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Telecommunications

  • May 10, 2018

    Consumer Shifts Robocall Suit From AT&T To Its Units, Vendor

    A consumer pursuing a proposed class action accusing AT&T of making illegal robocalls filed an amended complaint Thursday in Illinois federal court, shifting the suit to the telecom giant’s subsidiaries and a third-party vendor.

  • May 10, 2018

    ZTE Stops Major Operations After US Imposes Biz Ban

    ZTE Corp. said that it has halted its main operations in response to a seven-year ban imposed by the Trump administration that effectively bars U.S. companies from shipping components to the Chinese telecom giant.

  • May 10, 2018

    VirnetX Questions Apple's AIA Reviews In $1B Patent Row

    Having won nearly $1 billion from Apple Inc. in a series of patent trials, VirnetX Inc. appealed several inter partes review decisions invalidating network security patents that Apple was found to infringe, arguing that the reviews may still be unconstitutional despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court's Oil States ruling.

  • May 10, 2018

    FCC Refuses To Reduce $120M Robocalling Fine

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday cemented a $120 million spoofing fine against a Miami man, voting to ink the previously proposed penalty after finding that Adrian Abramovich's robocalling activity and former Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations were enough to merit the full amount.

  • May 10, 2018

    Net Neutrality Sunset Date Set For June

    The Obama-era net neutrality rules that controlled how internet service providers treated online traffic and classified internet services as utilities will officially be wiped from the books on June 11, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday morning.

  • May 9, 2018

    Reps Demand FCC’s Pai Answer For ‘Faulty’ Broadband Data

    Two leading House Democrats demanded answers from Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai about broadband infrastructure deployment maps widely considered to dramatically overstate coverage, which the lawmakers say critically undermines December’s order repealing net neutrality.

  • May 9, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Trial: Experts, Leverage And A Crystal Ball

    One of the most significant government merger trials in recent memory wrapped last week, and courtroom comments included references to crystal balls and Kabuki dances. But in the end, the fate of AT&T's $85 billion deal for Time Warner will hinge on one thing: how U.S. District Judge Richard Leon believes the planned merger would affect the evolving media industry.

  • May 9, 2018

    Bristol Meyers, Pfizer Didn't Violate TCPA, 6th Circ. Says

    The Sixth Circuit Wednesday affirmed a win to Bristol Myers and Pfizer in a suit over a wholesaler's junk faxes that advertised prices of the drugmakers' products, ruling that the manufacturers could not be held responsible for sending the faxes because they knew nothing about them.

  • May 9, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won't Limit Where Foreign Cos. Face Patent Suits

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday refused to put limits on where foreign companies can be sued for patent infringement, allowing a case against HTC Corp. over telecommunications patents to move forward in Delaware.

  • May 9, 2018

    Last Sinclair-Tribune Station Buyer Is Fox In $910M Deal

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. unveiled the final buyer Wednesday for some of the 23 television stations it plans to divest to overcome media ownership limits so it can acquire Tribune Media Co., with 21st Century Fox set to pick up seven stations in a deal valued at roughly $910 million.

  • May 9, 2018

    TechFreedom Adds Space Law Expert As GC

    TechFreedom has appointed its first general counsel, a former senior adjunct fellow at the technology think tank who has years of expertise as a technology attorney and as a pioneer in the practice of international space law, according to a Wednesday statement.

  • May 9, 2018

    Bankrupt iHeartMedia Seeks OK To Pay $108M In Bonuses

    Radio broadcast giant iHeartMedia Inc. Tuesday asked a Texas bankruptcy court to approve the payment of up to $108 million in bonuses to more than 700 employees, saying the incentive is required for its restructuring to succeed.

  • May 9, 2018

    Dems Campaign To Force Vote On Reinstating Net Neutrality

    Democrats scrambling to preserve Obama-era net neutrality rules officially filed a petition Wednesday to force a Senate vote on a measure meant to neutralize the Trump Federal Communications Commission’s controversial rollback of the regime.

