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Telecommunications

  • March 21, 2019

    Apple's PTAB Review Frustrates Judge Deciding IP Case

    A California federal judge expressed frustration Thursday with presiding over infringement cases involving patents being reviewed by the PTAB, saying during a hearing in a suit against Apple that allowing the case to proceed could result in inconsistent rulings, but staying it could make litigation "interminable."

  • March 21, 2019

    Chancery Threatens Charter's Contractor With Arrests

    In a rare fire-and-brimstone ruling, a Delaware vice chancellor found the top officer of a cloud services contractor to Charter Communications Operating LLC in contempt late Thursday and gave the business until Monday to restore Charter’s access to a crucial sales force pay platform or face the prospect of court-ordered arrests.

  • March 21, 2019

    Qualcomm Can Seek Claim Apple Forfeited FRAND Rights

    A California federal judge has allowed Qualcomm to pursue its counterclaim in an antitrust suit that Apple forfeited rights to favorable licensing terms for smartphone technology.

  • March 21, 2019

    FCC Tightens Up Rules For Spectrum-Sharing Databases

    Industry groups praised the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday for its plan to tighten rules covering "TV white spaces" databases, which allow unlicensed users to share unused broadcast spectrum for a variety of applications like rural broadband.

  • March 21, 2019

    In Latest EU Fine, Signs Of Google's Next Sanction

    Despite leveling its third major fine against Google for abusing its market power, the European Commission is far from done with the search engine giant.

  • March 21, 2019

    Long-Distance Carrier Fined $2.3M For Unauthorized Charges

    The Federal Communications Commission today issued a $2.32 million fine against Michigan-based Long Distance Consolidated Billing Company for deceptive marketing practices, saying it switched consumers’ carriers — a practice known as slamming — and charged them for services without authorization, also known as cramming.

  • March 21, 2019

    Pai Aims To Kill 'Kinda Crazy' Rural Phone Rate Floor

    The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month on several reforms, including whether to end its "kinda crazy" rural telephone rate floor in order to head off likely price hikes this summer, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Don Imus’ Ex-Sportscaster Loses Ageism Suit On Appeal

    A New York appellate panel has rejected a sportscaster’s age discrimination claims against his former boss Don Imus, finding they don't jibe with state human rights laws because the ex-employee was working in Florida when he was fired.

  • March 21, 2019

    USTelecom Pilot Program To Gather Broadband Location Data

    Trade groups headlined by USTelecom officially unveiled a plan Thursday that they say could cure the federal government’s ailing broadband maps, announcing a pilot program that will layer data from public sources, providers and customers to visualize where internet service is and is not.

  • March 21, 2019

    CenturyLink 401(k) Plan Members Get Another Shot At Suit

    A proposed class of participants in a CenturyLink 401(k) plan were given another shot at suing the company over claims it unwisely chose and then failed to monitor a poor investment option for the plan when a Colorado federal judge allowed them to file an updated suit.

  • March 21, 2019

    Tarana Secures $88M To Finish Developing New Radio Tech

    California-based Tarana Wireless said that it has landed $88 million in funding that will be used to complete development of new radio technology that aims to eliminate obstructions, interference and spectrum scarcity.

  • March 21, 2019

    Facebook Staff Had Access To Millions Of User Passwords

    Facebook admitted Thursday that it stored hundreds of millions of users' passwords in a format that would have allowed Facebook employees to read them, the latest of several privacy lapses for the company.

  • March 21, 2019

    FCC Still Weighing All C-Band Options, Pai Says

    The Federal Communications Commission is still equally weighing options for reorganizing a valuable slice of the airwaves known as the C-band to power 5G, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday, noting that he'll prioritize making an informed decision over rushing out an order.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    Nexstar Sells 19 Stations For $1.32B To Satisfy Regulators

    Nexstar Media Group said Wednesday it has reached deals to sell 19 TV stations totaling $1.32 billion to resolve regulators’ antitrust concerns about its proposed megadeal to buy Tribune Media Co.

  • March 20, 2019

    AT&T-Time Warner Trial Sets Poor Example, Delrahim Says

    The D.C. Circuit’s handling of the AT&T-Time Warner trial last summer doesn’t set an ideal example for how courts should analyze mergers for anti-competitive harms, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division head said Wednesday, prompting criticism from one Federal Communications Commission member who said the DOJ's current benchmarks "stink."

  • March 20, 2019

    Qualcomm Can't Block Antitrust Troubles From Trial: Apple

    Qualcomm can't be allowed to block any mention of separate antitrust actions from its upcoming multibillion-dollar trial against Apple over the chipmaker's licensing practices, Apple told a California federal judge Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2019

    Trump Says Tariffs Will Stay Even After China Strikes Deal

    President Donald Trump offered a glimpse of his ongoing trade discussions with China on Wednesday, signaling that he will not immediately remove the tariffs he has imposed on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods if the U.S. and Beijing are able to strike a new agreement.

  • March 20, 2019

    Kaspersky Files Antitrust Complaint Against Apple In Russia

    Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in Russia, accusing the tech giant of using its power to force Kaspersky to remove two features from the Kaspersky Safe Kids App, the firm said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Assessing Compliance Risk Under DOJ China Initiative

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's China Initiative should be a signal to Chinese companies, multinational companies with Chinese subsidiaries, and U.S.-based investors in Chinese companies — it's time to design and implement strong anti-corruption and anti-bribery programs, says Jean Chow-Callam of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Key Points For Negotiating 5G Cell Site Contracts

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    As nationwide deployment of 5G networks gathers steam, unexpired cell site agreements will have to be revisited and many new ones will have to be negotiated. When doing so, dealmakers will want to pay special attention to a few real property issues that are often overlooked, say Walt Sapronov and Robert Turner III of Sapronov & Associates PC.

  • Opinion

    US Antitrust Law Supports An FTC Win Against Qualcomm

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    Though general propositions of antitrust appear to pose serious threats to the Federal Trade Commission's case against Qualcomm in the Northern District of California, a closer look shows how Qualcomm's use of its patents has distorted the competitive process, says Thomas Cotter of the University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Watch Out For Lawsuits Arising From Programming Blackouts

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    Television distributors and content providers have become more willing to let licensing periods lapse without a renewal agreement in place. When this happens, both sides should be aware that material missteps in advertising and customer relations can bring litigation risks, say David Yolkut and Colin McGrath of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • State Net

    Federal, State And Local Governments Vie For Control Of 5G

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    The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, could bring major advancements in everything from entertainment to public safety. But federal, state and local governments are at odds over how 5G should be deployed and who should regulate it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.