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 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 recruiters 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

  • 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.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • Time For M&A Parties To Take Gun-Jumping Rules Seriously

    Tobias Caspary

    The European Commission last week imposed a €124.5 million ($152.3 million) fine on Altice, which dwarfs previous gun-jumping fines by any other antitrust authority worldwide. While the rules on gun jumping may not yet be clear, what is already evident is the increasing focus of European and other regulators on procedural misdemeanors, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Pleading A Personal Jurisdiction Defense Late In The Game

    James Beck

    Personal jurisdiction defenses are waivable and should be pleaded at the outset of litigation. Still, suppose a defendant, not recognizing the impacts of the Bauman and Bristol-Myers Squibb rulings, did not previously plead a personal jurisdiction defense, but now wants to do so. It’s not a good situation to be in, but it’s not hopeless, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Can A Single FTC Commissioner Constitute A Quorum?

    Stephen Calkins

    With Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny resigning soon, acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen could become the sole commissioner. The FTC seems to think it can act by a 1-0 vote, but this may be unlawful and is certainly unwise, say Stephen Calkins of Wayne State University and John Villafranco of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.