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Telecommunications

  • December 3, 2018

    FCC Watchdog Clears Sinclair-Tribune White House Call

    The Federal Communications Commission’s internal watchdog reported Monday that Chairman Ajit Pai followed all disclosure rules and didn’t hide a phone call with a White House attorney this summer as the agency considered regulatory approval for the now-failed Sinclair-Tribune megamerger.

  • December 3, 2018

    New OECD Tax Proposal Would Hit Trademarks, Copyrights

    The OECD is considering an approach to taxing the digital economy similar to proposals in the 2017 U.S. tax overhaul, including giving countries more leverage to tax foreign entities that use valuable branding trademarks and copyrights to sell into their jurisdiction, a top Treasury official said Monday.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 3, 2018

    DLA Piper Snags Entertainment Atty From Greenberg Traurig

    DLA Piper has hired a former Greenberg Traurig LLC entertainment attorney to join the firm’s media, sports and entertainment sector, as well as its intellectual property and technology practice.

  • December 3, 2018

    4 Firms Steer $6.4B Nexstar, Tribune Deal

    Nexstar Media Group Inc. unveiled a $6.4 billion deal, including debt, for Tribune Media Co. on Monday, in a tie-up guided by four firms that comes following weekend rumors that the media group had beat out a private equity firm to buy Tribune after regulatory woes derailed a different takeover bid earlier this year.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • December 1, 2018

    Trump, Xi Agree To Halt New Tariffs As Talks Continue

    President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping emerged from a closely watched meeting Saturday night with an agreement to refrain from imposing new tariffs on one another’s goods and set a 90-day deadline to strike a broader deal to resolve their trade issues, the White House said.

  • November 30, 2018

    Twitter, BlackBerry Sued Over Multimedia Messaging Tech

    Twitter Inc. and BlackBerry Ltd. are offering multimedia messaging services with features that infringe a patent held by Rainey Circuit LLC, the Texas-based company has alleged in two separate federal lawsuits.

  • November 30, 2018

    Trio Of Senators Unveil Bill To Stop Robocalls

    Three Democratic senators have introduced a bill that would end the exemption that common carriers get from the Federal Trade Commission in an attempt to crack down on robocalls.

  • November 30, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: StandardAero, Vodafone, SoftBank

    Warburg Pincus, Blackstone and Carlyle Group are reportedly the final bidders for StandardAero, the EU is likely to open a probe into Vodafone's planned €18.4 billion ($21.9 billion) deal with Liberty Global, and SoftBank has decided against setting a price range for the public offering of its telecom unit.

  • November 30, 2018

    FTC, Qualcomm Look To Exclude Evidence From Trial

    The Federal Trade Commission and Qualcomm each have asked a California federal judge to exclude several pieces of evidence from the trial scheduled for January in the agency’s challenge of the chipmaker’s licensing practices for its cellular technology.

  • November 30, 2018

    Telecom Co. Says Rival Sapping Its Brooklyn Business

    Phone and internet service provider Xchange Telecom LLC on Friday filed a lawsuit against competitor Velocity Wireless LLC in New York federal court, alleging that Velocity's interference with its Brooklyn services has lost Xchange hundreds of customers and thousands of dollars in monthly revenue.

  • November 30, 2018

    Split Fed. Circ. Affirms Time Warner's $140M IP Loss To Sprint

    A split Federal Circuit has upheld a Kansas jury's $140 million verdict that found Time Warner Cable's internet voice service infringed five of Sprint's patents, while a judge said in a dissent that the case involves a "remarkable mismatch between the narrow patent disclosures and the exceedingly broad claims."

  • November 30, 2018

    Deal Near On Int'l Digital Taxes, OECD Tells G-20

    A deal may be close to being struck on a proposal for new international digital tax rules, according to a report released Friday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to the G-20.

  • November 30, 2018

    Gov't Looks To Pinpoint Future Spectrum Needs

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is asking federal agencies to identify their future spectrum needs so sufficient amounts of the airwaves can be set aside for government use.

  • November 30, 2018

    Texas Justices Pass On AT&T Lease Payment Battle

    The Texas Supreme Court opted Friday not to take up a long-running dispute between two companies fighting for ownership of a Houston-area parcel of land where an AT&T cell tower sits and years of lease payments from the carrier, rejecting AIC Management Co.’s bid to revive the case.

  • November 30, 2018

    Investor Challenges Lions Gate’s $92.5M Starz Stock Suit Deal

    Two former Starz Entertainment LLC shareholder entities say that a proposed $92.5 million settlement in Delaware Chancery Court litigation over Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s $4.4 billion acquisition of the former company doesn’t fairly distribute the funds and includes problematic terminology. 

  • November 30, 2018

    5G Infrastructure Bill Sent To Mich. Governor

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign two bills put on his desk Thursday by the state legislature designed to build regulations for the installation of “small cells” on telephone poles, traffic lights and other public structures to ensure a smoother transition to 5G technology.

  • November 30, 2018

    3 Firms Steer Altice’s $2B Sale Of Fiber Connection Stake

    Altice Europe NV on Friday said it will hand a minority stake in a home fiber-optic connection business to a consortium consisting of OMERS Infrastructure, Allianz Capital Partners and entities represented by AXA Investment Managers--Real Assets, with Mayer Brown LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP and Franklin guiding the seller on the €1.8 billion ($2 billion) deal.

  • November 29, 2018

    'Chaos' Feared If Global Digital Tax Deal Fails, Panel Says

    As industries beyond tech hurtle toward a digital future, chaos could ensue unless consensus is reached on taxing a radically reshaped global economy, panelists at a forum in Washington, D.C., agreed Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • New Rule Expands FCC Jurisdiction Related To Foreign Media

    Brian Weimer

    The Federal Communications Commission's new rule, requiring foreign media outlets to disclose their relationships with foreign principals, signals more scrutiny on media influenced by foreign actors and gives the FCC some authority to review foreign ties, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • The Trump Admin. Approach To Data Privacy, And Next Steps

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration released an ambitious proposal to modernize consumer privacy policy. But there are questions as to how it plans to achieve these laudable goals, say Alan Raul and Christopher Fonzone of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Chatting With Ex-USPTO Chief About Patent News, IP Strategy

    Eli Mazour

    During a recent interview with Eli Mazour of Harrity & Harrity LLP, David Kappos discussed his time as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as head of intellectual property at IBM, reacted to patent-related developments, and provided wide-ranging advice to those in and outside of the IP field.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Opinion

    To Help Keep The Tech Bull Running, FCC Must Forbear

    Jonathan Spalter

    When the Telecommunications Act was passed in 1996, texting, social media and other nonvoice forms of communication were still far off on the horizon. That is why the Federal Communications Commission should forbear from enforcing outdated rules in order to modernize innovation policy, says Jonathan Spalter, CEO of USTelecom.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.