Telecommunications

  • October 26, 2021

    Netflix Must Face Patent Suit In EDTX, Gilstrap Rules

    Netflix will have to face a patent dispute brought by business-to-business software company CA Inc. in Texas instead of the streaming giant's preferred venue of California, Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap has ruled.

  • October 26, 2021

    Valve Gets Consumers, Not Game Developer, Into Arbitration

    Consumers pursuing antitrust claims against online gaming giant Valve must submit to arbitration they agreed to when they began playing, a federal judge in Washington state ordered Monday, but the judge allowed claims from game developer Wolfire to proceed in court.

  • October 26, 2021

    ViSalus Seeks 9th Circ. Reprieve From $925M TCPA Verdict

    Health supplement maker ViSalus has asked the Ninth Circuit to lift a $925 million "death sentence" against it for sending 2 million unsolicited robocalls, arguing that product promoters and customers voluntarily gave their phone numbers.

  • October 26, 2021

    FCC Revokes China Telecom's Authority To Operate In US

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to boot China Telecom Americas off of U.S. networks, finding that the service provider could not quell concerns that it's beholden to surveillance requests from the Chinese government.

  • October 26, 2021

    Biden Taps Rosenworcel, Sohn To Round Out FCC

    President Joe Biden on Tuesday renewed acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel's term at the Federal Communications Commission and nominated former FCC adviser Gigi Sohn as the agency's third Democrat, bringing the commission up to its full five-person stature pending Senate confirmation. 

  • October 25, 2021

    Epic Blasts Apple's Bid To Pause App Store Order For Appeal

    Epic Games has blasted a bid by Apple to pause a California federal court order allowing developers of apps distributed in the App Store to steer customers to outside platforms to make purchases, saying Apple can't be trusted to make meaningful changes on its own.

  • October 25, 2021

    9th Circ. Asked To Rethink Comcast Privacy Row Arbitration

    The Ninth Circuit broke with its own precedent when it shipped to arbitration a suit seeking to block Comcast from using millions of people's video-viewing activity for targeted advertising, the appellate court heard Friday.

  • October 25, 2021

    Russian Cyber Spies Flout Sanctions, Target Tech Sector

    Russian spies behind a cyberattack on software provider SolarWinds that led to breaches at nine U.S. federal agencies have flouted White House sanctions with a new campaign targeting cloud service companies, Microsoft Corp. said Monday.

  • October 25, 2021

    Big Tech 'Self-Preferencing' Can Be Positive, Report Finds

    A Google-funded think tank said on Monday that when tech companies prefer their own content, it can actually benefit consumers and competition, in a report that comes weeks after lawmakers introduced a bill that would prevent them from doing just that.

  • October 25, 2021

    Apple Says iPhone Buyers Can't Add Claim After Epic Win

    Epic Games' one win over Apple, under California's unfair competition law, doesn't give iPhone buyers and other Apple device users an opening to amend their own monopolization claims a decade after first filing suit, the tech giant has told a Golden State federal judge.

  • October 25, 2021

    Watchdog Investigating Motorola's UK Emergency Network

    The U.K.'s competition enforcer has launched an investigation into Motorola Solutions Inc. over concerns about its operation of the mobile radio network currently used by all emergency services in the country and its role as a key supplier for the network's coming replacement.

  • October 25, 2021

    Mixmax Investor Sues In Del. To Inspect Corporate Books

    An investor of Mixmax Inc., which claims to be the leading sales engagement platform for businesses that use Gmail, has sued in Delaware's Chancery Court to compel the inspection of the San Francisco-based company's books and records.

  • October 25, 2021

    GOP Reps. Ping FCC Over Rural Broadband Deficiencies

    Republican members of Congress are asking the Federal Communications Commission for an update on their work to improve rural broadband access, expressing frustration over inaccurate broadband mapping and lack of competition among providers.

  • October 22, 2021

    Google Charges 2-4 Times Its Ad Rivals, Monopoly Suit Says

    Google Inc. pulls in between 22% and 42% of the advertising money that flows through its system and charges two to four times what its closest advertising rivals charge, according to the unredacted version of a New York federal court antitrust complaint from 17 attorneys general unsealed Friday.

  • October 22, 2021

    Groups Debate How Widely FCC Can Collect Reg Fees

    A plan to revamp Federal Communications Commission regulatory fees has several Washington, D.C., advocacy groups at odds, with broadcasters and tech providers alike seeking to reduce or avoid levies the agency imposes on their industries.

  • October 22, 2021

    Cox Appeals Chancery Ruling That Killed Verizon Deal

    Cox Communications Inc. appealed a Chancery decision that killed an about-to-launch wireless pact with Verizon to the Delaware Supreme Court Friday, calling it "a sweeping restraint on Cox's business" that has cast a "cloud of uncertainty" over Cox's ability to ever enter the wireless market.

  • October 22, 2021

    3 Open Questions Surrounding FCC Leadership Vacancies

    The Federal Communications Commission is likely to dwindle to a three-person, Republican-majority body by the end of the year if the Biden administration does not nominate and the U.S. Senate does not confirm a permanent chairperson and a third Democratic commissioner.

  • October 22, 2021

    Roku Says Google Is Stifling Streaming Competition

    Roku Inc. complained that Google is trying to make it prioritize YouTube results over other apps amid a stalemate in negotiations for their contract renewal, accusing the tech giant of abusing its market-dominating position to harm competition.

  • October 22, 2021

    Zoom Users' $85M Deal Ending 'Zoombombing' Suits Gets OK

    A California federal judge Thursday gave the initial thumbs-up to Zoom users' $85 million deal resolving privacy and data security claims against the videoconferencing provider, months after the court questioned the claims over data sharing and "Zoombombing" disruptions.

