Telecommunications

  • November 08, 2019

    Facebook Enters Uncharted Legal Waters With Spyware Suit

    Facebook's new suit accusing an Israeli spyware company of compromising the phones of WhatsApp users includes a novel argument under federal anti-hacking law and presents a new wrinkle in the debate over government access to encrypted messages.

  • November 08, 2019

    Bankrupt Undersea Cable Firm Ditches Ch. 11 Sale Plans

    Bankrupt undersea cable company Global Cloud Xchange announced Friday it has vacated a sale process in its Delaware Chapter 11 and is moving forward with plans to emerge as a standalone company when it completes its reorganization.

  • November 08, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Dish's PTAB Win After Remand Bid Fails

    The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision invalidating claims in a Customedia patent on digital management systems, days after refusing the company’s bid for a new PTAB review in light of the board’s structure being found unconstitutional.

  • November 08, 2019

    Neal Gerber Eisenberg Adds Ex-Freeborn IP Co-Chair

    Neal Gerber Eisenberg LLP has brought on a former co-chair of Freeborn & Peters LLP's intellectual property litigation practice with experience in the software and telecommunications industries, the firm announced.

  • November 08, 2019

    Top 4 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During the month of October, lobbyists representing major telecom providers squared off over the best ways to repurpose satellite spectrum in the valuable C-Band and how to fund and manage FCC subsidy programs.

  • November 08, 2019

    House Dems Seek Update On FCC Location-Tracking Probe

    The Federal Communications Commission is facing pressure from House Democrats to release the results of its investigation into wireless carriers that sell data that third parties use to track cell phone users.

  • November 08, 2019

    FCC Finds Sinclair-Linked Stations Bungled AT&T Deal Talks

    Twenty stations tied to Sinclair Broadcast Group failed to work with AT&T to retain and restore local broadcast programming on satellite and internet platforms, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday, calling the infraction "the most egregious example of delay that we have encountered."

  • November 07, 2019

    Charter Says Piracy Case Will Push 'Massive Liability' On ISPs

    Charter Communications is warning a federal judge that a copyright case filed by record labels could "open the floodgates for massive liability" by blaming internet service providers for online piracy simply because they advertise fast download speeds.

  • November 07, 2019

    T-Mobile-Sprint Deal Critics 'Ignore Benefits,' DOJ Says

    The U.S. Department of Justice assailed critics of its deal clearing T-Mobile’s purchase of Sprint on Wednesday, telling a D.C. federal judge reviewing the settlement that adequate safeguards exist to ensure the combination doesn’t harm consumers.

  • November 07, 2019

    Motorola Tells Jury Rival Needed Its Secrets To Make Radio

    Hytera Communications Corp. Ltd. poached several of Motorola Solutions LLC's former engineers to make a competing two-way digital radio using decades' worth of stolen private product information and computer code, a lawyer for Motorola told an Illinois federal jury during opening statements Thursday.

  • November 07, 2019

    Satellite Cos. Rip Testimony Given At Hearing On C-Band Sale

    The C-Band Alliance went on the defensive Thursday, writing U.S. House subcommittee leaders to "correct misstatements by witnesses" purportedly made during a recent hearing that examined plans to repurpose satellite spectrum valued at $60 billion.

  • November 07, 2019

    Sens. Back DOE's Caution On 6 GHz Spectrum Sharing

    A dozen Democratic and Republican senators have backed the U.S. Department of Energy's resistance to a Federal Communications Commission spectrum-sharing plan, saying it would be "bad policy" to force utilities to share the airwaves with Wi-Fi users without proper safeguards.

  • November 07, 2019

    Fusion Trying To Skip Out On $31.2M In Debt, Creditors Say

    Microsoft and telecom providers CenturyLink and AT&T are objecting to what they said is cloud computing company Fusion Connect Inc.’s attempt to erase more than $31.2 million they claim the debtor owes them.

