Telecommunications

  • May 20, 2021

    Google V. Oracle Hangs Over Apple's IP Defense In Epic Trial

    An intellectual property expert hired by Apple testified during Epic Games' high-stakes antitrust trial over Apple's App Store fees Thursday that Epic wants a "free ride" on Apple's proprietary software, but he acknowledged that not all software is protectable in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Google v. Oracle ruling.

  • May 20, 2021

    IP Forecast: Customer Service Secrets Row Heads To Jury

    Customer service rivals [24]7 and LivePerson will face off next week before a California jury in a case that alleges [24]7 misappropriated trade secrets to secure outsourcing deals with Sears, Capital One and Optus — plus, a look at all the other major intellectual property matters that are on deck for the coming week.

  • May 20, 2021

    Byron Allen Hits McDonald's With $10B Ad Racial Bias Suit

    McDonald's Corp. racially discriminates against Black-owned media companies by giving them mere crumbs from its massive advertising budget in comparison to its lucrative television ads with white-owned companies, according to media mogul Byron Allen's $10 billion lawsuit filed Thursday in California state court.

  • May 20, 2021

    Iowa Town Must Face Challenge To $50M Google Fiber Build

    An Iowa city is one step closer to a trial over claims that it worked out a secret deal to give Google exclusive access to a $50 million fiber network pipeline that it's building with taxpayer money, after a state court declined to kill the suit.

  • May 20, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Apple Win In Phone Camera IP Fight

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday said it won't remand Apple Inc.'s successful invalidation of a mobile phone camera patent to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, rejecting the patent owner's arguments that were based on the appellate court's Arthrex decision.

  • May 20, 2021

    More Than 1M Households Sign Up For FCC's Broadband Help

    There has been strong demand for the FCC's new Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, with more than 1 million households signing up since it went live just over a week ago, agency leaders said Thursday.

  • May 20, 2021

    FCC Fines 2 Cos. Over Alleged Spectrum License Misuse

    The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to fine two companies over half a million dollars collectively for allegedly misusing their spectrum licenses to power wireless GPS services.

  • May 20, 2021

    Charter Workers Lose Cert. Bid Over Inadequate Class Rep

    A California federal judge on Wednesday declined to certify a proposed class of store associates accusing Charter Communications LLC of skimping their overtime and minimum wages, determining that the lead plaintiff is not an adequate representative for the proposed class.

  • May 20, 2021

    FCC Says New Prison Phone Reforms Are 'Critical' To Equity

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday set in motion a series of reforms intended to lower the communications costs that inmates and their families must pay to stay in touch, including the launch of a new inquiry on how to best serve prisoners with disabilities and how to lower costs that aren't strictly related to communications.

  • May 19, 2021

    Apple's Craig Federighi Says Epic's App Store Risks Security

    Apple software engineering executive Craig Federighi testified Wednesday during Epic Games' high-stakes antitrust bench trial over Apple's 30% App Store fees that the tech giant's app review process is its "single most important" line of defense against cyberattacks and that allowing for rival app stores would be a "pretty devastating setback" for iPhone security.

  • May 19, 2021

    Zayo CEO Packed Board Ahead Of $14B Deal, Chancery Told

    Stockholder attorneys told a Delaware vice chancellor Wednesday that the CEO of international communications infrastructure provider Zayo Group Holdings Inc. effectively packed the company's board ahead of an allegedly undervalued but personally beneficial $14.1 billion go-private deal.

  • May 19, 2021

    Sens. Expand Massive Tech Bill Aimed At China

    Senators have dramatically revamped a sprawling bill with well over $170 billion in funding to fuel technological and economic competition with China, including $52 billion for domestic semiconductor production and $1.5 billion for telecommunications funding along with intellectual property enforcement and boosted antitrust enforcement.

  • May 19, 2021

    FCC Comment Fraud Sparks Calls For Reform

    A sweeping report released by the New York Attorney General's Office earlier this month revealed widespread fraud in the Federal Communications Commission's 2017 call for public comment on the agency's proposed net neutrality deregulation, highlighting how difficult it can be for the government to safeguard dialogue with the public.

