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Telecommunications

  • January 17, 2019

    South Africa Absolves Cable Maker Of Price-Fixing Claims

    South Africa's antitrust tribunal has cleared Tulisa Cables of allegations the company was part of a cartel that conspired to fix the price of electric cables, nearly nine years after the investigation was launched.

  • January 17, 2019

    4 Cos. Exit Charleston's 911 Fee Suit Against AT&T, Others

    A South Carolina federal judge has let four telecom companies out of a suit brought by Charleston County against AT&T and more than a dozen other phone service providers alleging that the companies undercharged business customers for 911 fees.

  • January 16, 2019

    Telecom Industry Wrestles With Best Rural Funding Plans

    As the telecom industry considers better ways to fund rural broadband in 2019, serious questions are being raised about how great the demand for high-speed service is in rural areas and whether the FCC is placing the right emphasis on deployment in those markets.

  • January 16, 2019

    FCC Dropping Ball On Consumer Data Protection, Group Says

    The Federal Communications Commission has failed to enforce data protection laws, leading to "increasing recklessness" in the way companies safeguard consumer information, an internet advocacy group said Wednesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    FCC Conditions On Charter Merger Were Illegal, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Communications Commission overstepped its bounds by placing conditions on Charter’s merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks that were unrelated to the transaction, a libertarian think tank has told the D.C. Circuit.

  • January 16, 2019

    LBI Media’s Ch. 11 Disclosures Get Nod In Delaware

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge gave his nod to the Chapter 11 plan disclosure statement of bankrupt LBI Media Inc. after objections from junior noteholders pressing for further details were worked out prior to the hearing.

  • January 16, 2019

    High Court Urged To End Appeals Of AIA Time-Bar Rulings

    The parent company of Yellowpages.com has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn two en banc Federal Circuit decisions allowing appeals of rulings that inter partes review petitions were filed on time, saying the appeals court is “running roughshod” over the America Invents Act.

  • January 16, 2019

    DC Circ. Urged Not To Halt Net Neutrality Args Over Shutdown

    The Federal Communications Commission should not win a pause in the upcoming net neutrality oral arguments, trade group Incompas told the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday, saying the court allowed oral arguments to proceed during the last funding lapse and that the issue of proper web regulation must be resolved speedily.

  • January 16, 2019

    FCC Final Say On Ad Rules Cripples Businesses, Justices Told

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, six states and a handful of government associations warned the U.S. Supreme Court that letting the Federal Communications Commission have the final word on the interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act strips companies of a key defense amid the unrelenting stream of TCPA class actions.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pa. Dem To Head Key House Communications Subcommittee

    Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., has been elected chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which oversees the Federal Communications Commission and policy matters relating to spectrum use, Democrats announced Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Apple Won't Face Qualcomm's Latest Patent Suit In Germany

    Apple scored a victory Tuesday when a German regional court tossed a patent suit brought against the tech giant by Qualcomm, with the court finding that Apple did not infringe the chipmaker’s patent with the chips in iPhones.

  • January 15, 2019

    Prof Calls Qualcomm Royalties 'Naked Tax,' Invokes Microsoft

    A University of California, Berkeley economics professor testified for the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday that Qualcomm's standard-essential patent royalties serve as a competition-killing "naked tax" on its modem chips, comparing the practice to software bundling that got Microsoft in trouble with the feds 20 years ago.

  • January 15, 2019

    1st Amendment Protects NY Public Access TV, Justices Told

    The U.S. Supreme Court should stand behind a Second Circuit ruling classifying public access television networks as state actors who should be held accountable for upholding First Amendment rights, the documentarian whose firing prompted the litigation that resulted in the ruling said.

  • January 15, 2019

    Telecom Dispute Claim Too Vague To Review, Says 10th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit on Monday reversed and remanded an internet provider's claim that federal law preempts part of Santa Fe, New Mexico's telecommunications-franchise ordinance, saying it was too vague for the appellate court to review it.

  • January 15, 2019

    Ericsson Fights HTC's Bid To Delay Trial Over Patent Royalties

    Ericsson has urged a Texas federal court not to delay a trial scheduled for next month on HTC Corp.'s accusation that Ericsson overcharges for royalties on cellular and wireless standard-essential patents, arguing there's no need to wait until after an arbitrator decides if some issues should be arbitrated.

  • January 15, 2019

    India Space Unit Says Due Process Dooms $563M Award

    The marketing arm of India’s space program has doubled down on its bid to dismiss a telecommunications company’s suit seeking to confirm an award of more than $562.5 million stemming from a canceled satellite-leasing deal, contending in Washington federal court that exercising jurisdiction over the action would flout the state-owned company’s due process.

  • January 15, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Apple’s $440M Loss In VirnetX Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a $440 million Eastern District of Texas judgment that Apple Inc. infringed four VirnetX Inc. network security patents, although it put off ruling on whether to affirm Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions invalidating the patents.

  • January 15, 2019

    Tower Infrastructure Co. Nabs $300M PE Investment

    North Carolina-based telecommunications tower provider TowerCo LLC on Tuesday unveiled a partnership with Peppertree Capital Management Inc., under which the private equity firm will pour in $300 million in new capital.

  • January 15, 2019

    LBI Noteholders Say Co. Cheated Them Out Of $129M

    A group of second-lien noteholders of Spanish language broadcaster LBI Media Inc. accused the company in Delaware bankruptcy court Tuesday of costing them $129.5 million by cutting a bad restructuring deal with a first-lien noteholder.

  • January 15, 2019

    FCC Member Urges Incentive Auction For Education Spectrum

    A Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission made a case Tuesday for consolidating and auctioning off dormant spectrum licenses held by educational institutions, saying the revenue generated by a sale could fund projects to increase broadband access in students’ schools and homes.

Expert Analysis

  • Highlights From FCC's Reassigned Number Database Order

    Michael McTigue

    Last month, the Federal Communications Commission approved the establishment of a database of mobile numbers that would allow callers to determine whether numbers have been reassigned. This order represents an important first step toward reasonable Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules, say attorneys at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • NAD Referrals To FTC: How Big Is That Stick?

    John Villafranco

    An analysis of recent National Advertising Division cases suggests that its referrals to the Federal Trade Commission are on the rise. The trend raises a number of questions, say John Villafranco and Donnelly McDowell at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • NY Tax Minutes: December Review And 2019 Preview

    Timothy Noonan

    Timothy Noonan and K. Craig Reilly of Hodgson Russ LLP cover New York’s largest whistleblower settlement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s declaration of independence from Washington, D.C., and the important tax decisions that closed out 2018, with a look ahead at what’s likely to make tax headlines in 2019.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

    Elizabeth Black

    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.

  • Opinion

    A Call To Permit Judicial Substitution In MDL Proceedings

    Doug Smith

    While several proposed changes to multidistrict litigation procedures may be warranted and appropriate, consideration should be given to a modest modification of the judicial selection process, says Doug Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • Rule 36 Affirmance Can Have Preclusive Effect At PTAB Too

    Adam Fowles

    The Federal Circuit has found that Rule 36 affirmances may collaterally estop a party in district court proceedings. Last month's decision in VirnetX v. Apple further applied the use of Rule 36 affirmances to collaterally estop arguments arising from Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions, says Adam Fowles of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.