Telecommunications

  • August 14, 2017

    Retrial In $50M Texting Scam Gets Underway

    The retrial of two executives at a mobile technology company accused of cheating consumers out of $50 million by signing them up for messaging services without their permission began Monday in New York federal court, after an earlier trial ended in a hung jury.

  • August 14, 2017

    Cell Location Searches Assailed In Raft Of High Court Briefs

    A slew of digital rights, press freedom and Fourth Amendment advocates urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to rule that the government can’t obtain historical cellphone location records without a warrant.

  • August 14, 2017

    House Dems Ask FCC's Pai If Sinclair Being Shown Favoritism

    A group of federal lawmakers are asking Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to explain recent actions by the agency that appear to favor Sinclair Broadcast Group, including reinstating a rule which would allow Sinclair to reach 70 percent of the country’s households.

  • August 14, 2017

    Finisar Investors Seek Class Cert. In Stock Inflation Suit

    Shareholders who sued fiber optic supplier Finisar Corp. for fraud after a seemingly inarticulate statement by its CEO bumped its stock price up just long enough to make him and his company millions asked a California federal judge Monday to certify their case as a class action.

  • August 14, 2017

    SAP, Mitel Hit With Suits Over Phone Call Tracking Patent

    Serenitiva filed two patent infringement actions against SAP America and Mitel Networks in Texas’ Eastern District on Friday, alleging their products infringe one of Serenitiva’s patents covering a web-based phone call tracking system.

  • August 14, 2017

    DirecTV Owes $4B For False Ads, FTC Says As Trial Opens

    DirecTV LLC should have to pay $3.95 billion for misleading millions of consumers about the actual costs of their subscriptions, the Federal Trade Commission told a California federal judge during opening arguments of a bench trial on Monday.

  • August 14, 2017

    Spectrum-Sharing Changes Proposed Too Late, FCC Told

    Straight Path recently hit back against proposed edits to a technical rule in an FCC proceeding over broader use of spectrum bands typically used by satellites, saying the companies behind the proposal are essentially asking to undo years of progress toward spectrum sharing.

  • August 14, 2017

    IRS Tells 2nd Circ. To Uphold Nix Of Ex-Sprint Execs' Row

    The Internal Revenue Service urged the Second Circuit to toss an appeal from a pair of former Sprint executives Friday, arguing that their claims that the agency and Ernst & Young concealed evidence of an investigation are barred by federal law.

  • August 14, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Charter, Danone, Toshiba

    Altice may ask CPPIB and BC Partners to help fund a blockbuster takeover of Charter Communications, Danone SA shares jumped after reports that the French food company is likely to be sold, and further complications have arisen in the saga of the sale of Toshiba's memory chip business.

  • August 14, 2017

    DC Circ. Mostly OKs FCC Order Against 'Sham' Telecom Cos.

    The D.C. Circuit has affirmed the Federal Communications Commission’s order that a trio of allegedly sham telecom companies repay AT&T the $252,000 it paid for services they never actually provided, but also ruled that the agency went too far by addressing the merits of an underlying federal lawsuit.

  • August 14, 2017

    Dish Can't Escape Judgment In TCPA Suit, Consumer Says

    A consumer leading North Carolina federal court litigation accusing Dish Network of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act blasted the company’s contention Friday that the allegations were already litigated in a separate Illinois action, calling the argument an “about-face” from the satellite provider’s previous claims.

  • August 14, 2017

    Fla. Appeals Court Tosses Broadcast Tower Contract Fight

    A lower court should have dismissed a Florida investment firm’s suit accusing a private equity firm of breaching an agreement in a deal to buy broadcast tower assets, a Florida appeals court ruled Friday, finding that the firm has not established personal jurisdiction in the Sunshine State.

  • August 11, 2017

    FCC Grants Deadline Extension For Net Neutrality Comments

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday it is extending the deadline for reply comments by two weeks in its proceeding that contemplates gutting net neutrality protections, after Public Knowledge, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups supporting net neutrality asked the agency for more time.

