Telecommunications

  • 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.

  • January 22, 2024

    Carnival Can't Capsize Consumers' Wiretapping Case

    Carnival Corp. can't escape wiretap and invasion of privacy claims in a consolidated proposed class action accusing it of tracking consumers' every mouse click and keystroke on its website, a California federal judge ruled, but the consumers will need to rework their Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claim.

  • January 22, 2024

    4th Circ. Says Firm Sent Illegal Faxes But Won't Certify Class

    The Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that a Florida-based financial services company violated federal law when it sent unsolicited fax ads but denied class certification to the roughly 59,000 recipients because the identities of eligible members were not ascertainable.

  • January 22, 2024

    Utilities Seek To Lower Cost Of FCC Pole Replacement Rule

    Utilities want the Federal Communications Commission to change two aspects of a recent rule aimed at resolving pole attachment disputes to clarify when they have to provide copies of easements and pay to replace outdated poles.

  • January 22, 2024

    Experts Worry US Falling Behind On Spectrum Policy

    The United States lacks momentum on policies to free up the airwaves for commercial use compared to many of its economic rivals following a major international meeting on the global use of spectrum, a group of experts said Monday.

  • January 22, 2024

    Google Accused Of Invalid Motion To Kill States' Antitrust Suit

    Google "blatantly violated" court rules against filing multiple motions to dismiss when it lodged a second bid to kill an antitrust suit filed by a coalition of conservative state attorney generals, according to the states' filing in Texas federal court.

  • January 22, 2024

    Cyberattack Yields Mistrial In Scam Marketing Case

    A Colorado federal judge declared a mistrial Monday morning in prosecutors' fraud case against workers accused of boosting their employer's clients' scams, telling jurors picked last week their service was no longer needed after an unspecified hacking incident over the weekend. 

  • January 22, 2024

    Providers Want More Clarity From FCC On Outage Reporting

    A cable television and internet industry group told the Federal Communications Commission that it broadly supports the commission's proposal for mandatory participation in the Disaster Information Reporting System, but asked that service providers be allowed more time to report the status of their networks when the disaster system is activated.

  • January 22, 2024

    Md. Bill Would Make Tax-Exempt Orgs Report Rent Income

    Maryland owners of tax-exempt property would be required to report certain rental income from those properties to the state's tax department under legislation introduced Thursday in the state House of Delegates.

  • January 22, 2024

    Justices Won't Hear Fight Over FTC's $163M 'Scareware' Win

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a former marketing executive's challenge to a $163 million judgment imposed more than 10 years ago in the Federal Trade Commission's suit over a "scareware" scam, rejecting the contention that the penalty couldn't stand because of a recent high court decision curtailing the FTC's ability to seek restitution. 

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    News Cos. Wants Expert Evidence In Google Ad Tech Case

    Media companies Gannett and the Daily Mail, which are part of multidistrict litigation in New York accusing Google of monopolizing digital advertising technology, have asked a Virginia federal court overseeing a related case from the U.S. Department of Justice for permission to access expert evidence.

  • January 19, 2024

    Sirius XM Moves NY AG Suit To Federal Court

    Sirius XM said it will defend itself against New York's suit over its subscription retention tactics in federal court, rather than the state court where it was initially filed.

  • January 19, 2024

    Net Neutrality Backers Say Rules Must Survive Legal Fights

    The FCC appears set to revive Obama-era net neutrality rules that limit broadband providers' power to control web traffic and supporters want to tailor the rules to survive legal challenge and preserve state regulations. Critics, on the other hand, are pushing the FCC to go light.

  • January 19, 2024

    UpHealth's 'Full Pay' Ch. 11 Plan On Horizon, Committee Says

    Bankrupt medical tech company UpHealth is in talks with its official committee of unsecured creditors to submit a Chapter 11 plan by the end of April that would pay unsecured debts in full, the committee told a Delaware bankruptcy court in a statement supporting UpHealth's request to extend its exclusive plan filing window.

  • January 19, 2024

    Apple Rival Seeks 9th Circ. Rethink On Statute Of Limitations

    A rival app store developer asked the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to reconsider reviving an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, arguing a divided panel's previous refusal created "new and problematic law" that dramatically increases the burden to survive motions to dismiss based on the statute of limitations.

