Telecommunications

  • February 09, 2024

    Ohio Says Google Search Meets 'Common Carrier' Test

    Ohio enforcers have told a state court the undisputed evidence shows Google's search engine meets all the criteria for a common carrier designation, contending the service is a "public concern" because a large portion of the population relies on it for important needs.

  • February 09, 2024

    8th Circ. To Field FCC Anti-Discrimination Rule Challenges

    The Eighth Circuit will serve as the initial venue for 10 legal challenges spread across six appeals courts to the Federal Communications Commission's rules to fight digital discrimination adopted last fall.

  • February 09, 2024

    Xcel Wants Trial Moved From Where Colo. Wildfire Raged

    Xcel Energy wants to move litigation over a 2021 wildfire to a county away from where the fire occurred, arguing the widespread trauma caused by the fire in Boulder County, Colorado, would make it too difficult to find impartial jurors.

  • February 09, 2024

    21 GOP States Back High Court Petition On Ending FCC Subsidy

    Officials from 21 Republican-led states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to torpedo the Federal Communications Commission's system for subsidizing rural telecom and phone services, calling on the justices to grant a request from a free market group to take up its challenge to the FCC's fee structure.

  • February 09, 2024

    SEC To Collect $81M In Fines In Latest Texting Probe Cases

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday that it has secured agreements to pay more than $81 million in fines from 16 firms over their employees' use of personal messaging apps to do business, though the agency added that one set of firms ended up paying much less for having self-reported the violations.

  • February 09, 2024

    Vidal Told PTAB Rightly Denied Ford, Honda Cases

    A wireless communication patent owner has said U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal should back the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's rejection of challenges from Ford and Honda.

  • February 08, 2024

    Texas Jury Clears Cloudflare, Axes Router Patent Claim

    San Francisco software company Cloudflare did not infringe a router patent owned by Sable Networks, a Texas federal jury determined Thursday, while also finding that Sable's asserted claim is invalid.

  • February 08, 2024

    Calif. AG Not To Be Counted Out In Privacy Enforcement Arena

    The California attorney general's recent moves to crack down on streaming providers' data privacy practices and push for heightened digital safeguards for children show that the agency has no intention of backing down in this arena, even as the state's unique stand-alone data protection regulator ramps up its activity.

  • February 08, 2024

    Nexstar Must Pay $720K For Retrans Dispute, FCC Says

    The Federal Communications Commission ordered broadcaster Nexstar Media Inc. to pay a $720,000 fine for refusing to renegotiate retransmission rights in good faith with a Hawaiian cable company.

  • February 08, 2024

    Google Sued Over Pixel Phones That Are Too Hot To Handle

    Google's Pixel Pro 6 phones have a defect that causes them to overheat to the point that they become too hot to hold, according to a proposed class action in California state court filed by a woman who says she's now had several Pixel Pro 6s with the same issue. 

  • February 08, 2024

    1st Amendment Limited In Court, Prosecutor Tells 6th Circ.

    The First Amendment "is not without limit in a courtroom setting," says a Michigan county prosecutor who is trying to convince the Sixth Circuit not to disturb a ruling that upholds the state's prohibition on recording livestreaming court proceedings.

  • February 08, 2024

    Microsoft Calls FTC Activision Layoff Worries 'Misleading'

    Microsoft on Thursday criticized the Federal Trade Commission's "incomplete and misleading" assertion that the company's plan to lay off 1,900 video game workers undercuts its claim that Activision Blizzard Inc. would be maintained as an independent business while the commission challenges the gaming company's $68.7 billion acquisition.

  • February 08, 2024

    EU Updates Longstanding Guidance On Defining Markets

    Europe's competition enforcer released new guidance on Thursday for how the agency views the markets at issue when assessing merger and antitrust conduct cases, the first update to the policy since its adoption more than two decades ago.

  • February 08, 2024

    House Energy And Commerce Chair Says She'll Retire

    U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees several federal agencies including telecommunications, energy and environmental regulators, announced on Thursday she won't seek reelection.

  • February 08, 2024

    FCC Bans Junk Robocalls Using AI-Cloned Voices

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday banned unwanted robocalls using cloned voices developed with artificial intelligence.

  • February 07, 2024

    Chinese Hackers Accessed Infrastructure For Years, US Warns

    United States intelligence agencies and allies confirmed on Wednesday that a Chinese state-sponsored hacker group called Volt Typhoon has infiltrated critical industries, including communications, transportation, energy, and water and wastewater systems, some of which have been compromised for at least five years.

