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  • October 16, 2018

    The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

    A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 16, 2018

    Tribes Slam FCC Small-Cell Rule At DC Circ.

    A slew of Native American tribes and tribal organizations asked the D.C. Circuit to strike down a Federal Communications Commission rule that lets mobile carriers build small-cell fixtures for fifth-generation networks without consulting tribes or undergoing historic preservation and environmental reviews.

  • October 16, 2018

    Vinson & Elkins Adds Ex-Kirkland M&A Pro To New York Office

    A former partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP with experience representing Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. and print and online media company Tronc Inc. in transactional matters has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP's mergers and acquisitions practice as a partner in its New York office, the firm said on Tuesday.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 15, 2018

    Couple Get Prison, House Arrest For Electronics Smuggling

    An Italian national was slapped Monday in New Jersey federal court with a 22-month prison term and his wife was sentenced to six months of home confinement for their roles in a scheme to smuggle thousands of counterfeit electronics into the U.S., including bogus Apple products and video cameras bearing phony Sony labels.

  • October 15, 2018

    Veterans’ Broadband Access Needs Gov’t Boost, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission should explore policy changes to expand broadband access for veterans, especially in rural areas, under a congressional mandate passed earlier this year, telecoms including Verizon Inc. have told the FCC.

  • October 15, 2018

    Fox Sports Networks Can't Go To Big-4 Affiliates, DOJ Hears

    The American Cable Association urged the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday to impose limits on the sale of Twenty-First Century Fox’s regional sports networks, required for its planned $71.3 billion merger with Disney, arguing the networks cannot go to a big-four affiliate or a pay-TV provider.

  • October 15, 2018

    PTAB Axes TiVo Program-Guide Patent In Win For Comcast

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has found a patent covering a TV programming guide to be invalid, delivering a win to Comcast Cable Communications LLC in its wide-ranging intellectual property dispute with a TiVo Corp. subsidiary.

  • October 15, 2018

    Chopra Wary Of Digital Markets' Data Tracking, In-House Rules

    Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra on Monday said regulators must examine the power digital platforms and marketplaces gain from the vast amounts of data they collect and how they exercise that power to their financial or competitive advantage. 

  • October 15, 2018

    Defense Bar Group Blasts Class Cert. In $61M Dish Judgment

    Dish Network should escape a $61 million judgment over unwanted phone calls because some people represented in the suit have not proven injury and courts are split on whether they can qualify as class members, a lawyers’ group has told the Fourth Circuit.

  • October 15, 2018

    Qualcomm Fights Cert. Of 'Biggest Class Action In History'

    Qualcomm has asked the Ninth Circuit to review the certification of a class estimated to cover 250 million cellphone buyers who allegedly paid overages stemming from the chipmaker's anti-competitive licensing practices, saying the ruling creates "quite likely the biggest class action in history."

  • October 15, 2018

    High Court Passes On Media Streaming Patent Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not review a case against Comcast and Verizon over media streaming patents, leaving in place a ruling that found the patents were invalid for claiming nothing more than an abstract idea.

  • October 15, 2018

    Sens. OK Privacy Board Picks Ahead Of EU Data Deal Review

    The U.S. Senate has confirmed three nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, allowing the agency to get back to monitoring federal surveillance programs for the first time since President Donald Trump took office and coming just days before a key review of the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield.

  • October 15, 2018

    Investors Seek Class Cert. In 401(k) Suit Against CenturyLink

    Two investors in a 401(k) plan who have accused CenturyLink Inc. and the investment fiduciary of mismanaging the retirement fund have urged a Colorado federal court to certify the case as a class action.

  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled? (This article is the first in a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 12, 2018

    Web's Sophistication Doesn't Fit Title II Box, FCC Argues

    The Federal Communications Commission is building its case that it rightly overturned Obama-era net neutrality rules and changed the regulatory classification of web services, telling the D.C. Circuit in an opening brief that the internet's sophisticated functions are best described as a Title I information service instead of a Title II utility.

  • October 12, 2018

    PTAB Partly Axes Music Choice Patent In Row With Rival

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday gave a partial win to Stingray Digital Group Inc. in its bitter patent fight with rival music channel provider Music Choice, finding that part of a Music Choice patent for on-demand entertainment systems is invalid as obvious.

  • October 12, 2018

    Broadcom Says EU OK'd $18.9B CA Inc. Deal

    Broadcom Inc.'s $18.9 billion buy of New York-based software company CA Inc. got the green light under the European Union's antitrust laws, clearing the way for the deal's closure by Nov. 5., Broadcom told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

  • October 12, 2018

    Fiat Taking A ‘Free Ride’ With Wireless Tech, Bluetooth Says

    Fiat Chrysler is selling cars it says are Bluetooth-compatible and is using the Bluetooth name in its marketing efforts without the tech company’s permission, according to a suit filed Thursday in Washington federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • What IP Attorneys Need To Know About 5G

    Ranganath Sudarshan

    With some companies planning to launch proprietary 5G services by the end of this year, attorneys should prepare for certain legal issues, such as the internationalization of 5G royalties and the challenge of calculating royalties for 5G-related patents, say Ranganath Sudarshan and Jason Reinecke of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Fortress Ruling Helps Temper Overzealous SEC Enforcement

    Perrie Weiner

    The insider trading action against certain Fortress securities traders is one more example of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relying upon analytical data to pursue what may be suspicious activity. But a New Jersey federal court's recent decision in the case reinforces that suspicious trades are not enough, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Why It’s Time To Rethink Illinois Brick

    Samuel Miller

    In Apple v. Pepper, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether iPhone owners who purchase apps from Apple’s app store should be considered “direct purchasers” under federal antitrust laws. The court should use this opportunity to reevaluate the direct purchaser analysis it established in Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, says Samuel Miller of UC Hastings Law School.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.