  • May 19, 2021

    3rd Circ. Affirms BofA's Quick Win In TCPA Robocall Suit

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's decision handing Bank of America a quick win in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit, finding that the man behind the proposed class action did not claim to suffer an injury from receiving the automated calls and, therefore, lacks standing to sue.

  • May 19, 2021

    Union Calls For Antitrust Scrutiny Of AT&T's Spinoff

    The Communications Workers of America says the potential for cuts in jobs and wages posed by AT&T Inc.'s plan to combine its WarnerMedia assets with Discovery Inc. warrants a close antitrust review of the $43 billion transaction.

  • May 19, 2021

    8 Firms Guide $525M In Blank-Check IPOs

    Three blank check companies focused on industries such as media, technology and aerospace began trading on the Nasdaq Wednesday after raising a combined $525 million in initial public offerings guided by eight firms.

  • May 19, 2021

    FTC, States Say Frontier Misrepresents DSL Speeds

    The Federal Trade Commission slapped Frontier Communications with a lawsuit on Wednesday that claims the telecom, which is freshly emerged from bankruptcy, offers customers DSL internet service that is much slower than advertised.

  • May 19, 2021

    Robbins Geller Tossed From FIFA Suit For 'Fraud' On Court

    A New York federal judge removed Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP as lead counsel in a securities class action stemming from soccer's FIFA corruption scandal, finding Wednesday that the firm's attorneys misled the court by failing to disclose the lead plaintiff actually profited from short positions in what amounts to "fraud."

  • May 19, 2021

    Sens. Look To Bolster China Bill With Trade Enforcement

    As a massive bill aimed at countering China's rise courses through the U.S. Senate, two lawmakers are aiming to beef up the legislation with updates to strengthen the enforcement of the nation's trade remedy laws, Law360 confirmed Wednesday.

  • May 18, 2021

    Apple's Phil Schiller Defends Data Practices In Epic Trial

    Apple fellow Phil Schiller defended the company's data collection practices and App Store review procedures during a high-stakes antitrust bench trial Tuesday, after Epic's counsel claimed Apple stores personal user data for a decade and pointed out sexually explicit apps available on the App Store.

  • May 18, 2021

    DOJ Offers 5th Circ. Its Current View On Mobile Patent Pool

    The Justice Department's antitrust division filed a brief letter reminding the Fifth Circuit that it has not expressed its current view on a German auto component supplier's antitrust suit against Nokia and other technology companies after supporting the patent holders in district court.

  • May 18, 2021

    In Rare Move, Albright Lets Patent Case Leave His Court

    A telecommunications equipment company accomplished a rare feat this week when it persuaded U.S. District Judge Alan Albright to transfer patent litigation from his Western District of Texas court to one in Alabama.

  • May 18, 2021

    T-Mobile Strikes $2M Deal With Workers In OT Suit

    T-Mobile has agreed to pay $2 million to a proposed class of thousands of customer service representatives to resolve claims that the company deprived workers of overtime wages by making them do off-the-clock work, the workers said in a court filing Tuesday.

  • May 18, 2021

    2 Fintech Startups Prep IPOs That Could Net $400M Combined

    Payment processor Flywire set a price range Tuesday on an estimated $200 million initial public offering, represented by Gunderson Dettmer, joining electronic billing platform Paymentus among fintech startups that are launching plans to go public next week.

  • May 18, 2021

    Stop Sending Robocalls, FCC Warns Two Foreign Telecoms

    The government on Tuesday told two foreign companies, based in the Dominican Republic and Philippines, not to send illegal robocalls to the U.S.

Expert Analysis

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    This Black History Month, Law Firms Should Challenge Norms

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    With so little progress made in the diversification of the legal industry, Black History Month is a good time for law firms to adjust their organizational cultures, ensuring that diversity and inclusion goals are transparent and measured in the same way billable hour and other core targets are — through written, enforceable policies, says Paulette Brown at Locke Lord.

  • Key FCA Developments From 2020 And What To Expect Next

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    In 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice had its most active year yet in initiating new False Claims Act matters despite the pandemic and several key questions that have divided courts — and the surge in activity is expected to continue this year, say attorneys at Epstein Becker.

