Telecommunications

  • February 24, 2017

    FCC Urged Not To Regulate Texts Under Open Internet Order

    Wireless communications trade group CTIA has doubled down on its argument that text messages don’t deserve protection under the Federal Communication Commission’s Open Internet Order, as Twilio and others have argued, because doing so would eliminate measures that protect consumers from a bombardment of unwanted texts.

  • February 24, 2017

    Sprint Ad Calls Again Breach Privacy Wishes, Consumer Says

    A Massachusetts man is accusing Sprint of violating his privacy by placing an automated advertising phone call to his cell phone despite his number being listed on the national “do not call” list, a practice the mobile phone company has already been punished for in the past, he said.

  • February 24, 2017

    FCC Chief Wants To Nix Charter Merger Overbuild Condition

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai floated a measure Thursday to cut an Obama-era merger condition placed on last year’s deal between Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications that forces the company to offer services in some already-served areas.

  • February 24, 2017

    Pa. PE Firm's Pretrial Deal With Co. Minority Owners Fails

    A potential settlement that would have released the minority owners of a network infrastructure company from a lawsuit brought by one of Pennsylvania’s largest private equity firms alleging they misrepresented the value of their asset collapsed Friday, after a federal trial had been postponed because of the pending agreement.

  • February 24, 2017

    Apple Wants Patent Case Stayed During Invalidation Appeal

    Apple Inc. urged a Texas federal court on Friday to halt a case accusing the tech giant of infringing four patents related to its iMessage and FaceTime functions while a related appeal of a series of U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidations is pending before the Federal Circuit.

  • February 24, 2017

    FCC’s Pai Moves To Halt Data Security ISP Privacy Rule

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will act with or without his fellow commissioners to hold off on making effective a data security rule in broadband provider privacy regulations passed late in the Obama administration, representatives for the chairman’s office confirmed Friday.

  • February 24, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Vinson, O'Melveny

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Tronox snaps up chemical mining and processing company Cristal for $2.2 billion, satellite communications company MDA acquires DigitalGlobe while valuing it at $2.4 billion, and Restaurant Brands International buys Popeyes in a $1.8 billion deal.

  • February 24, 2017

    DC Circ. Agrees To Hold Off On AT&T Special Access Fight

    AT&T’s challenge to a Federal Communications Commission ruling on business data services ground to a halt Thursday, as the DC Circuit agreed to hold off on hearing the case while the now-GOP controlled commission considers the future of the issue.

  • February 24, 2017

    New Zealand Regulators Block $2.4B Vodafone, Sky Deal

    Vodafone Group PLC’s plans to merge its New Zealand unit with Sky Network Television Ltd. hit a roadblock on Thursday, when New Zealand’s antitrust watchdog found that the $2.4 billion combination would reduce competition in the broadband and mobile telecommunications markets.

  • February 24, 2017

    Vinson Guides MDA In $2.4B Deal For Satellite Imagery Co.

    Satellite communications company MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. said Friday that it has agreed to acquire DigitalGlobe Inc. in a cash and stock deal valuing the earth imagery outfit at CA$3.1 billion ($2.4 billion) before debt, with guidance from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • February 23, 2017

    Viacom Slips Suit Claiming It Hid MMA Promoter's Revenue

    A Delaware federal judge on Thursday tossed a suit by a minority shareholder in a mixed martial arts promotion company accusing Viacom Inc. of using a controlling stake to withhold both revenue and financial performance data from the promoter’s shareholders, ruling Viacom didn’t control the promoter.

  • February 23, 2017

    Wash. Judge Denies Twilio Sanctions Bid In TCPA Lawsuit

    A Washington federal judge on Thursday put the kibosh on Twilio Inc.’s bid for sanctions against a consumer it claimed filed a frivolous and duplicate amended complaint accusing the software company of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, finding that the new filing had changed in relevant ways.

  • February 23, 2017

    LG, Lenovo Hit With Wi-LAN Patent Suits Over 4G Tech

    Canadian technology development and licensing company Wi-LAN Inc. filed suits against LG Electronics Inc. and Lenovo Group Ltd. in California federal court for allegedly infringing fourth-generation tech patents.

  • February 23, 2017

    FCC Approves 1st Foreign Co. Broadcast Station Ownership

    The Federal Communications Commission for the first time ever has allowed a fully foreign-owned company to take ownership of 15 U.S. radio broadcast stations, in a decision on Thursday that approved a petition to let an Australian couple take on several stations in Alaska and Texas.

  • February 23, 2017

    Public Interest Groups Urge FCC Not To Undermine Lifeline

    The NAACP, AFL-CIO and Public Knowledge are among a range of public interest organizations that on Thursday pressed the Federal Communications Commission to reverse course on stripping nine Lifeline low-income broadband providers of eligibility to provide service or risk undercutting the goal of connecting the poor.

  • February 23, 2017

    FCC Grants Small-Business Relief From Transparency Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission’s Republican majority voted Thursday to exempt broadband providers with 250,000 or fewer subscribers from stepped-up transparency rules in the 2015 Open Internet Order as the lone Democratic commissioner objected amid questions of how the GOP will deal with broader net neutrality rules.

  • February 23, 2017

    FCC Clears Use For First Set Of LTE-U Devices

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday authorized the first set of so-called LTE-U devices that may be used in the unlicensed spectrum, paving the way for mobile carriers to have additional network capacity.

  • February 23, 2017

    Ga. Appeals Court Axes AT&T Challenge To Refund Regs

    A Georgia appeals court has denied AT&T subsidiaries’ attempt to recoup taxes they charged customers on wireless services they sold between 2005 and 2010, because the companies lacked standing to recoup the allegedly erroneous taxes on behalf of customers who paid them.

  • February 23, 2017

    FCC Pushed To Ensure Stricter Political Ad Disclosure

    In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday, a group of 10 Democratic Congress members encouraged the agency to adopt even stricter disclosure rules for TV stations that run political advertisements.

  • February 23, 2017

    ZTE Gets Another Reprieve From US Sanctions

    Nearly a year after it was first rapped for allegedly violating sanctions on Iran, Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. was given another reprieve by the U.S. government Thursday as the two sides continue to work on an agreement that will settle the allegations.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Latest Twist In The Merger Objection Lawsuit Saga

    Kevin M. LaCroix

    A New York appellate court’s recent decision in Gordon v. Verizon presents a number of important suggestions on the future direction of merger objection lawsuits, and raises the question of whether New York will become an attractive forum for such cases, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Here Come The Drones — And The Legal Headaches

    Nathan Bohlander

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are being adapted for a myriad of commercial purposes, by a range of industries including entertainment, energy, farming, real estate, telecommunications, shipping and construction. But as drone usage proliferates, manufacturers and distributors must be cognizant of product liability risks, safety standards, technological developments, and changing insurance coverage requirements, says Nathan Bohlander of M... (continued)

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • California Omissions Claims: Safety Required?

    David Stein

    California has the nation’s most powerful consumer protection statutes, but in recent years, the state’s federal courts have imposed a major constraint on omission claims brought under those statutes. The good news for consumers is that recent developments suggest this constrictive view of California consumer protection law is ending, say David Stein and Amanda Karl of Girard Gibbs LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.