Telecommunications

  • June 01, 2020

    King & Spalding Fights DQ Bid In WhatsApp Hacking Suit

    King & Spalding LLP fired back at WhatsApp's "drastic" bid to disqualify the law firm from representing an Israeli spyware company that the messaging app has accused of hacking its users' phones, arguing that FBI Director Christopher Wray and two others who previously advised WhatsApp departed the firm "long before" the suit was filed last year.

  • June 01, 2020

    FCC Announces Aggressive Timeline For C-Band Clearing

    A group of satellite operators in the C-Band have agreed on a timeline for converting their spectrum for 5G, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Monday, meaning the five companies plan to vacate a chunk of the airwaves they currently hold by December 2021.

  • June 01, 2020

    Judge Recommends Class Treatment For Verizon ERISA Suit

    A New York federal magistrate judge recommended Monday that a suit accusing Verizon of wrongly keeping an underperforming investment in its 401(k) plan proceed as a class action, finding the former employee leading the suit was an adequate class representative, "if modestly so."

  • June 01, 2020

    FCC Eases Rules For Providing Subsidized Tribal Broadband

    The Federal Communications Commission in an order Monday made it easier for low-income consumers living on rural tribal lands to obtain discounts on broadband internet and phone services during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • June 01, 2020

    FCC Commish Warns China Could Dominate Space Tech

    A Democratic commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission warned in a speech Thursday that the U.S. could repeat missteps it made in the wireless equipment market if it fails to get ahead of China in satellite broadband technology.

  • June 01, 2020

    Freshfields Steers 3 PE Firms' $3.3B Bid For Spain's MasMovil

    MasMovil, Spain's fourth-largest phone operator, said Monday that three private equity firms advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP made a roughly €3 billion ($3.3 billion) bid to take the company private and acquire equal stakes in one of the largest takeovers announced during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • June 01, 2020

    Snubbed CRT Buyers Say Leaner Price-Fix Deal Still No Good

    Cathode ray tube buyers excluded from a recently retooled package of price-fixing settlements with electronics makers have called on a California federal judge to roll back his initial approval of the deals, arguing they're being shortchanged.

  • June 01, 2020

    Comcast Tells 9th Circ. Privacy Suit Belongs In Arbitration

    Comcast told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that a subscriber's proposed class action accusing it of violating privacy laws by collecting personal information for advertising purposes belongs in arbitration, arguing that the California Supreme Court's McGill decision barring class waivers doesn't apply.

  • June 01, 2020

    Research Firm Says Survey Pitches Don't Break TCPA Ad Ban

    A market research firm and its former parent asked the Third Circuit for en banc rehearing of a divided panel decision that said unwanted faxes seeking individuals' participation in market surveys violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • June 01, 2020

    Justices Told PTAB Findings Can't Erase Infringement Rulings

    Chrimar Systems Inc. is pressing the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its appeal over whether Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidations can override district courts' infringement judgments, telling the high court that "patent-specific carve-outs are a reason for granting cert."

  • June 01, 2020

    Pai, Broadcasters Condemn Violence Against News Crews

    The head of the Federal Communications Commission and a nationwide advocate for broadcasters have both condemned violence against news crews during protests over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in Minnesota.

  • June 01, 2020

    Justices Won't Take AT&T, Comcast Arbitration Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court won't take up AT&T and Comcast's efforts to force two separate consumer disputes into arbitration, according to orders released Monday.

  • June 01, 2020

    Equinix Buys Bell Data Center Portfolio In Canada For $765M

    Equinix has reached a deal to buy 25 data centers in Canada from Bell's parent company for CA$1.04 billion ($765 million), according to separate announcements from Equinix and Bell on Monday.

  • June 01, 2020

    ACLU, Others Back Maine Web Privacy Law Against Challenge

    The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed an amicus brief Friday in defense of Maine's new online privacy law, as several telecom trade groups contend the law violates the First Amendment and seek to strike it down.

  • June 01, 2020

    15 Minutes With Xandr's Chief Legal Officer

    To bring some levity to their recent virtual legal department meetings, chief legal officer Lori Fink and her team at AT&T's advertising company have shown off their favorite coffee mugs, T-shirts and vacation accessories. Here, Fink shares how they have adjusted to working remotely and how she built a legal team.

