Telecommunications

  • April 12, 2021

    9th Circ. Doubts NSO's Immunity Defense In WhatsApp Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel appeared skeptical Monday of Israeli spyware company NSO Group's argument that sovereign immunity protects it from Facebook's lawsuit over hacks to subsidiary WhatsApp, with two judges pointing out the lack of case law to support NSO's position and a third judge saying the case should go to discovery.

  • April 12, 2021

    FCC Wants Your Internet Speed Data For Broadband Maps

    The Federal Communications Commission wants everyone to download the agency's speed test smartphone application to help it quickly gather data about network performance across the country.

  • April 12, 2021

    T-Mobile Says Dish To Blame For 3G Shutdown Threat

    T-Mobile is combating assertions that it's trying to "prematurely" kick Boost Mobile subscribers off its 3G network, telling the Federal Communications Commission that its network transition plan is firmly in line with prior merger commitments.

  • April 12, 2021

    Ex-Netflix Biz Partner Acknowledged 'Pay-To-Play,' Jury Told

    During the second day of a former Netflix executive's criminal bribery trial, a California federal jury viewed internal email exchanges in which a startup CEO acknowledged that "there's clearly some pay-to-play" occurring between his company and the streaming giant.

  • April 12, 2021

    Sen. Wants To Ban 'Dominant' Tech, $100B Cos. From All M&A

    Online platforms designated as "dominant digital firms" and any company with a market capitalization of more than $100 billion would be all but banned from any mergers and acquisitions activity under a new bill Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., unveiled Monday in a sweeping antitrust broadside against "woke mega-corporations."

  • April 12, 2021

    Nat'l Security Team Clears Polhem's $1B Telia Carrier Buy

    A key U.S. national security panel said Monday it won't object to Telia Co. selling its international carrier business to Polhem Infra for 9,450 million Swedish krona ($1.1 billion) if certain conditions are met.

  • April 12, 2021

    Apple Says Not Naming Third-Party Witnesses Was Epic Fail

    Apple has urged a California federal judge to block Epic Games from calling three witnesses in an upcoming antitrust trial unless they hand over troves of documents, saying Epic caused a "procedural Catch-22" by not disclosing their names in earlier discovery.

  • April 12, 2021

    Biden Announces Nominees For Key DHS Posts

    President Joe Biden said Monday that he will seek to fill key posts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including permanent heads at two of the department's immigration agencies.

  • April 09, 2021

    Former Netflix Exec Faces Bribery Charges As Trial Kicks Off

    Prosecutors accused a former Netflix executive of illegally receiving kickbacks and stock options from startups in exchange for lucrative contracts with the streaming giant during opening arguments in a bribery trial in California federal court Friday, while defense counsel argued the deals were legitimate and a product of Netflix's "no rules" culture.

  • April 09, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Affirms RPX's PTAB Win Over Mobile Website IP

    Defensive patent group RPX Corp. scored a win at the Federal Circuit on Friday when a panel turned down an appeal of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that invalidated a patent at the heart of an infringement suit RPX-member Google faced in 2011.

  • April 09, 2021

    Apple's 'Convenience' Not Enough To Ship IP Suit From WDTX

    A small smartphone company that has accused Apple of infringing patents on the "slide-to-unlock" feature told Texas U.S. District Judge Alan Albright on Friday that the suit shouldn't be transferred from the Lone Star State to California just because it's more convenient for the iPhone maker.

  • April 09, 2021

    NFL Moves To Sack Suit Over Super Bowl Livestream Crash

    The National Football League told a New York federal judge that it is not liable for claims from international fans whose livestreams crashed during the 2020 Super Bowl because they bought their subscriptions from third parties.

  • April 09, 2021

    Taxation With Representation: Fried Frank, White & Case, Weil

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, U.K.-based LumiraDx goes public with a $5 billion valuation, Israeli digital investigations support business Cellebrite inks a $2.4 billion merger, and Topps Inc. is valued at $1.3 billion.

