Telecommunications

  • November 2, 2017

    Ala. 911 District Gets 2nd Chance At Emergency Fees Suit

    An Alabama federal judge granted permission Wednesday for Birmingham’s 911 district to amend its suit alleging a telephone and internet provider failed to assess emergency service fees on telephone lines, after previously tossing the suit for falling short of a heightened standard.

  • November 2, 2017

    Internet Of Things Co. Closes $60M Series D Funding Round

    Internet of things platform provider Ayla Networks Inc. on Thursday said it raised $60 million from a Series D funding round led by private investment firm Run Liang Tai Fund and Sunsea Telecommunications Co. Ltd., a company serving the Chinese telecommunications market.

  • November 1, 2017

    Fed. Circ. OKs Nix Of Media Patent In Win For Apple, Others

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision to invalidate as obvious a patent for technology that lets users pause, record and rewatch missed portions of broadcasts, handing wins to a slew of companies like Dish Network and Apple that had challenged the patent’s validity.

  • November 1, 2017

    Apple Can't Dodge Suit Claiming IOS 9 Destroyed IPhones

    Apple Inc. failed to dismiss a putative class action claiming iPhone 4 users were duped into downloading a software update that made their devices buggy and unusable when a New York federal judge on Wednesday found that consumers adequately alleged the iOS 9 operating system was misrepresented.

  • November 1, 2017

    Net Neutrality Advances Civil Rights, Clyburn Says

    Preserving an open and accessible internet boils down to a civil rights issue, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said during a Wednesday speech advocating for the commission’s net neutrality rules and continued Lifeline program funding.

  • November 1, 2017

    Entercom Will Trade Stations For $1.6B CBS Radio Merger

    Entercom Communications Corp. said Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow its planned $1.6 billion merger with CBS Radio Inc. to move ahead after it cut deals to exchange stations in several markets.

  • November 1, 2017

    DOT Connected-Car Proposal May Be On Pause For Now

    The Trump administration may shelve a proposed rule requiring all new cars to be able to “talk” to each other to avoid crashes and get alerts on roadway hazards, casting doubt on whether an Obama-era proposal intended to reduce accidents and traffic fatalities will survive.

  • November 1, 2017

    FTC, Qualcomm Seek Docs From Nokia In Antitrust Suits

    The Federal Trade Commission and a putative class of cellphone purchasers asked a California federal court on Tuesday to request help from the Finnish government in securing documents from Nokia in parallel litigations over Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices, a day after Qualcomm made a similar request for its defense.

  • November 1, 2017

    FTC Duo Clash Over Agency's Role On Net Neutrality

    The Federal Trade Commission's two members faced off Wednesday over the agency's role in regulating net neutrality, with the Republican chairman saying the FTC can handle the job and a Democratic commissioner saying the matter should stay with the Federal Communications Commission.

  • November 1, 2017

    Securus Fights Bid For Class Cert. In Call Recording Suit

    Prison phone operator Securus Technologies asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to deny certification to a proposed class including former inmates who say the company recorded their private attorney calls without permission in violation of the California Invasion of Privacy Act.

  • November 1, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Alice Patent Win For Comcast, Verizon

    The Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that four streaming media patents asserted against Comcast and Verizon are invalid for claiming only abstract ideas, more than three years after AT&T was barred from appealing a verdict that it infringed the patents because its attorneys missed a deadline.

  • November 1, 2017

    Gov't Needs Warrant For Cell Location Data, Justices Told

    Individuals have a reasonable expectation that their minute-by-minute whereabouts are known only to themselves, a privacy consideration that should bar the federal government from warrantlessly obtaining historical cellphone location records, the U.S. Supreme Court was recently told.

  • October 31, 2017

    Fox News Says Contributor Must Arbitrate Defamation Claims

    Fox News urged a New York federal judge Monday to send to arbitration a private detective's claims he was misquoted in a story about a Democratic National Committee aide’s murder, arguing he made similar statements during on-air appearances, which are subject to an employment contract with an arbitration clause.

  • October 31, 2017

    NTIA Warns Against Jolting Agencies In Broadband Push

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration expressed support for Federal Communications Commission efforts to accelerate broadband deployment, but said it had to factor implications for federal agencies reliant on older technologies.

