jurors "jumping to the conclusion" that he was guilty despite weak evidence.

  • July 27, 2021

    Lynch Extradition Battle Puts SFO Sway In The Spotlight

    Former Autonomy chief Mike Lynch's uphill battle to challenge his extradition to the U.S. for fraud over the $11.7 billion sale of his software firm to Hewlett-Packard is poised to test the influence of the Serious Fraud Office and other U.K. enforcers in such legal fights.

  • July 27, 2021

    UK Antitrust Watchdog Clears IHS Markit, CME Joint Venture

    The Competitions and Markets Authority said on Tuesday that it has cleared a proposed joint venture between the after-trade service subsidiaries of financial information provider IHS Markit Ltd. and CME Group, a derivatives exchange.

  • July 26, 2021

    Masks, Distancing Optional For Vaxxed Jurors In Calif. IP Trial

    A California federal judge presiding over a criminal trade secret theft trial told prospective jurors on Monday that social distancing is optional and that they're only required to wear masks if they haven't been fully vaccinated, adding that she won't ask or require the jurors to prove their vaccination status.

  • July 26, 2021

    Rackspace Founder Wants Atty Fees Returned After 'Betrayal'

    The founder of cloud computing company Rackspace Technology wants a Texas court to force his former attorney to return $2.9 million in legal fees earned over the course of a decade, saying the lawyer betrayed him by representing his wife in a contentious divorce proceeding.

  • July 26, 2021

    9th Circ. Tells Court To Redo Lead Plaintiff In Nikola Stock Suit

    The Ninth Circuit has found that a district court skirted the lead plaintiff selection process under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act in denying a bid by three petitioners to serve as group lead plaintiff in a consolidated shareholder suit against electric truck maker Nikola Corp.

  • July 26, 2021

    Companies Strike Deal To End Mitsubishi Patent War

    Chinese technology company Oppo has struck a deal with an intellectual property management company to end their global dispute over 3G and 4G cellular technology, with Oppo licensing the Mitsubishi Electric Corp. standard-essential patents.

  • July 26, 2021

    Goodwin, Kirkland Rep $3B Sale Of Power Transmission Unit

    Kirkland-led ABB said Monday it was selling its mechanical power transmission unit Dodge to Goodwin-guided RBC Bearings Inc. for $2.9 billion in cash.

  • July 26, 2021

    Feds Say Latham PowerPoints Are Off-Limits To Huawei

    Federal prosecutors are fighting Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.'s bid to unveil a trove of evidence, including PowerPoint presentations given by Latham & Watkins LLP to the government, that could help the Chinese telecommunications giant defend itself in a case accusing it of dodging U.S. sanctions and scheming to steal trade secrets.

  • July 26, 2021

    FCC Makes $311M Available For Rural Broadband In 36 States

    Nearly eight months after the Federal Communications Commission announced the winners of its $9.2 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, the agency said it's ready to release $311 million of those funds to several dozen of the smaller winners.

  • July 26, 2021

    SmileDirect Tells 9th Circ. Dental Board Fears Shakeup

    SmileDirectClub LLC told a Ninth Circuit panel during oral arguments Monday that the company is being harassed by members of California's dental board because its business model poses an existential threat to traditional dentistry.

  • July 26, 2021

    Solar Tracking Biz Rips 'Illogical' $133M IP Suit

    A Texas solar tracking company founded by former SunEdison executives asked a New York federal judge to throw out most of the "illogical" claims lodged by an engineering consulting firm in a $133 million licensing lawsuit.

  • July 26, 2021

    9th Circ. Says Chinese Steel Cos. Must Face Espionage Case

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday refused to toss the government's allegations that Chinese steel companies stole DuPont trade secrets for creating titanium dioxide in violation of the Economic Espionage Act, finding that the companies aren't protected under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act from the criminal charges.

  • July 26, 2021

    Pa. Health Dept. Wants To Toss Contact Tracing Breach Suit

    Pennsylvania's Department of Health has said a federal court should toss a lawsuit claiming a contractor doing contact tracing for COVID-19 cases exposed people's private information, arguing that the department has sovereign immunity and the case doesn't claim anyone actually stole or used the information.

  • July 26, 2021

    Trend Micro Denied $444K In Fees From Intellectual Ventures

    A Delaware federal judge who previously told patent licensing company Intellectual Ventures to pay Trend Micro $444,000 in attorney fees for a failed email filtering patent suit ruled Monday that no fee award is warranted, after the Federal Circuit criticized his earlier holding.

  • July 26, 2021

    O'Melveny Adds Ex-Wilson Sonsini M&A Pro In Silicon Valley

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP announced Monday it has added a mergers and acquisitions attorney who previously worked more than 23 years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC as a partner in its Silicon Valley office.

  • July 26, 2021

    GM Rips Ford, Saying It Infringed Self-Driving Car Brand

    General Motors LLC accused Ford Motor Co. of brazenly co-opting the brand of its self-driving car unit Cruise when Ford recently unveiled the “BlueCruise” brand for its hands-free driving system, according to a new California federal lawsuit filed Friday.

  • July 26, 2021

    Buchalter Adds 2 Attorneys To Orange County Office

    Buchalter PC has hired two attorneys to work in its litigation and corporate practice groups in its Orange County, California, office.

