Telecommunications

  • 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.

  • May 27, 2021

    Massive Class Gets Green Light In Google Pay Bias Suit

    Former Google employees who accuse the tech giant of underpaying women won their bid Thursday for certification of a class of nearly 11,000 women in their California state court lawsuit.

  • May 27, 2021

    New FCC Rule Could Block Chinese-Made Tech From US Sales

    The Federal Communications Commission will launch a proceeding next month that could result in Chinese-made telecom equipment losing access to domestic markets as part of the agency's efforts to fortify U.S. networks against foreign security threats.

  • May 27, 2021

    Julius Baer Will Pay $79M To Settle FIFA Corruption Case

    Julius Baer will pay a $43 million fine and forfeit $36 million as part of a deal unveiled Thursday with U.S. federal prosecutors over the Swiss bank's alleged role in facilitating bribe payments for media rights to international soccer matches held by FIFA and the South American soccer confederation.

  • May 27, 2021

    Fintech Startup Valued At $2.2B In SPAC Deal Led By 3 Firms

    California-based fintech startup Acorns Grow will go public at a valuation of roughly $2.2 billion by combining with a special purpose acquisition vehicle, the companies said Thursday, in a deal built by Kirkland & Ellis, Paul Hastings and Latham & Watkins.

  • May 26, 2021

    NLRB Says Frontier Wrongly Refused To Negotiate With CWA

    Frontier Communications Corp. must bargain with unionized employees over its request that employees fill out entirely new I-9 forms, a National Labor Relations Board panel held Wednesday, affirming an administrative law judge's ruling last year that the telecom company had violated labor law by refusing to do so.

  • May 26, 2021

    Feds Tell Justices To Skip Comcast, Viamedia Antitrust Suit

    The acting U.S. solicitor general is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to take up Comcast's appeal of a Seventh Circuit decision reviving a $160 million suit against the company over ad market monopolization claims, arguing that the appellate court's decision does not warrant the justices' review.

  • May 26, 2021

    5th Circ. Says 1 Text Message Enough To Prop Up TCPA Suit

    The Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the receipt of a single unsolicited text message was enough to allow a Missouri man to press forward with his putative class action accusing 5 Star Nutrition of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, breaking with an Eleventh Circuit ruling that reached the opposite conclusion. 

  • May 26, 2021

    Live Chat IP Trial Is About A 'Copycat' And A 'Bully,' Jury Hears

    Two customer service rivals squared off Wednesday before a California federal jury on the opening day of a trade secrets trial over live chat software, with LivePerson saying [24]7.ai strategically stole its technology and customers, while [24]7.ai painted the dispute as an unhappy competitor's bullying campaign.

  • May 26, 2021

    6th Circ. Affirms FCC's New Cable Franchise Fees Rule

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday rejected allegations by several cities that a new Federal Communications Commission rule that counts "in-kind" noncash cable-related benefits toward a cap on the franchise fees cable companies are charged for local right-of-way access is arbitrary or capricious.

  • May 26, 2021

    2 Fintech Startups Rally After IPOs Raise $461M Combined

    Payment processor Flywire and electronic billing platform Paymentus went public Wednesday after raising a combined $461 million in initial public offerings that priced at the top of their ranges, guided by four law firms total.

  • May 26, 2021

    Senate Votes For Greater Oversight Of China Deal's IP Chapter

    The U.S. Senate approved legislation late Tuesday that would require the Biden administration to report on China's compliance with the intellectual property provisions of its 2020 trade deal with the U.S.

  • May 26, 2021

    Viasat Threatens To Sue FCC Over SpaceX's Starlink Plan

    Satellite provider Viasat Inc. has asked the Federal Communications Commission to halt rival SpaceX's updating of its Starlink satellite fleet, saying the proposed changes pose environmental concerns that the FCC didn't adequately consider and that Viasat plans to challenge in federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    1 Year Into Pandemic, It's Time To Rethink Law Firm Billing

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    The particular tasks for which a law firm client can expect to be billed have become unpredictable in the era of COVID-19, making flat fees and other alternative fee arrangements more attractive for both in-house and outside counsel, says Jessica Hodkinson at Panasonic.

  • Rogue High Court Citation May Spark Legal Writing Changes

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    Justice Clarence Thomas’ unexpected use of a new citation format in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Brownback v. King opinion is the most notable citation change in the court's writing in 25 years, and could inspire receptiveness for other innovations in legal writing and beyond, says Carrie Garrison at Porter Wright.

  • The Case For Diversity In Internal Investigation Teams

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    Teams that represent differing backgrounds can uniquely strengthen internal investigation processes with more thorough deliberation, better interviewee trust-building and more effective problem-solving, so law firms and clients alike must avoid the natural impulse to select homogenous groups, say Karin Portlock and Jabari Julien at Gibson Dunn.

  • Opinion

    US Should Learn From German Courts Balancing SEP Rights

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    The German high court's recent decision in Sisvel v. Haier set a productive tone in balancing the rights of patentees and implementers in standard-essential patent disputes, and its understanding of negotiation realities should be followed by the U.S., say Cravath's David Kappos, former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director, and Daniel Etcovitch.

  • 5 Ways Outside Counsel Can Impress Their Clients

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    Attorneys can build lasting relationships with corporate clients by thinking of in-house counsel as project partners, adhering to a few basic communication principles and thinking beyond legal advice, says Gerry Caron, chief counsel for safety, health and environment at Cabot.

  • Ethics Tips For Attorneys Telecommuting Across State Lines

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    Attorneys working remotely from jurisdictions in which they are not admitted should take precautionary steps to avoid engaging in unauthorized practice of law, say John Schmidt and Michael Seaman at Phillips Lytle.

  • 6 Ways Legal Employers Can Help Pandemic-Weary Parents

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    Parenting during the pandemic has introduced a series of competing personal and professional obligations for attorneys and professional staff, and even organizations that are supportive of their parent employees can take steps to do better, says Meredith Kahan at Saul Ewing.

  • Questions Loom About DOJ Dismissal Power In FCA Suits

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    The Second Circuit's recent decision to grant a U.S. Department of Justice motion to dismiss a False Claims Act suit, without weighing in on the standard for assessing the agency’s decision, illustrates a significant trend, given an increase in agency dismissals and the expected uptick in FCA cases amid the pandemic, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • Controversial Md. Digital Ad Tax Leaves Sourcing Undefined

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    Sending shockwaves through the industry and prompting a lawsuit, Maryland's recently enacted, first-of-its-kind digital advertising gross revenues tax also contains a significant ambiguity as to how revenue from digital ad services should be sourced, say Stefi George and David Blum at Akerman.

  • Remote Working Tips For Lawyer Trainees And Their Firms

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    The prospect of joining a law firm during the pandemic can cause added pressure, but with a few good practices — and a little help from their firms and supervising attorneys — lawyer trainees can get ahead of the curve while working remotely, say William Morris and Ted Landray at King & Spalding.

  • Compliance Lessons From Newest Fla. Privacy Class Actions

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    To prepare for a new slate of privacy class actions, brought under Florida’s wiretapping statute against retailers using tracking software, companies should be assessing the placement, display and content of their technology disclosures and user agreements, say Ian Ross and Jorge Perez Santiago at Stumphauzer Foslid.

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