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Telecommunications

  • August 7, 2018

    Tech Co. Investor Accuses Executives Of Insider Trading

    A shareholder for a fiber optics equipment manufacturer accused the company’s directors and officers in Texas federal court on Tuesday of violating the Securities and Exchange Act by misleading shareholders about the company’s falling sales and selling off hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of shares before the company’s stock value dropped.

  • August 6, 2018

    Agencies Finalize Rules For $110M Grants To Modernize 911

    The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Transportation have published final rules in the Federal Register for a $110 million grant program to facilitate support for text message, video and other internet protocol technologies at 911 call centers around the country.

  • August 6, 2018

    Comment System Take-Down Not Cyberattack, FCC Confirms

    A drastic spike in public comments brought down the FCC’s online system last summer following a segment about net neutrality on the HBO program “Last Week Tonight,” the Federal Communications Commission’s inspector general has concluded in a report, changing the agency’s original narrative that it had been the target of a cyberattack.

  • August 6, 2018

    ZwillGen Nabs Oath Atty To Aid Cos. With Gov't Data Demands

    ZwillGen has picked up an attorney with more than a decade of experience handling law enforcement and security matters both in the government and in-house at Oath and its predecessor Yahoo to help lead ZG Subpoena Solutions, which assists companies in navigating third-party requests for their data. 

  • August 6, 2018

    Split PTAB Denies Apple's Bid For IPR On Uniloc Patent

    In a 2-1 decision Monday, a Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel declined to review Apple’s challenge to a Uniloc patent related to technology for connecting telephones and computers, which the nonpracticing entity has asserted against the tech giant in one of several infringement cases it initially launched in Eastern Texas.

  • August 6, 2018

    Inmate Class Wins Cert. In GTL Phone Call Rate Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge Monday certified a national class of inmates in a suit alleging that Global Tel Link Corp. overcharged them up to 100 times the market rate for phone calls and failed to disclose charges related to administrative costs.

  • August 6, 2018

    Judge Got AT&T-Time Warner Case Wrong, DC Circ. Told

    The U.S. Department of Justice told the D.C. Circuit on Monday that a lower court ignored a fundamental economic model and basic corporate principles when it rejected the agency's effort to block AT&T's now-completed $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner.

  • August 6, 2018

    Trump Admin. Asks High Court To Nix Net Neutrality Ruling

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to gut a D.C. Circuit decision upholding the legitimacy of the Obama-era net neutrality rules now that the Trump administration has reversed those rules.

  • August 6, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Mattress Firm, SoftBank, Sprint

    Mattress Firm is reportedly considering bankruptcy, SoftBank is mulling a $90 billion value for the domestic wireless unit it plans on listing, and T-Mobile’s $59 billion proposed merger with Sprint is in the early stages of antitrust review.

  • August 6, 2018

    FCC Eyes Later Deadline For Challenging Coverage Maps

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has asked his fellow commissioners to push back the deadline for certain groups to challenge coverage maps that determine which rural and underserved parts of the country are eligible for subsidies to boost mobile broadband.

  • August 6, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Urged Not To Rehear Foreign IP Venue Ruling

    The owner of several telecommunications patents urged the Federal Circuit on Friday to leave in place its recent finding that foreign companies can be sued for patent infringement anywhere in the U.S., saying its lawsuit against Taiwan-based HTC Corp. should be allowed to proceed in Delaware.

  • August 3, 2018

    Future Of Internet Sports Betting Clouded By Wire Act

    Just months after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to legal sports betting, gaming companies in a handful of states are already taking wagers on games. But experts say a federal law — the Wire Act — is a major roadblock for betting operators looking to expand their offerings to mobile and online betting.

  • August 3, 2018

    DHS Hub To Offer Cybersecurity Boost, But Cos. Still Exposed

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recent decision to open a center dedicated to tackling cyberthreats directed at critical infrastructure is likely to help expand vital communication channels between the public and private sectors, but lingering concerns over liability protections could limit the initiative's ultimate effectiveness, attorneys say.

  • August 3, 2018

    Acacia Execs Strike Deal To End Derivative Suits

    Executives at Acacia Communications Inc. moved forward on Friday with a settlement to end shareholder derivative suits claiming the leaders of the Massachusetts fiber optics company sat on information about a decline in market share and thousands of defective modules.

  • August 3, 2018

    'Innovation Band' Weathers Complications As FCC Delays OK

    The Citizens Broadband Radio Service started off as a cool idea: taking blocked-off military spectrum and letting innovative broadband companies jump into the unused gaps in the airwaves. But it's turned into a yearslong process of figuring out how to protect military users and satisfy the commercial sector. Here's Law360's look at the band's past and future.

  • August 3, 2018

    Kohl's Hit With TCPA Suit Over Advertising Texts

    A Florida woman hit Kohl's Corp. with a proposed class action in Florida federal court Thursday that claims the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending her unsolicited text messages.

  • August 3, 2018

    More Law Firms File Antitrust Suits In Sinclair TV Ad Rate Row

    The number of proposed antitrust class actions from local law firms accusing Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. of conspiring to artificially inflate prices for local television advertising continues to grow, including at least one lawsuit roping in other major local television station owners like Hearst Corp.

  • August 3, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a Russian businessman's telecom company forge ahead with a commercial fraud claim against Russia's VTB bank, ED&F Man Capital Markets sue a rival brokerage and U.K. insurer RSA initiate the court process to transfer policies to its new Luxembourg unit. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • August 3, 2018

    PTAB Upholds CalTech Wi-Fi Patent In Dispute With Apple

    The California Institute of Technology on Thursday notched a couple of wins in its patent fight with Apple Inc. over Wi-Fi technology when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the iPhone maker failed to show that numerous claims in one of CalTech's patents were invalid.

  • August 3, 2018

    FCC Nixes BeIN's Discrimination Complaint Against Comcast

    The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed TV network beIN Sport's complaint alleging Comcast unfairly advantages its own sports channels by shutting belN out of markets and keeping it off less expensive television packages, finding the upstart network was too vague on the types of programming it wanted the broadcasting giant to distribute.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Classifying $10B Of Auctioned Airwaves For Tax Purposes

    R. Gregory Roberts

    Television broadcasters who participated in the 2017 Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction should carefully consider how the auction proceeds should be treated for state tax apportionment purposes, say attorneys at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Design Patent Damages And The Jury's Confusion In Apple

    Derek Dahlgren

    Comments from a juror after the Apple v. Samsung trial revealed a specific problematic conclusion reached by the jury in its decision-making process, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • When Will The ITC Honor A PTAB Finding Of Invalidity?

    Bryan J. Vogel

    As a general rule, the U.S. International Trade Commission has given little to no deference to Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions. However, recent decisions seem to throw a wrinkle into this lack of deference, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Trade Lessons From The ZTE Saga

    Erin Baldwin

    Less than two months after the U.S. government announced it was denying export privileges to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., it said that the denial order would be lifted pursuant to a new settlement with ZTE. The lessons from the ZTE saga are far from clear, but one takeaway is that enforcement actions may not always be final, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.