Telecommunications

  • January 23, 2020

    9th Circ. Upholds FCC's Bid To Speed Copper Retirement

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Thursday negated an attempt by public advocacy organizations to challenge a Federal Communications Commission rule that sped the transition from copper to fiber networks, finding the groups weren’t directly connected to the matter.

  • January 23, 2020

    Telecoms Ask Fed. Circ. For Second Crack At TQ Delta Patents

    A coalition of telecom giants and technology companies have challenged a Federal Circuit decision reinstating two patents on high-speed transmission technology, insisting they have evidence proving the inventions are obvious that the court never considered. 

  • January 23, 2020

    Deny Bids To Kill AT&T Rate Rulings, Gov't. Urges DC Circ.

    The Federal Communications Commission is urging the D.C. Circuit to stay out of a rate dispute between AT&T and an Iowa local exchange carrier, saying both companies are seeking to overturn an FCC decision that was based on established agency rules for resolving these kinds of disagreements.

  • January 23, 2020

    Dycom Says Investors’ Suit Is Based On A ‘Thin Reed’

    Telecommunications infrastructure company Dycom Industries Inc. on Wednesday sought to end a shareholder’s proposed class action against it, telling a Florida federal judge that its investors had gone out on a limb with their allegations.

  • January 23, 2020

    Telecommunications Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP has secured high-profile court victories in closely watched telecom cases over the last year, including cementing AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner and the FCC's net neutrality deregulation, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2019 Telecommunications Groups of the Year.

  • January 22, 2020

    Execs On Notice After Report Of Saudi Bezos Cellphone Hack

    Revelations that Saudi Arabian leader Mohammed bin Salman may have personally duped Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos into clicking on a WhatsApp file loaded with malware, allowing Saudi spies to snoop on his cellphone, should make executives consider submitting their devices to security scans even if it means sacrificing their privacy.

  • January 22, 2020

    Dem Bill Would Kill FCC Rule On Cable Co. Franchise Fees

    Congressional Democrats introduced a bill Tuesday that would roll back a new Federal Communications Commission rule that they worried would decimate community access TV stations.

  • January 22, 2020

    Pai Welcomes Plan For 5.9 GHz-Connected Vehicles In Virginia

    The head of the Federal Communications Commission is excited about Virginia’s plans to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything technology, or C-V2X, that will let drivers know how long until their light turns green.

  • January 22, 2020

    US Safe Harbor Plan Not 'Credible,' French Official Says

    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Wednesday blasted a U.S. proposal to implement a new global tax as an optional safe harbor, claiming it is not "credible" as a starting point in international negotiations on taxing the digital economy.

  • January 22, 2020

    FCC Prods Major Music Producers On Payola Practices

    The Federal Communications Commission is continuing its effort to suss out how much payola impacts the music industry, as Commissioner Michael O'Rielly sent letters to music-making giants Sony, Universal and Warner Music Group to learn what they're doing to prevent the practice. 

  • January 22, 2020

    Clover Wins OK For Ch. 11 Plan With $400M Debt-Equity Swap

    Electronic goods repair and refurbishment venture Clover Technologies completed a 38-day sprint to Chapter 11 plan confirmation Wednesday, securing Delaware Bankruptcy Court approval for a restructuring that will convert nearly $400 million in company debt to equity.

  • January 22, 2020

    VirnetX Slams Apple's High Court Bid To Ax $439M IP Verdict

    VirnetX is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to leave alone a $439 million verdict against Apple for infringing its network security patents, telling the justices that the tech giant's certiorari petition "presents no issues warranting review and is plagued by fatal defects."

  • January 22, 2020

    5G Expansion Plans Require Larger Workforce, Sens. Told

    Congress and government agencies must find ways to expand the workforce for infrastructure laborers as the demand for installing 5G equipment explodes, the Senate Commerce Committee heard Wednesday.

  • January 22, 2020

    Telecommunications Group Of The Year: Sheppard Mullin

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP scored some big wins for Charter Communications in 2019, carrying the telecom to victory in a decade-long dispute with the city of San Antonio over discriminatory fees and earning the firm a spot among Law360’s 2019 Telecommunications Groups of the Year.

  • January 21, 2020

    Vodafone Quits Facebook-Led Libra Association

    British telecom conglomerate Vodafone Group PLC has become the first member company to quit the Libra Association since the Facebook-led digital currency project's official formation in October, the company confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday.

  • January 21, 2020

    NJ High Court Challenges Legality Of Forced IPhone Access

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday challenged prosecutors’ bid to look inside a rogue cop’s lawfully seized iPhones, questioning whether a trial court ran afoul of Fifth Amendment and state law protections against self-incrimination by ordering him to reveal his pass codes over criminal charges he assisted a drug trafficking ring.

  • January 21, 2020

    US, France Fend Off Tariffs Over Digital Tax Issue

    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire confirmed Tuesday that U.S. and French officials agreed to avoid escalating trade tensions over France's digital services tax, with no signs that the two countries are closer to resolving underlying differences on global taxation.

  • January 21, 2020

    9th Circ. Won't Rethink Voiding AT&T Arbitration Agreement

    The full Ninth Circuit won't review a panel's ruling that voided an arbitration agreement AT&T had a customer sign, forcing the mobile behemoth to face a decade-old class action accusing it of misleading customers about overseas roaming fees.

  • January 21, 2020

    Bill Would Cut Off US Intel For Allies That Use Huawei For 5G

    A bill introduced in the House on Tuesday would block the government from sharing intelligence with foreign countries that allow parts from a Chinese telecommunications company in next-generation networks.

