Telecommunications

  • February 02, 2024

    Google Looks To Nix Epic's Play Store Win

    Google told a California federal court it should toss out a jury verdict in favor of Epic Games in its antitrust case over Android apps, saying the jury received improper instructions and also relied on a flawed view of the market that ignores competition from Apple.

  • February 02, 2024

    Hulu, Disney, Netflix Escape Texas Tax Franchise Suit

    A state appeals court has said Hulu, Disney and Netflix can escape a lawsuit from 31 Texas municipalities that accuse them of failing to pay a state franchise tax, adopting the companies' argument that they are not required to pay the 5% fee because they are not franchise holders.

  • February 02, 2024

    Meet The Attys Tackling The FCC's Digital Discrimination Rule

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations have launched an anticipated challenge in the Fifth Circuit to the Federal Communications Commission's recently adopted directive against digital discrimination.

  • February 01, 2024

    Texas Judge Says Tribal Telecom Immune To Contract Suit

    A telecom owned by the Gila River Indian Community can't be sued in federal court for $247,000 in unpaid invoices stemming from a contract to provide the company with billing software, a Texas federal court has ruled.

  • February 01, 2024

    175 Biz Groups Lobby WTO To Keep Block On Digital Duties

    The World Trade Organization should renew a decades-old suspension of tariffs on electronic commissions at its upcoming Ministerial Conference to ensure a future of innovation and resiliency, 175 business associations from around the world told the WTO in a statement.

  • February 01, 2024

    Philly Station Calls Smartmatic Suit Irrelevant To FCC License

    Fox Television Stations LLC is calling on federal regulators to reject claims that Smartmatic's ongoing defamation case against Fox News, a separate subsidiary owned by the station group's parent company, should jeopardize its local Philadelphia station's license.

  • February 01, 2024

    T-Mobile Data Breach Claims Puzzle Del. Vice Chancellor

    A Delaware vice chancellor said Thursday he was "struggling" with T-Mobile US Inc. stockholder arguments that tied costly data breaches to an overseas telecom giant controller's campaign to use company data for a global AI machine-learning and data-mining campaign, exposing T-Mobile customers to multiple hacks.

  • February 01, 2024

    ClearPlay Takes Shots At Dish's $6M Fee Bid In IP Fight

    ClearPlay's counsel is fighting back against a $6 million legal fees request from Baker Botts LLP, which defended Dish in the video-editing service's patent suit against the network, telling a Utah federal court the amount was "patently unreasonable" and chalked up the request as a "big firm bullying tactic."

  • February 01, 2024

    FCC Chair Pushes To Make AI Robocalls Illegal

    Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel is proposing that the agency classify AI-generated robocalls using cloned voices of celebrities and call recipients' family members as illegal under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • February 01, 2024

    How Will AI Impact The Environment? Dems Want To Find Out

    As attempts to integrate artificial intelligence into products and processes speed up, Congress wants a close look at how the technology's electricity use, water needs and waste consequences are affecting the environment.

  • February 01, 2024

    Broadband Coalition Asks NTIA To Help Lower Pole Costs

    If the National Telecommunications and Information Administration wants the $42.5 billion BEAD program to achieve its goals of internet for all, the agency will have to prioritize putting rules in place that allow telecoms fair and affordable access to utility poles, a coalition argues.

  • February 01, 2024

    Class Counsel Seek $18.6M From Google Tracking Settlement

    Attorneys who represented a consolidated class of smartphone users who sued Google in Northern California, accusing the tech giant of illegally collecting and storing private location information, have asked for $18.6 million in legal fees plus expenses, citing the $62 million deal they helped ink.

  • January 31, 2024

    AT&T Wipes Out Dali Antenna Patent At PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated all claims of a Dali Wireless patent for an antenna system used to improve distributed wireless networks that had been challenged by AT&T.

  • January 31, 2024

    Huawei Faces Civil RICO Suit From Netgear

    A major U.S. company is suing Huawei in California federal court under racketeering laws, arguing that the Chinese Communist Party-affiliated telecom giant is using infringement suits in Germany and China to demand "excessive and discriminatory royalties."

  • January 31, 2024

    House Hears TV's Struggles With Sports' Move To Streaming

    Sports fans are the "last bastion holding the pay TV system together," a House committee heard Wednesday morning at a hearing aimed at helping lawmakers grapple with the changing landscape of sports media as it begins to migrate onto streaming platforms.

  • January 31, 2024

    Ill. Judge Strikes Second Bid To Certify Allstate TCPA Class

    An Illinois federal judge has again rejected an attempted class certification of plaintiffs accusing Allstate of violating telemarketing laws by allowing an outside party to solicit "do-not-call" listees on its behalf.

  • January 31, 2024

    NY AG Wants Sirius XM Suit Back In State Court

    New York Attorney General Letitia James is asking a federal judge to send her suit accusing Sirius XM of deceptive subscription retention practices back to state court, where it began.

