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Telecommunications

  • July 17, 2018

    EU Strikes Bilateral Data Transfer Deal With Japan

    The European Union and Japan on Tuesday unveiled a new agreement that will allow user data to flow much more easily between the two global powers, with Japan agreeing to enact several safeguards to comply with European data protection standards.

  • July 17, 2018

    Telia Buys Norwegian Telco Units From TDC In $2.6B Deal

    Sweden-based telecommunications provider Telia Co. AB on Tuesday said it will take over the Norwegian assets of TDC Group in a 21 billion Norwegian kroner ($2.58 billion) deal that will add television, broadband and business services capabilities to the company’s existing mobile offerings in the country.

  • July 17, 2018

    House GOP Member Floats Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

    Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman Tuesday put pressure on House leaders to codify tougher net neutrality rules by introducing his own bill to give regulators greater oversight of internet service providers while also giving support to a Democratic effort that would reinstate Obama-era internet rules if his legislation doesn't pass.

  • July 17, 2018

    Tribe Asks DC Circ. To Halt FCC Lifeline Subsidy Changes

    A Native American tribe has asked the D.C. Circuit to stay a Federal Communications Commission's decision meant to lower the monthly cost of phone and internet for low-income Americans, arguing that the move will instead cut off important subsidies telecommunication providers need to reach rural tribal members. 

  • July 16, 2018

    AT&T Unit Can't Force Arbitration Without Affirmative Consent

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday knocked down an AT&T unit’s lawsuit seeking to force arbitration of an assistant store manager’s discrimination claims, finding the company's arbitration agreement to be unenforceable, because the employee acknowledged reviewing the document but did not affirmatively agree to its terms.

  • July 16, 2018

    T-Mobile Must Face Trimmed Unauthorized Account Row

    A California federal judge refused to release T-Mobile from a putative class action accusing it of using personal information solicited from potential customers to open unauthorized service accounts, finding that the plaintiff's allegations that he had been deceived and had suffered economic injury were enough to sustain two of his five claims.

  • July 16, 2018

    3 FCC Hurdles Sinclair-Tribune Deal Will Face If It Survives

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai essentially ground the proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger to a halt Monday by announcing he will refer it to the agency's administrative law judge for review, charting a rough road for the companies to gain approval for their deal. Here's a look at three challenges the deal will face if it moves forward.

  • July 16, 2018

    Red-State Dems Targeted By New Pro-Kavanaugh Ad Blitz

    The Judicial Crisis Network is pressuring vulnerable Democrats across the country to support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a $1.4 million ad buy launched Monday, targeting a crucial demographic that could determine whether President Donald Trump secures his second appointee to the nation’s top bench.

  • July 16, 2018

    AT&T, Telecoms Can't Escape Suit Over Uncollected 911 Fees

    A South Carolina federal judge said Monday that AT&T Inc. and more than a dozen other phone service providers can't escape a suit brought by Charleston County accusing them of undercharging business customers the 911 fee that funds emergency dispatch call centers, finding the local government has a "reasonable expectation" they should be collecting the fees. 

  • July 16, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Mediaset, Ele.me, Santander

    Mediaset is reportedly planning on partnering with F2i to takeover EI Towers, the food delivery business of e-commerce giant Alibaba wants to pocket as much as $2 billion in new funding, and Banco Santander could see bids for its toxic real estate assets come from Blackstone Group and Cerberus.

  • July 16, 2018

    Pai Rejects Sen.'s Concern Tribes Lacked Input On 5G Rule

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has rebuffed a Democratic senator's concerns the agency didn’t adequately consult with Native American tribes before making a rule change allowing wireless carriers to sidestep historic preservation and environmental reviews for the small-cell fixtures used for next-generation 5G networks.

  • July 16, 2018

    Executive Order Boosts Fears Of Politically Influenced ALJs

    An executive order signed last week by President Donald Trump eliminating the competitive examination and selection procedures for appointing administrative law judges has heightened concerns that both the ALJ hiring process and decisions made by the judges will be unduly influenced by politics, legal experts said Monday.

  • July 16, 2018

    FCC Chief Seeks To Challenge Sinclair-Tribune Tie-Up

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday morning that he is asking his fellow commissioners to refer Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s proposed merger with Chicago-based Tribune Media Co. to an administrative law judge for review.

  • July 13, 2018

    3 Privacy Issues Kavanaugh May Face As High Court Justice

    U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh is going into the U.S. Supreme Court nomination process with a thin record on corporate privacy issues, but his views on the limits of administrative power and personal privacy rights provide clues on how he's likely to approach looming questions. Here, experts flag three privacy topics and where the reliably conservative Judge Kavanaugh may land on these hot-button issues. 

  • July 13, 2018

    3 Issues To Watch As DOJ Appeals AT&T-Time Warner Loss

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that it plans to appeal a D.C. federal court ruling last month that nixed its challenge to AT&T Inc.’s now-completed $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. While the antitrust community waits to see what points the government raises on appeal, experts say there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • July 13, 2018

    Sens. Urge FTC to Investigate Smart-TV Privacy Issues

    Two Democrats on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the privacy policies and practices of smart-TV manufacturers, saying the devices can track the programs people are watching without their knowledge and that companies give too little notice about what they do with the information.

  • July 13, 2018

    Kavanaugh's Nomination Could Be A Win For Big Telecom

    As a D.C. Circuit judge for the last 12 years, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a well-defined record on telecom issues that has benefited large internet service providers and cable companies when faced with complaints that they have harmed competition and when they face zealous regulators.

  • July 13, 2018

    Qualcomm Says Buyers Have No Say In IPhone Import Row

    Smartphone consumers pursuing antitrust multidistrict litigation over Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices can’t block the chipmaker from trying to force Apple to only import iPhones with Qualcomm chipsets, Qualcomm told a California federal judge Thursday, arguing the import matter is totally unrelated.

  • July 13, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Proskauer, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Broadcom made an $18.9 billion deal for CA Technologies, a hedge fund president bought the Carolina Panthers for $2.2 billion and Aptiv PLC is to buy Winchester Interconnect from a Snow Phipps affiliate for $650 million.

  • July 13, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Toss Of $400M Worker Misclassification Suit

    The Court of Federal Claims rightly dismissed a $400 million proposed class action alleging government-funded broadcast service Voice of America dodged paying benefits and fair wages to thousands of workers by misclassifying them as independent contractors, a Federal Circuit panel said Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Design Patent Damages And The Jury's Confusion In Apple

    Derek Dahlgren

    Comments from a juror after the Apple v. Samsung trial revealed a specific problematic conclusion reached by the jury in its decision-making process, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • When Will The ITC Honor A PTAB Finding Of Invalidity?

    Bryan J. Vogel

    As a general rule, the U.S. International Trade Commission has given little to no deference to Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions. However, recent decisions seem to throw a wrinkle into this lack of deference, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Trade Lessons From The ZTE Saga

    Erin Baldwin

    Less than two months after the U.S. government announced it was denying export privileges to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., it said that the denial order would be lifted pursuant to a new settlement with ZTE. The lessons from the ZTE saga are far from clear, but one takeaway is that enforcement actions may not always be final, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Defenses Remain For Companies In Calif. Call Recording Suits

    Joshua Briones

    Many defendants settle California Invasion of Privacy Act cases out of fear that courts will find violations even where no confidential information is recorded and where no one is harmed. But several decisions in the first half of 2018 provide these defendants with additional strategies, say Joshua Briones and Crystal Lopez of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.