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Telecommunications

  • August 2, 2018

    Facebook, Snap Can Likely Nix Just 1 Of 7 BlackBerry Patents

    A California federal judge on Thursday tentatively denied most of Facebook Inc. and Snap Inc.’s bids to invalidate seven mobile messaging patents at the heart of BlackBerry’s infringement suits against the social media giants, writing that it appears only one of the patents is invalid under Alice.

  • August 2, 2018

    More Tribes Want In On Small-Cell FCC Rule Challenge

    Several tribes have sought to intervene in a challenge to a Federal Communications Commission rule that allowed 5G network builders to avoid tribal consultations, adding to a coalition of Native American communities who are pursuing the challenge at the D.C. Circuit.

  • August 2, 2018

    FCC Kicks Off Conversation On $100M Telehealth Program

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to open an inquiry into establishing a $100 million telehealth program, with its lone Democrat cautioning that the concept doesn’t fit squarely inside the agency’s mandate.

  • August 2, 2018

    Radio Mentorship Program Passes FCC With Opposition

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to approve framework for a program that lets established radio broadcasters obtain a break on media ownership rules in exchange for shepherding a new or struggling station, over objections that such a program doesn't go far enough to address barriers to minority ownership.

  • August 2, 2018

    FCC Blocks Local Rules Barring New Net Infrastructure

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to let wireless and broadband companies do all of the prep work for attaching new wires to utility poles in one swoop, and additionally declared that state and local rules blocking the rollout of new internet infrastructure are illegal.

  • August 2, 2018

    Comcast’s Xfinity Accused Of Infringing Streaming TV Patent

    An online television streaming company sued Comcast Corp. in Florida federal court Wednesday accusing the company’s Xfinity television service of infringing a patent covering a “global interactive programming guide,” in a potential threat to the very heart of Comcast’s business.

  • August 1, 2018

    Qualcomm Investor Sues Over $117B Broadcom Merger Bust

    A Qualcomm Inc. investor opened a derivative lawsuit against the company and its directors late Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court, alleging the tech company’s board made undisclosed and self-interested decisions that scuttled a proposed $117 billion merger with Broadcom Ltd. and cost Qualcomm $8 billion in market value.

  • August 1, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: China Tower, PG&E, United Group

    China Tower Corp. Ltd. reportedly raised $6.9 billion in its initial public offering, PG&E Corp. tapped Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP to help the California utility restructure its debt, and Cinven and BC Partners are eyeing United Group.

  • August 1, 2018

    Charter May Have To Cough Up NCTA Docs To NY AG

    A New York state appeals judge told Charter Communications that it can't necessarily withhold communications with telecom trade association NCTA from the state attorney general's office in a false advertising suit over the cable company's purported internet speeds.

  • August 1, 2018

    NJ Targets Cos. With Pollution Suits, Some First Since '08

    New Jersey officials on Wednesday hit Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Hess Corp., Verizon New Jersey Inc. and other parties with a total of six lawsuits over pollution at sites across the Garden State, with three of the cases representing the first of their kind in a decade.

  • August 1, 2018

    Dixons Data Breach Now Sits At 10M Customer Records

    U.K-based phone and electronics retailer Dixons Carphone has admitted that a data breach it announced in June exposed nearly 10 times more non-financial personal records than initially reported, putting the new tally of stolen records at around 10 million.

  • August 1, 2018

    Indie Programmers Urge FCC To Keep Leased Access Rules

    Independent programmers and their advocates asked the Federal Communications Commission to preserve rules that require major cable companies to reserve channel capacity for them, saying the commission must continue to offer a way for them to break into the increasingly monopolized pay-TV market.

  • August 1, 2018

    Alorica Agrees To $3.5M EEOC Deal In Sex Harassment Case

    The call center chain Alorica has agreed to pay $3.5 million to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it tolerated rampant sexual harassment against men and women in two Northern California offices and punished workers who complained, the EEOC announced Wednesday. 

  • August 1, 2018

    Vonage Inks $35M Deal To Buy Telefónica Video Provider

    New Jersey-based Vonage Holdings Corp. has purchased TokBox Inc., a programmable video provider, from its parent, Spanish telecom giant Telefónica SA, for $35 million, with Morrison & Foerster LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP providing legal counsel to the respective parties, the companies announced Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    TelexFree Promoter Settles SEC Pyramid Scheme Suit For $1M

    A Massachusetts resident the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has implicated in a multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme agreed on Wednesday to end the government's claims by paying $1.1 million and acknowledging he promoted the telecommunications scam TelexFree LLC to the Bay State’s Dominican communities.

  • August 1, 2018

    Trump Mulling Tariff Hike On $200B Of Chinese Goods

    President Donald Trump is considering hiking his proposed tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent in an escalating dispute over Beijing’s intellectual property rules, the U.S. government's top trade official said Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    BT Group Ducks Investor Suit Over Italian Subsidiary Scandal

    A New Jersey federal judge dismissed a proposed class action by investors accusing BT Group PLC and top executives of concealing years of mismanagement in the company's Italian division, finding Wednesday that the defendants were likely unaware of any major issues.

  • August 1, 2018

    White House Sets Out 2020 R&D Focus For US Agencies

    The White House released its annual list of federal research and development budget priorities, saying it will look to agencies to promote innovation in areas such as national security, artificial intelligence, medical advancements and “energy dominance.”

  • August 1, 2018

    REDCOM Says Telecom Rival RedCom's Name Is Too Close

    Telecom company REDCOM Laboratories Inc. on Tuesday accused Florida-based RedCom of infringing its federally registered trademark by competing in the same industry using essentially the same name.

  • July 31, 2018

    Facebook Reveals 'Coordinated' Political Influence Campaign

    Facebook on Tuesday disclosed that it has discovered a new, coordinated campaign to create dozens of inauthentic pages and accounts, but stopped short of directly blaming a Russian troll farm that has previously targeted Americans.

Expert Analysis

  • Defenses Remain For Companies In Calif. Call Recording Suits

    Joshua Briones

    Many defendants settle California Invasion of Privacy Act cases out of fear that courts will find violations even where no confidential information is recorded and where no one is harmed. But several decisions in the first half of 2018 provide these defendants with additional strategies, say Joshua Briones and Crystal Lopez of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

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    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • FTC In Full Force: What To Expect From New Leadership

    Lucy Morris

    While headlines proliferate about the recent political shake-ups at the nascent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the century-old Federal Trade Commission, with less fanfare, finally has a full slate of five commissioners for the first time since 2015, say Lucy Morris and Kavitha Subramanian of Hudson Cook LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • A Look At 2 GDPR-Inspired Privacy Bills In Senate

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    The very public and high-profile allegations against Facebook have led to more discussion about data privacy than ever before within the U.S. Two pieces of proposed legislation have the potential to considerably change the U.S. data privacy regime, but it is not clear that either has a realistic chance of passing, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.