Telecommunications

  • February 16, 2018

    IPhone Buyers Lose Cert. Bid In AT&T Exclusivity Fight

    A California federal judge has declined to certify a class of iPhone buyers who allege Apple Inc. violated antitrust laws by locking them into voice and data plans with AT&T, finding Friday the consumers’ damages expert’s report lacked "any data-driven analysis.”

  • February 16, 2018

    Group Holds Off On FCC Net Neutrality Rollback Challenge

    A public interest group on Friday withdrew its petition filed in the D.C. Circuit seeking to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s order ending net neutrality regulations, acknowledging that challenges should be filed after the order’s publication in the Federal Register as a lottery to determine jurisdiction for challenges looms.

  • February 16, 2018

    DOJ Resists AT&T Request For Evidence Of Trump’s CNN Ire

    President Donald Trump’s tirades against CNN on and off the campaign trail have nothing to do with the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit opposing AT&T’s proposed $85 billion purchase of CNN parent Time Warner, a DOJ attorney said Friday in fighting the distracting “sideshow” of discovery into the matter.

  • February 16, 2018

    FCC Halts Bitcoin Miner For Cell Network Interference

    The Federal Communications Commission said it has been forced to come down on a New York man whose operation of a bitcoin transaction monitor was interfering with T-Mobile’s cellular network.

  • February 16, 2018

    FCC Reauthorization Bill Reflects Industry, Policy Trends

    The House of Representatives is taking another stab at renewing the mandate for the Federal Communications Commission, and many of the provisions in the multipronged bill reflect the agency’s morphing values in the Trump administration.

  • February 16, 2018

    Qualcomm Still Anti-Broadcom Deal, But Open To More Talks

    Qualcomm Inc. on Friday said it is still opposed to Broadcom Ltd.’s $121 billion takeover offer after the sides met earlier in the week to discuss a possible deal, but called the discussions “constructive” and remained open to additional talks.

  • February 16, 2018

    Apple Gets $6.5M Ongoing Royalties In Samsung IP Dispute

    A California federal judge on Thursday granted Apple almost $6.5 million in ongoing royalties from Samsung in the companies’ dispute over patented designs, but denied the tech giant's request for ongoing royalties on products containing design-arounds.

  • February 16, 2018

    FCC Weighs Extending Permits After Nix Of Studio Rule

    The Federal Communications Commission requested public comment Thursday on a request to extend all expiring construction permits so that broadcasters can take advantage of the elimination of a rule requiring stations’ main studios to be located in the communities they cover.

  • February 15, 2018

    FCC Watchdog Probing Pai-Sinclair Relationship, Rep Says

    The inspector general of the Federal Communications Commission is investigating Chairman Ajit Pai over whether he improperly pushed for rule changes relaxing media ownership rules in order to benefit Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., announced Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    UK Watchdog To Face High Court Scrutiny On Fox-Sky Finding

    A London High Court judge has agreed to hear a challenge to a U.K. telecom regulator’s finding that 21st Century Fox Inc. would be a “fit and proper” broadcast license holder if a proposed $14.4 billion takeover of Sky PLC goes through, activist group Avaaz said Wednesday.

  • February 15, 2018

    AT&T Takes Unusual Step In Seeking Delrahim Testimony

    AT&T Inc.’s bid to have Makan Delrahim, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, testify in the case challenging its planned purchase of Time Warner Inc., could help the company argue that the challenge was politically motivated, but it may not be easy and comes with some risk.

  • February 15, 2018

    Industry Groups Ask To Join Net Neutrality Litigation

    A group of telecom lobbying powerhouses have asked the D.C. Circuit for permission to intervene in challenges to the Federal Communications Commission's recent net neutrality rollback, offering filings in support of the Republican majority’s actions.

  • February 15, 2018

    $380M Trade Secrets Claim Against Avaya Gets Pushback

    SAE Power Inc. faced an uphill battle Thursday as it tried to convince a New York bankruptcy court that its trade secrets claim against bankrupt Avaya Inc. should be valued at $380 million, rather than the $1 million or so Avaya says it’s worth.

  • February 15, 2018

    WB Music Hits Streaming Co. With Infringement Claim

    WB Music Corp. accused FutureToday Inc., which distributes video channels through smart TV platforms, of infringing its copyrights through audio channels that play songs from various genres in a suit filed in California federal court Wednesday.

  • February 15, 2018

    FCC's Pai Updates Tribal Leaders On Broadband Progress

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai addressed the National Congress of American Indians executive council on Thursday, underlining the work being done to expand broadband access in tribal communities that have lower connectedness rates than the country as a whole.

  • February 15, 2018

    Aruba Share Payout Cut 30% In $2.8B HP Tie-up Appraisal

    Hedge fund investors lost big Thursday in a Delaware Chancery Court appraisal lawsuit that challenged the $2.8 billion price Hewlett-Packard Co. paid for Aruba Networks Inc. in 2015, when a judge pegged the fair value 30 percent lower than the acquisition payout.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • February 14, 2018

    AT&T Beats Consumers' Class Cert. Bid In Robocall Case

    A group of consumers suing telecom giant AT&T for robocalls the company allegedly made was denied class certification Wednesday after AT&T told the court late last year that it denies the bulk of the allegations made in the lawsuit.

  • February 14, 2018

    FTC Picks Prodded On Tech, Data Safety At Senate Hearing

    The four nominees seeking to fill posts on the Federal Trade Commission appeared in front of a Senate committee on Wednesday, answering questions from lawmakers about the power of big technology companies and consumer protection issues surrounding data breaches and privacy.

  • February 14, 2018

    Cumulus Trustee Objects To Exec Bonus Payments

    The U.S. trustee for Cumulus Media Inc. on Tuesday objected to the radio giant's request that a New York bankruptcy court allow it to make performance bonus payments to employees, including a dozen top executives, saying there is too little information about who will receive the money or how much of a stretch the performance goals are.

Expert Analysis

  • 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 LLP.

  • 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.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.