Telecommunications

  • September 23, 2019

    Apple Says Tariff Relief Cleared Way For US-Made Mac Pro

    Apple Inc. said Monday that it will keep making its "most powerful computer ever," the Mac Pro, in the United States, a move the tech giant attributes to the Trump administration's decision to give it relief from tariffs on several component parts made in China.

  • September 23, 2019

    Garvey Schubert Says Judge Mistook Firm In Witness Row

    Garvey Schubert Barer has urged a D.C. federal judge to reconsider his decision to allow portions of testimony by an expert for a TV station that accuses the law firm and a former attorney of malpractice, saying the court may have misinterpreted the firm's arguments in its motion to strike the testimony.

  • September 23, 2019

    FCC Urged To Release Broadband Funds Cautiously

    The Federal Communications Commission must proceed cautiously as it seeks to distribute funds dedicated to expanding rural broadband, first making sure that its broadband maps, which underpin such funding decisions, are accurate, several industry stakeholders told the commission.

  • September 23, 2019

    3rd Circ. Says Atty Must Prove NSA Illegally Read His Emails

    The Third Circuit on Monday pressed a civil liberties attorney to prove he has standing to challenge the government electronic communications surveillance program outed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, reasoning that the lawyer hasn't shown that his own emails were intercepted.

  • September 23, 2019

    FCC's Spectrum Giveaway Will Be A Boon For Tribes, Pai Says

    The Federal Communications Commission has recently taken important steps toward making internet available on Native American lands, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday, touting an upcoming spectrum giveaway intended to help tribes get connected.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ad Watchdog Says Cox Attacks Against AT&T Are Misleading

    The National Advertising Division recommended that Cox Communications retool a pair of video ads the watchdog found misleadingly portray AT&T's rival broadband services as too slow to stream or download movies.

  • September 23, 2019

    Mexican Telecom Maxcom Wins Ch. 11 Plan Approval

    A New York bankruptcy judge signed off Monday on Mexican telecommunications provider Maxcom's $130 million restructuring plan after the company reached a settlement with bondholders who had objected to the plan vote.

  • September 23, 2019

    3rd Circ. Halts FCC's Plan To Deregulate Media Ownership

    The Third Circuit on Monday ordered the Federal Communications Commission to wholly redo and better justify any changes to its media ownership rules, making sure that they are not at the expense of women and minorities seeking to gain a foothold in the industry.

  • September 20, 2019

    Internet Society Urges IoT Regulation Prioritizing User Control

    Policymakers must ensure that the so-called internet of things is governed by regulations that protect consumers’ privacy and give them more control over their devices, services and the management of their data, the nonprofit group Internet Society said in a recent policy brief.

  • September 20, 2019

    2 Telecom Orgs Back FCC Formula Freeze In DC Circ.

    Two telecom organizations filed an amicus brief Thursday with the D.C. Circuit, supporting the Federal Communications Commission's decision to suspend old accounting methods that governed national and in-state phone networks.

  • September 20, 2019

    Ohio Gov. Too Central To Permit Delays To Exit Suit: Telecom

    A telecom has urged an Ohio federal judge to keep the state's governor and lieutenant governor as defendants in a lawsuit over delayed broadband permits on Ohio public lands, arguing they are directly responsible for a drawn-out approval process.

  • September 20, 2019

    Facebook Suspends 'Tens Of Thousands' Of Apps

    Facebook said Friday it has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps that may have misused its members' information, a far higher number than the social giant has previously disclosed amid fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal.

  • September 20, 2019

    O'Rielly Slams Defense Bill Directive For 5G Spectrum Study

    FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has criticized a provision in a defense funding bill that would direct the U.S. Department of Defense to start testing shared-spectrum regimes, saying such a mandate would usurp the traditional role other agencies play in developing spectrum policy.

  • September 20, 2019

    Eutelsat Wavers On Rejoining C-Band Alliance In FCC Notice

    Eutelsat, the French satellite company that left a prominent industry lobbying group earlier this month, indicated to the Federal Communications Commission that it would consider rejoining the C-Band Alliance if certain unspecified conditions are met.

  • September 20, 2019

    CBS Radio Escapes Ex-Sales Worker's Disability Bias Suit

    A Washington federal judge has tossed a discrimination suit from a former CBS Radio Services employee who said the company unlawfully failed to accommodate his depression and then turned against him after he took medical leave, saying the worker never gave the company details it would have needed to help him do his job. 

  • September 19, 2019

    Telecom Groups Warn Google Update Will Be Disruptive

    A group of telecommunications organizations sent a letter to congressional committees Thursday asking them to seek information from Google about a new internet browser protocol that the tech company plans to implement.

  • September 19, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Wipes Out Chrimar's Win After PTAB Axes Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday wiped out Chrimar’s trial win over ALE USA Inc. in a patent case involving Ethernet technology, finding more recent Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions invalidating parts of the patents “must be given effect.”

  • September 19, 2019

    Brazil, Russia, Others Confront Competition In Digital Markets

    Four of the five emerging economic powers known as the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa — see themselves as generally well-positioned to deal with the challenges of antitrust enforcement in the digital age, but challenges remain, according to a new report from their competition enforcers.

