The U.S. Department of Justice will step into court Monday for its first trial challenging an almost purely vertical merger in 40 years, alleging that AT&T’s planned, $85 billion purchase of Time Warner will give AT&T too much power over rival distributors.
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DOJ, AT&T Set To Spar Over Future Of Media Industry

The U.S. Department of Justice will step into court Monday for its first trial challenging an almost purely vertical merger in 40 years, alleging that AT&T’s planned, $85 billion purchase of Time Warner will give AT&T too much power over rival distributors. Read more »

Trump Wants Stormy Daniels Fight Moved To Fed. Court

President Donald Trump has asked a California federal court to take on Stormy Daniels’ suit over an allegedly void hush contract, as his personal attorney’s consulting company claimed she had violated the deal 20 times and could owe $20 million in damages, according to court filings Friday. Read more »


AT&T-Time Warner Challenge Winds Its Way To Trial

The U.S. Department of Justice’s challenge to AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner heads for a courtroom showdown Monday with opening arguments firing up a day or two in, following a fraught and lively lead-up that last saw the judge scolding the press corps and threatening contempt. Here, an interactive Law360 graphic details the rather peculiar path of this major telecom merger challenge. Read more »


How To Minimize Legal Risk When Firing Alleged Harassers

Conductor James Levine's decision to sue the New York Metropolitan Opera on Thursday after he was fired over allegations he molested young musicians shows employers not only run the risk of being sued when they ignore allegations of workers' misconduct, but when they take action as well. Here, Law360 looks at ways employers can minimize legal risks when cutting ties with an accused harasser. Read more »


Brand Battles: Hulu Picks Fight With Tech Startup 'Humu'

In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Hulu takes exception to the name of a tech startup founded by a former Google exec, a pet store named "Frodo" faces a "Lord of the Rings" battle, and Kobe Bryant springs into action to defend his "Black Mamba" nickname. Read more »


Deals Rumor Mill: Toys R Us, Meredith Corp., SIG Combibloc

Toys R Us has its eyes on a deal for its Asian unit, media giant Meredith Corp. tapped advisers to help it explore a deal to sell its Time, Fortune, Money and Sports Illustrated magazines, and SIG Combibloc is planning to list on Zurich’s stock exchange in autumn. Read more »


5Pointz Artists Want $2.6M In Attys’ Fees After Big Win

Following a ruling that a New York City developer violated federal law when he demolished the famed graffiti space 5Pointz, the street artists behind the site demanded Thursday he repay their whopping $2.6 million legal bill. Read more »

Disney Deal Gets Autodesk Out Of Animation Patent Suit

A California federal judge said Thursday that software giant Autodesk Inc. did not infringe designer Joseph Alter’s patent on technology for animating hair and fur by incorporating it into the company’s Maya animation program, finding Alter agreed not to sue Autodesk in a previous settlement with Disney. Read more »

Disney Moves to Toss 'Inside Out' Copyright Spat For Good

The Walt Disney Co. urged a California federal judge to toss a copyright suit alleging its animated hit “Inside Out” copied a lesser-known set of characters called “The Moodsters,” seeking to deal a fatal blow to the case by contending Thursday that emotions aren’t protectable. Read more »


Ill. Lottery Manipulation Suit Will Stay In Federal Court

Consumers and retailers suing Illinois' former lottery manager for allegedly misrepresenting the odds of winning scratch-off games cannot return to state court, as federal jurisdiction applies even if they have no injury to sue over under the Spokeo standard, a judge found Friday. Read more »



No Sanctions For Ex-Fox News Host, Atty In Cyberstalk Suit

A federal judge declined Friday to impose sanctions against former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros and her ex-attorney in the TV host’s suit alleging the network cyberstalked her after she complained about sexual harassment, saying the court wouldn’t describe Tantaros’ claims as “clearly frivolous.” Read more »



4th Circ. Says Christian Network Deal Nixed 'In Good Faith'

A Fourth Circuit panel has clipped the wings on Christian broadcasting company Sky Angel's suit over a failed distribution deal, holding that a lower court correctly decided that Discovery Communications LLC operated in “good faith” when it nixed the agreement. Read more »

Charter Faces Civil Rights Suit Over Spanish-TV Snub

A lawsuit alleging Charter Communications Inc. violated state civil rights law by refusing to carry a number of Spanish stations including Azteca America was moved from state to California federal court Thursday in a case similar to other pending litigation in which Charter is defending broadcast selectivity on First Amendment grounds. Read more »


Maryland House Passes Bill To Put Sports Betting On Ballot

An overwhelming majority of members of the Maryland House of Delegates on Thursday passed legislation that could let voters weigh in on whether the state should legalize sports betting at its racetracks and casinos. Read more »

Conn. AG Supports Casino Bill Canceling Deal With Tribes

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen on Thursday backed a state house bill that would allow for bids on a new casino, possibly in Bridgeport, while also canceling 2017 legislation authorizing two federally recognized tribes to operate a casino in East Windsor. Read more »


