Telecommunications

  • April 28, 2017

    Qualcomm Rips Apple Contractor Nonpayments In Royalty Row

    Apple Inc. ratcheted up an escalating royalties dispute with Qualcomm Inc. when it decided to withhold payments to contract manufacturers who owe royalties to the chipmaker under their licenses for sales ending March 31, Qualcomm huffed in a statement on Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Paytm, M1, BASF

    Indian mobile payment platform Paytm has received a $1.87 billion investment from SoftBank, multiple suitors have placed bids for Singaporean wireless operator M1 and BASF will not pursue an acquisition of Akzo Nobel's chemical business.

  • April 28, 2017

    Atty Pushes For 2nd Look At Duane Morris Malpractice Claim

    A Philadelphia attorney and part-owner of a company he says was swindled out of a lucrative telecom merger asked a Pennsylvania state judge Thursday to reconsider her decision ending a malpractice suit that accused Duane Morris LLP of botching an appeal over the handling of the deal.

  • April 28, 2017

    Sprint Whistleblower Stays Locked Out Of $15.5M FCA Deal

    A former federal prosecutor turned whistleblower isn’t entitled to a chunk of the government’s $15.5 million False Claims Act settlement with Sprint, a Ninth Circuit panel said in a published decision Friday, concluding it didn’t matter if the government’s suit was based on his own tossed case against several telecoms.

  • April 28, 2017

    Facebook Can Take Birthday Text Class Action To 9th Circ.

    A California federal judge ruled Thursday that Facebook could appeal his rejection of its motion to dismiss a putative class action alleging its text message reminders about friends’ birthdays violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, over the opposition of both the proposed class and the government.

  • April 28, 2017

    Health Hires: 8 Firms Add Health, Life Sciences Experts

    The last few weeks have seen Cooley LLP, DLA Piper, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, Fox Rothschild LLP, King & Spalding LLP, Nossaman LLP, Polsinelli PC and Porzio, Bromberg & Newman PC expand their expertise in the health and life sciences worlds.

  • April 28, 2017

    ABA Sections Urge EU To Avoid New Data Access Regs

    The American Bar Association's international and antitrust sections have weighed in on a public request from the European Union's executive arm to discuss data economy growth throughout the bloc, urging the commission to shy away from policies that may stifle competition and innovation.

  • April 28, 2017

    9th Circ. Won't Rehear Web Streamer's TV Copyright Case

    The full Ninth Circuit said Friday that it would not reconsider a ruling last month that internet streaming services like FilmOn X cannot use the same automatic copyright license that traditional cable companies use.

  • April 28, 2017

    Indian Court Signs Off On $1.17B Tata-DoCoMo Deal

    The Delhi High Court on Friday rubber-stamped Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd.’s $1.17 billion stock buyback from Japanese cellphone company NTT DoCoMo Inc., rejecting the Reserve Bank of India’s efforts to quash the transaction ordered by an arbitration tribunal.

  • April 28, 2017

    Apple Can't Nix $7.3M Patent Verdict, Court Rules

    A California federal judge on Thursday rejected Apple’s arguments that a jury's verdict was not based on sound evidence and that it calculated damages based on a flawed model, letting stand a $7.3 million verdict against Apple for infringing Core Wireless’ mobile communications patents.

  • April 27, 2017

    CNN Video Data Win Leaves Spokeo Door Open For App Users

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday gave another boost to mobile apps' ability to skirt video privacy claims by nixing a proposed class action brought by a CNN app user, but its refusal to find that the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo ruling bars the allegations from being brought in the first place leaves subscription-based services vulnerable to litigation.

  • April 27, 2017

    FCC Sets Out Draft Plan To Weigh Nixing Net Neutrality Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission released a promised draft plan of its proposal to reverse the reclassification of broadband as a utility on Thursday, seeking feedback on whether so-called bright line net neutrality rules are necessary and whether to “keep, modify or eliminate” them.

