Telecommunications

  • May 05, 2022

    LATAM's Minority Shareholders Want Award OK'd

    The minority shareholders of a Latin American telecommunications tower operator urged a New York federal court to enforce an arbitral award ordering a sale of the company, arguing the majority shareholders are unfairly seeking a do-over.

  • May 05, 2022

    Fed. Circ. Won't Order Albright To Ship ZTE Case To NDTX

    The Federal Circuit has shot down Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp.'s bid to transfer a patent suit against it from the Western District of Texas to the Northern District of Texas, where a ZTE unit has sued over the same patents.

  • May 05, 2022

    Bill Aims To Vet Rural Broadband Providers Seeking Subsidies

    A bipartisan Senate bill filed this week would require tougher vetting of rural broadband providers for their technical ability to provide connectivity that's subsidized through the Federal Communications Commission.

  • May 05, 2022

    FCC To Examine If Medicaid Reminder Calls Violate TCPA

    The Federal Communications Commission wants to know if people think federal and state agencies would be breaking telemarketing laws if they called and texted people to remind them to enroll for Medicaid and other government health care programs.

  • May 05, 2022

    FCC Grants More Than 4K Wireless Licenses In 3.45 GHz Band

    The Federal Communications Commission has granted more than 4,000 licenses to a wide variety of competitors for mid-band spectrum in the 3.45 GHz band.

  • May 04, 2022

    Biden Admin. Awards $77M For Tribal Internet Access Efforts

    President Joe Biden's administration said Tuesday that it would be doling out nearly $77 million in grants aimed at helping dozens of Native American tribes across the country expand internet access.

  • May 04, 2022

    GOP Rep Suggests FTC Chair May Oppose Musk-Twitter Deal

    House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, suggested Wednesday that Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan may be open to "cavalier" efforts by the left-leaning Open Markets Institute, her former employer, to oppose Elon Musk's planned $44 billion purchase of Twitter Inc.

  • May 04, 2022

    Fed. Circ. Probes Boundaries Of Remand Arguments In IPRs

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday explored the extent to which petitioners and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board can rely on new invalidity arguments during remand proceedings, with a three-judge panel questioning how far outside the four corners of an inter partes review petition they can stray.

  • May 04, 2022

    ABA's Antitrust Section Calls For Changes To Big Tech Bill

    The American Bar Association's antitrust section has told Congress that proposed legislation to prohibit Big Tech companies from giving their own products and services an unfair advantage over smaller rivals could have unintended consequences and should be changed.

  • May 04, 2022

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During the month of April, more advocates for various causes brought their views to the Federal Communications Commission than the month before. Records show lobbyists spoke with the agency about subjects ranging from telecom subsidies to services for the disabled. Here's a look at the top groups that lobbied the FCC from April 1 through April 30 and a sampling of what they care about.

  • May 04, 2022

    Germany Designates Meta For Extra Antitrust Scrutiny

    German antitrust authorities singled out Meta for "extended abuse control" Wednesday under a recent law enabling officials to fast-track enforcement actions for the largest digital platforms, here including cases against the Facebook parent company over combining user data from different sources and linking virtual reality headsets with social media.

  • May 04, 2022

    CDC Used Phone Location Data For COVID Research

    U.S. health officials purchased data last year tracking the cellphones of millions of Americans to study personal behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic — raising concern among privacy advocates, one of whom called the possible use of that information to review tribal health policies, among other purposes, "a bit shocking."

  • May 04, 2022

    Comcast Injury Suit's Transfer Reversed After COVID Kerfuffle

    In a "procedurally unusual case," the Pennsylvania Superior Court Wednesday reversed a trial court's transfer of a personal injury suit against Comcast Corp. from Philadelphia County to Montgomery County, saying that a COVID-caused mix-up contributed to the trial court mistakenly ruling the plaintiff did not respond to Comcast's transfer request.

  • May 04, 2022

    Meta Tells High Court To Deny Spyware Co.'s Immunity Bid

    Meta and its subsidiary WhatsApp told the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a review petition from Israeli spyware firm NSO Group Technologies, which is appealing a Ninth Circuit ruling that denied it foreign immunity from WhatsApp's hacking claims.

