Telecommunications

  • 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.

  • April 30, 2018

    FCC Public Service Fees For Carriers Chided As Confusing

    The Federal Communications Commission’s treatment of universal services fees charged to providers offering both private and common-carrier business data services has caused an “unacceptable degree of confusion” for those that advise the companies, according to recent comments.

  • April 30, 2018

    US Trade Delegation Will Head To China This Week

    The White House on Monday offered more details about the Trump administration’s forthcoming trip to China that will aim to smooth over fractious trade ties with Beijing, confirming that a delegation spearheaded by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will depart on Thursday.

  • April 30, 2018

    Cable Co. Wrongly Fired Union-Backing Worker: NLRB Judge

    A National Labor Relations Board judge on Friday said that the company formerly known as Cablevision flouted federal labor law when it fired a sales representative for allegedly being insubordinate, finding that his termination was motivated by union activity supporting the Communications Workers of America.

  • April 30, 2018

    Next-Gen Simulcasting Will Hamper Public TV, PBS Says

    Groups representing public television stations, including PBS, have told the Federal Communications Commission that noncommercial educational stations must be excluded from a requirement that broadcasters carry both the status quo and the newly approved "next generation" broadcasting signals.

  • April 29, 2018

    Wachtell, MoFo Lead Long-Awaited $59B T-Mobile, Sprint Deal

    T-Mobile, led by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, and Sprint, with lead counsel Morrison & Foerster LLP, unveiled plans Sunday to merge in a deal worth roughly $59 billion, marking the closest the two U.S. wireless carriers have come to actually combining after years of on-and-off deal talks.

  • April 27, 2018

    Apple, Qualcomm Deal To Trim Patent Suit Blocked By Judge

    A Florida federal judge Friday denied a joint bid brought by plaintiff ParkerVision Inc. and defendants Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. to dismiss patents from a suit, ordering the companies to properly navigate procedural requirements as they battle allegations of infringement relating to smartphone technology.

  • April 27, 2018

    EU Privacy Reform Boosted By Facebook Scandal, MEP Says

    In an exclusive interview with Law360, the lead negotiator for the European Union's looming e-privacy regulation discusses why she’s happy about the recent Facebook data-harvesting debacle, how EU law is impacting global privacy norms, and why she’s not sold on the CLOUD Act as a solution for overseas data grabs.

  • April 27, 2018

    Split DC Circ. Tosses Challenge To FTC Soundboard Call Rule

    A split D.C. Circuit panel on Friday tossed a trade group's challenge to the Federal Trade Commission's extension of robocalling restrictions to telemarketers playing prerecorded sound bites, holding the letter announcing the changes was not reviewable in the first place despite its potential to upend the soundboard marketing industry.

  • April 27, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Gibson, Baker

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Quality Care Properties, Welltower and Promedica cooperated on a $2 billion deal, EQT Midstream Partners and Rice Midstream Partners agreed on a $2.4 billion merger, Searchlight Capital Partners LP paid $2 billion to take Mitel private and CenterPoint Energy acquired Vectren for $6 billion.

  • April 27, 2018

    FCC Won't Investigate Cambridge Analytica, Pai Says

    The Federal Communications Commission will not investigate whether embattled political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica wrongly bought information about TV viewers’ habits, Chairman Ajit Pai said Friday, shooting down a lawmaker’s requested probe into the matter.

  • April 27, 2018

    FCC Floats $5.3M Phone Co. Fine For Duping Consumers

    TeleCircuit Network Corp. should be fined more than $5.3 million for reportedly switching unwitting consumers from their chosen carrier to the Georgia-based phone company and piling unauthorized charges onto their bills, the Federal Communications Commission proposed Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Practicality Is A Driving Force In High Court Microsoft Case

    James Kitchen

    Absent new legislation or a major reformation of the mutual legal assistance treaty process, victory in the Microsoft case at the U.S. Supreme Court may be vital for the government when it comes to its ability to conduct investigations in the fast-paced world of electronic data and cybercrime, says James Kitchen of Jones Day.

  • Innovation-Based Tech Standards Under Growing Threat

    David Kappos

    It is frightening to consider how many technological innovations of the last 20 years might have missed mass adoption had they been subject to the same pressures faced by innovators today, says David Kappos, a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Class Action Lawyers Behaving Badly

    Thomas Dickerson

    In prosecuting and defending class actions, a conservative, ethical and salutary approach should be taken by all parties. Unfortunately, a survey of recent cases reveals a wide range of problematic behavior by certain class action attorneys, which only lends credence to criticisms of the class action concept, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • VoIP Services May Fall Beyond TCPA's Scope

    Louis DePaul

    A Pennsylvania district court's recent opinion in Klein v. Commerce could prove to be critical in curtailing Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims by providing a strong precedent to support the proposition that free voice over internet protocol services do not fall within the scope of the TCPA, say Louis DePaul and Alison Viola of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration

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    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.

  • Litigating The Internet Of Things

    Leslie Gutierrez

    With the rise of the internet of things, vast new quantities of data are traversing the cloud. Companies that do not actively and continuously strengthen their cybersecurity protocols are at risk for breaches — and for the consumer class actions that may follow, says Leslie Gutierrez of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Could AI Take Over Standard Development Organizations?

    Ray Alderman

    The use of artificial intelligence in the existing technical standards development process might raise certain procedural, operational and legal questions in the future, say Ray Alderman of VITA and David Newman of Gould & Ratner LLP.

  • Olympics Cast Spotlight On FCC Indecency Policies

    Stephen Fuzesi

    French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis' wardrobe malfunction at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics has potential to reignite debate over the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement of indecency policies, says Stephen Fuzesi of Williams & Connolly LLP.