Telecommunications

  • May 2, 2018

    Ex-Netflix Executive Charged With Taking Kickbacks

    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.

  • May 2, 2018

    Justice Dept. Faults FCC's O'Rielly For Pro-Trump Remark

    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.

  • May 2, 2018

    3 Telecom Questions Surrounding The Sprint-T-Mobile Merger

    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.

  • May 2, 2018

    Scott & Scott, Robbins Arroyo Win Lead In Acacia Stock Suit

    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.

  • May 2, 2018

    CenturyLink Accuses Telecom Co. Of Bogus Billing

    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.

  • May 2, 2018

    DLA Piper Adds Ex-White House Adviser As Telecom Partner

    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.

  • May 2, 2018

    FCC Launches Inquiry On Sharing Satellite Spectrum

    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.

  • May 1, 2018

    Click-To-Call Slams PTAB's AIA Time-Bar Ruling In Fed. Circ.

    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.

  • May 1, 2018

    Facing Backlash, Facebook Unveils New 'Clear History' Tool

    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.

  • May 1, 2018

    Cumulus Set To Exit Ch. 11 After Beating Plan Objections

    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.

  • May 1, 2018

    Investor Targets S. Korea Over $8B Samsung Affiliate Tie-Up

    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. 

  • May 1, 2018

    Sen. Calls For Probe Of Proposed T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

    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.

  • May 1, 2018

    FCC's Universal Service Fund Moved To Treasury

    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.

  • May 1, 2018

    IHeartMedia's Reorg Proposal Aims To Cut Debt By $10B

    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.

  • May 1, 2018

    FTC Settles With Fla. Phone Reseller Over Vacuumed Data

    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.

  • April 30, 2018

    Apple Beats Uniloc's Bid To View Entire iOS Source Code

    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.

  • April 30, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Judge Questions ‘Kabuki Dance’ Blackouts

    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.

  • April 30, 2018

    Charter Comm. Owes $9.45M To Defamed Employees: Jury

    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.”

  • April 30, 2018

    Justices Won't Hear Utility Protest Over Pole Attach Rates

    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.

  • April 30, 2018

    T-Mobile, Sprint Merger May Fly This Time

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    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.

  • 9th Circ. Rescues FTC Authority Over Common Carriers

    J.G. Harrington

    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.

  • Appraisal Takeaways From AOL

    Scott Barshay

    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.

  • Consolidation And Cross-Ownership: Trends In Media M&A

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Meredith Senter Jr.

    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.

  • TCPA Rules For VoIP Demand The Impossible From Cos.

    Eduardo Guzmán

    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.

  • An Economic Analysis Of Proposed AT&T-Time Warner Merger

    Scott Wallsten

    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.

  • State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 In Review

    State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 Year In Review

    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.

  • Where White Collar Enforcement Is Heading

    Gregory Morvillo

    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.

  • Congressional Forecast: March

    Layth Elhassani

    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.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    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.