Telecommunications

  • June 24, 2021

    'Robot Lawyer' Escapes TCPA Suit After Top Court Draws Line

    A popular "robot lawyer" that automatically calls potential clients isn't an "autodialer" under federal consumer protection law given recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, a California federal judge ruled Thursday in tossing a proposed class action against the company behind the system.

  • June 24, 2021

    Robbins Geller Taps Boies To Appeal DQ For 'Fraud' On Court

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP has hired a team of legal titans, including David Boies and SCOTUSblog founder Thomas Goldstein, to appeal a ruling that it committed "fraud" on a Manhattan federal court by failing to disclose short positions held by the lead plaintiff in securities litigation stemming from the FIFA corruption scandal.

  • June 24, 2021

    FCC Faces 2nd DC Circ. Challenge To 5.9 GHz Sharing Plan

    If the D.C. Circuit doesn't step in and stop the Federal Communications Commission from opening up the 5.9 GHz band, wireless devices will be like cicadas: everywhere, but "they won't leave after six weeks," a nonprofit data network has told the court.

  • June 24, 2021

    Google Delays Putting Lid On Third-Party Cookie Jar

    Government antitrust pressure, especially from the United Kingdom, helped drive Google to announce a delay Thursday in its plan to phase out use of third-party cookies in its Chrome browser, in order to do so "at a responsible pace."

  • June 24, 2021

    VoIP Co. Says Insurer Owes Coverage For Fake Reviews Suit

    A Voice over Internet Protocol company told an Arizona federal court that Aspen American Insurance Co. wrongly denied it coverage for a lawsuit accusing it of writing bogus reviews in an effort to steer potential customers away from a competitor.

  • June 24, 2021

    PTAB Lops Off 10 Of 11 Claims From Fiber Optic Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated the bulk of claims in an Oyster Optics LLC fiber optic patent challenged by Infinera Corp., coming about a month after the parties settled parallel litigation in Texas federal court.

  • June 24, 2021

    Facebook Agrees To Pay $6.5M Atty Fees In Data Breach Case

    Facebook has agreed to pay $6.5 million in attorney fees and litigation costs for lawyers representing a class of Facebook users that reached a nonmonetary settlement with the social media company over a data breach, according to a Wednesday filing in a California federal court.

  • June 24, 2021

    BT Fights Bid For Class Status In £590M Landline Rate Suit

    A telecoms consultant urged a competition tribunal on Thursday to allow him to bring a £589 million ($820 million) class action against BT on behalf of millions of customers allegedly overcharged by the telecommunications giant for their landline use.  

  • June 23, 2021

    Five Insurers Sue Comcast, Verizon Over Philly Highrise Flood

    Five insurers have sued Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications, alleging the telecommunication giants' negligently installed cables caused flooding inside Philadelphia's Two Liberty Place skyscraper last summer.

  • June 23, 2021

    House Panel Advances Antitrust Overhaul As GOP Splinters

    A House committee passed multiple proposals to change U.S. antitrust laws Wednesday, even as split Republican votes exposed the depths of an internal GOP rift over how much power the federal government should have to rein in the largest tech companies.

  • June 23, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Says PTAB Partly Erred In Apple IP Challenge

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday breathed new life into Apple's fight at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board against some claims in a patent on dual-aperture camera technology owned by a Samsung unit, finding that the board made a mathematical mistake.

  • June 23, 2021

    Apple Settles With Fortress, Leaving Intel To Go It Alone

    Apple appears to have struck a global bargain with Fortress Investment Group, dropping out of a joint lawsuit with Intel accusing the hedge fund of running an anti-competitive patent aggregation scheme and simultaneously announcing settlements in at least 18 different patent infringement lawsuits against the tech giant.

  • June 23, 2021

    Bill Would Make Ligado Pay For GPS Interference Costs

    A bipartisan Senate bill could require Ligado Networks to pick up the tab for any disruptions the private sector experiences if it forges ahead with repurposing the L-band satellite airwaves for mobile transmissions.

