Telecommunications

  • March 05, 2024

    Senate Dem Sees Votes For Broadband Discount Funding

    A key Democratic senator said late Tuesday he sees momentum growing on Capitol Hill for at least a short-term funding renewal for the embattled Affordable Connectivity Program.

  • March 05, 2024

    House Bills Take Big Swing At TikTok

    On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will once again scrutinize TikTok and consider legislation to shore up national security concerns that the technology company decried as an "outright ban."

  • March 05, 2024

    Ill. Atty Tells 1st Circ. Feds Botched Venue For Scam Case

    An Illinois lawyer convicted of receiving proceeds from business email compromise schemes orchestrated by others told the First Circuit on Tuesday that Massachusetts was the wrong place for him to have been tried, urging the appeals court to dismiss the charges underlying the guilty verdict. 

  • March 05, 2024

    FCC Looks To Ban Bulk Billing In Apartment Buildings

    The Federal Communications Commission is considering banning bulk broadband billing in apartment buildings, with the hopes of expanding choice and lowering costs for residents of multi-tenant buildings, FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said in a release Monday.

  • March 05, 2024

    Ericsson Elevates DOJ Veteran To Compliance Head

    Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson said Tuesday it has chosen a lawyer from within its own legal department as the next leader of its compliance department.

  • March 05, 2024

    Fried Frank Guides Viavi's £1B Deal For UK Rival

    Communications group Viavi said on Tuesday it has agreed to buy telecom testing specialist Spirent for around £1 billion ($1.26 billion) to strengthen its artificial intelligence expertise and wireless infrastructure work.

  • March 04, 2024

    USPTO Can't See Snapchat 'Spectacles' IP Win Ahead Of Trial

    A California federal magistrate judge rejected Monday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's bid for a summary judgment win in a lawsuit by Snapchat's parent company seeking to secure trademark rights to the word "Spectacles" for its flagship virtual-reality product, sending the intellectual property dispute to a March 12 bench trial.

  • March 04, 2024

    Apple Inks Deal To End Derivative Suit Over Slow IPhones

    Apple investors are urging a California federal judge to approve a noncash settlement of their derivative shareholder suit claiming the tech giant's top brass secretly slowed older iPhones, saying the deal will bring needed board committee reforms and notify consumers about battery options when their phones' performance degrades.

  • March 04, 2024

    Elanco Urges Justices To Preserve Junk Fax Win

    Pet medicine company Elanco Animal Health Inc. has told the U.S. Supreme Court that its faxed invitations to a veterinarian seminar don't count under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's prohibition on unsolicited fax advertisements, as the Seventh Circuit ruled in July.

  • March 04, 2024

    No 'Major Questions' Dispute In Net Neutrality, FCC Told

    Despite what Republicans say, the FCC's decision to resurrect Obama-era net neutrality rules that were thrown out by former President Donald Trump's administration does not trigger the major questions doctrine, open internet advocate Public Knowledge told the agency recently.

  • March 04, 2024

    Advocacy Group Pushes FCC For Hearing On Fox License

    The FCC should order Fox Television Stations to turn over the documents that an advocacy group says it needs to build its case that the company's Philadelphia affiliate should lose its license for hawking election conspiracy theories, that group told the agency.

  • March 04, 2024

    OpenAI Judge Denies Writers' Calif. IP Case 'First-To-File' Bid

    A California federal judge ruled Friday that a group of authors suing OpenAI for alleged copyright infringement cannot bar the Microsoft-backed company from defending itself against a similar suit in New York federal court, saying the plaintiffs' argument that the artificial intelligence startup engaged in forum shopping "holds no sway."

  • March 04, 2024

    Feds Urged Not To Let Mobile Cos. 'Centralize' Airwaves

    Mobile networks should not be allowed to amass so much of the airwaves that they inadvertently crowd out national security technologies or sideline shared spectrum models, a group of experts told the U.S. Commerce Department.

  • March 04, 2024

    FCC Inks Anti-Scam Partnership With UK Counterpart

    The Federal Communications Commission said Monday it will work formally with its U.K. counterpart to combat scam robocalls and robotexts, an announcement that came days after reaching a similar agreement with Britain's data privacy enforcer.

  • March 04, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A Swedish music producer's takeover, a proposed award payable in Tesla shares, Truth Social stock squabbles, and an unusually blunt slap-down from the bench added up to an especially colorful week in Delaware's famous court of equity. On top of that came new cases about alleged power struggles, board entrenchment, consumer schemes and merger disputes.

  • March 04, 2024

    Storage Users Accuse Apple Of ICloud Monopoly

    A California iPhone buyer is bringing a proposed class action claiming that the limits Apple places on third-party cloud storage services violate anti-tying laws and drive up prices through an illegal monopoly.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ga. Tech Prof Gets Most China-Tied Fraud Charges Tossed

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday overruled a federal magistrate in dismissing nine of 10 criminal charges against a former Georgia Institute of Technology professor who was accused of using his post to help bring foreign nationals into the U.S. to covertly work for Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE.

  • March 01, 2024

    Gilstrap Orders Damages Retrial To Avoid $67.5M 'Train Wreck'

    Chief U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap ordered a damages retrial in infringement litigation between G+ Communications and Samsung on Friday, warning there would otherwise be a "guaranteed 'train wreck'" since both parties failed to explain what they believed the $67.5 million verdict means.

