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Telecommunications

  • November 6, 2018

    Kavanaugh Fallout Fuels GOP's Senate Expansion

    A backlash over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's bitter confirmation battle played a key role in Republicans adding to their Senate majority, as so-called “Trump state” Democrats who opposed confirmation fell to GOP challengers in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

  • November 6, 2018

    Dems Pump Brakes On Trump Agenda With House Win

    Democrats won back the House on Tuesday night and with it divided the chambers of Congress, putting them in position to step up investigations into President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and to run interference on his conservative agenda.

  • November 6, 2018

    Senate Republican Win Cements Trump's Judicial Makeover

    With Senate Republicans returning from a slew of victories at the ballot box, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell looks to continue a two-year project to remake the federal courts by confirming waves of conservative judges to the bench.

  • November 6, 2018

    Voting Machine Critics Tout Low-Tech Fix For Hacking Fears

    Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election pushed U.S. voting security into the spotlight, leaving officials scrambling to shore up the infrastructure before midterms. But efforts remained uneven two years later, with a number of states on Tuesday shirking the surprisingly low-tech fix touted by election-integrity experts: paper ballots.

  • November 6, 2018

    Snowden Verifies NSA Report In EFF Spying Case

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation continues to urge a California federal court to keep alive its long-running class action against the National Security Agency over its alleged unlawful mass surveillance of Americans, helped by a declaration from whistleblower Edward Snowden in which he authenticated a key piece of evidence.

  • November 6, 2018

    Chinese Agents Can't Escape $1.5B Satellite Row, Judge Told

    A Dutch telecom firm has urged a Delaware federal judge not to toss its $1.5 billion lawsuit against two individuals accused of being involved in the Hong Kong subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned asset management company’s scheme to steal its designs to launch a satellite that would deliver high-speed internet to parts of Africa.

  • November 6, 2018

    Qualcomm Must License Some IP To Rivals In FTC Suit

    A California federal judge found Tuesday that Qualcomm is obligated to provide licenses for its standard-essential patents to rival chipmakers, siding with the Federal Trade Commission on an important issue in the agency's challenge of the company’s broader licensing practices.

  • November 6, 2018

    FCC Says Cos. Have Year To Fix Robocall Spoofing, Or It Will

    The Federal Communications Commission on Monday called on industry to take steps to prevent robocalls from pestering consumers and keeping phones ringing off the hook, saying this week they have a year to make headway or the agency will step in.

  • November 6, 2018

    FCC Told Auto Recall Texts Are Exempt From TCPA

    Organizations and individuals associated with the Takata Corp. air bag recall litigation urged the Federal Communications Commission to rule that auto safety-related calls and texts are exempt from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in a series of comments posted Tuesday.

  • November 6, 2018

    Pai Tees Up Wireless Review For Disaster Preparedness

    Chairman Ajit Pai announced Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission will kick off a review of its voluntary industry framework that applies in times of disaster after the agency criticized wireless carriers in Florida for being slow to restore communications in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

  • November 6, 2018

    Cell Cos. Push For Discovery Seal In Trade Secrets Suit

    American Tower Corp. and a small company that claims the cell tower giant poached its proprietary technology filed a joint motion in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday requesting that some documents obtained in discovery be kept under seal, including source code that would be viewable only on a single computer inside a locked room in an attorney's office.

  • November 6, 2018

    PTAB Finds Another TiVo TV Guide Patent Obvious

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday handed Comcast yet another win in its efforts to invalidate one of the patents responsible for an electronic television guide held by TiVo subsidiary Rovi.

  • November 6, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Altice, Telefónica, Symantec

    Allianz and private equity giant KKR are leading competing groups that are vying for a stake in Altice’s fiber network business, Telefónica is weighing selling off a data centers unit, and Symantec Corp. has been approached by private equity firm Thoma Bravo about an acquisition.

  • November 6, 2018

    Suits Over FCC's 5G Order Consolidated In 10th Circ.

    Six lawsuits over the Federal Communications Commission's latest 5G small cell order will play out in the Tenth Circuit following a lottery process to consolidate the cases filed in four different circuits.

  • November 6, 2018

    EU Approves Disney’s $71B Fox Deal With Channel Sales

    Europe’s competition enforcer said Tuesday that it has approved The Walt Disney Co.’s planned $71.3 billion deal for Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.’s entertainment assets after the company agreed to unload interests in the History Channel and several other networks.

  • November 6, 2018

    EU Digital Tax Supporters See Progress On Agreement

    Supporters of the European Union’s efforts to tax large digital companies said they’re getting closer to an agreement on the controversial tax, even as those skeptical of the tax show no public signs of changing their position.

  • November 5, 2018

    Telecom Change Must Wait Until 2020, Even If Dems Prevail

    Democratic takeovers of either the House or Senate in Tuesday’s midterm elections would shift the leadership of committees overseeing telecommunications policy, but even with a shakeup in either chamber, experts predict telecom isn’t likely to become a priority in Washington until after the 2020 election.

  • November 5, 2018

    FCC Allows User Interface Waivers For Smaller Cable Systems

    The Federal Communications Commission has signed off on limited waivers applying to some mid- to small-size cable providers from federal rules issued five years ago to make user interfaces easier to access for people with disabilities.

  • November 5, 2018

    FTC Head Recuses Himself From Qualcomm Antitrust Row

    Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons has recused himself from any participation in the agency’s California federal court antitrust case accusing Qualcomm of anti-competitive patent licensing practices, leaving an even divide between the FTC’s Republican and Democratic commissioners as the agency and the chipmaker pursue settlement talks.

  • November 5, 2018

    High Court Won't Review Obama-Era Net Neutrality Cases

    A divided U.S. Supreme Court narrowly chose to reject all seven pending appeals over the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 net neutrality rules on Monday, with three justices signaling they would've preferred to wipe out a precedent that validated the Obama-era regime.

Expert Analysis

  • Tech, Media, Telecom Investor-State Arbitration Is On The Rise

    Florencia Villaggi

    Disputes between foreign investors from the technology, media and telecommunications sector and host states are a substantial feature of the investor-state claims landscape. The recent growth of investor-state arbitrations in this sector could be explained by several factors, says Florencia Villaggi of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • New Rule Expands FCC Jurisdiction Related To Foreign Media

    Brian Weimer

    The Federal Communications Commission's new rule, requiring foreign media outlets to disclose their relationships with foreign principals, signals more scrutiny on media influenced by foreign actors and gives the FCC some authority to review foreign ties, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • The Trump Admin. Approach To Data Privacy, And Next Steps

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration released an ambitious proposal to modernize consumer privacy policy. But there are questions as to how it plans to achieve these laudable goals, say Alan Raul and Christopher Fonzone of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Chatting With Ex-USPTO Chief About Patent News, IP Strategy

    Eli Mazour

    During a recent interview with Eli Mazour of Harrity & Harrity LLP, David Kappos discussed his time as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as head of intellectual property at IBM, reacted to patent-related developments, and provided wide-ranging advice to those in and outside of the IP field.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Opinion

    To Help Keep The Tech Bull Running, FCC Must Forbear

    Jonathan Spalter

    When the Telecommunications Act was passed in 1996, texting, social media and other nonvoice forms of communication were still far off on the horizon. That is why the Federal Communications Commission should forbear from enforcing outdated rules in order to modernize innovation policy, says Jonathan Spalter, CEO of USTelecom.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.