In this round of intellectual property updates tied to the ongoing pandemic, attorneys general put pressure on the federal government to make COVID-19 drugs more accessible, patent trials in Texas remain in the air, and one attorney expresses guilt for proceeding with an in-person jury trial.
As school districts hammer out plans to hold fall classes partially or fully online, educators and regulators are scrambling to get as many students connected to the internet as possible, highlighting the ongoing connectivity divide that threatens to further disadvantage low-income and rural learners.
The Fourth Circuit said Friday that a West Virginia woman must arbitrate claims that DirecTV violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act because she is bound by a contract she signed with AT&T before it acquired the satellite TV provider.
The daily commotion over TikTok is captivating, but attorneys should be aware of the bigger picture, which includes an aggressive stance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on personal data and increasingly heightened tensions between the U.S. and China.
The First Circuit upheld a lower court decision Friday that blocked two local residents of a coastal Massachusetts town from intervening in a case over a T-Mobile antenna installation in a church steeple, ruling that their local government represented the views of the concerned citizens adequately.
The D.C. Circuit doesn't completely see eye to eye with the Copyright Royalty Board's choice to hike the rates that streaming services must pay songwriters and publishers, but exactly how much it disagrees isn't clear — the panel sealed its Friday opinion vacating part of the ruling.
An ERISA suit accusing AT&T Services Inc. of wasting its workers' retirement savings on unreasonable fees and engaging in prohibited transactions will move forward as a class action after a California federal judge gave her blessing to a nearly 250,000-member class.
In this week's Taxation With Representation, Marathon Petroleum sells Speedway in a $21 billion deal, Teladoc Health and Livongo ink a $18.5 billion merger, and a $16.3 billion Siemens buy creates the world's biggest cancer care provider.
A host of music labels want the Eleventh Circuit to take a look at a ruling last month that trimmed their suit against telecommunications company Bright House Networks over its alleged failure to curb internet subscribers' pirating activity, according to a filing Thursday.
A Maryland federal judge has given the initial nod to a deal worth nearly $25 million between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and shareholders that would end allegations the media giant botched a $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media Co.
The past week in London has seen a U.K. insurance technology company take aim at PwC after an acquisition went south, a major cruise line sue to curb travelers' insurance claims, and the U.K.'s criminal investigator file for civil recovery from a real estate company. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.
President Donald Trump signed executive orders Thursday night that could ban all "transactions" with the owners of the popular Chinese short-form video app TikTok and social media platform WeChat, citing national security concerns.
Apple and Intel have filed a new and far more detailed complaint in California federal court in order to ease a judge's concerns that their original lawsuit was overly vague, accusing Fortress Investment Group LLC of orchestrating an anti-competitive patent aggregation scheme.
Spectrum shareholder Liberty Broadband said Thursday it has agreed to purchase GCI Liberty, the parent company for Alaska's largest communications provider and digital event planner Evite, in a stock-for-stock transaction that values GCI Liberty at $8.7 billion, with guidance from Morris, Baker Botts, Skadden and Debevoise.
Lenovo has pushed back against a Justice Department statement supporting InterDigital in a licensing dispute over standard-essential patents, arguing that attacks on its antitrust allegations merely reflect what the agency's leadership wants the law to be.
The U.S. Senate passed legislation banning the use of the TikTok video app on government devices Thursday, as lawmakers ratcheted up pressure on Chinese technology firms allegedly tied to China's Communist Party.
WESCO International Inc. cut a deal with Canada's competition enforcer Thursday to unload a pair of businesses in order to address concerns raised by the company's $4.5 billion purchase of Anixter International Inc.
Google LLC is monitoring Android smartphone users without their knowledge and harvesting their data, which the search giant intends to use to create a competitor to the short-form video app TikTok, according to a putative privacy class action filed in California federal court Wednesday.
If AT&T or Verizon had a role in the auctioning off of any of the so-called bidstream data that allowed a consumer data firm to track Black Lives Matter protesters, the Federal Communications Commission's Geoffrey Starks wants to know about it.
An international consortium of tax officials negotiating a new global taxing system will consider whether to remove prescription drugs from the scope of taxation, as well as an expanded list of exemptions including fishing and agriculture, financial technology and shipping.
