• March 15, 2018

    Cable Group Rips Sinclair Station Divestiture Plans As Vague

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. still hasn’t presented enough information for the Federal Communications Commission to adequately weigh station divestiture plans driven by its proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co., the American Cable Association said in its latest barrage against the merger.

  • March 15, 2018

    3 Things To Watch As Net Neutrality Litigation Progresses

    With the announcement last week that the most recent round of net neutrality litigation will be heard in the Ninth Circuit, the contours of the hotly contested internet regulation debate are coming into focus, but much remains unsettled as to the fate of the Obama-era FCC regulations.

  • March 15, 2018

    Judge Blasts 'Fake News' In AT&T-Time Warner Row

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday railed against press reports that the trial contesting AT&T and Time Warner’s merger has been pushed back two days, when in fact only opening arguments have been moved to make way for two days of evidentiary arguments, beginning Monday, March 19.

  • March 15, 2018

    IHeartMedia Hits Ch. 11 To Cut More Than $10B In Debt

    Radio broadcast giant iHeartMedia Inc. filed for bankruptcy in Houston late Wednesday, announcing it has negotiated an agreement in principle with its lenders and other creditors to reduce its balance sheet by more than $10 billion.

  • March 14, 2018

    Bid To Nix Arbitration Clause Revived In AT&T Throttle Suit

    A California federal judge resurrected a consumer class action alleging AT&T misrepresented unlimited data cellphone plans, finding a 2017 California Supreme Court ruling created a new avenue to possibly invalidate arbitration mandates as they relate to injunctive relief.

  • March 14, 2018

    Judge Rips Litigation Strategy In Samsung, Huawei IP Row

     A California federal judge said Wednesday that he is inclined to grant Samsung's bid to block a Chinese injunction barring the company from selling smartphones that allegedly infringe two Huawei patents, but he criticized attorneys on both sides for adopting a litigation strategy that doesn't seem to be in the best interest of their clients.

  • March 14, 2018

    PTAB Allows Data Co. To Amend Patent In Apple Challenge

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday invalidated several claims in a Realtime Data LLC hardware patent related to storage devices following a challenge from Apple, but said that Realtime could amend many of the claims.

  • March 14, 2018

    Calif. Considers Reviving Net Neutrality With Tougher Policy

    California state senators proposed a net neutrality bill Wednesday that would not only counteract the Federal Communications Commission’s recent repeal of Obama-era policies but would surpass those repealed policies through measures like the prohibition of zero-rated data products.

  • March 14, 2018

    Smaller 3.5 GHz Licenses Helps Industrial Tech, FCC Told

    Maintaining smaller geographic licenses for the 3.5 GHz band will facilitate the development of modern industrial technology like smart electric grids, a group of critical infrastructure companies has told the Federal Communications Commission amid efforts to enlarge the license tracts by national wireless companies like T-Mobile USA Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

  • March 14, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Told Patent Co-Owner Rights Rule Should Stay

    HTC and others urged the full Federal Circuit Tuesday not to undo precedent that allows one co-owner of a patent to bar another co-owner’s infringement suit by opting out of the case, saying that doing so would "open up a Pandora's box" of disputes among sparring patentees.

  • March 14, 2018

    Senators Rip Wireless Coverage Map For Subsidy Program

    A quartet of senators blasted the Federal Communications Commission's initial map outlining eligibility for a cell coverage infrastructure subsidy program for wireless and broadband development, each arguing during a Commerce subcommittee hearing Tuesday that carrier-supplied maps the agency will rely on vastly overstate coverage in their states.

  • March 14, 2018

    Insurer, Heart Association Duck TCPA Texting Suit

    A Louisiana federal judge has nixed a proposed class action accusing a health insurance provider of duping consumers into signing up for informational texts that were really part of a charity's advertising scheme, saying the texts were solicited and clearly not commercial.

