Technology

  • February 28, 2024

    FTC Not Backing Down In Kids' Privacy Arena, Chair Says

    The Federal Trade Commission is focused on using all its tools to crack down on social media platforms that are "manipulating" users' data and harming children, including by continuing to take aggressive enforcement action and exploring the possibility of crafting new regulations to curb online "commercial surveillance" practices, the agency's chair said Wednesday. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Autonomy Founder's Fraud Trial Risks 'Morass,' Judge Warns

    The California federal judge overseeing the upcoming criminal fraud trial of Autonomy founder Mike Lynch over the software company's $11.7 billion sale to Hewlett-Packard warned prosecutors and defense attorneys Wednesday about growing estimates for the trial's length, saying they're "going to lose [jurors] in the morass" of a monthslong trial.

  • February 28, 2024

    Millionaire Dating Site's Arb. Bid Goes Broke In BIPA Suit

    A dating service for millionaires cannot force one of its users to arbitrate proposed class claims that the company unlawfully collects and stores biometric templates of users' faces, a California federal judge ruled, saying the company hasn't shown the user assented to its service agreement that included an arbitration provision.

  • February 28, 2024

    Ariz. AG Says RealPage, Landlords Use Algo To Fix Rent Prices

    Arizona's attorney general on Wednesday filed an antitrust suit in state court against RealPage and several landlords over an alleged conspiracy to illegally raise rents for hundreds of thousands of renters by using the software company's algorithms to quell competition.

  • February 28, 2024

    Sioux Phone Authority Keeps Calling For FCC Telecom Status

    The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority has once again asked the Federal Communications Commission to recognize it as an "eligible telecommunications carrier," saying several tribal groups, as well as the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, support its bid for agency recognition.

  • February 28, 2024

    Musk, Ex-Twitter Staff Fail To Reach Deal In Severance Dispute

    Settlement talks between X Corp., formerly known as Twitter, and a group of former employees have fallen apart, the parties told a Delaware federal judge on Wednesday, asking the judge to lift a stay in their dispute over severance compensation.

  • February 28, 2024

    Google Search Judge Lets Rival's Keyboard Suit Proceed

    The same D.C. federal judge presiding over the government's search monopolization suit against Google sent up a tantalizing smoke signal for that case Tuesday in refusing to toss an Android keyboard app developer's separate antitrust lawsuit against the technology giant, rejecting key defense arguments meant to cast doubt on Google's alleged dominance.

  • February 28, 2024

    Judge Puts Patent Biz, Not Its Lawyer, On Hook For Atty Fees

    A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday opted to punish an alleged shell company, but not its litigious attorney, for asserting patents that were already expired in another failed lawsuit, this time against television maker Vizio Inc.

  • February 28, 2024

    SEC Republicans Warn Against Changing 'Accredited' Definition

    Limiting who counts as an accredited investor could "devastate" local angel investor networks, a Republican member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has warned, as the agency weighs enacting additional rules on private markets.

  • February 28, 2024

    Binance Founder Against More Travel Limits, Floats UAE Trip

    Binance founder Changpeng Zhao has told a Washington federal judge he opposes prosecutors' motion for further travel restrictions and suggested, without explicitly asking, that he be allowed to see his family in the United Arab Emirates. 

  • February 28, 2024

    9th Circ. Revives Suit Over Google's Cell Data Use In Androids

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday partially revived a putative class action by Android users accusing Google of illegally using their cellular data allotments to transmit information back to itself, finding they plausibly allege Google's "unauthorized transfer" could block customers from using data they purchased from their carriers.

  • February 28, 2024

    FCC 'Amnesty' Sought For Rural Broadband Grant Defaults

    Broadband experts got together Wednesday to urge the Federal Communications Commission to offer "amnesty" for defaulting on FCC-funded rural network development projects, so that unserved areas can still receive similar grants being distributed by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • February 28, 2024

    Attys Get $750K Fee Award In $6M Med Tech Co. Deal

    Class attorneys for minority shareholders of Autonomous Medical Devices Inc. who secured a $6 million settlement to resolve claims about a purportedly underpriced stock sale to an interest of Oracle founder Larry J. Ellison won court approval of the settlement Wednesday, along with a requested $750,000 fee award.