The only member of the Federal Communications Commission to speak in favor of President Donald Trump's call to crack down on perceived social media bias said Thursday that he's looking forward to hearing public input when his agency takes up the issue.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday asked for public input on an effort to rein in the rates prisons and jails may charge for out-of-state calls and also declared that it has authority to cap ancillary fees that further jack up prisoners' phone bills.
A regional Charter unit is taking the Virginia tax commissioner to federal court over public right-of-way fees that the company claims are superseded by federal law, arguing that the levy causes double-dipping because Charter already pays franchise fees to the Old Dominion.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday set auction procedures for its upcoming mid-band spectrum auction, but one agency Democrat warned that the massive airwaves sale scheduled for December still faces very real hurdles.
Philips urged a London judge Thursday to order TCL Corp. to provide information on its worldwide sales so it can begin to assess financial damages for its infringement claims.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has departed from established processes in its national security investigation of TikTok, with comments from across the Trump administration casting doubt on the interagency committee's confidentiality, apolitical nature and focus, says Paul Marquardt at Cleary.
Contrary to a recent Law360 guest article arguing that most courts have criticized or rejected the First Circuit's reversal of class certification in the 2018 Asacol pay-for-delay cases, most courts have in fact followed it, recognizing that precedent requires serious scrutiny of plaintiffs' proposed proof, say attorneys at White & Case.
Advances in legal technology are often accompanied by bombastic overstatements, but it is important to separate the wheat from the chaff by looking at where various technologies stand on the hype curve, says Lance Eliot at Stanford Law School.
The American Bar Association should revise its recently approved best practices on third-party litigation funding as they do not reflect how legal finance actually works and could create confusion among lawyers, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.
Recent derivative claims filed in a California federal court over diversity and inclusion shortcomings at Oracle, Facebook and Qualcomm demonstrate shareholder willingness to hold directors and officers accountable for public companies' failure to deliver on environmental, social and governance commitments, say attorneys at Cleary.
Prohibitions taking effect next week on the use of certain Chinese telecommunications technology by government contractors will have an immediate impact on M&A involving companies that do business with the federal government, and will require prospective buyers' careful consideration in four areas, say attorneys at Covington.
In the final year of any presidential administration, there is an undeniable appetite on the part of large law firms for government-savvy legal talent, but firms need to first consider how they will actually utilize their new star hire, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.
Delegating legal work to robots involves several risks, including running afoul of statutes dictating unauthorized practice of law, but with the right precautions, law firms can lawfully employ artificially intelligent chatbots that can imitate human conversations, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.
The stock market's dramatic recovery from its pandemic-prompted plunge may provide securities class action defendants an opportunity to rely on the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s rarely invoked bounce-back provision to ward off stock-drop claims, or sharply limit available damages, say John Schreiber and John Tschirgi at Winston & Strawn.
The challenges of administering bar exams this year have put the future of the profession in jeopardy, but the American Bar Association at its ongoing annual meeting can adopt a resolution that would urge jurisdictions to take emergency actions with respect to licensure of new attorneys, says Nicholas Allard, former president of Brooklyn Law School.
A New York federal court's recent Telephone Consumer Protection Act decision in Gerrard v. Acara Solutions adds to a growing line of cases holding that phone calls or text messages related to offers of employment may not be directly subject to the harsher provisions of the TCPA, says Myriah Jaworski at Beckage.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Thryv v. Click-to-Call, that Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings on inter partes review timeliness cannot be appealed, parties should effectively argue procedural bars — or risk losing IPRs, say attorneys at Finnegan.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way judges work, but how has it impacted the volume of work product they generate? Ben Strawn and Omeed Azmoudeh at Davis Graham investigate using data from the PACER federal courts registry.
Companies can expect an explosion in trade secret claims amid the current economic downturn due to robust trade secret laws that favor plaintiffs, pandemic-related workplace changes and the need to address lawsuits urgently, says Patrick Dempsey at Therium.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case, Facebook v. Duguid, that has the potential to transform the statutory definition of autodialer and make it much more difficult for plaintiffs to prevail in robocall cases, says David Poell at Sheppard Mullin.