Telecommunications

  • March 24, 2017

    6th Circ. Revives Tenn. 911 Billing Suit Against AT&T

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday reversed a district court ruling that 10 Tennessee emergency communications districts couldn't sue an AT&T subsidiary regarding billing disputes under the state’s 911 law, saying the suit was wrongly dismissed for lack of standing.

  • March 24, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Latham, Kirkland, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Capitol Acquisition combined with Cision to go public in a $2.4 billion deal, a private equity firm acquired Checkers Drive-In Restaurants for $525 million, and a Connecticut-based data analytics service provider bought a risk management software firm for $205 million.

  • March 24, 2017

    FCC Faces Quandary If Obama-Era Privacy Rules Get Boot

    If the House follows the U.S. Senate’s lead in voting to undo late Obama-era Federal Communications Commission privacy rules for internet service providers, experts say the FCC may face an untested legal question of whether it can adopt an alternative preferred by the agency's new GOP chairman.

  • March 24, 2017

    Texas Jury Hits Motorola For $9M In HD Voice Patent Trial

    A Texas federal jury on Friday hit Motorola Mobility LLC with a $9 million verdict, finding willful infringement of five patents related to voice quality on phone calls and rejecting Motorola’s claims the patents are invalid.

  • March 24, 2017

    FCC’s VoIP Phone Number Order Survives DC Circ. Challenge

    An association of state utility commissioners failed to show it was injured by a Federal Communications Commission order allowing certain voice over internet protocol providers like Vonage to get direct access to phone numbers, the D.C. Circuit ruled Friday, dismissing the association’s challenge.

  • March 24, 2017

    IRS Not At Fault For Ex-Sprint Execs' Forced Exit: Judge

    A Manhattan federal judge Thursday axed a $160 million suit alleging the Internal Revenue Service helped Ernst & Young conceal evidence of an investigation into tax shelters that cost two former Sprint executives their jobs, finding the claims are not covered under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

  • March 24, 2017

    FCC Warned 5G Preemption Could Cost Localities 'Billions'

    The National League of Cities, the United States Conference of Mayors and other organizations asked the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to allow more time for comments on a request that it overrule local barriers to deploying fifth-generation wireless infrastructure, saying that the issue is complex and could cost local governments billions of dollars annually.

  • March 24, 2017

    HK Investor Agrees To Freeze In DreamWorks Trading Case

    A New York federal judge on Thursday extended an injunction freezing the assets of a Hong Kong private equity investor accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of making $29 million by trading on insider information about Comcast's purchase of DreamWorks Animation.

  • March 23, 2017

    FCC Says 12,600 Consumers Affected By AT&T 911 Outage

    A Federal Communications Commission official reported to commissioners Thursday that a 911 outage March 8 for AT&T wireless subscribers affected about 12,600 callers, as the agency investigates and seeks public comment on the event and a separate March 11 outage that had a smaller impact on 911 calls.

  • March 23, 2017

    Senate Votes To Undo FCC's Broadband Privacy Rules

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a resolution to repeal broadband privacy rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission last year, leaving the fate of the hotly contested measure in the hands of the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • March 23, 2017

    FCC Advances Plan Targeting Illegal Robocalls

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday agreed to float a proposal at an active meeting, which would allow certain carrier call-blocking to limit unlawful robocalls, with the FCC chief touting it after the meeting as part of his “fast start” as chairman.

  • March 23, 2017

    Court Says Netflix Must Pay Jones Day Rates In Dispute

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday ordered Netflix to pay an $800,000 legal bill for Relativity Media arising from a dispute over Netflix's efforts to stream two Relativity movies before they hit theaters, and also rebuked the streaming pioneer for its tactics regarding the bills for Jones Day fees.

  • March 23, 2017

    DirecTV Settles DOJ's Dodgers Channel Info-Sharing Suit

    DirecTV and AT&T reached a deal Thursday to settle the U.S. Department of Justice's claims that the companies illegally shared sensitive information about negotiations to carry the Dodgers’ official local broadcast partner, agreeing to crack down on their executives' conversations with rivals.

  • March 23, 2017

    T-Mobile Urges FCC Not To Delay Post-Auction Transition

    T-Mobile encouraged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to refuse broadcaster requests to delay the transition of stations to new channels after the broadcast incentive auction, arguing that there is no justification for extending or delaying the process.

