Telecommunications

  • July 3, 2017

    Ad Data Report Was Protected Speech, Calif. Court Affirms

    A California state appeals court has affirmed a Los Angeles Superior Court ruling that tossed streaming service FilmOn's suit alleging an online advertising data provider scared ads away by labeling the site a copyright infringer.

  • July 3, 2017

    More Telecoms Challenge FCC Business Data Rule At DC Circ.

    Four telecommunications companies have joined the fray in challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s recent rule deregulating business data services, asking the D.C. Circuit to “vacate, reverse, or hold unlawful” the new policy.

  • July 3, 2017

    Telecom Policy To Watch For The 2nd Half Of 2017

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has laid the groundwork for an action-packed second half of the year that may include a rollback of net neutrality rules, as well as a continued push to increase broadband access. Here are the top telecom policy issues to keep an eye on for the rest of the year.

  • June 30, 2017

    Lockheed, Boeing JV Beats SpaceX For $191M Contract

    United Launch Alliance LLC, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Co., has been awarded a $191 million contract for a U.S. Air Force satellite launch mission, the company said Thursday, beating out SpaceX for the summer 2019 launch.

  • June 30, 2017

    Subscribers Fumbled NFL Sunday Ticket Dispute, Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Friday dismissed multidistrict antitrust litigation against the National Football League and DirecTV over their Sunday Ticket viewing package, ruling that the subscribers haven't proven an antitrust injury.

  • June 30, 2017

    Ex-AT&T Workers Bring Age Discrimination Class Action

    A putative class of laid-off employees filed an age discrimination suit against AT&T in New Jersey federal court Thursday, saying the company’s workforce plan discriminated against workers over 40 and misled them about their legal rights, and asked the judge to order potential class members be notified of the alleged deception.

  • June 30, 2017

    Intellectual Ventures Asks Fed. Circ. To Back PTAB Ruling

    Intellectual Ventures asked the Federal Circuit on Friday not to give Ericsson another chance at invalidating two IV patents covering data and wireless systems, arguing that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board board did not abuse its discretion in declining to consider certain arguments from the telecom.

  • June 30, 2017

    Brocade, Ruckus Shake Shareholder Suit Over $1.2B Deal

    A California federal judge tossed out a proposed shareholder class action alleging securities fraud against Brocade Communications over its acquisition of Ruckus Wireless Inc., valued at about $1.2 billion, saying the shareholder plaintiffs repeatedly failed to show how the companies misled them in financial statements over the offer.

  • June 30, 2017

    RadioShack Asks For More Time To Negotiate Ch. 11 Plan

    Bankrupt electronics retailer RadioShack asked a Delaware judge Friday to extend the exclusive period during which it can file a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization, saying it needs more time to continue negotiations with creditors in hopes of getting to a consensual proposal.

  • June 30, 2017

    Sprint Wants $32M Judgment Erased After Prism IP Axed

    Sprint urged a Nebraska federal court Thursday to allow it to duck a $32.2 million judgment after a Federal Circuit panel in a separate case invalidated the two Prism network security patents that a jury determined Sprint infringed.

  • June 30, 2017

    Acura Owners Denied Cert. In Honda Autodialing Suit

    A California federal judge declined to certify a proposed class of Acura owners who accused American Honda Motor Co. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making unsolicited calls, finding that not all claims were uniform because some plaintiffs had consented to receive the calls.

  • June 30, 2017

    BALCA Flips Labor Cert. Denial For Telecom Position

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has reversed a labor certification denial for a telecommunications audit analyst position at Telapprise, saying that while the foreign worker gained the experience needed for the job solely through his Telapprise employment, it was no longer feasible to train a worker for the position. 

  • June 30, 2017

    TPG-Led Group To Plug $437M Into South Korea's Kakao

    A TPG Capital-led group has agreed to invest 500 billion South Korean won ($437 million) in internet company Kakao Corp. to help with the establishment of an independent entity that will provide taxi, driver and navigation services, the companies said on Friday.

  • June 29, 2017

    Sumner Redstone’s Nurse Can’t Nix Spy Claims In $150M Row

    Sumner Redstone’s nurse can’t ditch claims he illegally spied on one of two women accused of swindling millions from the media mogul, a California judge ruled Thursday, keeping alive counterclaims that have pulled the nurse into Redstone’s $150 million elder abuse suit against the two ex-girlfriends.

