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Telecommunications

  • January 17, 2019

    Ex-Comcast Worker Not Hampered By Harassment, Jury Says

    Cable giant Comcast scored a win Wednesday over a former dispatcher's claims that she was subjected to unlawful sexual harassment, with a Maryland federal jury concluding that the harassment the worker endured wasn't severe enough to have affected her job performance.

  • January 17, 2019

    Autodial Suit Against Cox To Go Forward Sans FCC Guidance

    Cox Communications Inc. lost its bid to pause a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit over repeated robocalls while the Federal Communications Commission revamps the definition of an autodialer, as an Arizona federal judge ruled Thursday that a recent Ninth Circuit decision gives it all the guidance he needs.

  • January 17, 2019

    Qualcomm Requests More Time In Apple Patent Fees Trial

    Qualcomm needs an extra day before the jury to defend itself against Apple's allegations that it has been overcharging for patent licensing fees, the chipmaker told a California federal judge Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2019

    Prison Callers Stuck Proving 'Intent' In Securus Recording Suit

    A class of ex-prisoners and attorneys suing prison telephone company Securus Technologies Inc. for tapping their calls lost their bid to appeal a ruling that “intent” is required to bring their California Invasion of Privacy Act claim, as a federal judge said Wednesday that rehashing the issue would be a waste of resources.

  • January 17, 2019

    Net Neutrality Oral Args To Proceed Despite Shutdown

    Upcoming oral arguments will proceed as planned in the case over net neutrality deregulation, the D.C. Circuit ruled Thursday, denying the Federal Communications Commission’s request to delay the event due to the government shutdown.

  • January 17, 2019

    In Shutdown, FCC Field Work Limited To Interference Issues

    While the Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington remains largely shuttered during the federal government shutdown's fourth week, local agency offices are still operating, though they are largely limiting their work to emergency complaints about spectrum interference.

  • January 17, 2019

    TCPA Litigation Attorney Joins Womble Bond Dickinson

    Womble Bond Dickinson has announced that it hired a former telecommunications attorney who has represented carriers in state and federal courts as well as before the Federal Communications Commission.

  • January 17, 2019

    Bills Target Scam Robocalls, Pirate Radio Broadcasts­­­­

    House and Senate lawmakers have resurrected bipartisan bills that would make it easier for the Federal Communications Commission to combat illicit radio broadcasts and go after scam robocalls.

  • January 17, 2019

    Stevens & Lee Nabs Ballard Partner For Tech Co-Chair Role

    A former Ballard Spahr LLP intellectual property partner has joined the ranks of Stevens & Lee PC outside Philadelphia to take on a new role as co-chair of the firm's technology, telecommunications and life sciences practice.

  • January 17, 2019

    McGuireWoods Snags Former FCC Veteran From Akin Gump

    A former legislative affairs director at the Federal Communications Commission with two decades of experience in telecommunications and technology policy has left Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to join McGuireWoods LLP as senior counsel in its Washington, D.C., office.

  • January 17, 2019

    Gilstrap Won't Delay HTC's Royalty Row Trial With Ericsson

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap on Wednesday shot down HTC's request to delay an upcoming trial in its case alleging Ericsson overcharges for royalties on cellular and wireless standard-essential patents, saying the bid appears to be a "litigation tactic."

  • January 17, 2019

    AT&T Can Arbitrate Ex-Worker's Age Bias Suit, 1st Circ. Says

    The First Circuit ruled Wednesday that a former AT&T employee in Puerto Rico who claims she was illegally demoted and fired because of her age must arbitrate her claims since she failed to complete the procedure laid out by the company to opt out of its arbitration program.

  • January 17, 2019

    GOP Leaders Join Calls For Mobile Tracking Crackdowns

    Several House Republicans sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and other telecom companies Wednesday asking them about privacy policies regarding location-sharing services after a report described how an individual can purchase location information from a mobile phone.

  • January 17, 2019

    South Africa Absolves Cable Maker Of Price-Fixing Claims

    South Africa's antitrust tribunal has cleared Tulisa Cables of allegations the company was part of a cartel that conspired to fix the price of electric cables, nearly nine years after the investigation was launched.

  • January 17, 2019

    4 Cos. Exit Charleston's 911 Fee Suit Against AT&T, Others

    A South Carolina federal judge has let four telecom companies out of a suit brought by Charleston County against AT&T and more than a dozen other phone service providers alleging that the companies undercharged business customers for 911 fees.

  • January 16, 2019

    Telecom Industry Wrestles With Best Rural Funding Plans

    As the telecom industry considers better ways to fund rural broadband in 2019, serious questions are being raised about how great the demand for high-speed service is in rural areas and whether the FCC is placing the right emphasis on deployment in those markets.

  • January 16, 2019

    FCC Dropping Ball On Consumer Data Protection, Group Says

    The Federal Communications Commission has failed to enforce data protection laws, leading to "increasing recklessness" in the way companies safeguard consumer information, an internet advocacy group said Wednesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    FCC Conditions On Charter Merger Were Illegal, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Communications Commission overstepped its bounds by placing conditions on Charter’s merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks that were unrelated to the transaction, a libertarian think tank has told the D.C. Circuit.

  • January 16, 2019

    LBI Media’s Ch. 11 Disclosures Get Nod In Delaware

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge gave his nod to the Chapter 11 plan disclosure statement of bankrupt LBI Media Inc. after objections from junior noteholders pressing for further details were worked out prior to the hearing.

  • January 16, 2019

    High Court Urged To End Appeals Of AIA Time-Bar Rulings

    The parent company of Yellowpages.com has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn two en banc Federal Circuit decisions allowing appeals of rulings that inter partes review petitions were filed on time, saying the appeals court is “running roughshod” over the America Invents Act.

Expert Analysis

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

    Chris King.jpg

    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • A 9th Circ. Shift On Timing For Class Cert. Motions

    Neal Ross Marder

    With its recent decision in ABS Entertainment v. CBS Corp — striking down a local rule that governs the time period for filing a motion for class certification — the Ninth Circuit created a major change to class actions in the Central District of California, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era

    John Hellerman

    President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Shutdown's Messy Impact On Consumer Protection Activities

    Alan Wingfield

    As it appears the federal government shutdown could continue for some time, attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP discuss its effect on the regulatory and litigation docket for consumer-facing companies.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 4 Takeaways From Sprint's $330M Tax FCA Settlement

    Randall Fox

    Recently Sprint agreed to pay New York state $330 million, the largest ever settlement of a suit brought under any state's false claims act. Randall Fox, former chief of the New York attorney general's Taxpayer Protection Bureau and a partner at Kirby McInerney LLP, discusses what other states, potential defendants and would-be whistleblowers can learn from the case.