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Former RIAA Lawyer Verrilli Confirmed as Solicitor General

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WASHINGTON June 8, 2011 - The Senate Committee on the Judiciary confirmed Donald Verrilli, Jr. as Solicitor General on Monday.

Before being nominated for the post Verrilli worked as one of Viacom’s lead attorneys in the suit against YouTube in 2007. He also represented the Recording Industry Association of America in the Supreme Court when the group sued the file sharing service Grokster in 2005.

The Solicitor General defends the U.S. before the Supreme Court and files amicus briefs on behalf of the nation in cases where the government sees significant legal issues.

Verrilli received support from eight previous Solicitors’ General including Charles Fried, Kenneth Starr and Drew Days.


Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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