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  • July 24, 2018

    Sinclair Begged To Explain Divestitures To FCC, Docs Show

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. pleaded with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to postpone sending its proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co. to an administrative law judge, saying the agency blindsided it with the suggestion that Sinclair had not been candid about three planned divestitures, emails released Monday show.

  • July 24, 2018

    AT&T Says Autodialer Not Used To Send Spanish Spam Texts

    AT&T moved for a quick win in a proposed class action over the sending of unwanted spam text messages in Spanish, telling an Illinois federal court Monday that no violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act occurred as the texts were not sent by an automatic telephone dialing system.

  • July 24, 2018

    Toyota Warns FCC Over Using Alternative To Car-To-Car Tech

    Toyota continues to warn the Federal Communications Commission about opening up spectrum currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-transportation-infrastructure communications safety technologies, according to an ex parte filing Monday detailing arguments that another technology isn’t a “viable alternative.”

  • July 24, 2018

    Midyear Report: Top Privacy Developments Of 2018, Part 2

    A hastily enacted California privacy law and back-to-back Capitol Hill hearings sparked by Facebook's data-sharing debacle were among the major privacy and cybersecurity developments so far in 2018, attorneys tell Law360 in the second part of our midyear recap.

  • July 24, 2018

    T-Mobile Fears Sprint Deal May Hamper Spectrum Auction Bid

    T-Mobile is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission for assurances that its proposed merger with Sprint won’t keep it from bidding in wireless spectrum auctions under agency rules prohibiting joint-bidding arrangements between companies, according to an ex parte filing Monday.

  • July 24, 2018

    Telehealth Pilot Must Join Docs, Insurers, FCC's Carr Says

    An upcoming Federal Communications Commission inquiry into a telehealth pilot program must probe how to interface with insurers and health care professionals to make remote patient monitoring programs more common and successful, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told a Washington, D.C., audience on Tuesday.

  • July 24, 2018

    How Mammoth Student Loans Are Dogging Today's Lawyers

    Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.

  • July 24, 2018

    FCC To Probe Proper Fees For International IP-Based Calls

    The Federal Communications Commission on Monday asked for comments on Verizon Wireless Inc.'s request for an order confirming that local exchange telecom carriers can't charge terminating switched access charges for international calls completed with a calling card, including those calls relying on internet protocol.

  • July 24, 2018

    House Leader Proposes Cut Of Cable's Local Broadcast Regs

    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., on Monday once again introduced legislation to pare down long-standing regulations that govern cable and satellite carriage of broadcast television stations, in a move that would allow cable systems to bail on carrying certain local broadcast content.

  • July 24, 2018

    Calling App Maker Wants TCPA Robotext Suit Arbitrated

    International calling app developer Boss Revolution has asked an Illinois federal judge to kick to arbitration a putative class action seeking to hold it liable for an avalanche of unsolicited marketing texts, saying to use the app in the first place consumers agree to waive any right to litigate in court. 

  • July 23, 2018

    Scott & Scott, Johnson Fistel To Lead Frontier Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge on Monday appointed Scott & Scott Attorneys at Law LLP and Johnson Fistel LLP co-lead counsel in an order consolidating three derivative suits against Frontier Communications Corp.’s executives over alleged misstatements about the company’s $10.5 billion acquisition of Verizon Communications Inc. assets.

  • July 23, 2018

    Bill Roundup: House Passes Radio, Broadband Legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a handful of telecom-related bills on Monday that seek to enable precision agriculture through expanded rural broadband connections, establish a three-digit suicide prevention hotline code, crack down on illegal radio stations and more.

  • July 23, 2018

    NTIA Still Worried Fiber Transition Too Fast For Agencies

    Federal agencies using dated telecommunications technologies are still at risk of being left behind by the transition from copper networks to fiber optics, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration warned last week in pushing for more protections from the Federal Communications Commission.

  • July 23, 2018

    FCC Must Interpret Proper Tariffs In AT&T Suit, Court Says

    The Federal Communications Commission must weigh whether a local phone carrier overcharged AT&T Corp. for carrying out-of-state phone calls and whether AT&T failed to appropriately pay the tariffs, a Missouri federal court ordered Monday.

  • July 23, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Verint, Aramco, China Tower

    Verint Systems’ discussions to merge its security unit with NSO Group have reportedly come up short, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan have earned spots on Saudi Aramco’s deal to buy an SABIC stake, and China Tower Corp. has lined up $1.4 billion worth of investments related to its planned IPO.

  • July 23, 2018

    Qualcomm IPhone Import Ban Will Cause Harm, Buyers Say

    Smartphone consumers continued their push in California federal court to block Qualcomm’s attempt to force Apple to only import iPhones with Qualcomm's chipsets, pointing out in a recent multidistrict antitrust litigation filing that the chipmaker’s own experts have conceded that such a move would hurt competition and innovation.

  • July 23, 2018

    GOP Reps Ask FCC For Info For 911 Fee Diversion Inquiry

    GOP House lawmakers told the Federal Communications Commission on Monday they’ll investigate reports that states are diverting funds meant for emergency dispatchers, and have asked the agency, which has recently highlighted the issue, to brief them on the severity of the problem. 

  • July 23, 2018

    Is The Grass Greener On The Solo Side?

    Long hours. Financial stress. Unpredictable clients. These lawyers say they've found their calling.

  • July 20, 2018

    Law360's Satisfaction Survey: By The Numbers

    Being a lawyer is not easy. But among private practice attorneys, in-house counsel and government lawyers, who's feeling the greatest pressure in finances and stress? Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey provides a snapshot.

  • July 20, 2018

    The Least-Stressed Attorneys In A Stressed-Out Profession

    Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey shows that when it comes to career and overall well-being, one type of firm is a lawyer's happy place — at least relatively speaking.

Expert Analysis

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Continues To Clarify Venue Post-TC Heartland

    Ann Fort

    Tuesday marked one year since the U.S. Supreme Court fundamentally narrowed patent venue in its TC Heartland decision. This month, three Federal Circuit decisions addressed a number of outstanding questions on patent venue, but none of the court's positions was unexpected, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • TCPA Trends: Impact On Future Litigation And Compliance

    Michael Reif

    The number of Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits has grown exponentially in recent years, and courts have issued several significant decisions in recent months that may have implications for future TCPA litigation and compliance efforts, say Michael Reif and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • The Future Of Design Patent Remedies Is Unclear

    Derek Dahlgren

    The Apple v. Samsung design-patent retrial — scheduled to begin on Monday — is an opportunity to clear up confusion on remedies. However, the complicated test that will be used for determining the article of manufacture presents the risk of creating more confusion, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Congressional Forecast: May

    Layth Elhassani

    Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess. The Republican majority is aiming to meet deadlines on several priority items, including fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills and renewed program authorizations for agriculture, defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.