Telecommunications

  • February 23, 2017

    Time Warner Eyes Atlanta Station Sale Ahead Of AT&T Deal

    Time Warner Inc. said in a Thursday regulatory filing it is looking to sell an Atlanta broadcast station to Meredith Corp. for $70 million, a move that comes as the content company pushes forward with its $85.4 billion sale to telecommunications giant AT&T Inc.

  • February 23, 2017

    Italba Can't Stop Criminal Inquiry During Uruguay Arbitration

    An international tribunal won't halt a criminal investigation into the authenticity of certain pertinent documents in Italba Corp.'s arbitration against Uruguay, which the Florida-based company filed early last year after a wireless spectrum license granted to a subsidiary was revoked.

  • February 23, 2017

    EQT Quickly Collects $4.23B For 3rd Infrastructure Fund

    Sweden-based EQT Partners AB has closed its third infrastructure-focused fund after bringing in €4 billion ($4.23 billion) in less than six months, the firm said on Thursday, marking the fastest fundraise in EQT’s more than two decades in business.

  • February 23, 2017

    NY Life's $1.1M Deal To End TCPA Suit Gets Initial OK

    A California federal judge has stamped preliminary approval on a $1.1 million settlement between New York Life Insurance and a group of consumers and businesses that claim the insurer sent them junk advertising faxes in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • February 22, 2017

    Comcast Cable Ad Antitrust Suit Trimmed

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday trimmed an antitrust suit brought against Comcast Corp., accusing it of monopolizing the $5.4 billion market for local television advertising.

  • February 22, 2017

    Redstone Needs Mental Exam, Ex-GF Argues In Abuse Row

    Sumner Redstone's ex-girlfriend Sydney Holland urged a California judge Wednesday to order an independent medical examination of the nonagenarian billionaire in his $150 million elder abuse suit against Holland and another ex-girlfriend, arguing there is circumstantial evidence of a recent “precipitous” decline in the former media mogul's health.

  • February 22, 2017

    Net Neutrality Rollback May Require FCC First Move

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has not yet revealed a broad strategy to take down the Obama-era net neutrality framework that he has long rejected, but experts say lawmakers may look to his FCC for initial action as deliberations among GOP leaders continue on the best path forward.

  • February 22, 2017

    T-Mobile Retailer Calls Wage Suit Request 'Tree Without Roots'

    A T-Mobile retailer shot back Tuesday at a move to compel it to produce information that two former sales representatives said was relevant to their discovery requests in a proposed wage class action, calling the move a fishing expedition.

  • February 22, 2017

    Telephone Co. Sues Navy Over Brand-Name Phone Restriction

    A maker of secure desk telephones told the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Tuesday the Department of the Navy acted arbitrarily and capriciously in imposing a brand-name restriction for acquisition of modified commercial phones from a rival company, in violation of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984.

  • February 22, 2017

    4G FRAND Suit Against T-Mobile Should Proceed, Judge Says

    A Texas magistrate judge on Wednesday recommended a federal court deny T-Mobile's bid to toss Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s suit for declaratory judgment on whether its license on patented 4G technology was fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory, finding the court had subject-matter jurisdiction over the case.

  • February 22, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Arris, Dick Clark Productions, Aramco

    Arris will buy a networking equipment business from Brocade Communications for around $1 billion, Dalian Wanda's $1 billion acquisition of Dick Clark Productions has hit a snag due to the Chinese government's desire to limit outgoing capital and Aramco is nearing the acquisition of a Turkish fuel stations business.

  • February 22, 2017

    FCC's GC Defends Backing Down On Inmate Calling Rate Caps

    The Federal Communications Commission's acting general counsel on Tuesday defended the FCC’s decision not to defend its attempt to cap prison phone rates in a letter to Democratic lawmakers, saying the agency’s “well-intentioned efforts have not been fully consistent with the law.”

  • February 22, 2017

    Verizon Wants Ex-Employee's Bias Suit Tossed

    A former Verizon Communications Inc. customer service representative alleging she was fired over her Ukrainian accent can't sustain her bias suit because she neither exhausted her remedies with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission nor alleged any race discrimination, Verizon told a Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Qualcomm Appeals $905M Korean Antitrust Fine Over Patents

    Qualcomm has appealed a roughly $905 million fine from South Korea's antitrust watchdog over its patent licensing practices and sought to put the penalty on hold as it fights a multijurisdictional battle over the way it uses its intellectual property.

