Telecommunications

  • February 28, 2024

    Sioux Phone Authority Keeps Calling For FCC Telecom Status

    The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority has once again asked the Federal Communications Commission to recognize it as an "eligible telecommunications carrier," saying several tribal groups, as well as the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, support its bid for agency recognition.

  • February 28, 2024

    Google Search Judge Lets Rival's Keyboard Suit Proceed

    The same D.C. federal judge presiding over the government's search monopolization suit against Google sent up a tantalizing smoke signal for that case Tuesday in refusing to toss an Android keyboard app developer's separate antitrust lawsuit against the technology giant, rejecting key defense arguments meant to cast doubt on Google's alleged dominance.

  • February 28, 2024

    Rochester Loses Telecom Fee Bench Trial Over Hearsay

    Verizon Communications and Crown Castle Fiber have won their fight with Rochester, New York, over how much the city can charge telecoms to do business after the New York federal judge overseeing the case declared the city's cost spreadsheet to be hearsay. 

  • February 28, 2024

    9th Circ. Revives Suit Over Google's Cell Data Use In Androids

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday partially revived a putative class action by Android users accusing Google of illegally using their cellular data allotments to transmit information back to itself, finding they plausibly allege Google's "unauthorized transfer" could block customers from using data they purchased from their carriers.

  • February 28, 2024

    FCC 'Amnesty' Sought For Rural Broadband Grant Defaults

    Broadband experts got together Wednesday to urge the Federal Communications Commission to offer "amnesty" for defaulting on FCC-funded rural network development projects, so that unserved areas can still receive similar grants being distributed by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • February 28, 2024

    Carriers Seek More Time For SIM Card Anti-Fraud Measures

    A telecom carriers' group agreed with wireless companies who say the Federal Communications Commission needs to set aside more time for providers to comply with new rules to fight SIM card swapping fraud.

  • February 28, 2024

    Google Attys' 'Fake Privilege' Comments Cited In Search Suit

    The U.S. Justice Department and states accusing Google of monopolizing the online-search market have asked a D.C. federal judge to consider internal chats disclosed in Epic Games' antitrust lawsuit that revealed Google's lawyers discussing "fake privilege" — a practice of unnecessarily involving a lawyer to make an exchange confidential.

  • February 28, 2024

    Crown Castle Founder Alleges Entrenchment Bid In Del. Suit

    The co-founder of cell tower operator Crown Castle Inc. sued the Texas company Wednesday in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking to invalidate a cooperation agreement between its board and activist investor Elliott Investment Management LP.

  • February 28, 2024

    6 Firms Guiding Disney And Reliance On $8.5B Indian Media JV

    The Walt Disney Co. and Reliance Industries Ltd. said Wednesday they have agreed to merge their media operations in India, combining Disney's Star India with Reliance's Viacom18 to create a leading TV and digital streaming enterprise in the country, valued at roughly $8.5 billion.

  • February 28, 2024

    Biden Moves To Halt Flow Of American Data To China, Others

    The White House moved Wednesday to block data brokers and other companies from providing China, Russia and other foreign adversaries with troves of sensitive personal data about Americans that can be used to carry out nefarious activities such as surveillance and blackmail. 

  • February 27, 2024

    Ohio, Google Trade Barbs Over 'Common Carrier' Designation

    Google and the state of Ohio have taken aim at each other's dueling motions for summary judgment in a case seeking to have the tech titan's search engine declared a common carrier under state law for the purposes of antitrust regulation.

  • February 27, 2024

    Hot Spot Co., Investors Ask Court To Reconsider $2.4M Deal

    Wireless equipment maker Franklin Wireless Corp. and its investors have again asked a California federal judge to approve their $2.4 million deal to end a lawsuit accusing the company of concealing defects in lithium-ion batteries, saying their revised deal would pay investors $350,000 more than the version the judge rejected last month.

  • February 27, 2024

    Google Owes $12M For Infringing Voice Patents, Jury Says

    A Texas federal jury has found that Google should pay $12 million to an app developer's company for infringing several patents that let people call from multiple phone numbers using a single phone.

  • February 27, 2024

    Consumers Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Qualcomm Antitrust Case

    Cellphone buyers are hoping to revive their beleaguered antitrust case accusing Qualcomm of illegal tying schemes to inflate the price of their chips, telling the Ninth Circuit in their new opening brief to reverse the district court's ruling from September or, at a minimum, toss it to the California Supreme Court to decide whether their state law claims are viable.

  • February 27, 2024

    TV Station Can't Kill Verizon Counterclaims In Carriage Fight

    A Rhode Island television station can't dodge counterclaims that it was the one responsible for letting Verizon know that it had been paying retransmission fees to the wrong company, the Massachusetts federal judge overseeing the TV station's lawsuit against Verizon and Nexstar has ruled.

  • February 27, 2024

    FCC OKs T-Mobile's 2.5 GHz Licenses Over AT&T Objection

    The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday signed off, over an objection from AT&T, on a raft of new T-Mobile licenses in the 2.5 gigahertz spectrum band with the condition that T-Mobile divest some spectrum holdings in Hawaii.

  • February 27, 2024

    Make Sure Net Neutrality Covers Wholesale Service, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission needs to ensure wholesale broadband access services are covered by net neutrality rules the commission is expected to adopt soon, a trade group for competitive networks told the agency Monday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Altice Unit Can't Force Bill Padding Claims To Arbitration Yet

    A West Virginia federal judge is keeping a proposed class action accusing Altice subsidiary Optimum of illegal bill-padding in his courtroom for now, denying the company's motion to compel arbitration after the customers amended their complaint and voided all but one named plaintiff.

