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  • December 8, 2017

    The Law Firms Of The 2017 MVPs

    Law360's MVP award goes to attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers in litigation, deals and other complex matters. Find the MVPs at your firm here.

  • December 8, 2017

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 78 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2017 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • December 8, 2017

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

    The last week has seen a group of shipping companies sue Oman Insurance Co. PSC, RBC Trustees lodge a claim against UBS Employee Benefits Trust, and offshore law firm Appleby bring a confidential information suit against BBC and the Guardian. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 8, 2017

    Execs' Offshore Funds Flowed To Soccer Boss, Gov't Says

    The owners of Argentinian sports marketing company Full Play Group SA used an offshore company to make payments that wound up going to former CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout, the government sought to show the jury Friday, connecting the offshore company's expenses since 2010 to roughly corresponding payment orders to Napout and his frequent trips to Buenos Aires. 

  • December 8, 2017

    Mellon Sues Altaba To Boost Share Rate For $1.4B In Notes

    BNY Mellon Trust sued Yahoo Inc. successor Altaba Inc. for a 15 percent rise in shares due under a $1.4 billion notes-to-shares conversion agreement in Delaware’s Chancery Court on Friday, saying Yahoo’s sale to Verizon Inc. in June triggered the increase.

  • December 8, 2017

    Manafort’s Extensive Edits To Ukrainian Op-Ed Revealed

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday revealed the extensive changes that Paul Manafort made to an op-ed published in a Ukrainian newspaper in an effort to show that the indicted former Trump campaign manager flouted a media gag order and should be left on house arrest.

  • December 8, 2017

    FERC Member's Online Comments Unethical, Landowner Says

    A landowner affected by the proposed PennEast Pipeline Project said Thursday that a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member and former chairman has been violating ethics rules by posting biased comments on Facebook and should be removed from his position.

  • December 8, 2017

    'Real Housewives' Star Hit With $30M Defamation Suit

    The former business partner of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga has filed a $30 million defamation suit against Gorga, the show's executive producer Andy Cohen and NBC Universal, claiming they falsely accused her in public of stealing merchandise from the boutique she co-owned with Gorga.

  • December 8, 2017

    FCC Says It Won't Release Net Neutrality Comment Logs

    The Federal Communications Commission's general counsel said Thursday the FCC must "respectfully decline" New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's request for information related to comments posted online in the net neutrality rollback proceeding, emphasizing that the commission doesn't solely rely on the comments to make its decisions.

  • December 8, 2017

    Hustler Club Loses $2M Bid To Escape NY Sales Tax

    A New York appeas court upheld a lower court decision Thursday that semi-nude dancing at the Hustler Club in Manhattan was not the type of performance that would exempt it from $2.1 million of sales tax.

  • December 8, 2017

    MGM Touts $675M Casino Proposal To Conn. Lawmakers

    MGM Resorts International wrote to Connecticut’s governor and legislators on Thursday to champion its proposal for a new $675 million resort casino in Bridgeport, saying it welcomes two tribes’ desire to be involved in discussions about bringing a casino to the city because a competitive process would maximize the state’s economic benefits.

  • December 8, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Patent Win, Fees For Yahoo, Twitter, HSBC

    The Federal Circuit on Friday refused to overturn a lower court’s ruling that found Google, Yahoo, HSBC and a laundry list of more than 50 companies did not infringe on fax-to-internet patents with email-based messaging systems and ordered the patent owners to pay attorneys’ fees to the companies for their “lack of candor and transparency” in the proceedings.

  • December 8, 2017

    9th Circ. Mulls 'Moral Right' In ‘Big Pimpin'’ Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Friday pressed an Egyptian composer's nephew who claims the Jay-Z song "Big Pimpin'" illegally sampled a 1957 ballad by his late uncle to explain why foreign copyright ownership gives him the right to economic damages in the United States.

  • December 8, 2017

    Boston Herald Files For Ch. 11 With Planned Sale In Place

    The Boston Herald filed for Chapter 11 on Friday, with its publisher announcing plans to sell the tabloid to newspaper chain GateHouse Media LLC.

  • December 8, 2017

    Biotech Denali Therapeutics Tops 3 IPOs Totaling $506M

    Shares of Denali Therapeutics Inc. soared Friday after the company raised $250 million in an upsized initial public offering that amounted to the largest biotechnology IPO of 2017, leading one of three newly public companies that raised $506 million combined.

  • December 8, 2017

    Fla. Justices Stay Case To Mull Judge's Facebook Friendship

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday paused lower court proceedings in a suit seeking to get a judge disqualified for being Facebook friends with opposing counsel, indicating the court might take up the case.

  • December 8, 2017

    Harrah's Can't Use Tribe's Immunity, Ex-Casino Worker Says

    A man who worked at a pair of North Carolina tribal casinos urged a federal judge Thursday not to toss his proposed class and collective action alleging that employees weren’t paid for all the time they worked, saying the casino operator can’t shake the suit by claiming the tribe has sovereign immunity.

  • December 8, 2017

    Prince's Estate Sues YouTuber Who Posted Songs

    The estate of the late artist Prince claimed Thursday in Massachusetts federal court that video recordings of six songs by Prince were posted to YouTube without the estate’s permission, infringing their copyrights.

  • December 8, 2017

    Boldly Going With Dr. Seuss May Not Be Fair Use, Judge Says

    A mashup of “Star Trek” and Dr. Seuss cannot yet live long and prosper, a California federal judge declared Thursday as she refused to beam the parody’s creators out of a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit brought by the owner of the rights to the beloved children’s books.

  • December 8, 2017

    Hearst Interns Not Employees, 2nd Circ. Rules

    A group of Hearst Corp. interns can’t revive their proposed class action seeking minimum wages because they don’t qualify as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Second Circuit ruled Friday.

Expert Analysis

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • A Decisive Battle For Net Neutrality Looms Ahead

    Andrew McBride

    The Federal Communication Commission's upcoming vote on its net neutrality order will set the stage for a classic battle over regulatory philosophies, and appeal to the D.C. Circuit is a foregone conclusion. Add the possible re-examination of Chevron deference and the case has all the makings of a blockbuster that comes along only once a generation, says Andrew McBride of Perkins Coie LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.

  • Does Your Rule 12 Motion Based On Fair Use Have A Chance?

    Amelia Brankov

    While Rule 12 motions are tempting because success can bring clients early victory, counsel should think carefully and consider a number of practice pointers before deciding whether doing so is worth the time and expense, say Amelia Brankov and Azita Iskandar of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • Opinion

    Leave The Never-Was-Neutral Net Alone

    Doug Hass

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai bills his recent net neutrality proposal as a “repeal” of the 2015 rules, but it really just imposes his own version of net neutrality through impenetrable and ultimately ineffectual disclosures that both harm providers and confuse users, says Doug Hass, general counsel at Lifeway Foods Inc.

  • Why Stock Prices Of Insolvent Firms Can Still Be Positive

    J.B. Heaton

    When Cumulus Media filed for Chapter 11 protection last week, its market capitalization fell to under $3 million, but $3 million is still greater than zero. Was Cumulus solvent when it filed bankruptcy? The answer is almost surely no, and it is important that lawyers have a good understanding of the reasons why, says attorney J.B. Heaton.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.