  • October 31, 2017

    One Year Later: How Trump Has Changed Telecom Policy

    President Donald Trump's victory last November set a radical new trajectory for communications policy, reversing course on Obama-era initiatives including net neutrality and charting a deregulatory future for telecommunications policy.

  • October 31, 2017

    Avaya Cleared To Solicit Votes On Recalibrated Ch. 11 Plan

    Telecom giant Avaya Inc. received clearance Tuesday from a New York bankruptcy judge to begin soliciting creditor votes on an updated Chapter 11 reorganization plan that came together with input from groups of creditors during court-ordered mediation.

  • October 31, 2017

    Tata's $1B Buyback Ends DoCoMo Shareholder Contract Row

    Japanese cellphone company NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced Tuesday that Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd. has paid more than $1.2 billion (144.9 billion yen) to buy back shares of a Tata affiliate and end claims it breached a shareholder agreement by failing to find a buyer for DoCoMo’s stake.

  • October 31, 2017

    6th Circ. Renews TV, Internet Tying Claim Against Developer

    A split Sixth Circuit on Monday revived antitrust claims from a proposed class of Tennessee homeowners alleging their neighborhood’s developers used their market power to force residents to pay a tiny technology company for television and internet access.

  • October 31, 2017

    FCC Urges 8th Circ. To Uphold Charter VoIP Exemption Ruling

    The Federal Communications Commission has urged the Eighth Circuit to uphold a decision finding that Charter Advanced Services LLC’s Voice over Internet Protocol service should be classified as an information service exempt from state regulation, arguing that a reversal would threaten to disrupt the national voice services market.

  • October 31, 2017

    Telia Sells Stake In Russian Mobile Operator For $1B

    Swedish telecom operator Telia Co. on Tuesday said it has agreed to sell a 19 percent stake in Russian-based mobile phone operator MegaFon to the state-owned Russian bank Gazprombank for $1.03 billion.

Expert Analysis

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Billing For An MDL

    Alan Rothman

    At its next hearing, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will consider an MDL motion arising from class actions against a telecommunications provider regarding pricing practices. Some plaintiffs oppose centralization because of legal differences among the various actions. But MDL centralization only requires the presence of one or more common questions of fact, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Opinion

    Manufacturers Must Focus On Securing The Internet Of Things

    Aristedes Mahairas

    We know internet-of-things devices are unsecure. Some say they are likely to remain unsecure. But given the increasing risk and seriousness of IoT-based attacks, manufacturers should take proactive measures to bring to market IoT devices that contain standard security protocols, says Aristedes Mahairas, special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s New York Special Operations/Cyber Division.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Considerations For Competitors Collaborating Post-Hurricane

    Meytal McCoy

    Despite the unique and critical need for collaboration among competitors following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and other natural disasters, these events are not an invitation for businesses to ignore antitrust laws, say Meytal McCoy and Jessica Michaels of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Joint Commission Hesitates On New Telehealth Standards

    Nathaniel Lacktman

    While the Joint Commission recently stated that it will not move forward with its proposed update to its ambulatory telemedicine standards to account for direct-to-patient telehealth services, potential changes may still be on the horizon, says Nathaniel Lacktman of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • How The FTC Has Erred On Innovation Policy Issues

    David Teece

    Maureen Ohlhausen, the acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, recently delivered a sobering attack on the agency, noting that it and other antitrust agencies have “lost sight of core antitrust principles.” From such a highly competent federal official who is also a recognized legal scholar, this critique deserves our full attention, says David Teece, chairman of Berkeley Research Group LLC.

  • Sanctions Compliance Lessons From Recent OFAC Actions

    Mike Casey

    Three recent enforcement actions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control illustrate that OFAC is increasingly bringing cases against nonfinancial institutions, taking aggressive jurisdictional and interpretative positions, and focusing its efforts on Iranian sanctions. Financial and nonfinancial institutions should therefore assess their sanctions risk, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • 5th Circ. Tames NLRB Approach To Workplace Conduct Rules

    Laura Lawless Robertson

    In T-Mobile USA v. National Labor Relations Board, the Fifth Circuit recently held that the NLRB went too far when targeting the company's employee handbook policies. The decision signals that federal courts may increasingly rein in the NLRB’s attempts to expansively apply the National Labor Relations Act to seemingly neutral workplace conduct rules, says Laura Lawless Robertson of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.