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Telecommunications

  • October 30, 2018

    Charter Communications Can't Escape 'Autodialer' Suit

    A suit accusing Charter Communications of making repeated unwanted phone calls survived a challenge by the cable giant on Tuesday when a Wisconsin federal judge refused to dismiss the case.

  • October 30, 2018

    Australian Ad Startup Units File For Ch. 11, Blaming Google

    The U.S. affiliates of Australian smartphone advertising startup Unlockd have filed for bankruptcy in a New York court, saying they need Chapter 11 protection while their parent company challenges Google LLC's decision to exclude its app from its store.

  • October 30, 2018

    App Buyers 'Have No Answer' To Illinois Brick, Apple Says

    Apple on Monday again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to undo a Ninth Circuit decision reviving an antitrust suit from app buyers accusing the tech giant of illegally monopolizing the iPhone app market, arguing the purchasers have been unable to get around limits imposed by the high court’s landmark Illinois Brick ruling.

  • October 30, 2018

    Satellite, Mobile Industries Spar Over C-Band Sale Methods

    Satellite operators and mobile carriers presented competing viewpoints in comments posted Monday and Tuesday on how the Federal Communications Commission should allow shared uses in the so-called C-Band of airwaves, with some carriers advocating for a spectrum auction and some satellite users pushing to broker voluntary, secondary agreements.

  • October 29, 2018

    High Court Delays Decision On Net Neutrality Cert

    The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed announcing whether it will hear the closely watched net neutrality appeal and has indicated that the earliest it will say whether certiorari has been granted is after a conference scheduled for Friday.

  • October 29, 2018

    Justices Won't Review Gov't Contractor Robocall Liability

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to explore whether robocalls should be considered outside the usual immunity given to contractors acting under a federal agency's instructions, turning down a petition related to a General Dynamics unit's work to support the Affordable Care Act.

  • October 29, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Brookfield, Telecom Italia, Bharti

    Brookfield Asset Management is getting close to snapping up the auto battery unit of Johnson Controls International PLC, Telecom Italia may tap I Squared Capital as the preferred bidder for a stake in its Persidera unit, and Bharti Airtel Ltd. is putting off plans to float its Africa unit.

  • October 29, 2018

    Cox Can't Relocate Impending Music Piracy Showdown

    A federal judge on Friday refused to transfer a closely watched copyright case filed by record labels against Cox Communications over illegal downloading, keeping the impending battle in a courtroom where Cox suffered a number of bruising defeats in an earlier case.

  • October 29, 2018

    10th Circ. Nixes Review Of FCC Subsidy Clawback, For Now

    The Tenth Circuit has refused to take up a Federal Communications Commission demand that a Colorado phone company pay back $7 million in federal subsidies for network deployment, saying a pending FCC review prevents court involvement for now.

  • October 29, 2018

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Gloves Come Off In Trump Trade Row

    In Law360’s latest look at the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body, 11 different cases stemming from the Trump administration’s decisions to impose steel and aluminum tariffs moved to a more contentious phase as the U.S. and its partners dig in for a long fight.

  • October 29, 2018

    AT&T Takes Fight Over FCC's 5G Rule To DC Circ.

    AT&T has joined the growing opposition to the Federal Communications Commission's recent 5G order, asking the D.C. Circuit to force the FCC to include a "deemed granted" provision that would kick in if local authorities take too long to respond to a request to place wireless facilities.

  • October 26, 2018

    Attys Should Consider Ephemeral Messages, Wickr GC Says

    Attorneys should use secure messaging when communicating with clients, Jennifer DeTrani, general counsel for encrypted messaging app Wickr, subject of a heated moment in the Uber-Waymo trade secrets battle, tells Law360.

  • October 26, 2018

    Calif. Will Stay Net Neutrality Law Pending DC Circ. Ruling

    The state of California has agreed to hold off on enforcing its tough new net neutrality law until the D.C. Circuit determines whether the Federal Communications Commission rightly nixed Obama-era web protections, according to court documents released Friday.

  • October 26, 2018

    SC Telecom Providers Accused Of Skipping Local 911 Fees

    Two local South Carolina governments filed a pair of suits Thursday against telecommunications providers in a federal court, one a class action claiming the providers deliberately failed to collect the statutory fees that pay for 911 systems to gain an advantage over their rivals.

  • October 26, 2018

    Qualcomm Can Pursue $5B Trade Secrets Case Against Apple

    Qualcomm may amend its case against Apple to include new allegations that the iPhone maker exposed Qualcomm's trade secrets to engineers who were working on a competing product with Intel, a California state judge has tentatively ruled.

  • October 26, 2018

    DirecTV Says No To State Remand In Mo. Cities Fee Suit

    DirecTV LLC urged a Missouri federal judge to deny a group of municipalities’ request to remand a case over whether the company must pay a percentage of gross receipts to places where they do business, arguing the statute they are relying on to move the case from federal court to state court does not apply.

  • October 26, 2018

    6 Suits Over FCC's 5G Order Move Toward MDL Lottery

    Six lawsuits filed across the country by municipalities and two mobile carriers over the Federal Communications Commission’s latest 5G small cell order will soon be referred to the multidistrict litigation lottery process to determine where the cases will play out, Law360 has learned.

  • October 26, 2018

    Rescinding 'Kid Vid' Rule Would Spell Disaster, FCC Told

    Advocacy groups have lined up to blast the Federal Communications Commission’s bid to rollback its “kid vid” programming requirements that regulate educational children’s programming in broadcast, while broadcast organizations lauded the proposed changes as overdue.

  • October 26, 2018

    T-Mobile Cuts $1M Deal With Field Technicians In Wage Suit

    T-Mobile USA Inc. has agreed to pay about $1 million to put to rest claims brought by a proposed class of field technicians alleging that the telecom giant stiffed them on off-the-clock wages as well as meal and rest breaks, in a deal filed in California federal court Thursday.

  • October 26, 2018

    Retailers, Lenders Push FCC To Narrow Autodialer Definition

    The Federal Communications Commission should narrow its definition of an automatic telephone dialing system so that companies have more room to call consumers without facing potential class actions, members of the retail and telecom industries recently told the commission.

Expert Analysis

  • Internet Of Things Cos. Must Prepare For Law Enforcement

    Matthew Gardner

    As the internet of things device market develops, companies that proactively develop compliance strategies should be able to avoid many of the pitfalls that are sure to come as law enforcement changes the way it investigates cases, say attorneys at Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Japan's Balanced Approach To SEP Licensing

    David Kappos

    The Japan Patent Office's new guide to licensing for standard-essential patents maintains an admirable neutrality in tone, language and substance, making it an effective reference tool for all sides in SEP licensing, says David Kappos, a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • ERISA Class Actions After Epic Systems

    James Baker

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's opinion in Epic Systems v. Lewis employed the same analytics used by Justice Antonin Scalia in three previous decisions. They strongly suggest the court would allow a mandatory arbitration clause with a class action waiver in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act context, says James Baker of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Carpenter Ruling May Be Turning Point In Digital Data Privacy

    Kim Peretti

    While the U.S. Supreme Court proclaimed its Carpenter holding was narrow, its unprecedented recognition of an individual’s privacy interest in data held by third parties could signal significant changes in privacy more generally, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.