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Through integrating Covington’s extensive regulatory and policy, transactional, intellectual property and litigation expertise, we have a thorough understanding of the business and legal issues affecting companies operating in the internet and e-commerce sector. Our attorneys have represented leading internet companies on a broad range of issues including corporate transactions, intellectual property enforcement, and privacy and data security.
In addition, our internet enforcement practice has been devising and executing strategies to combat online piracy and fraud for nearly a decade on behalf of many of the world’s leading organizations, including Fortune 500 companies.
Representation of a major online company in responding to a security incident affecting the credit card information of more than 200,000 customers, including regulatory inquiries. The matter was resolved without any regulatory enforcement action.
Representation of a leading online company through advising on instituting global policies and procedures to comply with law enforcement demands for data consistent with best practice privacy principles.
Representation of a leading internet broker as complainant in a DOJ investigation of restrictive multiple listing service access rules that resulted in a consent decree preserving the client’s ability to compete.
Representation of Ariba in securing a jury verdict, including a finding that two patents involving online auction technology were valid and infringed.
Representation of one of the largest providers of telecommunications services in Asia in a DOJ investigation of alleged collusion with respect to termination rates charged to US carriers. The government ultimately closed the investigation and took no action against our client.
Represented Pearl Mobile DTV in establishing a nine-company venture to provide Mobile Digital Television services in the United States. Covington led the negotiations leading to the creation of the Pearl Mobile DTV venture, the negotiation of content license agreements, and public policy efforts before Congress and at the White House and the FCC.
Representation of Facebook, Inc. in many transactions, including its $22 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, $2 billion acquisition of Oculus, and $1 billion acquisition of Instagram.