Telecommunications

  • March 15, 2017

    FCC Told Lifeline Broadband Change Hurts Underserved Kids

    Several children's and education advocates urged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to reconsider its move to strip several companies of their eligibility to provide Lifeline broadband service, saying it is contrary to the public interest and hurts efforts to close the so-called homework gap for students without broadband access.

  • March 15, 2017

    FCC's Pai Promises To Speed Up Innovation On Midwest Tour

    The Federal Communications Commission will begin focusing on approving new technologies more quickly, agency Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday as he kicked off a short tour aimed at promoting broadband development in Midwestern cities.

  • March 15, 2017

    EU Competition Watchdog OKs $85.4B AT&T-Time Warner Deal

    The European Union’s competition watchdog will allow Texas-based AT&T Inc. to move forward with its $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner Inc., after finding little overlap between the telecommunications firm and the content creator, according to a Wednesday statement.

  • March 15, 2017

    FTC's Suit Over Alleged $70M Phone Bill Scheme May Proceed

    A Montana federal judge on Tuesday gave the Federal Trade Commission the green light to keep pursuing its suit accusing a handful of telecom companies of perpetrating a $70 million scheme that tacked fees onto consumers' telephone bills, ruling that the companies were not common carriers.

  • March 14, 2017

    Cox Tells Justices Fed. Circ. Flouted Law In Sprint Case

    Cox Communications told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that the Federal Circuit has created "troubling exceptions" to two settled rules in patent law regarding indefiniteness, urging the justices to take up a case involving Sprint communication network patents.

  • March 14, 2017

    FCC’s Dem Pushes 5G, Expanded Broadband Access

    The Federal Communications Commission’s lone remaining Democrat said in a speech Monday that she’s willing to negotiate when formulating policy but will not compromise her principles, pressing for progress on 5G, universal service reform and efforts to add diverse media voices.

  • March 14, 2017

    Data-Selling 'Right To Know' Bill Clears Hurdle In Ill.

    A bill to require websites and apps to notify Illinois consumers what data the companies may collect and to whom they sell the data passed out of an Illinois Senate committee Tuesday, but may face challenges from the business and technology community as it proceeds through the General Assembly.

  • March 14, 2017

    Judge Won't Increase Sprint's $140M Patent Win Over TWC

    A Kansas federal judge has refused to multiply the nearly $140 million in damages that a jury awarded Sprint Communications Co. earlier this month when it found that Time Warner Cable Inc. willfully infringed five patents covering technology for Internet-enabled phone calls.

  • March 14, 2017

    Comcast Loses Round In Fight Over 10 Set-Top IP Claims

    A California federal judge killed the bulk of a Comcast unit’s suit seeking a ruling that it didn’t infringe 13 patents related to set-top boxes, finding the company hadn’t pled any facts to show it shouldn’t be on the hook for infringing 10 of the patents, while putting a stay on the rest of them, according to an order on Monday.

  • March 14, 2017

    Senior FCC Adviser Rejoins Harris Wiltshire & Grannis

    Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP has snagged for its communications and energy practices a former top Federal Communications Commission adviser, who will re-join the firm after starting her career as an associate there.

  • March 14, 2017

    Apple Consumer Row Over Faulty IPhone Screens Gets Cut

    A California judge on Tuesday dismissed with leave to amend some putative class action claims against Apple Inc. alleging that the tech giant intentionally failed to fix a design defect in the touchscreens of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, finding that the consumers' fraud allegations were too vague.

  • March 14, 2017

    NFL Online Media Arm Aims To Elude Streaming Patent Claims

    The NFL's online media arm on Monday urged a Texas federal court to toss most of the counts in a patent suit brought by a subsidiary of the Kudelski Group, arguing the asserted patents cover generic claims for processes commonly performed by humans.

  • March 14, 2017

    Russia Finds Apple Illegally Fixed Prices On IPhones

    Russia’s antitrust regulator on Tuesday said Apple Inc.’s Russian subsidiary was guilty of a scheme to fix prices on several models of iPhones sold at retail stores in the country beginning in 2015.

  • March 14, 2017

    Carriers Say FCC Privacy Regs Hurt Small ISPs

    The Competitive Carriers Association has pressed the Federal Communications Commission on its request for the agency to reconsider privacy rules passed last year for broadband providers, saying they create uneven regulation in the internet ecosystem and hurt small providers.

  • March 14, 2017

    Forced Charter Overbuild Threatens Investment, FCC Told

    A group of small companies pushed the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to toss a Charter-Time Warner Cable merger requirement forcing Charter to extend service to some customers with existing access to another provider, warning that the rule will undermine deployment.

  • March 14, 2017

    Mexican Mobile Co. Fights For $6M Claim Against Vivaro

    Mexican telecommunications provider Telcel urged a New York bankruptcy court on Monday to overrule an objection to its claim for $6 million against defunct calling card maker Vivaro Corp., saying it has produced sufficient documentation showing Vivaro’s liability stemming from a contract over interconnection payments.

  • March 14, 2017

    Motorola Hits China's Hytera With Patent, Trade Secrets Suit

    Motorola Solutions Inc. sued Hytera Communications Corp. Ltd. in Illinois federal court Tuesday over allegations the Chinese radio manufacturer copied its digital two-way radio technology and infringed several Motorola patents.

  • March 14, 2017

    Telemundo Sues Over World Cup Qualifier Broadcast Rights

    The Spanish-language television network Telemundo accused two Florida companies of tortious interference in a Tuesday complaint in federal court, alleging they recently tried to sell it the broadcast rights to qualifying soccer games leading up to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups that Telemundo already owned.

  • March 14, 2017

    NYC Says Almost Not Enough For Verizon’s FiOS Promise

    New York City filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Verizon in New York Supreme Court on Monday, alleging that the company failed to offer fiber optic connections citywide by 2014, as promised in a 2008 agreement that has become a major source of acrimony.

  • March 14, 2017

    Verizon Settles $45M Suit Over Hostages' Failed 911 Calls

    A Mississippi federal judge on Monday dismissed a couple's $45 million suit against Verizon over an allegedly faulty 911 system after the two sides struck a settlement, according to court documents.

Expert Analysis

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • California Omissions Claims: Safety Required?

    David Stein

    California has the nation’s most powerful consumer protection statutes, but in recent years, the state’s federal courts have imposed a major constraint on omission claims brought under those statutes. The good news for consumers is that recent developments suggest this constrictive view of California consumer protection law is ending, say David Stein and Amanda Karl of Girard Gibbs LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Net Neutrality And Broadband Privacy Under The New FCC

    Marc S. Martin

    The Federal Communications Commission's new chairman, Ajit Pai, has indicated that he plans to roll back former Chairman Tom Wheeler's actions regarding net neutrality and broadband privacy. Chairman Pai's endorsement of a former Republican FCC chairman, Michael Powell, further suggests that he plans to deregulate broadband internet access services, say Marc Martin and Michael Sherling of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • The Latest On Managing Workplace Mental Health Issues

    Linda B. Dwoskin

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a resource document explaining workplace protections for individuals who suffer from mental health conditions. The publication alerts employers of the need to understand and appreciate an employee’s legal rights as well as their obligations to provide a host of reasonable accommodations, say Linda Dwoskin and Melissa Bergman Squire of Dechert LLP.

  • Post-Spokeo, Not All Statutory Violations Are Created Equal

    John G. Papianou

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo did not provide the hoped-for clarity on whether violation of a statute is sufficient for a plaintiff to sue in federal court. As practitioners and courts still struggle with this question, two recent decisions from the Seventh and Third Circuits highlight the issue, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.