Case and Legislative Updates

Judge Vince Chhabria, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

District Judge, Set to Rule on Online Actor-Age Law, Spars With Its Defenders

By Ross Todd |

U.S District Judge Vince Chhabria made clear Thursday morning that he thought the law violated the First Amendment, although he held off ruling from the bench.

Ericsson, TCL Battle Over FRAND Patents in 'Cutting-Edge' Case

By Scott Graham |

TCL is asking Judge James Selna to set a FRAND rate and award damages for Ericsson's alleged breach of FRAND commitments.

Microsoft Offers 'Umbrella' to Customers Sued Over Azure Cloud Innovations

By Scott Graham |

Microsoft will make 10,000 patents available to customers who face lawsuits over innovations that run on Azure.

Pokemon Go

Gamers Hope a Snapchat Lawsuit Will Drive Pokémon GO Back to Full Functionality

By Richard Binder |

A recent decision in a lawsuit against Snapchat has Pokémon GO players buzzing.

In PACER Suit, a Class Action Even Defense Lawyers Can Love

By Amanda Bronstad |

The case alleges that the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system overcharges for online access to court dockets and documents.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington.

SEC's Yahoo Data Breach Probe Could Set a Precedent, Defense Lawyers Say

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Attorneys say Yahoo’s situation underscores challenges public companies face knowing what to say in their disclosures and when to say it.

Alan Dershowitz.

Tempers Fray as Dershowitz Argues Forced Sale of TransPerfect is Unconstitutional Taking

By Tom McParland |

The translation and discovery technology company, used heavily in legal, is at the center of a dispute between former co-founders Liz Elting and Phil Shawe.

UC Irvine School of Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Chemerinsky on the ‘Astounding Time’ in Supreme Court History, its Stance on Technology

By Zach Warren |

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, will be the January 31 keynote speaker at the Legaltech portion of Legalweek the Experience.

IRS Probe of Bitcoin Accounts Sparks Legal Showdown

By Ross Todd |

The Coinbase case could be "the first major tax case for the industry."

Amazon Echo.

Search Warrants for IoT Data Spur Legal, Privacy Complications

By Ricci Dipshan |

Law enforcement attempts to access Amazon Echo raise questions over the viability of IoT data in investigations and the vulnerability of private information.

Justices Ground Startup Flytenow, the 'Uber of the Sky'

By Marcia Coyle |

Flytenow argued that pilots using Flytenow’s online platform are not “common carriers” who must satisfy more stringent aviation rules.

Ashley Madison website.

Ashley Madison Data Breach Claims Should Be Arbitrated, Company Says

By Amanda Bronstad |

The plaintiffs counter Avid’s “shoddy record-keeping practices” made it difficult to know whether the plaintiffs signed arbitration agreements.

Pokemon Go.

Pokemon, Go? Augmented Reality Technology Faces Legal Reckonings in 2017

By Ricci Dipshan |

Clarity on Pokémon Go’s pending legal and privacy challenges, as well as underlying intellectual property concerns, will define augmented reality’s trajectory in the near future.

Apple Gets Temporary Victory With Touchscreen Patent

By Scott Graham |

The court said the patent office failed to sufficiently explain why Apple’s method for reconfiguring touchscreen icons is unpatentable due to obviousness.

Data Breaches, Augmented Reality Among Top California Cases to Watch in 2017

By Ben Hancock and Ross Todd |

The Yahoo and Pokemon Go cases could have far-reaching implications for tech companies.

Facebook Post Dashes Woman's Med Mal Suit

By Max Mitchell |

Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan cited two Facebook posts that undercut the plaintiff's statute of limitations argument.

Google Settles Privacy Suit Over Gmail Scanning

By Ross Todd |

The company agreed to implement changes to its email processing practices to settle claims on behalf of non-Gmail subscribers.

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TCCWNA Class Claims and the Continuing Question of Article III Standing

By By Deborah Renner, Baker & Hostetler, and Kimberly Kalmanson, Kalmanson Law Office |

Does the TCCWNA statute have teeth in a post-'Spokeo' world in which injury is required for Article III standing? A look at recent cases.

FRCP Amendments Dominate 2016 Federal E-Discovery Cases, Report Finds

By Ricci Dipshan |

A Kroll Ontrack report highlights how many 2016 opinions sought to better educate attorneys on proportionality, and fine-tune ESI preservation processes.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Apple Loses to Samsung in Supreme Court Design Patent Case

By Tony Mauro |

The nine-page decision puts to an end for now the $399 million awarded to Apple for Samsung’s design infringement.