Telecommunications

  • February 07, 2023

    Telemarketing Scammers Get 9 Years In $2.1M Fraud

    A pair of Californians who have been on the run since 2020 after pleading guilty to federal fraud conspiracy charges related to a $2.1 million telemarketing scam were each sentenced to nine years in prison, prosecutors announced Monday.

  • February 07, 2023

    FCC Urged To Get Started On Next Alaska Plan

    Several Alaskan telecom carriers have called on the Federal Communications Commission to kickstart the development of a new 10-year plan for fixed and mobile broadband deployment across the state.

  • February 07, 2023

    Apple Says UK Watchdog Fixes Would Make It Android 'Clone'

    Apple told the United Kingdom's competition authority that changes to its iOS proposed by enforcers in their mobile browser and cloud gaming investigation would remove important points of rivalry with Google's Android.

  • February 07, 2023

    FCC Urged To Beef Up 'Connect America' Rural Programs

    Rural carriers are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to increase financial support to providers in exchange for deploying higher internet speeds in more locations.

  • February 07, 2023

    FCC Republican Backs Bill To Disclose Chinese Gov't Ties

    The Federal Communications Commission's senior Republican has announced support for bipartisan legislation that would require the agency to publish a list of every entity that holds an FCC license or authorization that has substantial ties to authoritarian regimes, including the Chinese Communist Party.

  • February 06, 2023

    Firms Vie To Lead Facebook Users Amid Atty Sex Bias Claim

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP filed dueling bids to spearhead an antitrust suit against Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc., requests that come just weeks after a Hagens Berman attorney accused her Quinn Emanuel counterparts of giving her views less weight "because of my gender."

  • February 06, 2023

    Dechert Says Ex-WSJ Reporter's Hacking Suit Missed Deadline

    A former Wall Street Journal reporter waited too long to file a lawsuit in which he accuses Dechert LLP and its partners of hacking into his email account and leaking his inappropriate communications with a source, the law firm has argued in D.C. federal court.

  • February 06, 2023

    Google Wants Advertisers' 'Recycled' Monopoly Claims Nixed

    Google has urged a New York federal court to toss six advertisers' consolidated putative class action alleging, as a part of larger multidistrict litigation, that the search giant's digital advertising business constitutes a monopoly, arguing that the advertisers' third crack at the claims are "attempts to recycle or repackage" failed allegations.

  • February 06, 2023

    No FTC Decision On In-House Fight Over Meta-Within Deal

    Federal Trade Commission officials ruled out a circuit court appeal Monday after a California federal judge refused to temporarily block Meta's purchase of virtual reality fitness app maker Within Unlimited, but said they haven't made a decision on continuing with an in-house challenge to stop the merger permanently.

  • February 06, 2023

    Luján Stays On As Leader Of Senate's Telecom Policy Panel

    U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., will remain as chair of the Senate panel in charge of telecom and broadband policy in this Congress, the Commerce Committee's Democratic leadership said.

  • February 06, 2023

    Texas Gov. Unveils Plan To Bar State Agencies' TikTok Use

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a "statewide model security plan" Monday aimed at targeting vulnerabilities incurred by TikTok use on personal and state-issued devices, giving state agencies and higher education institutions until Feb. 15 to implement their own policies enforcing the plan.

  • February 06, 2023

    Biden Picks National Security Telecom Advisory Committee

    President Joe Biden has selected a group of cybersecurity and telecom industry leaders to fill posts on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

  • February 06, 2023

    Churches Seek Exemption From FCC's Foreign Ad Buy Rules

    An Alabama church has told the Federal Communications Commission that religious groups that lease airtime from local broadcasters to air their worship services should be exempt from FCC rules meant to block ad buys from foreign governments.

  • February 06, 2023

    Rural Broadband Group Worries Over FCC Cost Caps

    Rural telecom advocates are asking the Federal Communications Commission to waive cost caps on a pair of government funds created to subsidize the deployment of high-speed broadband in hard-to-reach areas of the U.S.