  • January 19, 2024

    Broadcasters Stress AM Radio's Public Safety Role

    Broadcasters are increasing pressure on Congress and automakers to keep AM radio in vehicles, emphasizing its central role in alerting listeners to public emergencies, six weeks after a bill to require the service fell short on the Senate floor.

  • January 19, 2024

    Apple Offers To Allow 'Tap And Go' Competition In Europe

    Apple is offering to provide third-party access in Europe to the technology used by its iPhones for "tap and go" payments in physical stores as it tries to address concerns from enforcers that Apple Pay is the only service with access to the feature.

  • January 19, 2024

    Off The Bench: Dolan Sued, Bally-Amazon Deal, NIL Hearing

    In this week's Off The Bench, a massage therapist sues the New York Knicks' owner and disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault, Amazon inks a streaming deal with Bally Sports' bankrupt parent, and lawmakers debate a sweeping overhaul of college athlete payment rules.

  • January 19, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen a bankrupt English local council bring a construction claim against property maintenance company Axis, a Cypriot cheese trade protection body appeal a UK IPO decision granting trademark registration for "Grilloumi" and employees of supermarket giant Morrison’s shop around for compensation in a claim over equal pay. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 18, 2024

    Samsung Settles MyPort Patent Suit Over Galaxy Devices

    Samsung has reached a settlement in principle in a patent suit by MyPort Inc., which had accused the mobile electronics giant of selling Galaxy devices that copied MyPort software technology covering personal voice assistants, multimedia capture and location tagging, according to a notice submitted Thursday in Texas federal court. 

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Pa. Autodialer Decision Has Turned TCPA Tides In 3rd Circ.

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    Amid a daunting post-Facebook v. Duguid landscape in the Third Circuit for Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendants, a Pennsylvania district court recently adopted a narrow automatic telephone dialing system definition in Perrong v. Bradford, which is a win for defense counsel, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Lessons From Verizon's Cybersecurity FCA Self-Disclosure

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    A Verizon unit’s recent agreement to settle allegations of cyber-related False Claims Act violations illustrates the interplay between the government's prioritization of cybersecurity enforcement and the potential benefits of voluntarily disclosing cybersecurity failures, says Denise Barnes at Honigman.

  • TikTok Fine Highlights EU Approach To Children's Data Rights

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    Following the Irish Data Protection Commission's recent fine against TikTok for breaching children's data protection rights, organizations should adopt a proactive approach and implement measures aiding compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation, says Carla Murray at Myerson.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Japan

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    Japan is witnessing rapid developments in environmental, social and corporate governance policies by making efforts to adopt a soft law approach, which has been effective in encouraging companies to embrace ESG practices and address the diversity of boards of directors, say Akira Karasawa and Landry Guesdon at Iwata Godo.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Issues Arise As Cos. Shift From Class Actions To Arbitration

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    As corporations like Epson and Samsung move from class action to arbitration, challenges such as a lack of transparency and delay tactics have emerged, leaving a pressing need for legislative reform to ensure accountability and to uphold the rights of consumers and employees, says former Maine Attorney General Andrew Ketterer.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • Assessing D&O Coverage Amid Challenges To DEI Policies

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    As the recent backlash against corporate diversity, equity and inclusion policies leads to shareholder litigation and other legal challenges, companies bolstering their DEI efforts should ensure that their directors and officers and employment practices' liability insurance policies provide sufficient coverage for potential claims, say Peter Gillon and Patrick Blood at Pillsbury.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Calif. Climate Disclosure Bills Promise Challenges For Cos.

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    Two novel climate disclosure bills recently passed by the California Legislature will pose challenges for many businesses — especially private companies that are less familiar with climate-related reporting obligations — and will require investments of significant time and effort in processes, procedures and personnel, say John Rousakis and Chris Bowman at O'Melveny.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: European Union

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    As the EU makes ESG regulation a priority, companies — both those based in the EU and others just doing business there — need to keep abreast of myriad new legislation that has either already taken effect or will in the near future, as noncompliance could result in fines, damages and director liability, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

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