• March 22, 2018

    AT&T, Time Warner Say DOJ Lacks 'Crystal Ball' In Opening

    The U.S. Department of Justice urged a D.C. federal judge in opening arguments Thursday to focus on the facts of AT&T's incentives to leverage Time Warner's content post-merger, while the companies argued it's the government's job to ensure no "crystal ball" is needed to see the tie-up's impacts.

  • March 22, 2018

    Telecom Groups Praise Broadband Funding In Budget Deal

    Telecom industry groups were quick to praise the massive spending and policy package that the House and Senate agreed upon this week, lauding sections that reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission, boost infrastructure rollout and offer repack transition funds to broadcasters.

  • March 22, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Carolina Panthers, Xplornet, Denizbank

    The Carolina Panthers’ price has reportedly reached a record $2.5 billion, Canada’s Xplornet Communications Inc. tapped UBS and Bank of Montreal to help it explore a sale, and Emirates NBD’s deal to snap up Denizbank could come in the next few weeks.

  • March 22, 2018

    GOP Leader Praises Pai On Net Neutrality Repeal

    House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden on Thursday praised Ajit Pai for leading the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules in the face of public backlash.

  • March 22, 2018

    Congress Averts Shutdown With $1.3T Spending Package

    Congress has now approved a bill that would fund the government through September to the tune of $1.3 trillion, with the Senate voting 65-32 early Friday to send legislation that would avoid a government shutdown to President Donald Trump.

  • March 22, 2018

    UK Lawmakers Say Fox Deal Could Curb Sky’s Independence

    Four U.K. lawmakers want the Competition and Markets Authority to block 21st Century Fox’s $14.4 billion bid to boost its ownership stake in Sky PLC from 39 percent to 100 percent, telling the regulator in a letter Thursday that there are concerns regarding Sky News’ independence if Fox takes over.

  • March 22, 2018

    Infrastructure Order Divides But Passes At FCC Meeting

    The Federal Communications Commission’s Republican majority voted Thursday to approve new rules exempting small cell fixtures from certain environmental and historic reviews, over objections by the agency’s two Democrats that the move “runs roughshod” over tribes and natural areas.

  • March 22, 2018

    Lawmakers Ask Zuckerberg To Testify About Data Misuse

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one step closer to testifying before Congress, after a House committee Thursday asked him to answer lingering questions about how his firm allowed a data research company with ties to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to harvest personal information on some 50 million Americans.

  • March 21, 2018

    IHeartMedia Legacy Noteholders Sue Over Ch. 11 Debt Plan

    A group of debtholders have hit iHeart Media Inc. with an adversary proceeding in the media giant’s bankruptcy case, alleging the company has orchestrated a secret, “fraudulent and otherwise wrongful” scheme to shortchange them in its proposed restructuring plan.

  • March 21, 2018

    Congressional Leaders Agree To $1.3T Long-Term Funding Bill

    House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement Wednesday on federal spending for the next six months, kicking off a race to keep the government open ahead of a Friday funding deadline.

  • March 21, 2018

    EU Data Authority Pushes For Tighter 'Fake News' Regulation

    The European data protection supervisor on Wednesday called for privacy regulators to work more closely with election and media authorities to clamp down on the spread of "fake news," saying that the standard approach of fighting online data manipulation with increased transparency wasn't enough.

  • March 21, 2018

    Study FCC 5G Infrastructure Plan's Tribal Impact: Commish

    Thursday's anticipated FCC vote to streamline 5G infrastructure deployment should be delayed until the agency can further assess how the proposal might hurt tribal lands and the environment, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said Wednesday afternoon.

  • March 21, 2018

    GAO Rejects Challenge To AT&T's $2.6B NSA IT Services Deal

    The National Security Agency sufficiently justified its decision to pick AT&T Corp. for a $2.55 billion information technology services contract over rival Enterprise Services LLC’s significantly cheaper bid, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in decision made public Tuesday, denying ES’ protest.

