Telecommunications

  • January 15, 2021

    BlackBerry, Facebook Drop Patent Fight Over Messaging Tech

    BlackBerry and Facebook have agreed to end a patent dispute accusing each other of infringing numerous patents relating to messaging technology.

  • January 15, 2021

    Apple-VirnetX Judge Explains Why He Won't Grant New Trial

    A Texas federal judge made public on Friday his reasons for not granting Apple Inc. a redo over its $503 million patent trial loss to VirnetX Inc., saying among other things that VirnetX's closing arguments didn't unduly push the jury to "punish" its tech giant rival.

  • January 15, 2021

    Fishing Group Accuses Pacific Bell Of Polluting Lake Tahoe

    Lead-filled cables owned by the Pacific Bell Telephone Company are leaching into the waters of Lake Tahoe and releasing toxins, an environmental group alleged in a suit filed in California federal court.

  • January 15, 2021

    Up Next At High Court: Media Diversity And Climate Suits

    The U.S. Supreme Court has a light workload in the week ahead, due in part to the chief justice's duty to administer President-elect Joe Biden's oath of office Wednesday. But the court will hear a pair of cases, both on Tuesday, about diversity in media ownership and where to file climate change lawsuits.

  • January 15, 2021

    FCC Inks $10M Fine For Racist Political Robocaller

    After sending out thousands of racist robocalls in an attempt to sway public opinion against Black and Jewish political candidates, an Idaho white supremacist is being hit with nearly $10 million in fines from the Federal Communications Commission.

  • January 15, 2021

    Trump White House Finalizes 5G Network Security Plan

    The White House announced Friday it has finalized a four-pronged strategy to help the U.S. roll out safe and effective 5G networks, including promoting "core security principles" in new wireless infrastructure and encouraging global allies to do the same.

  • January 15, 2021

    Outgoing DOJ Antitrust Chief's Greatest Hits

    The Justice Department's top antitrust enforcer, Makan Delrahim, has been sticking song references in the titles of his policy speeches throughout his tenure, most recently announcing a decision about music licensing groups in remarks titled "And the Beat Goes On." Here, Law360 takes a look at the songs Delrahim has cited ahead of his expected departure from the agency Tuesday.

  • January 15, 2021

    What To Expect In High Court's Media Ownership Review

    The U.S. Supreme Court will wade into a more than two-decade-old dispute over media ownership rules on Tuesday and at long last attempt to address the Federal Communications Commission's contrasting obligations to promote both competition and diversity among radio and TV station owners and to eliminate unnecessary constraints on who can hold broadcast properties.

  • January 15, 2021

    Space Internet Biz OneWeb Brings Total Funding To $1.4B

    Newly emerged from bankruptcy, space-based internet provider OneWeb said Friday it's now raised $1.4 billion in financing thanks to new investments from SoftBank and Hughes.

  • January 15, 2021

    11th Circ. Doubts Ousted Exec Controls Venezuelan Network

    An Eleventh Circuit panel appeared to lean Friday toward a Venezuelan court-appointed oversight board in a dispute over who controls the country's LaTele network in its long-running copyright fight with U.S.-based Spanish-language network Telemundo, but questioned arguments that it should not even hear the former company president's appeal.

  • January 15, 2021

    FCC Terminates Plans To Auction T-Band

    The Federal Communications Commission formally halted plans to auction off the T-Band, a swath of radio frequencies that first responders use to communicate across different networks.

  • January 15, 2021

    DOJ Won't Scrap Long-Standing Music Licensing Orders

    The U.S. Department of Justice will leave in place a pair of court orders that have governed music licensing groups BMI and ASCAP for nearly 80 years, saying Friday that there isn't enough consensus to change or kill them right now.

  • January 14, 2021

    DOD Finalizes Ban On Chinese, Russian Telecom Equipment

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday finalized a rule barring the department from buying or using certain Chinese and Russian telecommunications and video equipment, making only minor tweaks despite concerns raised by contractors. 

