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Telecommunications

  • December 5, 2018

    PTAB Cuts Some Huawei Patent Claims In Samsung Fight

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has handed a partial win to Samsung in a dispute over three Huawei cellular network patents, chucking all of the challenged claims in one of the Chinese phone maker’s patents and knocking off several claims in the other two.

  • December 5, 2018

    China Breaks Silence, Intends To Move Fast On Trade Talks

    The Chinese government on Wednesday broke its relative silence regarding the handshake agreement between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping last week, vowing to quickly make policy changes in areas in which it reaches consensus with U.S. negotiators.

  • December 5, 2018

    Groups Warn FCC Against Misclassifying Text Messages

    A plethora of consumer groups sent a letter Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission in response to its plan to designate text messages as a Title I information service, urging it to either issue a public notice or classify texts and short codes as a Title II telecommunications service.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Amazon Can't Duck Bias Claims Over Job Ads, Judge Hears

    Amazon, T-Mobile and other national employers violated age bias laws by aiming Facebook job ads at younger workers even if they didn’t block older workers from applying, three older job seekers said Monday in a memo urging a California federal judge not to dismiss their proposed class suit.

  • December 4, 2018

    8th Circ. Stands By Charter's Win In VoIP Regs Battle

    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday failed to convince the Eighth Circuit to revisit a panel decision freeing Charter Communications Inc.'s Voice over Internet Protocol business from state regulation, despite support for an en banc rethink from the court's chief judge.

  • December 4, 2018

    Microsoft Says Gov’t Funds Needed For ‘White Space’ Tech

    Microsoft president Brad Smith on Monday called on the federal government to redirect some of the funds allocated for expanding broadband access in rural America toward incentives for “white space” devices, wireless technology that repurposes unused space on the spectrum left between television stations.

  • December 4, 2018

    In AT&T Round 2, Attys Say DOJ Swinging At Air

    The U.S. Department of Justice will try to convince a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to revive its challenge to AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner, in what experts say is a fight the DOJ has little chance of winning.

  • December 4, 2018

    Charter Asks Full 9th Circ. To Nix Bias Suit, Cites Constitution

    Charter Communications urged the full Ninth Circuit on Monday to reconsider a panel ruling that the cable provider must face claims it declined a deal with a black-owned production firm due to racial bias, hinting at “irreparable damages to First Amendment protections for editorial decisions.” 

  • December 4, 2018

    Nexstar's $6.4B Tribune Buy Means Blackouts, ACA Says

    Nexstar Media Group Inc.'s proposed $6.4 billion pickup of Tribune Media Co. drew harsh criticism Tuesday from the American Cable Association, as the group's president said, absent strong conditions, Nexstar will bully distributors into fee hikes and go as far as to time blackouts during primetime events.

  • December 4, 2018

    'Tariff Man' Trump Holds Open Extension Of China Truce

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised the possibility that his 90-day tariff ceasefire with China could be extended to allow for further negotiation while at the same declaring himself a “Tariff Man” who views the imposition of duties as a central component of his economic philosophy.

  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 3, 2018

    SEC Seeks Quick Win On Parts Of General Cable Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a Florida federal judge for a quick victory on portions of its suit against a former General Cable Corp. executive for allegedly concealing nearly $47 million in accounting errors, but the onetime chief financial officer countered by calling for dismissal of the entire case.

  • December 3, 2018

    Attys Score $20M From $61M Dish TCPA Verdict

    Attorneys representing 18,000 consumers in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit against Dish Network LLC will walk away with $20.4 million in fees, a third of the hard fought $61 million verdict they secured for the class, a North Carolina federal judge ruled Monday.

  • December 3, 2018

    Trade Group Slams Mass. Defense Of Cable Rate Regs

    A cable and internet trade group pushed back against Massachusetts' argument for keeping telecom giant Charter under state-imposed rate regulations amid rising competition from online TV streaming companies, telling the Federal Communications Commission in a letter posted Monday that the state is misreading agency rules.

  • December 3, 2018

    FCC Blocks Release Of Net Neutrality Comment Log Info

    The Federal Communications Commission has affirmed staff decisions to withhold all information from its online comment logs that could unmask the identities of nefarious participants in the 2017 reversal of Obama-era net neutrality rules, citing privacy concerns.

  • December 3, 2018

    CSC Holdings Can't Put A Stop To Customer's TCPA Suit

    A federal judge has partly rejected a telecommunications company's bid to toss a proposed Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action claiming that it sent unsolicited text messages, saying the customer's claims regarding one of the three text messages he received will stand.

  • December 3, 2018

    AT&T Can't Block Scholars From DOJ's Merger Appeal

    The D.C. Circuit cleared a group of antitrust scholars to participate in oral arguments over the government's effort to upend a D.C. federal judge's June decision rejecting the U.S. Department of Justice's challenge to AT&T's megapurchase of Time Warner.

  • December 3, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Agitated Over Samsung, Huawei FRAND Fight

    A federal appeals court panel repeatedly questioned both Huawei and Samsung Monday about their inability to negotiate fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory licensing rates for network patents and how the rates should be set.

  • December 3, 2018

    New Lifeline System Has 'Serious Shortcomings,' FCC Told

    TracFone Wireless Inc. has urged the Federal Communications Commission to rework the new Lifeline enrollment system it rolled out this year, telling the agency that lengthened application materials, new proof requirements and other changes are already deterring the country's neediest from getting discounted phone service under the program.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Why It’s Time To Rethink Illinois Brick

    Samuel Miller

    In Apple v. Pepper, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether iPhone owners who purchase apps from Apple’s app store should be considered “direct purchasers” under federal antitrust laws. The court should use this opportunity to reevaluate the direct purchaser analysis it established in Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, says Samuel Miller of UC Hastings Law School.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Key Deadlines For Connect America Fund Phase II Bidders

    James Falvey

    In its announcement of the winning Connect America Fund Phase II auction bidders, the Federal Communications Commission also disclosed a series of critical deadlines that winning bidders must prepare to meet, say James Falvey and Robert Gastner of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Tech, Media, Telecom Investor-State Arbitration Is On The Rise

    Florencia Villaggi

    Disputes between foreign investors from the technology, media and telecommunications sector and host states are a substantial feature of the investor-state claims landscape. The recent growth of investor-state arbitrations in this sector could be explained by several factors, says Florencia Villaggi of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.