• March 16, 2018

    DC Circ. Delivers Relief, But Not Clarity, With TCPA Ruling

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday eased some of the exposure that companies have faced since the Federal Communications Commission expanded the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in 2015, but the resulting lack of bright lines for liability ensures that the crush of legal fights under the statute are far from over, attorneys say.

  • March 16, 2018

    Charter Faces Civil Rights Suit Over Spanish-TV Snub

    A lawsuit alleging Charter Communications Inc. violated state civil rights law by refusing to carry a number of Spanish stations including Azteca America was moved from state to California federal court Thursday in a case similar to other pending litigation in which Charter is defending broadcast selectivity on First Amendment grounds.

  • March 16, 2018

    Alleged Ponzi Promoters Can't Nix $340M SEC Suit In Mass.

    A Massachusetts federal judge denied bids by two alleged former promoters of TelexFree LLC to escape a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit on Friday, saying the government had identified specific statements both had made to members of the state’s Dominican community urging them to invest in a company authorities have called a $340 million pyramid scheme.

  • March 16, 2018

    Tribal Groups Blast FCC Plan To Ease Wireless Buildout

    Two tribal groups hinted at potential legal action in comments filed Thursday with the Federal Communications Commission that blasted its proposal to roll back environmental and historic site reviews for small wireless infrastructure deployment in the race to roll out 5G services.

  • March 16, 2018

    Vehicle Safety, 5G Futures Hinge On DOT, FCC Moves: Panel

    A leaderless Department of Transportation's indecision on the future of a vehicle safety regulation has left not only carmakers but the wireless industry and Federal Communications Commission in limbo, some on a panel hosted by New America’s Open Technology Institute suggested Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Robocall Class Fights Walmart's Bid To Escape TCPA Suit

    A proposed class of cellphone owners mistakenly robocalled by a law firm collecting unpaid shoplifting debts for Walmart asked a Florida federal judge Thursday to dismiss the retail giant's bid to toss the suit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, saying it’s responsible for the calls.

  • March 16, 2018

    Robins Kaplan Adds Ex-Kasowitz Benson IP Pro In Calif.

    Robins Kaplan LLP has hired the former managing partner of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP’s Silicon Valley office, a seasoned intellectual property attorney who represents clients in industries including high tech, pharmaceutical and telecommunications, the firm announced Thursday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Chicago Pol Says No Evidence Supporting Bribery Charges

    A Chicago alderman accused of accepting bribes asked an Illinois federal judge to dismiss some of the charges Friday, arguing that the government’s witnesses have not established the payments were bribes or extortion.

  • March 16, 2018

    4th Circ. Says Christian Network Deal Nixed 'In Good Faith'

    A Fourth Circuit panel has clipped the wings on Christian broadcasting company Sky Angel's suit over a failed distribution deal, holding that a lower court correctly decided that Discovery Communications LLC operated in “good faith” when it nixed the agreement.

  • March 16, 2018

    Brand Battles: Hulu Picks Fight With Tech Startup 'Humu'

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Hulu takes exception to the name of a tech startup founded by a former Google exec, a pet store named "Frodo" faces a "Lord of the Rings" battle, and Kobe Bryant springs into action to defend his "Black Mamba" nickname.

  • March 16, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Challenge Winds Its Way To Trial

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s challenge to AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner heads for a courtroom showdown Monday with opening arguments firing up a day or two in, following a fraught and lively lead-up that last saw the judge scolding the press corps and threatening contempt. Here, an interactive Law360 graphic details the rather peculiar path of this major telecom merger challenge.

  • March 16, 2018

    A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, chief information officer at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • March 16, 2018

    DOJ, AT&T Set To Spar Over Future Of Media Industry

    The U.S. Department of Justice will step into court Monday for its first trial challenging an almost purely vertical merger in 40 years, alleging that AT&T’s planned, $85 billion purchase of Time Warner will give AT&T too much power over rival distributors.

