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Telecommunications

  • August 17, 2018

    Cumulus Radio Tricked Listeners On Contest Odds, Suit Says

    Cumulus Media Inc. was slapped with a putative class action in New York federal court Friday alleging that the company holds “deceptive” radio sweepstakes seemingly among a station’s local radio audience when in fact listeners compete with longer odds against entrants from all Cumulus stations.

  • August 17, 2018

    TV 'White Spaces' Program Lacks Oversight, NAB Says

    The so-called TV white spaces program that repurposes unused broadcast spectrum gaps is fraught with errors and is egregiously unsupervised, the National Association of Broadcasters has told the Federal Communications Commission.

  • August 17, 2018

    FCC Must Include Local Data In Market Review, CCA Says

    The Federal Communications Commission should learn from its Mobility Fund Phase II data collection, which will inform the way the FCC doles out subsidies to mobile carriers in an upcoming auction, as it separately analyzes the state of competition in the market for wireless services, the Competitive Carriers Association has told the agency.

  • August 17, 2018

    Facebook, Google Could Be Wild Cards In Privacy Law Fight

    Federal lawmakers have struggled for years to enact uniform online data security rules, but now once-unthinkable support from tech giants like Facebook and Google and shifting consumer attitudes are signaling a chance for momentous change, attorneys say.

  • August 17, 2018

    WaPo, Others Call Md.'s Political Ad Law Unconstitutional

    The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and a host of local newspapers asked a Maryland federal court Friday to declare a new state law meant to curb Russian propaganda online as unconstitutional, saying it violates the First Amendment by compelling the media to regularly publish details about the people or groups who purchase political ads.   

  • August 17, 2018

    Facebook Backs Bid For FCC To Make Internet Airship Rules

    Facebook has backed a startup’s recent bid for the Federal Communications Commission to begin writing rules for regulating airships that could beam down the next generation of 5G mobile internet service, arguing that under the Communications Act, the FCC must usher in new technology that could improve affordable access.

  • August 16, 2018

    Will Law Schools Start Counting ‘Generation ADA’?

    No one is tracking law students with disabilities to see where the education system may be failing them, but some advocates are working to change this dynamic and build a better pipeline.

  • August 16, 2018

    DirecTV Ducks Most Of FTC’s $4B False Ad Case

    A California federal judge culled most of the Federal Trade Commission's $4 billion false advertising suit against DirecTV on Thursday, ruling that the agency didn't have evidence strong enough to meet the "extraordinary ambition" of showing that over 40,000 ads deceived consumers.

  • August 16, 2018

    Former Brooklyn ADA, City Clash Over Illegal Wiretaps

    New York City has urged a Brooklyn federal judge to toss a suit brought by a former assistant district attorney seeking to hold the city liable for a colleague's illegal wiretap on her phone, while the former prosecutor said her complaint clearly shows the city was at least negligent.

  • August 16, 2018

    Trump Taps Sidley Austin Partner For San Francisco US Atty

     A partner at Sidley Austin LLP will be nominated as U.S. attorney in San Francisco, the White House announced Thursday, as it also revealed nominees for spots in Florida, Illinois and North Dakota.

  • August 16, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Says Axed Suits Still Start AIA Time-Bar Clock

    The full Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that patent suits that are voluntarily dismissed start the clock on the one-year window the accused party has to file an inter partes review petition, saying the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's contrary holding misread the America Invents Act.

  • August 16, 2018

    DC Appeals Court Ends FCA Suit Against Verizon, Comcast

    A D.C. appellate panel on Thursday backed a trial court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit against Verizon, Comcast, MCI Worldcom and several other telecommunications companies that accused the companies of failing to pay more than $29 million in emergency 911 taxes.

  • August 16, 2018

    Tribes Allowed To Intervene In Small-Cell Rule Challenges

    The D.C. Circuit on Thursday allowed several tribes to intervene in combined challenges to a Federal Communications Commission rule that exempts from environmental and historic reviews small-cell fixtures necessary for building up next-generation or 5G networks.

  • August 16, 2018

    Cox Facing Epic Copyright Battles Ahead Over Downloading

    With a copyright retrial against Cox Communications set to kick off later this month and an even bigger case from major record labels looming right behind it, the internet service provider is facing a huge courtroom test over illegal downloading in the months ahead.

  • August 16, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Reverses Part Of $7.3M Apple Patent Verdict

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upended a jury verdict that required Apple Inc. to pay $7.3 million to Core Wireless Licensing SARL, which claimed iPads and iPhones infringed two of its patents covering wireless communications technology.

  • August 16, 2018

    Free Speech Group Backs Trump In 2nd Circ. Twitter Appeal

    Free speech organization the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation on Wednesday stood behind President Donald Trump in his Second Circuit appeal challenging a lower court's decision deeming his blocking of critics from his personal Twitter account unconstitutional, saying the ruling misconstrued the First Amendment.

  • August 16, 2018

    10th Circ. Sides With Dish In 'DishNet' TM Fight

    The Tenth Circuit has ruled that Dish Network is the rightful owner of the trademark “DishNet,” rejecting a case filed by formerly affiliated retailer that used the same name first.

  • August 16, 2018

    FCC’s Pai Says Debunked Cyberattack Put Him In A Pickle

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday defended his decision to delay publicly disavowing since-debunked claims that a cyberattack brought down its public comment system last year, telling lawmakers that an agency watchdog’s request to keep mum put him in a difficult position.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 16, 2018

    Squire Patton Nabs 3 Leaders Of Dissolved IP Boutique

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has swallowed intellectual property boutique Singularity LLP, snagging a trio of veteran tech litigators from the dissolved boutique as part of the global firm’s efforts to bolster its intellectual property presence in the Bay Area.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Internet Of Things Cos. Must Prepare For Law Enforcement

    Matthew Gardner

    As the internet of things device market develops, companies that proactively develop compliance strategies should be able to avoid many of the pitfalls that are sure to come as law enforcement changes the way it investigates cases, say attorneys at Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Japan's Balanced Approach To SEP Licensing

    David Kappos

    The Japan Patent Office's new guide to licensing for standard-essential patents maintains an admirable neutrality in tone, language and substance, making it an effective reference tool for all sides in SEP licensing, says David Kappos, a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • ERISA Class Actions After Epic Systems

    James Baker

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's opinion in Epic Systems v. Lewis employed the same analytics used by Justice Antonin Scalia in three previous decisions. They strongly suggest the court would allow a mandatory arbitration clause with a class action waiver in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act context, says James Baker of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Carpenter Ruling May Be Turning Point In Digital Data Privacy

    Kim Peretti

    While the U.S. Supreme Court proclaimed its Carpenter holding was narrow, its unprecedented recognition of an individual’s privacy interest in data held by third parties could signal significant changes in privacy more generally, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.