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Telecommunications

  • October 1, 2018

    Justices Pass On Decadeslong Radio License Transfer Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday chose not to hear a California broadcaster’s decadeslong challenge to block a license transfer, leaving in place a D.C. Circuit decision that upholds a sales agreement between the broadcaster and Entercom.

  • October 1, 2018

    High Court Won't Hear Carrier's $21M Spectrum Row With FCC

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a bankrupt wireless carrier’s appeal of the dismissal of a $21 million suit over the Federal Communications Commission’s sale of its defaulted spectrum licenses for lack of jurisdiction.

  • October 1, 2018

    Satellite Operators Form Alliance To Petition FCC On 5G

    A group of satellite operators announced Monday that they have created the C-Band Alliance, a consortium to advocate to the Federal Communications Commission that it should open up a portion of spectrum used by cable providers to make 5G services more available.

  • September 30, 2018

    DOJ Vows To Challenge Newly Signed Net Neutrality Bill

    California Gov. Jerry Brown enacted a first-of-its kind state net neutrality law Sunday that blocks internet service providers from speeding up, slowing down or showing priority to web traffic, but the U.S. Department of Justice almost immediately vowed to block it.

  • September 28, 2018

    Supreme Court Cheat Sheet: 8 Cases To Watch

    With D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s fate as the ninth justice still hanging in the balance, the U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new term Monday without a case of blockbuster proportions. But there are several bread-and-butter business issues filling out the docket.

  • September 28, 2018

    ITC Judge Turns Down Qualcomm Bid For IPhone Import Ban

    An International Trade Commission judge found Friday that public interest factors weigh against Qualcomm's request to halt the import of the latest generation of iPhones over patent infringement allegations.

  • September 28, 2018

    Investors Accuse Globalstar's Top Shareholder Of Disloyalty

    Shareholders in satellite communications firm Globalstar Inc. said in a derivative suit made public Friday in Delaware Chancery Court that the company’s controlling investor allegedly siphoned value from minority stockholders with the help of board members loyal only to him.

  • September 28, 2018

    Top Telecoms Must Open Networks, Dutch Watchdog Says

    VodafoneZiggo and KPN, two Dutch telecom companies, must open up their networks to other providers as a way to encourage more competition in the telecom market and so that consumers have access to more services, the Dutch’s competition watchdog said Friday.

  • September 28, 2018

    Apple Wants Foreigners Out Of IPhone Updates MDL

    Apple Inc. and a putative class of consumers fought before a California federal judge Friday over allegations that the tech giant hid that its software updates slowed down iPhones and iPads, with Apple arguing that the multidistrict litigation can’t include consumers outside the country.

  • September 28, 2018

    Gov’t Watchdog Finds Tribal Broadband Wanting

    Many more people lack high-speed internet service on Native American lands than the rest of America, and a federal agency should identify roadblocks to tribes receiving funds for broadband deployment, the Government Accountability Office said Friday.

  • September 28, 2018

    Cellphone Buyers Win Class Cert. In Qualcomm Chip Row

    A California federal judge certified a class of cellphone buyers, estimated to be numbered in the hundreds of millions, who allegedly paid overages stemming from Qualcomm’s anti-competitive licensing practices.

  • September 28, 2018

    Rep. Eshoo Floats Bill To Make Internet, Cable Bills Clearer

    Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., unveiled legislation Friday that would mandate internet, phone and cable providers build all fees and charges into their advertised consumer prices and nix “mandatory arbitration” clauses, making it easier to file lawsuits and Federal Communications Commission complaints over billing issues.

  • September 28, 2018

    Media Group Asks If Trump Attacks Sparked AT&T Merger Suit

    A journalists’ advocacy group asked the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to consider possible evidence that the Trump White House tried to push the government’s fight against this year’s mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner out of animosity toward the press.

  • September 28, 2018

    Civil Rights Telecom Groups Take On FCC Incubator Program

    A pair of civil rights telecommunications groups filed a D.C. Circuit petition Thursday challenging the new Federal Communications Commission program framework allowing established radio broadcasters to obtain a break on media ownership rules in exchange for shepherding a new or struggling station.

  • September 28, 2018

    Trump Officials Put 5G High On Priority List

    Leaders from a cross-section of the Trump administration on Friday called on regulators to cut red tape so the private sector can quickly unleash the next generation of mobile services, predicting that commercial applications of 5G will be a key driver of the economy.

  • September 28, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Tosses $506M WARF Patent Verdict Against Apple

    Apple Inc. on Friday escaped a $506 million damages award in a patent case brought by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation as the Federal Circuit found the iPhone maker did not infringe a computer processor patent.

  • September 28, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Simpson, Cleary, Choate

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Sirius XM bought Pandora Media for $3.5 billion, Michael Kors Holdings bought Versace for $2.12 billion, a Digital Realty Trust subsidiary bought Ascenty Holdings for $1.8 billion, and Consolidated Edison bought a U.S. renewable energy unit from Sempra Energy for $1.5 billion.

  • September 27, 2018

    Mo. Cities Seek To Move Dish Network Fee Suit To State Court

    A proposed class of dozens of municipalities in Missouri asked a federal court Thursday to remand to state court a case that claims Dish Network and DirecTV must pay a percentage of their gross receipts to places where they do business.

  • September 27, 2018

    Sinclair, Tribune Ad Buyers Spar Over Price-Fix MDL Venue

    Advertisers accusing Tribune Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group and other media giants of colluding to fix prices for TV ads sparred Thursday over where to pursue consolidated litigation, vying at a hearing before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation for venue in Illinois, New York and Maryland.

  • September 27, 2018

    11th Circ. Reignites Suit Over Website Access For The Deaf

    A suit accusing a Florida city of failing to make several web pages fully accessible has been revived in the Eleventh Circuit, where judges said that federal agency remedies aren't required before suing under two key disability laws.

Expert Analysis

  • AT&T Win May Help Partial Ownership Transactions

    Jon Dubrow

    While U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was careful to note that his opinion in the AT&T-Timer Warner merger trial was narrow, his evaluation of the evidence undercut the government's theoretical economic model in a way that may have broader applications, says John Dubrow of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • 2 Takeaways From The AT&T-Time Warner Ruling

    Nathaniel Wackman

    A D.C. federal judge's decision last month in United States v. AT&T contains important insights that will be influential well beyond the confines of the now-completed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner, say Nathaniel Wackman and Lee Van Voorhis of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.