The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that it plans to vote next month on a proposal to require robocallers to disclose their use of artificial intelligence to call recipients, among other potential new rules surrounding AI in telecommunications.
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FCC Plans Vote To Expand AI Robocall Regulations

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that it plans to vote next month on a proposal to require robocallers to disclose their use of artificial intelligence to call recipients, among other potential new rules surrounding AI in telecommunications.

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SpaceX Loses Bid To Block Rival's Earth Station Renewals

By Jared Foretek

The Federal Communications Commission denied SpaceX's request to reconsider the agency's renewal of licenses for three earth stations from satellite communications company DBSD Corp., saying in a new order that SpaceX showed little to support its claim that DBSD was using "obstructionist" tactics to interfere with SpaceX operations.

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FCC Says Call Routing Protocols Need Better Security

By Jared Foretek

The Federal Communications Commission says it's stepping up its efforts to better secure the signaling protocols mobile telecom providers use to place and maintain calls, telling concerned lawmakers that carriers nationwide have implemented the commission's best practices for network security.

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6th Circ. Says Credit Union Can't Sue T-Mobile Over Cell Scam

By Katryna Perera

The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that a lower court was correct in tossing a lawsuit in which Michigan First Credit Union sued T-Mobile to recover the reimbursement fees the credit union paid to customers after they suffered unauthorized electronic transfers of money from their accounts due to cellphone scams.

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Google Maps Antitrust Suit Deleted For Good

By Bryan Koenig

A California federal judge permanently dismissed a proposed class action targeting Google's Maps product, rejecting arguments that the company's terms of service barred third parties from using rival route guidance or places-of-interest tools with a Google-furnished map.

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SiriusXM Must Face Suit Over $150M In Unpaid Royalties In NY

By Adam Lidgett

A Virginia federal judge has agreed to let Sirius XM move nonprofit royalty collector SoundExchange's suit to New York federal court, but refused to let it entirely escape claims that it owes more than $150 million in unpaid royalties.

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DIVERSITY SNAPSHOT

The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

By Xiumei Dong

Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

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These Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

By Gerald Schifman

Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

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ENFORCEMENT

FCC Dings América Móvil For Lack Of Notice On Stock Reorg

By Nadia Dreid

Mexican mobile operator América Móvil has admitted to the Federal Communications Commission that it broke the rules by transferring control of certain FCC licenses and authorizations to a quartet of subsidiaries without informing the agency.

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LITIGATION

FCC's Media Ownership Rules Are 'Relics,' 8th Circ. Told

By Christopher Cole

Broadcasters are pressing the Eighth Circuit to unravel the Federal Communications Commission's latest local media ownership rules, saying they are based on views of the industry that are long outdated.

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Apple's Slowed IPhone Derivative Deal OK'd After Tweaks

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal judge said Tuesday she would approve Apple's non-monetary settlement to resolve a derivative-shareholder suit over claims it secretly slowed iPhones and award counsel $6 million in attorneys fees and expenses, after she rejected an earlier version of the deal because of the proposal's overbroad release of claims.

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Starboard Demands Change At Tinder Owner Match

By Al Barbarino

New York-based activist investor Starboard Value LP has amassed a 6.6% stake in Match Group Inc. and is pushing the company to go private if it can't make "value-enhancing" gains after its stock plummeted from its 2021 heyday, according to a letter published Tuesday by Starboard.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Big Business May Come To Rue The Post-Administrative State

Many have framed the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions overturning Chevron deference and extending the window to challenge regulations as big wins for big business, but sand in the gears of agency rulemaking may be a double-edged sword, creating prolonged uncertainty that impedes businesses’ ability to plan for the future, says Todd Baker at Columbia University.

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A Refresher On Calculating Political Advertising Costs

With election season well underway, it is important for broadcasters, political candidates, time buyers and others concerned with how the cost of broadcast political advertising is determined to know what the Federal Communications Commission factors into lowest unit calculations, and how the commission has defined "commercial advertisers," says Gregg Skall at Telecommunications Law Professionals.

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Series

Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

3 Reasons Why 2nd Menendez Bribery Case Was The Charm

By Carla Baranauckas

Nearly seven years after the government's first bribery case against longtime U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez collapsed in a hung jury, prosecutors avenged that loss Tuesday by sealing a conviction on a new round of corruption charges.

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Menendez Guilty Of 'Shocking Corruption,' Urged To Resign

By Cara Salvatore, Pete Brush and Carla Baranauckas

A New York federal jury found U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez guilty on Tuesday of taking gold bars, cash and a Mercedes-Benz as bribes from three businessmen, handing a victory to the government on its second try to convict the embattled New Jersey Democrat on corruption charges and prompting calls for his resignation.

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Trump Special Prosecutor Ruling Could Find Favor On Appeal

By Carolina Bolado

When U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon dismissed the criminal case against former President Donald Trump in Florida over what she said was an unconstitutional appointment of a special prosecutor, she staked out a position that few other jurists have taken, but that could find support among some appellate judges, experts said.

