Telecommunications

  • January 11, 2017

    School Tells Fed. Circ. PTAB Botched Samsung Sensor Case

    Ontario-based Queen’s University at Kingston urged the Federal Circuit on Monday to undo a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that invalidated claims related to eye sensor technology that the school had accused Samsung of violating, saying the board messed up the review process.

  • January 11, 2017

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Lobbying activity on major controversial issues at the Federal Communications Commission has slowed as the changeover to a new administration continues, but experts say these months of transition are also a formative time for the industry to make its case before staff and commissioners.

  • January 11, 2017

    FCC Warns Consumers Of Financial Service Scams

    The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday alerted consumers to callers who falsely offer lower credit card payments and other purported attempts to help with refinancing opportunities, noting that such scams are more prevalent during and after the holiday season.

  • January 10, 2017

    EU's New E-Privacy Rules Expand Its Authority Over Tech Cos.

    The European Commission floated a draft regulation Tuesday that will expose tech companies outside the traditional telecom space — including Facebook, Google and Apple — to stricter privacy rules on electronic communications, but the proposed regime's cross-border uniformity and eased customer-consent requirements could make the changes easier to swallow.

  • January 10, 2017

    Occam Merger Plaintiff Seeks Unheard-Of $3M Award

    The Delaware Chancery Court trial over whether Herbert Chen, lead plaintiff in the Occam Networks Inc. merger case, should get an unprecedented $3 million incentive award closed Tuesday, with Chen arguing his attorneys tried to “end run around” him and settle the underlying action early.

  • January 10, 2017

    Deal Between DJ, Cumulus Media Unit Short On Details: Judge

    A Florida federal judge denied approval of a settlement Monday between a part-time radio DJ and a Cumulus Media Inc. subsidiary, expressing skepticism about the fairness of a wage claim settlement that awards no money for unpaid wages.

  • January 10, 2017

    BlackBerry Settles Data Encryption Patent Dispute

    BlackBerry Corp. has agreed to settle two infringement lawsuits brought by securities firm Maz Encryption Technologies LLC, according to a Tuesday court filing, a deal that comes just a few months after a Delaware federal judge ruled one of Maz’s patents was not directed toward an abstract idea.

  • January 10, 2017

    FCC Slates Vote On Axing Broadcasters' Public File Rule

    Outgoing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler set an agenda Tuesday for the first agency meeting under a Trump administration, queuing up a vote on dropping the FCC’s requirement that commercial broadcasters retain copies of correspondence from the public.

  • January 10, 2017

    Limitless Creditors Oppose Cell Tower Lease Rejection Plan

    The unsecured creditors of bankrupt wireless communications firm Limitless Mobile LLC objected Tuesday to the company's attempt to reject more than 100 cell tower leases and abandon the wireless equipment mounted on the towers, saying it should wait until the end of January.

  • January 10, 2017

    Sprint Hit With FDCPA Class Action Over Debited Accounts

    Sprint Communications, Inc. overcharged customers via automatic account withdrawals in violation of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act and Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, according to a putative class action filed Tuesday against the wireless carrier.

  • January 10, 2017

    Patent Suits Can Have Multiple Winners, Fed. Circ. Hears

    The time has come for the Federal Circuit to overturn its 2010 ruling that only one party can be considered “prevailing” for determining costs in patent infringement litigation, Golden Bridge Technology Inc. said Tuesday in a dispute with Apple Inc., telling the appeals court it is now a “lone ranger” on the issue.

  • January 10, 2017

    Wireless Group Urges FCC To Nix New Emergency Alert Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission should scrap or delay a number of requirements on wireless providers included under proposed rules to modernize the Wireless Emergency Alerts program, wireless trade association CTIA said in comments submitted to the commission Monday.

  • January 10, 2017

    Sprint Rejects Call At FCC To Expand Bill Dispute Window

    Sprint Corp. told the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to reject a request from a Washington, D.C., attorney to find a six-month deadline for disputing wireless bills unlawful, arguing that the two-year statute of limitations in the Communications Act does not apply to the charges at issue. 