  • February 06, 2023

    Sony Says 'Lard' Of Microsoft's FTC Subpoena Will Cost $2M

    In its latest request for more time to respond to Microsoft's subpoena regarding the software giant's planned $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision, Sony finally added some color explaining why it needs another deadline extension.

  • February 06, 2023

    NY AG Orders Spyware Manufacturer To Notify Hacked Victims

    The New York attorney general's office is directing the man behind several mobile spyware companies to alert those whose devices were affected by the software about the data breach and the types of information collected, as well as pay $410,000 for using deceptive practices to sell the mobile applications promised to spy on spouses' and children's phones.

  • February 06, 2023

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Bacardi and Jay-Z finally clinked glasses and resolved their long-running dispute over D'Usse cognac, a 72-year-old rule on judicial appointments got tossed, and three more electric vehicle companies asked the court to retroactively validate shares.

  • February 06, 2023

    Microsoft Threading Needle In Activision Merger Challenges

    The Federal Trade Commission's bid to block Microsoft's attempted merger with Activision represents an important test for an agency eager to push antitrust enforcement in a more aggressive direction and turn the tide after a year of stinging failed merger challenges.

  • February 04, 2023

    Judge: FTC Didn't Show Potential Harm From Meta VR Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission lost its initial challenge to Meta's purchase of virtual reality fitness app maker Within Unlimited because the agency failed to show the company was genuinely likely to enter the space without the deal, a California federal judge said in a ruling unsealed Friday.

  • February 03, 2023

    NFL 'Sunday Ticket' Class Cert. Bid 'Simple,' Judge Told

    An attorney for a proposed class of bars, restaurants and fans urged a California federal judge Friday to grant them class certification in their antitrust suit challenging the exclusivity agreement the NFL has with DirecTV for its "NFL Sunday Ticket," calling the case "simple and straightforward as an antitrust class action." 

  • February 03, 2023

    Nokia Settles EDTX Wireless Patent Infringement Suit

    Nokia Corp. has agreed to settle Collision Communications Inc.'s litigation over wireless communication patents, the companies told a Texas federal court Friday, less than two months after Ericsson reached a deal in a similar infringement suit from Collision.

  • February 03, 2023

    GoodRx Holdings Hit With Class Action Over Data Sharing

    GoodRx has been hit with a lawsuit claiming that it breached state privacy laws by sharing users' sensitive health data with advertisers, days after the digital health care platform agreed to pay $1.5 million to end a federal probe into the alleged practice.

  • February 03, 2023

    India Dealt Blow As Satellite Deal Feud With Devas Escalates

    The Netherlands' highest court on Friday refused to overturn an arbitral award finding India liable for improperly terminating a lease deal to deliver communications services throughout the country, a decision that paved the way for a $111.3 million damages award against New Delhi.

  • February 03, 2023

    Former SEC Chair Clayton Backs Slack At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court should throw out an investor lawsuit challenging statements made by Slack Technologies LLC ahead of its New York Stock Exchange debut if it wants to avoid a "radical judicial rewrite" of the laws governing newly public companies, former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Jay Clayton said Friday.

  • February 03, 2023

    Samsung Customers Score Data Breach MDL

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated nine pending class actions against Samsung Electronics of America Inc. into an MDL in New Jersey that alleges the company failed to take adequate data security measures, resulting in multiple data breaches. 

Expert Analysis

  • The Discipline George Santos Would Face If He Were A Lawyer

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    Rep. George Santos, who has become a national punchline for his alleged lies, hasn't faced many consequences yet, but if he were a lawyer, even his nonwork behavior would be regulated by the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and violations in the past have led to sanctions and even disbarment, says Mark Hinderks at Stinson.

  • 10 Areas To Watch In Aerospace And Defense Law

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    Joseph Berger and Francis Purcell at Thompson Hine discuss what's ahead for federal contractors, given the government's continued focus on aiding Ukraine and sanctioning Russia, pending cybersecurity and climate disclosure regulations, U.S. leadership in new and emerging technologies, and more.

