Some telecom service providers are paying more than their fair share to support Federal Communications Commission bureau services, trade groups told the agency in a series of recent filings that argued fiscal year 2017 regulatory fees should be more evenly distributed.
A top television executive at Black Entertainment Television LLC asked a California federal court Friday to toss gender bias claims made against him by a female executive under Title VII and California’s Fair Employment & Housing Act, saying those statutes don’t impart individual liability for discrimination on supervisors.
The focus for telecommunications so far this year has mostly been on the newly Republican-led Federal Communications Commission and not courtroom drama, but courts have also already made decisions related to net neutrality and the limits of FCC authority. Here are the top telecom cases so far in 2017.
The former Snap Inc. employee who claims he was fired for raising concerns about the social media company’s user metrics ahead of its initial public offering fired back at the Snapchat maker’s attempt to force arbitration of his whistleblower suit, telling a California federal court Friday that the arbitration agreement he signed at hiring was unconscionable.
After a $3.2 million arbitral award was confirmed in its favor in a dispute with a dolphin park operator, a financial consulting company asked a California federal judge to award it more than $50,000 in attorneys' fees, saying it is entitled to them based on a contract between the parties.
A man who stole millions of dollars by defrauding state lotteries in Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin with his brother’s help has pled guilty to theft by fraud and computer crime charges, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman said Thursday.
Urban Outfitters Inc. asked a California federal court Thursday to dismiss it from a trademark lawsuit brought by Coachella Music Festival, arguing the relevant allegations of stolen intellectual property are aimed solely at its co-defendant and subsidiary Free People.
A May disruption to the Federal Communications Commission's online comment system was caused by a cyberattack from traffic that mostly didn't leave comments, the FCC has told lawmakers, saying the problem has been addressed and the system is handling all net neutrality comments.
Twitter will take part in a July 12 online protest aimed at saving Obama-era net neutrality rules under threat at the Federal Communications Commission, joining Amazon, Netflix, Mozilla and a growing number of other companies and groups in the “internet-wide day of action to save net neutrality.”
President Donald Trump’s victory last year turned telecommunications policy on its head, with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai leading an active first few months at the agency as he seeks to reverse course and undo actions taken during the Obama administration. Here are the top telecom policy developments so far this year.
A California judge Friday trimmed a putative class action alleging Live Nation Worldwide didn’t timely pay its seasonal workers or provide parking lot attendants with rest breaks, tossing a Private Attorneys General Act claim, but keeping alive claims Live Nation failed to pay wages on termination.
The U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision striking down a federal ban on registering offensive trademarks cemented the legal right of the Washington Redskins and other sports teams to trademark Native American-themed names and logos, but critics of those teams will now redouble their efforts to turn public opinion against the use of those marks.
The Philadelphia judge who presided over the trial of abortion doctor and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell filed suit on Thursday alleging that he was defamed in a new book about the case, which cast him as a member of the city’s “liberal corrupt government.”
Video game developer Zynga followed in DraftKings and FanDuel's footsteps and urged a Nevada federal court Thursday to transfer a gambling technology patent suit against the developer, saying the new TC Heartland precedent supports a move to California.
In this week’s Taxation With Representation, EQT Corp. buys Rice Energy for $6.7 billion, European telecommunications giant Altice prices the second largest U.S. IPO of 2017, and alcohol maker Diageo plans to pay as much as $1 billion to acquire U.S. tequila brand Casamigos.
Tantan, a Chinese mobile app-based dating service that is similar to Tinder, has raked in $70 million from a group of private investors led by YY Inc. and Genesis Capital, the companies said on Friday.
The New York Post on Friday told a federal judge that it stands by its May 2016 reports detailing how weight-loss contestants on a television show called “The Biggest Loser” went to extremes to drop pounds, including by using drugs, after a doctor sued, claiming the paper defamed him.
Representatives from several of the country’s largest ground beef makers testified for a South Dakota jury Thursday that they had to stop using Beef Products Inc.’s beef trimmings product because of the public outcry caused by ABC reporting calling it “pink slime.”
Murray Energy Corp. has lodged a defamation suit against comedian John Oliver in West Virginia state court over an HBO segment lampooning CEO Bob Murray as a “geriatric Dr. Evil,” claiming it wrongly states the cause of a fatal collapse at one of the company's mines.
The Fourth Circuit on Thursday largely upheld a former CIA agent's conviction for illegally leaking classified information on U.S. efforts to disrupt Iran's nuclear program, but said prosecutors had failed to prove where one crime took place.
Experienced practitioners swiftly recognized a practical barrier to implementing a national program of resale price maintenance agreements under Leegin’s more permissive approach — the antitrust laws of 50 states. The last decade has largely confirmed those initial reactions, say Michael Lindsay and Matthew Ralph, who lead Dorsey & Whitney LLP's antitrust practice.
Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.
The U.S. Supreme Court's 2007 Leegin decision aimed to loosen resale price maintenance restrictions on manufacturers, recognizing that such restrictions often come at the expense of competition at the manufacturer level. But much unpredictability and confusion have followed, say Melissa Maxman, Ronald Wick and Lara Kroop Delamarre of Cohen & Gresser LLP.
The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.
Bankruptcy counsel armed with knowledge about how to leverage the potentially lucrative asset of a company’s user-generated content — testimonials, reviews, likes, retweets, shares and other customer-driven communications — will be able to maximize the value of the company, defend litigation without spoliation of evidence, and help the corporation achieve an orderly reorganization, say Victoria Cioppettini and Susan Usatine of Cole Schotz PC.
One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Most social media influencers are young and successful, a combination that can create great opportunity for your company, as well as major pitfalls. Some contract provisions can help keep things on track, says Neal Tabachnick of Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin LLP.
Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.
The Ninth Circuit was correct in its finding that any fair-use analysis for a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice is a fact-based, subjective determination. According to the Lenz petition for certiorari, the Ninth Circuit’s decision would open the floodgates for a slew of unreasonable claims as grounds for removal of online speech — but the petition conflates incorrectly “subjective beliefs” with “unreasonable beliefs,... (continued)
Recent changes to German merger control review should not result in dramatic changes because they merely expand the pre-existing thresholds. However, the amendment is an important step toward adapting the German competition law to the challenges of the digital economy, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.