Telecommunications

  • June 17, 2021

    FCC Advances Plan To Stop Most Chinese Equipment Sales

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday on a plan that could further restrict the flow of Chinese-made technologies into the U.S., kicking off a rulemaking to examine how the agency can hone its device approval rules "to help keep insecure devices off the market."

  • June 17, 2021

    FCC Calls Rate Cap On Toll-Free Call-Switching 'Reasonable'

    The Federal Communications Commission has urged the D.C. Circuit to uphold a disputed rate cap on toll-free call switching, which the FCC says is critical to reforming intercarrier fees and is opposed by a company that blasted it as a "Bridge to Nowhere."

  • June 17, 2021

    3rd Circ. Won't Rehear Suit Over 15-Year-Old BofA Robocall

    The Third Circuit won't give another chance to a plaintiff accusing Bank of America of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with a single 2005 robocall, denying on Thursday a rehearing of the bank's earlier win.

  • June 17, 2021

    Trade Judges Press Government On Harm Of China Tariffs

    U.S. Court of International Trade judges posed sharp questions to the government on Thursday about the potential harm posed to importers if they cannot get refunds of tariffs paid on Chinese goods should their lawsuit against the levies succeed.

  • June 16, 2021

    Broadband Projects Must 'Stack' Income Streams, House Told

    Using a "capital stack" to build out broadband infrastructure that can be used by multiple service providers is probably the best way to get rural communities connected to the internet quickly and affordably, experts told members of the House Wednesday at a subcommittee hearing.

  • June 16, 2021

    HHS Secretary Becerra Defends $132B Budget Request

    In congressional testimony Wednesday on the Biden administration's proposed budget, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra emphasized HHS' commitment to women's reproductive health rights, and to boosting funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic and the worsening opioid crisis.

  • June 16, 2021

    FCC's Simington Proposes Wireless Security Improvements

    A Federal Communications Commission Republican said Wednesday his agency has a role to play in mitigating cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, suggesting industry coordination and a possible rulemaking could help the private sector hammer out wireless security best practices.

  • June 16, 2021

    Robbins Geller Wants To Fight FIFA Suit DQ At 2nd Circ.

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP has asked a New York federal judge to give the firm time to appeal his ruling that it committed fraud worthy of disqualification by failing to disclose short positions held by the lead plaintiff in a securities class action stemming from the FIFA corruption scandal, a request the defendant company said comes way too late.

  • June 16, 2021

    6 Members Of $1.7M Tech Insider Trading Ring Get Pinned

    Three members of an alleged $1.7 million insider trading ring were hit with criminal charges Tuesday, while much of the ring settled claims lobbed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that they traded off of material nonpublic information on two technology companies.

  • June 16, 2021

    Mitsubishi Scores Win In London 4G Patent Fight

    A London judge ruled Wednesday that two patents Mitsubishi asserted against a slew of Chinese phone makers were both valid and essential to the LTE wireless standards, handing the company a win after it lost an earlier preliminary trial over another 4G patent.

  • June 15, 2021

    Gigabit Speed Is The Goal Of $40B Broadband Bill

    A bipartisan bill to expand broadband reemerged Tuesday amid the Biden administration and Congress' broader infrastructure talks that would allocate $40 billion for new internet projects that offer gigabit speeds wherever possible. 

  • June 15, 2021

    Patent Case Against Dish Belongs In Texas, Fed. Circ. Told

    The Federal Circuit should reject Dish's appeal of U.S. District Judge Alan Albright's decision to keep an infringement case against it in the Western District of Texas, a patent-holding company has argued, pointing out that the cable giant operates one of its main broadcasting centers and employs more than 1,000 people there.

  • June 15, 2021

    Sens. Worry Internet Of Things Boosts Big Tech Dominance

    A Senate panel confronted Amazon and Google officials Tuesday over growing concerns that the Internet of Things gives tech giants an unfair competitive edge by creating a stranglehold on consumer data and access to smart home devices.

