Telecommunications

  • August 21, 2019

    Qualcomm And LG Ink 5-Year Patent Licensing Deal

    Qualcomm has entered into a five-year licensing deal with LG Electronics to make 3G, 4G and 5G smartphones, as the chipmaker fights to stay a recent blockbuster antitrust decision against its business practices at the Ninth Circuit.

  • August 21, 2019

    Transit Officials And Wi-Fi Group Split Over 5.9 GHz Use

    A group that advocates for the expansion of Wi-Fi has told the Federal Communications Commission that the valuable 5.9 gigahertz spectrum band dedicated to vehicle safety communications can and should accommodate wireless device traffic, contrary to the beliefs of state transit regulators.

  • August 21, 2019

    Top EU Data Privacy Watchdog Buttarelli Dies

    Giovanni Buttarelli, who as Europe's data protection supervisor was an influential adviser in shaping the bloc's privacy laws, has died at the age of 62, his office said Wednesday.

  • August 20, 2019

    Pa. Justices Say State Has Final Say Over Utility Lines

    Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission has the exclusive right to regulate power lines and pipelines within the state, and that authority preempted the city of Lancaster’s effort to inspect and charge fees for utilities in city-owned rights of way, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday.

  • August 20, 2019

    ViSalus, Consumers Brawl Over Decert. Bid In Robocall Suit

    ViSalus Inc. and a consumer class fighting a high-stakes robocall lawsuit are escalating their feud over whether an Oregon federal judge should dismantle the class after the Federal Communications Commission retroactively waived violations for many of the unwanted marketing calls that triggered the legal action.

  • August 20, 2019

    Mexican Telecom's Bondholders Win Delay Of Ch. 11 Hearing

    Mexican telecommunications provider Maxcom on Tuesday saw its stay in bankruptcy extended by at least a week after bondholders complained they needed more time to look into the vote on the company’s prepack Chapter 11 plan.

  • August 20, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Asked To Rethink Alice Ax Of 3 Targeted Ad Patents

    Bridge and Post Inc. on Monday asked the Federal Circuit to reconsider its decision to invalidate three targeted advertising patents under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision, saying the court puts too much focus on the first part of the patent test and not the other.

  • August 20, 2019

    PTAB Takes On Sirius Case Despite Fee-Processing Delay

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed Monday to take on Sirius XM Radio’s challenge to a satellite signal patent owned by a German research organization, rejecting arguments that the petition should be denied because the broadcaster's review fees were processed too late.

  • August 20, 2019

    Omniverse Seeks Arbitration In Dispute With Film Studios

    Omniverse One World Television asked a California federal court Monday to force arbitration in a suit brought by Disney, Paramount Pictures Corp., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and other Hollywood heavyweights accusing Omniverse of selling illegal packages of unlicensed, copyrighted movies and TV shows to streaming services.

  • August 20, 2019

    Qualcomm Can't Put 'Blinders' On 9th Circ., Cell Buyers Say

    Consumers blasted Qualcomm on Monday for trying to limit the Ninth Circuit's gaze in the chipmaker's class certification appeal, urging the court again to recognize the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust win over the tech giant and their efforts to notify a class of 250 million U.S. phone buyers.

  • August 20, 2019

    USTelecom Tells FCC Address-Level Web Mapping Is Possible

    A coalition of telecom trade groups has completed a pilot project to map every home and business that needs internet in two states, and the groups told the Federal Communications Commission in a report on Tuesday that it's now time for the agency to take over the effort.

  • August 20, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Saudi Aramco, Cigna, Avaya

    Saudi Aramco has picked banks to assist on its planned $100 billion IPO, Cigna is looking to sell a group benefits insurance business that could be worth up to $6 billion, and a private equity firm is looking to usurp Mitel’s planned offer for California technology company Avaya.

