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Telecommunications

  • November 20, 2018

    Sprint, T-Mobile Withheld Critical Merger Info, Agency Told

    A union and a consumer group are calling on New York regulators to reopen the record on Sprint and T-Mobile's proposed megamerger on grounds that the companies withheld key information during the public comment period on the deal.

  • November 20, 2018

    FCC Lays Groundwork For Next Media Ownership Review

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced Tuesday that the agency will open up its periodic review of media ownership rules at the FCC’s upcoming Dec. 12 meeting, specifically examining two rules affecting local media markets and a third that limits top-four network mergers.

  • November 20, 2018

    Medical Marijuana User Can't Revive Firing Suit At 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit refused to revive a former Charter Communications LLC worker’s suit alleging that he was wrongly fired for his legal use of medical marijuana, holding that certain sections of the Montana Marijuana Act didn’t flout the state’s constitution.

  • November 20, 2018

    GAO: Library Of Congress Should Rethink Fiber Optic Award

    The Government Accountability Office on Monday sustained a protest of the Library of Congress’ award of a contract for fiber optic services, saying the government hadn’t justified choosing a cheaper but less encompassing proposal.

  • November 20, 2018

    FCC To Vote On Title I Classification For Texts In December

    The Federal Communications Commission is poised to designate text messaging as a Title I information service at its Dec. 12 meeting, cementing providers’ abilities to filter and block texts considered to be spam despite pushback that companies use the privilege too liberally.

  • November 20, 2018

    Metaswitch Says Rival Telecom Co. Tried To Kill Competition

    Metaswitch Networks Ltd., a telecommunications company, filed an antitrust complaint Tuesday in New York federal court, alleging that another telecommunications company intended to eliminate competition among companies that transform landline phone networks, through serial acquisitions and exclusionary tactics.

  • November 20, 2018

    India Space Agency Unit Says US Can't Confirm $563M Award

    The commercial arm of India’s space program urged a Washington state federal judge Monday to nix a telecommunications company’s suit seeking to confirm a more than $562.5 million award stemming from a canceled satellite-leasing deal, arguing the court lacks jurisdiction over the foreign corporations.

  • November 20, 2018

    Carriers Ask FCC For Patience On Call Verification Efforts

    Major phone service providers sought to reassure the Federal Communications Commission that they’re making strides toward implementing call authentication methods in the next year while urging the regulator to be patient as the anti-robocalling technology is developed.

  • November 20, 2018

    House Oversight Dems Plan To Look At Ivanka Trump's Emails

    Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are preparing to look into Ivanka Trump's reported use of a personal email account for official White House business next year, the panel's ranking member said in a statement Tuesday.

  • November 20, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: SoftBank, Warburg Pincus, Walt Disney

    SoftBank's Vision Fund is reportedly set to inject $2 billion into South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang, Warburg Pincus is aiming to raise $4 billion for a China-focused fund, and multiple bidders are vying for the 22 regional sports TV networks Disney acquired in its merger with 21st Century Fox.

  • November 20, 2018

    Altice Slammed With Stock-Drop Suit After $2.2B IPO

    A putative class of investors filed a complaint in New York federal court on Monday alleging that cable television provider Altice USA Inc. misled them in the lead-up to the company’s $2.2 billion initial public offering before the stock plunged 43 percent.

  • November 19, 2018

    FCC Ditches Junk Fax Opt-Out Rule As Bigger Issues Loom

    The Federal Communications Commission has formally eliminated an opt-out notice requirement for solicited faxes that was struck down by the D.C. Circuit last year, putting to bed legal disputes that had lingered under the rule while raising fresh questions about how the commission intends to proceed with rulemaking as the U.S. Supreme Court decides how much weight to give to these opinions, attorneys say.

  • November 19, 2018

    Charter Bias Claim Not Barred By 1st Amendment: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday said Charter Communications Inc. can't use its First Amendment freedom as a cable provider to escape a claim that it refused a carriage deal with an African-American-owned production firm due to racial bias.

  • November 19, 2018

    Motel Urges Court To Keep Sprint Junk Fax Suit Alive

    A motel business hit back at an attempt by Sprint Solutions Inc. to put an end to its proposed class action, arguing in Connecticut federal court on Friday that the telecommunications company failed to prove that it had permission to repeatedly fax unsolicited ads to the lodging without an opt-out notice.

  • November 19, 2018

    Hausfeld Atty Vies For Lead Counsel Spot In Ad Price-Fix MDL

    A Hausfeld LLP attorney has been floated as potential lead counsel to represent companies accusing the TV industry of fixing ad prices, as an Illinois federal court fields several motions for leadership roles in the recently centralized multidistrict litigation.

  • November 19, 2018

    Judge Looks To Own Prior Ruling In Cox Music Piracy Battle

    A Virginia federal judge issued a written opinion Monday explaining his decision last month to not transfer a copyright case filed by the major record labels against Cox Communications LLC, saying his own rulings in an earlier case against Cox would be relevant to the impending piracy battle.

  • November 19, 2018

    FTC Calls For Data Breach Law To 'Clarify' Its Authority

    The Federal Trade Commission has called on Congress to "clarify" its authority to regulate data breaches, while responding to the White House's request for advice on how the administration should handle consumer privacy.

  • November 19, 2018

    Funding Ban Doesn't Apply To FCC Subsidies, Huawei Says

    Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. told the Federal Communications Commission in a Friday comment that a section of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act does not apply to companies receiving FCC subsidies, and therefore it should still be able to get money from the program.

  • November 19, 2018

    Net Neutrality Deregulation Misanalyzed Internet, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Communications Commission botched the U.S. Supreme Court's analysis of the makeup of broadband services when it voted to overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules last year, challengers of the deregulation told the D.C. Circuit in a Friday brief.

  • November 19, 2018

    Let Cable Companies Deliver Telehealth, FCC Told

    The American Cable Association told the Federal Communications Commission in a lobbying filing posted Monday that private cable companies should be the ones to offer the connectivity needed to power telehealth services through a new pilot program.

Expert Analysis

  • High Court Junk Fax Case Is Not Just About Junk Faxes

    David Gettings

    Depending on the U.S. Supreme Court’s eventual decision in PDR Network v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic — a case involving junk faxes under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act — the outcome could have a profound impact on TCPA litigation nationwide, say David Gettings and Alan Wingfield of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • A Look At Tax Code Section 199's Last Stand

    Kevin Spencer

    The IRS has increased scrutiny for Internal Revenue Code Section 199 deductions taken against profits from film, computer software, electricity, natural gas, potable water, tangible personal property and certain sound recordings. Though 199 was repealed by tax reform, battles over this contentious deduction are sure to continue for some time, say attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.