Telecommunications

  • February 13, 2018

    Economists Ask 9th Circ. To Revive NFL Sunday Ticket Suit

    A group of 11 economists from U.S. universities told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that a California federal court misapplied economic principles when it dismissed multidistrict litigation challenging an exclusivity agreement between the NFL and DirecTV over its "NFL Sunday Ticket" package.

  • February 13, 2018

    3 Online Policy Areas That Need Some Valentine's Day Love

    As social media changes the way we look for love, news and inspiration, it’s also offering scammers and advertisers new platforms to take advantage of consumers. Here, Law360 looks at three online policy areas that could use some extra love this year.

  • February 13, 2018

    Contractors Smeared Telecom For Bucking Racism, Suit Says

    Telecommunications staffing company Loco Brands LLC hit technician contractors Butler America and Frontier Communications with a suit Tuesday in Texas federal court claiming they released Loco trade secrets and went on a smear campaign after it refused to tolerate the contractors’ alleged racist hiring practices.

  • February 13, 2018

    Congress Must Tackle Threat Bank Regs Pose To 5G Build-Out

    The global race to 5G has put pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to free up high-band spectrum for the next generation of wireless technology, but the agency says its hands are tied until Congress solves a banking issue standing in the way of future spectrum auctions.

  • February 13, 2018

    TCPA Consumers Regain Cert. After 7th Circ. Rejection

    An Illinois federal judge Monday recertified a class of consumers who claim they received unwanted calls from a telemarketing company after the Seventh Circuit rejected a previous judge’s certification, saying the class representative had met her burden of proof.

  • February 13, 2018

    Montana Robocall Ban Survives 1st Amendment Challenge

    A Montana federal judge denied a political consulting firm’s constitutional challenge to the state’s anti-campaign robocall law, saying although the legislation is a content-based regulation of speech, it serves a compelling governmental interest and is sufficiently narrowly tailored to survive strict scrutiny.

  • February 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Comcast, Apollo Global, Sok

    Comcast may look to buy assets from 21st Century Fox despite the blockbuster deal Fox previously inked with Disney, Apollo is partnering with one of the Netherlands’ largest pension funds on an attempted acquisition of Akzo Nobel’s specialty chemicals business, and four Turkish companies are expected to go public in May.

  • February 12, 2018

    Fox Offers To Firewall Sky News For $14.4B UK Acquisition

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. responded Monday to concerns raised by the United Kingdom's competition enforcer that its planned $14.4 billion takeover of Sky PLC would give the Murdoch family too much influence over British programming, denying the assertion but offering to protect the independence of Sky News.

  • February 12, 2018

    Broadband Groups Laud Trump Infrastructure Proposal

    President Donald Trump’s plan to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment rolled out on Monday included elements intended to increase investment in broadband build-out — to the delight of many in the telecommunications sector.

  • February 12, 2018

    Tech Co. Asks Full Fed. Circ. To Rule On Worker's IP Rights

    Advanced Video Technologies LLC on Friday asked for a full Federal Circuit review of a January split panel decision that axed the company’s patent claims against HTC Corp., BlackBerry Ltd. and Motorola Mobility LLC for lack of standing, saying the panel mistakenly attributed partial ownership of the patent to a former AVT employee.

  • February 12, 2018

    Lenders Pledge $100B As Broadcom Tries To Woo Qualcomm

    A group of 12 lenders that includes private equity firms and banks has agreed to commit up to $100 billion in total financing for Broadcom Ltd.’s proposed acquisition of Qualcomm Inc., even though the California chipmaker rejected a Broadcom takeover offer last week, Broadcom said Monday.

  • February 12, 2018

    Acacia Communications Says Stock Drop Was A Surprise

    Acacia Communications Inc. on Friday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to toss a proposed shareholder class action over poor second-quarter results in 2017, arguing its optimistic outlook was soured by an unexpected drop in market demand and that a contractor’s manufacture of defective products had nothing to do with the company’s stock tumble.

  • February 9, 2018

    AT&T's 'Internet Bill Of Rights' Prompts Critical Feedback

    The founder of a publicly traded communications software company has criticized AT&T Inc.’s calls for an “Internet Bill of Rights,” saying that the proposal appears disingenuous given internet service providers’ track records of blocking applications that consumers want.

