Telecommunications

  • January 18, 2017

    Inmate Call Cos. Urge DC Circ. To Wait On Rate Cap Review

    Inmate calling service providers on Tuesday urged the D.C. Circuit to delay its review of rate caps imposed on the companies by the Federal Communications Commission in August, in anticipation of a reversal of the policy under an incoming Republican-majority commission.

  • January 18, 2017

    Level 3 Shareholders Sue To Stop $34B CenturyLink Deal

    A proposed class of Level 3 Communications Inc. shareholders took issue with the company’s behavior in the lead-up to and after its announced $34 billion sale to CenturyLink Inc., filing suit Tuesday in Colorado federal court over the company’s alleged failure to perform adequate due diligence.

  • January 18, 2017

    Sprint Asks To Mull AGs’ Changes To $50M Cramming Fund

    Sprint Corp. told a New York federal court on Tuesday that it was “premature” of several state attorneys general to say that the wireless carrier had agreed to proposed changes to a $50 million consumer repayment fund set up to settle allegations the company had crammed unauthorized charges onto subscribers' bills.

  • January 18, 2017

    Cravath Steers Cable One’s $735M NewWave Buy

    U.S. cable provider Cable One Inc., led by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, revealed plans Wednesday to snap up private equity-backed NewWave Communications for $735 million in cash, a deal that stands to expand its non-urban footprint.

  • January 17, 2017

    Apple Can Prevent Texting-And-Driving But Doesn't: Suit

    A law firm focused on the automotive industry brought a proposed class action against Apple Inc. in California state court Tuesday, accusing the company of putting profits before consumer safety by failing to install a "lock-out device" on iPhones to prevent California motorists from texting while driving.

  • January 17, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Vacates Ericsson Win In Broadband Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday unwound a lower court’s ruling that had freed Ericsson Inc. from infringement claims on three patents, concluding in a split decision that the trial judge had done a jury’s job by weighing evidence from each party before ruling in Ericsson’s favor.

  • January 17, 2017

    Dish Network Must Undo Wage Cut During NLRB Case

    Dish Network Co. must restore a 50 percent pay cut to unionized employees at two Texas facilities while the National Labor Relations Board determines if the company’s action was illegal, a Texas federal judge ruled Saturday.

  • January 17, 2017

    Telco Loses Late Bid To Get In As Small Biz On $20B Award

    A small telecommunications company lost out on a bid to be part of a multiaward federal computer contract worth up to $20 billion in a decision released Friday, as a Federal Claims judge found the company too large to qualify for special small business provisions.

  • January 17, 2017

    FCC’s Transparency Rules Go Into Effect For All Providers

    Enhanced transparency rules under the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order went into effect on Tuesday despite a plea from several trade associations, although a Democratic commissioner lamented the effect on small providers and a Republican commissioner pushed action soon.

  • January 17, 2017

    Consumer Says Frontier's Fee Collection Attempts Are Injury

    The lead plaintiff in a putative class action against Frontier Communications Corp. shot back at the telecom’s claim she had not suffered injuries from alleged undisclosed service fees Monday, telling a California federal judge she suffered emotional distress and anxiety due to the company’s debt collection efforts.

  • January 17, 2017

    FCC Urged To Enforce Discrimination Ruling On Cablevision

    The DirecTV-owned Game Show Network LLC urged the Federal Communications Commission Friday to enforce an agency administrative law judge's holding that the network was unlawfully discriminated against when Cablevision bumped it to a secondary carriage tier, blasting Cablevision for trying to avoid restoring balance to its programming.

  • January 17, 2017

    Hispanic Media Tell FCC Viewers' Mail Should Be Kept

    The National Hispanic Media Coalition has urged the Federal Communications Commission not to drop its requirement that commercial broadcasters retain copies of correspondence from the public, arguing that the correspondence can aid the public when filing complaints against certain broadcast content.

  • January 17, 2017

    FCC Auction's Clearing Cost Drops To $10B

    The Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum incentive auction is on track to bring in a fraction of its original goal of more than $80 billion, as the agency has set a target for its next round of the incentive auction at just over $10 billion, according to a Tuesday post on the FCC's website.

