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Telecommunications

  • October 11, 2018

    Trump Signs Music Modernization Act Into Law

    President Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law the Music Modernization Act, copyright legislation that will make major changes to how streaming music services such as Spotify and Pandora pay royalties.

  • October 10, 2018

    Federal Privacy Law Shouldn't Lower The Bar, Senators Told

    Consumer advocates hit back at calls from tech giants such as Google and Apple asking for federal lawmakers to enact a uniform national privacy law that wipes out more stringent state rules, telling a seemingly receptive Senate committee on Wednesday that recent legislative efforts in the European Union and California should be viewed as models and not disregarded.

  • October 10, 2018

    Trump Crackdown May Cool Tech Deals, Sophos GC Says

    Security software company Sophos Group PLC’s general counsel on Wednesday warned attorneys at DLA Piper’s technology conference in Silicon Valley of the impacts of new Trump-era rules governing international tech transactions, saying completing those deals may take longer, be more costly and might not happen.

  • October 10, 2018

    Alcatel Again Escapes NJ Suit Over $1.2B Pension Transfer

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday tossed a lawsuit against Alcatel-Lucent from two unions and four onetime company employees over its combined transfer of roughly $1.2 billion and thousands of members between pension plans, finding that the plaintiffs lacked standing and did not state viable claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • October 10, 2018

    Lions Gate To Settle Starz Investor Suit For $92.5M

    Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. will pay $92.5 million to former shareholders of Starz Entertainment LLC in a proposed settlement filed late Tuesday that would end a Delaware Chancery Court class action over its $4.4 billion acquisition of Starz in 2016.

  • October 10, 2018

    FCC'S O'Rielly Pushes 'Kid Vid' Revamp To Help Broadcasters

    FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has proposed new children's programming requirements in response to a changing media landscape and marketplace, as more kids are going to platforms other than television for their programming, he said at the 2018 Kentucky Broadcasters Association Conference.

  • October 10, 2018

    Record Cos. Rip Cox's 'Ploy' To Move Music Piracy Fight

    The major record labels sharply criticized Cox Communications on Tuesday for pushing to change the venue of their impending showdown over illegal downloading, calling it “a ploy” to avoid bad precedent.

  • October 10, 2018

    Treasury Rolls Out New Rules Widening CFIUS Authority

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury has rolled out a set of new temporary regulations expanding the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, in an effort to ramp up protections for critical American technologies.

  • October 10, 2018

    Let Phone Cos. Do More To Block Robocalls, AGs Tell FCC

    New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and 34 other state attorneys general have urged the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules that will authorize telephone service providers to block illegal robocalls made to consumers across the country.

  • October 10, 2018

    Man Who Sold Bank Info To Russian Trolls To Serve 6 Mos.

    A California man who pled guilty to selling stolen bank account information later used by Russian online trolls to arrange payments related to an alleged influence campaign intended to tip the 2016 election toward President Donald Trump was sentenced in D.C. federal court Wednesday to six months in prison.

  • October 9, 2018

    Class Action Says DirecTV Partner Regularly Docks Wages

    DirecTV’s largest installation partner, MasTec Inc., was hit with a class action on Tuesday claiming the Florida-based service provider docks employee wages when customers complain about technical glitches to DirecTV.

  • October 9, 2018

    Google Appeals €4.3B EU Fine In Android Antitrust Case

    Google Inc. said Tuesday that it has appealed a record €4.34 billion ($5.04 billion) fine the European Union’s antitrust enforcer doled out in July for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system, just before its mid-October compliance deadline.

  • October 9, 2018

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Lobbyists at the Federal Communications Commission stepped up their arguments last month for why the agency should approve the proposed Sprint-T-Mobile merger and doubled down on backing changes to local small-cell siting rules and the Citizens Broadband Radio Service framework.

  • October 9, 2018

    Mexico Looks To Nix Telco Owners' $500M NAFTA Claim

    Mexico has urged an international tribunal to toss a $500 million North American Free Trade Agreement arbitration claim from a telecommunications company's investors who say the country destroyed their business in favor of Mexico's dominant telecom, arguing the claims are based on a "wholly illogical and improbable idea."

  • October 9, 2018

    Congress Told Satellite Retransmission Act Should Expire

    The National Association of Broadcasters has urged Congress not to renew legislation that allows satellite companies to transmit out-of-market TV stations into a local market, saying the legislation unfairly benefits the companies and hurts consumers by denying them important local news and charging them higher prices.

  • October 9, 2018

    FCC Moves To Bolster Small AM Radio Stations

    The Federal Communications Commission has floated several ways to boost access to the airwaves for small AM radio stations, especially at night, while also preventing these smaller stations from interfering with some of the most powerful stations on the AM band.

  • October 9, 2018

    Infrastructure Group Calls On FCC To Harmonize Tower Regs

    The Wireless Infrastructure Association has told the Federal Communications Commission that it should harmonize competing rules that apply to expanding already installed wireless facilities as a way to speed up 5G deployment.

  • October 9, 2018

    Apple Opposes Qualcomm's Dismissal Bid In Patent Fight

    Apple asked a California federal court to deny Qualcomm’s bid to dismiss portions of a sweeping patent case, saying the chipmaker's promise not to sue over nine patents does not address other claims at issue in the dispute.

  • October 9, 2018

    Network Capacity Buyers Shut Out Of EU Merger Row

    The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that the European Commission made no legally binding decisions, and thus created no appeals rights, when dealing with telecommunications companies that tried to pick up network capacity that Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG was forced to shell out as part of a merger deal.

  • October 9, 2018

    Trump Says China 'Not Ready' To Strike Tariff Truce

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has rebuffed China’s efforts to hold negotiations aimed at ending the two governments’ escalating tariff battle, declaring that Beijing is “not ready” to make necessary concessions to the U.S. government.

Expert Analysis

  • Tech, Media, Telecom Investor-State Arbitration Is On The Rise

    Florencia Villaggi

    Disputes between foreign investors from the technology, media and telecommunications sector and host states are a substantial feature of the investor-state claims landscape. The recent growth of investor-state arbitrations in this sector could be explained by several factors, says Florencia Villaggi of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • New Rule Expands FCC Jurisdiction Related To Foreign Media

    Brian Weimer

    The Federal Communications Commission's new rule, requiring foreign media outlets to disclose their relationships with foreign principals, signals more scrutiny on media influenced by foreign actors and gives the FCC some authority to review foreign ties, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • The Trump Admin. Approach To Data Privacy, And Next Steps

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration released an ambitious proposal to modernize consumer privacy policy. But there are questions as to how it plans to achieve these laudable goals, say Alan Raul and Christopher Fonzone of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Chatting With Ex-USPTO Chief About Patent News, IP Strategy

    Eli Mazour

    During a recent interview with Eli Mazour of Harrity & Harrity LLP, David Kappos discussed his time as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as head of intellectual property at IBM, reacted to patent-related developments, and provided wide-ranging advice to those in and outside of the IP field.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Opinion

    To Help Keep The Tech Bull Running, FCC Must Forbear

    Jonathan Spalter

    When the Telecommunications Act was passed in 1996, texting, social media and other nonvoice forms of communication were still far off on the horizon. That is why the Federal Communications Commission should forbear from enforcing outdated rules in order to modernize innovation policy, says Jonathan Spalter, CEO of USTelecom.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.