Telecommunications

  • August 21, 2017

    CenturyLink Says Revamped Credit Report Suit Still Fails

    CenturyLink Inc. argued Friday that a consumer still fails to show she suffered any actual injury based on her credit score allegedly falling after the company supposedly pulled her credit report before she signed up for services, telling an Illinois federal court that her revamped claims do no better at establishing standing.

  • August 21, 2017

    HK High Court Will Take On $130M Award Challenge

    Hong Kong’s highest court has agreed to hear the appeal of an Indonesian broadband company that’s fighting efforts to collect on $130 million in arbitration awards against it.

  • August 21, 2017

    Apple Says Qualcomm's Evasion Of Patent Exam 'Astounding'

    Apple Inc. on Friday pushed back against Qualcomm’s bid to kill at least part of Apple’s suit accusing the chipmaker of demanding excessive royalties, saying that Qualcomm’s attempts to keep the court from taking a closer look at its patent portfolio are “astounding.”

  • August 21, 2017

    Verizon Urges FCC To Adopt Next-Gen TV Standard Rules

    Verizon urged the Federal Communication Commission on Friday to consider putting in place a few rules to ensure that the transition to the “next generation” broadcast television standard remains voluntary for providers until it gains more widespread consumer acceptance.

  • August 21, 2017

    VirnetX Strikes Patent Negotiation Deal With HTC

    VirnetX Holding Corp., a patent-licensing company that previously won millions of dollars in now-vacated judgments against Apple Inc., announced Monday that it has reached a "patent standstill agreement" with smartphone maker HTC Corp.

  • August 21, 2017

    Democratic Lawmakers Ask GAO To Probe FCC Cyberattack

    Two Democratic lawmakers have urged the Government Accountability Office to look into a May cyberattack that may have disrupted public comment on net neutrality, saying the Federal Communications Commission’s failure to release records about the incident has left unanswered questions.

  • August 21, 2017

    FCC Must Mull Local Ownership Rule Impact, TV Group Says

    The Federal Communications Commission should consider whether removing local ownership restrictions on "top-four" broadcast stations would cut down on competition in TV content-sharing agreements, the American Television Alliance told the agency on Thursday.

  • August 18, 2017

    How 5 Firms Are Building More Diverse Ranks

    Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Top Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • August 18, 2017

    Racial Diversity Stagnating At US Law Firms

    The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    After years of diversity initiatives, the legal industry is still coming up short, but some law firms have made notable progress. Here, Law360 ranks the U.S. firms that are leaders in turning diversity goals into workforce realities.

  • August 18, 2017

    DC Circ. Says Cellphones' Ubiquity Not Enough For Warrant

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday threw out evidence obtained under a search warrant seeking cellphones and electronic devices without showing probable cause the suspect owned any, ruling that the fact that most people own cellphones is not enough to search someone's home.

  • August 18, 2017

    DirecTV Didn't Test Effect Of Ad Disclosures, Exec Says

    DirecTV’s former marketing director testified in a bench trial Friday that the satellite TV provider didn't test the effectiveness of disclosures included in ads that are at the center of the Federal Trade Commission’s $3.95 billion suit alleging its marketing practices misled consumers.

  • August 18, 2017

    Dish Wants Claims Tossed In Data Compression Patent Row

    Dish Network Corp. on Thursday argued it’s not subject to Texas jurisdiction in a patent infringement suit related to its data compression technology, and argued there’s no basis for cloud backup company Realtime Data LLC’s assertion of willful infringement.

  • August 18, 2017

    Phone Billing Cos. Seek $38.5M In Damages For 'Cramming'

    BSG Clearing Solutions North America LLC has filed a lawsuit against 48 individuals and companies alleging they are “at the center of a vast scheme” that billed phone customers for unauthorized services and left BSG on the hook for $38.5 million in indemnity obligations.

  • August 18, 2017

    Intel Settles Patent Row That Future Link Valued At $10B

    Intel Corp. settled claims from Future Link Systems LLC that it was owed $10 billion in damages for the infringement of 15 patents used in a variety of products including network architecture, cellphones and gaming platforms, according to a recent joint dismissal request in Delaware federal court.

  • August 18, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: AT&T, Fiat Chrysler, Air Berlin

    AT&T is mulling a sale of its nearly $1 billion Digital Life home security business, multiple Chinese companies have refuted media speculation that they are interested in buying Fiat Chrysler, and recently bankrupt Air Berlin could be acquired by INTRO-Verwaltungs.

  • August 18, 2017

    RadioShack Files E-Commerce-Focused Restructuring Plan

    RadioShack filed a proposed Chapter 11 plan and disclosure statement late Thursday in Delaware that would reorganize the bankrupt electronics retailer's debt structure and shift its operational focus to its e-commerce assets.

  • August 18, 2017

    Net Neutrality Crucial For Free Speech, UN Experts Say

    Two experts for the United Nations weighed in Thursday on the net neutrality debate, saying treating all online content equally is crucial to upholding the right of free speech that U.N. member states enjoy.

  • August 17, 2017

    Apple Says Drivers, Not Phones, Cause Texting Crashes

    Apple urged a California state judge Thursday to toss a proposed class action alleging it puts profits over public safety by not installing lockout devices on iPhones that prevent texting while driving, saying courts have consistently held that distracted drivers are responsible for accidents, not phone manufacturers.

Expert Analysis

  • What Providers Need To Know About NJ's Telemedicine Law

    Nathaniel Lacktman

    New Jersey's latest telemedicine law, effective last month, cements the validity of telehealth services, establishes practice standards and imposes telehealth coverage requirements for state-funded health insurance. Passage of this legislation is welcome news for companies and health care providers looking to offer telemedicine services in New Jersey, says Nathaniel Lacktman of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • Key Signals From UK's New Electronic Communications Code

    Steven Cox

    The United Kingdom's new Electronic Telecommunications Code is bound to have an effect on current and prospective negotiations for new code leases. However, government priorities have shifted in recent months, and landowners have no certainty as to when the new code will come into effect, say Steven Cox and Sarah Lockwood of K&L Gates LLP.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • A Summer Update On FCPA: Part 1

    Michael Skopets

    July produced a small uptick in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement resolutions, including a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settlement with Halliburton — the first corporate disposition entered into by the Trump administration — and three individual enforcement actions, say Michael Skopets and Marc Bohn of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Recent Delaware Opinions Shake Up Appraisal Litigation

    Meredith Kotler

    In the space of less than two weeks, the Delaware courts issued two landmark appraisal decisions that, when combined with recent statutory changes, likely will dampen “appraisal arbitrage” activities going forward, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Venturing Into The Land Of Location Data Collection

    Sheila Pham

    As mobile apps become more customizable to users’ experiences and locations, the data provided and potentially obtained through those customizations become more specific and personal. However, where technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, the law often follows far behind, say Sheila Pham and Mark Mao of Troutman Sanders LLP.