Telecommunications

  • 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.

  • May 26, 2021

    Senate Bill Aims To Boost State AGs In Antitrust Cases

    State attorneys general would be able to keep antitrust enforcement actions in the district in which they initially filed them under a bipartisan bill introduced Monday by Senate antitrust committee leaders.

  • May 25, 2021

    Google Must Face Deception Claim In Data-Harvesting Row

    A California federal judge permanently axed several claims Tuesday from an Android smartphone user's proposed class action accusing Google of illegally harvesting third-party app data to gain a competitive advantage, while finding that Google's alleged failure to disclose the practices was enough to allow a state law deception claim to move forward. 

  • May 25, 2021

    With Waco In The Rearview, TracFone Seeks To Ax IP Suit

    TracFone Wireless has asked a Florida federal court to hand the prepaid mobile phone provider a win in patent holder Precis Group's infringement suit, saying Precis' pleadings are faulty under Federal Circuit case law.

  • May 25, 2021

    FCC's Carr Says Big Tech Must Pay For Its Strain On Internet

    Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has called for behemoths of the internet such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime to make contributions toward federally funded network expansion efforts just like phone companies do.

  • May 25, 2021

    Fla. Social Media Law Unlikely To Be 1st Amendment Friendly

    In the wake of Twitter's ban of former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called a new state law prohibiting social media firms from blocking political candidates a First Amendment victory. But experts say the measure is tantamount to forcing social media platforms to become mouthpieces for the government and is unlikely to survive court challenges.

  • May 25, 2021

    AT&T Partially Beats Suit Over Early Retirement Benefits

    A New York federal court granted a partial win Tuesday to AT&T in a proposed class action lodged by two retirees who say they should have been paid retirement benefits retroactively, agreeing with the benefit plan committee that plan language blocked retroactive payments.

  • May 25, 2021

    GOP Leaders Seek Hill Oversight Of FCC's COVID Programs

    Top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are urging their Democratic colleagues to review the Federal Communications Commission's implementation of two COVID-19 broadband programs worth more than $10 billion.

  • May 25, 2021

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

    The continuing decline in COVID-19 cases and the upcoming Memorial Day holiday spurred more reopening activity this past week in places like New Jersey, where Gov. Phil Murphy announced the major move of lifting the indoor mask mandate and indoor and outdoor social distancing requirements ahead of the holiday weekend.

  • May 25, 2021

    Sens. Float Bill To Strengthen Chinese Tech Blockade

    Sens. Ed Markey and Marco Rubio teamed up to introduce a bill late Monday that would block Chinese technology companies like Huawei and ZTE from selling products in the U.S., earning swift support from at least one FCC Republican.

  • May 25, 2021

    Senate Approves Manatt Phelps Vet For Top HHS Post

    U.S. senators on Tuesday confirmed a veteran Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP adviser to a top post at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, bringing President Joe Biden one step closer to rounding out his health policy leadership.

  • May 24, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Backs Microsoft, Others' PTAB Wins Over Patch IP

    The Federal Circuit on Monday handed a win to Microsoft, Google and Samsung, upholding three Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions invalidating a single claim in an Iron Oak Technologies LLC patent for updating computer software remotely.

  • May 24, 2021

    Epic-Apple Judge Suggests No Clear Winner As Trial Wraps

    A California federal judge appeared skeptical Monday of both sides' arguments at the close of Epic Games' high-profile antitrust trial over Apple's 30% App Store commissions, saying Apple's anti-steering provisions "seem anticompetitive," but she's "concerned" Epic is just trying to get out of paying for Apple's intellectual property.

  • May 24, 2021

    Google's Antitrust Win Irrelevant To Facebook Suit, AGs Say

    Facebook can't use Google's win against advertisers and publishers that challenged its digital advertising business as a way to escape parallel antitrust lawsuits, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general told a D.C. federal judge Friday.

  • May 24, 2021

    Reps. Rally Behind Next-Gen Wi-Fi Expansion In 6 GHz

    A co-chair of the Congressional Wi-Fi Caucus on Monday backed a controversial Federal Communications Commission-sanctioned plan that allows unlicensed devices to expand into the 6 gigahertz spectrum band, saying the regulatory change has already allowed next-generation Wi-Fi technology to flourish.

Expert Analysis

  • What Biden's Ethics Pledge Means For Gov't Revolving Door

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    Attorneys at Nossaman look at how President Joe Biden’s ethics pledge goes beyond those of his predecessors by imposing post-employment shadow lobbying and golden parachute restrictions on his administration’s appointees — and how a House bill proposing expansion of federal ethics law could affect enforcement.

