Telecommunications

  • May 8, 2018

    Comcast Unit Beats Ex-Worker's Benefits Retaliation Claim

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday permanently tossed a suit against a Comcast unit claiming it fired an employee for asserting his contractual rights to temporary disability benefits, saying he "has not come close" to convincing the court it should widen retaliatory discharge liability beyond the two legal theories typically advanced in the state’s courts.

  • May 7, 2018

    TelexFree Investors Can Sue Founder's Wife, Judge Says

    A federal judge in Massachusetts decided Monday that investors fleeced by the billion-dollar pyramid scheme TelexFree LLC can go after the wife of the man who founded the notorious company, in addition to other executives, in a effort to recover losses.

  • May 7, 2018

    Delhi Court Won't Rule On Vodafone Tax Row

    The Delhi High Court on Monday said British telecom company Vodafone could continue two international arbitrations against India over billions in taxes allegedly owed as a result of the mobile phone operator's $11 billion acquisition of an Indian cellphone business, finding it did not have jurisdiction to dismiss the proceedings and that the merits of the case were best handled by the individual tribunals. 

  • May 7, 2018

    Comcast Loses Adversary's Ex-VP As Consultant In IP Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday prohibited Comcast Corp. from using a former executive with a California tech company as a defense consultant in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by the same company, but denied the company’s request that its former executive and Comcast reveal all communication they’ve shared.

  • May 7, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Comcast, AIG, NASCAR

    Comcast alerted the European Union's antitrust watchdog of its bid to buy Sky PLC, Carl Icahn sold his stake in insurance giant AIG, and NASCAR's majority owners are sussing out alternatives for the racing giant.

  • May 7, 2018

    Think Tank Floats Net Neutrality Legislative Compromise

    A technology think tank on Monday outlined a legislative compromise to end the “Net Neutrality war” by terminating utility-style regulation of broadband, barring the throttling of content but allowing restricted paid prioritization, and funding rural broadband deployment.

  • May 7, 2018

    ZTE Seeks Stay Of Biz Ban With US Technology Exporters

    ZTE Corp. has asked the U.S. Commerce Department to lift a seven-year ban imposed by the Trump administration that effectively bars U.S. companies from shipping components to the Chinese telecom giant, the company said Sunday.

  • May 7, 2018

    Kosovo Beats €380M Claim Over Postal Authority Bidding Row

    The Republic of Kosovo has defeated a German investment firm’s €380 million ($453.2 million) claim relating to a failed privatization attempt of the southeast European nation’s postal and communication authority, after an international tribunal concluded the firm had not made a qualifying investment.

  • May 7, 2018

    New 'Cryptojacking' Threat Exposes Old Flaws In Security

    A new cyberattack called “cryptojacking” that hijacks laptops and cellphones and turns them into unwitting cryptocurrency harvesting devices should remind attorneys and the CEOs they serve that the public, regulators and lawmakers are taking a dim view on lax security, experts warn.

  • May 7, 2018

    Prof Urges New Rules Amid Google, Facebook AI Profiles

    Regulators must develop new rules to ensure consumer privacy is protected given the huge amount of identifying data Google and Facebook collect, with artificial intelligence used to analyze that data and create personalized profiles, according to a paper from a University of Pennsylvania professor.

  • May 7, 2018

    Nextel Asks Supreme Court For $3.9M Refund In Pa. Taxes

    Nextel Communications has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to find it is entitled to a $3.9 million tax refund after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found a state law limiting business losses violated the state's Constitution but refused to grant the refund.

  • May 7, 2018

    Securus Paid Kickbacks To Mass. Sheriff's Office, Suit Says

    A handful of consumer and prisoners’ rights groups have launched a class action accusing a Massachusetts sheriff’s office of striking an illegal kickback scheme with private prison phone operator Securus Technologies Inc.

  • May 4, 2018

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They’ve gone up against big-name companies while advocating for plaintiffs ranging from grieving family members to shareholders and consumers in some of the biggest and most well-known cases of the past year.

