Telecommunications

  • December 12, 2017

    Verizon Legally Fired Worker With Bad Heart, Judge Says

    Verizon did not illegally fire a worker with a heart condition because of his disability, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Monday, saying that the company had a legitimate reason for terminating him after he attempted to conceal his condition during required medical examinations.

  • December 12, 2017

    Ex-Trump Adviser Wants To Weigh In On AT&T Merger Row

    Former Trump administration campaign volunteer Carter Page asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday if he could weigh in on the government’s challenge of AT&T’s proposed Time Warner deal, saying that he can provide unique insight into how media conglomerates wield their power.

  • December 12, 2017

    AT&T Customers Must Arbitrate Data Usage Suit: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday refused to let a proposed class of AT&T wireless customers out of arbitration on their claims the company lied about its unlimited mobile data plan, finding that the Federal Arbitration Act doesn’t violate their constitutional right to have their case heard in court.

  • December 12, 2017

    Clyburn Offers 'Edits' To Net Neutrality Rollback Plan

    FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on Tuesday circulated a tongue-in-cheek edit of the draft order on net neutrality that the agency is set to vote on Thursday, crossing out most of its words to transform it into a plan to preserve the current set of rules.

  • December 12, 2017

    DC, DHS Police To Step Up Security For Net Neutrality Vote

    The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau and federal police officers have agreed to monitor the Federal Communications Commission building on Wednesday and Thursday in light of the agency’s upcoming vote on net neutrality, after receiving a request for increased security by the nonprofit organization Free Our Internet.

  • December 12, 2017

    $6M Nokia Real Estate Row Must Be Arbitrated, Court Hears

    Nokia asked a Texas federal court Monday to toss a U.S. commercial real estate services firm's $6 million suit accusing the Finnish consumer electronics company of breaching an exclusive service agreement, saying the dispute must be arbitrated in London.

  • December 12, 2017

    Warburg Pincus Drops $350M For Indian Satellite Co. Stake

    An affiliate of private equity firm Warburg Pincus will take a partial stake in the satellite television arm of Indian telecommunications giant Bharti Airtel for $350 million, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    The Biggest Telecom Developments Of 2017

    The advent of the Trump administration had a ripple effect in the telecommunications industry, landing Ajit Pai at the helm of the Federal Communications Commission and teeing up high-profile policy debates. Here’s a recap of some of the year's biggest developments in the telecom industry, including big media mergers, media ownership deregulation and a revived debate over net neutrality principles.

  • December 11, 2017

    FIFA Judge Keeps Soccer Bosses' Disparate Fates From Jury

    The New York federal judge overseeing the ongoing FIFA corruption trial said Monday that it would needlessly confuse the jury to hear that one indicted Brazilian soccer official remains the president of the country's soccer federation, while the other — currently on trial in the case — had been banned from the sport.

  • December 11, 2017

    Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

    Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.

  • December 11, 2017

    What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

    We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding.

  • December 11, 2017

    Why Investors Are Taking The Leap To 3rd-Party Funding

    They often don’t know exactly what they’re buying, and there’s an ever-present chance they could come up empty in a given case. Here’s why investors are flocking to litigation finance anyway.

  • December 11, 2017

    FCC, FTC Tout Enforcement Plan Before Net Neutrality Vote

    Days before the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote to roll back the legal underpinning for its net neutrality rules, it announced plans Monday to partner with the Federal Trade Commission to share information and enforcement duties for service providers that don't honestly disclose their open internet practices.

  • December 11, 2017

    House Dem Looks To Block Vote On Net Neutrality Rollback

    A Democratic congressman has introduced legislation to block Thursday’s Federal Communications Commission vote to roll back net neutrality protections by invalidating what he calls flawed rulemaking efforts as the FCC presses forward with the controversial new rules.

  • December 11, 2017

    House Passes DHS Cybersecurity Overhaul

    The House of Representatives passed a bill Monday meant to centralize authority and responsibility for cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with backers claiming the legislation would allow for clear decision-making at the agency.

  • December 11, 2017

    DOJ Won't Prosecute Software Co. Over Work In Russia

    Telecommunications software company Netcracker has reached a nonprosecution deal with the U.S. Department of Justice, agreeing to implement enhanced security measures to resolve a criminal investigation alleging that its contracted work had resulted in security “degradation” at the Defense Information Systems Agency, the DOJ announced on Monday.

  • December 11, 2017

    Telecoms Tell 9th Circ. FCC's Network Transition Too Fast

    Several telecommunications organizations asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to review the Federal Communication Commission’s recent move to speed the transition from copper to fiber optic networks, arguing that the decision is “arbitrary” and may violate federal laws.

  • December 11, 2017

    Corning Taps Shearman, Skadden For $900M Deal With 3M

    Materials science giant Corning Inc., with assistance from legal advisers Shearman & Sterling LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, has inked a roughly $900 million cash deal to buy most of the communication markets business of 3M Co., the companies said on Monday.

  • December 11, 2017

    Motorola Dodges Enhanced Damages On $9M Patent Verdict

    A Texas federal judge has ruled that Motorola Mobility LLC owes ongoing royalties to a communications company after the jury found it violated five patents related to voice quality, but declined to add enhanced damages to the existing $9 million award, saying Motorola’s conduct didn’t constitute bad faith.

  • December 8, 2017

    The Law Firms Of The 2017 MVPs

    Law360's MVP award goes to attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers in litigation, deals and other complex matters. Find the MVPs at your firm here.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • A Decisive Battle For Net Neutrality Looms Ahead

    Andrew McBride

    The Federal Communication Commission's upcoming vote on its net neutrality order will set the stage for a classic battle over regulatory philosophies, and appeal to the D.C. Circuit is a foregone conclusion. Add the possible re-examination of Chevron deference and the case has all the makings of a blockbuster that comes along only once a generation, says Andrew McBride of Perkins Coie LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • Opinion

    Leave The Never-Was-Neutral Net Alone

    Doug Hass

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai bills his recent net neutrality proposal as a “repeal” of the 2015 rules, but it really just imposes his own version of net neutrality through impenetrable and ultimately ineffectual disclosures that both harm providers and confuse users, says Doug Hass, general counsel at Lifeway Foods Inc.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • Wrestling With Location Data Privacy At The High Court

    Vanessa Arslanian

    Last week during arguments in Carpenter v. United States, both conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to limit warrantless government access to historical cell-site location data, but they voiced different ways to do so, says Vanessa Arslanian at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.