  • Patent Numbers May Be Declining, But Innovation Isn't

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    The 2020 decline in patents issued to eight out of 10 top filers at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggests that we may see further weakness in filing activity in the following years, but we should expect growth in the number of patents filed by emerging technology companies, says Pedram Sameni at Patexia.

  • Opinion

    Punishing Bar Exam Policies On Menstrual Products Must Go

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    Law graduates across the states are sitting for the grueling two-day bar exam this week despite menstruation-related barriers, such as inadequate menstrual product and bathroom access, which could be eradicated with simple policy tweaks, say law professors Elizabeth Cooper, Margaret Johnson and Marcy Karin.

  • It's Time For Law Firms To Start Loving And Leveraging Data

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    The volume and diversity of data managed by law firms today — from client files to internal financial records — may seem daunting, but when properly organized, good data can help practitioners stay competitive by providing sharper insight into firm resources and cost of work, say Jaron Luttich and Barry Wiggins at Element Standard.

  • Keys To Protecting Clients During Law Firm Dissolution

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    Whether a law firm dissolution is amicable or adversarial, departing attorneys should take steps to maintain their legal and ethical responsibilities toward clients, and beware client confidentiality pitfalls when joining new firms, say John Schmidt and Colin Fitzgerald at Phillips Lytle.

  • How Case Management Orders Can Support New Attorneys

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    Courts are leading the way in ensuring oral argument opportunities for newer attorneys by incorporating innovative language in a variety of orders, and private parties can and should follow suit by incorporating similar language into case management orders, say Megan Jones and Halli Spraggins at Hausfeld.

  • An In-House Counsel's Guide To Better Work Management

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    Amid economic uncertainty and increasing pressure on corporate legal departments to do more with less, work management processes should be aimed at tracking legal teams' every contribution, including routine matters that can be reallocated to nonlegal staff, says Aaron Pierce at LexisNexis CounselLink.

  • Avoiding Materially Adverse Conflicts After New ABA Opinion

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    The American Bar Association's recent guidance on what constitutes materially adverse interests between clients makes clear that lawyers should not take comfort in a current representation just because a former client is not on the opposite side of the v., and those hoping to avoid disqualification should consider five steps, says Hilary Gerzhoy at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Rebuttal

    US Legal System Can Benefit From Nonlawyer Ownership

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    Contrary to claims made in a recent Law360 guest article, nonlawyer ownership has incrementally improved the England and Wales legal system — with more innovation and more opportunities for lawyers — and there is no reason why those outcomes cannot also be achieved in the U.S., say Crispin Passmore at Passmore Consulting and Zachariah DeMeola at the University of Denver.

  • Building A Law Firm Knowledge Bank For Thought Leadership

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    Marketing professionals often do not have firsthand knowledge of current legal trends and client issues, so law firms need to commit to an ongoing knowledge extraction process — a series of steps to draw out attorney insights that can help marketers create effective and frequent thought leadership content, says Michelle Calcote King at Reputation Ink.

  • What The Biden Presidency Means For Class Actions

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    With Democrats now controlling Congress and the White House, class action litigation may flourish in the coming years — which will be good both for consumers and for well-behaving companies who would otherwise lose market share and profits to unpoliced cheaters, says Daniel Karon at Karon LLC.

  • Let's Emerge From The Pandemic As Legal Innovators

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    The pandemic forced a digital reckoning on the legal profession — which switched to remote workforces, paperless workflows and digital signatures seemingly overnight — and law firms and corporate legal departments can keep up the innovation momentum with three guiding principles, says Kevin Clem at HBR Consulting.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Recertification, Conflicts, Assumptions

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, Locke Bell and Markus Speidel at MoFo look at three U.S. Court of Federal Claims and U.S. Government Accountability Office decisions that emphasize that small businesses should recertify after an acquisition, that offerors should file conflict of interest protests early on, and that offerors should not make assumptions that may conflict with material solicitation requirements.

  • Anticipating Predictive Analytics' Potential Uses In Litigation

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    Predictive analytics — the marriage of statistics and machine learning now commonly used in litigation for document review and production — will soon likely bring exciting new uses in discovery and beyond, offering attorneys more data-driven ways to establish facts and predict case outcomes, say Richard Finkelman and Karl Schliep at Berkeley Research Group.

  • 10 Global Digital Markets Regulatory Issues To Watch

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    With more vigorous enforcement, a number of significant policy reviews and broader political movements, a diverse range of regulatory developments could affect operations for international businesses in the digital markets industry, say Francesco Liberatore and James Konidaris at Squire Patton.

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