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  • July 19, 2018

    DOI, North Fork Tribe Beat Group's Casino Challenge

    A California federal judge tossed a suit challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to approve the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians’ casino project, saying the department didn’t violate federal law when it issued procedures allowing the tribe to offer gambling without a tribal-state compact in place.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ex-RIAA Exec Joins Coblentz Patch IP Practice

    The Recording Industry Association of America's former senior vice president of litigation and legal affairs is joining the San Francisco-based Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP as a partner, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Tribe Pushes To Revive Casino Suit Against Wis., Ho-Chunk

    The Stockbridge-Munsee Community pressed the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to revive its lawsuit seeking to block the Ho-Chunk Nation’s casino expansion plans, saying the suit’s claims are timely and that the Ho-Chunk and the state of Wisconsin are seeking to shield that tribe’s gambling revenues.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ligado's Satellite 5G Network Should Commence, FCC Hears

    The wireless industry is ratcheting up pressure for the Federal Communications Commission to approve Ligado Networks LLC’s proposed licensing changes that would enable a massive satellite broadband network supporting the rollout of 5G and "internet of things" applications.

  • July 19, 2018

    FCC To Probe If Sinclair Clouded Tribune Divestiture Deal

    The Federal Communications Commission plans to probe whether Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. obscured that it would effectively retain control of three divested stations in its acquisition of Tribune Media Co., according to a hearing designation order that was officially released Thursday afternoon.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ex-CBS Radio Worker Says WFAN Let Host Harass Her

    A former CBS Radio advertising account executive has accused the company and its new owner of cultivating a sexist work environment at New York-area sports station WFAN, letting host Joseph Benigno harass her and using a fight that broke out in the network’s suite during last year’s Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather boxing bout as an excuse to fire her.

  • July 19, 2018

    Inside The Interlocked Bid Wars Of Comcast, Disney And Fox

    Comcast has called it quits in its challenge to Disney's takeover of 21st Century Fox's film and TV assets as it pulled ahead in a separate bidding war with 21st Century Fox over British telecom giant Sky, in the latest turn in the two intertwined takeover battles.

  • July 19, 2018

    GOP Rep. Floats Bill To Codify FCC Draft Item Releases

    Illinois GOP House lawmaker Adam Kinzinger introduced legislation on Thursday that would force the Federal Communications Commission to publish draft documents on its website at least three weeks ahead of any vote, calling it a drive toward "transparency, efficiency and accountability."

  • July 19, 2018

    Verizon Slams 'Cramming' Claims Before the FCC

    Verizon has urged the Federal Communications Commission to dismiss a "cramming" complaint accusing the company of adding services that a commercial client never signed up for, saying that even though the document never states which charges were inaccurate, Verizon has gone ahead and issued credits to the customer.

  • July 19, 2018

    Kim Kardashian's Perfume Line Targeted in Trademark Spat

    A Chicago-based marketing company has sued Kim Kardashian West's fragrance line in Illinois federal court, claiming the reality star's new perfume "Vibes" infringes the company's trademarked name and logo.

  • July 19, 2018

    Comcast Drops Competing Fox Bid To Focus On Sky Deal

    Comcast on Thursday bowed out of a bidding war with Disney over a suite of 21st Century Fox’s assets, saying it would instead turn its full focus on its planned $34 billion takeover of British telecom giant Sky.

  • July 18, 2018

    BladeRoom Wants Emerson IP After $30M Trade Secrets Win

    BladeRoom Group Ltd. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to block Emerson Electric Co. from peddling data center components created using its stolen trade secrets and reassign a patent related to the building technology on top of the $30 million verdict it won at trial.

  • July 18, 2018

    DOJ Seeks Accelerated Appeal Of AT&T-Time Warner Tie-Up

    The government on Wednesday asked the D.C. Circuit to fast-track its appeal of a district court ruling rejecting its antitrust challenge to AT&T Inc.’s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc., asking the court for an accelerated schedule that would see briefing complete by Oct. 18.

  • July 18, 2018

    Boston Herald Can't Give Reporters Libel Releases In Ch. 11

    Third-party releases proposed under the Chapter 11 plan of Herald Media Holdings Inc. aimed at protecting reporters and other editorial employees from defamation and libel suits failed to gain court approval Wednesday when a bankruptcy judge determined the employees weren’t contributing enough to the case to justify the releases.

  • July 18, 2018

    Hospital's Suit Over Doc's 'Tasteless' Video Promo Revived

    A Pennsylvania appeals court Wednesday revived part of a hospital's defamation suit over what it says is a tasteless promotional video pitching a staff plastic surgeon's proposed reality show about his adventures in vaginal reconstruction.

  • July 18, 2018

    Judge Pulls 180 On Controversial LA Times Censorship Order

    The Los Angeles Times restored details to a story Tuesday after a California federal judge lifted an order blocking the publication of information from a police officer’s sealed corruption plea agreement that was accidentally made public on PACER.

  • July 18, 2018

    DirecTV Customer Seeks Cert. Against Law Firm, Auditor

    A small-business owner and DirecTV LLC customer who allegedly faced extortion efforts from a law firm and a telecom auditing company moved for class certification Tuesday in New Jersey federal court covering nearly 250 state businesses that purportedly received shakedown letters from the defendants.

  • July 18, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: IHeartMedia, Astellas, Aramco

    Silver Lake reportedly approached iHeartMedia about making a $500 million investment, Astellas Pharma is mulling a deal to sell a portion of its European assets, and Aramco is eyeing a stake in chemicals company SABIC.

  • July 18, 2018

    CBRS Sharing Tech Could Have Wider Uses, FCC's Carr Says

    Technology in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service band that can divert traffic to unused gaps in the airwaves is under experiment and could be used more widely if it proves successful, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told a Washington, D.C., audience Wednesday.

  • July 18, 2018

    MGM Sues More Las Vegas Shooting Victims

    Amid online outrage over its suit last week, MGM Resorts International doubled down Tuesday on litigation against victims of October’s Mandalay Bay mass shooting in Las Vegas, filing two more suits in Arizona and California claiming that a 2002 anti-terrorism law protects it from liability for victims' injuries.

Expert Analysis

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • AT&T Win May Help Partial Ownership Transactions

    Jon Dubrow

    While U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was careful to note that his opinion in the AT&T-Timer Warner merger trial was narrow, his evaluation of the evidence undercut the government's theoretical economic model in a way that may have broader applications, says John Dubrow of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Fewer Remedies In Calif. For Targets Of Defamatory Reviews

    Pooja Nair

    Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court ruled in Hassell v. Bird that Yelp could not be ordered to remove negative reviews of a law firm that were found to be defamatory. While the decision is a victory for internet platforms and websites, the scope of immunity under the Communications Decency Act has not been fully drawn out, says Pooja Nair of TroyGould PC.

  • Employers Must Respond To Weingarten Rights Expansion

    Douglas Darch

    In Circus Circus, the National Labor Relations Board overturned nearly 40 years of precedent in shifting the burden of contacting and obtaining a union representative onto employers when they interview employees suspected of misconduct. Employers should err on the side of caution and extend union representation whenever Weingarten rights may be triggered, says Douglas Darch of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • An Update On Anti-Poach Enforcement And Class Actions

    Robin van der Meulen

    In recent years, no-poach agreements have become subject to close scrutiny both by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and private class action plaintiffs. These cases show that violations of federal antitrust laws can have an immediate and real impact on ordinary people and their livelihoods, say Robin van der Meulen and Brian Morrison of Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.