  • January 14, 2021

    Judge Gilstrap Grants 'Late' Stay In Cisco Patent Fight

    Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap has agreed to press pause on a patent lawsuit against Cisco Systems Inc. despite it being "late" in the game, citing the high probability that the scope of the claims will change during reexamination proceedings.

  • January 14, 2021

    Speedcast Reaches Deal With Creditor On Ch. 11 Plan

    Bankrupt satellite communications firm Speedcast International Ltd. told a Texas bankruptcy judge late Thursday that it had reached a settlement with creditor Black Diamond Commercial Finance that will allow its Chapter 11 plan to move toward confirmation next week on an uncontested basis.

  • January 14, 2021

    DC Circ. Unsure If T-Mobile Worker Group Is Company Union

    A D.C. Circuit panel appeared conflicted Thursday over whether to uphold a National Labor Relations Board ruling that found a T-Mobile employee committee was not an illegal company union, with some judges questioning if the board explained why the organization didn't qualify under its precedents.

  • January 14, 2021

    Consumers Slam Cruise Co.'s Bid To Shake TCPA Suit

    A certified class of consumers has asked a California federal court not to dismiss its Telephone Consumer Protection Act case against a cruise company, arguing that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the act does not make the TCPA unconstitutional.

  • January 14, 2021

    9th Circ. Weighs Nat'l Security, Free Speech In WeChat Appeal

    A Ninth Circuit panel pressed the Trump administration and users of the Chinese-owned WeChat app Thursday on what test courts should use to balance national security concerns with Americans' constitutional free speech rights, as it weighs the government's appeal of an injunction that blocked its ban on the social media service.

  • January 14, 2021

    USTR Raps Digital Taxes In 3 More Countries, But No Tariffs

    The U.S. Trade Representative on Thursday determined that digital services taxes adopted by Austria, Spain and the United Kingdom discriminate against American companies, in rulings that come barely a week after similar findings for three other countries.

  • January 14, 2021

    US Restricts 6 Countries From Selling Telecom Products

    The U.S. Commerce Department announced a new rule Thursday that designates China, Russia, North Korea and three other nations as national security threats and prohibits U.S. companies from buying six types of communications infrastructure products and services from them.

  • January 14, 2021

    Acacia And Cisco Backtrack, Strike Increased $4.5B Deal

    Acacia Communications Inc. on Thursday agreed to the sweetened terms of $4.5 billion in a long-pending tie-up with technology giant Cisco Systems Inc., a significant increase from the original $2.6 billion, ending their recent litigation over efforts by the fiber optics group to cancel the transaction.

  • January 14, 2021

    FRAND Rate 'Nightmare' Raises Call For International Tribunal

    An international arbitration tribunal that focuses on setting global licensing rates for standard-essential patents may be the cure to countries issuing endless anti-suit injunctions to keep rate disputes in their courts, attorneys say.

  • January 14, 2021

    USPTO Says VirnetX Can't Get Arthrex Do-Over On Network IP

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told the Federal Circuit Wednesday that VirnetX should not be able to invoke Arthrex to get rehearings on Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings that struck down part of two network security patents involved in a $502.8 million verdict against Apple.

  • January 14, 2021

    AT&T Says Subsidy Contribution Reform Must Happen Now

    AT&T urged policymakers Thursday to reform the funding mechanism for the Federal Communications Commission's low-income subsidy programs to tamp down a skyrocketing contribution factor that keeps pushing consumers' phone bills higher.

  • January 14, 2021

    Cherokee Nation Firm Wants Out Of Employee Poaching Suit

    A Cherokee Nation consulting arm has asked a Colorado federal court to dismiss information technology company LS3 Inc.'s breach of contract lawsuit over alleged poaching of employees, claiming in a Wednesday filing that no valid contract existed.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons From Economic Testimony In 2020 Merger Litigation

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    A look back at 2020 antitrust cases shows why economic evidence is likely to remain a key element in merger-enforcement litigation, despite the occasional anomaly, says Julie Elmer at Freshfields.