  • November 07, 2019

    Fed. Circ. OKs Using Old German Article To Nix Ericsson IP

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions invalidating several claims of an Ericsson wireless communications patent as obvious, holding in a precedential opinion that an old article in a German journal could be used to challenge the patent.

  • November 07, 2019

    FCC Asks 3rd Circ. To Review Panel's Hold On Media Rules

    A Third Circuit panel has prevented the Federal Communications Commission from moving forward with media ownership rules based on the modern industry landscape, the agency said Thursday in a request for a full circuit review of the FCC's regulatory attempts.

  • November 06, 2019

    Sens. Question NSA Official On Shuttered Call Data Program

    Senators on both sides of the aisle pushed a senior National Security Agency official on Wednesday on why lawmakers should reauthorize a controversial call data collection program the agency has suspended, as legislators seem poised to extend three surveillance authorizations but debate a fourth.

  • November 06, 2019

    Sen. Wyden Asks FCC To Mandate 5G Cybersecurity Options

    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to help secure 5G networks against hackers and foreign governments by requiring wireless carriers to implement cybersecurity protections that are currently optional.

  • November 06, 2019

    With Amendment Looming, TelexFree MDL Nabs 3 Settlements

    Victims of the $3 billion TelexFree Ponzi scheme told a Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday they've reached three settlements with the company's former chief financial officer, one of its payment processors and Synovus Bank.

  • November 06, 2019

    Sen. Floats Bare-Bones Renewal Of Satellite TV Law

    Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker has floated a straightforward bill to renew a law governing the transmission of satellite TV programming and carriage negotiations, eschewing riders that industry members had hoped to push through with it.

  • November 06, 2019

    Regulators, Schools Must Expand Connectivity Vision: Report

    School districts and state and federal regulators must account for rising demands on educational broadband networks as they lay out funding plans and invest in connectivity equipment, according to a report released Wednesday by a school technology consortium.

  • November 06, 2019

    Charter Accused Of Firing VP Over LGBTQ Advocacy

    A former vice president at Charter Communications has sued the company in Connecticut federal court, alleging he was told that LGBTQ issues were “not a priority” at Charter and ultimately fired for championing gay and transgender workers' rights.

  • November 05, 2019

    LG Hits Rival TV Maker Hisense With FRAND Patent Suit

    South Korean electronics giant LG has accused rival television maker Hisense of infringing several of its patents covering TV display and so-called standard-essential Wi-Fi technology, despite LG's offer to license the technology to Hisense under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, according to a suit filed in California federal court.

  • November 05, 2019

    Silicon Valley Dems Unveil Bill Creating US Privacy Agency

    Two Silicon Valley Democrats on Tuesday proposed creating a European Union-inspired agency to regulate the collection of U.S. consumers' personal data, as the debate over a national comprehensive privacy law drags on in Congress.

  • November 05, 2019

    CEO's Letters Didn't Sway IP Win Over Apple, Fed. Circ. Told

    A company that Apple accuses of waging a "campaign of intimidation" to influence two Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions is pushing back on those claims, telling the Federal Circuit that a series of letters written by its CEO did not sway the board's rulings.

  • November 05, 2019

    New License Ends InterDigital FRAND Antitrust Row

    The Department of Justice won't get a chance to weigh in on the antitrust implications of InterDigital Inc.’s commitments to license its standard-essential patents on fair and reasonable terms after the patent licensing company inked a new agreement that ends Swiss technology company U-blox's lawsuit.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Castillo Reviews 'Raising The Bar'

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    A timely new book, “Raising the Bar: Diversifying Big Law," is one of the first honest assessments of the challenging battleground for people of color at large law firms, and I hope that firm management committee members read it, says U.S. District Judge Rubén Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Dissecting The Inherent Tension In Today's TCPA Landscape

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    Following the D.C. Circuit's 2018 Telephone Consumer Protection Act decision in ACA International, many expected the Federal Communications Commission to step in with guidance on the statute. But almost a year and a half has passed and the TCPA remains in chaos while the industry waits for new direction, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders.

