Telecommunications

  • June 01, 2021

    Call Center Will Pay Workers $1.7M To Settle OT Claims

    A call center agreed to pay $1.7 million to employees who claimed the company failed to pay them overtime for logging into and out of their computers, according to a filing in New Jersey federal court.

  • June 01, 2021

    FCC Sued Over Changes To SpaceX's Starlink Internet System

    The Federal Communications Commission is facing multiple challenges over its authorization of updates to SpaceX's Starlink fleet of satellites for broadband internet, as competitors Dish Network and Viasat allege that the expansive system will interfere with their own internet and broadcast services.

  • June 01, 2021

    Bill Would Set Aside FCC Auction Funds For Broadband

    The Federal Communications Commission would be required to set aside part of the proceeds from selling off swaths of the airwaves to fund broadband deployment in rural areas, under a bipartisan bill filed in the U.S. Senate.

  • June 01, 2021

    Insurer Asks Court To Toss $100M COVID-19 Coverage Suit

    Factory Mutual Insurance Co. has asked a Connecticut federal judge to toss Amphenol Corp.'s $100 million suit over pandemic coverage, saying the electronic cable maker failed to allege any presence of COVID-19 on its property to trigger the policy's communicable disease coverage.

  • June 01, 2021

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

    Amid declining COVID-19 case and death numbers, states unveiled a range of incentives over the past week to ward off vaccination hesitancy and encourage immunizations, from cash prizes to college scholarships to free entertainment passes.

  • June 01, 2021

    Daimler, Nokia Ink Deal To End Fight Over Mobile Tech

    Daimler AG and Nokia Corp. have inked a deal to end their patent dispute over cellular technology in cars, closing the book on a legal battle that at one point almost blocked sales of Daimler's cars in Germany.

  • June 01, 2021

    Forbes Wants Gov't Application For Arrest Assistance Opened

    Attorneys for Forbes Media LLC asked a Pittsburgh federal judge on Tuesday to unseal a government request that the court compel private companies to provide assistance tracking down fugitives, as part of a reporter's investigation of how the federal courts were using their All Writs Act authority across the country.

  • May 28, 2021

    Law360 Names 2021's Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2021, our list of 180 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • May 28, 2021

    SolarWinds Attackers Said To Return With Phishing Campaign

    The Russia-backed spy group allegedly behind a hack of SolarWinds Corp. that led to breaches at numerous U.S. government agencies has launched a new phishing campaign impersonating the U.S. Agency for International Development, researchers at Microsoft have said.

  • May 28, 2021

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Virus Tests, Fighter Jets

    The Biden administration poured $640 million into COVID-19 testing efforts in schools and other facilities, awarded $6.4 billion for nuclear waste management at a federal research center and opened up a $14 billion fighter jet production line in South Carolina. Here are Law360's top picks for government contracts in May.

  • May 28, 2021

    Bad Data Behind Broadcaster Union Withdrawal, NLRB Argues

    The National Labor Relations Board urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to uphold an Oregon federal judge's injunction ordering a broadcaster to recognize and bargain with a union, saying the company offered no concrete evidence that a majority of unit employees had abandoned their union.

  • May 28, 2021

    Senate Punts On Massive Tech, Trade Bill Aimed At China

    The Senate on Friday unexpectedly postponed final action on a major bipartisan bill with more than $200 billion meant to fuel technological and economic competition with China.

  • May 28, 2021

    AT&T Tells Judge It Will Battle SEC's Selective Leaks Suit

    Counsel for AT&T Inc. told a Manhattan federal judge Friday that securities regulators' suit accusing it of unlawfully disclosing information to influence earnings forecasts will fail because it didn't lie and because the alleged conduct was not material to its bottom line.

  • May 28, 2021

    Amazon's MGM Buy Fuels Streaming Wars, Irks Lawmakers

    Amazon's $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM Studios underscores that the streaming wars are in full effect while foreshadowing further consolidation in the media and entertainment sector, and although the deal is unlikely to be blocked, lawmakers are clearly uneasy about Amazon's unchecked growth.

