Telecommunications

  • May 16, 2018

    Quinn Atty's Query In $1B Apple Trial 'Improper,' Judge Says

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh threatened Wednesday to admonish Samsung's counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in front of a jury deciding how much Samsung owes for infringing Apple smartphone patents, calling a line of questioning posed to an Apple witness “very improper" and "intentionally done.”

  • May 16, 2018

    Verizon, Sprint Can’t Duck Local Carrier Fees In MDL

    Verizon and Sprint can't avoid paying local access charges even for wireless users making local calls, a Texas federal judge has ruled, granting a win on counterclaims lobbed by hundreds of local exchange carriers against the multidistrict litigation the telecom giants launched with allegations of overbilling.

  • May 16, 2018

    AT&T Customers Can’t Accelerate NSA Docs Hearing

    A California federal judge summarily refused Wednesday to accelerate a hearing considering access to classified materials sought by AT&T customers pursuing a putative class action over records collected by the National Security Agency.

  • May 16, 2018

    Senate Passes Measure To Keep Net Neutrality

    Senate Democrats narrowly succeeded Wednesday in passing a resolution to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality deregulation rule, setting the stage for a tougher showdown in the House.

  • May 16, 2018

    Republican Sens. Propose FCC Merger Review 'Shot Clock'

    Utah Sen. Mike Lee and two other Republican senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would institute a 180-day "shot clock" on merger reviews by the Federal Communications Commission and require the Federal Trade Commission to litigate merger challenges in federal court.

  • May 15, 2018

    Comcast Beats Pa. Cable Installers’ Antitrust Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has tossed a suit against Comcast by two cable installers who alleged the cable giant violated antitrust law by awarding contracts to their competitors and trimming its subcontractor count, saying that an injury only to the installers isn’t an injury to the market.

  • May 15, 2018

    IBM Urges Congress Not To Adopt GDPR-Style Privacy Law

    More than 100 IBM executives have a clear message for Congress on data privacy as they meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week: The U.S. should not pass its own version of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation.

  • May 15, 2018

    Net Neutrality Bill Could Hasten Other Reforms, Orgs Say

    Congress must pass net neutrality “compromise” legislation so lawmakers and regulators can move on to more pressing issues of online privacy and misinformation, said advocates of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality deregulation on Tuesday.

  • May 15, 2018

    AT&T, Time Warner Fight Alternative Merger Fix

    AT&T and Time Warner asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday to reject a cable company and trade group’s call for a stricter arbitration process than the companies have committed to, saying it’s not their place to fill gaps left in the government’s challenge to their proposed $85 billion merger.

  • May 15, 2018

    Union Files NLRB Charges Over AT&T's Tax Savings Silence

    The Communications Workers of America union has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging AT&T and TV station operator Nexstar Media Group violated federal labor law by refusing requests to explain how they’re using their windfalls from last year’s tax overhaul.

  • May 15, 2018

    FCC Rethinking Autodialer Definition After Court Loss

    The Federal Communications Commission is looking for suggestions as it comes up with a new definition for autodialers that will be banned from making robocalls, after the agency’s previous definition was thrown out by the D.C. Circuit as being too broad.

  • May 15, 2018

    Repeat Stock Crook Gets 18 Years For $15M Telecom Fraud

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced recidivist stock fraudster Edward Durante to 18 years in prison Tuesday for a telecom scam that fleeced 100 investors out of $15 million, asking Durante to consider using his talents for better pursuits when he leaves federal custody.

  • May 14, 2018

    AT&T Biased Against Pregnant Sales Staff, Ex-Workers Say

    Two former employees of AT&T's mobile phone subsidiary have accused it of discriminating against pregnant retail store employees by having a companywide policy that penalizes them for absences or lateness related to pregnancy or childbirth, according to court papers filed Monday.

  • May 14, 2018

    Senate Set To Vote On Nixing Net Neutrality Rollback

    A long-awaited Senate vote that could set in motion the nullification of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality deregulation is scheduled for Wednesday, Senate Democrats said Monday.

  • May 14, 2018

    Apple, Samsung Select Jury In Silicon Valley IP Damages Trial

    Attorneys for Apple and Samsung traded juror challenges on Monday at the start of a high-profile California federal trial to determine how much Samsung owes for infringing five of Apple's design and utility patents, winnowing 74 candidates down to a final panel of eight.

  • May 14, 2018

    High Court Upholds Wiretap Order, Dealers' Convictions

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the conviction of two men accused of distributing cocaine and marijuana despite law enforcement's use of a wiretap outside the bounds of the court that issued it, ruling that because the evidence was not admitted at trial and the wiretaps were otherwise sound, the surveillance orders did no harm.

  • May 14, 2018

    Consumer Atty Can’t Redo $1.3M Fee Split In Collecto MDL

    A Connecticut attorney is not entitled to more than the $70,000 his peers allotted him for his relatively small role in a settlement with alleged robocaller Collecto Inc. that yielded $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees, a federal judge decided on Monday.

  • May 14, 2018

    New FTC Commish Wants Tighter Grip On Repeat Offenders

    Freshly sworn-in Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra called Monday for his agency to pursue more forceful penalties against companies that flout the type of consent orders signed by corporate giants such as Google, Facebook and Uber, including holding accountable individual executives at "recidivist" companies.

  • May 14, 2018

    FCC’s Pai OKs Call Authentication Plan To Beat Robocalls

    Phone call authentication to combat “spoofed” robocalls assuming a fake number is one step closer after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday accepted recommendations from a federal advisory committee for selecting a “governance authority” to implement the authentication framework.

  • May 14, 2018

    Senators Want Details About AT&T's Cohen Dealings

    The relationship of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, with telecommunications giant AT&T has drawn a congressional microscope as a trio of Senate Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, pushed the company Monday to explain a contract they said raises questions of “a pay-for-play operation.”

Expert Analysis

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • NASCAR Drone Countermeasures May Be Illegal

    Joshua Turner

    Law enforcement officials and private entities should view NASCAR's endorsement of DroneGun radio jammers skeptically and investigate the legality of drone countermeasures before deploying them. Otherwise, they may find themselves trying to outrun a visit from federal authorities, say Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • DC Circ. Puts Union Blocking Charges On Chopping Block

    Kevin Brown

    The D.C. Circuit's recent decision in T-Mobile v. National Labor Relations Board reminds employers there is no selective negotiation during union status challenges, likely incentivizing them to withdraw recognition, and suggesting changes to the board’s blocking charge policy, say Kevin Brown and Hollis Peterson of Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Calif. Case Shows Propriety Of Telecom CEQA Exemptions

    Michael Shonafelt

    A California appellate court's recent decision in Aptos v. Santa Cruz clarifies that "small cell" telecommunications networks in public streets and highways are exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review. This case comes at a time when the telecom industry and local governments both need certainty on the applicability of CEQA exemptions, says Michael Shonafelt of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.