  • June 29, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Asked Not To Rethink Securus Call Patent Ruling

    Inmate calling service provider Global Tel Link on Wednesday denounced its competitor Securus' petition for a Federal Circuit rehearing as an attempt to force the court’s hand in vacating or reversing patent invalidity findings the court sent back to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for further explanation.

  • June 29, 2017

    High Court Faces Tricky Knot On State Securities Suits

    The U.S. Supreme Court is finally poised to clarify whether state courts can hear shareholder class actions over securities offerings following nearly 20 years of confusion, but experts say it's hard to tell what form the eventual ruling will take as the justices consider a statute that has caused unusual division among lower courts.

  • June 29, 2017

    Cox Fights $8M In Fees At 4th Circ. Music Pirating Appeal

    Cox Communications Inc. told the Fourth Circuit that the company shouldn’t have to fork over $8 million in attorneys’ fees after losing a copyright infringement case, arguing Wednesday that the jury's $25 million award to the music publisher that prevailed was payment enough.

  • June 29, 2017

    EU Watchdog Stops Clock On $38B Qualcomm Antitrust Probe

    The European Union suspended its probe Wednesday into whether Qualcomm Inc.’s proposed $37.7 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors will harm competition for semiconductors used in mobile devices and vehicles because the chipmakers hadn’t provided key information on time.

  • June 29, 2017

    Group Asks DC Circ. To Nix FTC Soundboard Call Rule

    An industry group told the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday that a lower court wrongly rejected its challenge to the Federal Trade Commission’s extension of robocalling restrictions to telemarketing calls that use so-called soundboard technology, saying the move restricts free speech and the agency should have sought comment before imposing the change.

  • June 29, 2017

    LG Wins Bid To Arbitrate Defective-Phone Fight

    LG Electronics USA Inc. on Thursday won a bid to arbitrate claims in a putative class action alleging a defect caused certain phones to get stuck in a loop of crashing and rebooting, after a California federal judge found the consumers had adequate notice of the company’s “in the box” arbitration agreement.

Expert Analysis

  • The Case For A Lawyer As Chief Operating Officer

    Nate Bennett

    It is wise to consider looking for a potential chief operating officer in what some might consider an unconventional place — the ranks of the legal profession. A risk-conscious attorney may serve as a good counterweight to a more enterprising CEO, say Dr. Nathan Bennett of Georgia State University and Matt Bedwell of The Miles Group LLC.

  • Cybersecurity Is The Next Frontier Of State Regulation

    David Forscey

    States considering whether to enforce existing cybersecurity rules more aggressively, or else pass standards of their own, should carefully consider the policy rationale and potential pitfalls of existing frameworks and collaborate with private experts to determine what works and what does not, say David Forscey of the National Governors Association, and Steven Cash and Benjamin Nissim of Day Pitney LLP.

  • 6 Habits Of A Successful Tech Lawyer

    Caine Moss

    Many reputable tech lawyers are competent enough to handle the typical corporate work of a young startup, but when thorny issues inevitably arise, tech entrepreneurs deserve lawyers who can operate as true business partners, says Caine Moss of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • APA Violation In IPR Can Turn Into Harmless Error On Appeal

    Richard Marsh

    While IPR Licensing v. ZTE demonstrates that the Administrative Procedure Act remains a viable ground for challenging inter partes review decisions, it also illustrates how the Federal Circuit’s standard of review on appeal can cure some APA violations, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Need High Court Guidance On 'Abstract Idea'

    Charles Macedo

    Too many district courts have followed the incorrect holding in Ultramercial, that novel and inventive business processes are “abstract ideas,” contrary to the limited expansion of the “abstract idea” exception in Bilski and Alice. Hopefully, the U.S. Supreme Court will take advantage of the opportunity to correct this misapplication in Broadband iTV v. Hawaiian Telcom, say Charles Macedo and Sandra Hudak of Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP.

  • Why FTC's Qualcomm Investigation Is Important

    Joshua Wolson

    The United States needs to pursue its investigation of Qualcomm vigorously both to ensure that Qualcomm is not acting improperly and also to deter future potential abuses of standard-essential patents, says Joshua Wolson of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

  • Recent Trends In Enforcement Of Intercreditor Agreements

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    Three recent cases show that bankruptcy courts are increasingly willing to interpret intercreditor agreements and agreements among lenders and apply their plain language to the facts of the case, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Herding Cats: Making The Most Out Of A Joint Defense Group

    Audra Dial

    Audra Dial, managing partner for Kilpatrick Townsend LLP’s Atlanta office, shares four strategies that she believes make multidefendant litigation more efficient — and ensure the joint defense group does not devolve into a leaderless group.

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.