Telecommunications

  • April 01, 2020

    Facebook, Chamber Back Bid To Strike TCPA Autodialer Ban

    Facebook, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than a half-dozen others have joined the push to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's autodialer ban, arguing that axing the entire speech-abridging provision is the only way to properly remedy First Amendment deficiencies.

  • April 01, 2020

    Egyptian Telecom Loses $927M Claim Against Canada

    An international tribunal has rejected a more than $900 million claim against Canada initiated by an Egyptian-based integrated telecommunications services company that had accused Ottawa of failing to create a favorable regulatory environment for new investors in the telecommunications sector.

  • April 01, 2020

    Dish Rival Asks DC Circ. To Rethink Spectrum License Ruling

    California-based telecom provider NTCH Inc. urged the full D.C. Circuit Wednesday to review spectrum license modifications the Federal Communications Commission awarded to Dish Network Corp., saying the commission's refusal to address NTCH's concerns on procedural grounds was "patently a pretext to avoid addressing the unlawfulness" of its own actions.

  • April 01, 2020

    Dems Probe Net Neutrality Repeal's Effect On FCC Oversight

    A pack of Democratic senators called on the head of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to suss out how the agency's controversial net neutrality repeal could hinder public safety, universal access and competition for broadband.

  • April 01, 2020

    Wi-Fi Sharing And 5G Funding On FCC's Agenda For April

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Wednesday that he will press his fellow commissioners to add more airwaves capacity for Wi-Fi and to launch a new phase of funding for 5G infrastructure this month.

  • April 01, 2020

    Entercom Urges Court To Toss Exec's Sex Misconduct Suit

    A former CBS Radio sales executive's sexual harassment lawsuit doesn't plausibly allege that the purported mistreatment amounted to a hostile work environment, Entercom Communications Corp. told a New Jersey federal court Wednesday in a bid to toss the suit.

  • April 01, 2020

    House Dems Eye $760B Transpo Funds In 4th Virus Relief Bill

    House Democrats said Wednesday that the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation will be anchored by $760 billion to rebuild the nation's highways, railways, airports, water and broadband infrastructure, while also tackling climate change, asserting that their proposal will jump-start the American economy.

  • April 01, 2020

    Dem COVID-19 Package Includes $86B Boost For Broadband

    House Democrats unveiled their plan Wednesday for a fourth-phase coronavirus rescue package, proposing $86 billion for broadband infrastructure and $12 billion to support next-generation 911 services.

  • April 01, 2020

    Professor Gets 2021 Trial Date In Huawei IP Theft Case

    A Brooklyn federal judge set a 2021 trial date Wednesday for a Chinese professor accused of conspiring with tech giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to steal information from a California semiconductor startup, building in time for COVID-19 delays.

  • April 01, 2020

    Second Magistrate Judge Bows Out Of Apple Patent Dispute

    A second magistrate judge has been recused in a patent suit in Florida federal court accusing Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. of infringing a patent held by ParkerVision Inc., this time because the new judge lived across the street from the CEO of ParkerVision.

  • April 01, 2020

    Time Warner Can't Shake Workers' Revived Overtime Suit

    Time Warner Cable must face a proposed class action by former salesmen and installation technicians who say they were unlawfully denied overtime pay, a New York federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying questions remained about whether the workers qualified as overtime-exempt.

  • April 01, 2020

    Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Insurance Suit Moved To Georgia

    A Florida federal judge has transferred an insurance company’s suit seeking to avoid coverage of a radio station in a dispute over pro wrestler Hulk Hogan’s sex tape to Georgia federal court, saying it’s the proper venue because of all the witnesses living in the state.

  • April 01, 2020

    T-Mobile, Sprint Close Merger As Judge Clears Deal With DOJ

    A D.C. federal judge signed off Wednesday on the U.S. Department of Justice deal clearing T-Mobile’s purchase of Sprint, the same day the companies closed the massive tie-up after undergoing intense congressional scrutiny and challenges from consumers and state attorneys general.

  • March 31, 2020

    Coronavirus Response To Test Limits Of Location Privacy

    U.S. authorities may be able to use location data culled from smartphones to track people amid the coronavirus pandemic without breaching privacy laws, but they should explain how they are masking that data and taking steps to avoid targeting individuals, attorneys told Law360.

  • March 31, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Keeps Apple Patent Suit In Judge Albright's District

    Apple lost another bid to move a patent case over its Apple Wallet from the Western District of Texas to California after the full Federal Circuit refused to revisit an earlier decision that the smartphone giant failed to show how U.S. District Judge Alan Albright improperly denied its request.

  • March 31, 2020

    Trump Puts Digital Trade Barriers In Policy Crosshairs

    The Trump administration issued its annual assessment of all global trade barriers hampering U.S. businesses Tuesday, focusing much of its attention on a raft of data localization rules and other digital trade hurdles imposed by China and other U.S. trading partners.

  • March 31, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Divided On How Wrong PTAB Must Be For Reversal

    In a battle over a patented device that connects land lines and networks to devices, a split Federal Circuit panel ruled Tuesday that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s broad take on the patent language wasn’t unreasonable enough to overturn, but a dissenting judge said a line had been crossed.

  • March 31, 2020

    Law Firm Pay Cuts, Layoffs Will Likely Multiply

    As Cadwalader pauses partner distributions and cuts staff pay and Pryor Cashman furloughs associates, a slew of other firms are likely to follow suit as the legal industry goes into crisis mode to weather the economic storm caused by COVID-19.