  • April 09, 2021

    2 Years In, Tech Division Makes FTC 'Far More Efficient'

    Two years after it was created as a task force, the Federal Trade Commission's now-permanent Technology Enforcement Division has become a key tool for probes of online platforms, the FTC's most recent competition chief told Law360 in an interview.

  • April 09, 2021

    FedEx Wants Attys Penalized For 'Implausible' Patent Claims

    A FedEx subsidiary told a Delaware federal judge Thursday that a technology company and its counsel, Bayard PA and King & Wood Mallesons LLP, should be sanctioned for bringing baseless counterclaims in a patent infringement dispute over cellphone screen repair technology.

  • April 09, 2021

    Charter Gets $19M In Sanctions For False Windstream Ads

    A New York bankruptcy judge has awarded Windstream Holdings more than $19 million in sanctions against rival Charter Communications, saying Windstream was forced to spend millions to get back the customers it lost to Charter's false advertising campaign.

  • April 09, 2021

    Wilson Sonsini Adds Ex-Shearman & Sterling Partner In Austin

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC recently hired a corporate partner formerly with Shearman & Sterling LLP for its Austin, Texas, office, a move it described as a boost to the firm's emerging companies practice in the region. 

  • April 08, 2021

    6th Circ. Urged To Not Erase 5 Years Of Robocall Violations

    The federal government and a consumer suing gas and electric supplier Realgy LLC over allegedly unsolicited robocalls are doubling down on their bid to convince the Sixth Circuit to overturn a ruling that companies shouldn't have to face liability for violations of the national robocall ban that occurred during the five years that government debt collections were exempt from the law.

  • April 08, 2021

    AGs, FTC Fight To Keep Their Facebook Antitrust Suits Alive

    The Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general of most states are coming out swinging against Facebook's attempt to cut down their respective antitrust suits accusing the social media behemoth of illegal monopolization.

  • April 08, 2021

    Noom Sheds Wiretapping Claims But May Gain Them Back

    A California federal judge dismissed a proposed class action Thursday against online weight loss application Noom and software company FullStory alleging they illegally wiretap Noom users, saying that Noom cannot be aiding and abetting any alleged wrongdoing because FullStory is just a software vendor that is not participating in anything illegal.

  • April 08, 2021

    In Apple Win, Fed Circ. OKs PTAB Telecom IP Ax

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that axed claims in an Inventergy Global Inc. affiliate's mobile telecommunications patent which had been challenged by Apple and two other telecom giants.

  • April 08, 2021

    FCC Puts 50 More 2.5 GHz Tribal Applications On The Pile

    The Federal Communications Commission has accepted more than 50 applications from tribes aiming to take advantage of the agency's rural tribal priority window for licenses within the 2.5 gigahertz band, which is normally reserved for educational and broadband purposes.

  • April 08, 2021

    FTC Inks $32M Deal To Settle TV Antenna False Ad Claims

    The Federal Trade Commission has settled a suit in New York federal court against Wellco Inc. and its CEO alleging they misled customers about the quality of their TV antenna products, which includes a $32 million judgment against the company.

  • April 08, 2021

    Verizon Says TracFone Merger Will Shore Up Prepaid Plans

    Verizon is hitting back against public-interest advocates who complain that its proposed acquisition of mobile carrier TracFone Wireless could harm low-income customers, with the phone giant telling the Federal Communications Commission that the combination will actually create better offers for prepaid mobile plans.

  • April 08, 2021

    Ex-Ore. Sen. To Step Down As Broadcasters Group Leader

    The National Association of Broadcasters will have a new leader next year, the trade group's current president revealed Wednesday in a video address announcing his forthcoming departure.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Right Approach To Personal Jurisdiction In Class Actions

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    Since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2017 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, three approaches to personal jurisdiction over absent class members have emerged in the lower courts, but only one comports with due process and limitations on procedural devices imposed by the Rules Enabling Act, say David Kouba and Andreas Moffett at Arnold & Porter.

  • What Associates Should Consider Before Switching Practices

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    The current high demand for midlevel associates provides them a rare opportunity to potentially explore new practice areas, but associates should first ask themselves six questions to begin figuring out why a change sounds appealing, says Stephanie Biderman at Major Lindsey.

