Telecommunications

  • December 14, 2017

    Net Neutrality Reversal Draws Intense Criticism, And Praise

    When the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday afternoon to undo Obama-era regulations that guaranteed equal treatment to all online content, it incited a firestorm of criticism from consumer advocates but triggered profuse praise from industry-aligned groups.

  • December 14, 2017

    Startups Need Education On CFIUS Concerns, House Panel Told

    The government must work to educate tech startups on potential national security and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States oversight issues raised by early stage investments from foreign companies, a former high-ranking Treasury Department official now with WilmerHale told the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday.

  • December 14, 2017

    FCC Kickstarts Review Of National TV Audience Cap

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday teed up a further review of its media ownership regulations, voting to move forward with a comment process taking aim at its nationwide television audience cap.

  • December 14, 2017

    FCC Overturns Net Neutrality Rules

    As anticipated, the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules mandating that internet service providers treat all online content equally, handing industry groups a win and offering ISPs leeway to try out “fast” and “slow” lanes for web traffic.

  • December 14, 2017

    Disney Buys 21st Century Fox Assets In $52.4B Blockbuster

    Disney and 21st Century Fox have come to terms on a $52.4 billion agreement that will see Disney pick up 21st Century Fox’s film and television studios, along with cable and international TV assets, according to a Thursday statement.

  • December 13, 2017

    Arbitrator Should Hear T-Mobile IP Row, 4th Circ. Says

    A Fourth Circuit panel decided Wednesday to uphold a lower court’s ruling on allegations of trademark infringement against T-Mobile US Inc., dismissing Simply Wireless Inc.’s complaint after finding that it signed an agreement to allow an arbitrator to resolve all arbitrability disputes.

  • December 13, 2017

    Blumenthal Asks DOJ To Reopen Comcast-NBCU Review

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Wednesday urged the U.S. Department of Justice to consider extending soon-to-expire conditions on Comcast's purchase of NBCUniversal, citing the antitrust enforcer's recent challenge to AT&T's bid for Time Warner and the impending demise of net neutrality rules.

  • December 13, 2017

    High Court Should Take On Net Neutrality, Watchdog Says

    The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Wednesday that it had thrown its support behind a request for the U.S. Supreme Court to undo a D.C. Circuit decision that approved the classification of internet service as a Title II public utility and greenlighted the net neutrality rules currently in effect.

  • December 13, 2017

    Smaller Carriers Chafe At FCC Coverage Data Requirement

    A trade group representing smaller wireless carriers asked the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to revise its “simply incorrect” projection that data collection to determine eligibility for Mobility Fund subsidization of rural telecom infrastructure would not burden carriers.

  • December 13, 2017

    House Republicans Cheer FCC Plan To Kill Net Neutrality

    House Republicans on Wednesday backed the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to strike down net neutrality rules issued under the Obama administration that prevent internet service providers from throttling content delivery speeds for individual sources, saying the rules subject ISPs to outdated regulations written for the landline telephone era.

  • December 13, 2017

    T-Mobile Urges Supreme Court To Reject Prism IP Appeal

    Prism Technologies LLC shouldn’t be granted U.S. Supreme Court review of a Federal Circuit decision invalidating its patents and rejecting its $100 million infringement lawsuit against T-Mobile because a lower court judge never made a reviewable finding of fact, the wireless company says.

  • December 13, 2017

    What To Expect After The Impending Net Neutrality Rollback

    The Federal Communications Commission is poised to roll back its Obama-era net neutrality protections on Thursday, allowing internet service providers room to experiment with different access packages for customers but possibly gaining more control over what people see. Here, experts weigh in on what might come after the FCC's impending vote.

  • December 13, 2017

    9th Circ. Affirms Samsung Win In Patent Antitrust Suit

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed a decision to toss a patent-holding company’s antitrust suit accusing Samsung of conspiring with others to avoid licensing its smartphone patent, rejecting the patent holder’s arguments it had been unlawfully denied royalties.

  • December 12, 2017

    Facebook Rips Uniloc's Message-To-Call System At PTAB

    Facebook Inc. and WhatsApp Inc. told the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday that a patent for a system to initiate a conference call through an instant messaging app owned by serial patent litigator Uniloc USA Inc. failed to advance a previous invention.

  • December 12, 2017

    Verizon Legally Fired Worker With Bad Heart, Judge Says

    Verizon did not illegally fire a worker with a heart condition because of his disability, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Monday, saying that the company had a legitimate reason for terminating him after he attempted to conceal his condition during required medical examinations.

  • December 12, 2017

    Ex-Trump Adviser Wants To Weigh In On AT&T Merger Row

    Former Trump administration campaign volunteer Carter Page asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday if he could weigh in on the government’s challenge of AT&T’s proposed Time Warner deal, saying that he can provide unique insight into how media conglomerates wield their power.

  • December 12, 2017

    AT&T Customers Must Arbitrate Data Usage Suit: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday refused to let a proposed class of AT&T wireless customers out of arbitration on their claims the company lied about its unlimited mobile data plan, finding that the Federal Arbitration Act doesn’t violate their constitutional right to have their case heard in court.

  • December 12, 2017

    Clyburn Offers 'Edits' To Net Neutrality Rollback Plan

    FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on Tuesday circulated a tongue-in-cheek edit of the draft order on net neutrality that the agency is set to vote on Thursday, crossing out most of its words to transform it into a plan to preserve the current set of rules.

  • December 12, 2017

    DC, DHS Police To Step Up Security For Net Neutrality Vote

    The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau and federal police officers have agreed to monitor the Federal Communications Commission building on Wednesday and Thursday in light of the agency’s upcoming vote on net neutrality, after receiving a request for increased security by the nonprofit organization Free Our Internet.

  • December 12, 2017

    $6M Nokia Real Estate Row Must Be Arbitrated, Court Hears

    Nokia asked a Texas federal court Monday to toss a U.S. commercial real estate services firm's $6 million suit accusing the Finnish consumer electronics company of breaching an exclusive service agreement, saying the dispute must be arbitrated in London.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • New Obstacles For VPPA Plaintiffs At 9th Circ.

    Joshua Jessen

    Although the lure of hefty statutory damages under the Video Privacy Protection Act means that VPPA litigation will almost certainly continue, the Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Eichenberger v. ESPN is another setback for plaintiffs attempting to map this pre-internet law onto modern platforms that serve video content, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.