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Telecommunications

  • November 29, 2018

    Tech Giants Off Hook In Woman's France Terror Attack Claims

    A California federal judge Thursday tossed a suit that had tried to hold Twitter, Facebook and Google liable for the deaths of a Texas woman's husband and son in a terror attack by the Islamic State group in Nice, France, citing a recent Ninth Circuit ruling and several similar dismissals.

  • November 29, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Jack In The Box, SoftBank, WhiteWater

    Jack in the Box is reportedly mulling options, SoftBank has found buyers for most of its shares for individual investors as part of plans to float its Japanese telecom unit, and WhiteWater Midstream LLC is considering a sale.

  • November 29, 2018

    Airwave Gap Manager Still Making Dangerous Errors: NAB

    The National Association of Broadcasters doubled down Thursday on its argument that the operator of a database responsible for directing unlicensed devices to unused gaps on the airwaves should have its position revoked, saying the system is still returning inaccurate information which increases the risk of broadcast interference.

  • November 29, 2018

    ICO Mania Cools Amid Regulatory Crackdown, Crypto Plunge

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s increase in enforcement actions combined with a bear market in cryptocurrencies appear to be restraining enthusiasm for initial coin offerings, a nascent form of fundraising that has cooled in recent months after a frenzied run-up last year.

  • November 29, 2018

    Google Hit With GDPR Complaints Over 'Deceptive' Tracking

    Consumer watchdogs from seven European countries filed complaints this week accusing Google of "deceptive practices" tricking users into sharing location data in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation.

  • November 29, 2018

    UK Spy Agency Explains When It Keeps Security Flaws Secret

    Britain's national intelligence and surveillance agency on Thursday published its principles for deciding whether to tell a company about a discovered cybersecurity flaw or keep it to itself for national security purposes.

  • November 29, 2018

    'White Space' Revamp For Broadband Too Slow, Sens. Say

    Two Republican senators have teamed up to push the Federal Communications Commission to pick up the pace in finalizing proceedings that would allow for expanded use of "white spaces," or the spaces left between television stations on the spectrum, for broadband, which they say would allow for wider availability in rural and tribal areas.

  • November 29, 2018

    T-Mobile Wins Suit To Build Tower In New Hampshire Town

    T-Mobile can go forward with its plan to prop up a 130-foot telecommunications tower in Bedford, New Hampshire, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, directing the town’s zoning board to issue the wireless carrier a permit despite its concerns over the company’s inconsistent proposal details.

  • November 29, 2018

    Group Urges FCC Not To Reallocate Auto Safety Spectrum

    The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday urging it not to reallocate a band of spectrum that is currently used for automotive safety features, saying it could undermine transportation systems.

  • November 28, 2018

    Public Deserves Answers From Sealed Facebook Case: ACLU

    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion in California federal court Wednesday to unseal court records concerning an attempt by the U.S. government to compel Facebook to allow investigators to wiretap its Messenger app to spy on suspected gang members.

  • November 28, 2018

    Apple, Qualcomm Spar Over Experts In Battery Life IP Spat

    Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. have launched competing bids to eject each other's expert opinions from the tech giants’ firefight over battery life patents in California federal court, with each side taking shots at the other’s damages research.

  • November 28, 2018

    Dish Not Covered For $280M Robocall Verdict, Insurer Says

    National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., fought back Tuesday in Colorado federal court against a bid by Dish Network to knock out part of its suit seeking to avoid coverage for a $280 million robocall verdict, saying its situation mirrors that of another Dish insurer recently let off the hook.

  • November 28, 2018

    Groups Call For House Hearings On Sprint-T-Mobile Deal

    Fourteen organizations sent a letter Wednesday regarding the proposed $59 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint to Democratic U.S. Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York and Frank Pallone of New Jersey, asking them to hold hearings during the first quarter of 2019 to examine the tie-up's impact on consumers.

  • November 28, 2018

    O'Rielly Lauds W.Va. Gov.'s Plan To End 911 Fee Diversion

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly wrote a letter Wednesday to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in support of his plan to eliminate 911 fee diversion, saying the legislation should ensure the state puts the funds to their proper use.

  • November 27, 2018

    LBI Media Gets Interim Access To $10M In DIP Financing

    Bankrupt Spanish language broadcasting company LBI Media Inc. received permission Tuesday from a Delaware judge to borrow up to $10 million in debtor-in-possession funding on an interim basis to help kickstart its asset marketing efforts.

  • November 27, 2018

    HTC Fights Ericsson Bid To Base IP Royalties On Device Value

    HTC America Inc. urged a Texas federal court on Monday to reject a bid from Ericsson to collect royalties based on the value of its end-products instead of the chips inside them, saying setting a royalty rate should be based on the smallest possible unit.

  • November 27, 2018

    T-Mobile's €190M Purchase Of Rival Passes EU Examination

    Europe’s competition enforcer on Tuesday blessed T-Mobile’s plan to pick up one of its three rivals in the Dutch retail mobile telecommunications market for €190 million ($215 million), finding after an in-depth probe that the reduction in players still left a competitive market.

  • November 27, 2018

    FCC Warns LED Sign Sellers To Follow Interference Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday slapped an LED sign marketer with a $50,000 penalty for not complying with guidelines designed to ensure radio frequency from the LEDs doesn’t interfere with wireless devices, issuing a warning to other sign sellers to toe the line.

  • November 27, 2018

    Advocates Push White House To Nix CLOUD Act Deal With UK

    Several civil liberties groups sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice asking it to reconsider an agreement with the United Kingdom to obtain personal data held by U.S. companies, saying the agreement could leave American citizens at risk.

  • November 27, 2018

    Google, Facebook Defend Tax Structures To EU Lawmakers

    A Facebook tax official denied the company had sought special tax treatment in Europe and a Google executive committed to ending structures in Bermuda as European Union lawmakers sought Tuesday to probe suspected aggressive tax planning within the bloc.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • 2 Courts Accept Contract Terms That Limit TCPA Exposure

    Meredith Slawe

    No other appellate court has followed the Second Circuit's Telephone Consumer Protection Act decision in Reyes. However, two district courts within the Eleventh Circuit recently did — holding that consent to be contacted cannot be unilaterally revoked where such consent was obtained in a bargained-for contract, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.