Telecommunications

  • July 7, 2017

    Comment Period Key To Saving Net Neutrality, Clyburn Says

    The Federal Communications Commission's lone Democratic member and a Washington senator told a Seattle public meeting Friday that consumers need to speak up during the agency's comment period if they want to save net neutrality.

  • July 7, 2017

    Apple Users Seek Cert. In 'Secure By Design' False Ad Row

    Apple Inc. users urged a California federal judge at a hearing Thursday to certify a class alleging the tech giant falsely advertised certain iPhones, iPads and iPods as “secure by design” when it knew third-party applications could siphon off private data, saying class actions are designed for exactly this kind of broad deception.

  • July 7, 2017

    Sen. Wants Info On Admin Meddling In AT&T-Time Warner Deal

    The top Democrat on the Senate panel that oversees antitrust matters demanded answers on Friday over a report that White House advisers have considered using the government’s review of AT&T’s proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner to put pressure on administration adversary CNN.

  • July 7, 2017

    Fla. Judge Rejects $3.5M Deal In Insurer Fax Ad Row

    A Florida federal judge declined Thursday to give his initial approval to a revised deal that would see Banner Life Insurance Co. and two others fork over $3.5 million to resolve litigation over junk faxes, expressing concern about several aspects of the settlement, including a request to expand the class.

  • July 6, 2017

    Outsourced Sales Workers Press Sprint OT Class Action

    In arguments on dueling summary judgment motions, a proposed class of workers who hawked government-subsidized cell phone plans told a New York federal judge on Thursday they were not independent contractors but employees of Sprint, which argued that the salespeople were employees of its subcontractor’s subcontractor.

  • July 6, 2017

    Cablevision Settles With 3M Subscribers Over Fox Blackout

    Cablevision has reached a deal with nearly 3 million subscribers who claim they were wrongly denied access to a number of Fox channels during a contract dispute with News Corp., in an agreement that would see customers get free Wi-Fi, movies or in-kind services, according to a motion for approval filed in New York federal court Thursday.

  • July 6, 2017

    Securus Says Rival Won't Provide Docs In Prison Phone Suit

    Securus Technologies urged a Texas federal judge on Wednesday to force rival Global Tel Link to produce technical and financial documents relating to its patents over prison phone systems, saying the documents are central to its patent infringement claims.

  • July 6, 2017

    Qualcomm Lobs New Claims At Apple In IP Suit, ITC Action

    Qualcomm Inc. fired two shots Thursday in a war with Apple Inc. over the patents it says are crucial to the iPhone’s function, lodging a patent infringement suit in California federal court and vowing to follow up with a complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • July 6, 2017

    Nonprofit Hits Ocean Agency With Suit Over Google Chats

    A nonprofit watchdog that advocates limited government filed suit in D.C. federal court Thursday seeking information about how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration logs its Google Chat conversations, saying the agency’s delay in processing the group's prior requests for the data shirks the Freedom of Information Act.

  • July 6, 2017

    Texas Court Hands Patent Win To Roku Over Improper Venue

    A Texas federal judge dismissed a patent infringement suit brought against media-streaming service Roku Inc. by Texas-based nonpracticing entity Blue Spike LLC, finding Wednesday that the venue was improper under the U.S. Supreme Court's recent TC Heartland decision because Roku does not do business in the state.

  • July 6, 2017

    BakerHostetler Adds IP Partner From McDermott In Texas

    BakerHostetler has snagged an intellectual property attorney with 25 years of experience from McDermott Will & Emery LLP who will serve as a partner in its Houston office, the firm announced in a press release Thursday.

  • July 6, 2017

    Telemarketer Loses Quick Win, Sanctions Bids In Call Suit

    An Illinois federal judge struck down a quick-win bid by a telemarketing company and its owner on several claims in a proposed class action over unsolicited calls, holding Thursday that the request was based on the same premise the court rejected a day earlier with regard to the executive's sanctions motion.

  • July 6, 2017

    Telecom-Focused Pensare Acquisition Files $250M IPO

    Pensare Acquisition Corp., a blank check company raising money to acquire a wireless telecommunications company, filed a $250 million initial public offering Thursday under guidance from Greenberg Traurig LLP, the third of three blank check IPOs filed in the past week.

  • July 6, 2017

    Content Creators Decry FCC Efforts To Undo Net Neutrality

    The Internet Creators Guild and 131 online video content producers signed an open letter to Congress and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai that advocates keeping broadband internet classified under Title II and protecting net neutrality.

  • July 6, 2017

    Broadcasters Lobby FCC For End Of Main Studio Rule

    Broadcasters including NPR have offered glowing support for the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to eliminate the “main studio” rule, saying that removing it would modernize regulations and reduce administrative overhead, although at least one media trade group has offered words of caution.

  • July 5, 2017

    Nokia Signs Patent Deal With Chinese Smartphone Maker

    Nokia and Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi announced on Wednesday that they have signed a cross-licensing patent agreement and will potentially take on joint projects in fields such as the internet of things, augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

  • July 5, 2017

    Justice Stevens On Gorsuch And Sticking With The Cubs

    Justice John Paul Stevens discusses Justice Neil Gorsuch, the pitfalls of originalism, and his beloved Chicago Cubs, in the second article based on Law360’s exclusive interview with the legendary jurist.

  • July 5, 2017

    Spectrum Co. Investor Blasts Side Deal In $3B Verizon Buy

    An investor in Straight Path Communications Inc. launched a Delaware Chancery suit Wednesday claiming the company board allowed controlling shareholder and IDT Corp. chairman Howard Jonas to hatch a side deal that would see IDT escape roughly $500 million in liability from the $3 billion wireless spectrum sale to Verizon.

  • July 5, 2017

    DigitalGlobe Investor Seeks Separate Suit Over $2.4B Sale

    A DigitalGlobe Inc. shareholder fought in Colorado federal court Wednesday to keep his suit challenging the earth imagery outfit’s CA$3.1 billion ($2.4 billion) sale separate from three related class actions.

  • July 5, 2017

    $15M Offer Sets Pace For RadioShack Ch. 11 IP Auction

    RadioShack's bankruptcy successor secured Delaware court approval Wednesday for an auction of store-related intellectual property, with a creditor's offer to cancel $15 million in debt serving as the bid to beat.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    The Return Of Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

    Stephen Susman

    If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

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    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Forum Selection

    Alan Rothman

    In the latest installment of his column on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP takes a closer look at how the panel decides to exclude a potentially related action from a new MDL proceeding, and at how the panel deals with forum selection clauses in contracts between parties in multidistrict claims.

  • A New Path To Defending NLRB Employer Policy Challenges

    Adam Abrahms

    For employers that feel handcuffed by what many view as overzealous interference from the National Labor Relations Board, two recent decisions reinforce the merits of what may be the best approach to defending against charges that challenge company policies, say Adam Abrahms and Christina Rentz of Epstein Becker Green.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • Opinions Of Counsel Post-Halo: Lessons From 16 Cases

    Brian Mudge

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's Halo decision 11 months ago, the case results show that investigating the patent and forming a good faith belief of invalidity or noninfringement is a key factor — perhaps the key factor — courts rely on in deciding whether to award enhanced damages, say Brian Mudge and Shawn O’Dowd of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP.

  • The Turning Tides Of TCPA Litigation

    Sarah Jacobson

    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act has become a hotbed for litigation in recent years. The question now is whether litigation will be tempered by the recent and anticipated shake-ups in regulations promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission, say Sarah Jacobson and Sherry Xia of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.