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Telecommunications

  • November 20, 2018

    FCC Lays Groundwork For Next Media Ownership Review

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced Tuesday that the agency will open up its periodic review of media ownership rules at the FCC’s upcoming Dec. 12 meeting, specifically examining two rules affecting local media markets and a third that limits top-four network mergers.

  • November 20, 2018

    Medical Marijuana User Can't Revive Firing Suit At 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit refused to revive a former Charter Communications LLC worker’s suit alleging that he was wrongly fired for his legal use of medical marijuana, holding that certain sections of the Montana Marijuana Act didn’t flout the state’s constitution.

  • November 20, 2018

    GAO: Library Of Congress Should Rethink Fiber Optic Award

    The Government Accountability Office on Monday sustained a protest of the Library of Congress’ award of a contract for fiber optic services, saying the government hadn’t justified choosing a cheaper but less encompassing proposal.

  • November 20, 2018

    FCC To Vote On Title I Classification For Texts In December

    The Federal Communications Commission is poised to designate text messaging as a Title I information service at its Dec. 12 meeting, cementing providers’ abilities to filter and block texts considered to be spam despite pushback that companies use the privilege too liberally.

  • November 20, 2018

    Metaswitch Says Rival Telecom Co. Tried To Kill Competition

    Metaswitch Networks Ltd., a telecommunications company, filed an antitrust complaint in New York federal court Tuesday alleging that another telecom intended to eliminate competition among companies that transform landline phone networks through serial acquisitions and exclusionary tactics.

  • November 20, 2018

    India Space Agency Unit Says US Can't Confirm $563M Award

    The commercial arm of India’s space program urged a Washington state federal judge Monday to nix a telecommunications company’s suit seeking to confirm a more than $562.5 million award stemming from a canceled satellite-leasing deal, arguing the court lacks jurisdiction over the foreign corporations.

  • November 20, 2018

    Carriers Ask FCC For Patience On Call Verification Efforts

    Major phone service providers sought to reassure the Federal Communications Commission that they’re making strides toward implementing call authentication methods in the next year while urging the regulator to be patient as the anti-robocalling technology is developed.

  • November 20, 2018

    House Oversight Dems Plan To Look At Ivanka Trump's Emails

    Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are preparing to look into Ivanka Trump's reported use of a personal email account for official White House business next year, the panel's ranking member said in a statement Tuesday.

  • November 20, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: SoftBank, Warburg Pincus, Walt Disney

    SoftBank's Vision Fund is reportedly set to inject $2 billion into South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang, Warburg Pincus is aiming to raise $4 billion for a China-focused fund, and multiple bidders are vying for the 22 regional sports TV networks Disney acquired in its merger with 21st Century Fox.

  • November 20, 2018

    Altice Slammed With Stock-Drop Suit After $2.2B IPO

    A putative class of investors filed a complaint in New York federal court on Monday alleging that cable television provider Altice USA Inc. misled them in the lead-up to the company’s $2.2 billion initial public offering before the stock plunged 43 percent.

  • November 19, 2018

    FCC Ditches Junk Fax Opt-Out Rule As Bigger Issues Loom

    The Federal Communications Commission has formally eliminated an opt-out notice requirement for solicited faxes that was struck down by the D.C. Circuit last year, putting to bed legal disputes that had lingered under the rule while raising fresh questions about how the commission intends to proceed with rulemaking as the U.S. Supreme Court decides how much weight to give to these opinions, attorneys say.

  • November 19, 2018

    Charter Bias Claim Not Barred By 1st Amendment: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday said Charter Communications Inc. can't use its First Amendment freedom as a cable provider to escape a claim that it refused a carriage deal with an African-American-owned production firm due to racial bias.

  • November 19, 2018

    Motel Urges Court To Keep Sprint Junk Fax Suit Alive

    A motel business hit back at an attempt by Sprint Solutions Inc. to put an end to its proposed class action, arguing in Connecticut federal court on Friday that the telecommunications company failed to prove that it had permission to repeatedly fax unsolicited ads to the lodging without an opt-out notice.

  • November 19, 2018

    Hausfeld Atty Vies For Lead Counsel Spot In Ad Price-Fix MDL

    A Hausfeld LLP attorney has been floated as potential lead counsel to represent companies accusing the TV industry of fixing ad prices, as an Illinois federal court fields several motions for leadership roles in the recently centralized multidistrict litigation.

  • November 19, 2018

    Judge Looks To Own Prior Ruling In Cox Music Piracy Battle

    A Virginia federal judge issued a written opinion Monday explaining his decision last month to not transfer a copyright case filed by the major record labels against Cox Communications LLC, saying his own rulings in an earlier case against Cox would be relevant to the impending piracy battle.

  • November 19, 2018

    FTC Calls For Data Breach Law To 'Clarify' Its Authority

    The Federal Trade Commission has called on Congress to "clarify" its authority to regulate data breaches, while responding to the White House's request for advice on how the administration should handle consumer privacy.

  • November 19, 2018

    Funding Ban Doesn't Apply To FCC Subsidies, Huawei Says

    Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. told the Federal Communications Commission in a Friday comment that a section of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act does not apply to companies receiving FCC subsidies, and therefore it should still be able to get money from the program.

  • November 19, 2018

    Net Neutrality Deregulation Misanalyzed Internet, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Communications Commission botched the U.S. Supreme Court's analysis of the makeup of broadband services when it voted to overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules last year, challengers of the deregulation told the D.C. Circuit in a Friday brief.

  • November 19, 2018

    Let Cable Companies Deliver Telehealth, FCC Told

    The American Cable Association told the Federal Communications Commission in a lobbying filing posted Monday that private cable companies should be the ones to offer the connectivity needed to power telehealth services through a new pilot program.

  • November 19, 2018

    EU Digital Tax Should Be Higher, Broader, Lawmakers Say

    A proposed European Union digital tax should be set at 5 percent rather than 3 percent and should include revenue from sites such as Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., European Parliament lawmakers said Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Japan's Balanced Approach To SEP Licensing

    David Kappos

    The Japan Patent Office's new guide to licensing for standard-essential patents maintains an admirable neutrality in tone, language and substance, making it an effective reference tool for all sides in SEP licensing, says David Kappos, a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • ERISA Class Actions After Epic Systems

    James Baker

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's opinion in Epic Systems v. Lewis employed the same analytics used by Justice Antonin Scalia in three previous decisions. They strongly suggest the court would allow a mandatory arbitration clause with a class action waiver in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act context, says James Baker of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Carpenter Ruling May Be Turning Point In Digital Data Privacy

    Kim Peretti

    While the U.S. Supreme Court proclaimed its Carpenter holding was narrow, its unprecedented recognition of an individual’s privacy interest in data held by third parties could signal significant changes in privacy more generally, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.