Telecommunications

  • June 10, 2021

    Biden Admin. Walks Foreign Investment Tightrope With TikTok

    The Biden administration hasn't yet said whether TikTok's Chinese owner will need to sell the video-sharing platform's U.S. operations, but the move to rework Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban the app hints at an effort to strike a balance between an open investment environment and the protection of sensitive personal data.

  • June 10, 2021

    Cloud Co. Sued In Del. For $2.7M Arbitration Award Payment

    A Singapore-based cloud services company repeatedly sanctioned in Delaware for cutting off employee payment systems and squeezing companies to pay bogus, multimillion-dollar bills now faces a new Chancery Court suit to enforce a $2.7 million arbitration award filed by a third corporate victim.

  • June 09, 2021

    EU Probe Finds That Big Tech Dominates Smart Device Sector

    When it comes to the rapidly expanding Internet of Things, companies are finding it hard to compete with tech behemoths, like Apple and Google, who already have their only vertically-integrated "ecosystems" to operate on, the European Commission said Wednesday.

  • June 09, 2021

    VirnetX Attacks Apple's PTAB Win At Fed. Circ.

    VirnetX has urged the Federal Circuit to throw out a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling from last year that invalidated network security patents that, months later, earned the company a $576 million judgment against Apple in the Eastern District of Texas.

  • June 09, 2021

    NLRB Remands Claim Dish Banned Worker's Discipline Talk

    The National Labor Relations Board sent back to a regional official a dispute over whether Dish Network LLC violated federal labor law by prohibiting a worker from discussing his suspension during a workplace investigation, rejecting the company's bid to dismiss the claim.

  • June 09, 2021

    Retirees Want Redo On Partial Toss Of AT&T Benefits Suit

    Two AT&T retirees suing over the company's decision to deny them retroactive retirement benefits have asked a New York federal judge to reconsider last month's decision striking those claims, arguing that they weren't properly notified about a key plan update.

  • June 09, 2021

    Verizon, AT&T Join Forces Against NJ Town Over Nixed Permit

    The three largest U.S. wireless carriers hit a small New Jersey township in the New York City region with a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the municipality's denial of permission for a cell tower that a local college wants built.

  • June 09, 2021

    Calif. Judge Won't Put Hold On Texas' Investigation Of Twitter

    A California federal judge has shut down Twitter's bid for an injunction halting Texas' probe into the social media platform's moderation practices, echoing Attorney General Ken Paxton's argument that the company is unlikely to succeed with its appeal of last month's axing of its suit over the investigation.

  • June 09, 2021

    Fiber Co. Says It Will Defer To Tribes' Wireless Projects

    A fiber network company is asking the Federal Communications Commission to release it from obligations to build out gigabit-speed broadband in certain parts of Colorado, saying that it doesn't want to stymie two tribes' efforts to construct their own wireless networks.

  • June 09, 2021

    Biden Axes Trump TikTok Curbs Amid Broader Data Review

    President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban TikTok, WeChat and other apps from the U.S. market and issued his own order to review multiple foreign-controlled apps that could pose a security risk to the data of users in America.

  • June 08, 2021

    PTAB Nixes Screen Display Patent Samsung Found To Infringe

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated as obvious an Irish company's screen display patent challenged by Samsung, which is seeking a new trial in a parallel federal court case.

  • June 08, 2021

    Senate Passes Massive Tech, Trade Bill Aimed At China

    The Senate on Tuesday approved a major bipartisan bill meant to fuel technological and economic competition with China with trade provisions and around $200 billion in funding for semiconductors, telecom equipment and scientific research.

  • June 08, 2021

    NY Senate Advances Antitrust Reform Bill

    As Congress mulls updates to toughen federal antitrust law, the New York State Senate has advanced a landmark bill intended to strengthen the state's statute to help rein in large corporations, including technology companies, accused of abusing their dominant positions.

  • June 08, 2021

    Del. Facebook Stockholder Suits Edge Toward Consolidation

    Delaware's Chancery Court could consider by mid-September leadership and consolidation of Facebook stockholder class complaints targeting the social media company's Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal and founder Mark Zuckerberg's avoidance of liability in a $5 billion government sanction, a vice chancellor said Tuesday.

  • June 08, 2021

    Ohio AG Sues To Declare Google Search A Public Utility

    Ohio's attorney general lobbed an unusual lawsuit at Google on Tuesday, asserting the technology giant should be treated as a common carrier forced to provide competitors equal access to its online search infrastructure.

  • June 08, 2021

    Subway Can't Get Junk Text Suit Arbitrated, 2nd Circ. Says

    Sandwich chain Subway cannot force a suit over unwanted texts into arbiters' hands, because the advertising for its coupons didn't make clear that getting a promo code would lock consumers into binding arbitration, the Second Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • June 08, 2021

    Google Ends Auctions For EU Android Search Engines

    Google will stop requiring rivals to bid in order to be listed among the default search engines on European Android phones, following complaints that the company's previous efforts to address abuse of dominance claims brought by the bloc's competition enforcer were insufficient.

  • June 08, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Terra, Hulu, Publix

    Developer Terra is reportedly hoping to move forward with a 2.2-acre mixed-use project in Florida, Hulu is said to be leasing 351,000 square feet in California, and Publix reportedly hopes to build a 40,606-square-foot supermarket in Florida.

  • June 08, 2021

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

    COVID-19 mitigation measures largely nourished the food and beverage industry this past week, which ushered in a restaurant comeback plan in California and free drinks for vaccinated bar patrons in Illinois.

  • June 08, 2021

    Biden Aims To Jolt Lagging Supply Chains

    The White House on Tuesday unveiled a sweeping plan to resolve supply chain difficulties that were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including a bevy of investments in domestic production and a new "strike force" that will consider trade enforcement moves.

