New York state’s Department of Taxation and Finance published an advisory opinion Wednesday concluding that a company that provides cloud computing software that boosts telecommunications systems must pay state sales taxes for “prewritten software” licensed to New York-based systems.
Qualcomm struck back in the International Trade Commission on Monday against Apple, Intel and others opposing its effort to block imports of iPhones that allegedly infringe Qualcomm patents, arguing the companies mounted a “coordinated effort” to blow legitimate infringement claims out of proportion.
Backed by Gov. Chris Christie’s office, New Jersey has become the sixth state to opt in to the multibillion-dollar FirstNet emergency response network, the project’s organizers announced Tuesday.
Verizon’s former top congressional advocate fielded questions about climate change, sound science and government management from a Senate panel Wednesday as he seeks a Commerce Department post as the agency’s general counsel.
A California federal judge on Tuesday tossed warranty claims and some consumer fraud claims against Apple Inc. in a proposed class action alleging the technology giant failed to fix a touch-screen defect in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices that caused unresponsiveness and bending.
A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to certify a class alleging Apple Inc. falsely advertised certain devices as “secure by design” when it knew third-party applications could siphon off private data, finding the consumers hadn’t shown they relied on statements about specific security features.
A Federal Circuit panel Monday declined Tuesday to recall a decision affirming a $30 million infringement verdict against Sprint Spectrum in a suit from Prism Technologies LLC over two network security patents, ruling that it would not impact Sprint’s motion at the district court level.
The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act suit accusing Verizon of overbilling the government on telecommunications contracts, ruling an amended complaint cannot be used to revive an FCA case that had been tossed because of an earlier related suit.
The Delaware Chancery Court's recent opinion appraising the fair value of Clearwire Corp. stock at nearly 60 percent below the Sprint Nextel Corp. buyout price delivered a stunning blow to the so-called appraisal arbitrage practice that highlights its enormous risks, but is unlikely to stem the tide of such challenges in a climate that still favors them, experts say.
The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday mostly struck down a National Labor Relations Board ruling that invalidated various T-Mobile and MetroPCS employee handbook rules, including workplace behavior requirements, but upheld the illegality of a rule banning workplace recordings.
While the Federal Circuit said Tuesday that a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision invalidating part of a Spherix Inc. patent for a cordless telephone could have been “more detailed,” the appeals court said it wasn’t wrong to find the disputed claims were unpatentable.
A Wisconsin federal judge on Monday entered a $506 million judgment against Apple Inc. for infringing a computer processor patent owned by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, more than double what a jury awarded the organization in damages in October 2015.
Qualcomm has asked a California federal court to dismiss claims surrounding nine patents that it says aren’t in dispute in Apple’s suit accusing the chipmaker of demanding excessive royalties for the use of its chips in iPhones and similar devices.
The Federal Circuit on Monday denied a bid from Hughes Network Systems LLC to transfer a patent suit out of the Eastern District of Texas but hinted it might not agree with the growing consensus among district courts that the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision was not a change in the law.
Attorneys representing a class of 3.2 million consumers who allege that Wells Fargo violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by autodialing their phones without consent asked a Georgia federal court on Monday to award them more than $4.45 million in fees after they secured a $14.8 million settlement to resolve the dispute.
The U.K.’s Vodafone Group PLC and Aditya Birla Group’s Idea Cellular Ltd. have won approval from India’s competition regulator to go ahead with a $23.2 billion merger that is poised to create the country’s largest telecommunications operator.
Republican leaders of the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that they would require “substantive comments” including “economic analysis” to persuade them to vote against an impending repeal of Title II broadband regulation, the legal footing for the agency’s 2015 net neutrality rules.
A class that reached a proposed $14.5 million settlement with American Eagle Outfitters in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit over unsolicited texts told a New York federal court Friday that Experian's marketing unit lacks standing to object to the deal because it was dismissed from the case.
A Missouri federal judge on Monday excluded certain billing disputes as untimely from a lawsuit launched by Level 3 Communications and others against the Illinois Bell Telephone Company and multiple other state Bell entities, altering a decision back in April to keep the case mostly intact.
One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Consensus is building that the U.S. Supreme Court should grant the petition to hear Samsung v. Apple. The issue that has received the most attention from the amici briefs and the most pages from the parties is how the Federal Circuit applied the obviousness analysis, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.
Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.
The Ninth Circuit was correct in its finding that any fair-use analysis for a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice is a fact-based, subjective determination. According to the Lenz petition for certiorari, the Ninth Circuit’s decision would open the floodgates for a slew of unreasonable claims as grounds for removal of online speech — but the petition conflates incorrectly “subjective beliefs” with “unreasonable beliefs,... (continued)
The question presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in Lenz v. Universal Music, as framed by the anti-copyright group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, somewhat misstates what the Ninth Circuit actually held in the underlying case, and the petition for certiorari does not actually address the most important issue raised by the case, say David Leichtman of Leichtman Law PLLC and Sherli Furst of Robins Kaplan LLP.
One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Lateral candidates looking to make the last — or perhaps only — move of their career cannot afford to just stand by and let a law firm’s vetting process unfold on its own, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.
In the near future, actions taken by Congress and the Federal Communications Commission are likely to pave the way for greater media consolidation without violating the commission's media ownership rules. As a result, the media landscape is likely to look different in a few years from now, say Rebekah Goodheart and Samuel Jacobson of Jenner & Block LLP.
One frequently hears from leading malpractice insurers that one of the highest risk categories for law firms is that of lateral partners not sufficiently vetted during the recruitment process, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies Inc. who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.
Much has been said about the stakes at play in the pending appeal involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in the D.C. Circuit. While many await the decision in ACA v. Federal Communications Commission, two recent Dish Network cases in North Carolina and Illinois continue to provide devastating critiques of compliance failures, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.