  • January 17, 2017

    FTC Sues Qualcomm Over Standard-Essential Patent Licenses

    The Federal Trade Commission accused Qualcomm on Tuesday of using its dominance over the sale of semiconductors for mobile devices to wrangle higher royalties and anti-competitive licensing terms from cellphone makers for its standard-essential patents.

  • January 13, 2017

    Belize Urges 11th Circ. To Toss $22M Telecom Contract Suit

    The government of Belize urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to dismiss a claim it owes a company more than $22 million for leased telecommunications equipment, saying a lower court failed to properly consider Belizean law and wrongly found that it waived sovereign immunity.

  • January 13, 2017

    Cable Group Pushes FCC's Pai On Broadband Deployment

    The American Cable Association has registered its views on the bidding process for funds to expand broadband in rural areas with the office of senior Republican Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai, recommending a method that maximizes provider participation.

  • January 13, 2017

    AT&T Lobbies FCC Republican On Privacy Rules, Other Plans

    Representatives for AT&T have renewed their arguments at the Federal Communications Commission on business data services, privacy rules for broadband providers and other key issues, checking in on the status of key proceedings with the office of the agency’s senior Republican commissioner, Ajit Pai.

  • January 13, 2017

    FTC Settles 2 Illegal Robocall Suits For $500K

    Two large-scale telemarketing campaigns that have been blasting robocalls to people on the country’s do-not-call registry for nearly half a decade will pay the Federal Trade Commission half a million dollars to settle their cases, the agency announced Friday.

  • January 13, 2017

    Techie 'Cult Leader' Woos Fed. Circ. In Microsoft Patent Row

    Counsel for a New York inventor who gained notoriety as an alleged self-help "cult leader" fought on Friday to revive the man’s patent infringement suit against Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Inc. over teleconferencing technology, assuring a Federal Circuit panel that he owns the rights to the patents.

  • January 13, 2017

    Wheeler Asks ‘Where’s The Fire?’ On Nixing Net Neutrality

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler lodged a final defense of his FCC’s Open Internet Order that set net neutrality rules in his last speech Friday, calling for new leaders not to rush to overturn an order that also provides the basis for privacy rules for internet service providers.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017

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    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

  • US Sanctions Against Cuba: Outlook Under President Trump

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    The regulatory changes that have propelled increasing cultural and economic engagement with Cuba for the past two years have been made through executive action. With a Republican Congress seemingly lacking the political will to ease or strengthen the Cuba embargo, the Trump administration’s initiatives on Cuba will be decisive for U.S. business interests, says Simeon Kriesberg of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Mediating E-Discovery Disputes Can Save Time And Money

    Daniel Garrie

    A primary driver of increasing litigation costs is the explosion of electronic discovery in recent years. Electronic data is not only increasing dramatically in volume, it is also growing in complexity. One way parties can save time and money is to use a neutral, technically skilled mediator, to ensure that e-discovery is both robust and cost-effective, says Daniel Garrie of JAMS.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Are You Prepared For A 'Post-Fact' Jury?

    Ross Laguzza

    The media has been full of stories lately about the death of facts and the rise of “fake news.” It is reasonable to wonder if people sitting on juries will be able to function appropriately in this post-fact world, says Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.

  • What The FCC Will Look Like In 2017

    Stephanie A. Roy

    Given that the Republican Party will soon hold three of five commissioner seats at the Federal Communications Commission, its agenda will likely hold sway for at least the next four years. The FCC may shift its attitude toward issues such as spectrum management and major mergers, says Stephanie Roy of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Are Courts In The Discovery Driver’s Seat?

    Cristin K. Traylor

    I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • How China's Draft Regulations Will Control Cloud Services

    Timothy Stratford

    Last month, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology published a draft Notice on Regulating Cloud Services Market Activities. The proposed regulations will create new restrictions on foreign investment and partnership activities and set other new requirements, say attorneys from Covington & Burlington LLP.

  • Public Records Access V. Privacy: California's Struggle

    Louie Castoria

    As Associate Justice Goodwin Liu commented during oral arguments last week, “Every jurisdiction in California will be parsing what we say to tell their employees what to do.” City of San Jose v. Superior Court poses a narrow question: whether a blanket exemption exists under the Public Records Act for communications conducted on private devices, say Louie Castoria and Aaron Cargain of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.