Brent Kendall
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WSJ legal affairs reporter in Washington. Native Tar Heel, with lingering accent to prove it. brent.kendall@wsj.comSource
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Government Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook Thrown Out by Federal Judge

Government Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook Thrown Out by Federal Judge

A federal judge dismissed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook Inc. filed by the U.S. government and most states, a major win for the company before the cases even got off the ground. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington on Monday granted the social-media giant’s requests to dismiss lawsuits filed by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general in December. The dismissals, which came in a pair of rulings, came before any pretrial proceedings had progressed. Judge Boasberg said the FTC’s lawsuit was “legally insufficient” because it didn’t plead enough allegations to...

Jun 29
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WSJ News Exclusive | Stephen Miller’s Next Act Finds a Stage in the Courts

WSJ News Exclusive | Stephen Miller’s Next Act Finds a Stage in the Courts

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByWASHINGTON—Stephen Miller has come to admire the effectiveness—and aggressiveness—of the legal campaign Democrats and their supporters mounted against the Trump administration’s agenda.Now, the former senior White House adviser during Donald Trump’s presidency hopes to return fire.Mr. Miller, an architect of the last administration’s and a leading backer of its socially conservative initiatives, is launching this week a new organization, America First Legal, to challenge Biden administration initiatives at odds with Trump-era priorities.“Anything the...

Apr 8
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Supreme Court Sides With Google Over Oracle in Multibillion-Dollar Copyright Battle

Supreme Court Sides With Google Over Oracle in Multibillion-Dollar Copyright Battle

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByWASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Monday ruled for Alphabet Inc.’s Google in a with Oracle Corp. over how it built its Android smartphone-operating system.The court, in a 6-2 opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, threw out that said Google’s Android infringed its copyrights on the Java software platform. The high court said Google’s copying of some Java API code was fair use. APIs, or application programming interfaces, are prewritten packages of computer code that allow programs, websites or apps to talk to one another.“Google’s copying did not violate the...

Apr 5
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Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Cancel Arguments on Border Wall, Asylum Policy

Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Cancel Arguments on Border Wall, Asylum Policy

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByandWASHINGTON—The Biden administration asked the Supreme Court on Monday to cancel coming oral arguments on two pillars of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, along the southern U.S. border and that barred U.S. entry to many asylum applicants while their cases were considered.The filings are among the first of many the Justice Department is expected to make as the Biden administration changes direction on immigration, , voting rights, and other policies.In both cases, acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, who represents the federal...

Feb 2
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House to Move to Impeach Trump After Push to Have Pence Remove Him From Office

House to Move to Impeach Trump After Push to Have Pence Remove Him From Office

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchBy,andWASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif) said the House will move to impeach President Trump as soon as this week if Vice President Mike Pence and the president’s cabinet don’t act to strip him of his powers over the .Mrs. Pelosi, in a letter to House colleagues, said Democrats on Monday will first introduce a resolution calling for the vice president to use the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to remove Mr. Trump from office. The resolution would come to a vote by Tuesday. If it is approved and Mr. Pence doesn’t act to remove Mr....

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Jan 11
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Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General

Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByandWASHINGTON—The Federal Trade Commission and a bipartisan group of 46 states filed broad antitrust lawsuits against Facebook Inc. on Wednesday, alleging the social-media giant engaged in a yearslong campaign to buy up or freeze out nascent technology companies that one day might have become rivals.The FTC’s case is its most ambitious in recent memory and seeks to unwind Facebook’s prior acquisitions of the photo-sharing app Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp. It comes just weeks after targeting Google’s flagship search business. Each federal...

Dec 10
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Supreme Court Denies Long-Shot Republican Bid to Block Pennsylvania Election Results for Joe Biden

Supreme Court Denies Long-Shot Republican Bid to Block Pennsylvania Election Results for Joe Biden

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByThe U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a last-ditch Republican request to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania, dealing another blow to supporters of President Trump who have contested the Nov. 3 election across the country.The court, in a routine , denied a bid by a Pennsylvania congressman and other Republicans who were pressing an emergency challenge to the state’s vote-by-mail system, enacted by its legislature in 2019.“The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is...

Dec 9
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Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

Skip to Main ContentSkip to Searchhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-to-file-long-awaited-antitrust-suit-against-google-11603195203ByandThe Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Google engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve monopolies in search and search advertising that form the cornerstones of its vast conglomerate. The long-anticipated case, filed in a Washington, D.C., federal court, marks the most aggressive U.S. legal challenge to a company’s dominance in the tech sector in more than two decades, with the potential to shake up...

Oct 20
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What Trump Pick Amy Coney Barrett Could Mean for Future of the Supreme Court

What Trump Pick Amy Coney Barrett Could Mean for Future of the Supreme Court

Skip to Main ContentSkip to Searchhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/what-trump-pick-amy-coney-barrett-could-mean-for-future-of-the-supreme-court-11601155192By,andIf confirmed to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett could culminate a decadeslong quest to ensure a conservative imprint on American law, affecting the role of government, the rights of individuals and the interpretation of such long-debated constitutional terms as equal protection, due process of law and cruel and unusual punishment. Most Supreme Court appointees since 1969—15 of 19—were nominated by Republicans, but conservatives...

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September 28, 2020
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FTC Considering Deposing Top Facebook Executives in Antitrust Probe

FTC Considering Deposing Top Facebook Executives in Antitrust Probe

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByandThe Federal Trade Commission is considering taking sworn testimony from Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg as part of its investigation into whether the social-media giant has violated U.S. antitrust laws, according to people familiar with the matter. Top Facebook officials are preparing for potential depositions and some are worried about the possibility, a person familiar with the matter said. However, the company now is most immediately planning for Mr. Zuckerberg’s...To Read the Full...

July 17, 2020
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