Telecommunications

  • May 26, 2020

    Pentagon Calls On FCC To Reconsider Ligado 5G Approval

    The U.S. Department of Defense has formally challenged the Federal Communications Commission's controversial decision clearing Ligado to build a mobile network next to airwaves used by the military, kicking off the next phase in the Pentagon's long-running campaign to kill the venture.

  • May 26, 2020

    ITC Asks Justices To Send Patent Dispute Back To Fed. Circ.

    The International Trade Commission asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to send a patent dispute involving Comcast set-top boxes back to the Federal Circuit to be reconsidered since the ITC's orders blocking the importation of the boxes have expired, making the case moot.

  • May 26, 2020

    VirnetX Insists Apple Can't Restart IPR Fight Under Arthrex

    VirnetX urged the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to dismiss assertions by Apple and Mangrove Partners that patent disputes between the companies were improperly included in the board's blanket order temporarily halting the cases until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to take up the Arthrex decision.

  • May 26, 2020

    Gray's North Dakota TV Station Buy Foiled By FCC

    Broadcasting bigwig Gray Television had its plans to pick up a North Dakota television station thwarted by the Federal Communications Commission, which effectively blocked the sale by finding that the station's license had expired due to nonuse.

  • May 26, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    The COVID-19 pandemic found states monitoring scaled back Memorial Day weekend festivities that went off without a hitch in some places and resulted in crowd-limit violations in others, signaling challenges ahead as the beach season vies with continuing public health safety mandates.

  • May 22, 2020

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They've represented consumers, companies, and government entities, taken on Goliaths in industries ranging from aerospace to health care to finance to technology to sports, and won landmark victories on behalf of clients across the country.

  • May 22, 2020

    COVID-19 IP Catch-Up: Courts Divided On Getting IP To Trial

    Intellectual property proceedings impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic have been pressing along on different timelines throughout the country, with live oral arguments resumed for a case in Michigan, trials further delayed in California and witnesses allowed to stay home in New York. The Federal Circuit, taking the state-by-state unpredictability into account, has called off in-person arguments indefinitely. 

  • May 22, 2020

    Ex-Fed. Circ. Chief Urges Full Court To Clarify Alice Test

    Former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel has urged the court he served on for two decades to clarify what he called its "starkly inconsistent" tests for determining whether a patent is invalid under Alice, throwing his support behind the en banc rehearing requested by Customedia in a dispute with Dish Network.

  • May 22, 2020

    FCC Mulls Delaying C-Band Overhaul For DC Circ. Challenge

    The Federal Communications Commission is asking for public comment on a proposed delay of plans to convert a swath of satellite spectrum to airwaves available for 5G mobile providers, after a group of small satellite operators challenged the decision in D.C. federal court.

  • May 22, 2020

    DOJ, Privacy Advocates Forced To Seek Surveillance Info Deal

    A D.C. federal judge on Friday sent a privacy rights group and the Department of Justice back to the negotiating table over access to electronic surveillance data from U.S. attorney's offices, but sharply criticized the privacy group for filing an "absurd" catch-all request.

  • May 22, 2020

    Sens. Seek To Give Rural Health Care Program $2B Boost

    The Federal Communications Commission's rural health care program could get its budget beefed up by some $2 billion to help providers cope with the coronavirus pandemic, if a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers get their way.

  • May 22, 2020

    $38M In Ch. 11 Bonuses OK'd For Frontier Execs

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Friday approved nearly $38 million in bonus payments for Frontier Communications Corp. executives, saying the boosted pay appears to be in line with industry standards and not earmarked for company insiders.

  • May 22, 2020

    Charter Hit With Suit Over 'Bait-And-Switch' Cable TV Scheme

    Five Ohio and Kentucky residents filed a proposed class action against Charter Communications in Connecticut on Thursday, accusing the telecommunications company of conducting a "bait-and-switch scheme" when advertising and selling their Spectrum cable television services.

  • May 21, 2020

    Atty Says Verizon 'Corporate Invasion' Risks COVID-19 Spread

    An Atlanta attorney claims Verizon Wireless sent subcontractors to his neighborhood in a "corporate invasion" that aims to build a 5G tower in his yard, putting him and his neighbors at risk of contracting COVID-19 from the unmasked workers as well as diseases purportedly linked to 5G.

  • May 21, 2020

    Copyright Office's DMCA Report: 4 Parts You Gotta Read

    If you haven't had a chance to read the U.S. Copyright Office's report on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act — it's 200 pages, after all — here are four key sections you need to check out.

  • May 21, 2020

    9th Circ. Ruling Threatens Online Filters, Justices Told

    The U.S. Supreme Court should review a Ninth Circuit decision that could undermine protections for online content filters, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said in an amicus brief Thursday. 