  • June 23, 2021

    Iran Official Announces US Sanctions Deal Amid Media Scuffle

    A top Iranian official announced major concessions from the U.S. in recent nuclear negotiations, media outlets in the Islamic Republic reported Wednesday, hours after the U.S. Department of Justice seized dozens of Iranian websites for allegedly spreading disinformation.

  • June 23, 2021

    Sen. Seeks Tech Giants' Plans For Connected Device Data

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar has asked the heads of Google and Amazon for more information about the companies' smart speakers and other connected devices over concerns about competition and how they use data collected by the products.

  • June 23, 2021

    Staffing Firm CEO Admits Media Agency Bribe Scheme

    A North Carolina woman whose company provided staff for the U.S. Agency for Global Media has pled guilty to taking part in a bribery scheme with the one-time contracting officer for the agency, which runs the Voice of America radio service.

  • June 23, 2021

    Rimon Makes Inroads In Delaware With IP Hire

    Rimon PC announced on Tuesday that, in continuing its rapid expansion, it has hired intellectual property partner Zhun Lu from Offit Kurman PA to help establish a new office in Newark, Delaware.

  • June 23, 2021

    NY Media Co. Sues Tax Advisers For $900K Over Bad Service

    A New York-based media and marketing company filed suit against its former tax advisers for more than $900,000 over a range of accounting failures and misrepresentations it claimed saddled the company with additional federal tax liabilities.

  • June 23, 2021

    Merchant & Gould Taps Two Partners To Lead Practice Group

    Intellectual property firm Merchant & Gould PC has tapped an Atlanta partner who has engineering experience and a Minneapolis partner who was a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to lead its patent design and trade dress group, the firm announced on Monday.

  • June 22, 2021

    Social Media Mostly Immune In Terror Aid Suits, 9th Circ. Says

    Families of victims of the Paris and San Bernardino, California, terror attacks can't sue Google, Twitter and Facebook for allegedly aiding terrorism by allowing ISIS to post terrorist videos, a split Ninth Circuit panel ruled Tuesday, while urging Congress to revisit a law shielding the platforms from liability.

  • June 22, 2021

    In Arthrex, Justices Deal New Blow To Agency Independence

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Monday decision in U.S. v. Arthrex Inc. stripping administrative patent judges of final decision-making authority is a bombshell for the intellectual property world, but experts say it also blunts Congress' efforts to keep politics out of agency adjudications.

  • June 22, 2021

    Tech Group Head Warns Against Section 230, Antitrust Reform

    Congress is wading into dangerous waters with its planned vote on a package of antitrust reform bills and its ongoing discussions about modifying websites' legal liability protections, the head of the Consumer Technology Association said Tuesday afternoon.

  • June 22, 2021

    Tech Giants Come Out Against House Antitrust Bills

    Amazon, Facebook and Google voiced their opposition Tuesday to a package of legislation aimed at reining in large technology companies through reforms to antitrust law.

  • June 22, 2021

    Rely On Fiber To Bridge Digital Divide, Industry Group Says

    Far-reaching fiber optic networks are a better option for deploying reliable high-speed internet in rural parts of the country compared to other options for closing the so-called digital divide, according to a new study backed by an industry group.

  • June 22, 2021

    Sens. Urged To Invest In Variety Of Broadband Technologies

    Lawmakers can boost the reliability of the nation's broadband networks by spreading infrastructure funding among a variety of technologies such as fixed wireless and mobile broadband rather than limiting it solely to fiber, members of a Senate Commerce subcommittee heard Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Global Digital Markets Regulatory Issues To Watch

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    With more vigorous enforcement, a number of significant policy reviews and broader political movements, a diverse range of regulatory developments could affect operations for international businesses in the digital markets industry, say Francesco Liberatore and James Konidaris at Squire Patton.

  • Opinion

    This Black History Month, Law Firms Should Challenge Norms

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    With so little progress made in the diversification of the legal industry, Black History Month is a good time for law firms to adjust their organizational cultures, ensuring that diversity and inclusion goals are transparent and measured in the same way billable hour and other core targets are — through written, enforceable policies, says Paulette Brown at Locke Lord.

