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Does The FCC Have To Hold Its Meeting In Shutdown Mode?

The Federal Communications Commission will face an unprecedented situation if the government shutdown lasts until the end of January: The largely shuttered agency must decide how or even whether to hold its monthly public meeting, which is scheduled for the 30th. Read full article »

Qualcomm Exec Says Google, FTC Deal Was Royalties Model

A Qualcomm executive took the stand Friday during a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's allegations the company's "no license, no chips" practice violates antitrust laws, testifying that it modeled its standard-essential patent process after Google's 2013 consent decree with the FTC. Read full article »

FCC Reopens Tech Certification Portal, Relieving Backlog

The Federal Communications Commission announced late Friday that it is reopening an online portal that confers certifications on new technology products, relieving some pressure that had mounted in the tech industry since the agency took the system offline due to the ongoing government shutdown. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

Reps Tell FCC To Protect TV Cos. In Spectrum Expansion

Two congressmen have urged the Federal Communications Commission to take a conservative approach in expanding the use of a spectrum band to wireless services, saying the impact on the broadcasters and cable operators that rely on the band should be minimized.  Read full article »

Bill Would Ban Tech Sales To Some Chinese Telecom Cos.

Several congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill that would impose penalties and restrict sales to Chinese telecom companies that have violated export control or sanctions laws, after the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies was detained last month in Canada. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Studios Settle Streaming Device War With Dragon Box

Netflix, Disney, Amazon and other media outlets have tentatively agreed to settle with a company accused of selling a device that allows customers to stream movies and TV shows for free, according to a Thursday notice in California federal court. Read full article »

BANKRUPTCY

IHeartMedia Clears Ch. 11 Path With Legacy Noteholder Deal

IHeartMedia Inc. has inked a deal with a contingent of its legacy holders who had protested the radio broadcast giant's bid to emerge from Chapter 11 in Texas, giving them $4 million in fees and allowing $544 million in legacy note claims. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Skadden's Deal With DOJ Comes With Legal Woes For Craig

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP called its $4.6 million deal with the U.S. Department of Justice “closure” after failing to register its lobbying work for the Ukrainian government, yet experts say the settlement actually exposes serious legal risks faced by ex-partner Gregory Craig and potentially others. Read full article »

Analysis

Skadden Began Ukraine Work With Caution, Ended It In Lies

Emails released by the U.S. Department of Justice show how Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyers slowly abandoned caution toward a foreign lobbying law and began openly lying to federal investigators during their engagement with the Ukrainian government from 2012 to 2013. Read full article »

Analysis

Skadden Deal Shows DOJ's FARA Focus Shifting To High Gear

The settlement announced Thursday between Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP and the U.S. Department of Justice is the latest sign of increased enforcement of the current Foreign Agent Registration Act, even as efforts to update the law have gone nowhere. Read full article »

Analysis

For Skadden's Brand, Ukraine Scandal A Shot Across The Bow

Skadden’s unregistered lobbying work for the Ukrainian government has cost the law firm $4.6 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but could the debacle cost the firm even more in reputational damage? Read full article »

Feature

Could A Tougher Standard For Law Schools Hurt Diversity?

The American Bar Association’s governing body is poised to vote later this month on a proposal to create stricter standards for law school bar passage rates, a move some say could have a negative impact on the diversity of the legal profession. Read full article »

Fed. Circ. To Remain Open During Shutdown

The Federal Circuit said in an order published on Friday that it would remain open during the partial government shutdown, with all deadlines remaining in place and all oral arguments proceeding as scheduled, as the federal courts brace themselves to run out of available funds within the coming days. Read full article »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Two new reports found that in-house lawyers are increasingly looking for nontraditional perks such as flexible work arrangements and paid meals in addition to hefty bonuses, and that law firm leaders in the new year are overall fairly confident about their own shops' prospects but have more gloomy predictions about the domestic and global economies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say LIVE: SDNY Chief Talks Women In The Law

This week the Pro Say podcast is live from the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting, talking with the chief judge of the Southern District of New York about how women are faring in the legal profession. Read full article »

Judge Orders Blue Cross Attys To Shape Up In Antitrust MDL

The Alabama federal judge overseeing sweeping antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield network has said he can no longer wait for the insurance giant’s army of lawyers to marshal themselves into a more manageable group, ordering a dozen attorneys into a "Council of Twelve" to streamline a leadership plan. Read full article »

Feature

Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes. Read full article »

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