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Telecommunications

  • 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.”

  • May 14, 2018

    USTR Prepares For Onslaught Of China Tariff Opposition

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday announced three days’ worth of public hearings at which scores of powerful business groups are expected to voice their opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to counter China’s intellectual property practices with hefty tariffs.

  • May 14, 2018

    White House Looks To Mitigate Trump's ZTE Reversal Fallout

    President Donald Trump’s apparent decision to spare Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. after its Iran and North Korean sanctions violations sent the White House into damage control mode Monday as it stressed that the U.S. Department of Commerce would be making an “independent” decision on the matter.

  • May 11, 2018

    Malpractice Claims Against Astor Weiss Partner To Stay Dead

    A Pennsylvania appellate court declined Friday to revive a malpractice suit against an Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel LLP partner by a telecom that claims the attorney lied about the reason the company's claims in an $18 million contract dispute were dismissed, allegedly to cover up his own negligence.

  • May 11, 2018

    Elliott Wants $670M From S. Korea Over Samsung Tie-Up

    The U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Associates LP is seeking at least $670 million from South Korea over its decision to back the $8 billion merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015, according to documents released by the country's Ministry of Justice on Friday.

  • May 11, 2018

    Amazon Device Draws Concerns From Lawmakers, Groups

    A Massachusetts senator and Texas representative wrote to Amazon with questions about privacy issues surrounding its new Echo Dot Kids Edition on Friday, the same day advocacy groups released a statement urging parents not to buy the voice-activated digital assistant device.

  • May 11, 2018

    Carriers Let Securus Have Customer Location Data, FCC Told

    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has asked FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to investigate “abusive and potentially unlawful practices” of major wireless carriers that he said sell customer location data to at least one company that lets law enforcement agencies access it through a web portal, his office announced Friday.

  • May 11, 2018

    5 Common Myths About EU's New Data Protection Regime

    The sweeping General Data Protection Regulation set to take effect in the European Union in just two weeks promises to revolutionize how companies around the globe handle personal data while imposing stiff penalties on those that don't comply. But attorneys say that although companies have had two years to get up to speed, several troubling myths still persist.

  • May 11, 2018

    Pa. Court Axes Duane Morris Malpractice Suit Rehearing Bid

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has said it won’t hear reargument after agreeing that an attorney did not have standing to pursue claims against Duane Morris LLP for allegedly botching its work on a case over a failed deal to acquire an undersea fiber-optic network.

  • May 11, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Davis, Freshfields, Wachtell

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Takeda snapped up Shire for $62 billion, Vodafone bought a portion of Liberty Global’s European business for $21 billion, Nestle SA spent $7.1 billion on the marketing, sale and distribution rights for most of Starbucks’ retail and grocery store items and International Flavors and Fragrances acquired Frutarom for $7.1 billion.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • CLOUD Act: Start Or End For Cross-Border Data Exchanges?

    Saad Gul

    The recently enacted Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data, or CLOUD, Act was broadly supported by the technology industry, but the full implications will take time to become evident. However, some concerns are likely to manifest themselves early, say Saad Gul and Mike Slipsky of Poyner Spruill LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • A Cautionary Tale For Sublicensees

    John Loughnane

    Sirius Radio has been defending itself against a patent infringement suit that deserves the attention of any party that has ever sublicensed rights. The case is a reminder that a sublicensee whose licensor commences bankruptcy should pay close attention to the proceedings and take appropriate action, says John Loughnane of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • How DC Circ. TCPA Decision Affects Health Care Cos.

    Christina Sarchio

    With its recent decision in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission, the D.C. Circuit struck a blow to health care industry efforts to exclude certain communications subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act from liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    Music Licensing Reform Is Singing The Same Old Song

    Thomas Lenard

    The recently introduced Music Modernization Act has received widespread support from most parts of the industry and would be an improvement over the status quo. However, the MMA reinforces many of the long-standing aspects of music licensing that hinder competition, say Thomas Lenard of the Technology Policy Institute and Lawrence White of the NYU Stern School of Business​​​​​​​.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Series

    After Cyan: A 'Problem' That Does Not Exist

    Adam Pulver

    Contrary to the hyperbole advanced by the defense bar, state courts are not flooded with frivolous securities lawsuits. And if there is a spike after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Cyan v. Beaver County, there are likely other factors to blame, says Adam Pulver of the Public Citizen Litigation Group.