Telecommunications

  • January 25, 2024

    Israeli Co. Gets Meta's Data Scraping Suit Trimmed

    A California federal judge trimmed Meta's breach of contract claims from its lawsuit alleging Bright Data unlawfully collects information from Meta's social media platforms to sell to third parties, finding that the Israeli company obtained only public data from Facebook and Instagram, and Bright Data isn't bound by Meta's contracts.

  • January 25, 2024

    Google Says Publishers' Bid Creates An 'Unfair Advantage'

    Google traded barbs Wednesday and Thursday with Gannett and the Daily Mail over the publishers' bid for expert discovery-sharing between their multidistrict litigation, a case from state attorneys general and a lawsuit brought by the federal government, all targeting the search giant's control over advertising-auction technology.

  • January 25, 2024

    Software Co. Settles Coverage Spat Over Wiretapping Suits

    A software company and its insurers reached an agreement in principle through mediation to resolve a coverage dispute over several wiretapping class actions, roughly three months after a California federal judge determined the insurers must defend it in four of the eight underlying suits.

  • January 25, 2024

    Nextel Still A Brand Name At Cocktail Parties, 11th Circ. Told

    An attorney for Sprint who's trying to beat back a challenge to the $9.7 million jury award the company secured from an imitation walkie-talkie manufacturer told the Eleventh Circuit Thursday that the Nextel brand is a well-remembered one — that is, in the circles he runs in.

  • January 25, 2024

    Ericsson, KPN Settle Network Patent Fight

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Federal Circuit have each tossed disputes between Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson and Dutch rival KPN over a group of network patents after the two companies agreed to settle in a related district court proceeding.

  • January 25, 2024

    ​​​​​​​FCC Seeks $3.5M For Miami-Area Pirate Radio Operations

    The Federal Communications Commission floated $3.5 million in total fines Thursday for five alleged pirate radio operations based in the Miami area after conducting its first enforcement sweep in the region using a recent federal law.

  • January 25, 2024

    FCC Requires More Network Outage Reporting After Disasters

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to require more categories of telecom providers to report network outages to an FCC-managed nationwide system in the wake of disasters.

  • January 24, 2024

    Bid To Swap Chevron For An Old Standby Raises Doubts

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court debated whether a World War II-era doctrine encouraging courts to strongly consider agency statutory interpretations could replace the court's controversial so-called Chevron doctrine that requires judges to defer to those interpretations if a statute is ambiguous.

  • January 24, 2024

    Judge Rejects Hotspot Co. Investors' $2.4M Settlement

    A federal judge has rejected a proposed $2.4 million deal that would resolve investors' claims that wireless equipment maker Franklin Wireless Corp. concealed defects affecting the lithium-ion batteries of certain mobile hotspots, finding the settlement agreement grants unequal treatment to class members.

  • January 24, 2024

    Staff Duped GSA To Buy Banned Chinese Cameras, IG Finds

    U.S. General Services Administration personnel gave a contracting officer "egregiously flawed information" so they would approve buying dozens of Chinese videoconference cameras, despite a federal law barring federal agencies from sourcing products from China, the agency's inspector general has reported.

  • January 24, 2024

    FCC Warned Dozens Of Illegal Radio Operators Last Year

    The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it issued 44 notices to illegal radio operations in the last fiscal year, with more than two dozen stemming from special enforcement sweeps.

  • January 24, 2024

    Not Hanging Up Doesn't Kill TCPA Suit, Fla. Judge Says

    Not hanging up on an unsolicited robocall is not evidence that the call was wanted for the purposes of escaping a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit, a Florida federal judge has ruled.

  • January 24, 2024

    7th Circ. Judges Question Racism Claims Of Indy TV Network

    Judges on the Seventh Circuit seemed unpersuaded Wednesday that DirecTV and Dish Network discriminated against a Black-owned television company during retransmission negotiations, the core allegation of cases that Circle City Broadcasting lost in summary judgments last year.

  • January 24, 2024

    Google Defends Ad Tech Dismissal Bids From AG Attacks

    Google urged a Texas federal judge Tuesday not to listen to "empty rhetoric" raised by state attorneys general contending the search giant violated court rules when it filed dual motions to dismiss allegations targeting its dominance over the technology that places display advertising on third-party websites.

  • January 24, 2024

    Viasat Wrong To Oppose Starlink Funding Petition, FCC Told

    A Virginia resident pressing the Federal Communications Commission to restore nearly $886 million in rural development funds for Starlink's broadband service claims that satellite giant Viasat was wrong to oppose his petition as flawed and untimely.

  • January 23, 2024

    AI Co. Seeks Telus, GoDaddy's Help In Trade Secrets Dispute

    Artificial intelligence company EvolutionIQ has asked a New York state court to force GoDaddy and Telus Communications to hand over information and data that will help EvolutionIQ identify the "fraudster" who wrongfully accessed its confidential and proprietary information last year.