  • October 22, 2021

    Intel, Sanyo Settle Licensing Suit In Del. Chancery Court

    Intel Corp. and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. have quietly settled a Delaware Chancery Court dispute over cross-licensing of technology used in some Wi-Fi products, eight months after a vice chancellor granted a partial win to Intel.

  • October 22, 2021

    Stop Illegal Robocalls Or Face Blocking, FCC Warns Cos.

    The feds are warning a trio of telecoms in the western U.S. to stop generating what appear to be illegal robocalls or get their calls shut down by intermediate and terminating call carriers.

  • October 22, 2021

    Huawei Can't Get £8M Security From Patent Fund In 3G Case

    A judge rejected a Huawei subsidiary's bid to get £8 million ($11 million) in security from a Japanese patent fund suing the Chinese technology giant for allegedly infringing its mobile phone technology, saying Friday it was unlikely the claimant would lose on all points of its case.

  • October 21, 2021

    Ericsson Says DOJ Accusing It Of Breaching FCPA Deal

    Stockholm-based telecom giant Ericsson announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice has determined that it breached obligations under a 2019 deferred prosecution agreement related to allegations that it conspired to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • October 21, 2021

    Walmart And Belkin Lied On Wi-Fi Speed, Linksys Buyers Say

    Linksys Wi-Fi router buyers lobbed a proposed class action against Walmart and Belkin International in New York federal court Thursday, alleging they falsely advertised the maximum internet speed of a particular router as about 10 times faster than its actual operating speed.

  • October 21, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Urged To Pause Philips' ITC Case In Licensing Fight

    Honda and other companies on Thursday urged the Federal Circuit to reverse a district court's refusal to pause Philips' efforts to get the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban imports of Thales' wireless modules amid the companies' licensing dispute, saying that the pressure of a ban will force Thales to "acquiesce to whatever terms Philips demands" instead of fair terms.

Expert Analysis

  • How Epic V. Apple Ruling Might Play Out For Big Tech

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    A California federal judge's recent mixed ruling in the Epic v. Apple antitrust case may not change the essential way Apple does business, but a key holding that permits app users to pay for subscriptions outside of the company's App Store may have long-term ramifications on Big Tech's ecosystem, say Scott Wagner and Ilana Drescher at Bilzin Sumberg.

  • Series

    Confronting Origination Credit: Why GCs Need To Speak Up

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    In order to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, in-house counsel should leverage their influence by talking to their outside firms about fair origination credit allocation, because many law firm compensation systems are still shrouded in mystery, and underrepresented attorneys often face entrenched inequities, says Michelle Banks at BarkerGilmore.

  • Pa. Tax Talk: Tax Cap Cases Highlight Chevron Issues

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    The Commonwealth Court's recent decision in Alcatel-Lucent USA v. Pennsylvania — the latest in a string of cases using the Chevron test to address remedy for a tax cap for net loss carryover — underscores the subjective nature of the test and how it can be construed to reach seemingly disparate results, says Jennifer Karpchuk at Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

  • Financial Planning Tips For Retiring Law Firm Partners

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    As the pandemic accelerates retirement plans for many, Michael Delgass at Wealthspire Advisors outlines some financial considerations unique to law firm partners, including the need for adequate liquidity whether they have capital accounts or pension plans.

  • New TCPA Rulings Suggest Shorter Life For Autodialer Suits

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    In the six months since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Facebook v. Duguid, which narrowed the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a growing number of rulings provide hope that meritless lawsuits based on automatic telephone dialing systems can be stopped at the pleadings stage, say Becca Wahlquist and Lauri Mazzuchetti at Kelley Drye.

  • Preparing Remote Deposition Defenses For Corporate Entities

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    As remote depositions will remain common for the foreseeable future, attorneys defending a deposition notice or subpoena to a corporation should implement certain strategies to mitigate unique challenges, such as less planning time and increased difficulty of establishing rapport with witnesses, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • How The Global Tax Agreement Could Backfire For Biden

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    If the $3.5 trillion spending package fails, the federal tax code will not conform to the recent 15% global minimum tax agreement spearheaded by the U.S., which would embarrass the Biden administration and could lead to retaliatory tax measures by other nations, says Alex Parker at Capitol Counsel.

  • Perspectives

    Why Law Schools Should Require Justice Reform Curriculum

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    Criminal defense attorney Donna Mulvihill Fehrmann argues that law schools have an obligation to address widespread racial and economic disparities in the U.S. legal system by mandating first-year coursework on criminal justice reform that educates on prosecutorial misconduct, wrongful convictions, defense 101 and more.

  • 4 Antitrust Risk Areas To Watch For Government Contractors

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    To plan for the increased likelihood of detection and stiff penalties for antitrust violations following the anticipated passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, compliance efforts should focus on joint bidding, dual distribution, legal certifications, and hiring and compensation, say Andre Geverola and Lori Taubman at Arnold & Porter.

  • What SEP Holders Can Take Away From UK's Apple Ruling

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    A U.K. court's recent decision in the standard essential patent dispute between Apple and Optis Cellular Technology provides encouragement for SEP owners litigating their portfolios in the U.K. and reaffirms the country's place as a patentee-friendly jurisdiction, says Tess Waldron at Powell Gilbert.

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Fed. Circ. Ruling Instructive On Defeating Patent Obviousness

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    The recent Federal Circuit decision Chemours v. Daikin, holding that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board disregarded prior art teachings in deciding that claims were obvious, reveals how the teaching-away and commercial-success doctrines provide strong arguments to overcome obviousness during patent prosecution or litigation, say attorneys at BCLP.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

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