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Telecommunications

  • October 9, 2018

    Infrastructure Group Calls On FCC To Harmonize Tower Regs

    The Wireless Infrastructure Association has told the Federal Communications Commission that it should harmonize competing rules that apply to expanding already installed wireless facilities as a way to speed up 5G deployment.

  • October 9, 2018

    Apple Opposes Qualcomm's Dismissal Bid In Patent Fight

    Apple asked a California federal court to deny Qualcomm’s bid to dismiss portions of a sweeping patent case, saying the chipmaker's promise not to sue over nine patents does not address other claims at issue in the dispute.

  • October 9, 2018

    Network Capacity Buyers Shut Out Of EU Merger Row

    The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that the European Commission made no legally binding decisions, and thus created no appeals rights, when dealing with telecommunications companies that tried to pick up network capacity that Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG was forced to shell out as part of a merger deal.

  • October 9, 2018

    Trump Says China 'Not Ready' To Strike Tariff Truce

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has rebuffed China’s efforts to hold negotiations aimed at ending the two governments’ escalating tariff battle, declaring that Beijing is “not ready” to make necessary concessions to the U.S. government.

  • October 5, 2018

    Verizon Jumped Gun By Changing Call Fees, Pa. Agency Finds

    Verizon shouldn’t have decided on its own to reduce a telecom’s fees for calls that got routed through the internet based on its own view of a Federal Communications Commission order, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.

  • October 5, 2018

    Wilkinson Barker Nabs Veteran Telecom Atty As Sr. Adviser

    Telecom industry attorney Michael Nelson has been snapped up as the new senior adviser for the Denver office of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, where he will run the public policy shop, the firm said Friday.

  • October 5, 2018

    Preliminary Privacy Settlement Over BART App OK'd By Judge

    A California federal magistrate judge has approved a preliminary settlement for a class that claims Bay Area Rapid Transit secretly collected riders' personal information through a mobile app promoted as a public safety measure.

  • October 5, 2018

    Apple Wants To Hang Up FaceTime Failure Suit

    Apple Inc. has urged a California federal court to toss a consumer class action alleging the tech giant intentionally broke the FaceTime video chat service on older iPhones, arguing iPhone 4 customers didn't adequately back up their damages claims and were improperly suing over the company's design choices.

  • October 5, 2018

    Verizon OK'd For Cell Tower, Ending Dispute With Mass. Town

    A Massachusetts federal court approved a settlement sought by Verizon when it overturned a Massachusetts town’s zoning board’s decision to deny the company an application to build a cell tower and gave it a special permit to construct the tower.

  • October 5, 2018

    Ericsson Insists HTC Must Prove SEP Royalties Breach

    Cellphone maker HTC America Inc., which is suing Swedish telecom Ericsson Inc. in Texas federal court for allegedly overcharging for aging standard-essential patents, bears the burden of proof for its breach-of-contract claim, Ericsson has said in a brief.

  • October 5, 2018

    Eastern European Bloc Backs Digital Tax

    A bloc of Eastern European states said Friday that they were supporting the European Union’s temporary digital tax.

  • October 4, 2018

    2nd Circ. Axes Copyright Suit Against Latin Radio Stations

    A Second Circuit panel on Thursday nixed a music publisher’s attempt to revive a copyright infringement suit alleging that a Spanish-language broadcaster played its songs without permission, upholding a lower court’s finding that the publisher had failed to support its claims that the songs were ever played on the radio.

  • October 4, 2018

    T-Mobile Convinces PTAB Much Of Wi-Fi Patent Is Obvious

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board gutted a Wi-Fi hotspot patent that T-Mobile US Inc. had been accused of infringing, finding Wednesday that numerous claims in the patent were invalid.

  • October 4, 2018

    Texas Judge Adds 2 Years To ZTE Oversight In Sanctions Case

    Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. will spend an extra two years under the scrutiny of a Texas federal judge’s hand-picked monitor after the judge found on Wednesday that the company had violated its probation in a criminal sanctions case.

  • October 4, 2018

    Nokia Says No Licensing Duty Among Rival Cell Part Makers

    Cellular standard-essential patent practices have "never" required SEP holders to license that technology at the component level rather than the final product, Nokia said Wednesday in seeking to back Qualcomm against a Federal Trade Commission effort to require just that amid an antitrust suit in California federal court.

  • October 4, 2018

    Hong Kong Doc Denied Bail As Flight Risk In Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge denied bail once again on Thursday to a doctor from Hong Kong accused of bribing African officials for favors in the energy and banking industries, saying he’s a flight risk and there are no conditions the court could set to guarantee his presence at trial.

  • October 4, 2018

    2nd Circ. Revives Time Warner Cable Overtime Suit

    Two former salesmen and installation technicians can take another crack at their proposed class action over unpaid overtime against Time Warner Cable, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday, finding that a lower court botched its interpretation of their job description when it shut down the suit last year.

  • October 4, 2018

    Pence Slams China For Election Meddling With Tariff Salvos

    Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday forcefully rebuked China for attempting to interfere in the looming midterm elections with retaliatory tariffs and propaganda campaigns, following President Donald Trump's lead and veering the two countries' trade battle squarely into political territory.

  • October 4, 2018

    Chicago Assigned As Venue For TV Ad Price-Fixing MDL

    Tribune Media Co., Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and other media giants will face consolidated allegations of colluding to fix prices for TV ads in Illinois federal court after the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled Wednesday that Chicago represents a centralized location for the case.

  • October 4, 2018

    Latham, Paul Weiss Steer $175M Infusion Into Philippines Co.

    KKR & Co. LP and Tencent Holdings Ltd. have agreed to pump as much as $175 million into a division of Philippines-based telecommunications and internet services giant PLDT Inc., the companies said Thursday, in an agreement guided by firms including Latham & Watkins LLP and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • Standard-Setting Participation Can Affect Patent Enforceability

    Jim Burger

    The Federal Circuit's decision in Core Wireless v. Apple shows that failing to read the fine print on membership obligations to standards-setting bodies can lead to consequences for patents held by companies or acquired from other standards participants, say Jim Burger and Michael Parks of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • 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.