  • May 04, 2022

    Policyholder Gains In Virus Coverage State Trial Court Suits

    Insurance carriers may hope that COVID-19 coverage litigation is nearing its end with rulings in their favor by the Massachusetts and Iowa high courts, but positive outcomes for policyholders in Nevada, Pennsylvania and California state courts show some of these suits may still have legs.

  • May 04, 2022

    IPhone 4 Owners Get $20M Deal With Apple Over Bad Update

    Two classes of New York and New Jersey iPhone 4S owners have reached a $20 million settlement to resolve their claims that Apple Inc. updating their phones to a new operating system rendered them buggy and slow.

  • May 04, 2022

    NBA Health Fraud Prosecutors Seize Ex-Players' Phones

    Manhattan federal prosecutors are reviewing the cellphone and email accounts of several retired NBA players in an expanding criminal case accusing them of scheming to pilfer $4 million from the league's health care system with phony medical claims.

  • May 04, 2022

    Milbank Looks To Build CFIUS Practice With Ex-Shearman Atty

    Milbank LLP has added an attorney from Shearman & Sterling LLP who has worked on issues related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States for over 20 years, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 03, 2022

    Meta, WhatsApp Can't Escape Patent Suit Over VoIP Tech

    WhatsApp and its parent company Meta can't escape claims that they infringed two patents involving mobile call routing technology belonging to VoIP-Pal, after a Texas federal judge found Tuesday that VoIP-Pal showed the companies knew of the patents before being sued.

  • May 03, 2022

    Google Gets Green Light For Quick Appeal In $2B Ads Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday gave Google permission to appeal a decision refusing to dismiss a proposed class action claiming the company raked in more than $2 billion from unauthorized advertisements, finding that Google had pointed to novel questions of law for the Ninth Circuit to consider.

  • May 03, 2022

    Knott Partners Sues Telepathy Labs For 1-Person Board

    An investor in a Tampa, Florida-based company that develops chat-bot technology sued the company and its CEO in Delaware Chancery Court, alleging the company is violating its charter and Delaware law by not putting more than one person on its board.

  • May 03, 2022

    NM DOT Sorts Out Utility Pole Dispute With Internet Provider

    New Mexico's Department of Transportation and the wireless broadband provider that's suing it have told a federal court that the issues between them have been put to bed after the agency granted the company's request to build a utility pole for wireless antenna installation.

  • May 03, 2022

    GM Strikes Licensing Deal With Patent Pool Avanci

    Patent licensing giant Avanci said Tuesday that General Motors has inked a license deal for various patents, giving the automotive giant access to certain wireless technology.

  • May 03, 2022

    Biden Launches Mandatory Review Of Trump-Era China Tariffs

    The Biden administration announced a mandatory review of tariffs on more than $300 billion worth of Chinese goods Tuesday, intensifying the ongoing scrutiny of the levies dating back to the Trump administration.

  • May 03, 2022

    Gilstrap Won't Force Apple To Take Ericsson's IP Deal

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap held Tuesday that he won't push Apple to accept Ericsson's network patent licensing terms if they are determined to be fair and non-discriminatory, ruling that Apple isn't contractually locked into the offer.

Expert Analysis

  • How Law Schools Can Navigate Toward Equity And Inclusion

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    Law schools have a responsibility to do more than admit students from underrepresented populations — they must understand the challenges that minority law students face, learn why so few reach the highest levels of the legal profession, and introduce programs that help foster inclusion and reduce inequities, says Jennifer Rosato Perea at DePaul College of Law.

  • Where Judge Jackson Stands On Key Civil Procedure Issues

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    During Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings this week, senators didn’t question her on the many procedural issues that frequently come before the U.S. Supreme Court, but a deep dive into her judicial record illuminates her stance on Article III standing, personal jurisdiction and more, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

  • How To Avoid Prematurely Publicizing A Case Outcome

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    The lessons of a recent U.K. case involving Matrix Chambers' premature social media posts that violated a court embargo are relevant in the U.S. as well, reminding law firms to ensure plans to publicize a case are shielded from accidental violations of court sealing and gag orders, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Hold DC Judges Accountable For Misconduct

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    On the heels of Thursday's congressional hearing on workplace protections for judiciary employees, former law clerk Aliza Shatzman recounts her experience of harassment by a D.C. Superior Court judge — and argues that the proposed Judiciary Accountability Act, which would extend vital anti-discrimination protections to federal court employees, should also include D.C. courts.

