Micron Technology Inc. willfully infringed a pair of Netlist computer memory patents, a Texas federal jury determined Thursday, saying the chipmaker owes $425 million in damages for one patent and $20 million for the other.
Law360
Technology
SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2024 Law360 iOS App Law360 Android App Follow Law360 on Facebook Follow Law360 on LinkedIn Follow Law360 on Twitter

TOP NEWS

Micron Owes $445M In Netlist Chip Patent Case, Jury Says

By Lauren Berg

Micron Technology Inc. willfully infringed a pair of Netlist computer memory patents, a Texas federal jury determined Thursday, saying the chipmaker owes $425 million in damages for one patent and $20 million for the other.

2 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

'I Just Don't Buy It': Judge Rips Google's Injunction Argument

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal judge considering the scope of a potential injunction against Google following Epic Games' antitrust jury trial win told Google's economist Thursday that the tech giant keeps arguing that more app store options for consumers will create a "terrifying world of chaos and anarchy," but "I just don't buy it."

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

FTC Blasts Amazon's 'Unbelievable' Claims About Signal Use

By Hailey Konnath

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday again pressed a Washington federal court to force Amazon to hand over documents regarding the company's communication preservation practices, calling Amazon's claims that executives never used the encrypted app Signal to discuss business practices relevant to the antitrust fight "unbelievable."

3 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Analysis

DOJ Has A Long Set To Play Against Live Nation-Ticketmaster

By Bryan Koenig

The U.S. Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit announced Thursday against Live Nation and Ticketmaster's dominance over performing artists, venues and tickets may have been 14 years in the making, but it still has a long road ahead in New York federal court.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

DOJ Sues Live Nation 14 Years After Ticketmaster Deal

By Bryan Koenig

The U.S. Department of Justice sued Live Nation Thursday over the 2010 agreement clearing the concert promotion giant's purchase of Ticketmaster, an oft-maligned deal that enforcers now want to unwind and that is blamed for fiascoes like the meltdown of ticket sales for Taylor Swift's Eras tour.

Complaint attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Latham, Cravath Rep Live Nation In DOJ Ticketmaster Battle

By Hannah Albarazi

In the battle against the U.S. Department of Justice's push to break up Live Nation and Ticketmaster, the concert promotion and ticketing company has called upon a team of attorneys at Cravath Swaine & Moore and Latham & Watkins to go up against a large roster of highly experienced government antitrust attorneys.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Sunsetting Section 230 Gains Traction On Both Sides Of Aisle

By Nadia Dreid

Everyone at Wednesday's House subcommittee hearing, from left to right, seemed to agree that it's time to ditch the Communications Decency Act's hotly contested Section 230, which shields online platforms from liability for content posted by third parties.

Memorandum attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Ex-Autonomy CEO Lynch Takes Stand In 'Surreal' Fraud Trial

By Bonnie Eslinger

Autonomy founder Michael Lynch took the stand Thursday in a criminal trial in California federal court over claims he lied to HP about his software company's financial health before the tech giant paid $11.7 billion for it in 2011, saying the trial has been "surreal" and he didn't set out to defraud HP.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

TikTok, YouTube Must Produce European Privacy Data In MDL

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal magistrate judge overseeing discovery in multidistrict litigation over whether social media platforms' design is addictive ordered TikTok and YouTube on Thursday to give American personal injury plaintiffs certain technical documents regarding the companies' safety features implemented in Europe and Australia, which have tougher consumer privacy laws.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Apple Investor Again Seeks Green Light For $490M Settlement

By Emilie Ruscoe

An Apple Inc. investor has asked a California federal judge to revisit a $490 million settlement deal that would end claims the tech giant misled investors about iPhone sales in China, telling the court that it had addressed the judge's critique that parts of the relevant filings were "convoluted."

Brief attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Old Case Can't Nix $181M AT&T, Nokia Verdict, Fed. Circ. Told

By Adam Lidgett

Finesse Wireless LLC pushed back at the Federal Circuit against AT&T and Nokia's appeal of a more than $181 million verdict in Texas federal court for infringing Finesse's patents on reducing radio frequency interference, saying the companies' reliance on a 140-year-old Supreme Court case was misplaced.