  • August 11, 2017

    Chamber Joins In Opposition Of Sex Trafficking Bill

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has joined a growing list of powerful groups opposing a bill designed to hold internet companies accountable for not doing enough to combat child sex trafficking facilitation on their sites.

  • August 11, 2017

    Group Demands Pai's Recusal From Inmate Calling Issues

    A prisoner advocacy group has called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to recuse himself from all agency business related to prison phone call rates, saying that his days as a Jenner & Block LLP attorney created a “clear conflict of interest.”

  • August 11, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms British Standards Nix Telecom Patent

    The Federal Circuit has affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision invalidating key claims of a patent for a telecommunications system owned by C-Cation Technologies, agreeing with its competitors’ reasoning that the patent is obvious in light of technical standards published by the British government.

  • August 11, 2017

    Viacom Gets Ex-Exec’s Gender Bias, Defamation Suit Trimmed

    A California federal judge trimmed a gender bias suit brought by a former top television executive at Viacom Inc. subsidiary Black Entertainment Television LLC on Thursday, determining that Viacom was liable as the executive’s employer, but that she did not allege sufficient facts to support certain defamation claims.

  • August 11, 2017

    Debt Collector's $3.2M TCPA Suit Deal Gets Initial OK

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a $3.2 million settlement between a proposed class of consumers and Collecto Inc., finding that the deal to end the action alleging Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations by the debt collector was reasonable.

  • August 10, 2017

    Google, T-Mobile Fight Over 3.5GHz Spectrum Framework

    Debate over how the Federal Communications Commission should manage the 3.5GHz band of spectrum it opened up for commercial use two years ago escalated Wednesday, with Google arguing to keep the current rules and T-Mobile contending they don’t do enough to spur 5G wireless innovation.

  • August 10, 2017

    Assignee Says Belize Still Trying To Escape $27.4M Award

    A Turks and Caicos entity that was assigned a confirmed $27.4 million arbitral award, originally issued to BCB Holdings Ltd. and Belize Bank Ltd. following a tax dispute with Belize, told a D.C. federal judge Wednesday that it must be substituted for those companies if the award is to be enforced in the U.S.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before Entering Joint-Representation AFA

    Natalie Hanlon Leh

    One growing trend is for clients to enter into alternative fee arrangements in which one law firm represents multiple parties who “share” fees and costs in a related matter. This way parties can more efficiently manage a matter and reduce their individual legal fees. But joint representation is not without its own risks and challenges, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Legal Incubators Can Help New Lawyers And Society

    Martin Pritikin

    Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.

  • Textalyzer Technology Faces Privacy Roadblocks

    Tamara Kurtzman

    Designed to deter and identify distracted drivers, Cellebrite's “textalyzer” is a mobile device that, once connected to a cellphone, purports to reveal whether any phone activity occurred. While some states have already taken steps to see this technology implemented on their roads, lawmakers in states like California may face difficulty, says Tamara Kurtzman, managing partner of TMK Attorneys.

  • The Growing Circuit Split Over FCA First-To-File Rule

    Brian Boyle

    Recently, the D.C. Circuit and the Second Circuit have broken with their sister circuits and treated the False Claims Act first-to-file requirement as nonjurisdictional and merely a matter of adequate pleading. This has the potential to limit the usefulness of one of the most important FCA defenses, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • How To Prioritize Your Law Firm's Crisis Response Plan

    Michelle Samuels

    If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Closing Argument

    Stephen Susman

    In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.

  • 5G Deployment Faces Unique Challenges Across The US

    Jonathan Babcock

    The wireless industry contends that the advent of 5G technology will transform the lives of nearly all Americans for the better. Yet to realize these benefits, municipalities must work together with carriers and the government to allow the United States to become the global leader in 5G, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • The Soft Power Of Congress To Challenge Mergers

    Daniel Friedman

    While Congress does not have the ability to directly stop a merger, it has virtually unfettered power to engage in fact-finding, and testimony given at congressional hearings can help the merger enforcers in litigation, say Daniel Friedman and Robert LoBue of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • 5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

    Gregory Lantier

    While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.