Telecommunications

  • 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.

  • April 27, 2018

    Sinclair's New Tribune Deal Still Pushes Policy Boundaries

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. added details about its $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co. this week as the broadcaster announced updated plans to divest 23 stations, but filling in the blanks has only intensified the battle over the rightful limits on media consolidation and Sinclair’s merger plans specifically.

  • April 27, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: T-Mobile, Boeing, Ping An

    T-Mobile and Sprint are looking to finish talks to merge as soon as next week, Boeing is close to striking a deal to snap up KLX Inc., and Ping An’s online health care platform reaped $1.1 billion in its initial public offering.

  • April 27, 2018

    Consumer Asks 9th Circ. To Revive iPhone Suit

    An Apple Inc. customer Thursday asked the Ninth Circuit to revive her claims the tech giant hides the fact that damaged iPhones covered by service plans are replaced with secondhand phones, saying the lower court ignored evidence the company gave her used phones.

  • April 27, 2018

    FCC Rules May Spur Legal Battles Between Tribes And Feds

    A recent suit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s rules exempting smaller infrastructure for 5G wireless networks from historic and environmental reviews could be the first of many, as tribes fight to limit wireless projects that threaten cultural properties and face the prospect of other federal agencies following the FCC's lead by curbing tribal consultation to speed up economic development. 

  • April 27, 2018

    Facebook Taps Ex-FCC Chair As US Public Policy Head

    Facebook is shuffling its U.S. lobbying team as the company responds to unprecedented regulatory scrutiny on Capitol Hill, tapping an ex-chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to replace its chief privacy officer at the top of its Washington, D.C., public policy team.

  • April 26, 2018

    Senate Confirms 5 Nominees To FTC, Including Chair

    The U.S. Senate confirmed five nominees to the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, providing reinforcement to the depleted commission.

  • April 26, 2018

    Groups Urge SIM Rules That Help Consumers Switch Carriers

    Consumer advocates called on a telecommunications standards organization Wednesday to resist cellphone carriers' move to disable new technology that could make it easier for customers to switch providers.

  • April 26, 2018

    Pai Says He Had No Advance Knowledge of Sinclair Merger

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told a congressional panel Thursday he had no advance knowledge of a proposed $3.9 billion merger between Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc. and Tribune Media when the commission made a regulatory change that helped clear the way for the deal.

  • April 26, 2018

    Allow High Court Appeal Of TCPA Row, Subway Asks 9th Circ.

    Subway asked the Ninth Circuit Wednesday to wait before allowing consumers to restart a class action accusing it of sending unwanted text messages for chicken sandwiches in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, so the chain can prepare an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • April 26, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Judge Balks At DOJ's Doc Dump

    The D.C. federal judge overseeing the bench trial over AT&T's attempt to buy Time-Warner complained Thursday about a four-inch-thick wad of documents the U.S. Department of Justice wants included in its antitrust challenge to the merger, describing the government's late-hour request as a “dump on the court.”

  • April 26, 2018

    $28M Monitronics Robocall Deal Objector Loses Sanctions Bid

    A woman challenging security alarm monitoring company Monitronics' $28 million settlement in multidistrict litigation over alleged robocalls lost her bid to sanction two class attorneys Wednesday, after a West Virginia federal judge rejected her arguments that the attorneys should be punished for saying another court deemed her lawyer a professional objector.

  • April 26, 2018

    EU’s Vestager Warns Data Rules Not Enough To Improve Tech

    The head of Europe’s competition watchdog cautioned Thursday that new data rules designed to boost privacy protections were no substitute for competition in the tech sector, while discussing the agency's recent enforcement actions taken against digital companies.

  • April 26, 2018

    Israeli Gov't Contractor Agrees To $3M Deal In Securities Suit

    A pair of Ability Inc. investors asked a New York federal court to sign off on a $3 million cash deal resolving a consolidated securities suit accusing the Israeli government communications contractor of making misleading financial statements surrounding a merger.

Expert Analysis

  • What The DOJ Cyber Task Force Can Do

    Megan Brown

    While history is littered with reports and whitepapers that do not inspire change, there is an opportunity for the U.S. Department of Justice's new Cyber-Digital Task Force to have an impact, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Net Neutrality Repeal May Put Tech Startups In The Slow Lane

    Benjamin Warlick

    There is no telling how the current battle over net neutrality will play out, but there is a good chance that paid prioritization will not go away. Technology and content startups that do not have the resources to buy internet fast lanes may lose sales from slower traffic, says Benjamin Warlick of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Observations On Delaware Appraisal In A Post-Dell World

    John Hughes

    It is too early to assess the full reach that Dell will have on appraisal in Delaware. But the Delaware Chancery Court's ruling last week in Verition Partners v. Aruba Networks provides a first look, say John Hughes and Jack Jacobs of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • 4 Tips For Applying Arbitration Agreements To TCPA Claims

    Michael Leffel

    With statutory damages of up to $1,500 for each call, text or fax, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act remains a hotbed of class action litigation. Attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP discuss an additional, often overlooked, tool for defendants in TCPA cases.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • FCC May Strengthen Wireless Emergency Alerts Requirements

    Luke Platzer

    The Wireless Emergency Alerts system recently became a subject of public attention due to events in Hawaii, but even before the incident, the Federal Communications Commission had already initiated steps to improve the system, say Luke Platzer and Bradley Humphreys of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Emerging Trends In FCA Enforcement: 2018 Outlook

    Vince Farhat

    Two new policies from the U.S. Department of Justice, along with ongoing developments concerning the elements of scienter and materiality stemming from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Escobar, have the potential to significantly change the landscape of False Claims Act enforcement in the year ahead, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.