  • February 28, 2024

    Carriers Seek More Time For SIM Card Anti-Fraud Measures

    A telecom carriers' group agreed with wireless companies who say the Federal Communications Commission needs to set aside more time for providers to comply with new rules to fight SIM card swapping fraud.

  • February 28, 2024

    Intercept, Others Hit OpenAI, Microsoft With Copyright Suits

    The Intercept and two other news publications filed nearly identical complaints against OpenAI and Microsoft Wednesday, accusing them of removing author and copyright information from material used to train ChatGPT.

  • February 28, 2024

    Textron, DJI End Texas Drone Patent Case After $279M Verdict

    A Texas federal judge has signed off on a notice by Textron Innovations Inc. and Chinese aerospace company SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. that they've agreed to dismiss a case in which DJI was found to have infringed Textron's drone patents and told to pay $279 million last year — the fourth-largest patent damages award of 2023.

  • February 28, 2024

    Amazon Sat On Texts In Alexa Recording Suit, Users Says

    Plaintiffs accusing Amazon of illegally recording them with Alexa devices say the tech giant kept text messages from employees out of discovery, alleging while the company claimed to have never reviewed any texts as part of the suit, a former executive admitted his devices had been scanned. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Judge Clears Fujian Jinhua On Feds' Trade Secrets Claims

    A California federal judge has found that the federal government failed to show semiconductor-maker Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co. Ltd. is guilty of various claims in a suit accusing it of economic espionage in a trade secrets case.

  • February 28, 2024

    SPAC Investor Says Energy Co. Merger Was Overhyped

    An investor of blank-check company Star Peak Energy Transition Corp. has sued several of its current and former directors and controllers, alleging the defendants protected their buy-ins while leaving public investors to suffer losses after the company merged with an energy storage company.

  • February 28, 2024

    Google Seeks Sanctions For Ex-Employee's Atty Conduct

    Tech behemoth Google LLC asked a Texas federal court Tuesday to sanction its former worker in the latest tit-for-tat in an ongoing age and gender discrimination suit, saying the former employee's attorneys had engaged in a "blatant attempt to harass and bully opposing counsel and witnesses."

  • February 28, 2024

    Meta Trims BIPA Voiceprint Privacy Suit, For Now

    A California federal judge pared some claims from a proposed class action claiming Meta Platforms Inc. violates Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act by unlawfully using voice recordings created by users of its Facebook and Messenger platforms, but allowed the plaintiff to amend claims that the social media giant profited from and improperly stored her data.

  • February 28, 2024

    Google Attys' 'Fake Privilege' Comments Cited In Search Suit

    The U.S. Justice Department and states accusing Google of monopolizing the online-search market have asked a D.C. federal judge to consider internal chats disclosed in Epic Games' antitrust lawsuit that revealed Google's lawyers discussing "fake privilege" — a practice of unnecessarily involving a lawyer to make an exchange confidential.

  • February 28, 2024

    Attys To Receive $291K After LendingTree Data Breach Deal

    Attorneys representing a proposed class of consumers in a data breach suit against online lending marketplace LendingTree will receive over $291,000 for their work brokering an $875,000 settlement, a North Carolina federal judge has decided.

  • February 28, 2024

    Michigan Atty, Trump Ally, In Default For Avoiding Pay Suit

    A default judgment was entered against a Michigan attorney known for pushing former President Donald Trump's unfounded voter fraud claims after a cybersecurity company said she didn't respond to 40 attempts to serve her with a lawsuit claiming that she didn't pay for voting machine inspections. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Insurance Agency Says It Wasn't Told Of Airbnb Shooting Suits

    A Pennsylvania insurance agency accused of concealing that a Pittsburgh Airbnb property was subject to numerous lawsuits over a mass shooting has claimed that the property owner never revealed the problems when shopping for a new policy, so it wasn't the agency's fault when the new insurer canceled coverage.

