Telecommunications

  • May 18, 2017

    FCC Moves Ahead On Local Station Rule, Other Media Regs

    Although the proposed rollback of Title II broadband classification attracted much of the spotlight on the Federal Communications Commission’s Thursday meeting, the commission also greenlighted measures to eliminate a broadcast “main studio” rule and to streamline other media regulations.

  • May 18, 2017

    Ore. Telecom Can’t Escape Haiti International Call Rate Row

    An Oregon telecommunications company must face claims it improperly bypassed a Haitian telecom’s switching system to dupe the Haitian telecom into charging it lower domestic instead of higher international call rates, an Oregon federal judge has ruled for the third time.

  • May 18, 2017

    FCC To Move Forward On Net Neutrality Rollback

    FCC commissioners voted 2-1 Thursday to move forward with a process that would reverse Title II broadband classification, the legal footing for the commission’s 2015 net neutrality rules.

  • May 17, 2017

    Insurer Need Not Cover Worker's Bathroom Break Shooting

    An insurance company need not cover a cable installation company owner for claims arising from his attempted murder of his ex-wife and her daughter during his morning bathroom break under a general liability policy held by the business, a Florida federal jury decided Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    Verizon Users Ask 9th Circ. To Keep Cookie Row In Court

    A putative class of Verizon subscribers asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to let their case against Turn Inc. remain in court, arguing a district judge erred in finding the user contract’s arbitration clause applied to the third-party marketing firm’s practice of surreptitiously tracking users’ online activities by using “supercookies.”

  • May 17, 2017

    UK Regulator Fines Telecom For Sending 3.3M Spam Texts

    The U.K.’s data protection commissioner has hit telecom provider Onecom with a £100,000 ($129,710) fine for allegedly blasting consumers with more than 3 million spam texts about mobile phone upgrades during a six-month period, the regulator said Tuesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    Ex-Frontier Exec, Policy Pro Returns To Wilkinson Barker

    A former Federal Communications Commission commissioner who was most recently an executive at Frontier Communications Corp. has returned to Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP as special counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, where she will advocate on behalf of media, communications, energy and tech clients before regulators.

  • May 17, 2017

    Qualcomm Sues IPhone Manufacturers Over Unpaid Royalties

    Qualcomm Inc. added another front to its legal battles with Apple Inc. on Wednesday when it sued four iPhone manufacturers in California federal court for allegedly failing to pay royalties on license agreements after Apple stopped reimbursing them.

  • May 17, 2017

    Player In $3B TelexFree Scam Settles With SEC For $1.8M

    A player in the TelexFree LLC pyramid scheme agreed Wednesday to cough up more than $1.8 million to settle a Massachusetts federal suit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accusing him of securities fraud in promoting what the agency called “an elaborate Ponzi and pyramid scheme.”

  • May 17, 2017

    NHL Network Scores Rights To Annual World Championships

    The National Hockey League’s channel scored exclusive broadcast rights in the U.S. for the next three IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, it said on Wednesday, marking its latest move to bolster its broadcast and viewing options.

  • May 17, 2017

    Bipartisan Bill Again Calls For Transparency In Settlements

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford on Tuesday reintroduced legislation requiring greater transparency of settlements companies and individuals enter into with federal agencies, including a disclosure of tax deductible amounts or other credits that affect the actual dollar figure.

  • May 17, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: WaveDivision, Stonyfield, Global Atlantic

    A TPG business unit is nearing a deal to buy broadband cable operator WaveDivision for more than $2 billion, including debt, Grupo Lala is the frontrunner to buy U.S. organic yogurt business Stonyfield from Danone, and reinsurance company Global Atlantic Financial Group could go public this year.

  • May 17, 2017

    Adelphia Founders Seek To Revive Deloitte & Touche Suit

    Attorneys for a series of entities connected to defunct Adelphia Communications Corp. asked a Pennsylvania appeals court Wednesday to revive a lawsuit valued in the tens of millions of dollars over Deloitte & Touche LLP's alleged responsibility for the financial misdealings that led to the cable company’s 2002 collapse.

  • May 17, 2017

    FTC’s Definition Of Cyber Injury Getting Broader, Chief Says

    Having done a good job “clearing out the low-hanging fruit” of corporate cybersecurity safeguards for consumer data, the Federal Trade Commission’s temporary chief said Wednesday that the agency is now focusing on an expanded definition of what can constitute “substantial” injury to consumers.