  • June 15, 2021

    $85M In Punitive Damages Sought In Live Chat IP Jury Trial

    Live chat customer service rivals closed out a California federal trade secrets trial Tuesday with LivePerson urging jurors to find [24]7.ai ripped off its software and to send a message by awarding upward of $85 million in punitive damages, while [24]7 painted itself as the bullied victim.

  • June 15, 2021

    Republican Sens. Float New Antitrust Reform Bill

    A pair of Republican senators have widened the field of legislative proposals aimed at strengthening U.S. antitrust enforcement, floating a bill that reaches beyond Big Tech with significant changes to existing laws and the agencies responsible for enforcing them.

  • June 15, 2021

    AT&T Wants Workers' 401(k) Fee Class Action Scrapped

    AT&T Inc. urged a California federal judge to toss an ERISA suit accusing the telecommunications giant of wasting its workers' retirement savings on unreasonable fees, saying Monday that there isn't a "shred of evidence" to back up the allegations.

  • June 15, 2021

    Judge Won't Toss Pa. Wheelchair Users' Suit Against Uber

    Uber can't duck a group of Pittsburgh-area wheelchair users' claims the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to offer wheelchair-accessible vehicles, since a federal court had already established that the plaintiffs had standing to sue, a magistrate judge ruled.

  • June 15, 2021

    SpaceX's Starlink Won't Harm Environment, DC Circ. Told

    SpaceX told the D.C. Circuit on Monday that a bid to halt changes to its Starlink satellite broadband constellation is both flimsy and too late, asserting that competitor Viasat is trying to weaponize an environmental review requirement simply to gum up the project.

  • June 15, 2021

    FCC Urged To Bolster Lifeline Before Emergency Fund Dries

    The Federal Communications Commission should beef up Lifeline subsidies now so low-income consumers can maintain internet service after emergency broadband funds run out, a Lifeline providers' group has told the agency.

  • June 15, 2021

    LG Settles With Ex-Microsoft Worker Days Before IP Jury Trial

    LG Electronics has inked a confidential settlement with a former Microsoft employee over his widely asserted cellphone security patent, just days before the dispute was to go before a jury in a Texas federal court.

  • June 15, 2021

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    COVID-19 pandemic reopening plans over the past week focused on summer festivities, paving the way for the return of the New York State Fair at full capacity, a $95 million tourism comeback plan for California and the possibility of permanent to-go cocktails in Pennsylvania.

  • June 15, 2021

    US, EU Pledge Cooperation As Metal Tariff Battle Lingers

    The U.S. and European Union forged a new high-level dialogue on technology and trade issues at their bilateral summit Tuesday, but they remain at odds over how to resolve a dispute over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum.

  • June 15, 2021

    Lina Khan Named FTC Chair After Confirmation

    Hours after she was confirmed Tuesday as the latest member of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina Khan was named its new chair and sworn in.

  • June 14, 2021

    FCC Issues Best Practices To Rein In Hospital Robocalls

    The best way to get hospitals on board with a set of protocols designed to protect them from a barrage of illegal robocalls is to provide education and outreach about how the practices will benefit them, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

  • June 14, 2021

    CenturyLink Asks Minn. Regulator To Ditch Old Landline Rules

    Landlines aren't as important as they used to be and telecoms shouldn't have to give them priority for repairs, CenturyLink told Minnesota's utility regulator in a petition to update the rules to allow companies to focus on bolstering broadband.

Expert Analysis

  • Arizona May Have Nudged US Law Firms Toward Future IPOs

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    No U.S. law firm has its shares listed on a public stock exchange unlike some lucrative overseas counterparts, but by allowing nonattorneys to become stakeholders in law firms, Arizona may have paved the way for this to change should other U.S. states — particularly New York — follow suit, says Marc Lieberman at Kutak Rock.

  • Lessons From Economic Testimony In 2020 Merger Litigation

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    A look back at 2020 antitrust cases shows why economic evidence is likely to remain a key element in merger-enforcement litigation, despite the occasional anomaly, says Julie Elmer at Freshfields.

