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Telecommunications

  • July 31, 2018

    Huawei Faces Patent Infringement Suit Over 'One Hand Mode'

    A South Korean university sued two Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. units in Texas federal court Tuesday accusing the Chinese electronics company of infringing a pair of patents with the “one hand mode” found on a number of smartphones linked to U.S. markets.

  • July 31, 2018

    Inside The Ups And Downs Of Ligado's Satellite 5G Project

    Embattled satellite company Ligado Networks has reinvented itself yet again as an industrial "internet of things" provider in its quest to gain FCC approval for a massive hybrid broadband network, but whether it will succeed in convincing the commission that it won't interfere with its spectrum neighbors is still murky after years of hang-ups.

  • July 31, 2018

    Telehealth Program Could Combat Opioids, FCC's Carr Says

    An upcoming Federal Communications Commission inquiry into internet-connected patient monitoring and other health care services could offer more resources for reaching veterans and people struggling with opioid addiction, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told a Washington, D.C., audience Tuesday.

  • July 31, 2018

    Investors Want Ex-Director's Hands Off $35M Settlement

    Stockholder attorneys asked a Delaware vice chancellor on Tuesday to reject a former Good Technology Corp. director’s bid for a share of a $35 million partial settlement over the company’s allegedly underpriced sale, saying director and class interests never lined up.

  • July 31, 2018

    Fraud Suit Over Unpaid $2.7M Arbitration Award Trimmed

    A New York federal judge again trimmed a phone minutes reseller's fraud lawsuit alleging a customer company facing a $2.7 million arbitration award in the reseller's favor was looted by its officers into insolvency, ruling Monday that most of the money transfers that emptied the company's coffers appear legitimate and dismissing all but one defendant.

  • July 31, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Glennmont, SoftBank, John Laing

    Three solar plants Glennmont Partners is selling have reportedly seen bids from more than 10 potential buyers, SoftBank is talking to banks related to plans to list its domestic wireless unit, and some John Laing Infrastructure Fund investors aren’t satisfied with a buyout offer for the company.

  • July 31, 2018

    AT&T Merger Trial Transcripts Go Public After DOJ Push

    The D.C. district court judge who oversaw the U.S. Department of Justice's trial challenging the AT&T-Time Warner deal unsealed most of the bench conference transcripts on Tuesday, after the government asked the appeals court last week to make them public.

  • July 31, 2018

    Ex-DHS Head Backs Disclosures For Online Political Ads

    A former Homeland Security secretary pushed back at the concept of a nationalized 5G network and also urged the government to extend broadcast political ad disclosures to online ads in an appearance before a U.S. Senate subcommittee Tuesday.

  • July 30, 2018

    AOL Investors Push Chancery To Hike Merger Appraisal

    Claiming calculation errors and other flaws, an attorney for more than a dozen AOL investors urged a Delaware vice chancellor Monday to boost the company’s post-merger stock appraisal about 6.7 percent above a mark set by the court in February.

  • July 30, 2018

    5 Cybersecurity And Privacy Cases To Watch: Midyear Report

    The rest of 2018 could bring action on a slew of lingering privacy and cybersecurity disputes, including the legal fallout from Equifax's massive data breach, tests to the scope of Illinois' unique biometric privacy law, and challenges to the way tech giants have sought user consent under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. Here, Law360 takes a look at five cases cybersecurity and privacy attorneys should keep an eye on in the coming months.

  • July 30, 2018

    Motorola Adds Copyright Claim To Radio Trade Secret Row

    Motorola Solutions moved Monday to add copyright infringement allegations to an Illinois federal court trade secrets lawsuit against Chinese radio manufacturer Hytera Communications Corp., with Motorola now alleging the pilfering of protected source code from its digital mobile radio computer program.

  • July 30, 2018

    Amazon Challenges CWA's Age Bias Suit Over Facebook Ads

    Amazon.com Inc. urged a California federal judge Monday to toss the Communications Workers of America’s “improper” suit accusing the retail giant of violating age discrimination laws with Facebook Inc. job ads targeting younger workers, saying the union lacked standing to sue and left out key points required to pursue age bias claims.

