The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review whether reimbursement requests made to the Federal Communications Commission's E-rate program for schools and libraries are "claims" under the False Claims Act.
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Justices To Decide If False Claims Act Applies To E-Rate

By Ali Sullivan

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review whether reimbursement requests made to the Federal Communications Commission's E-rate program for schools and libraries are "claims" under the False Claims Act.

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Toss Universal Service Fund Challenge, FCC Urges 5th Circ.

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission on Monday urged the Fifth Circuit to throw out a challenge to the agency's telecom subsidy system after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a pair of similar cases.

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NFL Commish Goodell Takes Stand To Deny TV Price Controls

By Craig Clough

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified Monday in front of a California federal jury considering multibillion-dollar antitrust claims against the league that the NFL does not control the price of DirecTV's Sunday Ticket with any secret deals, insisting instead that the broadcast strategy is shouted "from the mountaintops."

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Sen. Spectrum Bill Called Inadequate For Connectivity Needs

By Christopher Cole

A Senate bill to renew the Federal Communications Commission's authority to auction spectrum is facing criticism from a technology think tank as the legislation heads to a committee vote Tuesday.

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Analysis

Top Patent Eligibility Rulings In The Decade Since Alice

By Ryan Davis

The U.S. Supreme Court's Alice v. CLS Bank decision 10 years ago this week led to scores of inventions being found ineligible for patenting, and rulings since then have fleshed out the law on the contentious topic. Here's a look at the most notable patent eligibility decisions after Alice.

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POLICY & REGULATION

T-Mobile To Consider Changing 'Price Lock' Ads After Dispute

By Jared Foretek

T-Mobile said it will look into modifying "Price Lock" advertising claims after AT&T told the Better Business Bureau that the ads mislead consumers by suggesting that T-Mobile locks in a certain price, when it only offers a free month of home internet service under certain conditions if the price goes up.

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LITIGATION

'What Am I Supposed To Do?': Epic-Apple Doc Row Irks Judge

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal judge presiding over Epic Games' high-stakes antitrust compliance fight against Apple expressed frustration Monday with the parties' disagreement over the scope of Apple's document production, asking counsel repeatedly "What am I supposed to do?" and "Do I need to get somebody on the stand to explain this?"

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Huawei Slams Netgear's 'Tenuous' RICO Case

By Andrew Karpan

Huawei has responded to a racketeering and antitrust case from a major U.S. maker of Wi-Fi routers by calling it "rife with tenuous legal and factual claims" and comparing its reworking of patent infringement allegations to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's failed antitrust case against Qualcomm.

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Justices Reject Dispute Over $3.1B South Korean Military Deal

By Daniel Wilson

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to consider the scope of commercial activities in a case brought by a brokerage firm fighting the loss of a $3.1 billion South Korean military satellite deal.

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Ad Tech Judge Says No 'Moving Target' Damages, No Jury

By Bryan Koenig

A Virginia federal judge refused to consider the government's "late-arriving" math on how much federal agencies were overcharged by Google's digital advertising placement technology, according to an order unsealed Friday, a decision that allowed Google to successfully short-circuit the U.S. Department of Justice's damages claim and avoid a jury trial sought by the agency.

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Investor Seeks Del. Anti-Suit Shield, Alleging Brazil Co. Threat

By Jeff Montgomery

A Mexico City resident who invested in a Delaware limited partnership group that builds telecommunication towers in Brazil on Monday petitioned Delaware's Court of Chancery for an anti-suit injunction, citing a defamation lawsuit threat made after he inquired about going concern risk reports.

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DEALS

SEC Alleges Texas Man Offered Virgin Sham $200M 'Lifeline'

By Gina Kim

Securities regulators sued a venture capitalist and his investment firm in Texas federal court Monday, accusing the firm of making a bogus offer to invest $200 million into Virgin Orbit last year despite having less than $1 in its bank account and causing stock prices to swell before plummeting when the deal collapsed.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

The 2024 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey

Firms are making their attorneys happy in most areas of professional life, including culture and compensation, but stress is a constant struggle and many are taking minimal vacations, according to the latest survey from Law360 Pulse.

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Akin Elects US, London Duo To Take Over From Veteran Chair

By Ashish Sareen

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said on Tuesday that it has elected the partner in charge of its New York office and a corporate specialist in London to jointly lead the firm as its longtime chair prepares to step down next year.

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NY High Court Denies Trump's Gag Order Appeal

By Frank G. Runyeon

New York state's highest court on Tuesday denied Donald Trump's rapid appeal of the gag order that limited his speech during his criminal hush money trial, finding it did not raise serious constitutional issues.

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Dems' Absences Bring Canceled Vote On Ore. Federal Judge

By Courtney Bublé

The Senate scrapped a vote on Tuesday for Magistrate Judge Mustafa Taher Kasubhai's nomination to a district court judgeship in the District of Oregon amid vast Republican opposition.