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    Judges On Race

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    On the heels of nationwide calls to address systemic racism and inequality, five sitting state and federal judges shed light on the disparities that exist in the justice system and how to guard against bias in this series of Law360 guest articles.

  • Aviation Cos. Can't Put Trade Compliance On Autopilot

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    U.S. trade pressure against China, Russia and other countries will likely remain a key priority under the Biden administration, so aviation companies that export their products must calibrate their compliance programs to account for shifting policy, updated blacklists and the specialized sanctions and export controls risks facing the aviation industry, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • Law Firm Penalties On Departing Partners Just Got Riskier

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    A D.C. appeals court's recent decision in Jacobson Holman v. Gentner sharply limiting the ability of law firms to financially penalize departing partners continues a clear trend among court rulings and bar ethics opinions, and should encourage firms to review their partnership agreements for any ethical land mines, says Alan Kabat at Bernabei & Kabat.

  • 7 Takeaways From Recent Del. Statutory Appraisal Litigation

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    Statutory appraisal decisions from the Delaware Supreme Court and Court of Chancery over the last year continue to assign significant or entire weight to deal prices when there are sufficient indicia of reliability, and offer important considerations for practitioners and their clients, say Lewis Lazarus and Bryan Townsend at Morris James.

  • How Parties Can Prep For Global FRAND Jurisdictional Battles

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    As courts worldwide increasingly vie for jurisdiction in litigation over standard-essential patents licensed on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms, parties should consider courts' capabilities, the local market's importance, and choice of law in their preferred venues, and carefully tailor remedy requests in complaints, says Brian Johnson at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • NJ Case Has Lessons On Arbitration Clauses In Atty Retainers

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Delaney v. Dickey tracks and builds on other jurisdictions' limitations on the enforceability of arbitration provisions in law firm retainer agreements, and provides useful guidance for lawyers hoping to bind clients to arbitration, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Tips For Protecting Privilege When Working With Outside PR

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    As lawsuits stemming from companies' COVID-19 responses grow and businesses hire public relations firms to manage the fallout, companies and their counsel should consider strategies to best protect themselves in court — and in the court of public opinion — without stepping on a privilege land mine, say Daniella Main and Mia Falzarano at Alston & Bird.

  • 3 Procurement Priorities For Law Firms In Uncertain Times

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    As the pandemic and its associated economic disruption linger, law firm procurement teams should expand their objectives beyond purchasing and getting the best price for goods and services, to help firms become more nimble and achieve overarching strategic goals, says Lee Garbowitz at HBR Consulting.

  • An OFAC Compliance Checklist For Ransomware Payments

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    As the U.S. government heightens its scrutiny of ransomware payments, victims that pay extortion demands can follow 12 steps to help establish the requisite mitigation and due diligence to avoid penalties from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, says cybersecurity consultant John Reed Stark.

  • Opinion

    UK Is Proof Nonlawyer Ownership Threatens Legal Profession

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    Advocates claim that nonlawyer ownership of law firms — now allowed in Arizona — will increase low-income Americans' access to legal services, but the reality in the U.K. demonstrates that nonlawyer owners are drawn to profitable areas like personal injury and create serious conflicts of interest, say Austin Bersinger and Nicola Rossi at Bersinger Law.

  • Opinion

    US Trade And Domestic Economic Policy Should Align

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    Progressive international trade policy should offer economic benefits not just to U.S. companies competing internationally, but also to the middle class, say Jeff Weiss at Steptoe & Johnson and Livia Lam at Strategies 360.

  • Del. M&A Ruling Shows Pragmatic View On Expert Reports

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    Although statements in an expert witness report are arguably hearsay, the Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision to allow them in Comtech/Gilat Merger Litigation offers insight into an area where case law is relatively sparse, and suggests the court views written reports as a pragmatic means to a just and efficient outcome, say Joseph Thompson and Elise Scoles at The Griffing Group.

  • Remote Bar Exams Pose New Learning Disability Challenges

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    New bar exam formats necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis — going from paper to computer, in-person to remote, human to artificial intelligence proctoring — may exacerbate shortcomings in disability assessments for learning-disabled test takers seeking accommodations, says Rebecca Mannis at Ivy Prep.

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