Telecommunications

  • March 14, 2024

    IP Forecast: Internet Archive Fights Vinyl Copyright Case

    A California federal judge will hear arguments next week over whether the Internet Archive can toss accusations from record labels that describe its project for a free, digitized library of 78 rpm records as a "wholesale theft of generations of music." Here's a look at that case, plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • March 14, 2024

    FCC Proposes Adding Emergency Alerts For Missing Adults

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed to require that broadcast and cellphone carriers send out mobile notifications about missing adults, similar to Amber Alerts about missing children, to fix a shortcoming in the nation's public safety alert system.

  • March 14, 2024

    Verizon Sues Pa. Town Over Cell Tower Permit Denial

    Verizon Wirless is suing a small Pennsylvania borough for rejecting its application to install a 105-foot monopole and equipment compound near the town's center, saying the denial will inhibit Verizon from closing a wireless coverage gap and violates the Communications Act of 1934.

  • March 14, 2024

    League Of Women Voters Sues Dem Consultant Over Biden AI

    A political consultant got slapped Thursday with a League of Women Voters civil rights lawsuit in New Hampshire federal court, claiming that he commissioned a slew of robocalls impersonating President Joe Biden using a "deepfake" voice simulated by artificial intelligence.

  • March 14, 2024

    FCC Rolls Out Voluntary 'Cyber Trust Mark' For IoT Devices

    Devices tied to the Internet of Things will soon start displaying a "U.S. Cyber Trust Mark" if participating manufacturers earn the Federal Communications Commission's approval.

  • March 14, 2024

    FCC Raises Minimum Fixed Broadband Speed To 100/20 Mbps

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday raised the national minimum for broadband speeds to 100 megabits per second for downloads and 20 Mbps for uploads after years of debating how much to increase the standard.

  • March 14, 2024

    Game Developer Seeks Class Cert. In Valve Antitrust Case

    Developer Wolfire Games is asking a Seattle federal judge for class certification in its consolidated antitrust suit against online game seller Valve, saying discovery has brought abundant evidence that the platform uses its most-favored-nation clause to stifle competition and maintain monopoly power.

  • March 14, 2024

    Bipartisan Senate Duo Releases 'Middle Ground' FISA Bill

    A bipartisan pair of senators introduced what they deem a "compromise" bill on Thursday to reauthorize and reform the controversial warrantless foreign surveillance law ahead of the April deadline to renew it.

  • March 14, 2024

    GOP Sens. Look To Undo FCC 'Digital Discrimination' Rule

    A group of 19 Senate Republicans announced on Thursday they are looking to undo the Federal Communications Commission's "digital discrimination" rule, which the agency adopted along party lines back in the fall.

  • March 14, 2024

    Italy Fines TikTok €10M For Harmful Content

    Italy's antitrust authority fined TikTok €10 million ($11 million) on Thursday for failing to protect children from potentially dangerous content on the platform.

  • March 13, 2024

    TriZetto's $200M Jury Awards Thrown Out In Syntel Dispute

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday vacated roughly $200 million in damages awards Cognizant affiliate TriZetto won in a trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement suit against Syntel, ruling that the awards were improperly calculated.

  • March 13, 2024

    Epic Says Apple Is 'Blatantly' Violating App Store Order

    Epic Games told a California federal court on Wednesday that Apple is "blatantly" violating an order issued under state law barring anti-steering rules in the App Store by imposing new fees and restrictions that make linking to outside payment methods effectively impossible.

  • March 13, 2024

    Google Calls DOJ's 'Fake Privilege' Docs Citation 'Misleading'

    The D.C. federal judge weighing the fate of Google's search business should pay no heed to discussions, cited by the Justice Department, from company lawyers in a separate case of "fake privilege" hiding otherwise discoverable evidence, Google has said.

  • March 13, 2024

    AI Auto Damage-Assessing Giant Accused Of Monopoly

    Tractable Inc. is hitting back at CCC Intelligent Solutions with counterclaims in an ongoing trade secrets spat, alleging in a new motion CCC has leveraged its dominant share of the auto collision-assessment market to stifle consumer choice and increase prices in violation of antitrust laws.

  • March 13, 2024

    Meta's 'Expense & Annoyance' Not Enough To Stop FTC Tweak

    A D.C. Circuit panel refused late Tuesday to temporarily block proposed Federal Trade Commission tweaks to a $5 billion data privacy settlement aimed at blocking Meta's monetization of children's data — finding the social media giant has not shown it is likely to succeed in its appeal of the changes, nor that it will suffer irreparable harm.

  • March 13, 2024

    FCC Waives Bank Rating Rule For Rural Auctions For 1 Year

    Internet service providers that received letters of credit from banks that took a plunge in the ratings will have an extra year to find a suitably rated financial institution to back them so they can get their rural broadband auction funding, the Federal Communications Commission has declared.

  • March 13, 2024

    Judge Connolly Ends Chipmaker's Case Against IP Edge

    Delaware's top federal judge has decided to brush aside arguments from California chipmaker Power Integrations that multiple agreements "not to sue" that it had obtained from a consortium of patent litigation outfits led by IP Edge were legally "meaningless."

