Telecommunications

  • 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.

  • January 30, 2024

    FCC Hits Telecom With $14M Fine For COVID Subsidy Fraud

    The Federal Communications Commission has slapped a Texas-based internet service provider with a $14 million fine for using false information to collect millions in Affordable Connectivity Program funds from the federal government.

  • January 30, 2024

    BT Says 'Flawed' £1.3B Unfair Pricing Claim Ignores Case Law

    Telecoms operator BT argued at the U.K. antitrust tribunal on Tuesday that a £1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) class action accusing the company of excessive and unfair pricing is "profoundly flawed and ignores the basic principles" of competition case law.

  • January 30, 2024

    Latham-Led Amphenol Buying Carlisle Wiring Biz For $2B

    Latham & Watkins is representing Amphenol Corp. on a new agreement to purchase the high-performance wire and cable business of Kirkland & Ellis-guided Carlisle Companies Inc. for $2.05 billion in cash, the companies said Tuesday. 

  • January 29, 2024

    Cash App Fights Proposed Class Action Over Text Referrals

    Block Inc., which operates mobile payment service Cash App, has asked a Seattle federal judge to toss a consumer's proposed class action alleging that the company's referral texts constitute "annoying and harassing spam texts."

  • January 29, 2024

    FCC Updates Rules For Ship, Aircraft Communications

    The Federal Communications Commission is updating its spectrum rules to allow for additional broadband access on ships and aircraft.

  • January 29, 2024

    The Top Attys In Clinton's Impeachment Trial, 25 Years Later

    One of them just went to federal prison, and another famously beat a federal indictment. One has been seeking the White House, and another has been steering a BigLaw powerhouse. Each was among the two dozen attorneys who litigated President Bill Clinton's historic impeachment trial 25 years ago this month — and then saw their lives go in dramatically different directions.

  • January 29, 2024

    Google Tells Ohio Court That Search Isn't A 'Common Carrier'

    Google urged an Ohio state court to reject a bid by enforcers to have its search engine declared a common carrier, saying the move would be a vast expansion of the law and violate the company's First Amendment rights by dictating what it shows in search results.

  • January 29, 2024

    International Arbitration Expert Rejoins Curtis In Geneva

    Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP has announced that "a leading lawyer of her generation" in international disputes and international arbitration has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Geneva office.

  • January 29, 2024

    Reseller Drops Antitrust Countersuit Against Cisco Midtrial

    Dexon Computer Inc. is ending an antitrust countersuit that accused Cisco Systems Inc. of using its market power to keep customers from equipment that Dexon was reselling, and Cisco says the companies have reached a settlement that will require Dexon to stop reselling without authorization.

  • January 29, 2024

    BT Accused Of 'Abusive' Pricing In £1.3B Class Action

    A lawyer representing millions of BT customers told Britain's antitrust court on Monday that they are owed £1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) in compensation after they were charged "excessive and unfair prices" for landline services.

  • January 26, 2024

    TikTok's $92M Biometric Deal Doesn't Bar Browser Claims

    TikTok can't use a $92 million biometric privacy settlement finalized in 2022 to duck 13 additional lawsuits over TikTok's in-app browser that were later transferred to a multidistrict litigation, an Illinois federal judge has ruled.

  • January 26, 2024

    Calif. AG Sets Focus On Streaming Services' Privacy Practices

    California's attorney general is setting his sights on popular streaming services in his latest investigative sweep under the state's landmark data privacy law, taking particular aim at whether these companies are giving consumers an easy way to stop the selling and sharing of their information, he announced Friday. 

  • January 26, 2024

    Ore. Sen. Calls Out NSA Web Browser Info Buying

    Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden is calling on the Biden administration to help prevent intelligence agencies from purchasing information that has been unlawfully taken by data brokers, after disclosing that the National Security Agency buys the internet records of Americans.

  • January 26, 2024

    Gov't Urges Claims Court To Reject $40B Ligado Takings Suit

    The federal government has urged the Court of Federal Claims to toss Ligado Networks' $40 billion suit alleging the government has unconstitutionally misappropriated and blocked the company's use of exclusively licensed 5G spectrum, arguing Ligado filed the case in the wrong court.