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Ex-Trump Counsel Has Advice For GOP On Judicial Noms

By Courtney Bublé

A former Trump White House official who worked on judicial nominations has advised a potential future Republican administration to be aggressive, proactive and not to compromise on circuit court picks.

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Smirnov Wants David Weiss DQ'd After Trump Docs Ruling

By Hailey Konnath

Former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov said Monday that a Florida federal judge's order disqualifying the special prosecutor in the Donald Trump classified documents case means special counsel David Weiss should also be disqualified from Smirnov's case, according to a motion filed in California federal court.

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Fed. Circ. OKs Judge Connolly's Fine Against IP Biz Owner

By Andrew Karpan

A precedential ruling from the Federal Circuit on Tuesday found that Delaware's top judge has the right to fine a Texas paralegal who is the sole owner of patent litigation outfit Backertop Licensing LLC $200 a day for refusing to show up in court as part of the judge's investigation into whether Backertop and others hid their connection to big-name intellectual property consulting firm IP Edge.

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Musk Says X, SpaceX Moving To Texas Over Calif. Gender Law

By Lauren Berg

Elon Musk took to X Tuesday to announce he will be moving the headquarters of the social media company and his astronautics company, SpaceX, out of California to Texas, after Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that bars policies mandating that teachers notify parents about students' gender identity.

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$4.5M Davis Wright Deal In Ore. Fraud Suit Gets Final OK

By Sydney Price

An Oregon federal judge has fully adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation to sign off on a $4.5 million deal resolving investor claims against law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP for its work representing entities involved in an alleged real estate securities fraud scheme, while two banks were dismissed from the case.

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Tesla Swaps Cravath Out, WilmerHale In For Antitrust Defense

By Lauren Berg

WilmerHale has taken over from Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP as counsel for Tesla in a proposed class action in California federal court alleging the company runs an unlawful monopoly on parts for its electric vehicles.

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ACLU Legal Director Leaving For Expanded Georgetown Role

By Kevin Penton

The American Civil Liberties Union's national legal director plans to step down from a role he has held for eight years, the organization confirmed Tuesday.

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Groups Slam UC Berkeley's 'Misreading' Of Antisemitism Case

By Jake Maher

Jewish organizations suing the University of California, Berkeley, and its law school for allegedly tolerating an antisemitic culture on campus fought to keep their suit alive this week in the face of a motion to dismiss, maintaining their claims are ripe despite UC Berkeley's "bold misreading" of the case.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alphabet Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

Apple Inc.

Chevron Corp.

Cottrell Inc.

EchoStar Corp.

Google LLC

LinkedIn Corp.

Match Group LLC

Match.com Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

National Association of Broadcasters

National Rifle Association of America

Nexstar Media Group Inc.

Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc.

Public Broadcasting Service

Regents of the University of California

Riverview Bancorp Inc.

Sirius XM Radio Inc.

SoundExchange Inc.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Starboard Value LP

T-Mobile US Inc.

Tesla Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Akin Gump

ArentFox Schiff

Arnold & Porter

Atheria Law

Atkinson Andelson

Baker Botts

Baker Donelson

Berry Appleman

Best Best & Krieger

Boies Schiller

Bookoff McAndrews

Buchalter APC

Buckley LLP

Cahill Gordon

Carlton Fields

Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Cleary Gottlieb

Coburn & Greenbaum

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

Cuneo Gilbert

Davis & Wright

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Diaz Reus

Ellis George LLP

Esler Stephens

Farella Braun

Finger & Slanina

Finnegan

Fragomen Del Rey

Freed Kanner

Fullerton Beck

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Glancy Prongay

Gross Klein

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Holzman Law PLLC

Irell & Manella

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Knobbe Martens

Kudman Trachten

Larkins Vacura

Lozano Smith

Manning & Kass

Morrison Foerster

Munger Tolles

Nelson Mullins

Nematzadeh PLLC

Nossaman LLP

Oppenheim & Zebrak

Orrick Herrington

Paternoster Farnell

Paul Hastings

Pearson Warshaw

Perkins Coie

Riley Safer

Roig Lawyers

Saveri & Saveri

Schneider Wallace

Seed IP

Shutts & Bowen

Squire Patton

Sterne Kessler

Stoll Berne

Summit Law Group

Telecommunications Law Professionals

The Law Firm of Cesar de Castro

The Office of Craig C. Reilly

Tostrud Law Group

Waymaker LLP

Weil Gotshal

WeissLaw LLP

White & Case

Willkie Farr

WilmerHale

Wilson Sonsini

Withersworldwide

Wong Fleming

Zuber Lawler

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Reserve System

Federal Trade Commission

Internal Revenue Service

National Labor Relations Board

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Treasury

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

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 Southern District of Florida

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court