Telecommunications

  • June 05, 2020

    5th Circ. Backs Jail Phone Firm's Win Over Inmates' Fee Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday rejected Mississippi inmates' effort to revive their legal battle against prison phone service provider Global Tel Link over claims the company bribed top brass in the state's correctional system to get away with charging prison callers exorbitant fees.

  • June 05, 2020

    Tech Groups Tell FCC That 6 GHz Reorganization Must Stand

    Tech companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft are pushing back on a petition to stay the FCC's approval for wireless services in the 6 GHz band, which is already shared by critical infrastructure companies and utilities.

  • June 05, 2020

    Customers Call Bunk On AT&T's New Docs In Throttle Suit

    Consumers in a class action accusing AT&T of misrepresenting unlimited cellphone data plans have shot back at the telecom's efforts to have the court recognize as fact hundreds of documents that the company says show consumers who bought those plans knew data speeds could be throttled.

  • June 05, 2020

    SpaceX Tells FCC To Keep 12 GHz For Satellite Broadband

    SpaceX is pushing back on recent suggestions that the 12 GHz spectrum band should be repurposed for next-generation mobile service, saying it already plans to use the band to power satellite broadband.

  • June 05, 2020

    Zoom's CLO Promoted To Company's 1st COO

    Zoom Video Communications Inc.'s chief legal officer is moving up in the company to become its first chief operating officer, according to a Thursday filing the videoconferencing company made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • June 05, 2020

    Dems Urge Top Lawmakers To Back $1B Virus Broadband Bill

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., have called on congressional leaders to get behind their emergency broadband bill, which would create a billion-dollar fund to support high-speed internet access for college students stuck at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 05, 2020

    EU Tax Chief Says Pandemic Boosts Global Tax Deal Urgency

    The coronavirus crisis has increased urgency for broad and global reform of the international tax system, said Paolo Gentiloni, the European Commission's top tax official, adding that the commission plans to propose recommendations in an upcoming document on tax governance.

  • June 05, 2020

    Ligado Plan Unlikely To Unravel Despite Military Bluster

    The Federal Communications Commission's decision to approve a long-pending satellite 5G plan is under fire from the Pentagon and the commercial aviation industry, but experts say the political clout of these mighty institutions has little chance of unwinding the decision.

  • June 05, 2020

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen a Chinese billionaire dissident launch another legal fight with UBS AG, a demolition company lodge a negligence claim against Hiscox and an asbestos solutions provider and an airport sim card seller target telecommunications giant Vodafone. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 04, 2020

    Fed. Circ. OKs PTAB Ax Of Some Huawei Patent Claims

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling that invalidated part of a Huawei patent that had been challenged by Samsung, disagreeing with Huawei that the board misinterpreted the claims.

  • June 04, 2020

    Facebook Judge Rips $550M Biometric Privacy Deal

    A California federal judge tore into Facebook's proposed $550 million biometric privacy settlement with a class of Illinois users Thursday, saying he won't yet grant preliminary approval and has many questions about a deal that gives users just 1.25% of what they could be entitled to under the Prairie State's biometric privacy law.

  • June 04, 2020

    Zoom Ripped For Only Offering Paying Users Top Encryption

    A consumer advocacy group on Thursday slammed Zoom Video Communications Inc.'s plan to only offer strengthened encryption protections to paying users, a move the video conferencing company says will help combat abuse on the platform.

  • June 04, 2020

    Sens. Query AT&T Over 'Potential Net Neutrality Violation'

    AT&T might be breaking its promise to abide by net neutrality principles by allowing customers to stream from certain company-owned services without fear of reaching their data cap, three Democratic senators said Thursday.

  • June 04, 2020

    FCC Tells 5th Circ. It Can Restrict Subsidies To Huawei

    The Federal Communications Commission has told the Fifth Circuit it was well within its rights to restrict federal subsidies to telecommunications companies that buy equipment from Huawei, pushing back on the Chinese telecom giant's claims that the move violates the U.S. Constitution.

  • June 04, 2020

    Law Firm Seeks To Toss DirecTV Subscriber's RICO Claim

    A New York law firm on Thursday said it didn't take part in any illicit conspiracy as the firm urged a New Jersey federal court to toss a beauty salon owner's New Jersey Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claim that the firm tried to extort money from her over purportedly unauthorized DirecTV services.

  • June 04, 2020

    Deals Rumor Mill: LVMH, Royal Dutch Shell, Amazon

    LVMH hopes to renegotiate its $16.2 billion takeover of Tiffany, Shell aims to net $3 billion through the sale of a stake in Australian liquefied natural gas facilities, and Amazon may buy a $2 billion stake in an Indian mobile operator. Here, Law360 explores these and other deals from the past week that you need to be aware of.

  • June 04, 2020

    Wireless Group Calls For Huawei, ZTE Replacement Funding

    An association of rural wireless carriers has asked lawmakers for funding to help scrub Huawei and ZTE equipment from U.S. telecom networks, after components from the Chinese telecom manufacturers were deemed to be a national security risk.

  • June 04, 2020

    Ariz. Call Center Denied Pay For Preshift Duties, Rep Says

    A call center worker for Advanced Call Center Technologies in Arizona has accused the company of breaking federal and state labor laws by denying hourly employees overtime pay when they clock in early to boot up their computers.