  • March 23, 2017

    Patent Licensing Cos. Fight To Save IP Row From Dismissal

    Two patent licensing companies on Wednesday hit back at a magistrate's recommendation to dismiss their infringement suits against Cigna, Consumer Cellular and others over 10 patents covering targeted email marketing technology, arguing that the defendants haven't established that the asserted claims are abstract under Alice.

  • March 23, 2017

    India Floats Draft Text Of WTO Services Agreement

    India has circulated a new proposal outlining its vision for a World Trade Organization services agreement, which could loosen up cross-border rules for financial services, telecommunications and scores of other lucrative industries, the WTO said Thursday.

  • March 22, 2017

    Apple Can't Fully Dodge Antitrust Row Over AT&T iPhone Deal

    A putative class action accusing Apple Inc. of conspiring with AT&T to lock in iPhone customers to the carrier’s voice and data plans moved forward Wednesday when a California federal judge said there was evidence Apple may have manipulated a market centered around such service plans.

  • March 22, 2017

    ZTE Cops To Sanctions Violation In $892M Iran Sales Penalty

    ZTE Corp. agreed to pay $430 million and pled guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in Texas federal court on Wednesday as part of an $892 million multiagency settlement agreement over claims it unlawfully shipped technology from the United States to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

  • March 22, 2017

    $3B TelexFree Ponzi Scheme President Sentenced To 6 Years

    The former president of TelexFree Inc. who prosecutors say helped orchestrate stealing $3 billion from consumers through a global pyramid scheme will serve six years in prison, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

  • March 22, 2017

    FCC Warned Against Interfering On Local Rights-Of-Way

    A group representing nationwide highway and transportation departments rejected on Tuesday any Federal Communications Commission action to streamline deployment of 5G infrastructure that would “overreach” on state authority to manage rights-of-way, questioning a request for federal intervention.

Expert Analysis

  • Where Cos. Are 'Found' In §1782 Discovery Applications

    Alexander Wentworth-Ping

    Two recent decisions in the Northern District of California shed light on what standard applies when determining whether a respondent corporation "resides or is found" in the district in which an application for discovery is made pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782, say attorneys with Allen & Overy LLP.

  • FCC Takes A Backseat In Regulating Online Privacy

    Adrienne Ehrhardt

    Shortly after the Federal Communications Commission stayed the data security regulation piece of its broadband privacy order, a joint resolution of Congress proposed to repeal the entire order. Despite this rollback on FCC regulation of internet privacy, the FCC may still have a role in cybersecurity regulation outside the online space, say Adrienne Ehrhardt and Michelle Dama of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

  • Arbitration Agreements In Calif. Require Consumer Assent

    Jay Bogan

    In Norcia v. Samsung, the Ninth Circuit ruled that a consumer is not bound to an arbitration clause in a warranty brochure in a box containing a purchased product if the box does not call attention to the existence of the clause. This emphasizes the importance of the old-fashioned concept that a party must have notice of and assent to a contractual provision in order to be bound by it, say Jay Bogan and Allen Garrett of Kilpatrick ... (continued)

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Rebuttal

    Why China Is A Good Place For NPEs

    Erick Robinson

    A recent Law360 guest article's conclusion that China will see little nonpracticing entity activity over the next five years is short-sighted. I currently represent several NPEs in China, and my view is quite different, says ‎Erick Robinson, director of patent litigation at Beijing East IP Ltd.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Export Control Enforcement In The Wake Of ZTE Resolution

    Michael Casey

    The $892 million combined penalty against Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., which is subject to court approval and would balloon to $1.19 billion if ZTE violates the terms of its settlement agreements, represents the largest fine and forfeiture imposed to date in an export control case. Attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP review the settlements and discuss the implications for future sanctions and export control enforcement.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • What To Expect From NPE Activity In China

    Jackie Wong

    An affiliate of nonpracticing entity Wi-LAN recently filed a patent suit against Sony in Nanjing, China. NPE activities have rarely been seen in China, so this raises the concern that international NPEs are now stepping in. Chinese patent litigation practice has two factors favorable to NPEs and two factors not favorable to NPEs, says Jackie Wong, legal counsel at Xiaomi Inc.