Brief attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Man Behind NH Primary Deepfake Faces Charges, FCC Fines

By Christopher Cole

The Democratic consultant accused of making robocalls with a cloned voice of President Joe Biden discouraging voters from taking part in the New Hampshire primary faces a state indictment on 13 felony voter suppression charges and $6 million in potential federal fines.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

POLICY & REGULATION

House Panel Moves Data Privacy Bill, While Vowing Revisions

By Allison Grande

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Thursday advanced a bipartisan proposal to create a nationwide framework for how companies use and share consumers' personal information, despite lawmakers on both sides of the aisle acknowledging that more work needs to be done to further refine the measure.

3 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

House Panel Pushes AM Radio Bill Forward

By Nadia Dreid

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle came together to bump a popular proposal to prevent automakers from removing AM radios from their vehicles through to the full committee, with the bill sailing through markup Thursday morning.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

FCC Aims To Reduce Risk From China-Controlled Test Labs

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission pushed Thursday for new rules to prevent foreign adversaries, mainly the Chinese Communist Party, from playing a role in testing and certifying communications equipment in the U.S. market.

1 document attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

AT&T Stands To Gain Billions From 4.9 GHz, Report Says

By Jared Foretek

A group representing Verizon and T-Mobile is renewing its effort to stop AT&T-affiliate FirstNet from gaining further control of the 4.9 gigahertz public safety band, this time arguing that AT&T stands to gain over $3 billion worth of spectrum if the Federal Communications Commission extends FirstNet's authority.

Letter attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

LITIGATION

Sonos Gets Fed. Circ. To Affirm Axed Google Patent Claims

By Andrew Karpan

Google failed on Thursday to persuade Federal Circuit judges to breathe new life into patent claims the tech giant has asserted in its legal fight with the Sonos speaker brand.

Opinion attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Judge Won't Strike $12.5M Suit Over LifeWallet Software

By Carolina Bolado

A Florida judge refused Thursday to strike a lawsuit accusing John Ruiz and his company, MSP Recovery, of failing to pay $12.5 million promised for LifeWallet software, finding that Ruiz had not met his burden of showing the lawsuit was a sham.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Bungie Cheat Code Sellers Dinged At Trial For Deleting Docs

By Rachel Riley

A Seattle federal judge overseeing a trial of Bungie's copyright claims against a group of cheat code sellers instructed jurors Thursday that the defendants intentionally destroyed evidence by deleting records they had a duty to preserve once they were aware of the game studio's claims.

1 document attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

NFL Says Unsolicited-Text Suit Belongs In Arbitration

By Elaine Briseño

The NFL wants to force into arbitration a lawsuit filed by a New York woman frustrated with her inability to stop unwanted text messages from the football organization, citing a binding agreement she consented to when registering to receive notifications about the 2023 draft.

Memorandum attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

AdTech Co. Faces Suit As Google's Cookie Support Crumbles

By Emilie Ruscoe

Advertising company Direct Digital Holdings Inc. faces a proposed investor class action alleging it mismanaged its response to an impending major technological change affecting how digital advertisers can target consumers.

Complaint attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Resignation Letter Bylaws Targeted In Five Del. Class Actions

By Leslie A. Pappas

General Motors Co. is among the latest targets of new bylaw-focused litigation from Abbott Cooper PLLC and Block & Leviton LLP, one of five companies in a series of lawsuits in Delaware's Chancery Court that seek to invalidate an "irrevocable resignation requirement" in company bylaws.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

DEALS

Just 57% Of Complex Global Deals Closed Since 2020

By Al Barbarino

About 43% of complex cross-border global deals have failed to close since the start of 2020, while the remaining 57% did close but were highly likely to involve remedies, according to a new report from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Skadden-Led Hg Buys Risk Platform Co. AuditBoard For $3B