  • February 9, 2018

    T-Mobile Tells 9th Circ. Wash. Justices Should Weigh Case

    T-Mobile has asked the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling that allowed an insurer to dodge coverage on a legal theory that materialized only years after T-Mobile filed its claim, with the telecom calling its case a “textbook example” of why Washington’s equitable estoppel doctrine exists and floating the possibility of certification to the state’s Supreme Court.

  • February 9, 2018

    Brazilian Gets 3 Years For TelexFree Money Laundering Role

    A Brazilian national who led federal agents to $17 million linked to TelexFree Inc.'s massive Ponzi scheme was sentenced to nearly three years by a Massachusetts federal judge for his role.

  • February 9, 2018

    Online Cos. Press Senate To Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules

    An internet trade association that counts Amazon, Google and Facebook among its members urged Congress to pass legislation overturning a Federal Communications Commission order critics say opens the door for internet service providers to create paid “fast lanes” for online content by removing so-called net neutrality rules.

  • February 9, 2018

    Broadcom Looks To Woo Qualcomm After Latest Rejection

    Broadcom Ltd. on Friday said it would welcome talks with Qualcomm Inc. after the California chipmaker rejected its $121 billion takeover offer, but the sides are still at odds over the deal’s chances for success with antitrust regulators and over the specifics of how a deal would come together.

  • February 9, 2018

    SEC Wins $14.7M In Judgments Over FCC Licensing Scheme

    An Arizona man and several companies he controls will have to pay more than $14 million in disgorgements and civil penalties after a federal judge sided with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on allegations that they participated in a fraud scheme involving applications to the Federal Communications Commission for cellular spectrum licenses.

  • February 9, 2018

    State Diversion Of 911 Fees Lands In FCC Crosshairs

    Federal Communications Commission members penned a bipartisan op-ed Friday that called for putting a stop to 911 fee diversion, after the agency opened up public comment on states' use of emergency services funds for other projects.

  • February 8, 2018

    Qualcomm Rejects Latest Broadcom Offer, But Willing To Talk

    Qualcomm Inc. said Thursday its board of directors unanimously rejected a refreshed offer from Broadcom Ltd. for a takeover valued at around $121 billion, but offered to discuss the proposal with Broadcom to see if it is willing to raise its price.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • A Closer Look At Consumer Finance Law In 2017, And Beyond

    Alan Wingfield

    In 2017, as in 2016, consumer financial services still ranked as one of the most thoroughly regulated industries in the U.S. For many companies, a year that began with definite promise instead concluded with much still contested and many threats newly ascendant, say Alan Wingfield and Amir Shachmurove of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 2

    Stephen Heifetz

    Regardless of whether new legislation is enacted, dramatic changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have arrived. In 2017, a much “stickier” CFIUS process resulted from concerns about China and a broader worry that international trade has not always benefited the United States, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • Ericsson Ruling Provides Guidance On FRAND Royalty Rates

    Fei Deng

    A California district court's recent decision in TCL v. Ericsson offers two practical approaches that can be used by implementers and standard-essential patent holders, as well as other courts, to assessing a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory royalty rate, say Fei Deng and Mario Lopez of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • A Survey Of In-House Attorney Views On Trade Secrets

    David Almeling

    In an attempt to peek behind the corporate curtain and pick the brains of those with unrivaled access to their companies’ trade secrets, we surveyed 81 in-house attorneys who work on trade secret issues. We discovered many interesting findings — and one alarming trend, say attorneys with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 1

    Stephen Heifetz

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States was the subject of more focus, change and consequence in 2017 than it had been in at least a decade. It appears that the significant CFIUS developments last year soon may be followed by formal legal changes, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • Fed. Circ. Continues To Rein In PTAB

    Garrard Beeney

    This week's decision in Wi-Fi One v. Broadcomm continues a string of Federal Circuit efforts to limit the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's ability to review and invalidate patent claims. Wi-Fi One may expand the PTAB determinations subject to appeal, and it also has other implications for the inter partes review process, say Garrard Beeney and Stephen Elliott of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • Dialing In: Hot TCPA Issues For 2018

    Lewis Weiner

    2018 will be an important year for Telephone Consumer Protection Act issues, as interested parties are still waiting for a ruling in the appeal of an omnibus declaratory order issued by the Federal Communications Commission in July 2015, and courts will continue to grapple with issues such as the definition of autodialer, standards for consent and revocation, and third-party liability, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.