Telecommunications

  • September 5, 2017

    S. Korean Court Denies Qualcomm Stay Of Antitrust Order

    Qualcomm will appeal a South Korean court's decision greenlighting a corrective order by the country’s competition authority requiring the tech giant to change its patent licensing practices, the company said late Monday.

  • September 5, 2017

    4 More States Opt In To FirstNet, Bringing Total To 20

    More than a third of the United States is on board with the FirstNet emergency response network, a multibillion-dollar project aimed at delivering wireless broadband service to first responders, with four more states opting in within the last week, according to the project’s organizers.

  • September 5, 2017

    Apple Settles With 169 Customers In Suit Over Wiped IPhones

    Apple Inc. has reached a confidential deal to settle the individual claims of 169 customers alleging that a defect wiped iPhones clean after a software update, according to court documents filed in California federal court Friday.

  • September 1, 2017

    Telecom Co. CenturyLink Hit With TCPA Suit Over Robocalls

    A Florida resident filed a putative class action in federal court Thursday alleging that telecom provider CenturyLink Inc. is skirting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by "bombarding" people who are not its customers with unwanted autodialed and prerecorded calls. 

  • September 1, 2017

    NobelBiz Wants Rehearing On Tossing Of $2M Patent Trial Win

    NobelBiz asked the full Federal Circuit Thursday to review a decision tossing a $2 million infringement verdict it won against Global Connect on web-based voice messaging patents, saying it should decide if judges can give claim terms their “plain and ordinary meaning” when they’re "readily understood by a jury."

  • September 1, 2017

    Anti-Trump Site's Users Seek To Quash DOJ Info Demand

    A trio of anonymous internet users who interacted with an anti-Trump protest site pushed a D.C. judge Friday to allow them to join the fight against the federal government’s bid to obtain data on some users, arguing that the demand undermines their First Amendment right to read and speak anonymously.

  • September 1, 2017

    Ex-RadioShack Employees File WARN Act Violation Suit

    A group of former employees of electronics retailer RadioShack filed a putative class action complaint in the company’s Delaware bankruptcy court proceeding Friday, alleging the company violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act by terminating workers on short notice.

  • September 1, 2017

    AT&T Lobbies For 'Safe Harbor' In Robocall Policy

    AT&T Inc. recently spoke up in support of a so-called safe harbor provision in robocall crackdown measures that the Federal Communications Commission is considering, telling the agency in a Thursday ex parte filing that service providers should be given credit for their good-faith efforts.

  • September 1, 2017

    Text-Scam Jury Closing In On Finish, Judge Observes

    The Manhattan federal jury tasked with deciding if two technology executives fleeced millions of customers by charging them for unapproved text messages may be closing in on some kind of resolution after 2½ days of deliberations, U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest said Friday.

  • September 1, 2017

    FCC Urged To Extend Comment Period On Mobile Broadband

    A dozen U.S. senators and several media organizations have separately urged the Federal Communications Commission to extend the comment period on upcoming changes to agency policy on mobile broadband's replacement of fixed broadband, saying more time is needed to consider the issue.

  • September 1, 2017

    Don’t Apply Chevron To Inmate Calls Decision, DC Circ. Told

    Inmate calling companies, local sheriff’s departments and the Federal Communications Commission all urged the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to leave intact its ruling that limited the FCC’s authority to regulate in-state prison calls, arguing that the appeals court is not obligated to defer to agency precedent.

  • September 1, 2017

    Monitronics To Pay $28M To End TCPA Robocall MDL

    Monitronics International Inc. told a West Virginia federal court on Thursday that it has agreed to pay $28 million to settle multidistrict litigation accusing the company of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by autodialing consumers to peddle home security devices.

  • September 1, 2017

    Austin Won't Block Texas 5G Equipment Regulations

    A Texas federal judge declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would block a state law imposing new standards on telecommunications companies seeking to install certain pieces of 5G wireless equipment as part of a challenge brought by the city of Austin, finding Thursday that the city has not demonstrated a likelihood of success in its claims.

  • August 31, 2017

    T-Mobile, Trade Group Weigh In On FCC’s 'Blue Alert'

    T-Mobile and a communications industry trade group have told the Federal Communications Commission that they endorse its plans to introduce "blue alerts," with T-Mobile expressing “broad support for the commission’s efforts to protect the lives of America’s first responders,” but said the alerts should be incorporated into the existing emergency alert system.