  • August 20, 2019

    DC Circ. Ruling Curtails FCC's 5G Rollout Strategy

    The D.C. Circuit recently rebuked the Federal Communications Commission's strategy for a quick 5G rollout when it ruled wireless small cell nodes are still subject to certain preconstruction reviews, dealing a blow to the agency’s aggressive moves to clear the way for companies to deploy the technology.

  • August 20, 2019

    FCC Calls CenturyLink Outage 'Unacceptable,' But No Fine Yet

    Federal Communications Commission head Ajit Pai blasted CenturyLink's day-and-a-half-long network failure last year as "completely unacceptable" and called on communications providers to take steps to prevent similar outages, but the agency stopped short of doling out any penalties.

  • August 20, 2019

    EU Approves €60M In Aid For Austrian Broadband Build-Out

    The European Commission approved €60 million ($66.6 million) in state aid to go toward building high-speed internet in a mountainous, rural swath of Austria, it announced Tuesday.

  • August 19, 2019

    11th Circ. Urged To Ignore FCC Rule Change In Fax Ad Suit

    Two hotel operators are pushing the full Eleventh Circuit to review the dismissal of their proposed class action accusing Safemark of unlawfully disseminating fax advertisements, arguing that the Federal Communications Commission lacked the authority to retroactively waive the requirement to include opt-out notices on such messages. 

  • August 19, 2019

    Location Privacy Warrant Lines Still Murky After Carpenter

    District courts have been reluctant to require warrants for access to digital records beyond the historical cellphone location data covered by the U.S. Supreme Court's Carpenter decision, but appellate courts may end up flipping the script as criminal defendants and service providers continue to fight back.

  • August 19, 2019

    Twitter, FB Say China Accounts Targeted Hong Kong Protests

    Twitter and Facebook on Monday took down nearly 1,000 inauthentic accounts they said were linked to a Chinese government disinformation campaign aimed at undermining the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

  • August 19, 2019

    Sprint Distributor's Fraud, Contract Case Sent To Arbitration

    A former Sprint distributor will have to hash out its multimillion-dollar fraud, contract and defamation claims against the telecom giant in arbitration, after a D.C. federal judge on Monday rejected the retailer’s claims that Sprint bullied it into inking a one-sided dispute resolution agreement.

  • August 19, 2019

    Apple Urges Fed. Circ. To Review $439M Loss In Patent War

    Apple urged the full Federal Circuit on Monday to revisit a $439 million judgment against the tech giant as its patent war rages on with VirnetX, saying the likelihood of patent claims in the dispute being struck down means the judgment should not stand without review.

  • August 19, 2019

    Facebook, Amazon Blast French Digital Tax In USTR Hearing

    Representatives from Facebook, Amazon and Google said complying with a new French digital services tax will present significant challenges, including creating new measures to track individual user data, while testifying at a U.S. trade representative public hearing Monday.

  • August 19, 2019

    Conn. Reporter Escapes Judicial Marshal's Defamation Suit

    A courthouse marshal can’t go after the Connecticut journalist and television station that ran a story saying he was accused of sexually harassing a woman at the courthouse entrance, a superior court judge has decided.

  • August 19, 2019

    Mexican Telecom Maxcom Files For Ch. 11 Again

    For the second time in six years, Mexican telecommunications provider Maxcom filed for Chapter 11 in a New York bankruptcy court Monday with a prepackaged plan to cut over $36 million in debt that the company says is holding it back from the network upgrades it needs to become profitable.

  • August 19, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Apollo Global, GoHealth, Avaya

    Apollo Global is eyeing broadcasting company Tegna Inc., Centerbridge Partners is close to snapping up a large stake in health insurance technology company GoHealth, and Avaya Holdings Corp. is mulling an offer from Mitel Networks.

  • August 19, 2019

    FCC Floats Plan To Keep Dead People Off Lifeline Rolls

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal Monday aimed at tightening up administration of the Lifeline subsidy program, rolling out a number of practical fixes to make sure dead people and other ineligible subscribers aren’t enrolled for phone and internet subsidies.

