Telecommunications

  • October 6, 2017

    Phone Patent Claims Against Gov't Time-Barred: Fed. Circ.

    A Federal Circuit panel affirmed a Court of Federal Claims decision to nix an inventor’s suit alleging that the U.S. government infringed his intellectual property related to dual handset telephones, finding Friday that he failed to sue within a special statute of limitations.

  • October 6, 2017

    Transamerica Hit With Class Action Over TCPA Claims

    Transamerica Financial Advisors Inc. was hit Thursday with a putative class action in Florida federal court that accuses the financial services firm of sending unsolicited faxes, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • October 6, 2017

    4 Men Charged In $16M Pentagon Kickback Scheme

    Four men, including a government employee, have been charged with operating a kickback and bribery scheme that saddled the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General with more than $15.7 million in fraudulent payments on a telecommunications contract, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday in Virginia federal court.

  • October 6, 2017

    Lawmakers Blast FCC's Proposed Broadband Standards

    A group of lawmakers told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai Thursday that they are "gravely concerned" that the agency’s proposed standards for acceptable internet access and speeds could "undo significant progress and investment" advanced by both the FCC and Congress.

  • October 6, 2017

    3 Telecom Takeaways From The 2017 Hurricane Season

    A trio of storms pummeled Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico during August and September, inflicting devastating death tolls and decimating communications networks crucial to restoration efforts. Here, Law360 looks at the major post-storm takeaways likely to affect communications law in the future.

  • October 5, 2017

    Bankrupt Limitless Seeks Mediator For Gov’t Lien Dispute

    Bankrupt broadband service provider Limitless Mobile LLC told a Delaware judge Thursday that it needed the help of a member of the bankruptcy bench to mediate issues over the federal government’s purported liens relating to a loan and grant that helped the debtor build out its network in central Pennsylvania.

  • October 5, 2017

    T-Mobile Sues Texas City Over Denied Telecom Project

    T-Mobile South LLC and Eco-Site LLC sued the city of Brownsville, Texas, and the Brownsville City Commission in Texas federal court on Wednesday over T-Mobile’s rejected application to construct a telecommunications facility on an undeveloped lot, saying the city’s denial was unlawful.

  • October 5, 2017

    Open Internet Groups Target Dems Over Yes Votes For Pai

    The four Democratic senators who voted this week to reconfirm Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission were labeled “Team Cable” on Wednesday by net neutrality advocacy groups and threatened with billboards informing constituents of their “vote against the internet.”

  • October 5, 2017

    Luxembourg Co. Looks To Revive $4B Claim Against Algeria

    A Luxembourg entity controlled by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris is looking to revive its $4 billion claim against Algeria over an allegedly unlawful campaign of harassment against an Algerian telecommunications company, which was tossed after an international tribunal determined it was inadmissible.

  • October 5, 2017

    Jury To Hear Of Plantronics Email Deletion In $600M Trial

    Heading into an antitrust trial between headset makers Plantronics and Jabra with as much as $600 million at stake, a Delaware judge decided Thursday on the exact instructions a jury must receive regarding the deletion of thousands of emails by a then-Plantronics executive.

  • October 5, 2017

    Ex-Bookkeeper Stole $1.6M From NJ Co. Via PayPal, Feds Say

    Pennsylvania federal prosecutors Thursday filed an indictment charging a Philadelphia man with using PayPal to embezzle $1.6 million from his former employer, a New Jersey company that sells products for the cellular phone industry.

  • October 5, 2017

    Top 4 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Now that the FCC's comment period on net neutrality has closed, lobbyists are turning their attention to proposed mergers, emergency communications and satellite regulation, among other hot topics. Here, Law360 looks at the top organizations lobbying the FCC in the past month.

  • October 5, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Skeptical Of Caller ID Patent Nixed Under Alice

    Greenflight Venture Corp. faced a skeptical Federal Circuit panel Thursday as it looked to revive a patent for reverse telephone number lookup technology that was involved in a case against Whitepages Inc., with judges saying more than once that the invention appears to be directed toward an abstract idea.

