Telecommunications

  • June 07, 2021

    High Court Won't Hear Comcast's Voice IP Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that Comcast won't get another shot at invalidating a pair of TV voice recognition technology patents even if the justices do end up finding that administrative patent judges were unconstitutionally appointed.

  • June 07, 2021

    Google Settles French Antitrust Probe For $268M

    Google will tweak its advertising technology offerings for connecting advertisers and publishers and pay a €220 million ($268.3 million) fine, under an antitrust settlement that French antitrust authorities announced Monday.

  • June 04, 2021

    Google Wants Texas Antitrust Case Included In MDL

    Following a failed bid to transfer a suit led by the Texas Attorney General's Office to California, Google is pushing the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to centralize the suit in the Golden State with more than a dozen private cases alleging the tech giant monopolizes the display advertising market.

  • June 04, 2021

    Justices Prompt FCC To Restore Trump's Media Deregulation

    The Federal Communications Commission on Friday officially reinstated several of its Trump-era decisions eliminating several media ownership controls, an anticipated move that comes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's April decision upholding the 2017 deregulations.

  • June 04, 2021

    Eagles Radio Announcer Gets Defamation Claim Trimmed

    A New Jersey federal judge has trimmed a defamation claim from a suit accusing the Philadelphia Eagles' longtime Spanish-language radio announcer of trying to steer the team away from dealings with a former business partner, ruling that the alleged statement underlying the claim is too old and barred by the statute of limitations. 

  • June 04, 2021

    Australia, US To Coordinate To Stop Illegal Robocalls

    The Federal Communications Commission is going to be teaming up with its Australian counterpart to battle the onslaught of illegal robocalls and texts that people in both countries are facing, the agencies announced.

  • June 04, 2021

    China-Controlled Pacific Networks Poses Risks, FCC Told

    Pacific Networks Corp. and its ComNet (USA) LLC unit pose risks to U.S. law enforcement and national security interests because the Chinese government indirectly controls them and the companies are unlikely to honor risk mitigation measures if officials in China demand that the safeguards be ignored, the Commerce Department told the Federal Communications Commission Friday.

  • June 04, 2021

    FCC Settles With Big 3 Carriers Over 911 Location Data

    The top three U.S. wireless carriers must start providing vertical location data to help 911 responders find callers in multistory buildings and pay $100,000 settlements for lagging in the effort, the FCC has announced.

  • June 04, 2021

    DC Circ. Rejects Satellite Cos.' Bid To Escape Regulatory Fees

    A D.C. Circuit panel ruled Friday that non-U.S. licensed satellite operators with access to the U.S. market must shell out regulatory fees the Federal Communications Commission imposed on them last year.

  • June 04, 2021

    White House Warns Cos. To Shore Up Ransomware Defense

    The White House has sent an open letter to businesses warning them to take the risk of ransomware attacks more seriously, while the U.S. Department of Justice has issued an internal memo asking prosecutors to prioritize the growing threat.

  • June 04, 2021

    VP Harris Kicks Off $1B Tribal Broadband Grant Program

    The Biden administration has released $1 billion in grants to fund tribal broadband projects, Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday, championing the program as a meaningful way to close the so-called digital divide on native lands.

  • June 03, 2021

    High Court Curbs Reach Of Tool Used To Go After Insiders

    The U.S. Supreme Court's narrowing of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act on Thursday limits the reach of a law that companies have used to punish rogue insiders, and could prompt Congress to update a computer crime statute passed before the birth of the modern internet.

  • June 03, 2021

    3rd Circ. Urged To Rethink BofA Robocall Ruling

    The Third Circuit has refused to claw back Bank of America's early win in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit over a pre-recorded telemarketing call, but the consumer behind the litigation hopes the panel — and maybe the full court — will reconsider.

  • June 03, 2021

    Apple Asks Fed. Circ. To Ax $576M VirnetX Patent Win

    Apple urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to throw out a $576 million judgment against it in the Eastern District of Texas for infringing two VirnetX network security patents, saying the trial should never have taken place because the patents had been found invalid.

  • June 03, 2021

    Crypto Owner Says T-Mobile's Lax Security Led To $20K Theft

    T-Mobile's lax security measures enabled fraudsters to take over a customer's Coinbase account and drain it of $20,000 in cryptocurrency, the woman told a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday.

  • June 03, 2021

    Apple Damages Trial Set For August After Nixed $506M Verdict

    Apple, which was found by a jury last year to have infringed PanOptis' standard-essential 4G wireless patents, will get its new damages trial in August, a Texas federal judge ruled Wednesday after undoing its previous $506 million loss earlier this year.

  • June 03, 2021

    Biden Expands Investment Ban On Chinese Military Cos.

    President Joe Biden on Thursday expanded a policy banning U.S. investments in companies affiliated with the Chinese military to include surveillance technology manufacturers, while shifting authority to make related designations from the Pentagon to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

  • June 03, 2021

    Texas AG Urges Court To Reject Twitter's New Injunction Bid

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday encouraged a California federal court to shoot down Twitter's request for an injunction while the social media giant appeals last month's axing of its suit over the Lone Star State's investigation into its moderation practices, arguing that Twitter's appeal is a long shot.

  • June 03, 2021

    FCC, Carriers Tell High Court To Leave 5G Order Intact

    The Federal Communications Commission and wireless lobbying groups have told the U.S. Supreme Court that it needn't reopen challenges to a slate of 2018 orders that sped up and standardized the installation of 5G small cells on the local level.

  • June 03, 2021

    Gray Tops Rival With Upsized $2.8B Deal For Meredith TV Biz

    Meredith Corp. on Thursday backed a sweetened offer for its Local Media Group from Gray Television Inc. worth more than $2.8 billion after an undisclosed third party sought to usurp Gray in the wake of their original agreement announced last month.