  • Opinion

    Greater Federal Coordination May Not Hasten 5G Rollout

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    Although Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel's recently proposed framework for interagency spectrum coordination is conciliatory and ambitious, it's not obvious that adding new layers of process will lead to faster regulatory action and urgently needed 5G spectrum for commercial use, says Arpan Sura at Hogan Lovells.

  • 4 Ways To Preserve Confidentiality Of Litigation Funding Docs

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    Though two recent rulings by Massachusetts and Illinois federal courts add to the growing body of case law denying discovery into litigation funding arrangements, prudence necessitates that lawyers, clients and funders follow certain best practices to ensure that their communications are not discoverable by opposing parties, says Stewart Ackerly at Statera Capital.

  • Rebuttal

    Remote Hearings Are Ill-Suited Default For Litigation Realities

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    A recent Law360 guest article suggests that remote proceedings should be the default in civil litigation even after the pandemic, but courts should continue to give parties the option to appear in person because it can actually save long-term costs, prepare younger attorneys more effectively, and bring a necessary degree of seriousness to hearings, says Mark​ Eisen at Benesch Friedlander.

  • Perspectives

    ABA's New Anti-Bias Curriculum Rule Is Insufficient

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    The American Bar Association's recently approved requirement that law schools educate students on bias, cross-cultural competency and racism, while a step in the right direction, fails to publicly acknowledge and commit to eradicating the systemic racial inequality in our legal system, says criminal defense attorney Donna Mulvihill Fehrmann.

  • How FinCEN Shell Co. Rules Differ From Past BSA Standards

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    Companies will need to understand how the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s recently proposed rules implementing the Corporate Transparency Act, aimed at curbing the use of shell companies to move illicit funds, differ from existing Bank Secrecy Act disclosure requirements on several points, from exempt entities to reporting timelines, say attorneys at Moore & Van Allen.

  • Opinion

    Remote Hearings Should Be The Default In Civil Litigation

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    The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure impose an affirmative duty on courts to eliminate undue cost, so remote hearings should be the default in civil litigation even after the pandemic, while in-person hearings must justify their existence, says Joshua Sohn at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • BitMEX BSA Case Raises Key Crypto Questions

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    In U.S. v. Hayes, a New York federal court's recently denied motion to dismiss in the Bank Secrecy Act case against BitMEX points to the regulatory uncertainty surrounding cryptocurrencies, which could help the remaining defendant prove he could not have known the exchange needed to register as a futures commission merchant, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Attorneys Today Need To Depose Like There's No Tomorrow

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    With people leaving the workforce in droves amid the “Great Resignation” and with younger workers less inclined to stay in one place for long, attorneys need to adjust their deposition strategies to minimize risks of losing crucial witnesses who may move on from a client or opponent company before a case goes to trial, say Anthony Argiropoulos and Maximilian Cadmus at Epstein Becker.

  • How DC Federal Court Ruling Limits Wire Fraud Act Scope

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    The recent D.C. federal court decision U.S. v. Guertin, holding that a scheme to maintain a preexisting salary does not constitute obtaining money or property under the wire fraud statute, reinforces the act's textual limitations and curbs prosecutorial overreach, say Ashwin Ram and Galen Kast at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Opinion

    Meta Market Cap Drop Fuels Argument For An Antitrust Tweak

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    Meta Platform's recent market capitalization drop illustrates how the antitrust bills winding their way through Congress might be more realistic if they eliminated the minimum market cap threshold that exempts companies from scrutiny, says Dave Rochelson at Robins Kaplan.

  • Opinion

    Review Of Gov't Action Dismissal Could Restrict FCA Claims

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    The District of Columbia Circuit's review of the concerning district court dismissal of Vermont National Telephone v. Northstar Wireless, slated for oral argument Thursday, over the application of the False Claims Act's government action bar to circumstances beyond those intended by Congress, could restrict FCA cases, says Colette Matzzie at Phillips & Cohen.

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