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Telecommunications

  • October 4, 2018

    2nd Circ. Axes Copyright Suit Against Latin Radio Stations

    A Second Circuit panel on Thursday nixed a music publisher’s attempt to revive a copyright infringement suit alleging that a Spanish-language broadcaster played its songs without permission, upholding a lower court’s finding that the publisher had failed to support its claims that the songs were ever played on the radio.

  • October 4, 2018

    T-Mobile Convinces PTAB Much Of Wi-Fi Patent Is Obvious

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board gutted a Wi-Fi hotspot patent that T-Mobile US Inc. had been accused of infringing, finding Wednesday that numerous claims in the patent were invalid.

  • October 4, 2018

    Texas Judge Adds 2 Years To ZTE Oversight In Sanctions Case

    Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. will spend an extra two years under the scrutiny of a Texas federal judge’s hand-picked monitor after the judge found on Wednesday that the company had violated its probation in a criminal sanctions case.

  • October 4, 2018

    Nokia Says No Licensing Duty Among Rival Cell Part Makers

    Cellular standard-essential patent practices have "never" required SEP holders to license that technology at the component level rather than the final product, Nokia said Wednesday in seeking to back Qualcomm against a Federal Trade Commission effort to require just that amid an antitrust suit in California federal court.

  • October 4, 2018

    Hong Kong Doc Denied Bail As Flight Risk In Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge denied bail once again on Thursday to a doctor from Hong Kong accused of bribing African officials for favors in the energy and banking industries, saying he’s a flight risk and there are no conditions the court could set to guarantee his presence at trial.

  • October 4, 2018

    2nd Circ. Revives Time Warner Cable Overtime Suit

    Two former salesmen and installation technicians can take another crack at their proposed class action over unpaid overtime against Time Warner Cable, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday, finding that a lower court botched its interpretation of their job description when it shut down the suit last year.

  • October 4, 2018

    Pence Slams China For Election Meddling With Tariff Salvos

    Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday forcefully rebuked China for attempting to interfere in the looming midterm elections with retaliatory tariffs and propaganda campaigns, following President Donald Trump's lead and veering the two countries' trade battle squarely into political territory.

  • October 4, 2018

    Chicago Assigned As Venue For TV Ad Price-Fixing MDL

    Tribune Media Co., Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and other media giants will face consolidated allegations of colluding to fix prices for TV ads in Illinois federal court after the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled Wednesday that Chicago represents a centralized location for the case.

  • October 4, 2018

    Latham, Paul Weiss Steer $175M Infusion Into Philippines Co.

    KKR & Co. LP and Tencent Holdings Ltd. have agreed to pump as much as $175 million into a division of Philippines-based telecommunications and internet services giant PLDT Inc., the companies said Thursday, in an agreement guided by firms including Latham & Watkins LLP and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • October 4, 2018

    Telecoms Urge Rural Broadband Map Fixes, Budget Hikes

    Rural telecoms pressured the Senate on Thursday to make sure the Federal Communications Commission adequately pays out subsidies and fixes faults in mapping high-speed internet to help deploy broadband in rural states.

  • October 4, 2018

    Portland Asks 9th Circ. For Review Of FCC's 5G Order

    The City of Portland has asked the Ninth Circuit to review a Federal Communications Commission order limiting local governments' power to impose conditions on the deployment of small cells used for 5G services, a ruling the Oregon city argues oversteps commission authority and actually will inhibit the 5G rollout.

  • October 4, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Nabs Veteran Media Atty From Irell & Manella

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has snagged a former Irell & Manella LLP partner and veteran entertainment attorney, who brings with him more than three decades of experience representing blockbuster media companies from Paramount Pictures to Hulu, the firm said Wednesday.

  • October 3, 2018

    Broadband Groups Sue To Block Calif. Net Neutrality Law

    A group of broadband associations hit California Attorney General Xavier Becerra with a lawsuit in California federal court Wednesday seeking to block a new Golden State net neutrality law that bars internet service providers from speeding up, slowing down or showing priority to web traffic.

  • October 3, 2018

    New WH Cyber Strategy Talks Big Game, But Has Big Holes

    The White House's newly unveiled national cybersecurity strategy takes the long-awaited step of adding digital combat to the top of America's foreign policy agenda, but it's unclear how its aggressive rhetoric will play out in practice, former federal officials say.

  • October 3, 2018

    Encrypted Phone Co. CEO Pleads Guilty To Aiding Drug Sales

    The chief executive officer of a Canada-based company that made encrypted smartphones designed to foil law enforcement pled guilty Tuesday to leading an operation that helped drug traffickers peddle their wares undetected, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • October 3, 2018

    Risky Driving Cost Striker Labor Law Protection, NLRB Says

    An Illinois telecom company legally fired a striking worker after an incident in which she purposely drove slowly on a highway to block a truck driven by two managers from passing her, a split National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday, saying her dangerous driving was enough for her to forfeit federal labor law protection.

  • October 3, 2018

    FCC Enabling Next-Gen TV Experiments As Standards Form

    The Federal Communications Commission is working with broadcasters that want to test the next-generation TV standard by facilitating experimental licenses in at least six U.S. cities and honing other policies to smooth the technology transition, a senior FCC official said Wednesday.

  • October 3, 2018

    FCC's Pai Backs Trump Admin.'s Economic Arguments For 5G

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday reinforced the Trump administration's recent arguments for the economic benefits of 5G, telling a Washington, D.C., audience that his agency is aligned with broader priorities of helping commercial carriers deploy fifth-generation networks.

  • October 3, 2018

    Huawei Tells FCC Barring It From US Would Hurt Rural Areas

    Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has told the Federal Communications Commission that the agency's plan to restrict some foreign vendors from U.S. communications networks would reduce competition in the telecom equipment market and raise prices for rural network construction.

  • October 3, 2018

    Apple Denied Bid To Pull Back Docs In Qualcomm Fight

    Apple Inc. can’t claw back dozens of documents turned over in its epic patent fight with Qualcomm Inc., a California federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying Apple failed to show that it tried to head off their inadvertent release.

Expert Analysis

  • ERISA Class Actions After Epic Systems

    James Baker

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's opinion in Epic Systems v. Lewis employed the same analytics used by Justice Antonin Scalia in three previous decisions. They strongly suggest the court would allow a mandatory arbitration clause with a class action waiver in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act context, says James Baker of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Carpenter Ruling May Be Turning Point In Digital Data Privacy

    Kim Peretti

    While the U.S. Supreme Court proclaimed its Carpenter holding was narrow, its unprecedented recognition of an individual’s privacy interest in data held by third parties could signal significant changes in privacy more generally, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • Opinion

    It's Prime Time For A Dose Of Reality On Brett Kavanaugh

    Daniel Karon

    President Donald Trump's announcement of his next U.S. Supreme Court nominee, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, had the trappings of reality TV. But left unmentioned were Kavanaugh’s troubling opinions on workplace safety standards, age discrimination and class action plaintiffs, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Opinion

    TCPA: An Antiquated Law That Needs To Be Fixed

    David Carter

    After years of bearing witness to an influx of Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation, reading nearly every TCPA opinion issued by the federal courts and talking with countless businesses, my conclusion is that the TCPA fails to reach its primary goal of protecting consumers from unwanted calls, says David Carter of Innovista Law PLLC.