Telecommunications

  • May 18, 2018

    Fate Of Apple's $1B IP Fight With Samsung In Jury's Hands

    Following closing arguments Friday, the five women and three men of a California federal jury filed out of a San Jose courthouse for a weekend break with a billion-dollar question hanging in the air: How much in damages must Samsung pay Apple for infringing its smartphone design and utility patents?

  • May 18, 2018

    Illinois Bell Wants Old Claims From Telecom's Suit Nixed

    Illinois Bell and other Bell affiliates urged a Missouri federal judge Thursday to drop claims that they owe Level 3 Communications LLC more than $24 million in their dispute over the price charged for essential telecommunications wires, arguing the claims are too old.

  • May 18, 2018

    Net Neutrality Vote Petition Gains Support In House

    The U.S. House of Representatives' counterpart to the net neutrality preservation legislation that squeaked by in the Senate on Wednesday is now gaining traction in the lower chamber.

  • May 18, 2018

    Mobile Ad Firm Investor Sues To Nullify $34M Merger

    A common stockholder of Mobile Posse Inc. filed suit Friday in Delaware Chancery Court to void the mobile advertising technology firm's $33.8 million merger with a company that allegedly has deep ties to the directors of Mobile Posse and its preferred shareholders.

  • May 18, 2018

    FCC's O'Rielly Rebukes Rumors Of Sinclair-Tribune Benefits

    In no uncertain terms, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly rebuked rumblings that the agency has been taking action to singularly enable Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co., writing in a Friday blog post that such suggestions are a “misguided fantasy” and a “rhetorical tool” to cause divisions.

  • May 18, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Revives $5.4M IP Verdict Nixed By Wis. Judge

    The Federal Circuit revived a $5.4 million verdict against a manufacturer of captioned phones that a Wisconsin federal jury found infringed the asserted claims of a patent covering the devices, holding Friday that a judge erred in tossing the jury’s determination that the patent was valid.

  • May 18, 2018

    FTC Says Biz Threatened To Delete Companies From Google

    The Federal Trade Commission in California federal court on Thursday accused a Florida-based company of scamming small businesses through false threats to remove them from Google search results and sham search engine optimization products.

  • May 18, 2018

    Motorola Can't Examine Computers In Trade Secret Row

    An Illinois federal magistrate judge rejected Motorola’s bid to examine the computers of workers at a Chinese radio manufacturer in a trade secret battle, saying the discovery had gone far afield of the statutes of limitation question it was meant to address.

  • May 18, 2018

    Korean Satellite Co. Slams $1M Award Confirmation Bid

    A Korean satellite provider has urged a New York federal judge to vacate a $1 million arbitral award issued to a Bermuda satellite operator in a dispute over a controversial satellite transaction, saying a tribunal is picking and choosing which Korean government actions to recognize, and which to ignore. 

  • May 18, 2018

    Trump's ZTE 'Bailout' Continues To Draw Bipartisan Fire

    President Donald Trump's decision to give Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. a reprieve following illicit sales to Iran and North Korea continued to receive bipartisan blowback Thursday as a congressional panel voted to keep ZTE cut off from the U.S. supply chain.

  • May 18, 2018

    Man Who Poached Digits For $50M Text Scam Gets 30 Mos.

    A California man who stole hundreds of thousands of mobile numbers and gave them to a business that took part in a $50 million text-message billing ripoff was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison by a Manhattan federal judge Friday.

  • May 17, 2018

    Debunking 5 Myths Surrounding The Net Neutrality CRA

    Senate Democrats celebrated a breakthrough Wednesday when they won passage of a resolution to preserve Obama-era net neutrality rules, but the move also prompted questions about the measure's endgame and perpetuated common myths. Here, Law360 debunks five misconceptions surrounding Wednesday’s Senate vote and the current status of net neutrality.

  • May 17, 2018

    Judge Probes Quinn Attys On 'Games' In Apple-Samsung Trial

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Thursday ordered Quinn Emanuel attorneys representing Samsung to provide the flight itinerary and boarding pass of a witness they suddenly dropped after Apple rested its case in a billion-dollar California patent damages trial, saying she wants to see if they're "playing games." A trial between Apple and Samsung played out all week in a San Jose courtroom, closing Friday. Here's one of our top-read stories on the proceedings from this week.

  • May 17, 2018

    FCC's June Meeting Will Address Broadband Subsidy Program

    At its upcoming open commission meeting, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on whether certain rural broadband providers should be eligible for a break on their contributions to the Universal Service Fund, the agency said Thursday.

  • May 17, 2018

    Leahy Rips Pai On Net Neutrality, Rural Broadband Coverage

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., tore into FCC chair Ajit Pai Thursday during a subcommittee budget hearing, criticizing his policies and allegedly contemptuous tone while asking him, unsuccessfully, to quantify how much scrapping net neutrality might spur broadband deployment in rural areas.

  • May 17, 2018

    DC Circ. Grills TV Station Protesting FCC Channel Move

    A New York City-area TV station urged a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to upend a Federal Communications Commission decision relocating it to a higher broadcast channel number, only to run into heavy static when judges hearing the case suggested the FCC's channel assignment decisions may be entitled to deference.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 16, 2018

    Chinese Telecom Poses Cybersecurity Risk, House Reps. Told

    Cybersecurity experts told a House subcommittee Wednesday that telecom infrastructure built by Chinese companies with alleged government ties poses a national security risk, and advocated for interagency and private sector collaboration to address the risks in a targeted way.

  • May 16, 2018

    Quinn Atty's Query In $1B Apple Trial 'Improper,' Judge Says

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh threatened Wednesday to admonish Samsung's counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in front of a jury deciding how much Samsung owes for infringing Apple smartphone patents, calling a line of questioning posed to an Apple witness “very improper" and "intentionally done.”

  • May 16, 2018

    Verizon, Sprint Can’t Duck Local Carrier Fees In MDL

    Verizon and Sprint can't avoid paying local access charges even for wireless users making local calls, a Texas federal judge has ruled, granting a win on counterclaims lobbed by hundreds of local exchange carriers against the multidistrict litigation the telecom giants launched with allegations of overbilling.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • TCPA Trends: Impact On Future Litigation And Compliance

    Michael Reif

    The number of Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits has grown exponentially in recent years, and courts have issued several significant decisions in recent months that may have implications for future TCPA litigation and compliance efforts, say Michael Reif and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • The Future Of Design Patent Remedies Is Unclear

    Derek Dahlgren

    The Apple v. Samsung design-patent retrial — scheduled to begin on Monday — is an opportunity to clear up confusion on remedies. However, the complicated test that will be used for determining the article of manufacture presents the risk of creating more confusion, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Congressional Forecast: May

    Layth Elhassani

    Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess. The Republican majority is aiming to meet deadlines on several priority items, including fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills and renewed program authorizations for agriculture, defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Will The US Match Or Improve On GDPR Privacy Model?

    Jonathan Walsh

    While aspects of proposed U.S. privacy legislation mirror the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, none of the pending solutions in Congress provides the level of government protection of user data engendered by the GDPR, say Jonathan Walsh and Edward Combs of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.