  • High Court Oracle Copyright Ruling Is A Boon For Innovation

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Monday that Google made fair use of the declaring code of Oracle's Java application programming interface should encourage development of new code based on existing APIs and spur technological growth, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • 4 Effective Ways To Prioritize Client Advocacy

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    To truly support a client going through a complicated lawsuit or a painful experience, lawyers must think beyond interpreting legal guidelines and navigating court proceedings, says attorney Scott Corwin.

  • Remote Law Firm Culture Should Prioritize Associate Training

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    Due to the pandemic, the gap between law school and the first day on the job has never been wider, but law firms can leverage training to bridge that intimidating gap and convey the unique value of their culture in a virtual environment, say Melissa Schwind at Ward and Smith, and William Kenney and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • Ways Universities Can Improve Foreign Influence Compliance

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    U.S. universities should take practical steps to monitor and effectively manage compliance risks related to collaborative research relationships with China, given the likelihood of continued scrutiny under the Biden administration, says Robert Roach at Guidepost Solutions.

  • Virtual Litigation May Unravel The Narcissistic Lawyer

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    The virtual courtroom limits a narcissistic lawyer's ability to intimidate witnesses and opposing counsel, boast to clients or engage in grandstanding — an unexpected benefit of the global pandemic as some aspects of remote litigation are likely here to stay, says Jennifer Gibbs at Zelle.

  • Defense Options After Calif. High Court Call-Recording Ruling

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    Despite the California Supreme Court's recent ruling in Smith v. LoanMe that both parties and nonparties must get consent from everyone in cellular or cordless phone conversations before making recordings, defendants still have multiple means of successfully defeating suits for recording without consent, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • ABA Remote Work Guide Raises Bar For Atty Tech Know-How

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion on lawyers' ethical duties of competence and confidentiality when working remotely should be viewed as part of a larger movement by which attorneys are being exhorted to develop competence in 21st century technology, say Jennifer Goldsmith at Ironshore and Barry Temkin at Mound Cotton.

  • Lateral Hire Conflict Screening Lessons From DLA Piper Case

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    While a Texas federal court recently denied a motion to disqualify DLA Piper from representing Apple in a patent dispute after the law firm hired an attorney who formerly represented opponent Maxwell, the case is a reminder that robust conflict checks during lateral hiring can save firms the time and expense of defending disqualification motions, says Hope Comisky at Griesing Law.

  • High Court's Autodialer Ruling Raises Bar For TCPA Plaintiffs

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Facebook v. Duguid, adopting a narrow definition of "automatic telephone dialing system," will create hurdles for Telephone Consumer Protection Act plaintiffs, though the effects of the court's guidance may be short-lived if Congress revisits the statute, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • 3 Cybersecurity Questions To Ask Before A Remote Mediation

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    Lawyers preparing to mediate or arbitrate a case through videoconference should take steps to ensure they and their alternative dispute resolution providers are employing reasonable security precautions to protect digital client data and conform to confidentiality obligations, say F. Keith Brown and Michael Koss at ADR Systems.

  • A Uniform Mediation Act Primer As States Continue Adoption

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    With Georgia expected to soon become the 13th jurisdiction to adopt the Uniform Mediation Act and with more states likely to follow suit amid widespread trial delays, practitioners should familiarize themselves with the act's conflict disclosure requirements and the boundaries of its confidentiality provisions, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Safeguarding Privileged Communications In A Remote World

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    With the pandemic ushering in remote collaboration tools, counsel must revisit fundamentals of the attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine, study cases involving email and other recent technologies, and follow 10 best practices to protect confidentiality, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • How To Meet CFIUS Expectations On Chinese Investment

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    Under President Joe Biden, U.S. government scrutiny of Chinese investment is likely to remain rigorous and have a significant impact on deal return on investment, so deal strategy should include a four-step proactive approach to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States review process, say Scott Boylan and Paul Stephen at StoneTurn.

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