  • January 31, 2024

    Teladoc Illegally Sends Users' Personal Info To Meta, Suit Says

    Teladoc users have filed a putative class action in New York federal court accusing the virtual healthcare giant of privacy invasion for allegedly using a tracking pixel on its website to secretly wiretap their communications and activities, then subsequently sharing their personal information with Facebook without their permission.

  • January 31, 2024

    Hacked Atty Regains Email Access After Triggering Mistrial

    A defense attorney for a marketing manager accused of working with fraudsters told a Colorado federal court that she has regained email access but is still working through a hacking incident that triggered a mistrial, according to a notice seeking a quick retrial in the criminal fraud case. 

  • January 31, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Affirms SmartSky Can't Block 5G Network

    The Federal Circuit has backed a Delaware federal judge's decision that denied SmartSky's motion for a preliminary injunction against rival in-flight internet provider Gogo in an infringement suit over 5G patents.

  • January 31, 2024

    Vodafone Rejects Iliad's €10.45B Bid To Merge Italian Ops

    French telecommunications company Iliad SA said Wednesday that Vodafone has rejected a sweetened offer to merge their Italian businesses, which would have valued Vodafone Italia SpA at €10.45 billion ($11.31 billion).

  • January 30, 2024

    Comcast Can't Push Deceptive Practices Suit Into Arbitration

    Comcast cannot force a dispute with one of its subscribers into arbitration because the clause it's leaning on would preclude him from seeking public injunctive relief, and such contract provisions aren't valid under California law, a state appeals court has ruled.

  • January 30, 2024

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Satellites And AI Fighter Jets

    The federal government opened the new year with contracts seeking various military satellite capabilities, all while the U.S. Air Force pushed forward its $5.8 billion campaign for a fleet of autonomous military aircraft. These are Law360's most significant contracts in January.

  • January 30, 2024

    Social Media Algorithms Called 'Addictive' Ahead Of Hearing

    The mother of a teenager struggling with an eating disorder said in a Tuesday press conference ahead of a U.S. Senate hearing between lawmakers and social media company heads that she unwittingly handed her daughter "a loaded gun" when she gave her a smartphone with applications featuring addictive algorithms.

  • January 30, 2024

    Verizon Can't Get Worker's Disability Benefits From Lawyer

    A Rhode Island federal judge rejected a suit from a Verizon benefits plan seeking to recover about $45,000 from a law firm representing a former Verizon employee who disappeared after recovering damages from a car crash, saying it's not clear there are any settlement funds left over.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Chancery's 'Unfair Deal, Fair Price' Ruling Part Of A Trend

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    The Delaware Court of Chancery's recent decision in In re: Straight Path Communications is the latest in a line of recent post-trial rulings by the court that seem to prioritize a fair price in determining damage awards — even when a transaction has been clouded by an unfair process, say attorneys at V&E.

  • Kochava Ruling May Hint At Next Privacy Class Action Wave

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    The Southern District of California's recent ruling in Greenley v. Kochava and increasing complaints alleging that a consumer website is an illegal “pen register” due to the use of third-party marketing software tools foreshadow a new theory of liability for plaintiffs in privacy litigation, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Mexico

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    ESG has yet to become part of the DNA of the Mexican business model, but huge strides are being made in that direction, as more stakeholders demand that companies adopt, at the least, a modicum of sustainability commitments and demonstrate how they will meet them, says Carlos Escoto at Galicia Abogados.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Opinion

    A Telecom Attorney's Defense Of The Chevron Doctrine

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    The Chevron doctrine, which requires judicial deference to federal regulators, is under attack in two U.S. Supreme Court cases — and while most telecom attorneys likely agree that the Federal Communications Commission is guilty of overrelying on it, the problem is not the doctrine itself, says Carl Northrop at Telecommunications Law Professionals.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • What Cos. Should Know About FTC's Proposed Junk Fee Rule

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    The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a notice of proposed rulemaking targeting junk fees and how businesses may advertise prices to consumers — and since it would give the agency powers to seek monetary penalties against businesses that do not comply, companies should look to get ahead now, say Phyllis Marcus and Nicole Johnson at Hunton Andrews.

  • 9th Circ. ERISA Ruling Informs DOL's New Fiduciary Proposal

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    The Ninth Circuit's reasoning in its recent Bugielski v. AT&T decision illustrates the importance of the U.S. Department of Labor's proposals to expand the reach of Employee Retirement Income Security Act third-party compensation disclosure rules and their effect on investment adviser fiduciaries, says Jeff Mamorsky at Cohen & Buckmann.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Why The Effect Of Vivint Has Been Minimal

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    A survey of recent ex parte reexamination decisions since the Federal Circuit’s 2021 In re: Vivint decision appears to support the court’s conclusion that the ruling was limited in scope and would have limited impact, says Yao Wang at Fish & Richardson.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: South Korea

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    Numerous ESG trends have materialized in South Korea in the past three years, with impacts ranging from greenwashing prevention and carbon neutrality measures to workplace harassment and board diversity initiatives, say Chang Wook Min and Hyun Chan Jung at Jipyong.

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