  • August 31, 2017

    RadioShack's Unsecured Creditors Say Reorg Doc Lacks Info

    A group of unsecured creditors of bankrupt electronics retailer RadioShack objected Thursday to the company’s disclosure statement describing its proposed Chapter 11 reorganization plan, saying the document doesn’t provide them adequate information.

  • August 31, 2017

    DirecTV Can’t Omit Customer Subscriptions From SC Income

    A South Carolina appeals court has ruled against DirecTV on the $14 million question of whether the satellite television provider can exclude customer subscription sales from its state taxable corporate income, agreeing with the South Carolina Department of Revenue that the subscription income comes from activity in the state.

  • August 31, 2017

    Qualcomm Can't See All Of Apple’s Patent Rates In FTC Suit

    A California magistrate judge denied on Thursday Qualcomm’s request for third-party Apple to produce all of its expert reports that calculate damages in any patent litigation over its cellular devices, finding that royalty rates in those cases aren’t relevant to the FTC’s antitrust suit against Qualcomm because “not all patents are created equal.”

  • August 31, 2017

    TBS Ripped Off B&B Sitcom Idea, Couple Says

    An Illinois couple told a federal court Thursday that Turner Broadcasting System Inc. ripped off their bed-and-breakfast television show idea.

  • August 31, 2017

    Apple Tells Fed. Circ. PTAB Rightly Invalidated VirnetX Patents

    The Federal Circuit should leave undisturbed Patent Trial and Appeal Board findings that slashed two VirnetX Inc. patents covering secure communications, Apple Inc. has told the court, arguing that the PTAB reached the correct conclusions using the right process.

  • August 31, 2017

    Sinclair, Tribune Merger Harms TV Viewers, FCC Told

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co.’s proposed combination would drastically alter over-the-air television content, slashing local sports and news coverage, as well as hamper competition, said consumer advocacy organizations and telecom industry groups in recent Federal Communications Commission filings.

Expert Analysis

  • Textalyzer Technology Faces Privacy Roadblocks

    Tamara Kurtzman

    Designed to deter and identify distracted drivers, Cellebrite's “textalyzer” is a mobile device that, once connected to a cellphone, purports to reveal whether any phone activity occurred. While some states have already taken steps to see this technology implemented on their roads, lawmakers in states like California may face difficulty, says Tamara Kurtzman, managing partner of TMK Attorneys.

  • The Growing Circuit Split Over FCA First-To-File Rule

    Brian Boyle

    Recently, the D.C. Circuit and the Second Circuit have broken with their sister circuits and treated the False Claims Act first-to-file requirement as nonjurisdictional and merely a matter of adequate pleading. This has the potential to limit the usefulness of one of the most important FCA defenses, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • How To Prioritize Your Law Firm's Crisis Response Plan

    Michelle Samuels

    If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Closing Argument

    Stephen Susman

    In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.

  • 5G Deployment Faces Unique Challenges Across The US

    Jonathan Babcock

    The wireless industry contends that the advent of 5G technology will transform the lives of nearly all Americans for the better. Yet to realize these benefits, municipalities must work together with carriers and the government to allow the United States to become the global leader in 5G, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • The Soft Power Of Congress To Challenge Mergers

    Daniel Friedman

    While Congress does not have the ability to directly stop a merger, it has virtually unfettered power to engage in fact-finding, and testimony given at congressional hearings can help the merger enforcers in litigation, say Daniel Friedman and Robert LoBue of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • 5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

    Gregory Lantier

    While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Cybersecurity Risks In The Courtroom

    Daniel Garrie

    As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.

  • OFAC's Settlement With CSE Global Breaks New Ground

    Roberto J. Gonzalez

    On July 27, the Office of Foreign Assets Control announced a $12 million settlement with CSE Global Limited and its subsidiary, CSE TransTel Pte. Ltd. This appears to be the first time OFAC has penalized a non-U.S., non-financial company for “causing” sanctions violations by initiating U.S. dollar payments involving a sanctioned country, say members of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Smart Cities And 5G Should Cooperate Instead Of Clashing

    Gregory Dunn

    "Smart City" initiatives and fifth generation wireless connectivity are on a collision course, as both cities and cellular companies are lobbying state legislation for public rights-of-way and usage of city-owned facilities. Instead of competing, they should share use of towers and poles and institute joint planning efforts, say Gregory Dunn and Lindsay Miller of Ice Miller LLP.