  • May 29, 2020

    5th Circ. Lets Down Telecoms In Access Fee Fight

    An appeals court panel has handed hundreds of local phone companies a key victory by sending a six-year dispute with Verizon and Sprint back to a Texas trial court without awarding millions in damages the major telecoms sought for exchange access fees they allege to have been charged over the years.

  • May 29, 2020

    Ligado Opposes NTIA's Push To Stall 5G Plan Approval

    Satellite operator Ligado Networks pushed back on the U.S. Department of Defense's bid to nix its planned 5G network by defending the Federal Communications Commission's green light for the project in a filing Friday.

  • May 29, 2020

    Digital Taxes Face International Legal Gantlet

    Special taxes on digital companies seem almost inevitable as the novel pandemic heightens focus on the tech sector, but they could face legal challenges under both international trade and tax rules as countries begin to collect.

  • May 29, 2020

    Dems Upbeat On Prospects For Stalled Broadband Bills

    House and Senate Democrats have high hopes for passing a bevy of broadband expansion bills, whether or not they're officially rolled into the next coronavirus rescue package, two Hill staffers told Law360 during a virtual panel event on Friday.

  • May 29, 2020

    Maine Pay-Per-Channel Law Is Illegal, Comcast Tells 1st Circ.

    Comcast and a coalition of big-name networks called on the First Circuit to shield them from a recent Maine law mandating they let consumers buy individual channels instead of package deals, arguing Friday the mandate undermines their editorial discretion and cuts into their free speech.

  • May 29, 2020

    Taxation With Representation: White, Freshfields, Fenwick

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Panasonic takes a minority stake in supply chain company Blue Yonder, private equity firm Goldfinch Partners takes a majority stake in fintech services provider Vesta, and Coinbase acquires crypto-focused prime brokerage platform Tagomi.

  • May 29, 2020

    Pa. Law Firm Sued Over Client's $134M Unpaid Judgment

    A private equity financier has filed suit against Pittsburgh law firm Elliott & Davis PC and its client, the husband of a high-profile Indian technology executive, saying the firm has been paid with funds owed to the lender as part of a $134 million judgment in a separate case.

  • May 29, 2020

    Cumulus Media Says Time Limit Spells Doom For 401(k) Suit

    Cumulus Media wants to dismantle a proposed class action claiming it loaded its 401(k) plan with expensive investment choices and didn't rein in recordkeeping costs, arguing that most of the misconduct alleged by the ex-workers behind the suit is too old to sue over.  

  • May 29, 2020

    Supervisor Claims Cell Tower Builders Failed To Pay OT

    A former crew leader for a pair of Texas-based telecom infrastructure firms has slapped the companies with a Fair Labor Standards Act suit alleging they skimped on overtime pay and reimbursements while he was overseeing 4G tower builds.

  • May 28, 2020

    Prison Phone Co. To Pay Up To $25M To End Inmate Call Suit

    A prison technology company has agreed to a deal worth up to $25 million in cash and phone credits to end allegations it overcharged for inmate calling services, the class said Thursday in asking a New Jersey federal court for preliminary approval of the settlement.

Expert Analysis

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • Where We Are In The US Trade Secret Crackdown On China

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    As the U.S. Department of Justice continues to focus on prosecuting trade secret theft by China, U.S. companies are also filing private civil lawsuits against Chinese companies in federal courts, relying on both the Defend Trade Secrets Act and state trade secret laws, say attorneys at Wiggin and Dana.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Tech Will Play Key Role In Real Estate's Road To Recovery

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    With unprecedented stress on real estate operations due to the COVID-19 crisis, this is a time to reflect on the property technology industry's success in recent years and to recognize how those models can be used to rebuild for the future, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    Justices Should Construe Computer Fraud Law Narrowly

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    In U.S. v. Van Buren, the U.S. Supreme Court should follow burglary and trespass cases to limit the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’s scope to accessing or misusing employer data and avoid the absurd result of criminalizing an employee's unauthorized Facebook visit, say Anthony Volini and Karen Heart at DePaul University.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • CCPA Is 1 Of Many Retailer Data Privacy Class Action Worries

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    As class actions targeting the sale of consumer data pose an increasing threat to retailers under the California Consumer Privacy Act and other states’ consumer protection laws, companies must ensure compliance with each statute and assess their vulnerability to deceptive conduct allegations, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

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