Telecommunications

  • September 23, 2022

    3 Questions As Feds Flesh Out New Breach Reporting Rules

    Federal officials have a bevy of questions to answer as they fine-tune new rules that will require critical infrastructure entities to report cyber incidents, including which businesses will be covered and how they will incentivize companies to comply.

  • September 23, 2022

    Website Wiretap Ruling Fueling Lawsuit Spike, 3rd Circ. Told

    A recent Third Circuit ruling that revived claims that online user tracking violates Pennsylvania's anti-wiretapping law has spurred the filing of at least 10 similar lawsuits against major out-of-state companies such as Meta and GameStop, according to a Friday brief from a pair of companies seeking to overturn the decision.

  • September 23, 2022

    SG Office Urges High Court To Clarify Lanham Act's Reach

    Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to weigh in on the jurisdictional reach of U.S. trademark law in a $113 million trademark case over radio control systems that could determine whether the Lanham Act's scope extends outside the U.S.

  • September 23, 2022

    Air India Wins A Round In $111M Award Fight In Quebec

    An appeals court in Quebec has lifted an order allowing shareholders in Devas Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. to seize millions of dollars in Montreal that are owed to India's official airline as they look to enforce an as-yet-unpaid $111 million arbitral award against the country.

  • September 23, 2022

    FCC Aims To Cut Satellite Debris, But Can It Regulate Space?

    The Federal Communications Commission's plan to narrow the time frame for de-orbiting defunct satellites by 20 years has support from industry experts who call it a necessary step to fuel space innovation, but it's also raising questions about the extent of FCC authority to regulate activities in space.

  • September 23, 2022

    6th Circ. Told FCC's Universal Service Fund Unconstitutional

    Free market advocates challenging the constitutionality of the Federal Communications Commission's fund for providing universal communication services have told the Sixth Circuit that the fees collected for the fund are among the "most regressive taxes in America." 

  • September 23, 2022

    CFTC Says Poor Tech Installation Led To Broker's $500K Fine

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission fined a New York-based broker $500,000 Friday for allegedly failing to comply with Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations to record certain calls and keep the audio for at least a year.

  • September 23, 2022

    Lockheed, Airbus Tell 4th Circ. Satellite Deal Not Commercial

    Lockheed Martin and Airbus have urged the Fourth Circuit to ignore a broker's argument that a recent shipwreck salvage ruling supports its ability to pursue claims over a $3.1 billion South Korean military satellite deal, saying that salvage dispute isn't relevant.

  • September 23, 2022

    Cable Group Wants Binding Conditions On $8.6B Tegna Deal

    The cable industry's largest trade group has urged the Federal Communications Commission to put binding conditions on a pending approval of broadcast company Tegna's $8.6 billion plan to go private, insisting that the stipulations will ensure the company doesn't get unfair leverage during retransmission consent talks.

  • September 23, 2022

    Illinois Judge Cancels City's Streaming Service Fees Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday permanently tossed a St. Louis suburb's lawsuit seeking fees from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube and eight other video streaming services for operating within its boundaries, ruling the city had no authority under state law to bring its claims.

  • September 23, 2022

    Big Tech Wants DST Removed In US-Kenya Trade Deal

    The U.S. Trade Representative should seek commitments from Kenya's government to remove the country's digital services tax and not pursue unilateral measures during ongoing negotiations, a lobbying group representing companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook said.

  • September 23, 2022

    Del. Court Pauses Cell Tower Co. Sale After Investor Sues

    Delaware's Chancery Court on Friday put on hold a pending deal for telecommunications infrastructure firm Parallel Infrastructure LLC, after Australia-based property investor Lendlease America Inc. sought an emergency court order to stop the sale.

  • September 23, 2022

    'Morality Police' Protests Spur US To Aid Iran Internet Access

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Friday issued guidance easing sanctions to allow technology companies to offer Iranians access to the internet after a 22-year-old woman's death in police custody sparked protests around the country.

  • September 23, 2022

    AT&T, Verizon Tax Tiff With Mo. City Sent Back To State Court

    A federal judge sent a license tax dispute between Missouri's capital city and 21 telephone companies back to state court, rejecting arguments from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon entities that federal courts had jurisdiction over the litigation.