  • February 26, 2024

    Google Judge Rips $700M Antitrust Deal: 'It's Not Great'

    A California federal judge lambasted a $700 million deal that consumers and state attorneys general struck with Google blocking antitrust claims related to Android apps and the Play Store for 127 million consumers for the next seven years, saying Monday he's "never granted prospective relief" and that plaintiffs "folded" with "four aces."

  • February 26, 2024

    NIST Widens Cybersecurity Framework To Cover All Industries

    The U.S. Department of Commerce agency that developed a landmark cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure operators announced Monday that it had finalized a long-anticipated update, aimed at helping all industry sectors and organizations, to a voluntary tool to better manage cyber risks.

  • February 26, 2024

    Clement, Prelogar Odd Bedfellows In Social Media Showdown

    After GOP-led states targeted perceived stifling of conservative voices on social media, Monday's oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court could have featured predictable partisan fissures. But the case instead illustrated that legal ideology in the digital age is sometimes surprising.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ligado Claims Iridium Bias In $40B Spectrum Takings Case

    Ligado Networks has pushed back against Iridium Communications' bid to back the government in Ligado's $40 billion lawsuit accusing the government of unlawfully taking over a spectrum it secured exclusive licensing for, saying Iridium had ulterior motives for filing a friend-of-the-court brief.

  • February 26, 2024

    Apple Antitrust Class Action Gets Early 2026 Trial Date

    A California federal judge on Monday set trial in a high-stakes consumer class action antitrust fight over Apple's App Store policies for February 2026, but refused to weigh in on Apple's request to pause certain discovery while the tech giant appeals the judge's recent class certification decision.

  • February 26, 2024

    Religious Stations Ask Justices To Review Webcast Royalties

    Religious webmasters who say that the Copyright Royalty Board's latest rate hike affects them disproportionately want the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their case and decide whether there is religious discrimination at play.

  • February 26, 2024

    Don't Nix Cash App Referral Text Suit, Consumer Says

    Cellphone users alleging mobile payment service Cash App bombarded them with "annoying and harassing spam texts" have told a Seattle federal judge that Cash App's parent company shouldn't be allowed to escape their suit, pointing to recent and "nearly identical" claims against trading app Robinhood that survived a dismissal bid and subsequently settled for a proposed $9 million.

Expert Analysis

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    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Args In APA Case Amplify Justices' Focus On Agency Power

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    In arguments last week in Corner Post v. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Supreme Court justices paid particular importance to the possible ripple effects of their decision, which will address when a facial challenge to long-standing federal rules under the Administrative Procedure Act first accrues and could thus unleash a flood of new lawsuits, say attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.

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    ESG Around The World: Gulf Cooperation Council

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    The Gulf Cooperation Council is in the early stages of ESG policy implementation, but recent commitments by both states and corporations — including increases in sustainable finance transactions, environmental commitments, female representation on boards and human rights enforcement — show continuing progress toward broader ESG goals, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Using Arbitration And Class Waivers As Privacy Suit Tools

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    Amid a surge in data breach class actions over the last few years, several federal court decisions indicate that arbitration clauses and class action waiver provisions can be possible alternatives to public court battles and potentially reduce the costs of privacy litigation, say Mark Olthoff and Courtney Klaus at Polsinelli.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: February Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy discusses five notable circuit court decisions on topics from property taxes to veteran's rights — and provides key takeaways for counsel on issues including class representative intervention, wage-and-hour dispute evidence and ascertainability requirements.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Opinion

    Exxon Court Should Clarify Shareholder Proposal Exclusion

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    ExxonMobil last month took the unusual action of asking a Texas federal judge whether a proposal from climate activists seeking to limit oil and gas sales could be excluded from its 2024 proxy statement, and the court should use this opportunity to reevaluate SEC policy and set clear limits on when shareholder proposals can be included, says Stephen Bainbridge at UCLA School of Law.

  • What's On The Horizon In Attorney General Enforcement

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    A look at recent attorney general actions, especially in the areas of antitrust and artificial intelligence, can help inform businesses on what they should expect in terms of enforcement trends as 10 attorney general races play out in 2024, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • How High Court SEC Case Could Affect The ITC

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jarkesy will likely spare the U.S. International Trade Commission from major operative changes, the ITC’s ability to issue penalties for violations of its orders may change, say Gwendolyn Tawresey and Ryan Deck at Troutman Pepper.

  • Navigating The FCC's Rules On AI-Generated Robocall Voices

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    The Federal Communications Commission's declaratory ruling issued last week extends the agency's regulatory reach under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to calls that use artificial intelligence technology to generate voices, laying out a compliance roadmap, but not making AI-cloned voices in robocalls illegal per se, say attorneys at Wiley Rein.

  • Vodafone Decision Highlights Wide Scope Of UK's FDI Rules

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    The U.K. government’s recently imposed conditions required for its approval of Vodafone and Etisalat’s strategic relationship agreement under its National Security and Investment Act jurisdiction, illustrating the significance of the act as an important factor for transactions with a U.K. link, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • Is Compulsory Copyright Licensing Needed For AI Tech?

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    The U.S. Copyright Office's inquiry into whether Congress should establish a compulsory licensing regime for artificial intelligence technologies that are trained on copyrighted works has received relatively little attention — but commenters recently opposed the regime under three key themes, say Michael Kientzle and Ryan White at Arnold & Porter.

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    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

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