Telecommunications

  • March 10, 2017

    Jury Finds Phone Reseller Didn't Breach Sprint Contract

    A Kansas federal jury has ruled unanimously in favor of cellphone reseller The Middle Man, ending Sprint Nextel’s long-running suit accusing the company of breach of contract.

  • March 10, 2017

    4 Clues From The FCC Chairman On Net Neutrality’s Fate

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has been tight-lipped so far on the course he might take to undo 2015 net neutrality rules that he has long rejected, but key statements and actions in recent months offer hints as to how he might move forward.

  • March 10, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms AT&T Trial Win In Enovsys Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a California federal court’s invalidation of the asserted claims of a Enovsys cellphone privacy technology patent asserted against AT&T, rejecting arguments that the claims were wrongly construed and that certain evidence of infringement was wrongly excluded.

  • March 10, 2017

    Facebook Live Nets Deal To Stream MLS Matches

    A week into the Major League Soccer season, the league and Univision Deportes said Friday that they have reached a deal with Facebook to livestream at least 22 regular season matches in English via Facebook Live.

  • March 10, 2017

    IP In Suit Against Cigna, Others Too Abstract, Judge Says

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday recommended dismissing Phoenix Licensing’s infringement suit against Cigna, Consumer Cellular and others, saying he could glean from 10 claims out of the 974 in the case that the patents protecting targeted email marketing technology were too abstract and unoriginal to pass the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

  • March 10, 2017

    French Watchdog Fines SFR €40M For Broken Merger Pledges

    France’s competition watchdog fined telecommunications giant Altice SA and its SFR unit €40 million ($42.7 million) on Thursday for failing to live up to promises made during their 2014 tie-up to continue building out high-speed optical fiber networks.

  • March 10, 2017

    7th Circ. Says Ex-Telecom Exec's $5M Theft Not Covered

    The Seventh Circuit upheld a district court's denying Telamon Corp. coverage for a $5 million theft by a former executive, finding Thursday she was an employee-in-practice excluded from one of the telecom solutions firm's policies and a legal employee not covered under the other.

  • March 10, 2017

    McConnell Backs Move To Nix FCC Privacy Rules

    The GOP is lining up to push for rollback of Federal Communications Commission rules pertaining to broadband privacy with a new resolution in the House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s support of a Senate measure.

  • March 10, 2017

    Former FCC Enforcement Chief Joins Boies Schiller

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP on Thursday announced that the former head of the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has joined the firm, bringing his extensive experience handling consumer protection, cybersecurity, privacy and telecommunications issues to its Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley offices.

  • March 10, 2017

    Verizon’s NLRB Challenge Should Be Dropped, Worker Says

    Verizon’s request for the D.C. Circuit to review a National Labor Relations Board ruling that struck portions of its handbook for its potential to suppress protected employee speech under the National Labor Relations Act should be dismissed because the matter is before the board for review, the employee who filed the original claim said Thursday.

  • March 10, 2017

    FCC Considering 'Next Generation' Broadcasting Standard

    The Federal Communications Commission on Friday published a notice that proposes the authorization of the “next generation” broadcast television standard that would allow for innovations such as ultra high-definition TV, mobile broadcast TV and advanced emergency alerting.

  • March 9, 2017

    SolarCity Faces TCPA Cert. Bid, Says Some Agreed To Calls

    A putative class alleging it received unwanted sales calls from SolarCity Corp. in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act asked a California federal judge for class certification Thursday, while the company said its evidence some members had consented to phone calls creates a roadblock to commonality.

  • March 9, 2017

    Full Fed. Circ. Won’t Review Reversal Of Amdocs IP's Alice Nix

    The full Federal Circuit refused Thursday to review a panel’s reversal of a decision that four Amdocs patents on network monitoring technology are invalid under the Alice standard, rejecting defendant Openet's argument that the decision was a "troubling" departure from precedent.

