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  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • October 12, 2018

    FCC Revives Cap On 'In-Kind' Cable Fees Axed By 6th Circ.

    The Federal Communications Commission, in a proposed rulemaking scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Monday, says that so-called in-kind contribution requirements relating to cable services within cable franchising agreements should be treated as franchise fees and capped under the Communications Act.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Opinion

    To Help Keep The Tech Bull Running, FCC Must Forbear

    Jonathan Spalter

    When the Telecommunications Act was passed in 1996, texting, social media and other nonvoice forms of communication were still far off on the horizon. That is why the Federal Communications Commission should forbear from enforcing outdated rules in order to modernize innovation policy, says Jonathan Spalter, CEO of USTelecom.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.