Telecommunications

  • January 4, 2017

    7th Circ. Skeptical Of TWC Data Class Action After Spokeo

    Multiple judges on a Seventh Circuit panel Wednesday made clear they believe a class action brought against Time Warner Cable Inc. over its alleged storage of former customers' information should stay dead Wednesday, telling the customers’ attorney no one was harmed by the company’s actions.

  • January 4, 2017

    Streaming TV Co. President Can't Duck Dish Copyright Suit

    The owner of an Arabic pay-TV company must face a copyright infringement suit claiming the service steals signals from Dish Network LLC because he personally supervised the alleged infringing activity, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2017

    Calif. Cable Techs Win Class Cert. In TWC Suit Over Pay

    A group of California installation technicians won collective action certification and partial class certification in California federal court Tuesday in a suit alleging Time Warner Cable misclassified them as contract workers, depriving them of overtime pay and benefits.

  • January 3, 2017

    Level 3 Challenges AT&T's DC Circ. Win On VoIP Fees

    Level 3 Communications has asked the D.C. Circuit to take another look at a panel ruling in AT&T’s favor after the telecom giant challenged a Federal Communications Commission order allowing switching charges for voice-over-internet-protocol calls, saying the panel improperly relied on its own research rather than any AT&T argument.

  • January 3, 2017

    Qualcomm Reaches Deal To End Meizu Patent Suits

    Qualcomm and Chinese consumer electronics company Meizu said Saturday they have reached a patent licensing deal, ending the infringement suits Qualcomm filed against Meizu last summer over patents that cover features and technologies relating to 3G, or third generation, and LTE, or Long Term Evolution, wireless communications standards.

  • January 3, 2017

    GOP Rep. Goodlatte Proposes Repeal Of Chevron Doctrine

    U.S. Rep. Rob Goodlatte, R-Va., has resurrected a plan to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s longstanding Chevron doctrine, which gives deference to federal agencies’ interpretations of ambiguous laws, by including changes to judicial review powers in a sweeping regulatory reform package introduced Tuesday.

  • January 3, 2017

    State AGs Want Say On Rest Of Sprint's $50M Cramming Fund

    Several state attorneys general asked a New York federal court Tuesday for a say in disbursing the remainder of a $50 million consumer repayment fund set up by Sprint Corp. to settle a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau action over the alleged practice of cramming unauthorized charges onto subscribers' bills.

  • January 3, 2017

    District Court Can Keep Music Royalty Spat, DC Circ. Told

    A music royalties collector and a major satellite music company told the D.C. Circuit Tuesday that they have properly litigated their royalty rate dispute in a district court, regardless of the potential jurisdiction of the Copyright Royalty Board, while the federal government filed an amicus brief echoing the same argument.

  • January 3, 2017

    Intellectual Ventures Loses 3 Patents In Mobile Giant Suits

    Intellectual Ventures took a hit in what was once a massive infringement suit against AT&T, T-Mobile and others after a Delaware federal judge on Friday booted three patents from the tangle of cases, finding the patents were invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision.

  • January 3, 2017

    Google Opts Not To Argue Android Case At EU Watchdog

    After accusing the European Commission of missing the mark with its antitrust case over the Android operating system, Google has opted to forgo the chance to defend itself at a hearing in the case.

  • January 3, 2017

    Trade Group Asks FCC To Think Again On ISP Privacy Rules

    A trade group for midsize telecom companies asked the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday to reconsider its ruling setting privacy rules for ISPs, saying the agency does not have the legal authority it needs despite good policy intentions.

  • January 3, 2017

    Ex-AT&T Exec Can't Boost Damages From Discrimination Win

    A longtime AT&T customer service executive allegedly fired for his age is not entitled to $288,000 in liquidated damages on top of the $370,000 award he won at a jury trial in January 2016, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled.

  • January 3, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Nixes PTAB Rejection Of Apple Touch-Screen Patent

    The Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board did not adequately explain its reasoning for rejecting several claims of an Apple application for a touch-screen patent as obvious, ruling it wasn’t enough to say the claimed invention would be “intuitive.”

  • January 3, 2017

    FCC's Rosenworcel Departs Agency

    Federal Communications Commission Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel finished her term at the agency on Tuesday after failing to get Senate reconfirmation, saying in a statement that she was proud of work to advance issues of public safety, technology in education, and net neutrality.

  • January 3, 2017

    Apple Says High Court Can’t Lower $400M Samsung Award

    Apple has urged the Federal Circuit to affirm its earlier ruling that Samsung must pay nearly $400 million for infringing Apple’s smartphone design patents, even though the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the appeals court misread the law on design patent damages.

  • January 3, 2017

    General Cable Pays $82M To Resolve DOJ, SEC Probes

    General Cable Corp. has resolved investigations into what prosecutors call a decade of bribes to officials in Africa and Asia to win business, paying $82.3 million to the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and separate accounting violations.

