Telecommunications

  • August 16, 2017

    Testifying Exec A 'Convincing Liar,' Texting Scam Jury Hears

    Counsel for a former mobile technology company executive accused of participating in a scheme that reaped millions by signing unknowing consumers up for messaging services went after one of the company's ex-vice presidents Wednesday, relentlessly lobbing questions in an effort to cast doubt on the man’s testimony and distance his client from the alleged crimes.

  • August 16, 2017

    RadioShack Tells Judge Ch. 11 Plan To Be Filed Imminently

    Bankrupt electronics retailer RadioShack told a Delaware judge Wednesday it will soon be filing a restructuring plan after the court granted its request for an extension of its exclusive plan filing period and $2 million in post-petition financing.

  • August 16, 2017

    DirecTV Website Ignored HHS Usability Rules, Expert Says

    A website design consultant took the stand amid DirecTV’s objections Wednesday in the Federal Trade Commission’s $3.95 billion bench trial over DirecTV’s allegedly misleading marketing practices, testifying that DirecTV’s website fell short of the U.S. Health & Human Services Department’s usability guidelines.

  • August 16, 2017

    China Unicom Eyes $11.6B Investment From Tech Cos.

    State-owned telecommunications company China Unicom expects to raise about $11.6 billion from a group of investors like tech heavyweights Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba, as part of an ongoing privatization being carried out by the Chinese government, according to a Wednesday regulatory filing.

  • August 16, 2017

    IPhone Buyers Ask For Cert. In AT&T Exclusivity Suit

    A group of consumers accusing Apple Inc. of conspiring with AT&T to lock iPhone customers into the carrier’s voice and data plans asked for class certification on Tuesday, citing common threads in the customers’ complaints.

  • August 16, 2017

    Consumers Win Cert. In Telemarketer TCPA Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of consumers who claim they received unwanted calls from a telemarketing company in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, finding that a class action was the best way for the case to proceed.

  • August 16, 2017

    Sens. Ask Watchdog To Refer Lifeline Abuses To FCC

    A group of senators who are attempting to analyze abuses of the Lifeline low-income phone subsidy program have asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to disclose "specific instances of suspected fraud" so the Federal Communications Commission can launch further investigations.

  • August 16, 2017

    The 10 Law Firms Clients Recommend Most

    Legal decision makers at large corporations are sweet on 10 law firms they have name-dropped more than 15 years in a row as worthy of recommendation to a peer, according to a new report out Wednesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    Exec Details Mobile Messenger 'Auto-Subscribe' Scam At Trial

    A former mobile technology company executive dominated the second day of the retrial of two ex-colleagues accused of participating in a scheme that reaped millions by signing unknowing consumers up for messaging services, testifying Tuesday that one of the men encouraged him to get involved and to play along when things got rocky.

  • August 15, 2017

    1 In 3 New DirecTV Customers Felt Misled, Exec Testifies

    The Federal Trade Commission drilled a DirecTV senior vice president of revenue and planning Tuesday on the company’s allegedly deceptive marketing practices, with the executive conceding during day two of a $3.95 billion bench trial that 33 percent of new customers polled felt misled during the sign-up process.

  • August 15, 2017

    Phone Subsidy Program Says Eligibility Policies Need Fixing

    The Lifeline Connects Coalition has told the Federal Communications Commission that certain policy changes in the Lifeline National Eligibility Verifier program need to be greatly improved and said it is concerned about the potential of de-enrolling millions of phone service subscribers.

  • August 15, 2017

    Fla. Judge Grants Initial OK To Revised $3.5M Insurer Fax Deal

    After a second round of revisions, a Florida federal judge on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a $3.5 million settlement to resolve a junk fax class action against Banner Life Insurance, William Penn Life Insurance and an insurance agency.

  • August 15, 2017

    ITC Will Review Determination In Rovi Patent Case

    The International Trade Commission has announced it will review an administrative law judge’s decision that found Comcast Corp. and various video equipment companies had infringed two of six digital video recording and interactive guide patents asserted by TiVo’s Rovi Corp.

  • August 15, 2017

    Apple, Others Tell Justices Cell-Site Info Requires Warrant

    Companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Verizon on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that a warrant is needed to obtain historical cellphone location records, arguing that existing Fourth Amendment doctrine should be expanded to reflect new technological realities.

  • August 15, 2017

    Verizon's Spectrum Buy Is Anti-Competitive, Group Says

    The Federal Communications Commission should block Verizon’s $3.1 billion deal with a wireless spectrum company and instead auction off valuable spectrum licenses to avoid too much industry consolidation, a trade group recently told the agency.

  • August 15, 2017

    Privacy Groups Urge Justices To Look At FISA Surveillance

    Privacy advocates have urged the high court to review and overturn a ruling enabling the government to intercept and sift through the personal data of U.S. citizens without a warrant, arguing that a foreign surveillance law is overbroad and fails to protect the constitutional rights of Americans.

  • August 14, 2017

    Retrial In $50M Texting Scam Gets Underway

    The retrial of two executives at a mobile technology company accused of cheating consumers out of $50 million by signing them up for messaging services without their permission began Monday in New York federal court, after an earlier trial ended in a hung jury.

  • August 14, 2017

    Cell Location Searches Assailed In Raft Of High Court Briefs

    A slew of digital rights, press freedom and Fourth Amendment advocates urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to rule that the government can’t obtain historical cellphone location records without a warrant.

  • August 14, 2017

    House Dems Ask FCC's Pai If Sinclair Being Shown Favoritism

    A group of federal lawmakers are asking Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to explain recent actions by the agency that appear to favor Sinclair Broadcast Group, including reinstating a rule which would allow Sinclair to reach 70 percent of the country’s households.

  • August 14, 2017

    Finisar Investors Seek Class Cert. In Stock Inflation Suit

    Shareholders who sued fiber optic supplier Finisar Corp. for fraud after a seemingly inarticulate statement by its CEO bumped its stock price up just long enough to make him and his company millions asked a California federal judge Monday to certify their case as a class action.

Expert Analysis

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    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • How To Get A Survey In A Patent Case Kicked Before Trial

    Brooke Myers Wallace

    The Northern District of California, in Unwired Planet v. Apple, recently excluded a survey for failing to accurately target the patented invention. The case underscores an effective, though perhaps overlooked, way to attack the use of surveys in patent damages opinions, says Brooke Myers Wallace of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • What Providers Need To Know About NJ's Telemedicine Law

    Nathaniel Lacktman

    New Jersey's latest telemedicine law, effective last month, cements the validity of telehealth services, establishes practice standards and imposes telehealth coverage requirements for state-funded health insurance. Passage of this legislation is welcome news for companies and health care providers looking to offer telemedicine services in New Jersey, says Nathaniel Lacktman of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • Key Signals From UK's New Electronic Communications Code

    Steven Cox

    The United Kingdom's new Electronic Telecommunications Code is bound to have an effect on current and prospective negotiations for new code leases. However, government priorities have shifted in recent months, and landowners have no certainty as to when the new code will come into effect, say Steven Cox and Sarah Lockwood of K&L Gates LLP.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • A Summer Update On FCPA: Part 1

    Michael Skopets

    July produced a small uptick in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement resolutions, including a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settlement with Halliburton — the first corporate disposition entered into by the Trump administration — and three individual enforcement actions, say Michael Skopets and Marc Bohn of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.