  • May 4, 2018

    AT&T, Time Warner To Judge: No ‘Remedies’ Needed

    AT&T and Time Warner urged U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in a court filing Thursday not to impose any conditions on their planned deal, lambasting the government’s case and assuring the judge the commitments the companies made would still apply if the merger is allowed to proceed.

  • May 4, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, MoFo, Sullivan

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, T-Mobile and Sprint unveiled plans for a $59 billion merger, Hellman & Friedman bought Financial Engines for $3.02 billion and Marathon snapped up Andeavor for $23.3 billion.

  • May 4, 2018

    USTelecom Says FCC Must Suspend Network-Sharing Rules

    USTelecom asked the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to free legacy wireline companies from analog-era unbundling rules that require them to share their networks with competitors at capped rates, saying the late-20th-century competition measures are out of step with today’s telecom environment.

  • May 4, 2018

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During the month of April, telecom lobbyists continued to emphasize the importance of eliminating barriers to new wireless infrastructure, while also touching on satellite spectrum-sharing and broadcast carriage elections. Here's a look at the top three groups lobbying the FCC from April 1 to 30 and a sampling of what they care about.

  • May 4, 2018

    Dems Blast FCC's Universal Service Fund Move To Treasury

    A pair of House Democrats assailed Federal Communications Commission Republican Chairman Ajit Pai for "unilaterally" pressing forward with a transfer of the FCC's Universal Service Fund to the U.S. Treasury, arguing that the transfer was conducted too quickly with too little oversight or public participation.

  • May 4, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB Ruling Saving Claims Of IV Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision validating part of an Intellectual Ventures II LLC wireless patent challenged by Ericsson Inc., just over a year after it affirmed the board's nixing of other parts of the same patent.

  • May 3, 2018

    Judge Rips Quinn Emanuel's 2012 Tactic As Apple Trial Nears

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told Samsung's counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP they shouldn’t publicly post information she’s barred from the upcoming trial with Apple over smartphone designs, saying she’s “still extremely disappointed" the firm posted such information during the companies’ 2012 trial “to try to taint the jury.”

Expert Analysis

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: An Inconvenient MDL

    Alan Rothman

    By their nature, multidistrict pretrial proceedings will not be in the home district of all parties. The MDL transfer process necessarily centralizes actions from around the country into a single forum. The linchpin for the panel is balancing competing factors and determining whether transfer best serves the convenience of parties and witnesses, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    After Cyan: Creative Lawyering Can't Displace Clear Statute

    Darren Robbins

    Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week in Cyan v. Beaver County, defense counsel often engaged in procedural maneuvering by interjecting jurisdictional challenges or removing cases to federal court. But defendants can no longer unilaterally override investors' clear statutory right under the Securities Act of 1933, say attorneys with Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Series

    After Cyan: Some Prognostications

    Boris Feldman

    With the ink on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Cyan v. Beaver County barely dry, the plaintiffs bar is comfortably in the Section 11 saddle. They won. But history suggests that this may be victory of a battle, not the war, say Boris Feldman and Ignacio Salceda of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Congressional Review Act Cannot Restore Net Neutrality

    Bennett Ross

    Proposals to use the Congressional Review Act to “undo” the Restoring Internet Freedom Order would not accomplish the objectives its proponents claim they want to achieve. In fact, it would only deprive consumers of a right to receive vital information about their broadband services, says Bennett Ross of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • TCPA Insurance Claim Issues Continue To Evolve

    Cort Malone

    Because Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims inherently exist at the nexus between multiple lines of coverage, the landscape of TCPA insurance coverage law is complex. Recent questions include whether TCPA claims inherently arise from invasions of privacy and whether damages awarded are remedial or punitive, say Cort Malone and Nicholas Maxwell of Anderson Kill PC.

  • How To Interpret A Contract? Ask Those Who’d Sign It

    Omri Ben-Shahar

    Surveys are an accepted method of evaluating consumer perceptions in a wide range of cases. However, when it comes to contracts, it is often the judge or jury who must interpret the text. We suggest surveying consumers to determine which meaning of a disputed term is embraced by a clear majority, say professors at the University of Chicago and consultants at Analysis Group.