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Telecommunications

  • July 19, 2018

    Carpenter Can't Save NGO Boss From FCPA Case

    A New York federal judge on Thursday rebuffed a bid by the head of a Chinese nongovernmental organization to parlay the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Carpenter ruling into the suppression of evidence in his Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case, and further refused to dismiss the criminal action in its entirety.

  • July 19, 2018

    Amdocs, Openet Settle IP Row That Saw Rare Alice Reversal

    Amdocs and Openet reached a licensing deal to end a patent infringement dispute over computer network monitoring technology that at one point saw a split Federal Circuit panel make a rare reversal of a lower court’s invalidation of the patents under Alice, the companies said Thursday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Philips Accused Of Patent ‘Holdup’ In Cell Tech Antitrust Suit

    A Swiss tech company slapped Philips with an antitrust lawsuit Thursday in California federal court, claiming the Dutch multinational reneged on its pledges to license its standard-essential cellular technology patents on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.

  • July 19, 2018

    Sex Trafficking Law Foes ‘Jumping The Line,’ Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge showed little patience Thursday for internet free speech advocates challenging a new law meant to crack down on sex trafficking that they say prevents human rights groups from educating sex workers, saying they're "jumping the line" and that a ruling in the next few weeks is impossible.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ligado's Satellite 5G Network Should Commence, FCC Hears

    The wireless industry is ratcheting up pressure for the Federal Communications Commission to approve Ligado Networks LLC’s proposed licensing changes that would enable a massive satellite broadband network supporting the rollout of 5G and "internet of things" applications.

  • July 19, 2018

    AT&T Gets 401(k) Mismanagement Claims Tossed, For Now

    A California federal judge has tossed a proposed class action alleging that AT&T Inc. wrongly saddled its $34 billion 401(k) plan with excessive costs and fees, finding the current and former employees didn’t demonstrate that they brought their claims in time.

  • July 19, 2018

    FCC To Probe If Sinclair Clouded Tribune Divestiture Deal

    The Federal Communications Commission plans to probe whether Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. obscured that it would effectively retain control of three divested stations in its acquisition of Tribune Media Co., according to a hearing designation order that was officially released Thursday afternoon.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ex-CBS Radio Worker Says WFAN Let Host Harass Her

    A former CBS Radio advertising account executive has accused the company and its new owner of cultivating a sexist work environment at New York-area sports station WFAN, letting host Joseph Benigno harass her and using a fight that broke out in the network’s suite during last year’s Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather boxing bout as an excuse to fire her.

  • July 19, 2018

    Inside The Interlocked Bid Wars Of Comcast, Disney And Fox

    Comcast has called it quits in its challenge to Disney's takeover of 21st Century Fox's film and TV assets as it pulled ahead in a separate bidding war with 21st Century Fox over British telecom giant Sky, in the latest turn in the two intertwined takeover battles.

  • July 19, 2018

    GOP Rep. Floats Bill To Codify FCC Draft Item Releases

    Illinois GOP House lawmaker Adam Kinzinger introduced legislation on Thursday that would force the Federal Communications Commission to publish draft documents on its website at least three weeks ahead of any vote, calling it a drive toward "transparency, efficiency and accountability."

  • July 19, 2018

    AT&T Retirees Say Pension Plan Shorted Them On Benefits

    An AT&T Inc. pension plan has been hit with a proposed class action in New York federal court from two former employees who alleged they were wrongfully denied retroactive early retirement benefits they accrued under an amendment to the plan.

  • July 19, 2018

    Verizon Slams 'Cramming' Claims Before the FCC

    Verizon has urged the Federal Communications Commission to dismiss a "cramming" complaint accusing the company of adding services that a commercial client never signed up for, saying that even though the document never states which charges were inaccurate, Verizon has gone ahead and issued credits to the customer.

  • July 19, 2018

    Advocates Urge FCC To Reject Prison Phone Co. Merger

    Legal reform and human rights advocates have called on the Federal Communications Commission to refuse prominent prison-phone operator Securus Technologies Inc.'s bid to buy a competitor, arguing that the company has a shaky track record and will have a monopoly over the industry.

  • July 19, 2018

    Comcast Drops Competing Fox Bid To Focus On Sky Deal

    Comcast on Thursday bowed out of a bidding war with Disney over a suite of 21st Century Fox assets, saying it would instead turn its full focus to its planned $34 billion takeover of British telecom giant Sky.

  • July 18, 2018

    Firms Vie For Facebook MDL Lead In Judge's 'Beauty Contest'

    Ten law firms fought to take the lead of multidistrict litigation Wednesday alleging Facebook negligently allowed big-data firm Cambridge Analytica to collect personal information on millions of users, during a hearing U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria called a "beauty contest."

  • July 18, 2018

    DOJ Seeks Accelerated Appeal Of AT&T-Time Warner Tie-Up

    The government on Wednesday asked the D.C. Circuit to fast-track its appeal of a district court ruling rejecting its antitrust challenge to AT&T Inc.’s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc., asking the court for an accelerated schedule that would see briefing complete by Oct. 18.

  • July 18, 2018

    3 Takeaways From EU's Latest Google Antitrust Fine

    Europe’s antitrust enforcer hit Google with another massive fine on Wednesday, this time a €4.34 billion ($5.04 billion) levy over the licensing practices for its Android mobile operating system, nearly double one issued last year for favoring its own comparison shopping site in search results. Here, Law360 takes a look at the latest fine and what it could mean for Google.

  • July 18, 2018

    DirecTV Customer Seeks Cert. Against Law Firm, Auditor

    A small-business owner and DirecTV LLC customer who allegedly faced extortion efforts from a law firm and a telecom auditing company moved for class certification Tuesday in New Jersey federal court covering nearly 250 state businesses that purportedly received shakedown letters from the defendants.

  • July 18, 2018

    Tribes Seek To Stop 'Desecration' From FCC's 5G Exemptions

    A host of tribes has urged the D.C. Circuit to halt an order from the Federal Communications Commission exempting small-cell fixtures for next-generation, or 5G, networks from certain regulatory reviews, arguing that the order would allow for the “desecration of historic sites.”

  • July 18, 2018

    Wichita Atty Charged In Cyberattacks Over Online Posts

    A Kansas personal injury lawyer known for riding a bull in his firm advertisements was charged Tuesday along with a computer engineer with threatening website operators and waging cyberattacks over negative postings about the attorney’s legal work.

Expert Analysis

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • New Privacy Laws' Unintended Impact On Bankruptcy Sales

    Walt Sapronov

    When the next downturn occurs, bankruptcies and opportunities for investors to pick up distressed assets on the cheap will follow. Where those assets include customer lists or other personal information protected by new privacy laws in the EU and California, those sales will become more difficult, say Walt Sapronov and Paul Kouroupas of Sapronov & Associates PC.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • AT&T Win May Help Partial Ownership Transactions

    Jon Dubrow

    While U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was careful to note that his opinion in the AT&T-Timer Warner merger trial was narrow, his evaluation of the evidence undercut the government's theoretical economic model in a way that may have broader applications, says John Dubrow of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.