  • Viral TikTok Mascara Video Spotlights Influencer Ad Issues

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    A sponsored TikTok video about L'Oreal mascara that ignited a battle over deceptive advertising on the internet last month serves as a reminder that advertisers are responsible for influencer posts and should take steps to help reduce the risk of liability, says Gonzalo Mon at Kelley Drye.

  • A Litigation Move That Could Conserve Discovery Resources

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    Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben proposes the preliminary legal opinion procedure — seeking a court's opinion on a disputed legal standard at the outset, rather than the close, of discovery — as a useful resource-preservation tool for legally complex, discovery-intensive litigation.

  • Opinion

    Enhanced Damages Necessary In No-Injunction Patent System

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    Because the world's largest corporations can infringe patents and engage in stalling tactics to force patent owners to undertake costly and protracted litigation, Congress should consider adjusting the current statute to mandate enhanced damages for patent owners when injunctive relief is unavailable, say David Kappos at Cravath and Jonathan Barnett at USC Gould Law School.

  • Litigators Should Approach AI Tools With Caution

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    Artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT hold potential to streamline various aspects of the litigation process, resulting in improved efficiency and outcomes, but should be carefully double-checked for confidentiality, plagiarism and accuracy concerns, say Zachary Foster and Melanie Kalmanson at Quarles & Brady.

  • Agency Actions Show Shared Focus On Digital Ad Tactics

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    Recent coordinated actions taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission demonstrate a new focus on assailing two distinct digital advertising practices — dark patterns and the use of algorithms for targeting consumers, say Kyle Tayman and Tierney Smith at Goodwin.

  • High Court Google, Twitter Cases Could Mold Internet's Future

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    The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear social media content cases Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh next month — and if it adopts a narrow view that Section 230 does not free technology companies of liability for AI-generated content, it will have a far-reaching impact, says Nicole Gutierrez at Telus International.

  • High Court Slack Case Not Likely To Broadly Affect Issuers

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    If the U.S. Supreme Court decides in Slack v. Pirani to limit claims under the Securities Act for direct listings to only the purchase of registered shares, it's unlikely to create a free-for-all environment for issuers, as some have claimed, say Susan Hurd and Madeleine Juszynski at Alston & Bird.

  • 5 Ways Attorneys Can Use Emotion In Client Pitches

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    Lawyers are skilled at using their high emotional intelligence to build rapport with clients, so when planning your next pitch, consider how you can create some emotional peaks, personal connections and moments of magic that might help you stick in prospective clients' minds and seal the deal, says consultant Diana Kander.

  • 5 Keys To A Productive Mediation

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    Cortney Young at ADR Partners discusses factors that can help to foster success in mediation, including scheduling, preparation, managing client expectations and more.

  • What New EU, UK Internet Safety Regs Mean For Platforms

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    The U.K. and the EU have recently produced new regimes for combating online harm, which will drastically change the way all digital platforms regulate user-generated content — and service providers will be required to take proactive measures rather than respond to takedown obligations, say Tessa Adams and Ron Moscona at Dorsey & Whitney.

  • Evaluating The Legal Ethics Of A ChatGPT-Authored Motion

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    Aimee Furness and Sam Mallick at Haynes Boone asked ChatGPT to draft a motion to dismiss, and then scrutinized the resulting work product in light of attorneys' ethical and professional responsibility obligations.

  • Child Privacy Compliance Concerns After Fortnite Settlements

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    The Federal Trade Commission’s recent record settlements with Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, raise questions about the scope of the agency's powers to regulate children's and teenagers' privacy online and should encourage organizations to employ a proactive, privacy-by-design approach in the meanwhile, say attorneys at Loeb & Loeb.

  • The Time Is Ripe For FCC's Proposed New Data Breach Rules

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    The Federal Communications Commission's recent proposal to update customer proprietary network information breach response obligations is well timed, as data leaks become increasingly common and as other regulators and legislatures prioritize efforts to secure consumer data, say Laura Phillips and Qiusi Newcom at Faegre Drinker.

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