The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday placed new caps on prison phone rates under the Martha Wright-Reed Act, enacted to make sure that rates for incarcerated people and their families are "just and reasonable."
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FCC Caps Prison Phone Rates To Be 'Just And Reasonable'

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday placed new caps on prison phone rates under the Martha Wright-Reed Act, enacted to make sure that rates for incarcerated people and their families are "just and reasonable."

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FCC Votes On Party Lines To Subsidize Wi-Fi For Students

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission voted along a partisan divide Thursday to expand a federal school and library subsidy to cover Wi-Fi services for students to remedy gaps in broadband access.

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Comcast Gets PTAB To Eye Patent Despite EDTX Trial

By Andrew Karpan

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday said it will look into a petition by Comcast asking it to invalidate claims in a patent organizing "content on a display device" that is tied to a $338.7 million jury verdict and is being asserted in another case set to go to trial later this year.

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State PUCs Urged To Keep Eye On Broadband Projects

By Nadia Dreid

States need to step up and do more to ensure that telecommunication companies working on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund projects within their borders do the work they committed to doing on time, according to a former Federal Communications Commission official.

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POLICY & REGULATION

NTIA Gives FCC Routing Security Plan The Thumbs Up

By Nadia Dreid

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration says it's speaking for the Biden administration in throwing its weight behind the Federal Communications Commission's plan to impose new security rules regarding the crucial routing technology used by the internet.

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LITIGATION

Meta And FTC Want DC Circ. Privacy Fight Kept Paused

By Ali Sullivan

Meta's D.C. Circuit bid to stop the Federal Trade Commission from modifying the parties' $5 billion privacy settlement should be kept on ice, both sides said Thursday, as the commission vies to toss Meta's trial court suit following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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Epic Says Apple's 'Strategic Delay' Tactics Still Ongoing

By Bryan Koenig

The ongoing fight between Epic Games and Apple over the tech giant's compliance with a court order meant to open up app payment competition showed little sign of abating as Epic continued to blast Apple for slow and incomplete production.

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Urban Outfitters Freed From Class Claims Over 'Spy Pixels'

By P.J. D'Annunzio

A Pennsylvania federal judge said an Arizona woman lacked standing to bring a class action against clothing retailer Urban Outfitters over its alleged use of "spy pixels" to track customer activity because she failed to show a violation of that state's recording laws.

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Del. Judge Overrules ViaTech's $34M Jury Win Against Adobe

By Dani Kass

A Delaware federal judge has concluded that Adobe Inc. could not have infringed a ViaTech technologies licensing system patent, and threw out a jury's $33.8 million infringement verdict.

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Invalid Patents Sink Tech Co.'s Claims Against Lenovo

By Travis Bland

A North Carolina federal judge has cut claims in an infringement suit over data transfer patents by wireless and video technology company InterDigital against Lenovo, finding some of the challenged patents are invalid.

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Tech Giants Can't Sink Slide-To-Unlock Patent At Fed. Circ.

By Andrew Karpan

Samsung, Apple and Google failed on Thursday to persuade a panel of Federal Circuit judges to kill a patent covering the idea of sliding-to-unlock a phone, purportedly developed by a small Sweden smartphone developer over a decade ago.

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Brief

CEO Firing Case Tied To Mogul Going To Mediation

By Travis Bland

A former chief executive and a European IT company tied to convicted mogul Greg Lindberg will head to mediation as part of a back-and-forth case involving allegations of firing without warning and spending company money on women's lingerie.

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DEALS

Amphenol Corp. Paying $2.1B For CommScope Mobile Units

By Al Barbarino

Amphenol Corp. has inked a deal to buy two mobile networks units from CommScope for $2.1 billion, with Latham & Watkins LLP and Alston & Bird LLP advising the companies, respectively, on the all-cash deal, according to statements Thursday.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

7th Circ. Motorola Ruling Raises Stakes Of DTSA Litigation

The Seventh Circuit’s recent ruling in Motorola v. Hytera gives plaintiffs a powerful tool to recover damages, greatly increasing the incentive to bring Defend Trade Secrets Act claims against defendants with large global sales because those sales could generate large settlements, say attorneys at MoFo.

