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  • November 26, 2018

    Alito, Gorsuch Question Illinois Brick Precedent

    Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch on Monday floated the idea of overruling the high court’s landmark Illinois Brick decision, which limits federal antitrust standing to direct purchasers, during oral arguments in a case accusing Apple Inc. of monopolizing the market for apps sold on its devices.

  • November 26, 2018

    'Caveat Emptor' Sinks Zayo's Chancery Suit Over Latisys Buy

    Observing that “buyers, indeed, must beware” in contractarian Delaware, a Vice Chancellor on Monday rejected Zayo Group LLC’s claims that a $675 million merger partner’s silence about looming customer changes caused Zayo to overpay by $22 million.

  • November 26, 2018

    Texas Man Claims Facebook Texts Violate TCPA

    An Austin, Texas, man has tagged Facebook Inc. with a proposed class action in federal court alleging that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by repeatedly sending unsolicited text messages to consumers who were on the National Do Not Call Registry.

  • November 26, 2018

    LinkedIn Targeted Nonmembers Via Emails, Regulator Says

    As part of an audit resolved "amicably" without a fine, Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner said that LinkedIn Corp. breached European Union privacy law in the run-up to the bloc's new data protection regime by advertising to 18 million nonmembers on Facebook after obtaining their email addresses.

  • November 26, 2018

    Telecom Must Halt $1.5B Satellite IP Suit, Chinese Co. Says

    A Dutch telecom can’t continue its $1.5 billion suit accusing the Hong Kong subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned asset management company of plotting to steal its satellite designs while similar claims are being arbitrated in Hong Kong, the company has told a California federal judge.

  • November 26, 2018

    AT&T Fights Bid For Scholars To Appear At Merger Appeal

    AT&T Inc. urged the D.C. Circuit on Monday to reject a bid from a group of scholars to appear during oral arguments next month as the government looks to revive its challenge of the telecom giant's purchase of Time Warner Inc., saying the group’s arguments are not needed.

  • November 26, 2018

    UK Lawmakers Seize Facebook Files In Data Harvest Probe

    U.K. lawmakers investigating Facebook's Cambridge Analytica data scandal say they have seized a set of internal company documents in an unusual move that comes before a high-profile Tuesday hearing in London scrutinizing the social network's approach to privacy and disinformation.

  • November 26, 2018

    LBI Media Lays Out Restructuring, Sale Plans In Ch. 11 Docs

    Spanish-language broadcasting company LBI Media Inc. filed its Chapter 11 plan documents Friday in Delaware bankruptcy court, describing its plan to swap its first-lien note debt for most of the equity in its reorganized operation.

  • November 26, 2018

    Ex-Tribal Telecom Prez Says He Was Fired For Not Lying

    The former president of two Native American telecommunication companies was fired after refusing orders to lie under oath in a suit brought by Sprint accusing them of unlawfully charging for conference call traffic, according to a suit filed Friday in South Dakota federal court.

  • November 26, 2018

    Belgian Antitrust Watchdog To Probe Liberty Global Deals

    Europe’s competition enforcer announced Monday that it is referring a pair of Liberty Global deals to Belgium’s competition watchdog, saying that the transactions may threaten to lessen competition in several regional television markets in Belgium.

  • November 21, 2018

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 71 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2018 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • November 21, 2018

    UK Data Watchdog Releases GDPR Encryption Guidance

    The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office on Wednesday published new guidance to help individuals understand the kinds of encryption that are currently in use and how encryption can better help protect their data, as part of its Guide to General Data Protection Regulation. 

  • November 21, 2018

    Spanish-language Broadcaster Hits Ch. 11 With $530M Debt

    LBI Media Inc., which operates Spanish-language TV and radio stations nationally including EstrellaTV, hit Chapter 11 in Delaware on Wednesday with $530 million in debt and a planned debt-for-equity swap, citing shifting viewer habits and dwindling revenue from advertisers as reasons for its filing.

  • November 21, 2018

    Motorola, Hytera Get Mixed ITC Ruling In Radio Patent Fight

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has shielded Hytera Communications Corp. Ltd.'s line of redesigned two-way radio systems from import restrictions, but maintained a trade block on the original design of those products for ripping off Chicago-based Motorola Solutions Inc.'s intellectual property.

  • November 21, 2018

    IHeartMedia Looks To Re-Up Ch. 11 Worker Bonus Plan

    IHeartMedia Inc. has asked a Texas bankruptcy court for authorization to continue performance incentive plans that could pay company employees up to $82 million in 2019 as the radio giant tries to reorganize under Chapter 11.

  • November 21, 2018

    Russian Telecom Co. Earmarks $849M To Settle Bribe Probe

    Russian telecommunications operator Mobile TeleSystems PJSC said that it has set aside 55.8 billion Russian rubles ($849 million) to settle liability stemming from a U.S. probe into potential bribery by the company in Uzbekistan.

  • November 21, 2018

    Qualcomm Gets Claims Trimmed In Patent Row With Apple

    Qualcomm has convinced a California federal judge to trim certain patent-related claims by Apple in the pair’s ongoing legal brawl, with the judge finding that Apple failed to show that the court still has jurisdiction over the claims in light of the chipmaker’s recent covenant not to sue over the patents at issue.

  • November 20, 2018

    FTC, Cos. Settle Claims Over Privacy Shield Certification

    The Federal Trade Commission on Monday finalized settlements with four companies that the agency accused of falsely claiming to be certified under the Privacy Shield framework, which lets companies transfer consumer data from the European Union to the U.S. and recently survived its second annual review. 

  • November 20, 2018

    Chancery Says Tangoe Board Can’t Nix $256M Sale Suit

    The Delaware Chancery Court on Tuesday refused to toss a proposed shareholder class action against directors of IT and telecommunications company Tangoe Inc. over their decision to sell the company amid regulatory troubles, saying it is conceivable that the board members acted out of their own self-interest.

  • November 20, 2018

    Sprint, T-Mobile Withheld Critical Merger Info, Agency Told

    A union and a consumer group are calling on New York regulators to reopen the record on Sprint and T-Mobile's proposed megamerger on grounds that the companies withheld key information during the public comment period on the deal.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Rebuttal

    Japan SEP Licensing Guide Also Aims To Prevent Abuse

    Jay Jurata

    In a recent Law360 guest article, David Kappos wrote that the Japan Patent Office's new licensing guide reflects a balanced approach to standard-essential patents. We agree. But some of the article's characterizations of the issues underlying SEP disputes are misguided, say Jay Jurata and Emily Luken of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • Assessing 'Concreteness' Under Spokeo In Northern Illinois

    Alex Egbert

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision left lower courts to flesh out history's and Congress' “important roles” when developing a workable legal standard for deciding whether an intangible injury is sufficiently “concrete.” Not surprisingly, the Northern District of Illinois “concreteness” determinations relying on Congress’ role tend to be ad hoc, say Alex Egbert and Tony Hopp of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Standard-Setting Participation Can Affect Patent Enforceability

    Jim Burger

    The Federal Circuit's decision in Core Wireless v. Apple shows that failing to read the fine print on membership obligations to standards-setting bodies can lead to consequences for patents held by companies or acquired from other standards participants, say Jim Burger and Michael Parks of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Internet Of Things Cos. Must Prepare For Law Enforcement

    Matthew Gardner

    As the internet of things device market develops, companies that proactively develop compliance strategies should be able to avoid many of the pitfalls that are sure to come as law enforcement changes the way it investigates cases, say attorneys at Wiley Rein LLP.