Expert Analysis

  • What's At Stake In Pending Fed. Circ. Design Patent Test Case

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    The full Federal Circuit recently heard argument in LKQ v. GM Global, a case concerning patent obviousness in the aftermarket for auto parts; the court's decision will likely influence how design patents are obtained, enforced and challenged, and affect the broader innovation ecosystem, says Larry DeMeo at Hunton.

  • NYC Workplace AI Regulation Has Been Largely Insignificant

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    Though a Cornell University study suggests that a New York City law intended to regulate artificial intelligence in the workplace has had an underwhelming impact, the law may still help shape the city's future AI regulation efforts, say Reid Skibell and Nathan Ades at Glenn Agre.

  • 2 Emerging Defenses For Website Tracking Class Actions

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    Putative class actions premised on state wiretapping statutes that bar website activity tracking continue to be on the rise, but they are increasingly being dismissed on two procedural grounds, says Sheri Pan at ZwillGen.

  • No AI FRAUD Act Is A Significant Step For Right Of Publicity

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    The No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications Act's proposed federal right of publicity protection, including post-mortem rights, represents a significant step toward harmonizing the landscape of right of publicity law, Rachel Hofstatter and Aaron Rosenthal at Honigman.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Keeping Up With Class Actions: Data Breach Litigation In Flux

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    In this monthly look at notable class action decisions, Gerald Maatman at Duane Morris examines a recent mixed-bag data breach ruling from an Illinois federal court — in the context of case law developments over the last year — which illustrates the range of issues confronting litigants going forward.

  • Considerations For Disclosing AI Use In SEC Filings

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    Recent remarks from U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler should be heard as a clarion call for public companies to disclose artificial intelligence use, with four takeaways on what companies should disclose, says Richard Hong at Morrison Cohen.

  • Averting Patent And Other IP Risks In Generative AI Use

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    While leveraging generative AI presents potential problems such as loss of ownership of patents and other intellectual properties, a series of practice tips, including ensuring that the technology is used as a supplementary tool and is not contributing to invention conception, can help mitigate those concerns, say Mackenzie Martin and Bryce Bailey at Baker McKenzie.

  • After TikTok, Tiptoeing Toward Patent Transfer Alignment

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    Following the Fifth Circuit's TikTok decision, which aimed to standardize transfer analysis in patent cases, the Federal Circuit and Texas federal courts facing transfer requests have taken small steps to consider the practical realities of patent litigation, reinforcing the intensely factual focus of the analysis, says Charles Fowler at McKool Smith.

  • New Hydrogen Regulations Show The Need For IP Protections

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    The introduction of hydrogen regulations, such as the IRS' proposed tax credit for clean hydrogen under the Inflation Reduction Act, are reshaping the competitive landscape, with intellectual property rights an area of increased emphasis, say Evan Glass and James De Vellis at Foley & Lardner.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Gulf Cooperation Council

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    The Gulf Cooperation Council is in the early stages of ESG policy implementation, but recent commitments by both states and corporations — including increases in sustainable finance transactions, environmental commitments, female representation on boards and human rights enforcement — show continuing progress toward broader ESG goals, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Steps For Companies New To Sanctions Compliance

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    Businesses newly required to implement compliance programs due to the increased breadth of mandatory sanctions and export controls, including 500 additional Russia sanctions announced last Friday, should closely follow the guidance issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and other regulators, say Jennifer Schubert and Megan Church at MoloLamken.

  • Using Arbitration And Class Waivers As Privacy Suit Tools

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    Amid a surge in data breach class actions over the last few years, several federal court decisions indicate that arbitration clauses and class action waiver provisions can be possible alternatives to public court battles and potentially reduce the costs of privacy litigation, say Mark Olthoff and Courtney Klaus at Polsinelli.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

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