  • May 21, 2020

    COVID-19 Saps US Trade Threat On Digital Taxes: OECD Official

    The coronavirus downturn in trade has taken "some of the teeth" out of the U.S. threat to impose sanctions on countries that enact a digital services tax, a top official for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Thursday.

  • May 21, 2020

    FCC Upholds Order Letting Ga. Counties Get In-State Satellite

    Three northern Georgia counties can continue to receive television programming from the Atlanta region, despite objections from South Carolina-based stations that previously provided the counties with broadcasts.

  • May 21, 2020

    White House Outlines Plan To Make China Feel The Heat

    The U.S.-China relationship is due for "greater bilateral friction" under the White House's new strategy toward Beijing, with the Trump administration promising to aggressively square off against China on issues of trade, defense and broader economic policy.

  • May 21, 2020

    Gray Urges Justices To Rein In 3rd Circ. On Media Ownership

    Gray Television has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the FCC's most recent media ownership deregulation and called for the justices to reverse the Third Circuit stance that the agency has not justified relaxing the long-standing limits on broadcast station ownership.

  • May 21, 2020

    Ignore Net Neutrality Advocates About Rule Remand, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission should discount requests from public interest groups and others seeking to reinstate net neutrality rules, free-market think tank TechFreedom has asserted, saying such commenters are missing the point of the D.C. Circuit's limited remand of the agency's deregulatory decision.

  • May 21, 2020

    CRT Makers Don't Want $542M In Deals Paused For Appeals

    Electronics makers gunning to finalize $542 million worth of price-fixing deals with cathode ray tube buyers have pressed a California federal court to forge ahead with the approval process even though appeals over the settlements are underway.

  • May 21, 2020

    FCC Swamped With Requests To Undo Ligado Approval

    Stakeholders in the aerospace and GPS device-manufacturing sectors announced Thursday they plan to file seven separate petitions asking the Federal Communications Commission to reverse a decision that allows Ligado to launch a 5G network using satellite spectrum.

  • May 21, 2020

    'Unprecedented' Worker Unrest Tees Up Union Surge

    Labor unions have been inundated with calls for help from nonunion workers fearful of contracting the coronavirus on the job, setting the stage for a wave of organizing following decades of declining union membership, labor leaders say.

  • May 21, 2020

    Deals Rumor Mill: SoftBank, NBA, Nasdaq

    SoftBank may sell part of its stake in T-Mobile, Dyal Capital is seeking $2 billion for a fund that will buy stakes in NBA teams, and new rules could make it difficult for Chinese companies to debut on the Nasdaq. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other deal rumors from the past week that you need to be aware of.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • CCPA Is 1 Of Many Retailer Data Privacy Class Action Worries

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    As class actions targeting the sale of consumer data pose an increasing threat to retailers under the California Consumer Privacy Act and other states’ consumer protection laws, companies must ensure compliance with each statute and assess their vulnerability to deceptive conduct allegations, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • Gov't Amicus Efforts Show Antitrust Policy Via Advocacy

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    Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has filed an increasing number of amicus briefs in an effort to influence antitrust law, revealing enforcement priorities and policy positions even where they don't persuade courts, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • 5 Tips For Emergency Relief Petitions During COVID-19

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    Business disputes are not a priority for courts right now, so companies looking to protect their trade secrets or rights to contractual performance must tailor their requests for emergency relief to the unique circumstances of this time, says Shannon Armstrong at Holland & Knight.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

  • Making Law Firm Panels Work For The Cost-Conscious GC

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    General counsel may be tempted to resort to matter-level requests for proposals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, but alternatively, a singular, global RFP process — to select a panel of law firms for all legal needs — can reduce legal spend while fostering long-term relationships, say Vivek Hatti, formerly at Avis Budget Group, and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • How USPTO Examiner Type Affects Patents: Part 1

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    Michael Sartori and Matt Welch at Baker Botts analyzed 10 years of data and found that certain types of examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office allow and examine disproportionately more U.S. patents each year than other types of examiners, resulting in few allowing many, and many allowing few.

  • Md. Digital Ad Tax Likely To Share Fate With Wash. Bank Tax

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    Maryland's digital advertising tax contains some of the same constitutional infirmities as Washington's banking surtax — which was ruled unconstitutional by a Washington state court last week — and will spawn similar litigation if the Maryland Legislature passes it over the governor's veto, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Pandemic Presents Teamwork Test For Law Firms

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    To ensure smooth operations during these uncertain times, all members of the law firm team — leaders and partners, diversity and talent professionals, associates and other staff members — need to commit to their unique roles and intensify support for colleagues, says Manar Morales, president and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

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