  • March 14, 2018

    Broadcom Ends Pursuit Of Qualcomm Following Trump Block

    Broadcom Ltd. on Wednesday said it will no longer pursue its $117 billion takeover of Qualcomm Inc., ending a four-month struggle between the two sides just days after President Donald Trump blocked the deal on national security grounds.

  • March 13, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Ericsson Patent At Center Of TCL Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions upholding the validity of an Ericsson patent covering a system for controlling software in mobile devices, which TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd. was recently found to have infringed in a related district court case.

  • March 13, 2018

    Duane Morris Beats Bid To Revive Malpractice Suit In Pa.

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a trial court decision ending a malpractice suit that accused Duane Morris LLP of botching a federal appeal over a failed corporate deal to acquire a submarine fiber-optic network.

  • March 13, 2018

    Scott & Scott Make Bid To Lead Acacia Stock Suit

    Pointing to a track record of successful securities litigation and an extensive presuit investigation, New York-based Scott & Scott LLP asked a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to take the lead in consolidating derivative lawsuits over a sudden stock drop for Bay State-based Acacia Communications Inc.

  • March 13, 2018

    DOJ Can’t Block AT&T, Time Warner Arbitration Evidence

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday rejected U.S. Department of Justice arguments that it would be a waste of time to allow AT&T and Time Warner to present evidence of an offer to allow Time Warner’s distributors to invoke binding arbitration at the companies’ imminent merger trial.

  • March 13, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: KKR, Royal Dutch Shell, Tata

    KKR is among the bidders for the telecommunications towers of Altice NV, Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund has offered Royal Dutch Shell the chance to buy a minority stake in a national oil company, and Tata Sons has pocketed $1.38 billion from its information technology services unit’s stock offering.

  • March 13, 2018

    NY Millionaires Urge Gov. To Raise Their Taxes

    A group of wealthy New Yorkers that include a Disney family scion and a former AT&T chief executive released a letter Tuesday demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature raise their taxes by expanding a millionaires' tax and closing a carried-interest loophole.

  • March 13, 2018

    Comcast Gets SEC Blessing For Sky Share Buyout Plan

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday it would not pursue enforcement action against Comcast Corp. in its recent bid to acquire Sky PLC for $31 billion, saying in a letter the telecom giant had appropriately requested exemptions from certain SEC regulations.

Expert Analysis

  • Where White Collar Enforcement Is Heading

    Gregory Morvillo

    Expect regulators and prosecutors to make cases in industries that are beginning to generate enormous amounts of new revenue, while using the same investigative tools they’ve used for decades, say Gregory Morvillo and Amy Walsh of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: March

    Layth Elhassani

    Upcoming congressional action for the duration of March appears likely to resolve the budget and appropriations impasse of the last several months, after U.S. House and Senate leaders and the White House were able to reach an agreement last month on topline spending numbers for fiscal year 2018, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Practicality Is A Driving Force In High Court Microsoft Case

    James Kitchen

    Absent new legislation or a major reformation of the mutual legal assistance treaty process, victory in the Microsoft case at the U.S. Supreme Court may be vital for the government when it comes to its ability to conduct investigations in the fast-paced world of electronic data and cybercrime, says James Kitchen of Jones Day.

  • Innovation-Based Tech Standards Under Growing Threat

    David Kappos

    It is frightening to consider how many technological innovations of the last 20 years might have missed mass adoption had they been subject to the same pressures faced by innovators today, says David Kappos, a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Class Action Lawyers Behaving Badly

    Thomas Dickerson

    In prosecuting and defending class actions, a conservative, ethical and salutary approach should be taken by all parties. Unfortunately, a survey of recent cases reveals a wide range of problematic behavior by certain class action attorneys, which only lends credence to criticisms of the class action concept, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • VoIP Services May Fall Beyond TCPA's Scope

    Louis DePaul

    A Pennsylvania district court's recent opinion in Klein v. Commerce could prove to be critical in curtailing Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims by providing a strong precedent to support the proposition that free voice over internet protocol services do not fall within the scope of the TCPA, say Louis DePaul and Alison Viola of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration


    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.