A former Netflix Inc. executive has been hit with criminal charges in California federal court for allegedly taking bribes from technology companies that wanted to do business with the online streaming giant, more than three years after Netflix itself accused him of the practice, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.
The Federal Communications Commission's Michael O’Rielly violated the law meant to keep executive branch employees from delving into politics when he advocated earlier this year for President Donald Trump’s re-election, a U.S. Department of Justice office said Tuesday.
As T-Mobile and Sprint take another stab at merging the third- and fourth-largest nationwide wireless networks, the proposed transaction raises questions about whether the companies really can roll out 5G more effectively together and whether the telecom landscape has evolved enough to render a four-player market structure obsolete.
Scott & Scott Attorneys at Law LLP and Robbins Arroyo LLP will work side-by-side to lead a shareholder derivative lawsuit filed against the board of directors at Acacia Communications Inc. after stock prices plummeted last year, a Massachusetts federal judge said in an order published Wednesday.
Internet, television and telephone service provider CenturyLink hit a telephone routing company with a suit in Illinois federal court Tuesday for allegedly overcharging by millions of dollars for services it wasn’t allowed to bill for or didn’t provide at all.
DLA Piper has added a former White House policy adviser and ex-Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP attorney to its expanding telecommunications practice group, the firm said Tuesday.
The Federal Communications Commission is looking for input on having cable providers share a band of spectrum normally used for satellite transmissions, the agency announced Tuesday, as part of a shakeup of spectrum mandated by law.
Click-To-Call Technologies LLC urged a Federal Circuit panel Tuesday to toss a U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that axed its patent for an anonymous telephone communications system, saying Oracle Corp.’s challenge to the patent was time-barred under the plain language of the America Invents Act.
Facing a sea of public backlash and government inquiries over the mishandling of its users' data, Facebook on Tuesday announced a new "clear history" privacy feature that will let account holders see and delete identifying information that the company has collected from other websites and apps that run its tracking tools.
Broadcast radio giant Cumulus Media Inc. is on its way out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday after defeating arguments over the value of the company and receiving New York bankruptcy court approval to undertake a restructuring plan that will pass a large majority of ownership to its secured lenders.
A U.S.-based activist investor said Tuesday that it is bringing South Korea to arbitration over that country's decision to back the $8 billion merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015, claiming the move cost it unsaid financial damages.
Lawmakers must probe whether T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp.’s proposed $59 billion merger will lift pressure on mobile carriers to offer wireless services at affordable rates, according to a prominent Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees communications regulatory matters.
The Universal Service Administrative Co., the nonprofit that administers the Federal Communications Commission's Universal Service Fund, has moved its funds from private banks to the U.S. Treasury, the company announced on Monday.
The proposed Chapter 11 reorganization plan filed in Texas by radio broadcast giant iHeartMedia Inc. and its debtor affiliates aims to reduce the company’s balance sheet by more than $10 billion.
The Federal Trade Commission and a Florida-based cellphone reseller have entered into a settlement, they said Tuesday, after the company admitted it allowed a third party to collect data from customers’ phones.
Apple doesn't have to hand over the entire source code to iOS or the Apple watch's equivalent, a California federal judge ruled Monday in Uniloc's patent suit against the tech giant, because the claims relate “solely” to a patent for a step counter.
The D.C. federal judge considering the challenge to the AT&T-Time Warner merger pushed back during closing arguments Monday on government antitrust assertions that the merged entity will more readily threaten pay-TV distributors with content blackouts, while also asking about his ability to condition the tie-up rather than block it.
Charter Communications LLC will have to hand over $9.45 million after a Kentucky federal jury found Friday that it defamed seven former employees when it told other employees about the incident that led to their firing, involving company printers being taken home, and labeled it “Printer-gate.”
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal from utility companies complaining that a 2015 Federal Communications Commission order on utility pole attachment rates unfairly limited what the utilities can charge cable giants for pole access.
T-Mobile and Sprint will have to work to sell regulators on their plan to merge the third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers, but the companies may have a path forward this time if they can show how the market has evolved since their last attempt and how the deal may unlock their potential to develop a 5G network.
It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
The Ninth Circuit's decision last month in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility has significant implications for enforcement against telephone, wireless and internet businesses, and for the potential fate of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.
One lesson from the Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision in the AOL appraisal case is that if the deal process, deal protections and informational disparities among potential purchasers sufficiently preclude the emergence of other bidders, deal price will not warrant deference in the court’s determination of fair value, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.
Mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. media industry have been on the rise, with television M&A returning after a hiatus due to “quiet period” restrictions. There is also significant M&A activity involving program networks, cable operators and other distributors, and the regulatory environment is encouraging, say Meredith Senter Jr. and Erin Kim of Lerman Senter PLLC.
The Federal Communications Commission's regulatory treatment of voice over internet protocol services appears to clash with standards set by recent court decisions. Given that the use of VoIP services will only increase, the FCC should impose a more consistent and practical rule, says Eduardo R. Guzmán of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
The AT&T-Time Warner merger debate is different from most large mergers only in that politics have entered the discussion in a way that has happened rarely in the past. Despite President Trump's disapproval, the proposed transaction is a textbook vertical merger and should be evaluated as such, says economist Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute.
In this review of state and local tax decisions in 2017, Charles Capouet and Jessica Allen of Eversheds Sutherland LLP share observations on taxpayers’ outcomes in corporate income tax and sales and use tax cases, and look back at significant rulings such as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Nextel.
Expect regulators and prosecutors to make cases in industries that are beginning to generate enormous amounts of new revenue, while using the same investigative tools they’ve used for decades, say Gregory Morvillo and Amy Walsh of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Upcoming congressional action for the duration of March appears likely to resolve the budget and appropriations impasse of the last several months, after U.S. House and Senate leaders and the White House were able to reach an agreement last month on topline spending numbers for fiscal year 2018, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.
Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.