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Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: July Lessons

In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy considers cases touching on pre- and post-conviction detainment conditions, communications with class representatives, when the American Pipe tolling doctrine stops applying to modified classes, and more.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

NY Courts Limit Access To Ethics Data, Violating Own Rules

By Frank G. Runyeon

After a decade of widespread noncompliance with income and gift reporting rules, the New York court system's Ethics Commission has refused to publicly release all judges' annual financial disclosures, which safeguard against conflicts of interest, corruption and ethics lapses.

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Florida Opts To Use NextGen Bar Exam Starting In 2028

By Madison Arnold

Florida will adopt a new bar exam test component, known as the NextGen Bar Exam, from the National Conference of Bar Examiners beginning July 2028, the state's board of bar examiners announced Thursday.

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Analysis

Menendez Appeal Could Make Hay From Bribery Case Law

By Cara Salvatore

Sen. Robert Menendez's planned "aggressive" appeal will almost certainly include broadsides against his novel foreign-agent conviction and attempt to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court's proven appetite for bribery cases, experts say.

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Hunter Biden Wants Charges Tossed After Trump Docs Ruling

By Lauren Berg

Hunter Biden on Thursday asked federal judges in Delaware and California to throw out his conviction on felony gun charges and to toss other charges of tax evasion, citing a Florida federal judge's order disqualifying the special prosecutor in Donald Trump's classified documents case.

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Ex-BigLaw Atty Gets Nearly 2 Years For Election Crimes

By Chris Villani

A former BigLaw attorney was sentenced to 21 months in prison Thursday after being convicted of campaign finance violations tied to a failed run for U.S. Congress, with a Boston federal judge citing the defendant's legal acumen and experience as a law clerk as evidence he "should have known" better.

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Crypto Law Firm's SEC Challenge Met With Doubt At 9th Circ.

By Aislinn Keely

A Ninth Circuit panel appeared skeptical Thursday of a law firm's quest for a judgment that its use of the crypto asset ether doesn't offend securities laws, questioning whether the firm has shown it faces enough of a threat from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to keep its case against the regulator alive.

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Judge 'Not Optimistic' Houston Firm's PPP Suit Will Succeed

By Catherine Marfin

A Texas federal judge said Thursday he would give a Houston law firm another chance to make its case that the U.S. Small Business Administration was wrong in denying the firm's bid for loan forgiveness under a COVID-19-era relief program, but noted he was "not really optimistic" the firm would be able to succeed with its suit.

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Healthcare Co. Says Fired In-House Atty Lacks Standing To Sue

By Sue Reisinger

Kidney care company Panoramic Health has urged a Colorado federal judge to toss a former assistant general counsel's lawsuit that claims she was fired for raising concerns about violations of federal anti-kickback statutes.

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Adobe Inc.

Amegy Bank NA

Amphenol Corp.

Apple Inc.

Coinbase Global Inc.

Comcast Corp.

CommScope Inc.

Epic Games Inc.

Epic Systems Corp.

Ethereum GmbH

Google LLC

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

InterDigital Inc.

International Business Machines Corp.

KBR Inc.

Lenovo Group Ltd.

Meta Platforms Inc.

Motorola Solutions Inc.

Nardello & Co. LLC

Panoramic Health

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Sysco Corp.

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

The Florida Bar

The Kraft Heinz Co.

The State University of New York

Union Pacific Corp.

United Microelectronics Corp.

Urban Outfitters Inc.

Vendavo Inc.

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Zions Bancorp.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alston & Bird

Ashby & Geddes

Banner Witcoff

Brooks Pierce

Bunsow De Mory

Cravath Swaine

DLA Piper

Dalton & Associates PA

Davis Polk

Dowd Scheffel

Finnegan

Fish & Richardson

Geragos & Geragos

Gibson Dunn

Gordon Rees

Goulston & Storrs

Holland & Knight

Kopelowitz Ostrow

Latham & Watkins

Leventhal Lewis

McKool Smith

Morrison Foerster

Paul Hastings

Perkins Coie

Ramey LLP

Richards Layton

Shook Hardy

Susman Godfrey

Vann Attorneys

Visser & Associates

Weil Gotshal

White & Case

Winston & Strawn

Womble Bond

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Florida Supreme Court

International Trade Commission

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

New York State Unified Court System

Small Business Administration

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

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

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

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

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

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

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

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

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

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

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