Telecommunications

  • January 26, 2018

    FCC Wants More Owner Info In Spanish Broadcaster Probe

    A financially troubled Spanish-language radio and television broadcaster must provide more information regarding its foreign ownership share to the Federal Communications Commission before the commission can determine whether the broadcaster is in compliance with FCC benchmarks, according to a filing made public Thursday.

  • January 26, 2018

    Cuomo Tells ISPs To Obey Net Neutrality Or Risk State Work

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has delivered an ultimatum to internet service providers that have state contracts, ordering them to comply with net neutrality principles or risk losing their work for the state’s agencies.

  • January 26, 2018

    UK Chided For Failing To Collect Info Under VAT System

    The European Commission on Thursday called out the U.K. for purportedly failing to share with other European Union countries bank account details for everybody registered in an EU-wide system for collecting value-added tax on broadcasting services, saying the practice violated administrative cooperation rules. 

  • January 26, 2018

    Comcast Defends Hire Of Ex-Tech VP To Consult On IP Suit

    Comcast told a Pennsylvania court there was nothing wrong with its hiring the former vice president of a California technology company as a consultant on the patents at issue in an infringement suit being brought against it by that company.

  • January 26, 2018

    Ala. Man Cops To $16M DOD Telecom Contract Fraud

    An Alabama man pled guilty on Thursday for his involvement in a government kickback and bribery scheme said to have run up more than $15.7 million in fraudulent charges on a telecommunications contract for the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General.

  • January 26, 2018

    FCC’s O'Rielly Wants To Roll Back Kids' Program Mandate

    Federal Communications Commission member Michael O'Rielly called Friday for the elimination, or at least scaling back, of the FCC’s “kid vid” programming requirements tying minimum children’s programming mandates into broadcast license renewals under rules the Republican commissioner derided as burdensome and unnecessary.

  • January 26, 2018

    Dish Can't Trim Class Members Owed $61M In Robocall Row

    A North Carolina federal judge on Thursday blasted Dish Network LLC for trying to trim the number of consumers it owes a total of $61 million to for placing illegal calls through an authorized dealer, saying she has taken note of the company’s “lack of respect” and attempts to recycle discredited arguments.

  • January 26, 2018

    Lenovo, Motorola End Suits By Wi-LAN Over 4G Tech

    Lenovo and Motorola have agreed with Wi-LAN Inc. to dismiss the Canadian technology development and licensing company’s infringement suit over fourth-generation wireless technology patents, according to a filing in California federal court.

  • January 25, 2018

    AOL Says Dell Ruling Gives It a Leg Up In Appraisal Case

    AOL told the Delaware Chancery Court, in a brief made public Thursday, that the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Dell appraisal case “entirely undermines” shareholders’ contention in its own appraisal proceedings that the $4.4 billion merger with Verizon was undervalued.

  • January 25, 2018

    Music Modernization Act: 4 Big Things You Need To Know

    A new copyright bill promises to "modernize" the way digital streaming music services pay royalties, but what exactly does that mean? Here are the four big things you need to know about the Music Modernization Act.

  • January 25, 2018

    New Bills Signal A Consensus On Broadband Buildout

    A slew of broadband infrastructure bills have been making the rounds on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, pointing to an increased interest in the nonpartisan issue of expanding rural connectivity in the wake of the heated debate over the Federal Communications Commission's move on net neutrality.

  • January 25, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Display Patents LG Infringed Survive Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap’s findings that Core Wireless’ display patents were infringed by LG and are not invalid under Alice, saying the patents do not claim abstract ideas as LG had argued.

  • January 25, 2018

    Charter School CEO Indicted In FCC E-Rate Program Fraud

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the indictment of a Texas charter school's CEO as well as a construction contracting executive who is accused of bribing his way into a contract providing the school with internet services funded by the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program.

  • January 25, 2018

    Grindr Not Responsible For Offensive Profiles, Court Says

    A New York federal judge on Thursday tossed the bulk of a lawsuit accusing the online dating app Grindr LLC of lacking safety features that would have prevented a “malicious” impersonation scheme by an ex-boyfriend, saying Grindr isn’t responsible for users’ behavior.

  • January 25, 2018

    Calif. Mayor Quits Broadband Panel, Decries Industry Tilt

    San Jose’s mayor resigned from a Federal Communications Commission advisory board Thursday, saying the body was too tilted toward industry, at the expense of local influence, to encourage broadband access.

  • January 25, 2018

    False Missile Alert Was Outside FCC Control, Senate Told

    The Federal Communications Commission distanced itself on Thursday from an emergency alert that falsely claimed a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, with a top staffer telling a Senate panel the agency is only in charge of managing the alert framework, not authenticating the messages sent over it.

  • January 24, 2018

    GAO Rejects Challenge To $4B Army Radio Contract Terms

    The U.S. Army adequately explained the safety and security reasons behind its requirements for a $3.9 billion communications radio contract, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Wednesday, denying a protest arguing the Army wrongly overlooked a technically superior solution.

  • January 24, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Weinstein Co., Luye, Microsemi

    The Weinstein Co. is reportedly in exclusive talks to be sold to investors led by Obama-era official Maria Contreras-Sweet, Luye Life Sciences Group Ltd. is eyeing an IPO for its health care services unit, and U.S. semiconductor giant Microsemi Corp. might be up for sale.

  • January 24, 2018

    FCC Chief Plugs Achievements Amid Net Neutrality Flak

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai touted his accomplishments in a report Wednesday just after his first year at the agency's helm, despite controversy over his moves to end net neutrality and allegations that he played favorites with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. by relaxing media regulations.

  • January 24, 2018

    3 Takeaways From The EU's $1.2B Qualcomm Fine

    The European Commission issued its first abuse of dominance penalty this week since receiving an unfavorable court ruling in its case against Intel, fining embattled chipmaker Qualcomm €997 million ($1.22 billion) over its sales of semiconductor chips used in cellular devices. Here, Law360 takes a look at the implications of the fine for enforcement in Europe, Qualcomm’s ongoing litigations in the U.S. and Broadcom’s hostile takeover efforts.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • Opinion

    Leave The Never-Was-Neutral Net Alone

    Doug Hass

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai bills his recent net neutrality proposal as a “repeal” of the 2015 rules, but it really just imposes his own version of net neutrality through impenetrable and ultimately ineffectual disclosures that both harm providers and confuse users, says Doug Hass, general counsel at Lifeway Foods Inc.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • Wrestling With Location Data Privacy At The High Court

    Vanessa Arslanian

    Last week during arguments in Carpenter v. United States, both conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to limit warrantless government access to historical cell-site location data, but they voiced different ways to do so, says Vanessa Arslanian at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • Ex Ante Rate Disclosure In Tech Standards, A Decade Later

    Anne Layne-Farrar

    In 2007, the VITA Standards Organization made history — and stirred up a lot of controversy — by adopting a patent policy that mandates “ex ante” royalty rate disclosures. I recently spoke to Ray Alderman, who conceived of and pushed the new policy through implementation, about the factors that have made the policy a success over the last 10 years, says Anne Layne-Farrar of Charles River Associates.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • ITC Not Treating PTAB Decisions Like Other Agency Rulings

    James Barney

    A Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision of unpatentability should have its full legal effect once promulgated, regardless of any appeal taken by the patent owner. Yet that is not how the U.S. International Trade Commission interpreted the inter partes review statute in its Arista order, says James Barney of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.