  • May 28, 2021

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Policy requests heated up at the Federal Communications Commission during the month of April as lobbyists presented dueling perspectives on whether Verizon should be allowed to acquire prepaid mobile brand TracFone and offered input on how a COVID-19 relief program for student connectivity should shape up.

  • May 28, 2021

    FCC Pauses Trump-Era Sharing Plan For 4.9 GHz Band

    In a 3-1 vote, the Federal Communications Commission quietly halted a Trump administration plan to open up a spectrum band currently dedicated to public safety, the 4.9 gigahertz band, for licensed sharing with the private sector.

  • May 28, 2021

    Video Games Are Latest Antitrust Target But May Not Be Last

    Following a template set by Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple, plaintiffs firms have opened new antitrust fronts against closed digital ecosystems by targeting two of the world's largest video game platforms.

  • May 28, 2021

    Triller Fight Club Hits Sites Over Jake Paul Boxing Stream

    Entertainment platform Triller Fight Club hit the owner of a pair of torrent streaming sites, a YouTube streamer and others in a slew of copyright suits over unauthorized streams of last month's boxing match between internet personality Jake Paul and MMA fighter Ben Askren.

  • May 27, 2021

    Senate Adds Trade Package To Major Tech Bill Aimed At China

    The Senate on Thursday added a major section on international trade to a sprawling bill that already contained roughly $250 billion to boost the country's technological and economic competition with China, including over $50 billion for domestic semiconductor production and $1.5 billion for telecommunications funding along with enforcement boosts for intellectual property and antitrust.

  • May 27, 2021

    Cox Nears Settlement Resolving IP Dispute In Midst Of Trial

    A Delaware federal judge paused a trial Thursday in which Cox Communications is squaring off with a patent-holding company over high-speed networking patents, granting a joint request from the companies, which said they were nearing a deal that would put to rest the yearslong dispute.

  • May 27, 2021

    IP Forecast: Cell Giants To Defend Wireless Tech In EDTX

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap is scheduled to kick off two new patent infringement trials the first week of June, including one inventor's wireless technology claims against AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Here is a look at those cases plus other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • May 27, 2021

    Tech Orgs Say New Fla. Social Media Law Limits Free Speech

    Two technology industry groups on Thursday filed the first suit challenging Florida's new law prohibiting social media companies from blocking political candidates, claiming the law unconstitutionally restricts those businesses' speech rights.

  • May 27, 2021

    Indian Judicial Body Orders Devas To Liquidate Over Fraud

    The National Company Law Tribunal, a quasi-judicial body that rules on Indian companies, ordered telecommunications company Devas Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. to liquidate due to the allegedly fraudulent manner of its incorporation and to prevent further sham behavior.

  • May 27, 2021

    3 Firms Represent £673M Equiniti Take-Private Deal

    Private equity firm Siris Capital Group LLC said Thursday it's agreed to take private financial services provider Equiniti Group PLC in a £673 million (about $955 million) deal guided by Wachtell, Macfarlanes and Linklaters.

  • May 27, 2021

    Judge Urges Toss Of Used Phone Biz Ownership Fight

    A minority owner of phone refurbishment company Harvestar Solutions lacked the authority to sue the majority owner for alleged self-dealing, a New York magistrate judge advised.

Expert Analysis

  • Safeguarding Privileged Communications In A Remote World

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    With the pandemic ushering in remote collaboration tools, counsel must revisit fundamentals of the attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine, study cases involving email and other recent technologies, and follow 10 best practices to protect confidentiality, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • How To Meet CFIUS Expectations On Chinese Investment

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    Under President Joe Biden, U.S. government scrutiny of Chinese investment is likely to remain rigorous and have a significant impact on deal return on investment, so deal strategy should include a four-step proactive approach to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States review process, say Scott Boylan and Paul Stephen at StoneTurn.

  • 4 Areas Of Cyberattack Vulnerability For Law Firms

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    Recent data breaches involving Goodwin and Jones Day show that cyberattacks are very real threats to the legal profession, especially in the era of remote work, so law firms should revisit common business practices that expose them to unnecessary risks, says Ara Aslanian at Inverselogic.