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

Cooley LLP-advised AuditBoard Inc. on Thursday announced that it has agreed to be bought by European software and services business investor Hg Capital, guided by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, in a deal valued at over $3 billion.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Virtual Reality Startup's $150M SPAC Merger Is Scrapped

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

Blank-check company Maquia Capital Acquisition Corp. and virtual reality software provider Immersaid have mutually agreed to cancel their planned merger that would have taken Immersed public at an estimated $150 million valuation.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

Joint Venture Says Defense Agency Errors Thwarted Contract

By Rae Ann Varona

An Alabama joint venture hauled the U.S. government into the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging it was shut out of a Missile Defense Agency deal due to multiple errors the agency made when assessing the joint venture.

Complaint attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

BANKRUPTCY

FTX Judge Declines To Undo Ch. 11 Digital Claim Estimation

By Vince Sullivan

The judge overseeing the Chapter 11 case of cryptocurrency exchange FTX Trading Ltd. on Thursday denied a request to vacate an earlier ruling allowing the debtor to estimate the claims of creditors holding digital assets based on their petition date value, saying the party seeking to undo the order had not provided any new evidence to justify the action.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

ENFORCEMENT

Feds Score Discovery Pause In SEC Suit Against CoinDeal

By Katryna Perera

A Michigan federal judge on Thursday granted the federal government's motion to intervene and stay discovery in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit alleging a group of individuals and businesses duped investors out of more than $45 million through a CoinDeal investment fraud scheme.

2 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Proposed Semiconductor Buy Ban May Rattle Supply Chains

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council's recent proposed rulemaking clarifies plans to ban government purchases of semiconductors from certain Chinese companies, creating uncertainty around how contractors will be able to adjust supply chains that are already burdened and contracted to capacity, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

Notice attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Tips For Companies Tapping Into Commercial Cleantech

A recent report from the European Patent Office and European Investment Bank examining the global financing and commercialization of cleantech innovation necessary for the green energy transition can help companies understand and solve the issues in developing and implementing the full potential of cleantech, says Eleanor Maciver at Mewburn Ellis.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Compliance Considerations For New Data Protection Law

Sam Castic at Hintze Law discusses how to determine if your organization is covered by the newly enacted Protecting Americans' Data from Foreign Adversaries Act, the scope of the law's restrictions, and how to go about compliance as its June 23 effective date approaches.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Patent Lessons From 4 Federal Circuit Reversals In April

Four Federal Circuit decisions in April that reversed or vacated underlying rulings provide a number of takeaways, including that obviousness analysis requires a flexible approach, that an invalidity issue of an expired patent can be moot, and more, say Denise De Mory and Li Guo at Bunsow De Mory.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

The State Of Play In DEI And ESG 1 Year After Harvard Ruling

Almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, attorney general scrutiny of environmental, social and governance-related efforts indicates a potential path for corporate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to be targeted, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Meet Biden's Latest Pennsylvania Picks For District Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio & Matthew Santoni

President Joe Biden has continued his trend of nominating public defenders to the federal bench, this time selecting two longtime defense attorneys to occupy vacancies in Pennsylvania.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

DOJ's Live Nation-Ticketmaster Suit: What You Should Know

The U.S. Department of Justice and a slew of state attorneys general filed a suit challenging the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Here, catch up on Law360's coverage of the deal and those who have challenged it along the way – Taylor Swift fans, investors and regulators.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Exiled Chinese Businessman Is No $1B Fraudster, Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

Exiled Chinese businessman and purported billionaire Guo Wengui ran legitimate companies in support of a broad movement that opposed the Chinese Communist Party, his attorney told a Manhattan federal jury Friday, rather than what prosecutors say was a multifaceted $1 billion fraud.

Letter attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Menendez, Kasowitz Firm Spar Over Subpoena To Cooperator

By Elliot Weld

Amid his bribery trial, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is urging a Manhattan federal judge to order a government cooperator to turn over communications involving his current counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and his former attorneys.

