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Is Apple’s Shazam acquisition the next Facebook-Instagram-Whatsapp?

by Bryan Cave on

On 6 February 2018, the EU Commission announced that it had accepted a referral request from a number of EU countries to assess Apple’s acquisition of Shazam, a UK based developer and distributor of music recognition...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As we hold our breaths at the opening bell to see if last week’s volatility continues, we consider the impact of computer-driven index funds on that market rollercoaster....more

California Court of Appeal Confirms that There is Only One Standard for the Admission of Expert Testimony and that Expert Opinion...

Deciding an issue of first impression, the California Court of Appeal issued a writ of mandate confirming that there is only one standard for the admissibility of expert opinion in California, and that standard applies when...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Even as JPMorgan has set the playing field for his successor (Daniel Pinto v. Gordon Smith, FYI), head honcho Jamie Dimon is making it clear that he’s not about to go anywhere anytime soon....more

Disruptive Forces: Antitrust in 2018

Disruptive Forces 2 - - Netflix – a threat to broadcast and cable TV operators? - Amazon – a threat to grocery and retail more broadly? - Apple and Facebook – a threat to would-be rivals? - Google – a threat to...more

What Does Tax Reform Mean for Retail?

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

We all know now that the federal corporate tax rate for many retailers is dropping this year from an industry effective average rate of 32.9% to 21%, as a result of changes implemented by the so-called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

EU regulatory officials have fined chipmaker Qualcomm $1.2 billion after a 2-year investigation into anti-competition allegations involving payments made to Apple....more

SEC’s Mixed Guidance on Apple Environmental and Human Rights Shareholder Proposals Provides Clarification on CSR Proposals

Recent, seemingly disparate action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with respect to two shareholder proposals may leave companies and shareholders confused as to whether companies may exclude shareholder...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

NYSE owner Intercontinental Exchange is looking to do the as-yet inconceivable: bring some order to cryptocurrencies. The plan, announced yesterday, is to launch a data feed that pull info from cryptocurrency exchanges around...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Dow closed above 26k yesterday for the first time on what some are dubbing the FOMO rally or the “melt-up” market....more

Have you ever used a one-click ordering process online? Then you indirectly paid Amazon.

If you purchased anything from a website using a one-click purchase button, you indirectly paid Amazon for that ability, at least up until September 11, 2017 when Amazon’s patent to this technology expired. As a result,...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

China has put the kibosh on micro-lending, a move that has cut short not just the consumer loans themselves but the giant asset-backed securities market—a $37 billion industry in China last year alone. The new curbs have had...more

California Court of Appeal Holds that Demand Futility Must be Reassessed at Time of Filing of Amended Complaint

In Apple Inc. v. Superior Court, No. H044133, 2017 WL 6275830 (Cal. App. Dec. 11, 2017), the California Court of Appeal, Sixth District, considered whether a plaintiff asserting a shareholder derivative lawsuit must plead...more

Apple Now Requires Disclosure of Loot Box Odds

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Apple’s App Store rules now require app developers to disclose the odds of receiving items from in-game “loot boxes” prior to giving players a chance to purchase the boxes. This is the first time a U.S. gaming platform has...more

SEC Denies No Action Request Despite Board Analysis under SLB 14I

Apple sought to exclude a shareholder proposal regarding the establishment of a Human Rights Committee on the basis that it involved the company’s ordinary business operations under Rule 14a-8(i)(7)....more

Apple Requires Disclosure of Odds for Loot Boxes

Apple just announced a number of changes to its App Store Review Guidelines, including the requirement that apps offering “loot boxes” or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Apple has pushed an update to iOS 11.2 to its users. Users should consider pushing any updates that are recommended by the manufacturer, as there is usually a reason behind the update, and many times it is to fix a...more

HomeKit Vulnerability: One More Reason to Accept New iOS 11.2

Apple has pushed an update to iOS 11.2 to its users. Users should consider pushing any updates that are recommended by the manufacturer, as there is usually a reason behind the update, and many times it is to fix a...more

FDA Clears First Apple Watch Medical Device Accessory

by Knobbe Martens on

The FDA recently cleared the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch — AliveCor’s KardiaBand. According to AliveCor, the Kardiaband is a mobile, real-time electrocardiogram (EKG) reader that can record an EKG...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Bitcoin futures started trading yesterday for the first time prompting concerns about the volatility of the cryptocurrency that prompted several exchange outages due to 10%+ swings in its price as well as heavy website...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews on Broadcom’s threat to Qualcomm’s board in the form of a slate of 11 director nominees for the company it has, so far, unsuccessfully attempted to purchase....more

CBP Takes Measures to Enforce Ban on Imports Made With Forced Labor and Sanctions for Forced North Korean Labor in Supply Chains

On November 22, 2017, Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) released a statement confirming reports that its major supplier in China, Foxconn Technology Group (“Foxconn”) has used illegal student labor to assemble the latest version of the...more

Apple Seeks to Exclude Shareholder Proposal Based on Board Process in SLB 14I

In the closely watch area of shareholder proposals, Apple is seeking to exclude a shareholder proposal regarding the establishment of a Human Rights Committee because it involves the company’s ordinary business operations...more

Indirect Purchasers Cannot Sue Qualcomm Under Federal Law, But State Law Claims Survive

A federal judge in California has refused to allow indirect purchasers of semiconductor chips—i.e., cell phone consumers—to bring claims against Qualcomm under federal antitrust law....more

The Boundary Layer Between Law and Technology in the Connected Society

by Zapproved LLC on

If someone said to me, “You have to choose one phrase to describe the last couple of decades of world history, what would it be?” I would have very little trouble answering that question. I would describe the last couple of...more

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