Telecommunications

  • February 21, 2018

    Fiber Optics Tech Is Getting Wrong Duties, Fed. Circ. Told

    ADC Telecommunications Inc. told the Federal Circuit on Wednesday that the U.S. Court of International Trade incorrectly upheld a U.S. Customs and Border Protection classification of fiber optic modules, saying the products had nothing to do with human vision and should have been classified under a duty-free designation.

  • February 21, 2018

    Dish Can't Revive TCPA Suit Coverage Bid At 10th Circ.

    The penalties being sought against Dish Network LLC for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act are punitive and not covered by its policy with a Chubb Ltd. unit, the Tenth Circuit affirmed Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2018

    FCC’s Pai Won't Recuse Himself In Sinclair Merger Review

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently refused to recuse himself from the agency’s review of Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc.’s $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co., after a Democratic lawmaker cast doubts about his impartiality.

  • February 21, 2018

    2nd Circ. Affirms Toss Of Suit Over Rite Aid Flu-Shot Calls

    The Second Circuit held Wednesday that a lower court rightly axed claims that Rite Aid violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending prerecorded flu shot reminder messages, saying the shopper leading the proposed class action gave the retailer permission when he provided his phone number.

  • February 21, 2018

    Telecoms Press FCC To Halt Verizon's $3B Spectrum Buy

    The Competitive Carriers Association on Tuesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to nix a $3 billion deal that would transfer high-end spectrum critical for use by next-generation wireless services to Verizon, saying the spectrum should be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

  • February 21, 2018

    Huawei Fights Samsung Bid To Block China Patent Injunction

    Huawei Technologies Co. on Tuesday slammed Samsung's bid to block an injunction issued in China last month barring the South Korean company from selling smartphones that infringe two Huawei patents, calling Samsung's request to a California federal judge “extraordinary.”

  • February 21, 2018

    Broadcom Lowers Qualcomm Bid After Sweetened NXP Offer

    Broadcom Ltd. on Wednesday lowered its takeover bid for Qualcomm Inc. from $82 per share to $79 per share in response to Qualcomm’s decision to increase its offer for NXP Semiconductors NV by more than $6 billion, but Broadcom reaffirmed that it is still committed to acquiring the California chipmaker.

  • February 21, 2018

    Apple Says Batteries Piling Up In IPhone Slowdown Suits

    Apple Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to find it doesn’t need to hold onto every battery it replaces from iPhones in a slew of proposed class actions alleging it misled consumers by slowing phones with diminished battery capacities, arguing that preserving every battery poses health and environmental hazards.

  • February 21, 2018

    FCC's Net Neutrality Deregulation Hits Next Milestone

    The Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules will move closer to taking effect Thursday, paving the way for official legal challenges and tripping the shot clock for a congressional vote that could nullify the rule change.

  • February 21, 2018

    Justices Wary Of Tossing Wiretap In Drug Dealers' Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court balked Wednesday at granting new trials to twin brothers convicted on drug charges, even though the original orders authorizing police to wiretap their cellphones exceeded the court’s territorial jurisdiction.

  • February 21, 2018

    Verizon Sues NY Town Over Nixed Wetlands Permit

    Verizon Wireless on Tuesday asked a Manhattan federal judge to overturn a Hudson Valley town’s decision denying its request for a wetlands permit to build a wireless facility, saying the decision amounts to an unlawful prohibition on the provision of personal wireless services.

  • February 21, 2018

    Top 10 Reads From Telecom Attys' Bookshelves For 2018

    With so much activity in the telecommunications sector — from pending net neutrality challenges to budget woes to congressional gridlock — it’s easy for rest and recreation to take a back seat. But Law360 has a prescription to cure burnout and winter blues: a healthy dose of peer-recommended literature.

  • February 20, 2018

    DOJ Will Form Cybersecurity Task Force

    In the wake of numerous high profile hacks, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it will form a Cyber-Digital Task Force aimed at combating a global cyber threat.

  • February 20, 2018

    EU Tees Up New Measures To Tax The Digital Economy

    The European Union is preparing to unveil proposals aimed at taxing the digital economy, including measures targeting tech companies that don’t have a physical presence in member states where they provide services, an EU official announced Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2018

    Comcast Seeks Speedy Review Of TiVo Patent Case

    Comcast Inc. has asked the Federal Circuit to follow an expedited schedule in its review of an International Trade Commission decision prohibiting the cable and broadband company from importing set-top cable boxes found to infringe a patent held by TiVo Corp.

  • February 20, 2018

    AT&T Hasn't Proved Merger Row Was Selective, Judge Rules

    AT&T and Time Warner lost in their attempt to use President Donald Trump’s anti-CNN tirades as a defense in the Justice Department's antitrust case over AT&T’s proposed $85 billion purchase of CNN parent Time Warner, after a D.C. federal judge Tuesday said the companies had “fallen short” of showing they had been singled out.

  • February 20, 2018

    DC Circ. Won't Rethink FCC Win In Emergency Alerts Dispute

    The D.C. Circuit has shot down a request to review an October panel decision to uphold the Federal Communications Commission’s refusal to require the transmission of emergency alerts in languages other than English.

  • February 20, 2018

    DC Circ. Upholds Entercom's Station Buy Amid Owner Dispute

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld the 1996 sale of a Sacramento radio station to Entercom, rejecting the original owner’s latest effort to block the license transfer and finding that Entercom’s surrender of a different station last year left it eligible to acquire another without exceeding Federal Communications Commission limits.

  • February 20, 2018

    Telecom Giant Sprint Plans $1B Debt Issuance

    Sprint Corp., which is in the process of upgrading its wireless network, said Tuesday it plans to issue bonds totaling $1 billion, marking the telecommunications giant’s first foray into debt capital markets since its merger talks with rival T-Mobile collapsed.

  • February 20, 2018

    Philly Radio Host Accused Of Sexually Harassing 'Sidekick'

    A former on-air “sidekick” for radio host John DeBella has accused the longtime Philadelphia host of sexual harassment, including unwanted groping, posting sexually explicit photos in his office, making derogatory comments about women and repeated requests for sex.

Expert Analysis

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Opinion

    Proposal For Nationalization Of 5G Network Is Dead On Arrival

    Kristin Smith

    The Trump administration is unlikely to act on its reported plan to nationalize the 5G wireless network, but if it formally proposed nationalization, the wireless industry would unleash a lobbying battle on Congress that would doom the project, says Kristin Smith of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • BMG V. Cox Is Major Copyright Victory For Music Industry

    Alexander Lawrence

    In one of the music industry's first attempts to hold an internet service provider liable for subscribers' unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, the Fourth Circuit largely sided with the copyright holders. The BMG v. Cox decision last week provides important guidance on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor and the scope of secondary liability under the Copyright Act, says Alexander Lawrence of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)