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Telecommunications

  • January 8, 2019

    Dems Renew Call For Crackdown On Mobile Location Tracking

    Sen. Ron Wyden and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel have again called for government action to restrict mobile phone tracking in response to a report released Tuesday that described how an individual could still gain access to the locations of private cellphones through a shadowy network of location aggregators and resellers.

  • January 8, 2019

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During the final month of 2018, lobbyists representing big telecom companies asked the Federal Communications Commission for regulatory changes to expand rural broadband and reduce call connection charges and for permission to keep building tools to block spam texts.

  • January 8, 2019

    Roku Can't Escape Streaming Patent Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid by Roku Inc. to scrap a patent infringement lawsuit brought against it in October over its media players and streaming sticks, holding it was too soon in the process.

  • January 8, 2019

    Ericsson Can License IP On Its Terms, Not HTC's, Judge Says

    Ericsson isn't automatically required to license its standard-essential patents at the much cheaper component level, a Texas federal judge ruled Monday in a major blow to HTC, which has accused the company of trying to overcharge on royalties to license cellular and wireless network SEPs.

  • January 8, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive $506M WARF IP Award Against Apple

    The full Federal Circuit will not review a decision that released Apple Inc. from a $506 million damages award in an infringement case brought by the licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison over a computer processor patent.

  • January 8, 2019

    FTC Soundboard Ban Already Crushing Industry, Justices Told

    A letter issued by the Federal Trade Commission finding certain telemarketing technology is subject to robocall regulations has already killed two companies, and will only cause more industry loss if it remains unchallenged, a trade association told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

  • January 7, 2019

    Pols Can't Block Critics On Social Media, 4th Circ. Says

    Politicians can’t ban unfavorable constituents from social media pages and accounts used for official purposes, a Fourth Circuit panel ruled Monday, in a case that centers on issues similar to those at play in a dispute at the Second Circuit over President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

  • January 7, 2019

    Ford Settles On Cellular-Connected Cars Amid FCC Debate

    Ford has decided that the future of technology that connects cars to each other lies in a cellular approach rather than the long-favored, radio wave-based one, a decision that could bode well for those pushing the Federal Communications Commission to repurpose the 5.9 GHz band of the spectrum for 5G use.

  • January 7, 2019

    Chancery Issues Arrest Warrants For Chinese Tech Execs

    A Delaware Chancery judge issued arrest warrants Monday for two Chinese nationals serving as executives for ZST Digital Networks Inc. who were found to be in contempt for not complying with a series of court judgments arising from a books and records suit filed by a shareholder.

  • January 7, 2019

    Wilkinson Barker Nabs Ex-FCC Legal Adviser

    Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP announced it has hired a former attorney adviser with the Federal Communications Commission who was heavily involved in satellite policy.

  • January 7, 2019

    AT&T Settles Its Suit Over Phone Co. Failure To Pay For 911

    AT&T Illinois on Monday settled a federal lawsuit it brought one year ago against client Mediacom Telephony of Illinois LLC, which it had accused of breaching an agreement by failing to pay AT&T for its 911 services.

  • January 7, 2019

    Grindr Victory In Fake Profile Case Examined By 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit asked Monday if Grindr could be liable for publishing the location of a man whose ex-boyfriend subjected him to a vicious campaign of vengeance after their breakup, but counsel for the gay men's app rejected as "fantastical" the notion that Grindr was anything more than a neutral service.

  • January 7, 2019

    Nexstar Hurting Viewers In Fee Dispute, TDS Tells FCC

    Nexstar Media Group is holding sought-after TV programming hostage while it tries to force TDS Telecom to pay more than double the retransmission fees TDS pays other carriers, the telecom company has told the Federal Communications Commission.

  • January 7, 2019

    Coalition Opposing Sprint-T-Mobile Merger Adds 5 New Orgs

    Five organizations announced their opposition Monday to the proposed Sprint and T-Mobile merger by joining the 4Competition Coalition, an alliance of prominent companies and organizations lobbying the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to stop the deal.

  • January 7, 2019

    Hacking Nixes Injunction In Trade Secrets Row, 3rd Circ. Told

    Telecom engineers facing a trade secrets lawsuit by their former boss urged the Third Circuit to vacate a lower court’s order to preserve data they allegedly stole and to refrain from contacting their ex-employer’s clients during the litigation, arguing Monday that the complaint is based on improperly obtained information.

  • January 7, 2019

    L3 Investors Sue To Block Harris Merger Over Lack Of Info

    Defense contractor L3 Technologies Inc. and its board of directors omitted crucial information from a financial statement as they prepared for an upcoming merger with rival Harris Corp., according to a shareholder class action filed in Delaware federal court.

  • January 4, 2019

    Critics Get A Bigger Window For FCC Broadband Map Data

    Weeks after initially pausing the project, the Federal Communications Commission has expanded by 90 days the window for submitting data for broadband maps that will be used to assist an upcoming auction of subsidies for rolling out high-speed services.

  • January 4, 2019

    Starz Investor Seeks $92.5M Merger Settlement Reargument

    A Starz Inc. stockholder urged a Delaware vice chancellor late Thursday to amend or hear reargument on a recent $92.5 million class settlement in a merger price challenge, saying its terms could deny equal treatment for those who acquired or sold Starz stock through short sales.

  • January 4, 2019

    FTC Rips Qualcomm's 'No License, No Chips' Practice At Trial

    The Federal Trade Commission on Friday slammed Qualcomm’s purported “no license, no chips” business practice requiring companies like Apple, Samsung and Huawei to license its standard-essential cellphone patents in order to purchase chips, arguing during the first day of a bench trial in Silicon Valley that it violates antitrust laws.

  • January 4, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Denies Rembrandt Bid To Rehear Atty Fee Ruling

    The Federal Circuit has denied Rembrandt Technologies LP's request for rehearing in its bid to escape paying a massive sum in attorneys’ fees for alleged misconduct while pursuing intellectual property claims in multidistrict litigation against several cable companies.

Expert Analysis

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • High Court Junk Fax Case Is Not Just About Junk Faxes

    David Gettings

    Depending on the U.S. Supreme Court’s eventual decision in PDR Network v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic — a case involving junk faxes under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act — the outcome could have a profound impact on TCPA litigation nationwide, say David Gettings and Alan Wingfield of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.