  • January 10, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Patent Win For Google, Verizon, AT&T

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Google, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and BlackBerry do not infringe a patent on phone billing technology.

  • January 10, 2017

    After Comcast Letter, Philly Mayor To Delay On Wage Bill

    Philadelphia’s mayor will delay signing a measure that would make it illegal for employers to inquire about a potential employee’s salary history in response to a letter purportedly sent to the city by Comcast Corp. that questioned its constitutionality, a spokesman said Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    Prison Callers Defend Revamped Securus Recording Suit

    Prison phone users Monday stood by their class allegations that Securus Technologies Inc. recorded their calls without permission, arguing that the reasserted fraud and misrepresentation claims are detailed enough and that the telephone service provider is treading on already-decided ground.

  • January 9, 2017

    The Firms That Dominated In 2016

    Law360's Firms of the Year rose above the competition in 2016 by earning a combined 20 Practice Group of the Year awards on the strength of work that helped their clients attain game-changing judgments and close record deals.

  • January 9, 2017

    How The GOP May Undo Wheeler's Telecom Legacy

    Republicans who have long complained of what they call an activist and wrongheaded agenda at Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Federal Communications Commission are preparing to take control of Congress and the White House, and experts say they see three ways the GOP may seek to reverse key elements of his legacy.

  • January 9, 2017

    Blackouts Show Need For Retransmission Reform, FCC Told

    The American Television Alliance pushed the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to consider again its rules guiding negotiations between pay-TV providers and broadcasters, saying widespread programming blackouts demonstrate that current rules aren’t protecting the public.

  • January 9, 2017

    FCC Warns TV Stations Over Political Transparency Issues

    The Federal Communications Commission on Friday reprimanded several TV stations for failing to follow requirements designed to ensure transparency about political advertising in 2014 and 2016, clarifying its rules and declining to pursue enforcement but also warning of possible future action.

Expert Analysis

  • How CFPB Plans To Regulate Certain Cellphone Carriers

    Brian T. Casey

    Mobile phone carriers that engage in third-party billing services may soon be considered to be providing products covered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This proposed change represents a number of major issues for the mobile phone industry and possibly the service contract and insurance industries, say Brian Casey and Aaron Igdalsky of Locke Lord LLP.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • How Trump's Administration Will Affect Communications

     Shawn H. Chang

    It is well established that in January President-elect Trump will seek to alter or replace many of President Obama's regulations and executive orders. However, Trump is unlikely to significantly alter Obama's executive orders relating to the communications sector, says Shawn H. Chang of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • A Review Of Key Cases Against Executives In Q3

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    Attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd. highlight the third quarter’s most significant cases and government investigations impacting corporate executives.

  • With The New Administration, A New FCC Focus?

    Anne Goodwin Crump

    With the potential of new blood soon coming into the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC may shift at least some of its attention back to broadcasting issues. Anne Crump of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth PLC discusses who the next FCC chairman might be, and what else the future might hold for the commission.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • Fed. Circ. Causes Power Shift In Software Patent Litigation

    Samir Mehta

    The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Unwired Planet v. Google significantly restricts the scope of the covered business method review program. Along with other 2016 decisions, this ruling further limits the power of defendants to challenge the validity of software patents, says Samir Mehta of Stinson Leonard Street LLP.

  • Avoiding Law Firm BYOD Risks: Tips For Securing Devices

    Everett Monroe

    Many believe that the solutions to the security problems created by using smartphones for work are primarily technological, but a much larger piece of the puzzle involves the human factor. To achieve reasonable security around mobile devices, law firms must go back to basics — clear policies, effective training and thoughtful oversight, says Everett Monroe of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Merger Control Update: It Ain't Over Till It's Over

    James W. Lowe

    Two recent enforcement actions — Valeant in the U.S. and Altice in France — are reminders that there are antitrust risks to be addressed after the deal is signed and even after it has closed, say attorneys with WilmerHale.