  • September 22, 2022

    FTC Won't Let Amazon, Execs Out Of Widened Prime Probe

    The Federal Trade Commission has largely refused to scrap what Amazon has deemed to be "unreasonable" demands in the commission's probe into Prime enrollment and cancellation policies or to excuse its founder Jeff Bezos and CEO Andy Jassy from testifying. 

  • September 22, 2022

    Bar To Face Suit For Showing Boxing Match Without License

    A commercial sporting events distributor has standing to sue a Tennessee bar that live-streamed a highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor without the commercial license required for the pay-per-view event, a Sixth Circuit panel has ruled in partially reversing the decision of a lower court.

  • September 22, 2022

    Sprint To Pay Investors $3.75M For Subscriber Growth Claims

    Sprint Corp. will pay $3.75 million to settle a proposed class action in New York federal court claiming it misled investors about gaining new customers, according to an approval motion filed Thursday, six months after the judge refused to nix the case but trimmed some allegations.

  • September 22, 2022

    FCC Fines Stations $3.4M Over Children's TV Ads

    The Federal Communications Committee hit Nexstar Media Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group and 19 other broadcast licensees with a combined $3.4 million fine Wednesday for repeatedly airing Hot Wheels commercials during a Hot Wheels-themed show created for children.

  • September 22, 2022

    11th Circ. Says Google, BellSouth Beat Conduit Trespass Case

    Google Fiber Inc. and BellSouth Telecommunications LLC can't be sued by an Atlanta property owner for trespass in relation to underground fiber optic and telecommunications conduits below neighboring right-of-ways, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed Thursday.

  • September 22, 2022

    FCC Mulls Revamp Of TTY Mandate For Deaf Services

    The Federal Communications Commission asked for comments Thursday on a T-Mobile Accessibility petition that proposed throwing out a rule that requires teletypewriters used by hearing- or speech-impaired consumers to be capable of communication with the American Standard Code for Information Interchange.

  • September 22, 2022

    Marriott Robocall Claims Against Timeshare Co. Largely Axed

    A Virginia federal judge tossed several of Marriott International Inc.'s claims against timeshare company ResortCom, which was accused of being part of a robocall scheme, ruling that the hotel giant had failed to plausibly allege that ResortCom knew that the companies it worked with were infringing on Marriott's trademark.

  • September 22, 2022

    AIG Entities Want Out Of Fla. Telecom Co.'s Coverage Dispute

    AIG urged a Florida federal court to toss tortious interference and negligence claims that a wholesaler of international telecommunications lodged against it and its third-party claims administrator, arguing that the coverage fight should really be between the company and the specific AIG unit that provided the policies at issue.

  • September 21, 2022

    Lawmakers Press FCC On Lagging Tribal Spectrum Access

    The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs urged the Federal Communications Commission to improve its communications with tribal nations on how to best access spectrum during Wednesday's roundtable, including updating the programs for the 2.5 gigahertz band and providing more flexibility for spectrum access funding.

  • September 21, 2022

    Chancery Mulls Post-Appeal Stream TV Order Unwinding

    A Delaware Chancery Court's effort to unwind an overturned order that handed the assets of 3D TV venture Stream TV Networks to its creditors last year edged forward Wednesday, amid concerns that the result could become a costly and vexing round trip.

  • September 21, 2022

    Space Co. Asks 9th Circ. To Remand $1.3B Enforcement Battle

    The commercial arm of India's national space agency wants the Ninth Circuit to drop its appeal of a $1.3 billion enforcement ruling, arguing that the massive arbitral award — won by a now-defunct agency contractor — is obsolete after an Indian court overturned it late last month.

Expert Analysis

  • AML Regulation Of Lawyers Is Imminent And Controversial

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    The U.S. House of Representatives' recently passed National Defense Authorization Act subjects lawyers engaged in certain financial-related activities to anti-money laundering regulation under the Bank Secrecy Act, which could pit lawyers against clients in ways harmful to the rule of law and administration of justice, says Jeremy Glicksman at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in New York.

