Telecommunications

  • April 12, 2018

    Apple's Infringement In $502M Security IP Row Willful: Jury

    One day after finding Apple Inc. infringed VirnetX network security patents, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas on Wednesday found the infringement was willful, a decision that has the potential to put the iPhone maker on the hook for more than $1.5 billion in damages after an initial award of over $502 million.

  • April 12, 2018

    Irish High Court Pushes Outline For Probing Data Transfers

    Ireland's high court on Thursday specified how it wants Europe's top court to probe whether multinational companies such as Facebook can transfer Europeans' data outside the bloc, especially to the United States.

  • April 12, 2018

    Family Sues Apple Seeking Late Loved One's ICloud Info

    The family of a Boston doctor who died in 2016 sued Apple Inc. late Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court for access to her laptop, cellphone and iCloud account in the hopes that the information inside will lead to clues about her "suspicious" passing.

  • April 12, 2018

    Ex-General Cable Execs Can't Skirt Claims In SEC Fraud Suit

    Two former General Cable Corp. executives can’t duck part of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s suit accusing them of concealing nearly $47 million in accounting errors, a Florida federal judge said, finding the commission had adequately alleged the pair contributed to and benefited from the fraud.

  • April 11, 2018

    TWC Tells 9th Circ. $160K Bias Verdict Makes No Sense

    Time Warner Cable urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to toss a $160,000 jury verdict in an ex-worker’s disability discrimination suit, saying it didn’t make sense because jurors found the company failed to engage in an interactive process with the worker while rejecting her claim that it failed to provide reasonable accommodations.

  • April 11, 2018

    Imperium In Rarefied Air With $7M Patent Atty Fee Award

    Imperium IP Holdings secured a whopping $7 million in attorneys' fees last week in a patent case against Samsung, among the largest of its kind since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it easier for winning patent litigants to recover fees. Here, Law360 looks at this and other notable recent fee awards.

  • April 11, 2018

    Judge Challenges DOJ Expert On AT&T Control ‘Assumption’

    The D.C. federal judge overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust challenge to the AT&T-Time Warner merger asked the government’s key expert pointed questions Wednesday on his assumptions that AT&T would influence Time Warner content negotiations, citing defense arguments that those negotiations are conducted independently.

  • April 11, 2018

    Queries Over Data 'Control' Lead Day 2 Of Zuckerberg Grilling

    Lawmakers questioning Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday grappled with a key issue at the core of new European privacy rules becoming law in May — what it means for users to meaningfully be in control of their data.

  • April 11, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms HTC, Amazon's Win In 8-Patent Alice Row

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision invalidating eight video and data-related patents asserted against HTC and Amazon after finding that none of the patents in the suit could withstand the U.S. Supreme Court’s standard under Alice.

  • April 11, 2018

    Operator Gets Korean Satellite Dispute Award OK'd

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday confirmed an arbitral award issued to a Bermuda satellite operator stemming from a politically fraught transaction, concluding the tribunal was within its rights not to apply a Korean government order nixing the sale.

  • April 11, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Google, Temasek, Tata

    Google is reportedly in negotiations to snap up an airplane broadband unit from Nokia, Singapore’s state-run investment firm Temasek is eyeing a stake in HNA’s aviation infrastructure and logistics units, and Tata Group isn’t expected to bid for Air India.

  • April 11, 2018

    EU Raids Cos. Amid Sports Media Rights Antitrust Probe

    The European Commission confirmed that it had raided facilities owned by sports media rights companies in various countries Tuesday over concerns that they may be violating European Union antitrust rules against cartels and restrictive business practices.

  • April 11, 2018

    Telecom Group Sues Utah Commission Over State Rate Regs

    Wireless trade group CTIA Tuesday asked a Utah federal court to overturn a 36 cent per-line surcharge levied on wireless providers by the state’s Public Service Commission that funds service to low-income individuals, saying the flat fee structure violates federal universal service requirements.

  • April 11, 2018

    Ban On Cos. Could Undercut Global Trade, Nokia Tells FCC

    Finnish telecom giant Nokia asked the Federal Communications Commission this week to steer clear of flat bans on network components from countries such as China and Russia, saying the agency must instead scrutinize individual companies and affirm the validity of global supply chains.