  • January 23, 2024

    ISP Appeals FCC's Denial Of $49M In Rural Broadband Funds

    A wireless broadband provider is asking the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider its rejection of the company's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund application, saying the commission's December decision letter is "riddled with material errors of fact."

  • January 23, 2024

    Justices Told Social Media Cos. Aren't Immune From All Laws

    Donald Trump, 20 states and various organizations have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to find that Texas' and Florida's laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on viewpoints are constitutional, with some of them saying platforms can't disclaim liability for user content in one court term and then claim hosting it is protected speech the next.

  • January 23, 2024

    Google Waited Too Long To Arbitrate Privacy Suit, Judge Says

    A California federal judge rejected Google's bid to arbitrate a certified consumer class action alleging its Google Assistant-enabled devices surreptitiously recorded conversations, finding the company waived its right to arbitration by waiting four years into the heated litigation to make its request.

  • January 23, 2024

    Sunday Ticket Trial Delayed, NFL Wants Prior Cases Kept Out

    A California federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial for a class action against the National Football League's Sunday Ticket broadcast package, moving the start of the trial to June 6 during a status conference Tuesday.

  • January 23, 2024

    Copyrights Not Limited To Humans, AI Creator Tells DC Circ.

    An artificial intelligence inventor challenging the U.S. Copyright Office's refusal to register an AI-generated artwork has asked the D.C. Circuit to reverse a lower court's ruling upholding the government agency's decision, arguing the law "explicitly allows for non-human authors."

  • January 23, 2024

    Netflix Tells Colo. Court Streaming Not Subject To Sales Tax

    Streaming services provided by Netflix Inc. in Colorado do not constitute tangible personal property and are not subject to sales tax, the company told a state court, saying decades of state law back its claim.

  • January 23, 2024

    Verrill Adds New Energy, Telecom Partner To Boston Office

    Verrill has welcomed Verizon's long-time East region deputy general counsel as a partner in its Boston office, strengthening the firm's energy, telecommunications and natural resources practice group.

  • January 22, 2024

    2nd Circ. Tosses Arbitration Ruling In Ousted Chair's Suit

    The Second Circuit on Monday vacated an order refusing to halt arbitration initiated by the ousted former chairperson of software investment company The Resource Group International Ltd., who was forced to resign in late 2021 following a widely reported sexual harassment scandal.

  • January 22, 2024

    Choice Hotels Asks Albright To Cut Comms Patents, Citing Alice

    Choice Hotels International Inc. is asking Texas federal judge Alan D. Albright to dismiss a lawsuit against it over communications patents it claims are invalid, backing its reasoning with the Supreme Court's Alice decision.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Test Results Signal Poor Odds For Lead Cables Litigation

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    After sites in New York and New Jersey allegedly contaminated with lead by telecommunications cables were found by state and federal agencies to present no imminent threats to public health, it seems unlikely that mass litigation over this issue by plaintiffs firms or state attorneys general will succeed, says Andrew Ketterer at Ketterer & Ketterer.

  • Opinion

    Justices Should Nix Section 230 Immunity For Tech

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to decide two new cases that present another opening to curtail the broad immunity enjoyed by tech company-owned social media platforms under Section 230, and it's long past time for online publishers to be treated the same as traditional ones, says Douglas Mirell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • To Comply With Campaign Finance Rules, Watch The Calendar

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    Corporations, campaigns and community advocates alike can all stay on the right side of federal campaign finance law during the 2024 election season by committing to observe the many overlapping dates and compliance windows that limit third-party coordination with candidates and electioneering communications, say attorneys at Wiley.

  • Unpacking The FAR Council's Cybersecurity Rules Proposal

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    New reporting and information sharing requirements in the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council's recently proposed cybersecurity regulations would create new False Claims Act enforceability risks, and could be a focus for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Cyber Fraud Initiative, say Townsend Bourne and Lillia Damalouji at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Class Action Defense: Don't Give Up On Bristol-Myers Squibb

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    Federal appellate court decisions in the six years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb show that it's anyone's ballgame in class action jurisdictional arguments, so defendants are encouraged to consider carefully whether, where and when arguing lack of specific personal jurisdiction may be advantageous, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Diamond Sports Cases Shed Light On Executory Contracts

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    Recent Texas bankruptcy cases involving telecast fees payable by Diamond Sports to certain Major League Baseball teams provide a window into the dynamic relationship that can develop between debtors and counterparties under some executory contracts, say Joseph Badtke-Berkow and Robin Spigel at Allen & Overy.

  • What To Watch As The FCC Leans Into National Security

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    Information and communications technology and services operators and investors should keep a close eye on the Federal Communications Commission's increasing activity in national security matters, which could slow transactions and subject providers to additional oversight, say David Plotinsky and Patricia Cave at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • How Cos. Can Prioritize Accessibility Amid Increase In Suits

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's notice of proposed rulemaking on digital accessibility and recent legal proceedings regarding tester plaintiff standing in accessibility cases show websites and mobile apps are a growing focus, so businesses must proactively ensure digital content complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, say attorneys at Hinckley Allen.

  • 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.

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