  • FTC Privacy Suit Tests Agency's Regulatory Authority

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent lawsuit against Kochava — which the agency claims is unlawfully selling geolocation information — pits an issue of great public concern against the statutory limits of the FTC's authority and the ability of the president to authorize executive agency action, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • How New FCC Rule Will Improve Telecom Options For Tenants

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    A new Federal Communications Commission rule that takes effect Sept. 26 will give American tenants newfound access to competitive telecom services, promote consumer choice and help alleviate the anti-competitive effects of revenue sharing agreements, say John Reardon and Emily Edwards at Kutak Rock.

  • Key Adaptations For Law Firms Amid Quiet Quitting Movement

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    While quiet quitting may not be sustainable at law firms with billable hour requirements, there are specific steps law firms should take to maintain engagement and otherwise respond to the trend's underlying message that associates won't spend all their waking hours at work if they don't feel it's worthwhile, says Meredith Kahan at Whiteford Taylor.

  • The Potential Fallout Of Changing FCC's Broadband Definition

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    Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel's recent proposal would be the first update to FCC broadband standards in many years, and could have a significant effect on FCC internet policies, including whether it will reinstate its network neutrality rules, say J.G. Harrington and Henry Wendel at Cooley.

  • Creating A Hybrid Work Policy? Be Intentional And Inclusive

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    The pandemic has changed expectations for the future of work forever, and as more employees demand hybrid working options, law firms must develop policies and models that are intentional, inclusive and iterative to lead the industry into the future, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Privacy Bill Intensifies Mobile Carrier Regulation Battle

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    The recently introduced American Data Privacy and Protection Act, if passed, would shift mobile privacy regulation to the Federal Trade Commission — and could increase uncertainty for mobile carriers on aspects that have traditionally been within the purview of the Federal Communications Commission, says Barlow Keener at Womble Bond.

  • Keeping Up With New US Push On Strategic Tech Competition

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    Companies should consider potential exposure and proactively assess approaches to navigating geopolitical strategic competition as the U.S. government seeks to curb the flow of technologies significant to U.S. national security to competitors such as China and Russia, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • A Law Firm's Guide To Humane Layoffs As Recession Looms

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    Amid warnings of a global recession, law firms should prepare for the possibility of associate layoffs, aiming for an empathetic approach and avoiding common mistakes that make the emotional impact on departing attorneys worse, say Jarrett Green, a wellness consultant, and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Robotext Scam Bill Could Transform TCPA Landscape

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    Nearly a year and a half after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Facebook v. Duguid decision, the recently introduced federal Robotext Scam Prevention Act could undo judicial work surrounding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and alter how businesses can contact consumers, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Legal Considerations As The Metaverse Goes Mainstream

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    Shifts in technology, digital commerce and culture are all reaching a critical mass where market adoption of a metaverse seems possible — and there are many legal issues for companies to consider in these environments, from intellectual property protection to privacy and content regulation, say Ashlin Perumall and Francis Donnat at Baker McKenzie.

  • Learning From Trump And Bannon Discovery Strategies

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    Court-imposed sanctions on both former President Donald Trump and his former aide Steve Bannon for failing to comply with subpoenas illustrate that efforts to bar the door to valid discovery can quickly escalate, so litigants faced with challenging discovery disputes should adopt a pragmatic approach, say Mathea Bulander and Monica McCarroll at Redgrave.

  • The Risks In Lateral Hiring, And How To Avoid Them

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    As law firms increasingly recruit laterals, they must account for ethics rules and other due diligence issues that can turn an inadvisable or careless hire into a nightmare of lost opportunity or disqualification, says Mark Hinderks at Stinson.

  • Patent Eligibility Reform May Require A Legislative Approach

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    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent decision to revisit its 2019 subject matter eligibility guidance may not mean much, and those seeking changes to patent eligibility may be best served by looking for a legislative solution and by addressing each industry separately, says Vincent Shier at Haynes and Boone.

  • Judges Who Use Social Media Must Know Their Ethical Limits

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    While the judiciary is permitted to use electronic social media, judges and judicial candidates should protect themselves from accusations of ethics violations by studying the growing body of ethics opinions and disciplinary cases centering on who judges connect with and how they behave online, says Justice Daniel Crothers at the North Dakota Supreme Court.

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