  • June 07, 2021

    T-Mobile Investors Challenge $26B Sprint Merger In Del.

    A T-Mobile Inc. investor has opened a direct and derivative suit against the company's board, officers, Deutsche Telekom AG and SoftBank Group Corp., citing self-dealing schemes and a failure to get a better deal for T-Mobile in its $26 billion merger with Sprint Corp. last year.

  • June 07, 2021

    FCC Should Revisit 5.9 GHz Band Reforms, Trade Groups Say

    Two industry groups want the Federal Communications Commission to revisit its reallocation of spectrum in the 5.9 gigahertz band to make room for unlicensed wireless devices and new vehicle innovation, but don't agree on whether the overall rule was a good idea.

  • June 07, 2021

    US Recovers Millions In Ransom Paid To Pipeline Co. Hackers

    The Justice Department on Monday said that it has recovered most of the ransom that Colonial Pipeline Co. paid to a criminal hacking syndicate during a cyberattack that led to a temporary shutdown at a critical East Coast supplier of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

  • June 07, 2021

    White House Hires FCC Broadband Guru To Economic Council

    Federal Communications Commission veteran Lisa Hone has joined the White House National Economic Council, bolstering the expertise of an administration that is making broadband access and affordability a top priority.

  • June 07, 2021

    FCC's COVID Benefit Racks Up 2.3M Participants

    The Federal Communications Commission's COVID-19 connectivity program is going strong as more than 2.3 million households across the country have signed up to receive subsidized internet service and connected devices in less than a month, the agency announced Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Font Considerations To Give Your Legal Briefs An Edge

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    Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.

  • How Biden's First 100 Days Will Affect Gov't Contractors

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    Joseph Berger and Thomas Mason at Thompson Hine examine the significant opportunities for government contractors arising from actions during the first 100 days of the Biden administration, which set the stage for unprecedented investment in national infrastructure, domestic manufacturing, research and development, clean energy, pandemic response and economic recovery.

  • Make Profitability Management Part Of Your Law Firm Culture

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    As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.

  • Functionality's Role In Oracle Copyright Ruling Isn't So Novel

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    In its recent Google v. Oracle decision, the U.S. Supreme Court seemingly revived the copyright fair use factor concerning functionality, highlighting its significant role, particularly in technological contexts, but this accords with a long-standing minority view, says Andrew Michaels at the University of Houston Law Center.

  • 4 Trends In Discoverability Of Litigation Funding Documents

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    Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.

  • Biden Infrastructure Plan Will Be Challenging To Implement

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    President Joe Biden's $2 trillion American Jobs Plan proposes incentives for environmental remediation of legacy sites, and creation of more resilient and greener energy infrastructure — but fully implementing it would take many years, and require close coordination between the White House, Congress and federal agencies, says Robert Middleton at Schiff Hardin.

  • 7 Lessons For Young Lawyers Starting Their Careers

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    This year's law graduates and other young attorneys must recognize that the practice of law tests and rewards different skills and characteristics than law school, and that what makes a lawyer valuable changes over time, says Vernon Winters, retired partner at Sidley.

  • The Pandemic's Bright Spots For Lawyers Who Are Parents

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    The COVID-19 crisis has allowed lawyers to hone remote advocacy strategies and effectively represent clients with minimal travel — abilities that have benefited working parents and should be utilized long after the pandemic is over, says Chelsea Loughran at Wolf Greenfield.

  • Opinion

    Supreme Court Is Right In Limiting Gov't Agency Authority

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    Although the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions in Facebook v. Duguid and AMG Capital Management v. Federal Trade Commission limit government agencies' power against robocallers and scam artists, they ultimately protect Americans from the greater threat of government overreach, says Eric Troutman at Squire Patton.

  • Economic Sanctions And Export Controls: A Q1 Update

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    Attorneys at Kirkland discuss first-quarter developments in U.S. export controls and economic sanctions and what they may indicate about the Biden administration's national security and foreign policy agenda. 

  • Opinion

    Revise Mansfield Diversity Mandates To Also Benefit Veterans

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    The well-intentioned efforts and salutary purposes of the legal industry's Mansfield Rule diversity metric are tainted by the Diversity Lab initiative's omission of veterans, who are underrepresented at large law firms and entitled to advantageous treatment based on more than 200 years of public policy, says Robert Redmond at McGuireWoods.

  • Zoom Damages Ruling Benefits Securities Defendants

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    In an investor suit against Zoom, a California federal court's novel interpretation of a Private Securities Litigation Reform Act provision, which few courts have previously addressed, gives defendants a powerful new argument to reduce damages in securities class actions, say Jared Gerber and Eduardo Amorim at Cleary.

  • Rebuttal

    Class Action Access At Stake In High Court TransUnion Case

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    The biggest risk in the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming TransUnion v. Ramirez opinion is that it could shut courthouse doors to would-be consumer class action plaintiffs with an overly cramped and narrow interpretation of standing, not that it could "open the floodgates," as a recent Law360 guest article claimed, says Chi Chi Wu at the National Consumer Law Center.

  • Bankruptcy Litigation Could See More Third-Party Funding

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    The next few years could be an opportune time for bankruptcy litigants to capitalize on the advantages of third-party financing as the obstacles to its use — including attorney ethics issues and prohibitions against champerty — seem to be clearing at a slow but steady pace, say Daniel Simon and Natalie Rowles at McDermott.

  • Why The Future Law Firm Model Is Industry-Based Offerings

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    Multidisciplinary, industry-based groups at law firms allow for more holistic legal advice, lead to sustainable client relationships, and are likely to replace practice group monoliths at many firms, say Jennifer Simpson Carr at Furia Rubel, Timothy Corcoran at Corcoran Consulting and Mike Mellor at Pryor Cashman.

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