Telecommunications

  • May 21, 2018

    FCC Investigating Cellphone Location-Tracking Co. After Leak

    The Federal Communications Commission is investigating cellphone location data provider LocationSmart after a researcher discovered the company’s website was leaking location data that allowed for the tracking of any AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon phone in the United States without customer consent.

  • May 21, 2018

    Chancery Judge Denies Bid For Redo In HP-Aruba Appraisal

    A Delaware Chancery Court judge on Monday denied a bid for reargument from investors of Aruba Networks Inc., who claimed he misapplied state law by shaving 30 percent off the deal price in an appraisal action over Hewlett-Packard Co.’s $2.8 billion acquisition of the company.

  • May 21, 2018

    AT&T, Time Warner Urge Court To Reject Indie Network Input

    AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. urged a D.C. federal court on Monday to reject an independent television network’s bid to weigh in on the challenge of their planned $85 billion deal, saying that the government's case does not allege any harm to content creators.

  • May 21, 2018

    FCC Opens 'Transparency' Portal Before Net Neutrality Sunset

    The Federal Communications Commission has put in place another piece of the framework for the agency's net neutrality deregulation, revealing Monday that the FCC opened a portal for internet service providers to disclose their web traffic-management practices.

  • May 21, 2018

    FCC Shot Clock Bill Unlikely To Speed Merger Reviews

    A bill that would lock federal agencies into tighter merger review procedures found new life in the U.S. Senate last week, but experts are divided on how effective such a measure could be in speeding up media merger approvals at the Federal Communications Commission.

  • May 21, 2018

    Toyota To Proceed With Wireless Tech Despite FCC Caution

    Toyota has not given up on having vehicles wirelessly communicate with each other within the next few years, telling the Federal Communications Commission in a letter Friday that the automaker will continue to implement the technology despite proposals for sharing its spectrum.

  • May 21, 2018

    Samsung Can't Force Galaxy S3 Arb With Hidden Agreement

    A Pennsylvania federal judge said Monday that Samsung can’t dismiss or force into arbitration a proposed class action seeking damages after a consumer's Galaxy S3 phone allegedly overheated and caused a fire, determining that the company had essentially hidden its arbitration agreement in a 64-page informational booklet.

  • May 21, 2018

    UK Minister Says Intervention Unlikely In Comcast's Sky Bid

    The U.K. government is unlikely to intervene in Comcast Corp.’s proposed $31 billion acquisition of British broadcasting and telecom giant Sky PLC after an initial review found the merger does not raise public interest concerns about media ownership, Matt Hancock, the U.K.’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport, said in a statement Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    TTAB Denies LG 'G5' Logo TM, Citing Chinese Co.'s 'G'Five'

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is refusing to let LG Electronics register the logo for its "G5" smartphone as a trademark, saying it's confusingly similar to a Chinese electronics company's "G'Five" brand.

  • May 21, 2018

    AT&T To Pay Cell Tower Technician $30M Over 50-Ft. Fall

    A cellphone tower technician has reached a $30 million settlement in a case against AT&T over a 50-foot fall he took from a Pennsylvania tower he says did not have proper safety features, his attorneys announced Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    ITC To Probe NEC Infringement Claims Over Telecom Tech

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened an investigation into the importation of underwater telecommunications equipment by Texas-based Xtera Inc. and Florida-based MC Assembly LLC after Japanese consumer electronics firm NEC Corp. alleged the companies infringed its patent.

  • May 18, 2018

    Fate Of Apple's $1B IP Fight With Samsung In Jury's Hands

    Following closing arguments Friday, the five women and three men of a California federal jury filed out of a San Jose courthouse for a weekend break with a billion-dollar question hanging in the air: How much in damages must Samsung pay Apple for infringing its smartphone design and utility patents?

  • May 18, 2018

    Illinois Bell Wants Old Claims From Telecom's Suit Nixed

    Illinois Bell and other Bell affiliates urged a Missouri federal judge Thursday to drop claims that they owe Level 3 Communications LLC more than $24 million in their dispute over the price charged for essential telecommunications wires, arguing the claims are too old.

  • May 18, 2018

    Net Neutrality Vote Petition Gains Support In House

    The U.S. House of Representatives' counterpart to the net neutrality preservation legislation that squeaked by in the Senate on Wednesday is now gaining traction in the lower chamber.

  • May 18, 2018

    Mobile Ad Firm Investor Sues To Nullify $34M Merger

    A common stockholder of Mobile Posse Inc. filed suit Friday in Delaware Chancery Court to void the mobile advertising technology firm's $33.8 million merger with a company that allegedly has deep ties to the directors of Mobile Posse and its preferred shareholders.

  • May 18, 2018

    FCC's O'Rielly Rebukes Rumors Of Sinclair-Tribune Benefits

    In no uncertain terms, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly rebuked rumblings that the agency has been taking action to singularly enable Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co., writing in a Friday blog post that such suggestions are a “misguided fantasy” and a “rhetorical tool” to cause divisions.

  • May 18, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Revives $5.4M IP Verdict Nixed By Wis. Judge

    The Federal Circuit revived a $5.4 million verdict against a manufacturer of captioned phones that a Wisconsin federal jury found infringed the asserted claims of a patent covering the devices, holding Friday that a judge erred in tossing the jury’s determination that the patent was valid.

  • May 18, 2018

    FTC Says Biz Threatened To Delete Companies From Google

    The Federal Trade Commission in California federal court on Thursday accused a Florida-based company of scamming small businesses through false threats to remove them from Google search results and sham search engine optimization products.

  • May 18, 2018

    Motorola Can't Examine Computers In Trade Secret Row

    An Illinois federal magistrate judge rejected Motorola’s bid to examine the computers of workers at a Chinese radio manufacturer in a trade secret battle, saying the discovery had gone far afield of the statutes of limitation question it was meant to address.

  • May 18, 2018

    Korean Satellite Co. Slams $1M Award Confirmation Bid

    A Korean satellite provider has urged a New York federal judge to vacate a $1 million arbitral award issued to a Bermuda satellite operator in a dispute over a controversial satellite transaction, saying a tribunal is picking and choosing which Korean government actions to recognize, and which to ignore. 

Expert Analysis

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Continues To Clarify Venue Post-TC Heartland

    Ann Fort

    Tuesday marks one year since the U.S. Supreme Court fundamentally narrowed patent venue in its TC Heartland decision. This month, three Federal Circuit decisions addressed a number of outstanding questions on patent venue, but none of the court's positions was unexpected, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • TCPA Trends: Impact On Future Litigation And Compliance

    Michael Reif

    The number of Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits has grown exponentially in recent years, and courts have issued several significant decisions in recent months that may have implications for future TCPA litigation and compliance efforts, say Michael Reif and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • The Future Of Design Patent Remedies Is Unclear

    Derek Dahlgren

    The Apple v. Samsung design-patent retrial — scheduled to begin on Monday — is an opportunity to clear up confusion on remedies. However, the complicated test that will be used for determining the article of manufacture presents the risk of creating more confusion, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Congressional Forecast: May

    Layth Elhassani

    Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess. The Republican majority is aiming to meet deadlines on several priority items, including fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills and renewed program authorizations for agriculture, defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.