  • January 26, 2024

    Jury Finds Samsung Owes $67.5M In 5G Patent Case

    A Texas jury found Friday that Samsung infringed two wireless network patents by G+ Communications and declined to find that the patent owner failed its obligation to fairly license its patents, awarding G+ a total of $67.5 million in damages.

  • January 26, 2024

    Apple-Google Web App Deal Makes IPhones Pricier, Suit Says

    A deal between Apple Inc. and Google LLC that controls what apps are downloaded onto iPhones maintains "the longstanding Apple-Google duopoly" and hikes prices for iPhone buyers, alleges a proposed antitrust class action filed against Apple.

  • January 26, 2024

    'Waste Of My Time': Social Media Cos. Get Earful From Judge

    A California federal judge said Friday she'll likely deny Google, Meta Platforms, TikTok and Snap Inc.'s quick appeal request and their bid to exclude plaintiffs' causation experts early in sprawling multidistrict litigation over social media's mental health impacts, repeatedly telling defense counsel their "entirely premature" requests are a "waste of my time."

  • January 26, 2024

    FCC Rejects Bids To Alter Some Orbital Satellite Debris Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission has issued new guidance on how best to comply with 2020 rules designed to reduce debris from communications satellites, but rejected requests from aerospace firms to ease up on some requirements.

Expert Analysis

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    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.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • The Scope Of Challenged Claims After Fed. Circ. Sisvel Ruling

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    Joshua Weisenfeld at Sheppard Mullin considers the Federal Circuit's recent Sisvel v. Sierra decision and its impact on claim construction and post-issuance claim amendments that broaden the scope of challenged claims.

  • Tips For Avoiding Disputes From M&A Earnout Provisions

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    Attorneys at Freshfields review key Delaware cases to outline several important considerations that may reduce the risk of an earnout dispute arising from a merger agreement and help the parties navigate disputes when they do occur.

  • A Look At Successful Bid Protests In FY 2023

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    Attorneys at Sheppard Mullin look beyond the statistics in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent annual report on bid protests, sharing their insights about nine categories of sustained protests, gained from reading every fiscal year 2023 decision in which the protester had a positive result.

  • Trending At The PTAB: Administrative Procedure

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    A pair of recent Federal Circuit rulings on Patent Trial and Appeal Board inter partes review shed light on applications of the Administrative Procedure Act, adding to an ever-growing body of case law showing the board's final written decision must be based on arguments clearly put forth by the parties, say Robert High and Benjamin Saidman at Finnegan.

  • Retailers: Beware Legislator And Regulator Junk Fee Focus

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    In light of the Biden administration’s recent focus on restricting so-called junk fee surcharges across industries, attorneys at Benesch discuss what retailers should know about several evolving developments, including a new California law, a proposed Federal Trade Commission rule, an expanding litigation landscape, and more.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Takeaways From Iran Missile Procurement Advisory

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    Companies should familiarize themselves with the entities and practices highlighted in the recent multiagency Iran Ballistic Missile Procurement Advisory, to avoid falling prey to deceptive practices that help bad actors evade sanctions, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • Safe-Harbor Period Change Could Hinder TCPA Compliance

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    A proposed rule change under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission would require businesses to honor do-not-call requests within 24 hours of receipt for calls and texts that are subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and companies have already called it unreasonable, say Aaron Weiss and Danny Enjamio at Carlton Fields.

  • Cos. Must Address Growing Chatbot Class Action Risk

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    Following a new wave of chatbot-related consumer data privacy litigation and expanding compliance obligations created by state legislatures, businesses using such technology face a high-risk environment for wiretapping allegations, with inconsistent court rulings to date and uncertain legal holdings ahead, say attorneys at Pierce Atwood.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • 5 Telecom Issues To Watch Amid FCC Broadband Proposal

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    The Federal Communications Commission's recent proposal to restore net neutrality rules and reassert its regulatory authority over broadband providers is likely to spark debate over certain issues, including privacy rules and questions surrounding the commission's legal authority, says Matthew DelNero at Covington.

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    ESG Around The World: The UK

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    Following Brexit, the U.K. has adopted a different approach to regulating environmental, social and governance factors from the European Union — an approach that focuses on climate disclosures by U.K.-regulated entities, while steering clear of the more ambitious objectives pursued by the EU, say attorneys at Dechert.

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