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Telecommunications

  • October 19, 2018

    IDT Can't Use High Court Ruling To Duck TCPA Claims

    A Georgia federal judge on Thursday rejected IDT Telecom's bid to ax a putative class action accusing it of blasting consumers with unsolicited telemarketing calls, finding a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision didn't prevent the court from entertaining claims brought on behalf of individuals living outside the plaintiff's home state.

  • October 19, 2018

    Atty Urges Justices To Hear Suit Over Defamatory Yelp Review

    A personal injury lawyer and her firm have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the California Supreme Court's split ruling that reverses an order requiring Yelp Inc. to take down defamatory reviews that a former client posted on the customer review site.

  • October 19, 2018

    AT&T Wi-Fi Ruling Needs Redo, Tech Firm Tells Fed Circ.

    A Wi-Fi tech firm has asked the full Federal Circuit to reconsider a panel decision letting AT&T Inc. escape a patent infringement suit, arguing that the ruling mistakenly defined “ethernet” when deciding the reach of a patent on wireless hotspot technology.

  • October 19, 2018

    NAB Challenges FCC On Nominet As TV White Space Manager

    The National Association of Broadcasters has asked the Federal Communications Commission to revoke its approval of Nominet as an administrator of technology that directs unlicensed devices to unused gaps on the TV-band airwaves, at least until the company can weed out faulty information from its system.

  • October 19, 2018

    NJ Justices Nix Verizon Bid To Restore $271M Tax Deduction

    MCI Communication Services Inc. has fallen short in its bid to restore a roughly $271 million tax deduction after the New Jersey Supreme Court declined to review a ruling that the business must pay state tax in connection with income derived from canceled debt that was "pushed down" by its parent company, Verizon unit MCI Inc., according to an order made available Friday.

  • October 19, 2018

    Motorola Says AIG Unit Must Cover Birth Defect Settlement

    Motorola Solutions Inc. sued an AIG subsidiary Thursday in Illinois federal court, saying the insurer used "false and frivolous" reasons to deny coverage for a $28 million legal settlement reached over birth defects in some children of its workers.

  • October 19, 2018

    Sprint-T-Mobile Merger Racks Up More Small-Biz Support

    Sprint and T-Mobile's proposed combination has continued drawing support from small and rural stakeholders who say the deal will bring benefits of modern technology to neglected communities, most recently expressed in filings from the Vermont Business Roundtable and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • October 19, 2018

    HTC Says Ericsson Is Dragging Its Feet In SEP Royalties Row

    Cellphone maker HTC America Inc. urged a Texas federal court on Thursday to nudge Ericsson Inc. into turning over evidence related to its alleged overcharging for aging standard-essential patents, saying the Swedish telecom is dragging its feet while it awaits a ruling on whether certain antitrust claims can be arbitrated.

  • October 19, 2018

    'Innovation Band' License Shift Lends Edge To Bigger Players

    The Federal Communications Commission is days away from voting on a reworked framework for the so-called innovation band that occupies the repurposed 3.5 GHz frequency, but it's battling sentiments that an opportunity to create small, affordable spectrum tracts has been lost.

  • October 18, 2018

    FCC Told It Must Shield Airwaves From Global Encroachment

    Satellite companies told the Federal Communications Commission in filings posted Thursday that it should recommend that the decisions made at next year's World Radio Conference be a balance between keeping the domestic uses of spectrum bands in place and adopting consistent rules globally.

  • October 18, 2018

    Texas Firm's Advice Cost It $1M In Asset Sale, Telecom Says

    A telecom tower maintenance and construction company sued Texas law firm Hindman Bynum PC in Dallas County District Court on Thursday, saying the firm cost its shareholders more than $1 million by exposing them to personal liability through the sale of company assets to a computer sales and repair services outfit.

  • October 18, 2018

    Fintech Cops Urged To Play Nice, But Sandbox Is A Hard Sell

    A recent Treasury Department report proposed a host of ideas for boosting development in America's financial technology sector and keeping it globally competitive, including a "sandbox" for experimenting with new products and services, but experts say a morass of regulatory agencies makes building such a playground difficult in the U.S.

  • October 18, 2018

    Net Neutrality Rules Were Poor Economics, DC Circ. Told

    The 2015 net neutrality rules created inequalities for low-income communities and discouraged internet service providers from offering free services, supporters of last year’s rule repeal told the D.C. Circuit in the latest round of amicus brief filings on Thursday.

  • October 18, 2018

    Huawei Using Suit Against Him To Steal IP, Ex-Worker Says

    A former Huawei employee on Wednesday accused the Chinese smartphone maker of using its case against his U.S.-based startup to steal intellectual property, calling it the “latest in a long line of underhanded tactics” to help China become a global tech leader.

  • October 18, 2018

    CWA Wants In On Calif. Review Of Sprint-T-Mobile Merger

    The Communications Workers of America District 9 said Thursday it has filed a motion to become a party to the California Public Utilities Commission's review of the proposed $59 billion T-Mobile and Sprint merger, saying it could lead to fewer jobs, lower wages and higher prices for consumers.

  • October 18, 2018

    Satellite Cos. Push Congress To Renew Network Carriage Law

    A trade group for satellite TV providers has urged Congress to reauthorize a law that lets them transmit distant broadcast signals to rural customers before the statute sunsets next year, saying thousands of viewers could otherwise lose network channels.

  • October 18, 2018

    Trade Groups Sue Vt. Over State Net Neutrality Regs

    A handful of trade organizations filed suit against Vermont on Thursday over two net neutrality policies intended to make local providers follow open-internet principles, saying the state was deliberately trying to revive discontinued Federal Communications Commission policy.

  • October 18, 2018

    FCC Gets Input On Autodialer Definition After 9th Circ. Ruling

    The FCC has received the first round of public comments on how it should apply restrictions on automatic telephone dialing systems under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in the wake of the Ninth Circuit's decision in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, with businesses and industry groups largely advocating a narrow interpretation of the law.

  • October 18, 2018

    Sprint Stiffed $4M Commission, Wireless Partner Claims

    A Texas wireless partner has hit Sprint Nextel Corp. and a subsidiary with a more than $4 million suit in Dallas federal court, claiming the wireless giant breached their long-standing contract and defamed it in the process.

  • October 17, 2018

    Nokia Backs Patent Successor In $7.3M Fight With Apple

    Nokia Technologies Oy has thrown its support behind Core Wireless Licensing SARL's bid asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate a $7.3 million jury verdict for patent infringement against Apple Inc., arguing in a Tuesday brief that the panel was wrong to find that one of Core Wireless' cellular patents might be unenforceable.

Expert Analysis

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • What IP Attorneys Need To Know About 5G

    Ranganath Sudarshan

    With some companies planning to launch proprietary 5G services by the end of this year, attorneys should prepare for certain legal issues, such as the internationalization of 5G royalties and the challenge of calculating royalties for 5G-related patents, say Ranganath Sudarshan and Jason Reinecke of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Fortress Ruling Helps Temper Overzealous SEC Enforcement

    Perrie Weiner

    The insider trading action against certain Fortress securities traders is one more example of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relying upon analytical data to pursue what may be suspicious activity. But a New Jersey federal court's recent decision in the case reinforces that suspicious trades are not enough, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.