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Telecommunications

  • November 14, 2018

    FCC's Carr Sees Regs That Can Unlock The Wireless Future

    From FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr’s perspective, the agency has an obligation to make sure its suite of regulations stimulates economic growth and encourages service providers to expand their networks.

  • November 14, 2018

    FCC Asks For Comment On Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Study

    The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on a recent study examining the proposed $59 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint that was submitted by the two companies as they continue to seek approval of the deal.

  • November 14, 2018

    FCC Seeks Comment On New Satellite Spectrum Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission opened a comment period Tuesday seeking feedback on a proposal to update rules governing direct broadcasting service systems like DirecTV, instituting a “first come, first served” system for applications to use the limited spectrum space after bidding was banned in 2005.

  • November 14, 2018

    FCC Bureau Says Lobbyists Need To Get To The Point Sooner

    Attorneys who bring clients to the Federal Communications Commission for meetings with agency staffers should clarify their desired policy outcomes within the first few minutes of a session and elucidate any legal barriers to their requests, FCC Wireless Bureau leaders said Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Man Admits To FCC Bomb Threat Over Net Neutraility Vote

    A California man pled guilty Tuesday to phoning in a false bomb threat at the Federal Communications Commission in December as the agency was poised to vote on its net neutrality deregulation.

  • November 13, 2018

    FCC Kicks Off County-Sized Spectrum License Auction

    The Federal Communications Commission is set to kick off its planned auction in the 28 GHz spectrum band Wednesday morning, offering 40 bidders the chance to vie for county-sized licenses said to be ideal for 5G services.

  • November 13, 2018

    Telecom Transferee Owes $13M In Tax Interest, 9th Circ. Rules

    A man must pay over $13 million in interest after the Ninth Circuit agreed with the U.S. Tax Court on Tuesday that the interest was part of his overall tax debt to the Internal Revenue Service.

  • November 13, 2018

    Alaska Telecom Presses FCC For Review Of Subsidy Cut

    Alaskan telecommunications company GCI has asked the Federal Communications Commission to rethink a reduction in Rural Health Care Program subsidy payouts to the business, saying the commission slashed the rates without explaining its reasoning.

  • November 13, 2018

    Justices Won't Hear Chinese Co.'s $102M Piracy Award Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review whether the Fifth Circuit erred by affirming a lower court's awarding of a $102 million judgment to Swiss-based Nagravision SA after China-based Gotech allegedly sold set-top boxes that circumvented piracy protections.

  • November 13, 2018

    Experian Strikes $22M Deal Over T-Mobile Data Breach

    Experian has asked for preliminary approval of a $22 million class action settlement in California federal court, ending privacy claims from 15 million T-Mobile customers who had their information released in a data breach.

  • November 13, 2018

    Sens. Share Bipartisan Concerns Over C-Band Revamp

    Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., told the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday that opening up the band of spectrum normally reserved for satellite transmissions to other uses could cut into U.S. television and radio programming and harm consumers.

  • November 13, 2018

    6 Broadcasters Settle With DOJ To Resolve Antitrust Probe

    The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement with six broadcast television companies to resolve a complaint by the DOJ's Antitrust Division in D.C. federal court that the companies shared pricing information, the department announced Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    US, China Still At Odds Over Trade As G-20 Summit Looms

    As President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepare for their high-stakes sitdown at next week's G-20 summit in Argentina, the two governments remain at odds over a slew of trade issues, chiefly the White House's various moves to restrict trade with China on the basis of national security.

  • November 13, 2018

    Trump Picks Regulatory Czar For Kavanaugh's DC Circ. Seat

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday named the chief of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for the D.C. Circuit post vacated by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, setting off a nomination fight for what's viewed as the nation's second-highest appeals court.

  • November 13, 2018

    Trump Cheers Cable Group's Call For Comcast Antitrust Probe

    President Donald Trump on Monday said he supported a call by a cable industry group to investigate alleged anti-competitive activity by Comcast Corp., specifically with regard to its merger with NBC Universal.

  • November 13, 2018

    Justices To Consider FCC Deference In Junk Fax Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider how much deference to give the Federal Communications Commission’s view of what counts as an “advertisement” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, in a dispute that could impact the judiciary’s power to interpret agency rules.

  • November 9, 2018

    9th Circ. Sends T-Mobile Coverage Row To Wash. Justices

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday asked Washington state’s high court to consider whether Selective Insurance Co. of America must cover T-Mobile’s costs in a lawsuit alleging its antenna installation contractor damaged a building in the Bronx in New York, saying Washington state law is unsettled on a critical issue in the case.

  • November 9, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Inventors Can Challenge IP They've Created

    Inventors who reassign their rights in a patent may still subsequently challenge the validity of the intellectual property’s claims in reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the Federal Circuit held Friday in a case involving a Cisco patent covering Ethernet switch products.

  • November 9, 2018

    Tesla's $55B Musk Pay Deal Unfair, Investor Tells Chancery

    A 10-year Tesla compensation plan offering founder and CEO Elon Musk as much as $55.8 billion cannot avoid Delaware Chancery Court’s tough entire fairness review standards, despite director claims that more-permissive standards apply, an investor who challenged the deal argued Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Feds Get Privacy Law Input From Industry, Consumer Groups

    Comments poured in Friday at the Trump administration's deadline for weighing in on the Commerce Department's privacy regime, with trade groups calling for uniform standards and consumer advocates pushing for a baseline federal privacy law.

Expert Analysis

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • A Look At Tax Code Section 199's Last Stand

    Kevin Spencer

    The IRS has increased scrutiny for Internal Revenue Code Section 199 deductions taken against profits from film, computer software, electricity, natural gas, potable water, tangible personal property and certain sound recordings. Though 199 was repealed by tax reform, battles over this contentious deduction are sure to continue for some time, say attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Learning From A Failed Merger: The Sinclair-Tribune Pitfalls

    Richie Falek

    ​In light of ​r​​egulatory success in recent major media mergers, the termination of Sinclair​ Broadcast​’s attempted acquisition of Tribune Media came as a shock to many.​ Attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP explain what went wrong and discuss how to avoid having a deal suffer a similar fate.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.