  • March 16, 2018

    FCC Rejects Spectrum Aggregator's License Renewal Bid

    The Federal Communications Commission has denied an "internet of things" wireless network provider a chance to renew 15 of its 16 spectrum licenses, finding that the company hadn't used most of them before they expired.

  • March 16, 2018

    DC Circ. Partly Strikes Down FCC's TCPA Expansion

    The D.C. Circuit in a long-awaited ruling Friday narrowed a 2015 Federal Communications Commission order that expanded the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, striking down the commission's definition of autodialer and strict conditions for calling reassigned numbers while upholding consumers' broad leeway to revoke consent.

  • March 15, 2018

    Telecom Seeks Court's Help To Enforce €150M London Award

    A telecommunications company that won about €150 million ($184.6 million) in a London arbitration against Orascom TMT Investments SARL to cover liabilities incurred during Italian tax audits against former OTMTI-owned companies asked for a Delaware federal court's help Wednesday in tracking down assets to enforce the award.

  • March 15, 2018

    FCC Must Undo AT&T, Verizon Spectrum Sales, Rep. Says

    In a letter Wednesday to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a California congresswoman accused the agency of unfairly giving AT&T and Verizon a leg up in the development of next-generation mobile service by approving a pair of multimillion-dollar spectrum license buyouts, calling for the commission to undo its actions. 

  • March 15, 2018

    Yelp Can't Shake TCPA Suit Over Calls, Consumer Says

    A consumer leading a proposed class action accusing Yelp Inc. of making unauthorized telemarketing calls blasted the company’s bid to exit the suit Wednesday in California federal court, saying he doesn’t have a business relationship with the company that would exempt it from liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • March 15, 2018

    Dish Again Loses Bid To Trim TCPA Class Owed $61M

    Dish Network cannot get reconsideration of its bid to trim a class of thousands of consumers in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class who are due a $61 million judgment, with a North Carolina federal judge saying Wednesday the challenge to the class members came too late.

  • March 15, 2018

    Telco Claims Witness Tampering In $500M Mexico Arbitration

    A former officer of Mexico's telecommunications regulator was bullied into not testifying in a $500 million arbitration accusing Mexico of destroying a telecommunication company's business, and now the telecom wants his testimony for use in a witness-tampering complaint, according to documents filed Wednesday in D.C. federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 9th Circ. Rescues FTC Authority Over Common Carriers

    J.G. Harrington

    The Ninth Circuit's decision last month in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility has significant implications for enforcement against telephone, wireless and internet businesses, and for the potential fate of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • Appraisal Takeaways From AOL

    Scott Barshay

    One lesson from the Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision in the AOL appraisal case is that if the deal process, deal protections and informational disparities among potential purchasers sufficiently preclude the emergence of other bidders, deal price will not warrant deference in the court’s determination of fair value, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Consolidation And Cross-Ownership: Trends In Media M&A

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Meredith Senter Jr.

    Mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. media industry have been on the rise, with television M&A returning after a hiatus due to “quiet period” restrictions. There is also significant M&A activity involving program networks, cable operators and other distributors, and the regulatory environment is encouraging, say Meredith Senter Jr. and Erin Kim of Lerman Senter PLLC.

  • TCPA Rules For VoIP Demand The Impossible From Cos.

    Eduardo Guzmán

    The Federal Communications Commission's regulatory treatment of voice over internet protocol services appears to clash with standards set by recent court decisions. Given that the use of VoIP services will only increase, the FCC should impose a more consistent and practical rule, says Eduardo R. Guzmán of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • An Economic Analysis Of Proposed AT&T-Time Warner Merger

    Scott Wallsten

    The AT&T-Time Warner merger debate is different from most large mergers only in that politics have entered the discussion in a way that has happened rarely in the past. Despite President Trump's disapproval, the proposed transaction is a textbook vertical merger and should be evaluated as such, says economist Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute.

  • State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 In Review

    State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 Year In Review

    In this review of state and local tax decisions in 2017, Charles Capouet and Jessica Allen of Eversheds Sutherland LLP share observations on taxpayers’ outcomes in corporate income tax and sales and use tax cases, and look back at significant rulings such as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Nextel.