  • Opinion

    A Welcome Turning Of The Tide On State Preemption Of Cities

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    The troubling trend of state preemption of local authority across a wide array of policy areas seemed only to be growing until this spring’s legislative season, which saw states reconsidering and even beginning to unwind a legacy of interference, says Nestor Davidson, a professor at Fordham Law School.

  • TCPA Fax Class Actions Could Be An Endangered Species

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    Emerging trends and events are likely to significantly limit plaintiffs' ability to successfully bring fax class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, says Doug Brown of Rumberger Kirk.

  • Debunking 3 Myths About Contract Attorneys

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    Although contract attorneys represent a quality source of legal work, inaccurate assumptions cause many legal departments and law firms to hesitate when considering them, say Matthew Weaver and Shannon Murphy of Major Lindsey.

  • Be Aware Of Risk When Providing Notice To Multiple Insurers

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    Policyholders commonly place all potential insurers on notice without consideration as to possible downsides, but the Seventh Circuit's decision in Emmis v. Illinois National Insurance shows that this approach can result in exclusion of coverage, say Catherine Doyle and David Kroeger of Jenner & Block.

  • Opinion

    FTC's Antitrust Win Against Qualcomm Should Not Stand

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    The Ninth Circuit should overturn U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh's decision in Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm, which fails to understand innovation and licensing in the mobile wireless industry, and will harm the American economy without benefiting consumers, says David Teece of the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Compliance Imperatives For Defensible Data Disposal

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    Companies in a host of industries have recently faced steep compliance fines for data breaches from domestic and international regulators. Defensible disposal of corporate data presents an excellent opportunity to mitigate the impact of these data-driven risks, says Julia Brickell of H5.

  • A Litigator’s Reflections From The Arbitrator’s Chair

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's opinions this term in Henry Schein and Lamps Plus remind us of the fundamental difference between arbitration and litigation. Yet, as a commercial litigator who serves as a neutral arbitrator, I have observed that experienced litigators often fail to adapt their approach in arbitration, says Paula Litt at Honigman.

  • Opinion

    Do Not Let Sprint Buy All Educational Spectrum Licenses

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    If Sprint is allowed to buy up all Educational Broadband Service frequencies and then merge with T-Mobile, it will have an overwhelming advantage in 4G and 5G wireless broadband and will be able to exploit its market power to loot the value of spectrum held by educational institutions nationwide, says John Schwartz of Voqal.

  • 5 Hard Phrases Lawyers Should Master

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    While Kelly Corrigan's popular book, "Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say," focuses on simple words or phrases that individuals can use to improve their personal lives, attorneys can utilize Corrigan's advice for professional benefit, says Karen Ross of Tucker Ellis.

  • Opinion

    Time To Resolve Post-Cyan Securities Class Action Confusion

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    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 Cyan opinion, Securities Act claims that are litigated in a state forum inhibit transparency in the securities class action arena, and congressional intervention is duly warranted to clear the fog for business leaders and their investors, says Nessim Mezrahi of SAR.

  • Rebuttal

    Hindsight Proportionality Is An Illogical And Meaningless Idea

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    A recent Law360 guest article suggests that the Federal Trade Commission's use of purportedly few trial exhibits in FTC v. Qualcomm demonstrates that discovery was not proportional to the needs of the case, but in actuality there is little to be gleaned from the number of trial exhibits, say attorneys at Hausfeld.

  • Opinion

    7th Circ. Decision Creates Minefield For Insurance Industry

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    The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Emmis v. Illinois National Insurance unfairly limits directors and officers coverage for policyholders, encourages litigation of insurance claims and also generates enormous liability exposure for brokers, say attorneys at Plews Shadley.

  • E-Discovery Experts Could Increase Fed. Court Efficiency

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    As electronic data demands on federal courts continue to increase, it may be time to consider whether the courts should establish an office that could be staffed with technical experts familiar with electronic discovery issues, says Douglas Smith of Kirkland.

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