  • March 01, 2024

    Judge Says TCPA Class Limits Affect Only State Law Claims

    A Washington federal judge denied UnitedHealthcare's move to dismiss illegal automated call claims from non-Washington members in a Washington man's class action, calling the company's invocation of a 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling a "strained theory that has been rejected by every Circuit Court that has considered it."

  • March 01, 2024

    Pa. Supreme Court Snapshot: Judge's Side Gig Vexes Tax Row

    In its first argument session of 2024, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will once again have seven justices on the bench to hear cases concerning issues like a judge taking a second job, following last year's elevation of Superior Court Judge Daniel D. McCaffery to fill the vacancy left by the death of former Chief Justice Max Baer in 2022.

  • March 01, 2024

    Top Groups Lobbying The FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission heard from companies and interest groups close to 200 times in February on subjects ranging from net neutrality rules to "all-in" cable pricing, device security labels, minimum broadband speeds and more.

  • March 01, 2024

    Network Co. Directors Sue In Chancery To Stop Power Grab

    A power struggle at network connectivity services provider PacketFabric Inc. hit Delaware's Court of Chancery on Thursday, with an investor and two directors suing for a court declaration that they are still members of the board.

  • March 01, 2024

    'We Don't Know If They Prejudged Meta,' Judge Says Of FTC

    The D.C. federal judge handling Meta's case attacking the Federal Trade Commission's constitutionality and its efforts to reopen a 2020 privacy settlement balked Friday at preliminarily stopping the agency from banning the monetization of children's data.

  • March 01, 2024

    Gov't Wants Spectrum Fraud Case Against Dish Dismissed

    The Justice Department has decided to intervene in a suit accusing Dish Network of using sham companies to buy spectrum from the Federal Communications Commission at a $3.3 billion discount, but not to take over litigation of the matter — it wants to end the whole thing.

  • March 01, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Pillsbury, Cleary Gottlieb

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, First Advantage Corp. acquires Sterling Check Corp., International Game Technology spins off two subsidiaries, Disney merges its media operations in India with Reliance Industries, and Atlas Energy Solutions purchases Hi-Crush.

Expert Analysis

  • Twitter Sanction Highlights Privacy Law's Complexity

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    The D.C. Circuit's recent decision to uphold a sanction against X Corp., formerly known as Twitter, for failing to produce account records in response to a subpoena highlights the importance of understanding the Stored Communications Act, particularly when deciding to produce or not produce data, says Cary Aronovitz at Holland & Knight.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • Fed. Circ. In September: The Scope Of Analogous Prior Art

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    The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Netflix v. DivX turned on the often-overlooked requirement that any prior art must be analogous art, explaining that the art available to a person of ordinary skill in the art is limited to only the artisan's field of endeavor at the time the invention was made, says Jeremiah Helm at Knobbe Martens.

  • Appellate Rulings Highlight Telecom Standard Uncertainties

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    Two recent contrasting appellate opinions in Cellco v. White Deer Township and NMSurf v. Webber — interpreting Sections 332 and 253 of the Communications Act, respectively — demonstrate the continuing uncertainty carriers face when challenging state and local requirements that may impede their provision of telecommunications services, say attorneys at Davis Wright.

  • Bracing For Regulatory Delays As Shutdown Looms

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    As a government shutdown looms, stakeholders should plan for regulatory delays and note that more regulations could become vulnerable to congressional disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, say Matthew Shapanka and Holly Fechner at Covington.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Tips For Camp Lejeune Attorneys To Mitigate TCPA Suit Risks

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    To retain and assist Camp Lejeune clients, it is vital to understand best practices to avoid violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which has been at the center of recent lawsuits against attorneys seeking to reach veterans and their families affected by the toxic water exposure at the Marine Corps base, says Libby Vish at SimplyConvert.

  • 7th Circ. Ruling May Steer ADA Toward Commuter Issues

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    Employers faced with commuting-accommodation requests from employees who do not require on-site modifications under the Americans with Disabilities Act should consider the Seventh Circuit's recent reopening of a lawsuit alleging unlawful refusal of a night-vision-challenged worker's request to extend a shift change, says Robin Shea at Constangy.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • 7 Ways Telco Operators Can Approach Lead Cable Claims

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    A recent spotlight on the telecommunication industry shows that companies in the field have known for decades that lead-wrapped cables proliferate in their vast networks, which is likely to provoke prolonged and costly legal battles — but seven best practices can efficiently resolve claims and minimize damage, say consultants at AlixPartners.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • New FCC Broadband Label Rules Should Be Read Carefully

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    A recent order from the Federal Communications Commission clarifies standardized broadband label requirements that are pending final approval — and while compliance should be manageable, the rules impose new risk, particularly with regard to speed and latency disclosures, say Craig Gilley and Laura Stefani at Venable.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Bracing For Rising Cyber-Related False Claims Act Scrutiny

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    Two recent cyber-related False Claims Act cases illustrate the vulnerability of government contractors, including universities, obliged to self-attest compliance with multiple controls, signal the importance of accurate internal controls and underline the benefits of self-disclosure, say Townsend Bourne and Nikole Snyder at Sheppard Mullin.

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