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

Q&A

Lambda Legal Calls For More LGBTQ+ Judges

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden has made a historic increase in the diversity of judicial appointees, but a major LGBTQ+ legal organization is hoping for more progress with LGBTQ+ judges and says the clock is ticking.

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Justices To Hear Nvidia Case On Securities Pleading Standard

By Jessica Corso

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal of a Ninth Circuit ruling that revived investors' claims over chipmaker Nvidia's crypto mining sales, giving the high court a chance to weigh in on the pleading requirements needed to sustain a shareholder class action.

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High Court Will Mull Proof Needed For Wage-Hour Carveout

By Jon Steingart

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a wage and hour case from a supermarket distributor, teeing up an opportunity for the justices to articulate the standard by which an employer must demonstrate workers are exempt from overtime.

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Milbank Snags FTC Competition Trial Chief For DC Office

By Lauren Berg

Milbank LLP announced Monday it has hired the chief trial counsel for the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, bulking up its Washington, D.C., antitrust and competition practice with a veteran litigator who led the government's challenge to Microsoft Corp.'s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

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Columbia Law Adds UChicago Vice Provost As 1st Black Dean

By Tracey Read

A former deputy dean at the University of Chicago Law School will take over as dean of Columbia Law School on Aug. 1, Columbia University President Minouche Shafik announced Monday.

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NYC Bar Blasts Judges' Columbia Boycott Letter

By Sue Reisinger

The New York City Bar Association on Monday questioned the impartiality of 13 federal judges who issued a letter last month publicly refusing to hire students from Columbia Law School as clerks because of campus political protests over the Israel-Hamas war.

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Texas Bar Proposes Limits On Services From In-House Attys

By Lynn LaRowe

The State Bar of Texas said in-house lawyers working for companies owned by nonattorneys are barred from providing legal services to the businesses' customers unless the work meets specific criteria because otherwise, the companies run afoul of rules forbidding the unauthorized practice of law, according to a proposed ethics opinion.

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Must Turn Over Q&A Doc

By Emily Sawicki

Attorneys accused of a coordinated effort to "judge shop" amid federal suits challenging an Alabama law banning certain medical procedures for transgender youth must supply a document the court believes displays the attorneys' preparations for a panel hearing in which one of the attorneys allegedly committed perjury.

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NJ Firm Defends Lien On Ex-Client's Patents After Unpaid Bills

By Andrew Karpan

A major New Jersey law firm said it has a "common law" right to place a lien on its former client's patents without telling it, after the "failed" biopharmaceutical startup fired the firm and stopped paying its outstanding legal bills.

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NJ Power Broker, Firm CEO Brother Accused Of Racketeering

By George Woolston

Powerful New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III and his brother who is the chief executive officer of law firm Parker McCay have been criminally charged alongside others in a scheme to acquire waterfront property in the distressed city of Camden using threats of economic and reputational harm.

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Clients Say McGrath Kavinoky 'Bullied' Them Into Abuse Deal

By Jack Karp

California firm McGrath Kavinoky LLP, which inked more than $374 million in settlements for women who say they were sexually abused by a UCLA Health gynecologist, misled its clients and "bullied" them into accepting far smaller amounts than they were promised, according to a lawsuit in state court by two ex-clients.

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Man In Murder-For-Hire Plot To Kill Atty Gets Extradited To NY

By Gina Kim

An Indian national indicted in connection with a murder-for-hire plot to assassinate an attorney connected to a Punjab political revolution has been extradited to the Southern District of New York and made his initial appearance in federal court Monday, during which he pled not guilty to the criminal charges against him.

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McConnell Denounces Judicial Nominee For District Of Ore.

By Courtney Bublé

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor on Monday to criticize Magistrate Judge Mustafa Taher Kasubhai, a nominee for a district court judgeship in the District of Oregon whose confirmation vote is teed up for Tuesday. 

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Brief

Biden: High Court 'Never Been As Out Of Kilter'

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden said at a campaign event over the weekend that the U.S. Supreme Court "has never been as out of kilter as it is today."

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Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

By Leslie A. Pappas

Proposed amendments to Delaware's General Corporation Law that were prompted by several recent Chancery Court rulings sailed through the state Senate last week despite loud opposition from corporate law professors and other Chancery Court watchers, and Tesla shareholders filed two new suits against CEO Elon Musk. 

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

ADVA Optical Networking

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Albertsons Cos. Inc.

Alliance Defending Freedom

Alstom SA

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc.

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Home Assurance Co.

Apple Inc.

BBB National Programs Inc.

CBS Interactive Inc.

CTIA

Chegg Inc.

Cincinnati Bengals

Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cott Corporation

De Novo

Delaware State Bar Association

Epic Games Inc.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Google LLC

HP Inc.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

International Association of Better Business Bureaus Inc.

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Microsoft Corp.

NETGEAR, Inc.

NFL Enterprises LLC

NVIDIA Corp.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

New York City Bar Association

Oregon State Bar

Public Citizen Inc.

QUALCOMM Inc.

Retrophin Inc.

Sales Inc.

Salesforce.com Inc.

Southern Poverty Law Center Inc.

Spectrum Management Holding Co.

State Bar of Texas

T-Mobile US Inc.

Tesla Inc.

The AES Corp.

The American Law Institute

The DIRECTV Group Inc.

The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Inc.

The Kroger Co.

The Michaels Organization

Therapeutics Inc.

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UCLA Health System

United States Telecom Association

Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc.

Virgin Orbit LLC

Warner Bros. Discovery Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Washington Legal Foundation

Yale University

YouTube Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Advisors LLC

Axinn Veltrop

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Bernstein Litowitz

Boies Schiller

Boyden Gray

Brown & Connery

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Critchley Kinum

Crowell & Moring

Day Pitney

Dominick Feld

Farella Braun

Freshfields

Gibson Dunn

Goldberg Kohn

Hausfeld LLP

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Hopkins & Carley

Jenner & Block

Joseph Hage Aaronson

Kessler Topaz

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Knobbe Martens

Lando & Anastasi

Langer Grogan

Lightfoot Franklin

Manly Stewart

Marino Tortorella

Mayer Brown

McCarter & English

McKool Smith

Melehy & Associates

Milbank LLP

O'Neil Cannon

Parker McCay

Paul Weiss

Poole Huffman

Shook Hardy

Spencer Fane

Stein Sperling

Sunstein LLP

Susman Godfrey

The Office of Craig C. Reilly

Thompson Coburn

Weil Gotshal

Wilkinson Stekloff

Williams & Connolly

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

California Civil Rights Department

California Public Employees' Retirement System

Delaware Court of Chancery

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Internal Revenue Service

Los Angeles Superior Court

Texas Supreme Court

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

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

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth 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 Middle District of Alabama

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. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court