  • July 26, 2021

    Google Gets PTAB To Review Electronic Bill Payment Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has agreed to institute post grant review of a patent RFCyber accused Google of infringing in Texas federal court, rejecting an argument that parallel litigation is so far along that the board should discretionarily deny the petitions.

  • July 26, 2021

    Wilson Sonsini, Kirkland Guide PE Firm's $6.4B Medallia Buy

    Private equity shop Thoma Bravo, led by Kirkland & Ellis, will pay roughly $6.4 billion to take Wilson Sonsini-represented Medallia private, in a deal announced Monday that comes just over two years after the consumer analytics company went public.

  • July 26, 2021

    The Law360 400: Tracking The Largest US Law Firms

    As much of the U.S. emerges from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic that upended the world last year, law firms are taking stock of how much their business and their bench strength were affected by the unprecedented pressures of a global health crisis.

  • July 26, 2021

    Where Have All The Associates Gone?

    Nonpartner attorney headcounts declined slightly across the Law360 400 last year amid the pandemic, leaving many law firms scrambling for associate talent that seems to be evaporating even as many firms see an uptick in work.

  • July 23, 2021

    FTC Given Extra Time To File Amended Facebook Complaint

    A D.C. federal court granted the Federal Trade Commission three additional weeks to file its amended monopoly complaint against Facebook Inc., following an FTC extension bid that was not opposed by the social media giant.

  • July 23, 2021

    PTAB Won't Wait For Ill. Case To Review IP For Motorola

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has agreed to review two portable device patents being challenged by Motorola, rejecting a bid from their holder Ironworks Patents LLC for the board to deny the petitions in light of the parallel litigation in Illinois federal court.

  • July 23, 2021

    Conspiracy, Competition Claims Stay In Law Firm Site Row

    An Illinois federal judge has refused to toss state court conspiracy, interference and unfair competition claims from a law firm's suit claiming a suburban Chicago rival conspired to redirect prospective clients to its own website.

Expert Analysis

  • New FTC Mergers Approach Raises Risks For Buyers, Sellers

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    In rescinding a 1995 policy statement last week, the Federal Trade Commission likely seeks to more regularly impose "prior approval" obligations for future transactions in its merger cases, which changes the risk profile for buyers and sellers negotiating antitrust provisions in deal agreements, say Jon Dubrow and Noah Feldman Greene at McDermott.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Data Trends To Watch In M&A And Competition Investigations

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    With an uptick in mergers and acquisitions and dramatic shifts in the data landscape, practitioners need to understand the myriad emerging trends affecting regulatory oversight, second requests, merger clearance and competition investigations, and avoid data-related problems that might derail deals, say Andrea Levine and Tim Anderson at FTI Consulting.

  • A Legal Primer On Social Tokens

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    Social tokens, a new class of blockchain-based assets that celebrities and brands can use to connect with fans and consumers, hold great promise — but their value may be volatile, and issuers must understand the advertising, contractual and intellectual property issues that come with them, says Hannah Taylor at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • How Tech Cos. Can Guard Against DOJ Gag Orders

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    In light of recent criticism technology companies have faced over compliance with Stored Communications Act nondisclosure orders from the U.S. Department of Justice, companies can protect themselves and their customers through formal policies, contractual provisions and First Amendment challenges, say Kellen Dwyer and Kim Peretti at Alston & Bird.

  • Recent SPAC Settlement Signals SEC Enforcement Wave

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent settlement with special purpose acquisition company Stable Road — and its sponsor, CEO and proposed merger target — over false representations to investors illustrates the agency's heightened focus on policing SPAC transactions and should prompt participants to ensure adequate due diligence, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • Ensuring Patent Subject Matter Eligibility For Blockchain Tech

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    In order to survive subject matter eligibility challenges of patent filings for blockchain-related emerging technologies, practitioners should highlight technical features implementing novel applications and avoid drafting applications that could be interpreted as routine and conventional business practices performed via blockchain, says Drew Schulte at Perkins Coie.

  • NFTs May Come With Rewards, But Also Legal Risks

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    While some buyers of nonfungible tokens are experiencing enormous returns on their investments, those just entering the market should proceed with caution, and be sure to understand the risks related to contracts, taxation, intellectual property and money laundering regulations, says Anne-Laure Alléhaut at Patterson Belknap.

  • Gov't Contractor Input Vital After Biden Cybersecurity Order

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    The Office of Management and Budget's upcoming recommendations for improving U.S. cybersecurity defenses, following President Joe Biden's recent executive order, could create burdensome obligations for government contractors, so it's important for the government to actively engage with the industry during the rulemaking process, say executives at Leidos.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

  • Awaiting High Court Answer On Post-Cyan Discovery Issue

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision in Pivotal Software v. Tran next term may clarify a question begat by the court’s 2018 Cyan decision — whether the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s automatic discovery stay provision applies in state courts — and thereby lessen the burden on parties litigating amid the ambiguity, says Liz Cassady at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

  • Baltimore Bill Is Most Draconian Facial Recognition Ban Yet

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    Because Baltimore's recently passed bill banning use of facial recognition by private entities goes even further than Portland's ban by imposing criminal penalties and may encourage lawmakers in other jurisdictions, companies need to institute flexible, adaptable biometric privacy compliance frameworks, says David Oberly at Blank Rome.

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