  • January 21, 2020

    Sprint/T-Mobile Denial 'Problematic,' FCC Commish Warns

    With a decision in the trial over T-Mobile’s acquisition of Sprint drawing near, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly warned Tuesday that a ruling against the companies could give states much more leverage to challenge future deals.

  • January 21, 2020

    FCC Seeks $2.1M In Fines From Fusion Connect

    Federal prosecutors have hit Fusion Connect Inc. with a suit that seeks to force the bankrupt phone and internet provider to pay $2.1 million it still owes from a 2016 civil penalty over fraudulent telemarketing practices.

  • January 21, 2020

    PTAB Says Non-Patent Owner Suits Can Trigger Time Bar

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board terminated its inter partes review of a Realtime Adaptive Streaming data compression patent on Friday after determining that it erred when it decided the one-year time bar on petitions is only triggered by an infringement suit brought by a patent owner.

  • January 21, 2020

    WP Carey Drops £85M On UK Logistics Facility

    Real estate investment trust W. P. Carey said Tuesday it bought a U.K. logistics facility currently leased by electronics company Dixons Carphone for £85 million ($112 million).

  • January 21, 2020

    AT&T Investors Defend 'Painstakingly Specific' Lawsuit

    AT&T investors on Friday asked a New York federal judge not to end their consolidated proposed securities class action, saying they had been very specific in their claims that the company unethically boosted streaming service subscription numbers.

  • January 21, 2020

    CityFibre Inks £200M Deal For TalkTalk's FibreNation Biz

    Private equity-backed CityFibre will buy FibreNation from TalkTalk Group for £200 million ($261 million) to become the U.K.’s third national digital infrastructure platform, the companies said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Conflict Is Brewing Over Del. Unclaimed Property Law

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    Detailed complaints and attachments from recent lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Delaware's unclaimed property program shed light on why the state finds itself in a deepening legal quagmire, say Matthew Wright and Matthew Rifino of McCarter & English.

  • FTC-DOJ Vertical Merger Guide Aims To Boost Transparency

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    New draft guidelines from the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission clarify how the agencies will approach vertical merger inquiries and signal that parties will be held accountable for proving pro-competitive benefits, say former FTC acting commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and Christine Ryu-Naya of Baker Botts.

  • Nissan Ex-CEO Illustrates Do's And Don'ts Of Image Repair

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    Lawyers can draw a number of useful lessons about reputation management from the efforts of former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn — who recently escaped house arrest in Tokyo — to restore his sullied reputation, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • The Int'l, Federal And State Taxation Forecast For 2020

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    Attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson look at U.S. international, federal and state taxation, including legislative, regulatory and controversy developments expected in 2020.

  • Litigating FRAND Rates After Fed. Circ. Ericsson Decision

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    After the Federal Circuit’s recent ruling in TCL v. Ericsson, which puts juries at the helm of calculating FRAND damages for standard-essential patents, litigators should focus on preparing a simplified and emotionally persuasive story and garnering the evidentiary support necessary for a favorable appeal, says Larry Sandell of Mei & Mark.

  • How Associate Life Has Evolved Over The Past Decade

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    During the last 10 years, the need to embrace change was fundamental for law firms, and that change affected associates in many ways — most, but not all, for the better, says Brad Kaufman, co-president of Greenberg Traurig.

  • What's Changed And What's The Same In Final CFIUS Rules

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    The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s final rules implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act complete the revamp of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which will be more complex and better resourced to address evolving national security risks that arise in the context of foreign investments, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • Gov't Contractor Suspension And Debarment: 2019 In Review

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    Attorneys at Covington look back at last year's policy trends and developments, legislative and rulemaking activity, and notable federal district court rulings related to the exclusion of contractors from doing business with the federal government.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Dyk Reviews 'Democracy And Equality'

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    In their new book "Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court," Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss provide valuable context for U.S. Supreme Court decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren that have profoundly affected the country, but their overly protective attitude sometimes obscures reality, says Federal Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk.

  • 7 Insider Tips For Working With In-House Counsel

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    For outside firms wondering how to best support busy in-house lawyers, several practices can help navigate critical legal issues and novel business challenges while strengthening the working relationship, says Virginia Hudson, associate general counsel at Capital One.

  • 50 Years Later, Interpretive Challenges Remain For RICO

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    In the 50 years since the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was passed, courts' attempts to clarify the statute have had some success, but many interpretive dilemmas remain unresolved, says Randy Gordon of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • Opinion

    States Should Not Follow ABA On Attorney Conduct Rules

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    Because the American Bar Association's new rule on diversity continues to use the Model Rules of Professional Conduct as a cultural bludgeon, states should create independent codes limited to constitutionally valid purposes of attorney regulation, says Bradley Abramson of Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Where Global Digital Economy Taxes May Be Headed In 2020

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    Recent progress toward a global minimum tax rate notwithstanding, nations negotiating for an agreement on tax challenges raised by the economy's digitalization and to overhaul the international tax system have much to do in 2020, says Gary Ashford at Harbottle & Lewis.

  • How Courts And Litigants Can Benefit From Special Masters

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    As we approach the first anniversary of the American Bar Association's adoption of guidelines for the appointment and use of special masters in civil litigation, retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now at Stroock, explains how special masters can help parties and courts with faster decision-making and subject matter expertise.

  • Uber Policy Calls For Refresher On ABA Confidentiality Rules

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    Uber's recent policy update allowing drivers to audio-record passenger rides is a reminder for lawyers to observe the highest standard of care in protecting client information under the American Bar Association's confidentiality model rule, says Paul Boehm at Williams & Connolly.