  • April 11, 2018

    Apple Says Uniloc’s 'Bad' Patent Suit Warrants Sanctions

    Apple Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to toss Uniloc USA Inc.’s patent infringement suit and sanction the nonpracticing entity, saying Uniloc pursued the claims knowing Apple's devices don’t use Uniloc’s motion device technology and such "bad cases" should be cut off in their infancy.

  • April 11, 2018

    HK High Court Lets Media Biz Fight $130M Award

    Hong Kong's highest court ruled Tuesday that an Indonesian broadband company can try to repel efforts to enforce $130 million in arbitral awards issued against it over a failed multimedia and television joint venture, finding the lower courts should have given the company more time.

  • April 11, 2018

    Ex-Nortel Execs Beat Long-Simmering Securities Fraud Suit

    A nine-year-old investor lawsuit against two former top executives at defunct telecommunications firm Nortel Networks Corp. was dismissed by a New York federal judge on Wednesday, with the court ruling that there was no suggestion of misdirection or knowledge of wrongdoing by company officials.

  • April 11, 2018

    Gibson Dunn To Rep Facebook In Data Misuse Suits

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP is representing Facebook in litigation the social media giant is facing over claims that it illegally misled users by negligently allowing big-data firm Cambridge Analytica to sweep up personal information on around 87 million of them.

  • April 10, 2018

    Fox Takes Netflix Exec Poaching Row To Calif. Appeals Court

    Twentieth Century Fox and Netflix took their dispute over the latter's alleged poaching of Fox executives to a California appeals court Tuesday, with Fox telling judges that a lower court should have thrown out Netflix’s counterclaims that Fox’s employment agreements are illegal and unfair.

  • April 10, 2018

    Sens. Back Privacy Legislation As Facebook CEO Faces Fire

    Calls to enact legislation that would require companies such as Facebook to give consumers more control over their data appeared to win support from senators on both sides of the aisle as they grilled CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday over his company’s ties with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica — although several Republicans cautioned against rushing into regulation. 

Expert Analysis

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 9th Circ. Rescues FTC Authority Over Common Carriers

    J.G. Harrington

    The Ninth Circuit's decision last month in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility has significant implications for enforcement against telephone, wireless and internet businesses, and for the potential fate of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • Appraisal Takeaways From AOL

    Scott Barshay

    One lesson from the Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision in the AOL appraisal case is that if the deal process, deal protections and informational disparities among potential purchasers sufficiently preclude the emergence of other bidders, deal price will not warrant deference in the court’s determination of fair value, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Consolidation And Cross-Ownership: Trends In Media M&A

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Meredith Senter Jr.

    Mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. media industry have been on the rise, with television M&A returning after a hiatus due to “quiet period” restrictions. There is also significant M&A activity involving program networks, cable operators and other distributors, and the regulatory environment is encouraging, say Meredith Senter Jr. and Erin Kim of Lerman Senter PLLC.

  • TCPA Rules For VoIP Demand The Impossible From Cos.

    Eduardo Guzmán

    The Federal Communications Commission's regulatory treatment of voice over internet protocol services appears to clash with standards set by recent court decisions. Given that the use of VoIP services will only increase, the FCC should impose a more consistent and practical rule, says Eduardo R. Guzmán of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • An Economic Analysis Of Proposed AT&T-Time Warner Merger

    Scott Wallsten

    The AT&T-Time Warner merger debate is different from most large mergers only in that politics have entered the discussion in a way that has happened rarely in the past. Despite President Trump's disapproval, the proposed transaction is a textbook vertical merger and should be evaluated as such, says economist Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute.

  • State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 In Review

    State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 Year In Review

    In this review of state and local tax decisions in 2017, Charles Capouet and Jessica Allen of Eversheds Sutherland LLP share observations on taxpayers’ outcomes in corporate income tax and sales and use tax cases, and look back at significant rulings such as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Nextel.

  • Where White Collar Enforcement Is Heading

    Gregory Morvillo

    Expect regulators and prosecutors to make cases in industries that are beginning to generate enormous amounts of new revenue, while using the same investigative tools they’ve used for decades, say Gregory Morvillo and Amy Walsh of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.