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  • August 18, 2017

    How 5 Firms Are Building More Diverse Ranks

    Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Top Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    After years of diversity initiatives, the legal industry is still coming up short, but some law firms have made notable progress. Here, Law360 ranks the U.S. firms that are leaders in turning diversity goals into workforce realities.

  • August 18, 2017

    Racial Diversity Stagnating At US Law Firms

    The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.

  • August 18, 2017

    DC Circ. Says Cellphones' Ubiquity Not Enough For Warrant

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday threw out evidence obtained under a search warrant seeking cellphones and electronic devices without showing probable cause the suspect owned any, ruling that the fact that most people own cellphones is not enough to search someone's home.

  • August 18, 2017

    DirecTV Didn't Test Effect Of Ad Disclosures, Exec Says

    DirecTV’s former marketing director testified in a bench trial Friday that the satellite TV provider didn't test the effectiveness of disclosures included in ads that are at the center of the Federal Trade Commission’s $3.95 billion suit alleging its marketing practices misled consumers.

  • August 18, 2017

    Dish Wants Claims Tossed In Data Compression Patent Row

    Dish Network Corp. on Thursday argued it’s not subject to Texas jurisdiction in a patent infringement suit related to its data compression technology, and argued there’s no basis for cloud backup company Realtime Data LLC’s assertion of willful infringement.

  • August 18, 2017

    Phone Billing Cos. Seek $38.5M In Damages For 'Cramming'

    BSG Clearing Solutions North America LLC has filed a lawsuit against 48 individuals and companies alleging they are “at the center of a vast scheme” that billed phone customers for unauthorized services and left BSG on the hook for $38.5 million in indemnity obligations.

  • August 18, 2017

    Intel Settles Patent Row That Future Link Valued At $10B

    Intel Corp. settled claims from Future Link Systems LLC that it was owed $10 billion in damages for the infringement of 15 patents used in a variety of products including network architecture, cellphones and gaming platforms, according to a recent joint dismissal request in Delaware federal court.

  • August 18, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: AT&T, Fiat Chrysler, Air Berlin

    AT&T is mulling a sale of its nearly $1 billion Digital Life home security business, multiple Chinese companies have refuted media speculation that they are interested in buying Fiat Chrysler, and recently bankrupt Air Berlin could be acquired by INTRO-Verwaltungs.

  • August 18, 2017

    RadioShack Files E-Commerce-Focused Restructuring Plan

    RadioShack filed a proposed Chapter 11 plan and disclosure statement late Thursday in Delaware that would reorganize the bankrupt electronics retailer's debt structure and shift its operational focus to its e-commerce assets.

  • August 18, 2017

    Net Neutrality Crucial For Free Speech, UN Experts Say

    Two experts for the United Nations weighed in Thursday on the net neutrality debate, saying treating all online content equally is crucial to upholding the right of free speech that U.N. member states enjoy.

  • August 17, 2017

    Apple Says Drivers, Not Phones, Cause Texting Crashes

    Apple urged a California state judge Thursday to toss a proposed class action alleging it puts profits over public safety by not installing lockout devices on iPhones that prevent texting while driving, saying courts have consistently held that distracted drivers are responsible for accidents, not phone manufacturers.

  • August 17, 2017

    Parts Supplier Ducks Claims It Infringed Parking Meter IP

    A Milwaukee-based electronic parts supplier on Wednesday ducked allegations in California federal court that it infringed the asserted claims of a patent covering a parking meter held by telecommunications equipment company IPS Group Inc.

  • August 17, 2017

    Ex-DirecTV Exec Says Ad Disclosures Weren't His Focus

    DirecTV’s former chief sales and marketing officer testified Thursday in the Federal Trade Commission’s $3.95 billion bench trial over DirecTV’s allegedly misleading marketing practices, conceding that he directed his team not to make disclosures about the limited duration of promotional pricing more prominent in ads.

  • August 17, 2017

    NLRB Asks High Court Not To Review DirecTV Firing Dispute

    The National Labor Relations Board asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject a petition from a DirecTV Inc. contractor to review a D.C. Circuit decision backing the NLRB's finding that Florida technicians fired for complaining about the company's new pay policy in an interview with a local news station had to be reinstated.

  • August 17, 2017

    Cable Group Says FCC VoIP Robocall Plan Could Be Costly

    The Federal Communications Commission's efforts to combat unwanted robocalls, which includes the proposed introduction of call authentication technology that would allow providers to block calls from unassigned numbers, must take into account the potential cost burden for smaller Voice over Internet Protocol providers, the American Cable Association said Wednesday.

  • August 17, 2017

    Verizon Plans To Build Competitor For AT&T-Led FirstNet

    Verizon announced Wednesday that it will roll out its own dedicated public safety communications network, offering states an alternative service provider as designs for the federally backed, AT&T-supported FirstNet plan move forward.

  • August 17, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: China Unicom, Hub International, Energen

    Shares of China Unicom have been suspended due to uncertainty related to details of the company's previously announced $11.6 billion fundraise, Hellman & Friedman is looking to sell a stake in insurance brokerage Hub International, and U.S. oil and gas exploration company Energen is being pressured by shareholders to sell.

  • August 17, 2017

    Comcast Can’t Increase $1.5M Award In Sprint Text IP Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday denied Comcast Cable Communications’ request for a new trial to increase the $1.5 million jury award it received in its patent suit accusing Sprint Communications Company of stealing text message technology, saying there was sufficient evidence to support the jury’s decision.

Expert Analysis

  • Weakening The CDA Would Have Unintended Consequences

    Charles Harris

    Recent legislative efforts to amend the Communications Decency Act and remove Section 230 protection from websites that facilitate sex trafficking are commendable, but the vague language in the proposed legislation could open the door for the plaintiffs’ bar to file vexatious lawsuits against even law-abiding websites, says Charles Harris of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Clarifying FCRA Stand-Alone Disclosure Rule At 7th Circ.

    Steven Pearlman

    The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Groshek v. Time Warner Cable is a valuable win for employers, as it provides important guidance as to what does not constitute a concrete injury with respect to the Fair Credit Reporting Act stand-alone disclosure rule, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • How To Get A Survey In A Patent Case Kicked Before Trial

    Brooke Myers Wallace

    The Northern District of California, in Unwired Planet v. Apple, recently excluded a survey for failing to accurately target the patented invention. The case underscores an effective, though perhaps overlooked, way to attack the use of surveys in patent damages opinions, says Brooke Myers Wallace of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • What Providers Need To Know About NJ's Telemedicine Law

    Nathaniel Lacktman

    New Jersey's latest telemedicine law, effective last month, cements the validity of telehealth services, establishes practice standards and imposes telehealth coverage requirements for state-funded health insurance. Passage of this legislation is welcome news for companies and health care providers looking to offer telemedicine services in New Jersey, says Nathaniel Lacktman of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • Key Signals From UK's New Electronic Communications Code

    Steven Cox

    The United Kingdom's new Electronic Telecommunications Code is bound to have an effect on current and prospective negotiations for new code leases. However, government priorities have shifted in recent months, and landowners have no certainty as to when the new code will come into effect, say Steven Cox and Sarah Lockwood of K&L Gates LLP.