  • How To Help Your Witnesses Overcome Hindsight Bias

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    Witnesses facing tricky questions from opposing counsel often find themselves engaging in hindsight bias, when they use present knowledge to second-guess past actions, but these problematic thought processes can be overcome during deposition or trial preparation through tough questions and some catharsis, says Merrie Jo Pitera at Litigation Insights.

  • NJ 'Reply All' Ethics Opinion Brings New Pitfalls For Attorneys

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    While a recent New Jersey ethics opinion rightly concluded that an attorney cannot claim an ethics violation when opposing counsel replies all to a group email including clients, it runs counter to stances taken by other states and presents new dangers of confidentiality breaches and unfiltered messages to opposing parties, says Roger Plawker at Pashman Stein.

  • Input To NHTSA On Automated Vehicle Rules Reflects Rifts

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    Early responses to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's request for input on a framework for automated driving systems safety mirror long-standing disagreements over the roles of federal and state governments, and reliance on voluntary and international standards, say Katherine Sheriff and David Gossett at Davis Wright.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bibas Reviews Rakoff's 'Why The Innocent Plead Guilty'

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    In "Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free,” U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff catalogues the many ways our criminal justice system is broken, and in doing so, gives the public an intimate look into the thoughts, reasoning and personal experiences of a renowned federal judge, says Third Circuit Judge Stephanos Bibas.

  • 6 CFIUS Considerations For De-SPAC Transactions

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    As financial regulators increase scrutiny on special purpose acquisition companies, SPAC sponsors and their prospective targets need to be aware that the merger following the initial public offering — the de-SPAC — may be subject to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' jurisdiction and may even trigger a mandatory filing, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • For Law Firm Digital Marketing, Less Is Sometimes More

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    Attorneys and law firms often look to cast the widest net possible and maximize online impressions, when they should be focusing their digital marketing efforts on fewer, better-qualified prospects, says Guy Alvarez at Good2BSocial.

  • Gambit To Block Trump's Midnight Regulations Will Likely Fail

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    The advocacy group Public Citizen has suggested that many Trump administration regulations with an effective date prior to Jan. 20 are subject to President Joe Biden's freeze order because they were technically still pending when Biden took office — but this argument is unlikely to withstand judicial scrutiny, says Haynes and Boone's Joseph Matal, former acting director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • A Rare Selective Disclosure Enforcement Action From SEC

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    Private fund managers should consider reevaluating their practices when meeting with public company executives in light of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent action against AT&T, one of the very few enforcement cases brought under Regulation Fair Disclosure since its enactment in 2000, say Craig Warkol and Charles Clark at Schulte Roth.

  • Strategies For Fighting Back Against A Rambo Litigator

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    If your opposing counsel is a so-called Rambo litigator, there are ways to turn their scorched-earth litigation tactics and ad hominem attacks into assets that favor your client, says Margeaux Thomas at Thomas Law.

  • A Framework For Evaluating Willingness Of FRAND Licensees

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    As an increasing number of standard-essential patent cases turn on whether a manufacturer is willing to pay a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory royalty for SEPs, Jorge Contreras at the University of Utah identifies conduct that typically indicates willingness or unwillingness, as well as conduct that should be viewed as indeterminate.

  • Opinion

    US Should Create New 3-Pronged Approach To Cybersecurity

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    Although the Biden administration's recent provision of $10 billion for cybersecurity infrastructure funding in response to last year's SolarWinds hack is a good start, the U.S. should create a coordinated, multidisciplinary and systematic approach to cybersecurity reform that is proactive rather than reactive, says Rebecca Rakoski at XPAN Law Partners.

  • UK's Revised Merger-Review Definitions Will Ease Compliance

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    Recent changes narrowing high-risk sector definitions in the U.K.’s planned merger-review laws will make it easier to assess whether a merger or acquisition poses a national security threat that triggers mandatory notification, a critical change given the severe consequences of a failure to do so when required, say attorneys at Kirkland.

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