The federal government hasn't collected cellphone location or GPS data without a warrant since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Carpenter decision last year, the head of the intelligence community has disclosed to a Democratic senator who's pushing Congress to ban such warrantless data grabs.
Pope Francis has waded into the debate over government access to encrypted communications, challenging tech firms in a Thursday speech to strike a "fitting balance" between protecting privacy and helping law enforcement track down child predators.
Satellite operators continued trying to sell the Federal Communications Commission on their plan to privately sell off valuable midband spectrum, releasing new details Friday about how they would reimburse taxpayers to avoid the perception of an industry windfall and how their plan would increase rural broadband access.
House and Senate committee leaders announced late Friday that they had reached a deal to square two versions of anti-robocall legislation that passed overwhelmingly earlier this year, readying the bill for White House approval.
Investors who claim a Houston-based fiber optics manufacturer inflated its stock prices by covering up declines in overall sales should be granted class certification, a Texas magistrate judge found Wednesday.
Chinese tech giant Huawei must pay attorney fees for its $13 million patent infringement loss after U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap on Friday upbraided the company for "rank gamesmanship," finding the smartphone maker needlessly litigated a host of issues only to withdraw them at the eleventh hour.
The wireless industry is pressing lawmakers to back a Federal Communications Commission plan to open up the 6 GHz band to unlicensed use by wireless broadband providers, charging that utilities and other key public services using the band are wrong to attack the proposal.
The Federal Communications Commission has released a set of reforms intended to tighten a subsidized internet and phone program, but agency Democrats said they’re concerned the updates could defang the program or cause a data breach.
The Federal Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court’s decision that claims in a data transmission patent belonging to Dutch telecommunications company Koninklijke KPN are invalid, saying the patent does not cover an abstract idea.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to tackle a yearslong copyright battle between Google and Oracle over smartphone software, setting the stage for a potential landmark decision on intellectual property.
Facebook said Wednesday that it received more requests from governments around the world for access to user data in the first half of 2019 than ever before, and insisted that it continues to push back on overbroad demands and doesn't provide officials with "back doors" to encrypted data.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday refused to disturb decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that upheld parts of two Wi-Fi patents the California Institute of Technology has accused Apple of infringing.
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, the firm helping a contingent of states challenge Sprint and T-Mobile's planned merger, told a New York federal court on Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice's bid to disqualify it comes too late and is devoid of merit.
Amazon.com Inc. confronted a patent holder Wednesday that's accusing Best Buy of patent infringement for selling Amazon Fire tablets, contending for the second time this week that any litigation over its technology must be directed at the online retail giant and not its retail customers.
A split Ninth Circuit panel affirmed a district judge's decision to deny class certification on claims that Apple violated antitrust laws by locking iPhone buyers into voice and data plans with AT&T, agreeing Wednesday that an expert's damages report failed to show the buyers had enough in common.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr unequivocally named Chinese telecom giants Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. as threats to national security in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission posted Thursday, urging FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to proceed with a rule cracking down on the companies.
Despite complaints from House Republicans that they were given little chance to help shape the legislation, a bill renewing the statute governing satellite TV programming was cleared Thursday to go before the full Energy and Commerce Committee.
Law professors from Stanford, Harvard and other elite schools are sounding the alarm over a potential ruling against Charter Communications in a copyright case filed by record labels, saying it could force internet service providers to take draconian actions against users.
Two law firms will be walking away with $3 million of the $9.75 million deal they negotiated with Google and Huawei to end claims that the companies sold faulty smartphones prone to battery and startup issues.
The federal government is rallying against a Florida utility's bid for the Third Circuit to review a ruling that found a controversial carveout to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's robocall ban to be unconstitutional, arguing that the holding is consistent with several other appellate decisions on the issue.
A wireless infrastructure company hit a Massachusetts town with a complaint in federal court Wednesday, alleging the town violated the Telecommunications Act by denying the company a permit to build a cell tower.