  • July 30, 2018

    Charter, Calif. City End Court Fight Over Blacked-Out Stations

    Charter Communications and a California city dropped their federal court dispute Friday over Charter’s blackout of NBC and CBS affiliates from its cable package before the Super Bowl, and the telecom’s countersuit accusing the city of interfering in its negotiations with a broadcaster allegedly demanding exorbitant fees.

  • July 30, 2018

    Peerless Network Nabs $48.5M from Verizon Unit In Fee Row

    An Illinois federal judge ordered Verizon to pay telecommunications carrier Peerless Network Inc. more than $48 million to resolve a long-running dispute over fees for connecting long-distance calls after finding Verizon had improperly withheld payments.

  • July 30, 2018

    Telecom Hits Turkmenistan With $750M Arbitration Claim

    Russia's largest cellphone operator has filed a $750 million arbitration claim with the World Bank against Turkmenistan after the company's subsidiary said it was disconnected from the country's communications network. 

  • July 30, 2018

    Sinclair, Tribune Fixed TV Ad Prices, Law Firm's Suit Says

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. have been colluding to fix prices for commercials played on broadcast television stations since 2016 amid a slump in U.S. advertising spending, a law firm alleged in Maryland federal court Friday.

  • July 30, 2018

    Carlyle Taps Simpson Thacher For $18.5B Private Equity Fund

    The Carlyle Group, with assistance from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, has clinched an $18.5 billion private equity fund that will invest in companies within realms including aerospace and defense, consumer and retail, health care, industrial and transportation, technology, and media and telecommunications, according to a Monday statement.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    The 168 attorneys selected as Law360's 2018 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. From guiding eye-popping deals to handling bet-the-company litigation, these elite attorneys under 40 are leading the pack.

  • July 27, 2018

    ZTE Knew Cellphone Heat Was Dangerous, Customer Says

    A ZTE Corp. unit knew the design of its ZMax Pro Blu phones could be dangerous but kept selling the phones anyway, according to a suit in New Mexico state court by a man who says the burns he sustained when his phone caught fire have been life-altering.

  • July 27, 2018

    PTAB Denies Review Of Networking Patents As Time-Barred

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has denied several petitions for inter partes review launched by Arris International PLC for being time-barred, shooting down the cable box maker's attempts to invalidate data distribution patents held by ChanBond LLC.

Expert Analysis

  • How Kentucky Changed Its Nearly 100-Year-Old Tax Structure

    Mark Sommer

    Kentucky’s 2018 regular session of the General Assembly brought sweeping changes to an overall tax structure that had been largely untouched over the last century, Mark Sommer and Rowan Reid of Frost Brown Todd LLC discuss what changed and what stayed the same.

  • A Better Method For Achieving Broader Class Action Reform

    Kahn Scolnick

    In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice and many state attorneys general have addressed class action reform by objecting to proposed class action settlements. While we are sympathetic to concerns about class litigation abuse, what's needed is careful oversight at the earliest stages of litigation, say Kahn Scolnick and Bradley Hamburger of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Companies Will Feel The Weight Of Team Telecom Oversight

    Megan Brown

    For years, a little-known group of federal agencies collectively known as "Team Telecom" has gone quietly about its oversight functions of risk assessment, mitigation and oversight. But as multiple parts of the government grapple with supply chain security, including concerns about Chinese-made communications equipment, companies should anticipate enhanced scrutiny and greater compliance obligations, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Twitter As Public Forum: The Limits Of The Trump Ruling

    Lyrissa Lidsky

    Until recently there has been little guidance on how U.S. Supreme Court precedent on public forums applies to an increasingly digital world. A New York federal court's decision last week regarding President Donald Trump’s Twitter account is significant because it recognizes the way we talk now, says Lyrissa Lidsky, dean of the University of Missouri School of Law.

  • Changes Are Coming For Providers Of 800 Numbers

    Michael Pryor

    The Federal Communications Commission is slated to consider potential new rules concerning the use of 800 numbers on June 7. The rules will most directly affect network providers, but may also result in reduced costs for companies providing 800-number calling to their customers, says Michael Pryor of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • How Courts Are Interpreting DC Circ. Autodial Ruling

    Cory Eichhorn

    Two competing interpretations of the D.C. Circuit's March ruling in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission are only the beginning of what is sure to be a continuing debate on the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system, say Cory Eichhorn and Annelise Del Rivero of Holland & Knight LLP.