Expert Analysis

  • 2 Insurance Coverage Issues Raised By Cyber Warfare

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    As politics and cyberrisks become increasingly intertwined, policyholders and insurers alike would benefit from more certainty in relation to the cyber insurance war exclusion, and from more options in the market that would cover a cyberattack on the U.S. power grid, says Thomas Hunt of Robert M. Currey & Associates.

  • Crisis Messaging To Protect Law Firm Brand And Bottom Line

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    When crises occur, such as data security incidents or gender bias suits, a well-prepared law firm has a thoroughly tested communications plan at the ready, which ensures the firm is the most proactive news source, prevents the crisis from escalating and notifies stakeholders about mitigation efforts, says Zach Olsen at Infinite Global.

  • The Escalating Sanctions Against Venezuela, Russia And Iran

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    The past few weeks saw a flurry of activity demonstrating that imposition and enforcement of economic sanctions against Venezuela, Russia and Iran — and by extension China — continues to be a key driver for the Trump administration in confronting foreign policy challenges, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • Perspectives

    What You Should Know About Courtroom Closures

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    At attorney Greg Craig’s trial in D.C. federal court this week, the courtroom was cleared so prospective jurors could answer sensitive questions. Even seasoned litigators were left wondering about the nature of this subtle, yet significant, issue involving Sixth Amendment public trial rights, says Luke Cass at Quarles & Brady.

  • FCC's Caller ID Rules Contribute To Spoofed Calls Crackdown

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    As the Federal Communications Commission's enhanced Truth in Caller ID rules take effect, there will be continued pressure on the FCC to demonstrate that its efforts against spoofed calls are working, say Laura Phillips and Qiusi Newcom of Drinker Biddle.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Seaweed Scientist's Odyssey

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    In the early 1980s, I was working on my Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. As part of an international team of scientists studying oil spill impacts on marine ecosystems, I saw a niche opportunity to combine science and law, says Andrew Davis of Shipman & Goodwin.

  • How 2 Robocall Bills Would Affect TCPA Enforcement

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    Two bills in Congress — the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act and the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act — seek to prop up the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, though the SBRA is far more expansive and may meet with resistance in the Senate, says Eric Troutman of Squire Patton.

  • How To Counter Jury Reliance On Plaintiff's Damages Ask

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    Years of interviewing jurors and observing deliberation show that the amount juries award in damages is almost always influenced by the amount of the plaintiff's demand, but there are three ways defense counsel can combat this anchoring effect, says Christina Marinakis at Litigation Insights.

  • Mistakes Vs. Falsehoods In Trade Controls Submissions

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    Federal regulators have dramatically increased the number of economic sanctions enforcement actions this year — with many investigations focusing on whether companies have made false statements in submissions. There are seven key steps that companies can take to keep trade submissions accurate and reduce criminal liability, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Opinion

    Clients Benefit From Law Firm Expense Growth

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    Although there continue to be corporate clients who are seduced by the idea that cheapest is always best when it comes to outside counsel, there are many negative implications on service delivery that result from myopically focusing only on cost reduction at the expense of quality and innovation, says Keith Maziarek at Katten Muchin.

  • Opinion

    Changing Ethics Rules Is Key To Law Firm Innovation

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    As demonstrated by the California bar proposal to allow nonlawyers to invest in law firms, we can change the legal ethics rules in a way that protects clients while permitting firms to innovate and serve clients better, say Todd Richheimer of ​​​​​​​Lawfty and Peter Joy of Washington University Law School.

  • Evaluating The Efficacy Of FCC's New Foreign Robocall Rules

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    While there is some evidence that the federal government can effectively target unwanted robocalls from bad actors overseas, the Federal Communications Commission's new international authority may be not be enough to deter international callers, say Robert Gastner and Horace Payne at Eckert Seamans.

  • Unprecedented Agency Divergence On Antitrust Enforcement

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    Recent clashes between the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice — in the Qualcomm antitrust case, for example — raise serious questions of fairness, efficiency and good government, says Gregory Luib of Dechert.

  • 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.