  • March 13, 2024

    FCC Seeks $58M Budget Bump Next Fiscal Year

    The Federal Communications Commission has sought a roughly $58 million boost in its operating budget for next year, an increase of about 15%, offset by fees levied on regulated industries.

  • March 13, 2024

    FCC Waives Rules So Tribes Can Access Midband Spectrum

    The Federal Communications Commission is waiving rules for spectrum over tribal lands, allowing six Native American tribes to obtain licenses for unassigned 2.5 gigahertz spectrum over off-reservation lands in an effort to boost their wireless connectivity.

  • March 13, 2024

    House OKs TikTok Divestment Bill Despite Free Speech Worry

    The House voted 352-65 on Wednesday to pass legislation that would require ByteDance Ltd. to divest TikTok or face a ban in the United States, in a vote that transcended party lines.

  • March 12, 2024

    ISPs, Public Advocates Debate Need For FCC's Equity Rule

    Two major broadband providers on Tuesday disputed the need for the federal government's new, far-reaching rule barring discrimination in broadband deployment, even as public and consumer advocates argued that equitable rollout of high-speed internet remains a national priority.

  • March 12, 2024

    NTIA Releases Rollout Plan For National Spectrum Strategy

    The federal government released its long-awaited spectrum strategy on Tuesday, identifying the five telecom bands it plans to study to potentially open up for new, commercial usage.

  • March 12, 2024

    Hytera Can't Go To Chinese Court In $540M Motorola IP Fight

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday granted Motorola's request for an order blocking major Chinese radio company Hytera from pursuing a bid in China to keep Motorola from shutting down a Chinese case in which Hytera claimed it doesn't use Motorola's intellectual property.

  • March 12, 2024

    5 Questions For Former FCC Member Michael O'Rielly

    It's been just over three years since Republican Michael O'Rielly left his seat on the Federal Communications Commission, but a lot of ground has shifted in the telecom space since he left for the private sector.

  • March 12, 2024

    Porn Stars Seek To Drop Meta Suit Due To Lack Of Evidence

    Three adult entertainment performers told a California federal court on Monday that they want to drop their lawsuit claiming that Meta conspired with OnlyFans' parent to block ads for the risqué platform's competitors, saying Meta told their counsel that there's no evidence that the women's social media accounts were blacklisted.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Calif. GHG Disclosure Law Will Affect Companies Worldwide

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    California's Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, which will require comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions disclosures from large companies operating in the state, will mean compliance challenges for a wide range of industries, nationally and globally, as the law's requirements will ultimately trickle out and down, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • New DOJ Roles Underscore National Security Focus

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent creation of two new leadership positions signals to the private sector that federal law enforcement is pouring resources into corporate investigations to identify potential national security violations, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • Opinion

    Forging A Fair Path For Standard-Essential Patents In India

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    The Delhi High Court's standard-essential patents decision in Intex v. Ericsson has the potential to derail important progress for India's technology industry, so Indian regulators and courts should be developing an SEP licensing ecosystem that inspires and protects innovation, say Brian Scarpelli and Priya Nair at ACT.

  • Pa. Autodialer Decision Has Turned TCPA Tides In 3rd Circ.

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    Amid a daunting post-Facebook v. Duguid landscape in the Third Circuit for Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendants, a Pennsylvania district court recently adopted a narrow automatic telephone dialing system definition in Perrong v. Bradford, which is a win for defense counsel, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Lessons From Verizon's Cybersecurity FCA Self-Disclosure

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    A Verizon unit’s recent agreement to settle allegations of cyber-related False Claims Act violations illustrates the interplay between the government's prioritization of cybersecurity enforcement and the potential benefits of voluntarily disclosing cybersecurity failures, says Denise Barnes at Honigman.

  • TikTok Fine Highlights EU Approach To Children's Data Rights

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    Following the Irish Data Protection Commission's recent fine against TikTok for breaching children's data protection rights, organizations should adopt a proactive approach and implement measures aiding compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation, says Carla Murray at Myerson.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Japan

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    Japan is witnessing rapid developments in environmental, social and corporate governance policies by making efforts to adopt a soft law approach, which has been effective in encouraging companies to embrace ESG practices and address the diversity of boards of directors, say Akira Karasawa and Landry Guesdon at Iwata Godo.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Issues Arise As Cos. Shift From Class Actions To Arbitration

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    As corporations like Epson and Samsung move from class action to arbitration, challenges such as a lack of transparency and delay tactics have emerged, leaving a pressing need for legislative reform to ensure accountability and to uphold the rights of consumers and employees, says former Maine Attorney General Andrew Ketterer.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • Assessing D&O Coverage Amid Challenges To DEI Policies

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    As the recent backlash against corporate diversity, equity and inclusion policies leads to shareholder litigation and other legal challenges, companies bolstering their DEI efforts should ensure that their directors and officers and employment practices' liability insurance policies provide sufficient coverage for potential claims, say Peter Gillon and Patrick Blood at Pillsbury.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

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