  • 4 Legal Industry Trends Litigation Financiers Are Watching

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    Some recent litigation developments demonstrate efforts by law firms and their clients to search for opportunities in the COVID-19 economic fallout, while others — such as the rise of contingency fee arrangements — reflect acceleration of tendencies that were already underway, says William Weisman at Therium Capital.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Setting Well-Being Goals In 2021

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    In the face of rising client demands due to the pandemic and the changing regulatory environment, and with remote work continuing for the foreseeable future, lawyers should invest in their well-being by establishing inspiring yet realistic goals for 2021 — one month at a time, says Krista Larson at Morgan Lewis.

  • Keyword Searches To Improve Your Privilege Doc Review

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    "Confidential" and other search terms commonly used to locate privileged documents during e-discovery are pretty ineffective, so practitioners should consider including specific types of keywords that are demonstrably better at targeting privilege, say Robert Keeling at Sidley and Rishi Chhatwal at AT&T.

  • The Benefits Of More Alternative Dispute Resolution At GAO

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    While disruption amid the pandemic undoubtedly contributed to a 210% uptick in the use of alternative dispute resolution at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in fiscal year 2020, bid protest practitioners should hope the upward trend continues given the various efficiencies it brings to the procurement process, says Noah Bleicher at Jenner & Block.

  • ABA Approves Remote Practice, But Questions Remain

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    Lawyers working remotely during the pandemic while physically outside the jurisdictions in which they are licensed will find some comfort in a recent American Bar Association opinion sanctioning such practice, but there is ambiguity regarding the contours of what's allowed, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Keys To Creating Standout Law Firm Thought Leadership

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    Whether geared toward a global audience or a particular client, a law firm's articles, blog posts and client alerts should strive to be original by harnessing a few editorial tools and following the right distribution sequence, say Steven Andersen and Tal Donahue at Infinite Global.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Power Of Discretion In Criminal Justice

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    Judges should take into consideration the several points of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion — from traffic stops to charging decisions and sentencing recommendations — that often lead to race-based disparate treatment before a criminal defendant even reaches the courthouse, say Judge Juan Villaseñor and Laurel Quinto at Colorado's Eighth Judicial District Court.

  • 5 Attorney Business Development Tips For The New Year

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    Lawyers should remember that the basics of interpersonal relationships have not changed despite the completely virtual environment caused by the pandemic, and should leverage the new year as an excuse to connect with clients in several ways, say Megan Senese and Courtney Hudson at Pillsbury.

  • TCPA Future Uncertain After A Tumultuous 2020

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    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act saw important legal developments over the course of 2020, but the law's ultimate constitutionality and the future of consumer protection from unwanted calls will likely hinge on the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling in Facebook v. Duguid, says Scott Shaffer at Olshan Frome.

  • 10 Ways Antitrust Scrutiny Is Heating Up In 2021

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    Companies must prepare to navigate a storm of antitrust forces on the horizon, with the potential for more aggressive antitrust enforcement under the Biden administration, including agency focus on acquisitions of nascent competitors, the life sciences industry and monetary remedies, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • Minimizing Disruption To Clients During Law Firm IT Upgrades

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    For law firms planning overhauls in their information technology infrastructures in light of hard lessons learned from pandemic-era transition to remote work, there are five ways to ensure even the biggest tech upgrade has minimal impact on client service, says Brad Paubel at Lexicon.

  • Tips For Drafting Effective Amicus Briefs

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    Careful construction of an amicus brief's essential elements — including the table of contents, which determines whether a brief gets studied or skimmed — and the order in which they are crafted are key to maximizing a party's hoped-for impact on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court or other appellate courts, say Mark Chopko and Karl Myers at Stradley Ronon.

  • 5 Trends That Will Influence E-Discovery In 2021

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    Changes in the way people work and communicate — which the pandemic has accelerated — will continue to bring new e-discovery challenges and shifts in data recovery this year, says Brian Schrader at Business Intelligence Associates.

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