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Facebook Backs Bid For FCC To Make Internet Airship Rules

Facebook has backed a startup’s recent bid for the Federal Communications Commission to begin writing rules for regulating airships that could beam down the next generation of 5G mobile internet service, arguing that under the Communications Act, the FCC must usher in new technology that could improve affordable access. Read full article »

FCC Must Include Local Data In Market Review, CCA Says

The Federal Communications Commission should learn from its Mobility Fund Phase II data collection, which will inform the way the FCC doles out subsidies to mobile carriers in an upcoming auction, as it separately analyzes the state of competition in the market for wireless services, the Competitive Carriers Association has told the agency. Read full article »

Analysis

Facebook, Google Could Be Wild Cards In Privacy Law Fight

Federal lawmakers have struggled for years to enact uniform online data security rules, but now once-unthinkable support from tech giants like Facebook and Google and shifting consumer attitudes are signaling a chance for momentous change, attorneys say. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

TV 'White Spaces' Program Lacks Oversight, NAB Says

The so-called TV white spaces program that repurposes unused broadcast spectrum gaps is fraught with errors and is egregiously unsupervised, the National Association of Broadcasters has told the Federal Communications Commission. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Cumulus Radio Tricked Listeners On Contest Odds, Suit Says

Cumulus Media Inc. was slapped with a putative class action in New York federal court Friday alleging that the company holds “deceptive” radio sweepstakes seemingly among a station’s local radio audience when in fact listeners compete with longer odds against entrants from all Cumulus stations. Read full article »

WaPo, Others Call Md.'s Political Ad Law Unconstitutional

The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and a host of local newspapers asked a Maryland federal court Friday to declare a new state law meant to curb Russian propaganda online as unconstitutional, saying it violates the First Amendment by compelling the media to regularly publish details about the people or groups who purchase political ads.    Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Series

Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Despite Abuse Horrors, Attys Feel Duty To Defend The Church

Despite horrific details in a recently unveiled grand jury report about sexual abuse suffered by more than a thousand victims at the hands of Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, attorneys who have represented the church say that public scorn hasn't swayed them from their duty to provide a vigorous defense. Read full article »

Feature

3rd Circ. Oral Argument Dip Troubling, Chief Judge Says

The Third Circuit appellate bar is trying to reverse a troubling decline in oral arguments before its panels, which its Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith in an exclusive interview with Law360 says could have been brought on by a "stunning" increase in pro se filings he traces to the Great Recession of the late aughts. Read full article »

Quinn Emanuel Says Ex-Partners Can't Duck Fee Arbitration

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP reiterated on Thursday in New York court that its former partners who launched Selendy & Gay PLLC cannot escape arbitrating a dispute over a clause in their partnership agreement requiring them to remit fees earned from clients they took to their new firm. Read full article »

Stinson Leonard Grows In St. Louis With IP Boutique Tie-Up

Stinson Leonard Street LLP continued its expansion streak Thursday, announcing plans to acquire 28-strong St. Louis intellectual property boutique Senniger Powers LLP, following up on two new office openings earlier this year. Read full article »

Feature

3 Reasons Attys Should Learn A Foreign Language

Becoming fluent in a foreign language may seem daunting, but the challenge can offer big rewards, including career opportunities and personal satisfaction, for attorneys willing to take it on. Here, Law360 looks at three reasons why lawyers should learn languages other than their own. Read full article »

Feature

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

The Sixth Circuit ruled the Fair Labor Standards Act doesn’t on its own thwart arbitration agreements, consumer groups fought back against industry attempts to amend a hastily enacted landmark privacy law in California and British police warned of an increase in cryptocurrency fraud. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

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 full article »

Podcast

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Disabled Attys Fight For A Place In BigLaw

The legal profession can be a lonely place for attorneys with disabilities. They are often overlooked in diversity discussions, and may feel pressure to downplay their disability out of fear of facing bias and stigma. On this week's Pro Say podcast, we dive into these challenges and highlight how disabled attorneys are fighting for their place in the law.  Read full article »

Kavanaugh Will Meet With Top Senate Opponent

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will come face-to-face with his opposition Monday as he sits down with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the lawmaker leading the fight against his confirmation. Read full article »

Ex-Clerk Says NY Courts Protected Judge Who Harassed Her

A former law clerk has accused the New York state judicial system of covering up for a judge who she says sexually harassed her, allegations she made in a suit filed in federal court against the jurist and 16 other judges, administrators and attorneys. Read full article »

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