  • June 03, 2021

    Greenberg Traurig Adds Ex-K&L Gates Corporate Atty In Fla.

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has added a corporate attorney previously with K&L Gates LLP as a shareholder in its Miami office, the firm announced.

  • June 03, 2021

    Supreme Court Narrows Scope Of Computer Crime Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday found that a Georgia police officer did not breach federal computer fraud law by overstepping his authorized access to government records, raising concerns that the U.S. Department of Justice's reading of the statute could criminalize innocuous internet activity.

  • June 02, 2021

    FCC Faces DC Circ. Challenge To 5.9 GHz Sharing Plan

    The Federal Communications Commission is facing a legal challenge to its decision to open up the 5.9 GHz band to unlicensed wireless devices, mounted by two groups who say the agency's decision puts automotive safety at risk.

  • June 02, 2021

    4th Circ. Urged To Reverse Sony's 'Dangerous' $1B Piracy Win

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation and others are warning the Fourth Circuit of "dangerous consequences" if it upholds a $1 billion piracy verdict against Cox Communications won by Sony Music Entertainment and other major record labels.

  • June 02, 2021

    Clarify FCC Role In Disaster Response, Gov't Watchdog Urges

    The Biden administration should clarify the Federal Communications Commission's role in disaster response, according to a new government watchdog report, which added that to better communicate lessons that can be applied to future disaster responses, the FCC should release the findings of a task force created in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Expert Analysis

  • New Federal Aid Could Boost Tribal Access To Broadband

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    Michael Pryor and Melissa Thevenot at Brownstein Hyatt discuss some of the federal programs and funding opportunities that may alleviate the challenges rural tribal lands face in gaining broadband access.

  • Anticipating Plaintiff Strategies After High Court TCPA Ruling

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    Now that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Facebook v. Duguid has narrowed the definition of automatic telephone dialing system, plaintiffs will likely look for new methods of applying the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other old statutes in ways that Congress and state legislatures never intended, say Meredith Slawe and Mike McTigue at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Defending Against 'Entrepreneurial Model' Class Actions

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    Many contemporary class actions exhibit the problematic features of the so-called entrepreneurial model of lawyer-driven litigation, but these features can be leveraged by defendants on issues from standing to certification to merits, says Mitchell Morris at Butler Snow.

  • Thought Leadership's Critical Role In Law Firm Diversity

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    Minority attorneys are often underrepresented in conferences, media interviews and other law firm thought leadership campaigns, which affects their visibility with potential clients and their ability to advance at their firms, says John Hellerman at Hellerman Communications.

  • TCPA Litigation And Compliance After Facebook Ruling

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    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Facebook v. Duguid that limited the definition of autodialers in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, plaintiffs will likely look for other ways to bring TCPA claims, so defendants may need to consider new compliance, risk and litigation strategies, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Opinion

    Class Action Issues To Watch In High Court TransUnion Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming opinion in TransUnion v. Ramirez, if decided in favor of Fair Credit Reporting Act class members, could open the floodgates to class claims where the plaintiffs weren't harmed by a statutory violation or even aware of any possible risk of harm, say Archis Parasharami and Carmen Longoria-Green at Mayer Brown.

  • Opinion

    The Right Approach To Personal Jurisdiction In Class Actions

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    Since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2017 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, three approaches to personal jurisdiction over absent class members have emerged in the lower courts, but only one comports with due process and limitations on procedural devices imposed by the Rules Enabling Act, say David Kouba and Andreas Moffett at Arnold & Porter.

  • What Associates Should Consider Before Switching Practices

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    The current high demand for midlevel associates provides them a rare opportunity to potentially explore new practice areas, but associates should first ask themselves six questions to begin figuring out why a change sounds appealing, says Stephanie Biderman at Major Lindsey.

  • High Court Oracle Copyright Ruling Is A Boon For Innovation

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Monday that Google made fair use of the declaring code of Oracle's Java application programming interface should encourage development of new code based on existing APIs and spur technological growth, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • 4 Effective Ways To Prioritize Client Advocacy

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    To truly support a client going through a complicated lawsuit or a painful experience, lawyers must think beyond interpreting legal guidelines and navigating court proceedings, says attorney Scott Corwin.

  • Remote Law Firm Culture Should Prioritize Associate Training

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    Due to the pandemic, the gap between law school and the first day on the job has never been wider, but law firms can leverage training to bridge that intimidating gap and convey the unique value of their culture in a virtual environment, say Melissa Schwind at Ward and Smith, and William Kenney and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • Ways Universities Can Improve Foreign Influence Compliance

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    U.S. universities should take practical steps to monitor and effectively manage compliance risks related to collaborative research relationships with China, given the likelihood of continued scrutiny under the Biden administration, says Robert Roach at Guidepost Solutions.

  • Virtual Litigation May Unravel The Narcissistic Lawyer

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    The virtual courtroom limits a narcissistic lawyer's ability to intimidate witnesses and opposing counsel, boast to clients or engage in grandstanding — an unexpected benefit of the global pandemic as some aspects of remote litigation are likely here to stay, says Jennifer Gibbs at Zelle.

  • Defense Options After Calif. High Court Call-Recording Ruling

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    Despite the California Supreme Court's recent ruling in Smith v. LoanMe that both parties and nonparties must get consent from everyone in cellular or cordless phone conversations before making recordings, defendants still have multiple means of successfully defeating suits for recording without consent, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • ABA Remote Work Guide Raises Bar For Atty Tech Know-How

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion on lawyers' ethical duties of competence and confidentiality when working remotely should be viewed as part of a larger movement by which attorneys are being exhorted to develop competence in 21st century technology, say Jennifer Goldsmith at Ironshore and Barry Temkin at Mound Cotton.

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