  • January 3, 2017

    Duane Morris Accused Of $625M Botch Job In Telecom Row

    Duane Morris LLP cost a Philadelphia lawyer $625 million by botching an appeal in a lawsuit over the collapse of a $175 million acquisition of a submarine fiber-optic network in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a recent suit.

  • January 3, 2017

    Telecom Co. To Pay $6M To End Probe Into Alleged Deception

    The Federal Communications Commission has announced that telecom company Birch Communications Inc. will pay $6.1 million to resolve an investigation into the company's purported scheme to trick consumers into switching to Birch and to place unwanted charges on their bills.

  • January 3, 2017

    Korea Fines Qualcomm $854M For Strings-Attached Licensing

    Qualcomm Inc. must pay an $854 million fine for forcing mobile phone makers to pay royalties on broad patents covering modem chipsets and for tying licensing agreements to chip supply numbers, the Korea Fair Trade Commission has ruled.

  • January 2, 2017

    Telecom Cases To Watch In 2017

    The presidential transition has shifted the telecom spotlight from court fights against regulatory actions to a new Federal Communications Commission that could unwind them, but key cases on net neutrality and the jurisdictional lines between agencies remain unresolved. Here are the top cases to watch in 2017 in telecom.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Do About Defamatory Online Reviews

    Tad A. Devlin

    In Kimzey v. Yelp, the Ninth Circuit held that Yelp was not liable for content created by its users. For now, victims of defamatory online reviews should direct their counter efforts toward the authors of the reviews, rather than the websites, say Tad Devlin and Stacey Chiu of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.

  • Takeaways From New FCC Privacy Rules For ISPs And Telcos

    Sherrese M. Smith

    The Federal Communications Commission recently released a report and order adopting new privacy and data security rules for telecommunications companies. Internet service providers should learn the differences between these new regulations and the Federal Trade Commission guidelines they previously followed, say Sherrese Smith and Andrew Erber of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • 10 Things To Know About Net Neutrality And Class Actions

    Brett A. Shumate

    Given the potential dangers of violating the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, attorneys from Wiley Rein LLP offer 10 tips to help prepare for class actions involving net neutrality.

  • Samsung Faces Challenge Of Recalls Across Jurisdictions

    Sheila Millar

    Samsung's recall of Galaxy Note7 phones due to alleged battery fire hazards started in North America. But within weeks, media and online outcry in China led the company to expand the recall to that country. This echoes the experience of other major international brands involved in high-profile recalls, and illustrates a long-standing challenge and some emerging trends, say attorneys from Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • The Tug-Of-War Of BEC Scheme Insurance Coverage

    John C. Pitblado

    Last year, the Southern District of Texas decided in Apache v. Great American that losses caused by a "business email compromise" fraud were covered by computer fraud insurance. This decision gained some momentum, but circuit courts have reversed it in recent months, says John Pitblado of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA.

  • FCPA Enforcement On Near-Record Pace For 2016: Part 1

    John E. Davis

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have resolved 39 enforcement actions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through October of this year, already exceeding the annual totals for every year since 2010, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Candid Advice From The Bench: Judges Are People Too

    Alison Wong

    While it’s true that judges are more capable than juries of rendering decisions based on a subtler understanding of the law, trial lawyers shouldn’t assume that judges are immune to the unfolding drama and underlying context of the case. In fact, the most important lesson we’ve learned from interviewing retired judges is that they process information the same way jurors do, says Alison Wong of Salmons Consulting.

  • Scope Of Class Actions For Plaintiffs Remains Unclear

    Benjamin Rubinstein

    While corporate defendants had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions last term would continue to make class actions more difficult for the plaintiffs' bar to pursue and win, those expectations failed to materialize. Instead, the court's more narrow recent rulings leave much to lower courts to clarify and for parties in class action cases to litigate, say Benjamin Rubinstein and David Wallace of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • Second Circuit Email Warrant Ruling Raises New Questions

    Andrew Serwin

    As a result of the Second Circuit’s recent opinion in Microsoft v. United States, the U.S. government likely can no longer use warrants issued pursuant to the Stored Communications Act to compel U.S.-based companies to produce communications, such as emails, that are stored in a physical location outside of the United States — at least for now, say Andrew Serwin and Adam Fleisher of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • 7 Steps For Managing An Associate Who May Be Impaired

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    According to a recent study on the prevalence of attorney addiction and mental health concerns, more than one-third of practicing attorneys in the U.S. qualify as problem drinkers and 28 percent struggle with depression. While change in large law firms can be slow, there is a lot firms can do to navigate situations where an associate’s performance may be impaired, says Stacey Saada Schwartz, a former litigator and Los Angeles-based... (continued)