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Telecommunications

  • September 28, 2018

    Apple Wants Foreigners Out Of IPhone Updates MDL

    Apple Inc. and a putative class of consumers fought before a California federal judge Friday over allegations that the tech giant hid that its software updates slowed down iPhones and iPads, with Apple arguing that the multidistrict litigation can’t include consumers outside the country.

  • September 28, 2018

    Gov’t Watchdog Finds Tribal Broadband Wanting

    Many more people lack high-speed internet service on Native American lands than the rest of America, and a federal agency should identify roadblocks to tribes receiving funds for broadband deployment, the Government Accountability Office said Friday.

  • September 28, 2018

    Cellphone Buyers Win Class Cert. In Qualcomm Chip Row

    A California federal judge certified a class of cellphone buyers, estimated to be numbered in the hundreds of millions, who allegedly paid overages stemming from Qualcomm’s anti-competitive licensing practices.

  • September 28, 2018

    Rep. Eshoo Floats Bill To Make Internet, Cable Bills Clearer

    Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., unveiled legislation Friday that would mandate internet, phone and cable providers build all fees and charges into their advertised consumer prices and nix “mandatory arbitration” clauses, making it easier to file lawsuits and Federal Communications Commission complaints over billing issues.

  • September 28, 2018

    Media Group Asks If Trump Attacks Sparked AT&T Merger Suit

    A journalists’ advocacy group asked the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to consider possible evidence that the Trump White House tried to push the government’s fight against this year’s mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner out of animosity toward the press.

  • September 28, 2018

    Civil Rights Telecom Groups Take On FCC Incubator Program

    A pair of civil rights telecommunications groups filed a D.C. Circuit petition Thursday challenging the new Federal Communications Commission program framework allowing established radio broadcasters to obtain a break on media ownership rules in exchange for shepherding a new or struggling station.

  • September 28, 2018

    Trump Officials Put 5G High On Priority List

    Leaders from a cross-section of the Trump administration on Friday called on regulators to cut red tape so the private sector can quickly unleash the next generation of mobile services, predicting that commercial applications of 5G will be a key driver of the economy.

  • September 28, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Tosses $506M WARF Patent Verdict Against Apple

    Apple Inc. on Friday escaped a $506 million damages award in a patent case brought by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation as the Federal Circuit found the iPhone maker did not infringe a computer processor patent.

  • September 28, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Simpson, Cleary, Choate

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Sirius XM bought Pandora Media for $3.5 billion, Michael Kors Holdings bought Versace for $2.12 billion, a Digital Realty Trust subsidiary bought Ascenty Holdings for $1.8 billion, and Consolidated Edison bought a U.S. renewable energy unit from Sempra Energy for $1.5 billion.

  • September 27, 2018

    Mo. Cities Seek To Move Dish Network Fee Suit To State Court

    A proposed class of dozens of municipalities in Missouri asked a federal court Thursday to remand to state court a case that claims Dish Network and DirecTV must pay a percentage of their gross receipts to places where they do business.

  • September 27, 2018

    Sinclair, Tribune Ad Buyers Spar Over Price-Fix MDL Venue

    Advertisers accusing Tribune Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group and other media giants of colluding to fix prices for TV ads sparred Thursday over where to pursue consolidated litigation, vying at a hearing before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation for venue in Illinois, New York and Maryland.

  • September 27, 2018

    11th Circ. Reignites Suit Over Website Access For The Deaf

    A suit accusing a Florida city of failing to make several web pages fully accessible has been revived in the Eleventh Circuit, where judges said that federal agency remedies aren't required before suing under two key disability laws.

  • September 27, 2018

    Broadcasters Urge More FCC Funding To Offset Repack Costs

    Several major broadcasters and trade groups told the Federal Communications Commission in filings posted Wednesday that it should offer more reimbursements to help them cover the cost of the broadcast incentive auction repack, which cleared TV-band spectrum for use by mobile services.

  • September 27, 2018

    AT&T, Microsoft Win $121.7M Air Force Prototype IT Deals

    The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded a pair of Other Transaction Authority prototyping deals collectively worth $121.7 million to AT&T and Microsoft that are intended to help the Air Force experiment with enterprise information technology as service capabilities.

  • September 27, 2018

    9 AGs, Experts, Biz Groups Back AT&T-Time Warner Merger

    Nine state attorneys general, a group of antitrust and economics experts, and business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have filed separate amicus briefs urging the D.C. Circuit to reject the U.S. Department of Justice appeal fighting to undo AT&T Inc.'s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc.

  • September 27, 2018

    CAF II Auction To Get 700K Sites Online, FCC Hears

    The recently concluded Connect America Fund II auction will result in broadband connections for well over half a million homes and small businesses, FCC commissioners heard Wednesday, with Commissioner Michael O’Rielly probing how to reach at least 12 million more rural residents after the auction.

  • September 27, 2018

    FCC Rushed Fiber Optic Transition, 9th Circ. Hears

    The Federal Communications Commission moved too hastily to accelerate the national transition from copper to fiber optic networks and stepped on vulnerable populations, consumer advocate groups told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday.

  • September 27, 2018

    Rembrandt Seeks Redo Of Call That IP Suit Was 'Exceptional'

    Rembrandt Technologies LP on Wednesday urged the Federal Circuit to rethink a ruling affirming a lower court finding that Rembrandt’s misconduct during long-running patent litigation against multiple cable providers was “exceptional” and required the company to pay attorneys' fees, arguing the panel wrongly substituted its own findings for what the court actually found.

  • September 27, 2018

    Importers Demand Exclusions From $200B China Tariff Hit

    In the wake of President Donald Trump’s enactment of new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, more than 100 trade associations on Wednesday demanded that the administration establish a process for importers to earn product-specific exclusions from the levies.

  • September 26, 2018

    FCC Passes 5G 'Small Cell' Order Along Party Lines

    The Federal Communications Commission passed a divisive order along party lines Wednesday that sets standard rates, terms and deadlines for the approval of new small cells and interprets prohibitive local policies as effective barriers to deployment.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Is It Time For A Challenge To Chevron Deference?

    Joseph Diedrich

    In a recent concurring opinion, outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed some skepticism over the scope of the "Chevron deference" doctrine, which requires federal courts to defer to an administrative agency’s "reasonable" interpretation of an ambiguous statute. Overturning or limiting Chevron could have a profound effect on the power of federal agencies, says Joseph Diedrich of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Classifying $10B Of Auctioned Airwaves For Tax Purposes

    R. Gregory Roberts

    Television broadcasters who participated in the 2017 Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction should carefully consider how the auction proceeds should be treated for state tax apportionment purposes, say attorneys at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Design Patent Damages And The Jury's Confusion In Apple

    Derek Dahlgren

    Comments from a juror after the Apple v. Samsung trial revealed a specific problematic conclusion reached by the jury in its decision-making process, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.