  • April 27, 2017

    ITC Investigates LG Complaint Against Blu Products

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Wednesday that it would investigate a complaint by LG Electronics Inc. alleging that Florida-based Blu Products Inc. has imported smartphones that infringe five of its LTE standard patents.

  • April 27, 2017

    Ford's Call Centers Underpaid Employees, FLSA Suit Says

    A Florida woman who worked in a call center for Ford Motor Co. hit the automaker with a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action on Wednesday, claiming her employer misclassified her and others doing her job as exempt from overtime pay.

  • April 27, 2017

    Enhanced Damages Stay In $19.2M Samsung Patent Ruling

    A Texas federal judge Thursday found a new Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling was not grounds to cancel an enhanced damages award against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in a patent suit brought by an intellectual property firm.

  • April 27, 2017

    CNN App User Isn’t CNN Subscriber, 11th Circ. Finds

    The Eleventh Circuit refused Thursday to revive a CNN app user’s litigation over alleged privacy violations, saying in a published decision that the man has standing under the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Spokeo decision, but his claims fail regardless because he doesn’t qualify as a “subscriber” under the Video Privacy Protection Act.

  • April 27, 2017

    SC Mayor Lobbies FCC On Infrastructure Push Concerns

    Columbia, South Carolina's mayor has sat down with Palmetto State native and Democratic Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and an aide to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to express concerns that the agency’s plan to make way for 5G infrastructure may involve preempting local authority.

  • April 27, 2017

    Emergency Tech Co. Adds Ex-FCC Chair Wheeler To Board

    Emergency communications startup RapidSOS said Thursday that former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has joined its advisory board, becoming the third ex-FCC chairman to team up with the company.

  • April 27, 2017

    Wireless Group Urges FCC To Refuse Post-Auction Rethink

    CTIA-The Wireless Association on Wednesday at the Federal Communications Commission opposed a request from broadcasters for the agency to reconsider its transition plan after the now-concluded broadcast incentive auction, telling the FCC that doing so would only cause delays.

  • April 27, 2017

    AT&T, Cisco Leaders Warn Of Privacy, Safety Threats

    Cybersecurity leaders at AT&T Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and other industry giants on Thursday sounded the alarm about the perils wrought by the so-called internet of things, warning that an explosion in internet-connected appliances from the faucet to the foundry could present not just privacy issues, but safety ones as well.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Increasing Focus On Info Exchanges Among Competitors

    Phillip Johnson

    When we think of a collusive agreement between competitors, we usually think of an act of directly fixing prices or output. But just sharing sensitive nonpublic information can have adverse effects on competition. Indeed, recent activity in private and public antitrust enforcement shows growing concern with competitors’ coordinated actions and information sharing, say Phillip Johnson and Niyati Ahuja of Econ One Research Inc.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • How Wireless Carriers Defend Consumers From Spam Texts

    Anush Emelianova

    Companies like Twilio have argued that the Federal Communications Commission should regulate text messages under the open internet rules, meaning that texts from consumers and businesses can't be filtered without notice. Wireless carriers claim that such a change would hurt consumers, and Chairman Ajit Pai is likely to protect consumers by siding with the carriers, say Phyllis Sumner and Anush Emelianova of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Repeal Of FCC Privacy Rules Leaves America Vulnerable

    John F. Stephens

    The congressional repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's October 2016 privacy rules will have security implications far beyond what was ever envisioned or intended. The end result will be a disaster not just for Americans' privacy, but for America's cybersecurity as well, says John Stephens of Sedgwick LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time For High Court To Clarify Presumption Of Patent Validity

    Charles Macedo

    Courts continue to invalidate patents under Section 101 without adhering to the presumption of validity standard mandated by Congress in Section 282 and the U.S. Supreme Court in i4i. The Supreme Court can set the record straight in Broadband iTV v. Hawaiian Telcom, say Charles Macedo and Sandra Hudak of Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.