AIG Asks 9th Circ. To Ax Disney 'Pink Slime' Arbitration

AIG Specialty Insurance Co. urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to reverse an order allowing Walt Disney Co. to arbitrate a dispute over the coverage of $25 million of an undisclosed settlement with a beef company that sued over ABC’s characterization of its “lean finely textured beef” as “pink slime.” Read more »



ICSID Roundup: The Latest Claims You Need To Know

It's been a busy few weeks at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, with new claims in the construction, energy, banking, media and tourism industries filed against the republics of Azerbaijan, Colombia and Turkey, the Kingdom of Morocco, and the State of Kuwait. Here are the latest claims at ICSID you need to know. Read more »



A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, chief information officer at Littler Mendelson PC. Read more »


Ashurst Bonus Shake-Up Stands To Impact Gender Pay Gap

U.K.-based multinational law firm Ashurst LLP on Friday announced that it plans to begin offering bonuses to its nonmanagerial office staff, a move that will likely ameliorate the law firm's gender pay gap. Read more »

End Legal Monopoly With Antitrust Review, Law Prof Says

The current system of regulating the legal profession in the United States has created a monopoly that drives prices up and leaves too many people without a lawyer, according to one law professor who suggests that subjecting the sector to federal antitrust law may be the way forward. Read more »

Ore. Judge Suspended For 'Screen' Of Gay Marriage Couples

Oregon's highest court on Thursday suspended for three years without pay a judge who instituted a "screen" on gay couples trying to get married in his court and also allowed a convicted felon to handle loaded guns in his presence.  Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Civil and criminal charges​ were filed against a former Equifax executive accused of selling off shares before the public was informed of the company’s data breach, ​business groups collectively pushed for legislation that will slash tariffs on hundreds of products,​ and new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the legal services sector is far from getting back to the record high employment levels reached in the mid-2000s. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read more »


Law360's Pro Say: A New Legal Weapon In The #MeToo Battle

On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss how a novel legal approach may place new liability on sex abuse enablers; the White House squashing a proposed $117 billion takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm by a foreign company; the largest agricultural litigation settlement in U.S. history; and a judge who used Shakespeare to write a spirited ruling in a dispute over wine. Read more »

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 more »

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Aetna Inc. Inc.

American Bar Association

American International Group Inc.

Apollo Global Management LLC

Apple Inc.

Autodesk, Inc.

BlackBerry Ltd.

Broadcom Ltd.

Cable News Network Inc.

Caterpillar Inc.

Charter Communications Inc.

Chicago Cubs

Cigna Corporation

Citigroup Inc.

Colliers International Property Consultants

Comcast Corporation

DISH Network Corporation

Discovery Communications Inc

Equifax Inc.

General Electric Company

Google Inc.

HBR Consulting LLC

Hitachi Consulting Corp.

Home Box Office Inc.

Houlihan Lokey

Hulu LLC

Humana Inc.

Instagram Inc.

International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Lenovo Group Ltd.

MGM Grand Hotel LLC

MGM Resorts International

Major League Baseball Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa

Mattel, Inc.

Microsoft Corporation

Mohegan Sun

Mylan NV

NBCUniversal Inc.

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Association of Manufacturers

National Basketball Association

National Hockey League


Netflix Inc.

New York Times Co.

Nike Inc.

Oracle Corp.

PepsiCo Inc.

Pixar Inc.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.

QUALCOMM Incorporated

Rio Tinto PLC

Smith & Nephew plc

Snap Inc.

Spokeo Inc.

Syngenta AG

TBS International Limited

The DIRECTV Group, Inc.

The Walt Disney Co.

Time Inc.

Time Warner Inc.

Toys "R" Us Inc.

Twitter Inc.


Warner Bros.

Washington Nationals


Anderson Kill

Arent Fox

Armstrong Teasdale

Ashurst LLP

Baker Donelson

Birch Stewart

Bryan Cave

Buchanan Ingersoll

Cadwalader Wickersham

Cantor Colburn


Covington & Burling

Cowan Liebowitz

Curtis Mallet-Prevost



Drummond Woodsum

Duane Morris

Eisenberg & Baum


Fisher Phillips

Gibson Dunn

Greenberg Traurig

Hart Wagner

HeplerBroom LLC

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Ingram Yuzek

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

Kelly IP LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend

Kirkland & Ellis

Littler Mendelson

Mauriel Kapouytian

Michael Best

MoloLamken LLP

Morgan Lewis

Morrison & Foerster

Morvillo Abramowitz

Munger Tolles

Norton Rose Fulbright

Paul Hastings

Reed Smith

Robins Kaplan

Samuels Yoelin

Sterne Kessler

Thompson Coburn

Tor Hoerman

Vinson & Elkins

Warner Norcross

Weil Gotshal

Whitmyer IP Group

Wolf Greenfield


Bureau of Labor Statistics

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Union

Federal Communications Commission

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Mohegan Tribe

Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Supreme Court

United Nations