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Telecommunications

  • July 19, 2018

    Verizon Slams 'Cramming' Claims Before the FCC

    Verizon has urged the Federal Communications Commission to dismiss a "cramming" complaint accusing the company of adding services that a commercial client never signed up for, saying that even though the document never states which charges were inaccurate, Verizon has gone ahead and issued credits to the customer.

  • July 19, 2018

    Advocates Urge FCC To Reject Prison Phone Co. Merger

    Legal reform and human rights advocates have called on the Federal Communications Commission to refuse prominent prison-phone operator Securus Technologies Inc.'s bid to buy a competitor, arguing that the company has a shaky track record and will have a monopoly over the industry.

  • July 19, 2018

    Comcast Drops Competing Fox Bid To Focus On Sky Deal

    Comcast on Thursday bowed out of a bidding war with Disney over a suite of 21st Century Fox assets, saying it would instead turn its full focus to its planned $34 billion takeover of British telecom giant Sky.

  • July 18, 2018

    Firms Vie For Facebook MDL Lead In Judge's 'Beauty Contest'

    Ten law firms fought to take the lead of multidistrict litigation Wednesday alleging Facebook negligently allowed big-data firm Cambridge Analytica to collect personal information on millions of users, during a hearing U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria called a "beauty contest."

  • July 18, 2018

    DOJ Seeks Accelerated Appeal Of AT&T-Time Warner Tie-Up

    The government on Wednesday asked the D.C. Circuit to fast-track its appeal of a district court ruling rejecting its antitrust challenge to AT&T Inc.’s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc., asking the court for an accelerated schedule that would see briefing complete by Oct. 18.

  • July 18, 2018

    3 Takeaways From EU's Latest Google Antitrust Fine

    Europe’s antitrust enforcer hit Google with another massive fine on Wednesday, this time a €4.34 billion ($5.04 billion) levy over the licensing practices for its Android mobile operating system, nearly double one issued last year for favoring its own comparison shopping site in search results. Here, Law360 takes a look at the latest fine and what it could mean for Google.

  • July 18, 2018

    DirecTV Customer Seeks Cert. Against Law Firm, Auditor

    A small-business owner and DirecTV LLC customer who allegedly faced extortion efforts from a law firm and a telecom auditing company moved for class certification Tuesday in New Jersey federal court covering nearly 250 state businesses that purportedly received shakedown letters from the defendants.

  • July 18, 2018

    Tribes Seek To Stop 'Desecration' From FCC's 5G Exemptions

    A host of tribes has urged the D.C. Circuit to halt an order from the Federal Communications Commission exempting small-cell fixtures for next-generation, or 5G, networks from certain regulatory reviews, arguing that the order would allow for the “desecration of historic sites.”

  • July 18, 2018

    Wichita Atty Charged In Cyberattacks Over Online Posts

    A Kansas personal injury lawyer known for riding a bull in his firm advertisements was charged Tuesday along with a computer engineer with threatening website operators and waging cyberattacks over negative postings about the attorney’s legal work.

  • July 18, 2018

    Texas Federal Judge Sentences 8 In India Call Center Scam

    A federal judge in Houston on Wednesday afternoon sentenced to prison eight individuals for their roles in a multimillion-dollar call center scam that was based in India and defrauded U.S. residents out of at least $8.9 million.

  • July 18, 2018

    CBRS Sharing Tech Could Have Wider Uses, FCC's Carr Says

    Technology in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service band that can divert traffic to unused gaps in the airwaves is under experiment and could be used more widely if it proves successful, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told a Washington, D.C., audience Wednesday.

  • July 18, 2018

    Strike-Replacement Workers Hit Verizon With OT Suit

    Verizon Communications Inc. and a North Carolina-based telecom services company were hit with a proposed class action in New York federal court Tuesday alleging they stiffed replacement workers on overtime wages by misclassifying them as independent contractors during a 2016 union strike.

  • July 18, 2018

    Justices Told Patent Co-Owner Rights Rule Creates Conflict

    Licensing company Advanced Video Technologies LLC has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Federal Circuit precedent that permits a co-owner of a patent to block another co-owner's infringement claims by refusing to join the suit, saying the rule creates a conflict in the rights of patent co-owners.

  • July 18, 2018

    Tech Giants, Advocacy Groups Back New Email Privacy Rules

    A slew of the world’s biggest technology companies and civil liberties groups have urged Congress to keep intact a new email privacy bill included in the defense spending measure for fiscal year 2019 that adds more barriers between internet users’ private communications and federal law enforcement agencies.

  • July 18, 2018

    UK Takeover Regulator To Review Sky Bid Floor

    The U.K.’s takeover regulator on Wednesday revealed it will review a recent decision that could require Disney to bid no less than £14 per share ($18.24) for Sky, based on the outcome of the bidding wars for British telecom giant and certain Twenty-First Century Fox assets.

  • July 18, 2018

    Local Telecom Companies Get $1.7M In Unpaid Access Fees

    A Texas federal judge told three companies that route long distance calls that they must pay a host of local exchange telecom carriers $1.7 million in unpaid local access charges for wireless users who place calls in the same state. 

  • July 18, 2018

    A Chat With Gibson Dunn Diversity Chief Salim-Williams

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • July 18, 2018

    Sinclair Tries Amending Divestitures To Placate FCC

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said Wednesday morning that it will withdraw three divestitures in its plan to acquire Tribune Media Co., sending two stations to a trust for a post-merger sale and simply adding a third to its portfolio instead of spinning it off.

  • July 18, 2018

    EU Hits Google With Record €4.3B Fine Over Android Abuse

    The European Union’s competition enforcer slapped Google Inc. with a record €4.34 billion ($5.04 billion) fine on Wednesday for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system, the second massive penalty levied by the bloc against the U.S. search giant for violating its antitrust rules.

  • July 17, 2018

    Flexibility Needed To Unlock Rural Broadband, House Told

    Federal lawmakers must work to make sure local communities aren’t cut off from much-needed broadband connections by prohibitive laws or inefficient spectrum allocation, members of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee heard Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • 2 Takeaways From The AT&T-Time Warner Ruling

    Nathaniel Wackman

    A D.C. federal judge's decision last month in United States v. AT&T contains important insights that will be influential well beyond the confines of the now-completed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner, say Nathaniel Wackman and Lee Van Voorhis of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Is It Time For A Challenge To Chevron Deference?

    Joseph Diedrich

    In a recent concurring opinion, outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed some skepticism over the scope of the "Chevron deference" doctrine, which requires federal courts to defer to an administrative agency’s "reasonable" interpretation of an ambiguous statute. Overturning or limiting Chevron could have a profound effect on the power of federal agencies, says Joseph Diedrich of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.