  • February 07, 2024

    Dish's Bid For More Fees Called 'Nightmare' By Fed. Circ. Judge

    A Federal Circuit judge told counsel for Dish Network LLC on Wednesday that to secure more fees after the cable giant defeated a patent case in district court that was found to be "exceptional" to cover the costs of challenging the patent at the patent board would create "an effing nightmare."

  • February 07, 2024

    Public Safety Orgs Fight FirstNet, AT&T Control Of 4.9 GHz

    The Federal Communications Commission is facing renewed calls from some public safety interests to maintain local public safety control of the 4.9 gigahertz band and reject a proposal that would let an AT&T-affiliated national entity manage the newly overhauled band.

  • February 07, 2024

    SEC Says Cooperation Helped Cloud Co. Avoid Fraud Fine

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has said it declined to impose a penalty on a China-based cloud communications company that quickly self-reported its discovery of a large accounting fraud committed by two now-former managers.

  • February 07, 2024

    Xcel, Plaintiffs Spar Over Early Details Of Mass Wildfire Suits

    An attorney for Xcel Energy said Wednesday that a proposed trial plan from the nearly 5,000 plaintiffs seeking to hold the utility liable for a 2021 wildfire is "completely unworkable under Colorado law," teeing up a key dispute over how a state court should handle the unwieldy litigation.

  • February 07, 2024

    FCC Says 10 Suits Filed Over Anti-Discrimination Rule

    The Federal Communications Commission notified a federal court panel on Wednesday of 10 appeals filed across half a dozen circuit courts challenging the agency's recently passed rules preventing discrimination in broadband deployment.

  • February 07, 2024

    FCC Republican Says 'Cyber Trust Mark' Needs Teeth

    For the Federal Communications Commission's Cyber Trust Mark — a label intended to signal that a device is secure from cyber interference — to have "teeth," companies need to be legally liable for any vulnerabilities that crop up after sale, one of the agency's Republican commissioners says.

  • February 07, 2024

    FTC Says Layoff Shows Microsoft Will Control Activision

    The Federal Trade Commission, which is appealing a district court's refusal to block the $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that a plan to lay off 1,900 video game workers undercuts assertions of an independent post-deal Activision.

  • February 06, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Review $1.3B India Award Fight

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revisit its decision overturning the enforcement of a $1.3 billion arbitral award issued to an Indian satellite communications company on jurisdictional grounds, despite a scathing dissent from several judges criticizing the appellate court's outlier position on the relevant issue.

  • February 06, 2024

    ​​​​​​​FCC Says School Bus Wi-Fi Challengers Can't Zoom To Court

    The Federal Communications Commission urged the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday to toss a challenge from two individuals to the agency's plan to subsidize school bus Wi-Fi, saying they can't go straight to court after failing to lodge a protest with the FCC.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: South Africa

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    While South Africa has yet to mandate the reporting of nonfinancial and environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, policy documents and recent legislative developments are likely to have a material impact in the country's transition to a low-carbon economy and in meeting its international obligations, say Glynn Kent at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • 6 AI Cases And What They Mean For Copyright Law

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    Artificial intelligence cases filed last year, some decided and others pending, demonstrate how the appellate courts that set binding precedent look at the intersection between copyright and AI, so legal frameworks must adapt and provide clarity in order to foster innovation, protect creators, and ensure fair and equitable outcomes, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • The Space Law And Policy Outlook For 2024

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    Expect significant movement in space law, regulation and policy in 2024, as Congress, the administration and independent federal agencies like the Federal Communications Commission address the increasingly congested, contested and competitive nature of space and the space industry, say Paul Stimers and Leighton Brown at Holland & Knight.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • Opinion

    Why Challenges To FTC Authority Are Needed

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    In spite of skepticism from courts, the Federal Trade Commission continues to advance novel legal theories — and Meta's recent federal suit against the agency over its alleged "structurally unconstitutional" administrative proceedings is arguably an expression of backlash to regulatory overreach, says Daniel Gilman at the International Center for Law & Economics.

  • Lessons Learned From 2023's Top ADA Decisions

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    This year saw the courts delving into the complexities of employee accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the post-pandemic workplace, going beyond bright-line rules with fact-intensive inquiries that are likely to create uncertainty for employers, says Linda Dwoskin at Dechert.

  • The Year In FRAND: What To Know Heading Into 2024

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    In 2023, there were eight significant developments concerning the fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory patent licensing regime that undergirds technical standardization, say Tom Millikan and Kevin Zeck at Perkins Coie.

  • What's Ahead For Immigrant Employee Rights Enforcement

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s increased enforcement related to immigration-based employment discrimination is coupled with pending constitutional challenges to administrative tribunals, suggesting employers should leverage those headwinds when facing investigations or class action-style litigation, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

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