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Telecommunications

  • July 10, 2018

    'Regulatory Humility' Will Spur New Technologies, Pai Says

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday touted a philosophy of “regulatory humility” undergirding his leadership of the agency, telling a symposium in Switzerland that deferral to market mechanisms is the best way for governments to foster the growth of new technologies.

  • July 10, 2018

    HTC Asks Fed. Circ. To Reconsider Foreign IP Venue Ruling

    HTC Corp. on Monday urged the full Federal Circuit to reconsider a recent ruling that refused to limit where foreign companies can be sued for patent infringement, saying there was “no excuse” for ignoring the law as written by Congress.

  • July 10, 2018

    NTIA Requests FCC Rulemaking On Emergency Network Use

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the president’s adviser on domestic and international telecommunications policy, asked the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to make rule changes that would allow government entities to have priority access to wireless operators' networks in times of emergency.

  • July 10, 2018

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During June, telecom lobbyists pressed harder on hot-button issues at the Federal Communications Commission including phone accessibility and model small-cell agreements. Here's a look at the top three groups lobbying the FCC from June 1 to June 30 and a sampling of what they care about.

  • July 10, 2018

    Soccer TV Marketing Co. Cops To Bribery, Will Pay $25M

    The U.S. unit of a Spanish television production and marketing company whose executives took plea bargains in the U.S. Justice Department's corruption probe into global soccer pled guilty to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday and agreed to pay almost $25 million in penalties.

  • July 9, 2018

    How Kavanaugh’s Conservative Cred, DC Ties Won The Day

    In D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump turned to a U.S. Supreme Court nominee who built a reputation on the court for fighting government overreach — making him the favorite of the Republican legal establishment.

  • July 9, 2018

    Senate Battle Lines Drawn With Kavanaugh As Trump's Pick

    President Donald Trump’s announcement of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night quickly generated strong reactions across Capitol Hill as senators on both sides of the partisan divide braced for a battle over the future of the Supreme Court.

  • July 9, 2018

    5 Kavanaugh Opinions You Need To Read Right Now

    President Donald Trump called Judge Brett Kavanaugh a "judge's judge" when he named him Monday as his pick to succeed retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As all eyes turn to the Senate for what is expected to be a bruising confirmation process, here are the opinions to know.

  • July 9, 2018

    Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

    President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a 12-year veteran of the D.C. Circuit, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • July 9, 2018

    Embezzling HBO Worker’s Defense Atty Irks 9th Circ. Judge

    A Ninth Circuit judge criticized a criminal defense attorney who argued Monday that a federal program funding indigent criminal defense had harmed her clients, including a former HBO employee who received 30 months for embezzling from the network, saying the lawyer hadn’t explained how her clients' sentences were improper.

  • July 9, 2018

    Penn State Prof Aims To Pinpoint State Broadband Gaps

    A Pennsylvania State University professor will spend the next year attempting to create a more accurate map of high-speed internet access in the state of Pennsylvania, in an effort to identify areas that remain underserved by broadband.

  • July 9, 2018

    Mass. Town Defends Refusal of Too-Close T-Mobile Tower

    A Massachusetts town on Monday urged a federal judge to end a suit accusing it of improperly denying T-Mobile and another company the right to build a cellphone tower, arguing that officials' determination that the project was too close to residential neighborhoods was evidence-based.

  • July 9, 2018

    Hulu Allowed To Open New Front In PTAB Data Patent Fight

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Friday agreed to review Hulu’s challenge to a data management patent that is subject to prior challenges by the streaming service and others, despite arguments by the patent owner that this was a classic example of a serial petition.

  • July 9, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Siemens, Fox, Total

    The European Commission is set to probe a deal by German conglomerate Siemens AG and France’s Alstom to join their rail operations, Comcast is hunting for potential suitors for the regional sports networks of 21st Century Fox, and Total is getting ready to sell less than half of its stake in a U.K. gas field.

  • July 9, 2018

    Kelley Drye Fights 'Vicious' Accusations In Telecom Row

    In a series of filings Monday in Florida federal court in a bitter telecom contract fight, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP fought back against "vicious" allegations that it intentionally broke a court order and helped client Peerless Network Inc. misuse sensitive customer data from rival Local Access LLC.

  • July 9, 2018

    Under New Chair, FTC Aims To Up Its Game For 21st Century

    In his first major initiative since becoming chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Joseph Simons is aiming to make sure the agency’s approach to protecting competition and consumers is keeping up with tectonic forces reshaping the economy, including the rise of big data and dominant technology platforms, a resurgence in vertical mergers and complaints that employers in some industries have the market power to keep wages low. 

  • July 9, 2018

    Houston Teams, Comcast Spar Over Deal's Value In Ch. 11

    Comcast faced off on Friday with MLB’s Houston Astros and the NBA’s Rockets over the $100 million question of how to revalue a 2010 contract at the heart of a bitter feud over a defunct local sports station, after the Fifth Circuit remanded the issue to Texas bankruptcy court in May.

  • July 9, 2018

    Skadden Steers Chinese Smartphone Co. Xiaomi's $4.7B IPO

    Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp. went public Monday after completing a HK$37.1 billion ($4.7 billion) initial public offering guided by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, the second-largest global IPO in 2018 and first ever since Hong Kong eased restrictions on dual-class shares.

  • July 9, 2018

    Dish Made 300 Debt-Collection Robocalls, TCPA Suit Says

    Dish Network LLC was hit with a Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuit in Alabama federal court accusing the satellite television provider of making roughly 300 debt-collection robocalls to a woman who asserted the company was calling the wrong person and several times asked that the calls be stopped.

  • July 9, 2018

    Federal Contractor TCPA Liability A Loophole, Group Says

    A trade group for hundreds of federal contractors has asked the Federal Communications Commission to strike a clause from its Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules that may undermine their shield from robocall lawsuits, saying it appears to have been mistakenly added.

Expert Analysis

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Continues To Clarify Venue Post-TC Heartland

    Ann Fort

    Tuesday marked one year since the U.S. Supreme Court fundamentally narrowed patent venue in its TC Heartland decision. This month, three Federal Circuit decisions addressed a number of outstanding questions on patent venue, but none of the court's positions was unexpected, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • TCPA Trends: Impact On Future Litigation And Compliance

    Michael Reif

    The number of Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits has grown exponentially in recent years, and courts have issued several significant decisions in recent months that may have implications for future TCPA litigation and compliance efforts, say Michael Reif and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • The Future Of Design Patent Remedies Is Unclear

    Derek Dahlgren

    The Apple v. Samsung design-patent retrial — scheduled to begin on Monday — is an opportunity to clear up confusion on remedies. However, the complicated test that will be used for determining the article of manufacture presents the risk of creating more confusion, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Congressional Forecast: May

    Layth Elhassani

    Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess. The Republican majority is aiming to meet deadlines on several priority items, including fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills and renewed program authorizations for agriculture, defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.