Telecommunications

  • February 14, 2018

    Cumulus Trustee Objects To Exec Bonus Payments

    The U.S. trustee for Cumulus Media Inc. on Tuesday objected to the radio giant's request that a New York bankruptcy court allow it to make performance bonus payments to employees, including a dozen top executives, saying there is too little information about who will receive the money or how much of a stretch the performance goals are.

  • February 14, 2018

    FCC Reauthorization Bill Clears House Committee

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved an amended bill Wednesday afternoon that would reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission for the first time in two and a half decades, providing funding to help broadcasters with the post-spectrum auction reorganization and implementing other process reforms.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-Chair Laments Trump's FCC As 'AWOL' On Cybersecurity

    Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler derided the absence of his former agency in efforts to enhance U.S. cybersecurity infrastructure during a Wednesday panel at the Brookings Institution, stressing the need for active enforcement and more "agile regulation," particularly as the rollout of 5G nears.

  • February 14, 2018

    FTC Nom Vows Tough Enforcement In Lieu Of Net Neutrality

    During a hearing on Wednesday to grill President Donald Trump's picks for the Federal Trade Commission, the nominee for chairman testified that the agency will step up to be a “vigorous enforcer” in the absence of net neutrality protections, but he acknowledged that some online conduct may fall outside of the FTC’s scope.

  • February 14, 2018

    Premier League Reaps $6.3B In UK Broadcast Rights Sale

    The Premier League — the top division in the English soccer league system — on Tuesday said it has sold five out of seven live broadcast rights packages to telecommunications giants British Telecommunications PLC and Sky UK for a total of nearly £4.5 billion ($6.3 billion).

  • February 14, 2018

    Sprint Customers Decertified In Yahoo 'Welcome Text' Suit

    Consumers suing Yahoo over unsolicited “welcome texts” suffered a stinging setback on Tuesday, after an Illinois federal court decertified their class in light of new information that indicates roughly a quarter of recipients may have consented to the welcome texts after all.

  • February 13, 2018

    Veon Execs Want Out Of Stock Fraud Class Action

    Four former and current executives at Veon Ltd., a mobile phone company that has admitted to paying bribes to do business in Uzbekistan, have told a New York federal judge that they are not liable for misleading investors and that a proposed class action against them should be dismissed.

  • February 13, 2018

    Capital Markets Partner Rejoins Latham In Hong Kong

    Latham & Watkins LLP said Monday that it’s welcoming back a former partner who has worked on a variety of capital markets transactions involving Chinese firms, including a $1.4 billion initial public offering for the Shanghai-based ZTO Express Inc. that was the largest U.S. IPO of 2016.

  • February 13, 2018

    Starz, Altice Reach Carriage Agreement After Stalemate

    Starz Entertainment LLC has reached a carriage agreement with Altice USA Inc., the companies announced Tuesday, following a public spat in which Starz alleged that Altice wrongly dropped 16 channels from its New York City-area cable offerings.

  • February 13, 2018

    FCC's O'Rielly Tees Up Kid-Vid Rule Review

    Federal Communications Commission member Michael O’Rielly said Tuesday that he will be leading his sought review of the FCC’s “kid vid” programming requirements that tie minimum children’s-programming mandates into broadcast license renewals.

  • February 13, 2018

    Verizon Users Can't Sustain 'Supercookies' Suit, Court Told

    Online marketer Turn Inc. on Monday previewed its latest strategy for shaking a recently resurrected putative class action claiming it secretly tracked Verizon subscribers with "supercookies," telling a California federal court that the plaintiffs have failed to allege a concrete injury and had authorized the disputed data collection.

  • February 13, 2018

    'No Doubt' Russia Will Meddle In Midterms, Spy Chief Says

    America’s spy chief on Tuesday warned that Russia would target the 2018 midterm elections with its continuing online propaganda campaign, in a U.S. Senate hearing where intelligence bosses listed cybersecurity as the country’s top defense concern.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Texas Citizens Participation Act: A Broad Dismissal Tool

    Dale Wainwright

    The Texas Citizens Participation Act has been successfully employed as a motion to dismiss in a wide variety of cases, some of which are far removed from the constitutional-rights context mentioned in the act's purpose section. The Supreme Court of Texas may ultimately curtail the act, but until then, it is worth considering in most actions, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • OFAC Enforcement Trends In 2017: Exporters On Notice

    Sean Kane

    One probable reason for the recent shift in focus by the Office of Foreign Assets Control toward export-related transactions is that the agency’s enforcement efforts targeting big banks have worked. With fewer cases to bring against them, OFAC seems to be moving on to new weak spots in enforcement, say Sean Kane and Susie Park of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Indirect Purchaser Cases In 2017: Key District Court Rulings

    Chris Micheletti

    Over the last year, there were some interesting cases in the indirect purchaser class action arena, with district courts addressing pleading motions, class certification in “pay-for-delay” drug cases, and class certification of nationwide and multistate class claims based on California’s state antitrust law, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.

  • Indirect Purchaser Cases In 2017: Key Appeals Court Rulings

    Chris Micheletti

    As with 2016, there were no major U.S. Supreme Court decisions impacting indirect purchaser claims in 2017. Unlike 2016, however, several circuit court decisions addressed important issues such as ascertainability, 23(b)(3) predominance, and indirect versus direct purchaser status, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.