  • March 21, 2018

    Sens. OK Bill Altering Websites' Liability For User Posts

    The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill changing websites’ liability shield for content that users post, allowing for law enforcement to go after sites that allegedly serve as platforms for sex trafficking and prostitution.

  • March 21, 2018

    Mobile Carriers Press For FCC Review Of Verizon Deal

    A mobile carrier trade group has bolstered its request that the FCC reverse a $3.1 billion deal that let Verizon acquire valuable 5G-primed spectrum, saying in a Tuesday filing the agency didn’t properly evaluate whether spectrum aggregator Straight Path Communications’ holdings should have been auctioned instead of sold.

  • March 21, 2018

    Charter Faces Fine, Possible NYC Ban Over Merger Breach

    New York state intends to fine Charter Communications Inc. $1 million and investigate whether to revoke the cable giant’s permission to do business in New York City for failing to fulfill promises to expand broadband service and pay full licensing fees.

  • March 21, 2018

    Pai Says Net Neutrality Repeal Will Expand Internet Access

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai trumpeted the FCC’s controversial decision to repeal Obama-era regulations on internet service providers known as net neutrality in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, saying the new looser regulatory regime will spur investment in broadband deployment.

  • March 21, 2018

    FCC's O'Rielly Slams 911 Fee Diversion By RI, Other States

    FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly blasted 911 fee “diversion” in a speech in Rhode Island this week, noting that the state shifts more than half the money collected for emergency call networks into its general funds, making it second only to New Jersey in terms of overall amount and percentage diverted.

  • March 21, 2018

    Telenor Sells European Mobile Assets In €2.8B Deal

    Telenor Group will sell assets in Eastern and Central Europe to investment fund PPF Group NV in a €2.8 billion ($3.4 billion) deal, the Norwegian telecom giant said in a statement Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2018

    Trump Dodges Watchdog's Suit Over Record-Keeping

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday tossed a watchdog group's lawsuit claiming President Donald Trump and his staff are failing to preserve statutorily mandated records through their use of messaging apps and social media, finding that the president is allowed to use his discretion in preserving records.

Expert Analysis

  • Congressional Review Act Cannot Restore Net Neutrality

    Bennett Ross

    Proposals to use the Congressional Review Act to “undo” the Restoring Internet Freedom Order would not accomplish the objectives its proponents claim they want to achieve. In fact, it would only deprive consumers of a right to receive vital information about their broadband services, says Bennett Ross of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have been using this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • TCPA Insurance Claim Issues Continue To Evolve

    Cort Malone

    Because Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims inherently exist at the nexus between multiple lines of coverage, the landscape of TCPA insurance coverage law is complex. Recent questions include whether TCPA claims inherently arise from invasions of privacy and whether damages awarded are remedial or punitive, say Cort Malone and Nicholas Maxwell of Anderson Kill PC.

  • How To Interpret A Contract? Ask Those Who’d Sign It

    Omri Ben-Shahar

    Surveys are an accepted method of evaluating consumer perceptions in a wide range of cases. However, when it comes to contracts, it is often the judge or jury who must interpret the text. We suggest surveying consumers to determine which meaning of a disputed term is embraced by a clear majority, say professors at the University of Chicago and consultants at Analysis Group.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • A Closer Look At Long-Awaited DC Circ. Robocall Ruling

    Marc Martin

    While the D.C. Circuit's decision in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission didn't define "autodialer," it clarified what it's not. How the FCC may further clarify the definition remains to be seen, but the ruling should provide guidance on Telephone Consumer Protection Act compliance, say attorneys with Perkins Coie.

  • Why CFIUS Intervened In Broadcom’s Bid For Qualcomm

    Drew Svor

    It's unusual for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. to delay the election of a public company’s board of directors because they may approve a future transaction. But it's not surprising that CFIUS acted to protect critical U.S. network infrastructure from a foreign buyer, say attorneys with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How To Negotiate Wireless Infrastructure Agreements

    Walt Sapronov

    When negotiating shared wireless infrastructure contracts in large venues, sponsors should pay close attention to technology specifications, upgrades and interference protection, say Walt Sapronov and Kenneth Klatt of Sapronov and Associates PC.