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Telecommunications

  • July 25, 2018

    Dems Press FCC On Political Independence In Sinclair Review

    Democrats on a House subcommittee pressed the full Federal Communications Commission Wednesday on whether the agency would shield the proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger from political influence as an internal judge reviews the transaction.

  • July 25, 2018

    Verizon Says Pa. Firm Bungled Settlement With Injured Worker

    Verizon is suing a Pennsylvania attorney for negligence and legal malpractice, alleging he and his firm cost the company “hundreds of thousands” in benefits and legal costs by negotiating a worker’s compensation claim without securing an agreement that the worker would waive future benefits and claims against Verizon.

  • July 25, 2018

    Survey Says US Needs National Digital Evidence Office

    Law enforcement's biggest roadblock to accessing digital evidence isn't that agencies are getting locked out of encrypted smartphones — it's not knowing which company holds the data they seek, according to a survey released Wednesday by a Washington D.C. think tank that called for a new national office to address the issue.

  • July 25, 2018

    FCC Aims To Give Bias Probes Teeth With Enforcement Move

    The Federal Communications Commission announced administrative changes Wednesday that officials say will enhance the agency’s capacity to investigate discrimination in the media industry, including by adding a team of attorneys to employment bias disputes.

  • July 25, 2018

    Bill Increasing DHS' Power To Bar Contractors Moves Ahead

    The House Homeland Security Committee advanced a bill that would give the U.S. Department of Homeland Security substantial power to block technology and telecommunications contractors thought to pose a threat to national security.

  • July 25, 2018

    FCC Launches Probe Into Audio Marketplace Competition

    The Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau is seeking information on the state of competition for the delivery of audio programming via radio, satellite, podcasts and other delivery methods as it looks to compile a report required under a provision of legislation passed this year to reauthorize the FCC.

  • July 25, 2018

    FCC Stands By Emergency Alert Rules For Satellite Operators

    The Federal Communications Commission has largely refused a request to tweak Emergency Alert System requirements imposed on satellite operators, but did grant an exemption for carrying alerts on signals aimed at audiences mostly outside the United States.

  • July 25, 2018

    Losing 5G Race Could Cost Billions, Telecom Cos. Warn Sens.

    Major telecom companies warned lawmakers Wednesday that the economy will lose billions of dollars if China beats the U.S. to deploying 5G broadband and next-generation wireless internet, which they say is critical to the future untethered workforce in everything from precision agriculture to app development.

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.

  • July 25, 2018

    Prison Phone Cos. Push Back On Efforts To Halt Merger

    Prison phone operators Securus Technologies Inc. and Inmate Calling Solutions LLC have fired back at opponents of a proposed merger between the companies, telling the Federal Communications Commission that critics have misstated the facts about the impact of the deal on the market for inmate phone service.

  • July 25, 2018

    Tribes Say DC Circ. Ruling Backs Stay Bid In FCC Case

    A group of Native American tribes fighting a Federal Communications Commission rule allowing 5G network builders to skip tribal consultations told the D.C. Circuit to consider its own recent ruling in a similar case, arguing that the court has already found that a failure to consult isn't harmless.

  • July 25, 2018

    FCC Rightly Kept Video Relay Competitors, DC Circ. Says

    The Federal Communications Commission was justified in retaining its rate structure for reimbursing providers of video relay services because it did so with an eye toward preserving competitors in the market, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • July 25, 2018

    DC Circ. Nixes Challenge To FCC Loophole On TV Station Cap

    The D.C. Circuit on Wednesday nixed a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's revival of a seemingly technical rule that lets broadcasters reach a higher percentage of U.S. households, the so-called UHF discount, while the FCC conducts a broader review of its media ownership policies.

  • July 24, 2018

    Ex-Professor Claims Lyft Poached Idea He Had In 1999

    A former Georgia Institute of Technology professor who claims he patented the concept underlying Lyft Inc.’s ride-hailing business hit the company with an infringement suit in New York federal court Monday.

  • July 24, 2018

    Sinclair Begged To Explain Divestitures To FCC, Docs Show

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. pleaded with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to postpone sending its proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co. to an administrative law judge, saying the agency blindsided it with the suggestion that Sinclair had not been candid about three planned divestitures, emails released Monday show.

  • July 24, 2018

    AT&T Says Autodialer Not Used To Send Spanish Spam Texts

    AT&T moved for a quick win in a proposed class action over the sending of unwanted spam text messages in Spanish, telling an Illinois federal court Monday that no violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act occurred as the texts were not sent by an automatic telephone dialing system.

  • July 24, 2018

    Toyota Warns FCC Over Using Alternative To Car-To-Car Tech

    Toyota continues to warn the Federal Communications Commission about opening up spectrum currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-transportation-infrastructure communications safety technologies, according to an ex parte filing Monday detailing arguments that another technology isn’t a “viable alternative.”

  • July 24, 2018

    Midyear Report: Top Privacy Developments Of 2018, Part 2

    A hastily enacted California privacy law and back-to-back Capitol Hill hearings sparked by Facebook's data-sharing debacle were among the major privacy and cybersecurity developments so far in 2018, attorneys tell Law360 in the second part of our midyear recap.

  • July 24, 2018

    T-Mobile Fears Sprint Deal May Hamper Spectrum Auction Bid

    T-Mobile is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission for assurances that its proposed merger with Sprint won’t keep it from bidding in wireless spectrum auctions under agency rules prohibiting joint-bidding arrangements between companies, according to an ex parte filing Monday.

  • July 24, 2018

    Telehealth Pilot Must Join Docs, Insurers, FCC's Carr Says

    An upcoming Federal Communications Commission inquiry into a telehealth pilot program must probe how to interface with insurers and health care professionals to make remote patient monitoring programs more common and successful, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told a Washington, D.C., audience on Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Congressional Forecast: May

    Layth Elhassani

    Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess. The Republican majority is aiming to meet deadlines on several priority items, including fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills and renewed program authorizations for agriculture, defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Will The US Match Or Improve On GDPR Privacy Model?

    Jonathan Walsh

    While aspects of proposed U.S. privacy legislation mirror the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, none of the pending solutions in Congress provides the level of government protection of user data engendered by the GDPR, say Jonathan Walsh and Edward Combs of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • Time For M&A Parties To Take Gun-Jumping Rules Seriously

    Tobias Caspary

    The European Commission last week imposed a €124.5 million ($152.3 million) fine on Altice, which dwarfs previous gun-jumping fines by any other antitrust authority worldwide. While the rules on gun jumping may not yet be clear, what is already evident is the increasing focus of European and other regulators on procedural misdemeanors, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.