  • June 03, 2020

    9th Circ. Ruling Doesn't Help Google Users In Tracking Row

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to rethink his decision to ax a proposed class action accusing Google of unlawfully tracking and storing users' private location information, finding that the Ninth Circuit's recent revival of wiretapping claims in similar litigation against Facebook didn't change anything.

  • June 03, 2020

    It's Getting Harder To Hide Consultants' Data Breach Reports

    Capital One is the latest company ordered by a U.S. court to disclose a consultant's analysis of a massive data breach, in a potential boon for consumers but a troubling development for businesses aiming to talk frankly about breaches without fear of legal repercussions.

  • June 03, 2020

    Fed. Circ. OKs Tinder Win In British Telecom Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday backed a lower court's ruling letting Tinder's parent IAC/InterActiveCorp out of a suit claiming it had infringed a British Telecommunications patent, agreeing with the earlier decision that the technology was too abstract for patent protection.

  • June 03, 2020

    Malpractice Claim Tossed From $30M AOL-Verizon Merger Suit

    A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday rejected a bid to consider a potentially precedential negligence claim lodged in a $30 million suit by two hedge funds asserting that their expert's undisclosed "grudge" undermined their bid for a better AOL share price after a $4.4 billion merger with Verizon.

  • June 03, 2020

    Maine Wants Charter's Challenge To Cable Bill Law Ditched

    The state of Maine has asked a federal judge to jettison a Charter subsidiary's suit challenging a new law that requires cable service providers to prorate customers' last bills rather than charging for a full month regardless of the service end date.

  • June 03, 2020

    Airlines Want Ligado 5G Interference Issues Cleared Up

    Major airlines including American, Delta, JetBlue and United and other aviation stakeholders told the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday that they supported delaying Ligado Networks' much-scrutinized 5G rollout until potential signal interference concerns are resolved.

  • June 03, 2020

    CTIA Sues Over Move To Divert Lifeline Funds To 911 Services

    Wireless association CTIA on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky 911 Services Board claiming it is illegally diverting funds from the Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline program to help pay for the state's 911 services.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firms Must Beware Risks In Nontraditional Financing

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    Law firms in today's financial crisis may be looking at nontraditional arrangements such as portfolio funding or factoring to provide liquidity and cash support, but firms must first consider lawsuits brought against Pierce Bainbridge and other recent developments, says Katherine Toomey at Lewis Baach.

  • COVID-19 Mitigation May Trigger New Tech Export Restrictions

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    Companies that implement advanced technology to address pandemic-related concerns when they reopen must first determine whether U.S. export controls on new technologies and critical supplies apply, and may need to expand compliance programs accordingly, say attorneys at Thompson Hine.

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    Copyright Office Should Call For Further DMCA Rebalancing

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    By refusing to endorse a policy that would require websites to permanently ban certain content, the U.S. Copyright Office's recent Digital Millennium Copyright Act report, although laudable, does not go far enough to rebalance competing interests, say Doug Mirell and Josh Geller at Greenberg Glusker.

  • 2 Tested Alternatives To Unavoidable Court Delays

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    Those seeking resolution in commercial disputes that are stuck in an unavoidable but lengthy court backlog due to the pandemic must consider the advantages of arbitration and mediation over court proceedings, says former U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin now at Stroock.

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    Minn. Ruling Represents Sensible Stance On Legal Finance

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    The Minnesota Supreme Court's Maslowski v. Prospect Funding Partners decision this week reaffirms that the doctrine of champerty is archaic, impedes important litigation finance activity, and should be abolished in the handful of states where it remains alive, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.

  • Opinion

    License To All Should Prevail In FRAND Patent Wars

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    Because a license-to-all system for standard-essential patents — such as those held by Qualcomm and automakers — inhibits commerce less than an access-to-all system and is more consistent with standard setting organization policies, it should emerge as the default in the ongoing royalty calculation debate, says professor Thomas Cotter at the University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Tax Compliance Issues For Rapidly Growing Media Cos.

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    Our recent survey reveals that while many communications and media companies are planning new corporate structures or product offerings to keep up with their industry’s exponential growth, they need to improve how they identify and address indirect communications tax compliance, says Toby Bargar at Avalara.

  • Best Practices For A Paperless Law Practice

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    A significant challenge in practicing law remotely is the use and handling of documents without paper, because common digital tools such as email or even secure file transfer applications are problematic, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Opinion

    If The DOD Wants Ligado's Spectrum, It Should Buy It

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    The U.S. Department of Defense should stop blocking Ligado Networks' 5G network due to concerns it interferes with the department's GPS, and should instead pay the opportunity cost to buy Ligado's spectrum, say Thomas Lenard at the Technology Policy Institute and Lawrence White at the NYU Stern School of Business​​​​​​​.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Address Racial Injustice With Radical Candor

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    The legal industry is uniquely positioned, and indeed obligated, to respond to the racial disparities made clear by the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but lawyers must be willing to be uncomfortable, says Tiffani Lee at Holland & Knight.

  • How COVID-19 Applies To Weakened Competitor M&A Defense

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    A New York federal court's February decision allowing the T-Mobile/Sprint merger and the large number of companies weakened by the pandemic will result in merging parties justifying potentially anti-competitive mergers primarily on the basis of efficiencies and weakened competitor status, say James Langenfeld and Chris Ring at Ankura Consulting.

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

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