In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s Thursday vote to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules guaranteeing equal treatment of web traffic, activists and lawmakers have been swift to pledge legal challenges and congressional action to counteract the vote’s effects.
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Developments To Watch After The Net Neutrality Vote

In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s Thursday vote to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules guaranteeing equal treatment of web traffic, activists and lawmakers have been swift to pledge legal challenges and congressional action to counteract the vote’s effects. Read more »

DC Circ. Tosses Challenge To FCC Order On Roaming Rates

The D.C. Circuit on Friday dismissed telecom provider NTCH's request for review of an order from the Federal Communications Commission governing disputes over voice and data “roaming” rates, saying dismissal is warranted since NTCH failed to seek review from the agency before rolling the challenge into the court. Read more »

MVP: Paul Weiss' Jay Cohen

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's Jay Cohen spent the last year steering key court cases that shaped the landscape of the broadcast and cable industries, landing him a spot as one of Law360's 2017 Telecommunications MVPs. Read more »

ENFORCEMENT

Mobile Content Exec Convicted In $100M Scheme

The former CEO of a mobile content company was convicted Friday on eight counts linked to a $100 million scheme to place unauthorized charges on consumers' phone bills, prosecutors announced, yielding a retrial win after a former jury deadlocked. Read more »

LITIGATION

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

The last week has seen more than 100 individuals sue Ingenious Media Holdings Ltd. amid disputes over the tax treatment of its film investments; Zinc Hotels lodge another challenge against BayernLB, this time adding Hilton Worldwide; and security firm G4S bring a claim over its pension scheme.​ Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K. Read more »

BANKRUPTCY

Avaya Shortens Contract For Soccer Stadium Naming Rights

Avaya Inc. has shortened its naming rights contract with a soccer stadium in San Jose to 2018 instead of 2024, the bankrupt telecom giant told a New York bankruptcy court Thursday, as it ties up loose ends ahead of an imminent exit from Chapter 11. Read more »

PEOPLE

Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Cravath, Shearman

In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Disney shelled out $52.4 billion for 21st Century Fox’s film and television studios, Unibail snapped up Westfield for $15.7 billion, and Corning bought most of 3M’s communication markets business for $900 million. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC. Read more »

Opinion

Jurors Should Have An Active Voice In Trials

We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three jury system improvements that will give jurors an active voice and role in our civil and criminal jury trials. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

2nd Circ. Gets Kozinski Sex Probe Amid New Reports

Federal court leaders moved quickly Friday to answer accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior by U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, sending a misconduct investigation to an oversight council at the Second Circuit amid new reports that brought the total number of public accusers to 15. Read more »

IRS Floats Tiered Partnership Rules Under New Audit Regime

The IRS on Friday released highly anticipated guidance on a new partnership tax audit regime to address, among other things, how tax adjustments should be taken into account by so-called tiered partnerships that have pass-through entities as partners. Read more »

Litigation Attorney Hiring To Tick Up In 2018

Litigation is expected to be a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster legal hiring market during the first six months of 2018, a survey of 200 law firm and corporate legal department hiring professionals has found. Read more »

Law Firm Diversity Is Uneven Across US Cities

African-American and other minority lawyers continue to be underrepresented in U.S. law firms, a nationwide report released Thursday has found, but the failure to build a diverse workforce is much more stark in some cities, such as Boston, than in others, such as Miami. Read more »

Social Media Can Create Confidentiality Exception, ABA Says

The fact that a piece of information about a former client is publicly available doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not subject to the lawyer’s duty to keep their confidences close, according to a Friday opinion from the American Bar Association. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Experts shared with Law360 tips for helping employers keep the holiday festivities merry while limiting their legal risk, President Donald Trump tapped the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Chai Feldblum for a new term and two Senate Democrats challenged the National Labor Relations Board's new general counsel. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week. 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 »

Q&A

A Chat With Orrick COO Laura Saklad

In this new monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The first conversation is with Laura Saklad, chief operations officer for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Read more »

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