  • March 31, 2020

    Satellite Web Co. Aiming For Ch. 11 Spectrum Sale

    Startup satellite internet provider OneWeb Global told a New York bankruptcy court Tuesday it is aiming for a sale of its international broadcast spectrum licenses within the next three months after COVID-19 stopped its plans for a global satellite network.

  • March 31, 2020

    9th Circ. Finds Errors In Dismissal Of Verizon Tower Dispute

    The Ninth Circuit has revived a Nevada resident's challenge to a regional environmental planning agency's decision to permit construction of a Verizon Wireless cell tower in the Lake Tahoe area after finding the district court made several procedural errors, including its determination that the plaintiff lacked standing.

  • March 31, 2020

    AT&T Looks To Nix Some Of Crypto Investor's Hacking Suit

    AT&T again urged a California federal court to dismiss part of a cryptocurrency investor’s suit accusing the telecom giant of failing to protect his personal data, arguing Monday that an amended complaint still failed to show that it lied about data protection.

  • March 31, 2020

    TV Buyers Score Partial Cert. In Best Buy, LG False Ad Suit

    Consumers who say they were tricked into buying television sets with slower refresh rates than advertised convinced a Minnesota federal judge this week to certify some of their claims against Best Buy and LG Electronics.

  • March 31, 2020

    FCC Dems Press For More Coronavirus Action From Agency

    The Federal Communications Commission’s two Democrats put forth a slate of ideas Tuesday to curb the spread of the coronavirus and keep vulnerable Americans connected amid the pandemic, saying their agency could move ahead with several action items immediately.

  • March 31, 2020

    FCC Mandates Call-Authentication Tech To Fight Robocalls

    The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to mandate that internet-based phone networks implement call-authentication technology meant to unmask illegal robocallers.

  • March 31, 2020

    Judge OKs New Samsung TV Defect Deal But Still Dishes Dirt

    After deeming an earlier iteration of a Samsung deal with consumers over broken TVs unfair, U.S. District Judge William Alsup has signed off on the latest version, though he still had criticisms to air about vague expense reports and "extremely unreasonable" incentive payments.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Congress Must Bolster Bias Remedies After Comcast Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Comcast v. National Association of African American-Owned Media ruling still allows plaintiffs to fight summary judgment in discrimination cases, but Congress must step in to ensure their ability to win relief at trial, says Michael Lieder at Mehri & Skalet.

  • Telehealth During COVID-19: New Rules And Considerations

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    Changes in federal and state regulations are expanding access to remote health care in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and health care providers need to be thinking about licensure, how to establish valid practitioner-patient relationships, prescribing authority, technology requirements and more, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

  • 3 Steps To Building Effective Teams While On Lockdown

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    When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.

  • Private Infrastructure Investment And The COVID-19 Pandemic

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    COVID-19 has already led to the postponement of a number of private infrastructure mergers, acquisitions and financing activities, but investment in the sector will likely show resilience due to continuing demand, say Fred Day at Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and Roald Nashi at Kirkland.

  • Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19

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    As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • How To Conduct Depositions Remotely

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    Remote depositions are a useful tool for meeting discovery deadlines while allowing all parties to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But they come with a unique set of challenges, say Eliot Williams and Daniel Rabinowitz at Baker Botts. 

  • A Guide To Zealously Representing Clients During COVID-19

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    The American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to be zealous advocates for clients' interests, but how do these rules apply in this unprecedented time of COVID-19? Anne Lockner at Robins Kaplan offers some pointers.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Create The Right Home Office Environment

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    In the midst of this health crisis when lawyers are working from home with their loved ones around all day, practitioners need to ensure their “home” and “office” settings coexist without one trumping the needs of the other, says Luciana Fragali at Design Solutions.

  • 10 E-Discovery Challenges Caused By COVID-19

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    The COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect e-discovery long after we overcome this pandemic. When litigation and investigations reengage and courts start moving their schedules forward, these concerns will need to be addressed, say David Kessler and Andrea D'Ambra at Norton Rose.

  • BigLaw Leaders Must Prepare For COVID-19 Economic Fallout

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    The financial impact of COVID-19 is already starting to ripple through law firms in the form of diminished demand and time entry. A few lessons from the 2008 financial crisis and some new ideas can help firm leaders navigate the storm, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.

  • Federal Gov't Memos Can't Override State COVID-19 Closures

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    Recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Defense memoranda identify essential critical infrastructure industries, but they don’t overrule state and local directives requiring businesses to close during the coronavirus outbreak, creating difficult choices for some, say Jeffrey Bialos and Erin Park at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • 3 Ways Leaders Can Improve Remote Work For Lawyers

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    Remote working doesn’t work when people feel they must apologize for or hide it, and lawyers often feel that way — even in unavoidable, disaster-related scenarios like we see with the pandemic today, says David Pierce at Axiom.

  • Tips For Online Mediation In The Age Of Social Distancing

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    While mediating via an internet conferencing platform during the COVID-19 crisis, remember that visual interactions are of vital importance. A simple phrase can be transformed into a sincere inquiry, a shocked response or a sarcastic put-down depending upon how we visually convey that message, says mediator Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • Telephonic Outreach During Coronavirus

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    Courts have yet to consider whether automated telephone calls about the coronavirus will be subject to the emergency purposes exemption under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, but it seems likely that at least certain calls would qualify, say attorneys at Manatt.

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