  • Key FCA Developments From 2020 And What To Expect Next

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    In 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice had its most active year yet in initiating new False Claims Act matters despite the pandemic and several key questions that have divided courts — and the surge in activity is expected to continue this year, say attorneys at Epstein Becker.

  • Series

    Judges On Race

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    On the heels of nationwide calls to address systemic racism and inequality, five sitting state and federal judges shed light on the disparities that exist in the justice system and how to guard against bias in this series of Law360 guest articles.

  • Aviation Cos. Can't Put Trade Compliance On Autopilot

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    U.S. trade pressure against China, Russia and other countries will likely remain a key priority under the Biden administration, so aviation companies that export their products must calibrate their compliance programs to account for shifting policy, updated blacklists and the specialized sanctions and export controls risks facing the aviation industry, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • Law Firm Penalties On Departing Partners Just Got Riskier

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    A D.C. appeals court's recent decision in Jacobson Holman v. Gentner sharply limiting the ability of law firms to financially penalize departing partners continues a clear trend among court rulings and bar ethics opinions, and should encourage firms to review their partnership agreements for any ethical land mines, says Alan Kabat at Bernabei & Kabat.

  • 7 Takeaways From Recent Del. Statutory Appraisal Litigation

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    Statutory appraisal decisions from the Delaware Supreme Court and Court of Chancery over the last year continue to assign significant or entire weight to deal prices when there are sufficient indicia of reliability, and offer important considerations for practitioners and their clients, say Lewis Lazarus and Bryan Townsend at Morris James.

  • How Parties Can Prep For Global FRAND Jurisdictional Battles

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    As courts worldwide increasingly vie for jurisdiction in litigation over standard-essential patents licensed on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms, parties should consider courts' capabilities, the local market's importance, and choice of law in their preferred venues, and carefully tailor remedy requests in complaints, says Brian Johnson at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • NJ Case Has Lessons On Arbitration Clauses In Atty Retainers

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Delaney v. Dickey tracks and builds on other jurisdictions' limitations on the enforceability of arbitration provisions in law firm retainer agreements, and provides useful guidance for lawyers hoping to bind clients to arbitration, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Tips For Protecting Privilege When Working With Outside PR

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    As lawsuits stemming from companies' COVID-19 responses grow and businesses hire public relations firms to manage the fallout, companies and their counsel should consider strategies to best protect themselves in court — and in the court of public opinion — without stepping on a privilege land mine, say Daniella Main and Mia Falzarano at Alston & Bird.

  • 3 Procurement Priorities For Law Firms In Uncertain Times

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    As the pandemic and its associated economic disruption linger, law firm procurement teams should expand their objectives beyond purchasing and getting the best price for goods and services, to help firms become more nimble and achieve overarching strategic goals, says Lee Garbowitz at HBR Consulting.

  • An OFAC Compliance Checklist For Ransomware Payments

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    As the U.S. government heightens its scrutiny of ransomware payments, victims that pay extortion demands can follow 12 steps to help establish the requisite mitigation and due diligence to avoid penalties from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, says cybersecurity consultant John Reed Stark.

  • Opinion

    UK Is Proof Nonlawyer Ownership Threatens Legal Profession

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    Advocates claim that nonlawyer ownership of law firms — now allowed in Arizona — will increase low-income Americans' access to legal services, but the reality in the U.K. demonstrates that nonlawyer owners are drawn to profitable areas like personal injury and create serious conflicts of interest, say Austin Bersinger and Nicola Rossi at Bersinger Law.

  • Opinion

    US Trade And Domestic Economic Policy Should Align

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    Progressive international trade policy should offer economic benefits not just to U.S. companies competing internationally, but also to the middle class, say Jeff Weiss at Steptoe & Johnson and Livia Lam at Strategies 360.

  • Del. M&A Ruling Shows Pragmatic View On Expert Reports

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    Although statements in an expert witness report are arguably hearsay, the Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision to allow them in Comtech/Gilat Merger Litigation offers insight into an area where case law is relatively sparse, and suggests the court views written reports as a pragmatic means to a just and efficient outcome, say Joseph Thompson and Elise Scoles at The Griffing Group.

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