  • September 19, 2019

    Sens. Call On FCC To Abandon Plan For Overall Subsidy Cap

    A group of influential Democratic senators asked the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to halt a plan that would impose an overall budget cap on the agency's Universal Service Fund subsidy programs, saying the move would fundamentally put connectivity at risk.

  • September 19, 2019

    Advocates Worry Nexstar Approval Will Restrict FCC Access

    When the Federal Communications Commission gave its blessing Monday to the Nexstar-Tribune broadcast merger, the commission's 40-page order included an easy-to-overlook footnote that mostly disqualified an advocacy organization from lodging a formal deal challenge. As it turns out, advocates say this small aside could have a big impact on the public's ability to participate in future FCC proceedings.

  • September 19, 2019

    11th Circ. Asked To Rehear En Banc Single Text TCPA Suit

    A man who received a single unsolicited text message from his former lawyer asked the Eleventh Circuit to rehear his case en banc, after a three-judge panel of the court ruled he did not have standing to sustain Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims because he didn't demonstrate concrete injury.

  • September 19, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: AT&T, Providence Equity, Axalta

    AT&T could look to divest DirecTV, Providence Equity Partners has apparently raised $6 billion for its eighth flagship private equity fund, and multiple suitors are said to be vying to buy multibillion-dollar car paint maker Axalta. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other rumors from the past week you need to be aware of.

  • September 19, 2019

    Intel Tells High Court Fed. Circ. 'Discourages Innovation'

    A retreat by the Federal Circuit from the long-standing U.S. Supreme Court requirement that damages should be awarded only for the portions of accused products that infringe patents raises "serious policy concerns," Intel Corp. told the high court Wednesday.

  • September 19, 2019

    Chicago Overstepping With Streaming Tax, Users Tell Ill. Court

    The city of Chicago’s amusement tax on streaming services like Netflix is an unconstitutional overreach of its authority, a state appellate panel heard Thursday in a first-of-its-kind test of a city's streaming tax.

  • September 19, 2019

    Huawei Seeks To Minimize Links To China At FCC

    Chinese technology giant Huawei is stepping up efforts to convince U.S. officials it has no direct ties to the Chinese government, telling the Federal Communications Commission this week that many telecom companies have dealings with the superpower without being viewed as national security concerns to the U.S.

Expert Analysis

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    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

  • Change In TCPA Compliance Is On The Horizon

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    With the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act making its way through Congress and Federal Communications Commission autodialer guidance pending, businesses should expect some much-needed clarity regarding compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, say David Carpenter and Kelley Barnaby of Alston & Bird.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • Key Issues To Consider In Foreign Bankruptcy Proceedings

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    In PT Bakrie Telecom, the New York bankruptcy court provided a primer on several important issues to consider in a Chapter 15 foreign bankruptcy proceeding — most notably that the conclusion of a foreign proceeding doesn't necessarily prevent the later appointment of a foreign representative, say Dan Moss and Mark Douglas of Jones Day.

  • SEPs In The Wake Of Qualcomm: 4 Enforcement Issues

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    As demonstrated by recent court decisions such as Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm, standard-essential patent infringement suits are hardly straightforward. But these cases as well as statements from government agencies reveal key factors that SEP holders should keep in mind when seeking to enforce their patents, say attorneys at Sterne Kessler.

  • The State Of TCPA Litigation 1 Year After Marks V. Crunch

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    The Ninth Circuit's 2018 decision in Marks v. Crunch, interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to cover any dialer that calls from a stored list of numbers automatically, has been applied by district courts all around the country, but one year later, its impact appears to be faltering, says Eric Troutman of Squire Patton.

  • FTC Settlement Over COPPA Will Change YouTube's Biz Model

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    While the $170 million fine received most of the headlines, the recent settlement of the Federal Trade Commission and New York attorney general with Google and YouTube includes provisions that ultimately could expose content creators and channel owners to liability under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, says Allison Fitzpatrick of Davis & Gilbert.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Consumer Class Standing Faces Uncertainty In 11th Circ.

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    An eventual resolution of whether unnamed class members are required to establish Article III standing by the Eleventh Circuit, together with its recent Telephone Consumer Protection Act decision in Salcedo v. Hanna, may alter the continued viability of TCPA class actions, as well as class claims brought under other consumer protection laws, say attorneys at Stumphauzer Foslid.

  • Calif. Guidelines Advance Telehealth For Medicaid Patients

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    Although the California Department of Health Care Services' updated guidelines expanding telemedicine reimbursement have some shortcomings, they open new channels of care for many Medicaid beneficiaries and raise intriguing prospects for similar programs across the country, say Harsh Parikh and Jill Gordon of Nixon Peabody.

  • FCC Rural Health Developments Shift Focus To Functionality

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    The Federal Communications Commission's proposed plans to modernize and fund its rural health care programs represent a new approach prioritizing patients' nuanced needs, rather than focusing on the rurality of health care providers, says Danielle Frappier of Davis Wright.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

  • Beyond $15B: What's At Stake In The Apple Irish Tax Appeal

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    On Tuesday, the EU General Court will hear an appeal to a European Commission decision ordering Apple to repay €14.3 billion in taxes and interest to Ireland. This case triggers important questions of a member country’s range of discretion in granting tax incentives to nonresident companies, says Joyce Beebe of Rice University.