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  • January 1, 2019

    Native American Cases To Watch In 2019

    In the new year, Native American law practitioners will be keeping an eye on upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding Washington's ability to tax the Yakama Nation; treaty hunting rights in Wyoming; and the balance of tribal, federal and state criminal jurisdiction in Oklahoma. Here, Law360 takes a look at the cases attorneys who practice Native American law will be watching in the coming year.

  • January 1, 2019

    Antitrust Cases To Watch In 2019

    The antitrust cases likely to dominate 2019 are for the most part continuations of 2018’s biggest cases, including contentious disputes over technology patent licensing, enforcement actions targeting makers of brand-name and generic drugs, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

  • January 1, 2019

    Merger Reviews To Watch In 2019

    Competition enforcers enter 2019 with several major merger cases underway, including the U.S. Department of Justice challenge of AT&T's blockbuster deal for Time Warner. But the agencies are also reviewing a couple of other deals that could join the slate of high profile merger challenges this year.

  • January 1, 2019

    Privacy & Cybersecurity Cases To Watch In 2019

    With Ireland's privacy watchdog probing claims that Facebook and Google have breached Europe's new data protection rules and Illinois's Supreme Court considering a game-changing test of the state's unique biometric privacy law, 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for privacy and cybersecurity litigation. Here are some cases worth tracking, and why.

  • January 1, 2019

    Federal Tax Cases To Watch In 2019

    On the docket in 2019 are several interesting federal tax cases worthy of the attention of practitioners, including disputes over domestic manufacturing deductions, the statute of limitations on fraud and the clergy housing tax exemption. Here, Law360 explores five cases worth watching in the new year.

  • January 1, 2019

    Consumer Protection Cases To Watch In 2019

    The new year isn’t shaping up to be a restful one for consumer protection attorneys, with the full Ninth Circuit poised to hand down a decision on nationwide class settlements, the high court diving back into standing in the privacy context and the Federal Communications Commission grappling with the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Here, Law360 rounds up the cases worth keeping an eye on in 2019.

  • January 1, 2019

    Telecom Developments To Watch In 2019

    As practitioners in the telecommunications industry look ahead toward 2019, many expect a flurry of activity out of the Federal Communications Commission with an eye toward inking new rules ahead of the 2020 elections and in light of the possibility of a White House administration shakeup.

  • December 21, 2018

    Trump Envisions Japan Trade Deal With Shades Of NAFTA 2.0

    The Trump administration on Friday released its objectives for a potential trade deal with Japan that mostly track with the goals of administrations past, but will also look to insert key changes that found their way into the revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • December 21, 2018

    Sprint To Pay NY $330M In Tax FCA Case, $63M For Tipster

    Mobile giant Sprint Corp. will pay $330 million to resolve a New York False Claims Act suit that accused the company of shirking $100 million in state taxes, with almost $63 million of that sum going to a whistleblower, the state attorney general said Friday.

  • December 20, 2018

    Barr Claimed Rules, Probes 'Grind Companies Into The Dust'

    In past speeches and statements made public Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr complained that the Justice Department's overzealous enforcement and regulations have harmed U.S. companies, adding to the litany of issues senators will debate next year in his hotly contested nomination process.

  • December 20, 2018

    Apple Faces German IPhone Ban After Qualcomm Patent Win

    A German judge ruled Thursday that Apple Inc. has infringed a Qualcomm Inc. patent and ordered an injunction, leading Apple to stop selling some iPhone models in Germany as it prepares to appeal the decision, part of the rivals’ worldwide patent war.

  • December 20, 2018

    Film Studios Offer To End Anti-Competitive Movie Deals In EU

    NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. have offered to get rid of anti-competitive movie deals in an effort to end an antitrust investigation, after Disney and Paramount made similar concessions, the European Commission announced Thursday.

  • December 20, 2018

    The Biggest Privacy & Cybersecurity Stories Of 2018

    With Facebook's series of data leaks spurring calls for a national privacy law, Europe's new data protection rules coming on the books and Marriott suffering one of the largest data breaches the world has ever seen, 2018 was a massive year for privacy and cybersecurity. Here's a closer look at some of the year's biggest stories.

  • December 20, 2018

    Faster, Cheaper Arbitration A ‘Myth,’ Mass. Judge Writes

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday poked holes in some of the “myths” of resolving disputes in arbitration as opposed to the courts, issuing a colorful memo in a trade secrets suit between American Tower Corp. and a startup that is now headed to arbitration.

  • December 20, 2018

    EU Drags China To WTO Over Forced Tech Transfer Rules

    The European Union hit China with a new World Trade Organization case on Thursday targeting Beijing’s laws that allegedly coerce foreign companies to hand over sensitive technology as a condition of doing business in emerging sectors like electric vehicles and genetically modified crops.

  • December 19, 2018

    The Biggest Telecom Policy Developments Of 2018

    During 2018, the Federal Communications Commission freed up spectrum for new technologies, cracked down on robocallers and made infrastructure deployment speedier at the local level. Here’s a recap of some of the biggest telecom policy developments from the past year.

  • December 19, 2018

    The Top Antitrust Cases Of 2018

    It was a big year for antitrust law, dominated by the first vertical merger challenge to go to court in 40 years, evolving market considerations, contentious technology patent licensing fights and more.

  • December 19, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive $7.3M Patent Verdict Against Apple

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday refused to rethink its decision upending a $7.3 million jury verdict against Apple Inc., denying Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL’s bid to reinstate the patent infringement damages because of misconduct by former patent owner Nokia.

  • December 19, 2018

    T-Mobile, Others Share Hurricane Michael Lessons With FCC

    T-Mobile, Verizon and wireless industry organizations have answered the Federal Communications Commission’s call for lessons learned in the wake of Hurricane Michael, telling the commission interindustry communication plays an important role in getting services up and running after a disaster and that it needs improvement.

  • December 19, 2018

    Apple Loses In Second Bite At Qualcomm Discovery Battle

    Apple Inc. lost a bid to claw back documents it said were mistakenly disclosed during the discovery phase of a patent suit against competitor Qualcomm Inc., when a California federal judge upheld a magistrate’s ruling that the company had waived its right to keep the documents private.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Key Deadlines For Connect America Fund Phase II Bidders

    James Falvey

    In its announcement of the winning Connect America Fund Phase II auction bidders, the Federal Communications Commission also disclosed a series of critical deadlines that winning bidders must prepare to meet, say James Falvey and Robert Gastner of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Tech, Media, Telecom Investor-State Arbitration Is On The Rise

    Florencia Villaggi

    Disputes between foreign investors from the technology, media and telecommunications sector and host states are a substantial feature of the investor-state claims landscape. The recent growth of investor-state arbitrations in this sector could be explained by several factors, says Florencia Villaggi of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • New Rule Expands FCC Jurisdiction Related To Foreign Media

    Brian Weimer

    The Federal Communications Commission's new rule, requiring foreign media outlets to disclose their relationships with foreign principals, signals more scrutiny on media influenced by foreign actors and gives the FCC some authority to review foreign ties, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • The Trump Admin. Approach To Data Privacy, And Next Steps

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration released an ambitious proposal to modernize consumer privacy policy. But there are questions as to how it plans to achieve these laudable goals, say Alan Raul and Christopher Fonzone of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Chatting With Ex-USPTO Chief About Patent News, IP Strategy

    Eli Mazour

    During a recent interview with Eli Mazour of Harrity & Harrity LLP, David Kappos discussed his time as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as head of intellectual property at IBM, reacted to patent-related developments, and provided wide-ranging advice to those in and outside of the IP field.