  • 4 Legal Industry Trends Litigation Financiers Are Watching

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    Some recent litigation developments demonstrate efforts by law firms and their clients to search for opportunities in the COVID-19 economic fallout, while others — such as the rise of contingency fee arrangements — reflect acceleration of tendencies that were already underway, says William Weisman at Therium Capital.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Setting Well-Being Goals In 2021

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    In the face of rising client demands due to the pandemic and the changing regulatory environment, and with remote work continuing for the foreseeable future, lawyers should invest in their well-being by establishing inspiring yet realistic goals for 2021 — one month at a time, says Krista Larson at Morgan Lewis.

  • Keyword Searches To Improve Your Privilege Doc Review

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    "Confidential" and other search terms commonly used to locate privileged documents during e-discovery are pretty ineffective, so practitioners should consider including specific types of keywords that are demonstrably better at targeting privilege, say Robert Keeling at Sidley and Rishi Chhatwal at AT&T.

  • The Benefits Of More Alternative Dispute Resolution At GAO

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    While disruption amid the pandemic undoubtedly contributed to a 210% uptick in the use of alternative dispute resolution at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in fiscal year 2020, bid protest practitioners should hope the upward trend continues given the various efficiencies it brings to the procurement process, says Noah Bleicher at Jenner & Block.

  • ABA Approves Remote Practice, But Questions Remain

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    Lawyers working remotely during the pandemic while physically outside the jurisdictions in which they are licensed will find some comfort in a recent American Bar Association opinion sanctioning such practice, but there is ambiguity regarding the contours of what's allowed, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Keys To Creating Standout Law Firm Thought Leadership

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    Whether geared toward a global audience or a particular client, a law firm's articles, blog posts and client alerts should strive to be original by harnessing a few editorial tools and following the right distribution sequence, say Steven Andersen and Tal Donahue at Infinite Global.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Power Of Discretion In Criminal Justice

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    Judges should take into consideration the several points of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion — from traffic stops to charging decisions and sentencing recommendations — that often lead to race-based disparate treatment before a criminal defendant even reaches the courthouse, say Judge Juan Villaseñor and Laurel Quinto at Colorado's Eighth Judicial District Court.

  • 5 Attorney Business Development Tips For The New Year

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    Lawyers should remember that the basics of interpersonal relationships have not changed despite the completely virtual environment caused by the pandemic, and should leverage the new year as an excuse to connect with clients in several ways, say Megan Senese and Courtney Hudson at Pillsbury.

  • TCPA Future Uncertain After A Tumultuous 2020

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    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act saw important legal developments over the course of 2020, but the law's ultimate constitutionality and the future of consumer protection from unwanted calls will likely hinge on the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling in Facebook v. Duguid, says Scott Shaffer at Olshan Frome.

  • 10 Ways Antitrust Scrutiny Is Heating Up In 2021

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    Companies must prepare to navigate a storm of antitrust forces on the horizon, with the potential for more aggressive antitrust enforcement under the Biden administration, including agency focus on acquisitions of nascent competitors, the life sciences industry and monetary remedies, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • Minimizing Disruption To Clients During Law Firm IT Upgrades

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    For law firms planning overhauls in their information technology infrastructures in light of hard lessons learned from pandemic-era transition to remote work, there are five ways to ensure even the biggest tech upgrade has minimal impact on client service, says Brad Paubel at Lexicon.

  • Tips For Drafting Effective Amicus Briefs

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    Careful construction of an amicus brief's essential elements — including the table of contents, which determines whether a brief gets studied or skimmed — and the order in which they are crafted are key to maximizing a party's hoped-for impact on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court or other appellate courts, say Mark Chopko and Karl Myers at Stradley Ronon.

  • 5 Trends That Will Influence E-Discovery In 2021

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    Changes in the way people work and communicate — which the pandemic has accelerated — will continue to bring new e-discovery challenges and shifts in data recovery this year, says Brian Schrader at Business Intelligence Associates.

  • Prep For Increased Pay Equity Enforcement In Gov't Contracts

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    Federal contractors can prepare for an uptick in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs compensation enforcement under President-elect Joe Biden by conducting regular pay equity audits that identify and resolve gender- and race-based compensation disparities, says Jack Blum at Polsinelli.

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