Telecommunications

  • December 15, 2017

    MVP: Paul Weiss' Jay Cohen

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's Jay Cohen spent the last year steering key court cases that shaped the landscape of the broadcast and cable industries, landing him a spot as one of Law360's 2017 Telecommunications MVPs.

  • December 15, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Cravath, Shearman

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Disney shelled out $52.4 billion for 21st Century Fox’s film and television studios, Unibail snapped up Westfield for $15.7 billion, and Corning bought most of 3M’s communication markets business for $900 million.

  • December 15, 2017

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen more than 100 individuals sue Ingenious Media Holdings Ltd. amid disputes over the tax treatment of its film investments; Zinc Hotels lodge another challenge against BayernLB, this time adding Hilton Worldwide; and security firm G4S bring a claim over its pension scheme.​ Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 14, 2017

    Disney's Fox Deal To Get Scrutiny, But Will Likely Clear

    After weeks of speculation, Disney announced a $52.4 billion deal with 21st Century Fox on Thursday that will see it acquire Fox's production studios and several other assets, and while the move is likely to receive some scrutiny because of its size and complexity, it should earn clearance from the DOJ without serious changes.

  • December 14, 2017

    NY, Mass., Wash. To Sue Over Net Neutrality Rollback

    Attorneys general in Massachusetts, New York and Washington state on Thursday announced their intentions to sue the Federal Communications Commission after it moved to undo regulations that protected net neutrality.

  • December 14, 2017

    Broker, Cable Vendor Downsize IPOs Just Before Pricing

    Two companies — commercial real estate broker Newmark Group Inc. and cable vendor Casa Systems Inc. — significantly downsized their expected initial public offerings on Thursday, shortly before their scheduled pricing.

  • 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 Triggers, 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but great people. All that said, and stating my biases up front, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model, and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Voice In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three jury system improvements that will give jurors an active voice and role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • 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.