  • February 22, 2017

    FCC's O'Rielly Wants To Limit Bureau Power

    Commissioner Michael O’Rielly on Wednesday furthered his theme of cracking down on abuses of power within the Federal Communications Commission, proposing a process that would let commissioners review decisions by agency staffers.

  • February 22, 2017

    Davis Polk-Comcast Call May Have Sparked DreamWorks Deal

    A Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP attorney's phone call to a Comcast executive about the potential representation of a financial adviser in a business transaction may have spawned the cable giant’s $3.8 billion deal for DreamWorks, according to documents from an insider trading suit against a Hong Kong investor.

  • February 22, 2017

    Qualcomm Seeks To Consolidate 24 Antitrust Lawsuits

    Computer chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. has urged the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate 24 antitrust lawsuits in the Southern District of California that allege the company fixed the price of microchips used in cellphones made by Apple Inc. and others.

  • February 22, 2017

    Arnold & Porter Adds Ex-Olswang Atty In London

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP said on Tuesday that it has bolstered its London office with a former Olswang LLP attorney who specializes in corporate and regulatory work in telecommunications, media and technology across Europe and Asia.

  • February 22, 2017

    Colts Phone-Recording Suit Punted From Mass. To Ind.

    A Massachusetts federal judge transferred a proposed class action against the Indianapolis Colts and the maker of its fan app to Indiana federal court on Wednesday, siding with the team and the developer in their bid to transfer the suit accusing them of illegally recording consumers’ conversations.

  • February 21, 2017

    AT&T Urges FCC To Nix 'Cadillac' Broadband Expansion Goals

    The Federal Communications Commission should seek to fund broadband expansion in as many geographic areas as possible rather than prioritizing high speeds, AT&T said Tuesday, or else consumers in harder-to-reach areas will get left behind.

Expert Analysis

  • Net Neutrality And Broadband Privacy Under The New FCC

    Marc S. Martin

    The Federal Communications Commission's new chairman, Ajit Pai, has indicated that he plans to roll back former Chairman Tom Wheeler's actions regarding net neutrality and broadband privacy. Chairman Pai's endorsement of a former Republican FCC chairman, Michael Powell, further suggests that he plans to deregulate broadband internet access services, say Marc Martin and Michael Sherling of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • The Latest On Managing Workplace Mental Health Issues

    Linda B. Dwoskin

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a resource document explaining workplace protections for individuals who suffer from mental health conditions. The publication alerts employers of the need to understand and appreciate an employee’s legal rights as well as their obligations to provide a host of reasonable accommodations, say Linda Dwoskin and Melissa Bergman Squire of Dechert LLP.

  • Post-Spokeo, Not All Statutory Violations Are Created Equal

    John G. Papianou

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo did not provide the hoped-for clarity on whether violation of a statute is sufficient for a plaintiff to sue in federal court. As practitioners and courts still struggle with this question, two recent decisions from the Seventh and Third Circuits highlight the issue, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • Sirius Copyright Ruling Is Setback For Recording Artists

    Ian Ballon

    The New York Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Flo & Eddie v. Sirius marks the first time that the highest court of any state has weighed in on whether state law recognizes a public performance right in pre-1972 sound recordings, and it may be influential in outstanding cases in California and Florida, say Ian Ballon and Justin MacLean of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Post-Spokeo Issues Emerge In The 5th Circ.

    Christopher Chorba

    Although the Fifth Circuit and its district courts have addressed Spokeo issues numerous times since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision, Spokeo’s future in the Fifth Circuit remains unclear. Recent opinions underscore that litigants should be prepared to argue not only about Spokeo’s significance for pre-existing case law, but also the scope of its applicability, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • DOJ Criminal Division In 2016: Fraud Section Rising

    Kevin B. Muhlendorf

    A brief year-in-review document recently released by the U.S. Department of Justice provides a useful overview of what the Criminal Division’s largest litigating section accomplished in the last year and important hints at what the future holds for individuals and entities whose activities come within the Fraud Section’s broad reach, says Kevin Muhlendorf, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • Justice Gorsuch And Product Liability Litigation

    Eric Wolff

    What does the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court mean for product liability litigation? His Tenth Circuit record suggests that, if confirmed, he may have a significant effect on issues including admissibility of expert testimony, federal preemption and personal jurisdiction, says Eric Wolff of Perkins Coie LLP.