  • May 16, 2017

    Dutch Cable Co. Says Fla. Developers Didn't Pay Royalties

    A lawsuit filed in state court in Miami accuses two local real estate developers of defrauding a Dutch company of millions of dollars in licensing fees and royalties under an agreement giving them the rights to a method of replacing coaxial cable with fiber optic cables.

  • May 16, 2017

    FCC Fights Sprint Challenge Of Data Services Deregulation

    The Federal Communications Commission asked the D.C. Circuit Monday to toss an appeal brought by Sprint and Windstream challenging an FCC order deregulating pricing in the business data services market, saying the companies filed the appeal too soon.

  • May 16, 2017

    Trio Of Dems Unveil Plan To Kill Congressional Review Act

    Sens. Cory Booker and Tom Udall and Rep. David Cicilline on Tuesday introduced a plan to repeal the Congressional Review Act, which the three Democrats said Republicans are abusing to overturn regulations related to public health, the environment and consumer protections.

  • May 16, 2017

    Apple Ordered To Turn Over Details Of Unreleased Products

    Apple must turn over documents requested by Nokia that disclose details of unreleased iPhones and iPads, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge has ruled in a patent infringement probe, saying Apple is "not unique" in its desire to keep future products under wraps.

  • May 16, 2017

    Court Won't Freeze Comcast's Rovi Patent Row In NY

    A New York federal court said Monday that it will not disturb its decision allowing Rovi Corp. to pursue patent litigation against Comcast before the International Trade Commission in a dispute over patents for on-screen TV programming guides.

  • May 16, 2017

    No Redo For Dish Network $20.5M Telemarketing Trial Award

    Dish Network suffered a setback Tuesday in its ongoing effort to undo a $20.5 million verdict in a telemarketing class action when a North Carolina federal court denied its motion for a new trial, though the company continues to hotly contest the payment process.

Expert Analysis

  • APA Violation In IPR Can Turn Into Harmless Error On Appeal

    Richard Marsh

    While IPR Licensing v. ZTE demonstrates that the Administrative Procedure Act remains a viable ground for challenging inter partes review decisions, it also illustrates how the Federal Circuit’s standard of review on appeal can cure some APA violations, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Need High Court Guidance On 'Abstract Idea'

    Charles Macedo

    Too many district courts have followed the incorrect holding in Ultramercial, that novel and inventive business processes are “abstract ideas,” contrary to the limited expansion of the “abstract idea” exception in Bilski and Alice. Hopefully, the U.S. Supreme Court will take advantage of the opportunity to correct this misapplication in Broadband iTV v. Hawaiian Telcom, say Charles Macedo and Sandra Hudak of Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP.

  • Why FTC's Qualcomm Investigation Is Important

    Joshua Wolson

    The United States needs to pursue its investigation of Qualcomm vigorously both to ensure that Qualcomm is not acting improperly and also to deter future potential abuses of standard-essential patents, says Joshua Wolson of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

  • Recent Trends In Enforcement Of Intercreditor Agreements

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    Three recent cases show that bankruptcy courts are increasingly willing to interpret intercreditor agreements and agreements among lenders and apply their plain language to the facts of the case, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Herding Cats: Making The Most Out Of A Joint Defense Group

    Audra Dial

    Audra Dial, managing partner for Kilpatrick Townsend LLP’s Atlanta office, shares four strategies that she believes make multidefendant litigation more efficient — and ensure the joint defense group does not devolve into a leaderless group.

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.

  • A Look At FCC Broadband Deployment Proposal

    Maria Browne

    Last month, the Federal Communications Commission released the final version of its combined notice of proposed rulemaking, notice of inquiry and request for comment pertaining to accelerated wireline broadband deployment. The FCC is seeking to expedite and reduce the costs of deployment, while also seeking comment on whether the commission should preempt state and local government impediments to deployment, say Maria Browne and Jo... (continued)

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Increasing Focus On Info Exchanges Among Competitors

    Phillip Johnson

    Sharing sensitive nonpublic information can have adverse effects on competition. Indeed, recent activity in private and public antitrust enforcement shows growing concern with competitors’ coordinated actions and information sharing, say Phillip Johnson and Niyati Ahuja of Econ One Research Inc.