  • October 5, 2017

    Facebook Dad Faces Big Fine Over Failed Copyright Suits

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday ordered a man who live-streamed his son’s birth on Facebook to repay $120,000 in legal bills to several media outlets he sued for using it, saying he likely made enough money from settlements in other suits to pay the fine.

  • October 4, 2017

    Frontier Hid $10.5B Verizon Purchase Deadbeats: Investors

    Frontier Communications Corp. was hit with a putative class action Wednesday in Connecticut federal court alleging the communication services provider violated securities law by hiding financial concerns related to a mass of unpaid user accounts acquired with its $10.5 billion Verizon Communications Inc. purchase.

  • October 4, 2017

    Trump's Nominee For NTIA Chief Moves To Full Senate

    The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration is a step closer to having its new leader after a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday moved nominee David Redl forward as the next principal adviser to the president on telecommunication policies.

  • October 4, 2017

    FCC To Decide On Local Station Rule At Oct. Meeting

    The Federal Communications Commission will vote on the proposed elimination of the "main studio rule" for radio and TV stations, which had been criticized as outdated, at its upcoming October meeting, according to a tentative agenda released Tuesday.

  • October 4, 2017

    Sprint Inks $1.2M Deal To End Workers' Wage And Hour Suit

    Sprint has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle claims that it failed to pay a proposed class of technical consultants overtime or give them adequate meal and rest breaks, according to documents filed in California federal court.

  • October 4, 2017

    GCs Hesitant To Share Cyberthreat Info, DHS Official Says

    As important as sharing information between industry and government is to combat cyberthreats, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security continues to encounter corporate general counsels more eager to receive threat data from the government than they are to share their own, a senior DHS cyber official said Wednesday.

  • October 4, 2017

    Dish Network Can't Duck $61M Treble Damages In TCPA Row

    A North Carolina federal judge refused to set aside or reduce a $61 million judgment against Dish Network LLC for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, finding that Dish had waived its right to assert the suit was precluded by another, similar case, and the court got it right when it tripled the damages.

Expert Analysis

  • An Update On The Apple-Samsung Damages Saga

    Joshua Wolson

    Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed a jury verdict that awarded Apple nearly $400 million in damages from Samsung. Now a California federal court has an opportunity to provide important guidance on the meaning of the Supreme Court’s decision, says Joshua Wolson of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

  • Takeaways From Split DC Circ. Ruling On Cellphone Warrant

    Thomas Zeno

    Even though the incriminating evidence at stake in Griffith was a firearm, the D.C. Circuit's majority and dissenting opinions provide insight into several issues related to execution of a search warrant seeking a cellphone, say Thomas Zeno and Caleb Barker of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • Sellers Are Not Liable For Independent Contractors' Calls

    Patrick McLaughlin

    The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Jones v. Royal found that a seller was not vicariously liable for calls made by a telemarketer in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Sellers should review their contracts and make sure that their telemarketers are independent contractors in order to minimize their liability, says Patrick McLaughlin of Spencer Fane LLP.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Rebuttal

    Discovery Proportionality: A Defense View

    Alan Hoffman

    A recent Law360 guest article offered a plaintiff’s guide to discovery proportionality, focusing on recent amendments to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. But proportionality is achieved by collaboration, not by mechanistically applying rules. When lawyers work together to establish the nature and scope of discovery, disputes can be avoided, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • FTC V. Qualcomm: The Balance Between Patents And Antitrust

    Derek Dahlgren

    Qualcomm’s position outside of the court has largely been to defend its licensing practices rather than to deny the Federal Trade Commission's accusations. But the California federal judge's recent order denying the motion to dismiss amounts to agreeing that Qualcomm’s behavior, as alleged by the FTC, would be anti-competitive if true, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.