2 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

McElroy Deutsch Seeks Win Against Ex-CFO After Guilty Plea

By Rose Krebs

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP is urging a New Jersey state court to order its former chief financial officer to pay roughly $1.5 million damages for "unauthorized compensation" he paid himself and force him to disgorge $5.4 million in pay he received from the firm.

Motion attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says He Was Denied A Fair Ethics Hearing

By Alison Knezevich

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was denied a fair hearing in his Washington, D.C., ethics case and should not face punishment, he told an attorney disciplinary committee in a Thursday filing.

Brief attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Antitrust law took center stage this week as college general counsel try to figure out the what and how of paying student athletes under a new court ruling, and the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to break up the entertainment venue dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Promo that reads Law360 2024 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar Promo that reads Law360 Pulse 2024 AI Survey

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

ARM Holdings PLC

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Alcoa Corp.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Economic Liberties Project

American Hotel & Lodging Association

Amgen Inc.

Apple Inc.

Association of National Advertisers Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

BlackRock Inc.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp.

British Broadcasting Corp.

ByteDance Ltd.

CVS Health Corp.

Center for Democracy & Technology

ChangXin Memory Technologies Inc.

Corteva Inc.

Cox Communications Inc.

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

DuPont de Nemours Inc.

EMCOR Group Inc.

Electronic Arts Inc.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Emerson Electric Co.

Epic Games Inc.

Evolent Health Inc.

Ferrari SpA

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

GXO Logistics Inc.

General Dynamics Corp.

General Motors Co.

Gilardi & Company LLC

Glencore PLC

Google LLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Horizon Therapeutics PLC

Icertis Inc.

Illumina Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

JetBlue Airways Corp.

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

Knife River Corp.

LifeWallet

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

Micron Technology Inc.

Microsoft Corp.

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

NASDAQ Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

NFL Enterprises LLC

NVIDIA Corp.

National Association of Broadcasters

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Retail Federation Inc.

Nokia Corp.

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

Peloton Interactive Inc.

Penguin Random House LLC

PetroChina Company Limited

Polycom Inc.

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Roblox Corp.

Sanmina Corp.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

SentinelOne Inc.

Simon & Schuster Inc.

Snap Inc.

SoftBank Group Corp.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Sonos Inc.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Spectrum Management Holding Co.

Spirit Airlines Inc.

Spotify Technology SA

StubHub Inc.

Sumitomo Pharma Co. Ltd.

Swissport International Ltd.

T-Mobile US Inc.

Tesla Inc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

The Brattle Group Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The New York Times Co.

TikTok Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

University of Virginia

Volkswagen AG

Walmart Inc.

Wells Fargo & Co.

YouTube Inc.

Zuora Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Abbott Cooper PLLC

Baker Botts

Bird Marella

Block & Leviton

Bunsow De Mory

Burnham & Gorokhov

C.A. Goldberg PLLC

Caldwell Carlson

Clement & Murphy

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Cooley LLP

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

DWF LLP

Dapeer Law

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Dentons

Dimond Kaplan

Duane Morris

Eversheds Sutherland

Fieldfisher

Finnegan

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Friedman PA

Gateley PLC

Gellert Scali

Gibbs Law Group

Greenberg Traurig

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Hausfeld LLP

Haynes & Boone

Hill Dickinson

Hintze Law

Hiraldo PA

Holland & Knight

Homer Bonner

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

Irell & Manella

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

Kendall Law Group PLLC

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Labaton Keller

Landis Rath

Latham & Watkins

Law Offices of Allan M. Lerner

Lieff Cabraser

Marino Tortorella

Maynard Nexsen

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

MoloLamken

Morgan Lewis

Munger Tolles

Orrick Herrington

Pallas Partners

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Penningtons Manches

Perkins Coie

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Robbins Geller

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Skadden Arps

Smith Gambrell

Spencer Fane

Steptoe LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell

Susman Godfrey

VanOverbeke Michaud

Ward Smith

Ward and Smith

Weil Gotshal

Welsh & Recker

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bureau of Industry and Security

Companies House

Delaware Court of Chancery

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Commission

European Union

Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Missile Defense Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Labor Relations Board

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court