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Del. House Panel Splits On Senate-Passed Corp. Law Change

By Jeff Montgomery

A divided Delaware House committee released on Tuesday contested amendments to the state's general corporation law, sending the measure toward a full House vote after sometimes edgy testimony that included a committee chair's shutdown of an opposing law professor's reference to HBO's seamy corporate drama series "Succession."

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The 2 New Jersey Attys Ensnared In A Mogul's Extortion Rap

By George Woolston

New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III may be the alleged mastermind of an extortion scheme to reap millions in tax credits on waterfront property in a distressed city, but an explosive indictment also reveals the purported roles of two attorneys with close ties to the Democratic Party.

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Panel Laments 'Hunger Games' Tactics In Mich. Judicial Races

By Carolyn Muyskens

A Michigan Court of Appeals panel has expressed concern that judicial candidates are weaponizing the complexity of Michigan's filing requirements to eliminate their competition, with one judge commenting that "contests for vacant judgeships all too often have turned into the Hunger Games." 

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McElroy Deutsch Says Exec Embezzled Money For Home

By Tracey Read

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP has doubled down on its bid for a constructive trust on the home of two former executives accused of stealing from the firm.

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9 Firms Vie To Lead Suit Over Ad Tech Co.'s Microsoft Ties

By Sydney Price

Pomerantz LLP, Levi & Korsinsky LLP and several other firms have filed competing bids to lead a proposed shareholder class action alleging that shares of ad tech company Perion Network declined nearly 40% after its strategic partner Microsoft Bing "unilaterally" changed its search advertising pricing.

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Healthcare Tensions Equal Business For Litigation Funders

By Ryan Boysen

As rampant consolidation collides with inflation-squeezed margins in the American healthcare system, tensions between service providers and insurers are at the breaking point and increasingly boiling "over into litigation," providing opportunities for litigation funders, according to a new article by Burford Capital LLC.

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Ariz. County Says New Kari Lake Vote Claims Merit Sanctions

By Ali Sullivan

Maricopa County officials are slamming former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's bid to unravel a Ninth Circuit decision affirming the toss of her lawsuit over Arizona's voting machines, contending that the "fatally flawed" effort warrants sanctions.

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DC Bar Counsel Moves To Suspend Hunter Biden's Law License

By Alison Knezevich

Attorney disciplinary authorities in the nation's capital have moved to suspend Hunter Biden's license to practice law there after he was convicted of three federal gun charges last week.

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Dems Ask For Update On Justice Thomas Gifts Investigation

By Katie Buehler

A pair of Democratic lawmakers have asked the judiciary's governing body for an update on its review of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' failure to disclose years of luxury gifts and travel he received from conservative billionaires.

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Cuomo's Ex-Aide Details Sex Harrassment Claims In New Suit

By Dorothy Atkins

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's onetime executive assistant has filed a civil lawsuit in New York state court, accusing Cuomo of "outrageous sex discrimination and retaliation" roughly two years after related misdemeanor charges over the alleged misconduct were dropped.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

ADVA Optical Networking

Alstom SA

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc.

American Hospital Association

Apple Inc.

BBB National Programs Inc.

Burford Capital LLC

CBS Interactive Inc.

CTIA

Cincinnati Bengals

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cooper Health System

De Novo

Envision Healthcare Corp.

Epic Games Inc.

Google LLC

HP Inc.

Home Box Office Inc.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

International Association of Better Business Bureaus Inc.

LinkedIn Corp.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Microsoft Corp.

Moelis & Co.

NETGEAR, Inc.

NFL Enterprises LLC

New Jersey State Bar Association

Perion Network Ltd.

QUALCOMM Inc.

Rowan University

Salesforce.com Inc.

Spectrum Management Holding Co.

Sun Bancorp Inc.

T-Mobile US Inc.

The DIRECTV Group Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Inc.

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Anesthesia Partners

U.S. Vision Inc.

United States Telecom Association

United Way Worldwide Inc.

Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc.

Virgin Orbit LLC

YouTube Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Advisors LLC

Akin Gump

Axinn Veltrop

Bernstein Liebhard

Block & Leviton

Boies Schiller

Boyden Gray

Brown & Connery

Burgess Law Group

Cooley LLP

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Critchley Kinum

Crowell & Moring

Cuti Hecker

Fox Rothschild

Freshfields

Gibson Dunn

Glancy Prongay

Glavin PLLC

Goldberg Kohn

Hausfeld LLP

Holland & Knight

Holzer & Holzer

Hopkins & Carley

Kaplan Fox

Knobbe Martens

Lando & Anastasi

Langer Grogan

Levi & Korsinsky

Marino Tortorella

Mayer Brown

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

O'Neil Cannon

Parker Daniels Kibort

Parker McCay

Paul Weiss

Pomerantz LLP

Poole Huffman

Spencer Fane

Sunstein LLP

Susman Godfrey

The Office of Craig C. Reilly

Thompson Coburn

Weil Gotshal

Wilkinson Stekloff

Winston & Strawn

Wolf Popper

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Delaware Court of Chancery

Delaware River Port Authority

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Internal Revenue Service

New York Attorney General's Office

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of State

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court