  • March 9, 2017

    Civil Rights Coalition Seeks Sit-Down With FCC’s Pai

    A group representing more than 200 advocacy organizations has asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to meet over his early actions targeting the Lifeline broadband service, media ownership restrictions and inmate calling rate caps, saying it has concerns about his policy agenda.

  • March 9, 2017

    FCC Gets Local Pushback On 5G Infrastructure Preemption

    The Federal Communications Commission is fielding feedback from several states and municipalities across the country urging caution over a request that it overrule local barriers to deploying next-generation wireless infrastructure, with Pennsylvania and Virginia among those raising questions Thursday about federal intervention.

  • March 9, 2017

    Advocates Ask FCC To Refuse Fox-NY Post Ownership Waiver

    Several advocacy groups on Wednesday opposed a request from Fox for an exception from the Federal Communications Commission to allow the continued co-ownership of New York and New Jersey TV stations and the New York Post newspaper, saying the commission should seek feedback on the issue.

  • March 9, 2017

    Co. Says ZTE Can't Hide $892M Fine From Patent Row

    An audio coding patent licenser suing ZTE Corp. for patent infringement urged a Texas federal judge Thursday not to impose a cone of silence around the Chinese telecommunications giant's $892 million settlement with the Trump administration for violating U.S. sanctions, arguing the company's lies must be shown at trial.

  • March 9, 2017

    Facebook Slims Claims In Unsolicited Text Dispute

    A California federal judge on Thursday trimmed a proposed class action accusing Facebook Inc. of sending unsolicited “status update” messages to cellphones, holding that a Telephone Consumer Protection Act claim is enough to survive the social media giant’s challenges, but an allegation under the state’s unfair competition law doesn't hold up.

  • March 9, 2017

    Justices' Arbitration Ruling Hurts Consumers, 9th Circ. Told

    As the Ninth Circuit mulls whether a proposed class action accusing AT&T of misrepresenting an unlimited mobile data plan was properly sent to arbitration, a public interest law firm weighed in Wednesday with an argument that U.S. Supreme Court precedent on the matter harms consumers.

  • March 9, 2017

    FCC Chief Launches Probe Into AT&T's 911 Service Outage

    The Federal Communications Commission is investigating the source of a widespread glitch that left AT&T Inc. customers unable to call 911 from their cell phones Wednesday, agency chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • What The Qualcomm Case Tells Us About FTC And FRAND

    Michael T. Renaud

    Federal Trade Commission staff will no doubt characterize its recent complaint against Qualcomm as the mere application of traditional antitrust principles to conduct that just happens to involve intellectual property licensing. If that were the case, then it should have been uncontroversial to include a discussion of these practices in the revised guidelines released four days earlier, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Gl... (continued)

  • Stingray Revealed: Cell-Site Trackers And The 4th Amendment

    Daniel Wenner

    The Seventh Circuit majority in U.S. v. Patrick contends it is not “a concrete case” about the Stingray. And it’s probably right. But the use — and potential abuse — of the Stingray raises concerns about what technology might be able to do. That is why Chief Judge Diane Wood took a different and perhaps more holistic tack, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • An Inconvenient Forum: Circuit Split Remains

    Igor Timofeyev

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to decline consideration of the question in Belize’s recent petitions leaves in place divergent applications of the forum non conveniens doctrine by U.S. federal courts in foreign arbitral award enforcement actions. For now, parties seeking to enforce foreign arbitral awards in the United States still have an important strategic decision to make, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • The New IP Antitrust Licensing Guidelines' Silence On SEPs

    Kelly Smith Fayne

    The new intellectual property licensing guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice — the first update in more than 20 years — largely adopted the revisions proposed last August. Despite requests during the comment period, the agencies did not make any changes to address standard-essential patents directly, say Kelly Smith Fayne and Joshua Holian of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Death Knell For The Telephone Consumer Protection Act

    Lewis S. Wiener

    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act is generally considered a popular, pro-consumer statute, but the law may be dramatically altered following power shifts in Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. It is increasingly likely that the TCPA will transform to address existing criticism and to reflect changes in technology since the law's passage in 1991, say attorneys from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.