  • May 9, 2018

    Apple, Samsung Fight Over Jury Instruction As Trial Looms

    Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday lambasted each other’s proposed jury instruction for a trial that kicks off May 14 that will determine the amount of damages Samsung owes for infringing Apple’s smartphone design and utility patents, with both sides arguing that their rival’s proposed instruction is prejudicial.

  • May 9, 2018

    Verizon Exits Fight Against Proposed Calif. Privacy Law

    Verizon has become the second major company to bow out of a fight challenging a California ballot proposal that would let consumers know what types of information companies are collecting, sharing and selling on them, saying it will turn its attention from state-level fights to nationwide policy efforts.

  • May 9, 2018

    Pai Prods Alaska Telecom Not To Shirk Rural Service Duty

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai took an Alaska telecommunications provider to task for thinking about pulling out of the FCC's program to subsidize rural telecom services for health care providers, despite obligations under federal law and agency rules to provide those services.

  • May 9, 2018

    Apple Consumers Denied Cert. In IPhone Touch-Screen Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to certify a class of Apple consumers who claim the tech giant failed to tell them about a design defect in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that causes the touch screen to stop responding, finding they failed to meet the predominance requirement for certification.

  • May 9, 2018

    Vodafone Inks €18B Deal For European Slice Of Liberty Global

    U.K.-based Vodafone said Wednesday that it will buy a portion of Liberty Global’s European business in an €18.4 billion ($21.9 billion) deal, including debt, as it looks to become the top next-generation network owner in the region.

  • May 8, 2018

    Apple Wants FCC To Leave More Upper Spectrum Free

    Apple Inc. has its eyes on spectrum above 95 GHz based on a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to free up more unlicensed spectrum in wider bands than currently envisioned in order “to better support the innovators.”

  • May 8, 2018

    App Developer Collected Kids' Personal Info, NJ AG Says

    A Chinese software and electronics company has agreed to pay New Jersey $100,000 and to change its business practices to resolve allegations it ran afoul of disclosure requirements while collecting personal information from children who downloaded its mobile apps, the state's attorney general said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • TCPA Insurance Claim Issues Continue To Evolve

    Cort Malone

    Because Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims inherently exist at the nexus between multiple lines of coverage, the landscape of TCPA insurance coverage law is complex. Recent questions include whether TCPA claims inherently arise from invasions of privacy and whether damages awarded are remedial or punitive, say Cort Malone and Nicholas Maxwell of Anderson Kill PC.

  • How To Interpret A Contract? Ask Those Who’d Sign It

    Omri Ben-Shahar

    Surveys are an accepted method of evaluating consumer perceptions in a wide range of cases. However, when it comes to contracts, it is often the judge or jury who must interpret the text. We suggest surveying consumers to determine which meaning of a disputed term is embraced by a clear majority, say professors at the University of Chicago and consultants at Analysis Group.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • A Closer Look At Long-Awaited DC Circ. Robocall Ruling

    Marc Martin

    While the D.C. Circuit's decision in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission didn't define "autodialer," it clarified what it's not. How the FCC may further clarify the definition remains to be seen, but the ruling should provide guidance on Telephone Consumer Protection Act compliance, say attorneys with Perkins Coie.

  • Why CFIUS Intervened In Broadcom’s Bid For Qualcomm

    Drew Svor

    It's unusual for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. to delay the election of a public company’s board of directors because they may approve a future transaction. But it's not surprising that CFIUS acted to protect critical U.S. network infrastructure from a foreign buyer, say attorneys with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How To Negotiate Wireless Infrastructure Agreements

    Walt Sapronov

    When negotiating shared wireless infrastructure contracts in large venues, sponsors should pay close attention to technology specifications, upgrades and interference protection, say Walt Sapronov and Kenneth Klatt of Sapronov and Associates PC.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.