The Senate Commerce Committee bumped discussion of a law governing satellite TV carriage agreements on Wednesday, as members pitched a dozen provisions to add to what had been a planned "clean" reauthorization of the law.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed to lean toward reversing a Ninth Circuit decision allowing a studio’s $20 billion racial bias suit to proceed against Comcast Corp. because, in the words of some justices, the appeals court adopted a seemingly “wrong” standard for proving illegal discrimination in contracting.
The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition was one of several groups that have asked the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider aspects of an order that changed the parameters for a program that funds internet connections for health care providers, saying that the new structure could actually discourage health providers from taking advantage of the program.
Apple Inc. has hit back against developers suing over the company's App Store practices, telling a California federal court that the alleged anti-competitive conduct has not harmed consumers, but rather has revolutionized the way software applications are distributed.
U.S. companies moving their supply chains to avoid Chinese tariffs should be aware of the complexities of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol country-of-origin determinations and the scope of U.S. Department of Commerce authority to impose tariffs on Chinese goods that originate outside of China, say attorneys at Covington.
Defense-oriented attorneys and corporations should be aware of the International Agency for Research on Cancer's list of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other exposures slated for review over the next five years, and begin preparing for eventual hazard evaluations by IARC working groups, say Eric Lasker and John Kalas of Hollingsworth.
Oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Comcast v. National Association of African American-Owned Media highlighted the case's flaws, including that it concerns the dismissal of a complaint that omitted a key fact and was tainted by dubious insinuations, says R. Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group.
As Texas and other states review their judicial election processes, they would be well served by taking guidance from Massachusetts' Governor’s Council system, which protects the judiciary from the hazards of campaigning, says Richard Baker of New England Intellectual Property.
Reading Jeffrey Rosen’s "Conversations With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law" is like eavesdropping on the author and his subject while they discuss how the restrained judicial minimalist became the fiery leader of the opposition, says Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown.
The Filter Bubble Transparency Act introduced in the Senate last month is the latest of growing congressional efforts to regulate artificial intelligence, and the first substantive federal bill aimed at curbing companies' algorithmic control of content on internet platforms, say Adam Aft and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.
Transactional attorneys should consider consulting with litigation counsel when drafting certain contractual provisions — choice of law, choice of forum, attorney fees and others — that could come into play in a broad range of substantive disputes, says Adrienne Koch at Katsky Korins.
Replacing hourly billing with flat-fee arrangements, especially for appellate work, will leave attorneys feeling free to spend as much time as necessary to produce their highest quality work, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.
Although the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to provide a uniform standard of culpability for spoliation, cases with similar facts are still reaching differing results because the rule does not specify how a court should evaluate a party's intent, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton.
Over the course of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently ended fiscal year, the regulator's Division of Enforcement fulfilled its promise to emphasize quality over quantity in cases alleging misrepresentations of financial performance by covering a wide swath of accounting, disclosure, internal control and auditor independence issues, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.
With demand for telebehavioral health services trending upward, regulators are paying more attention, but states' inconsistent legislation in this area has created some ambiguity for providers, says Amy Lerman of Epstein Becker.
Requests for proposals, the standard tool of companies evaluating law firms, are becoming better suited to the legal industry, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.
As the recent Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm case demonstrates, standard-essential patents can present unique challenges, but by carefully establishing short-term and long-term strategies, SEP implementers can put themselves in a stronger position for defending against SEP enforcement, say attorneys at Sterne Kessler.
The Illinois Supreme Court's recent decision in Illinois v. Austin, in favor of protecting state citizens’ privacy rights, may shed light on how crime fueled by technology, such as the distribution of so-called revenge porn, will be addressed and litigated in the near future, says Mark Sableman of Thompson Coburn.
Recent cases at the U.S. International Trade Commission, involving the nonpracticing entities Neodron's and Data Scape's seeming attempts to force companies to pay higher patent fees and ban imports, suggest that the ITC may be straying from its core purpose of protecting domestic industries and consumers, says Derek Dahlgren of Rothwell Figg.