Telecommunications

  • February 14, 2017

    NJ Road Agency Can't Get Property Exemption For Cell Tower

    The New Jersey agency responsible for two of the busiest toll roads in the U.S. has lost its bid for a tax exemption on a property with a cellular communication tower when a judge ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence showing that the lease of the tower is connected to essential government functions.

  • February 14, 2017

    Level 3 Hit With 3rd Shareholder Suit Over $34B Merger

    A putative class of Level 3 Communications Inc. shareholders filed a third suit against the communications company and its board in Colorado federal court Tuesday for allegedly omitting key details about a proposed $34 billion merger with CenturyLink Inc. in a recent proxy statement.

  • February 14, 2017

    FCC’s Auction Outcome Is Victim Of Sky-High Expectations

    The Federal Communications Commission crossed an important finish line in its broadcast incentive auction Friday as a phase of bidding ended, and experts say inflated revenue expectations stoked by the FCC are clouding a result that delivers on the goal of repurposing spectrum for wireless use.

  • February 14, 2017

    Amdocs Urges Fed. Circ. Against Rehearing Of Alice Reversal

    Amdocs (Israel) Ltd. on Monday urged the Federal Circuit not to rehear an earlier decision that found four of its patents were not invalid for claiming abstract ideas, arguing there was nothing “exceptionally important” about the ruling that would justify a second look.

  • February 14, 2017

    Trade Group Asks FCC For More Broadband Build-Out Funds

    The United States Telecom Association asked the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to increase funding levels for a broadband build-out support mechanism, saying that the priority of using it to deploy broadband in rural America means more funding is needed.

  • February 14, 2017

    Blackberry Hits Nokia With Suit Over 11 Telecom Patents

    BlackBerry Ltd. launched an infringement suit against Nokia Corp. in Delaware federal court Tuesday for allegedly using 11 of BlackBerry's patents that describe proprietary technology underlying third- and fourth-generation mobile communication.

  • February 14, 2017

    Cox Hit With $8M In Atty Fees In Music Piracy Battle

    A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Cox Communications to pay more than $8 million in legal fees on top of $25 million in copyright damages it already owes in a lawsuit over illegal downloading, saying such an award would encourage others to take on “willful infringers with deep pockets.”

  • February 14, 2017

    Reps Urge FCC To Undo Lifeline Eligibility Reversal

    Several dozen House representatives urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday to reconsider his decision to strip nine companies of eligibility to provide broadband service under the Lifeline program for low-income users, saying the move will hurt poor children and widen the digital divide.

  • February 14, 2017

    Sprint Lied In Bill-Halving Promo, Consumer Suit Says

    Telecom giant Sprint was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court Monday alleging the company’s “cut-your-cell-phone-bill-in-half” promotion deceives consumers and fails to deliver as advertised.

  • February 14, 2017

    Sprint Says FairPoint Can't Hang Up On $2M Billing Suit

    Sprint urged a North Carolina federal court on Monday to not toss or shave down its $2 million overbilling suit against FairPoint Communications Inc., arguing that its allegations are genuine and supported by sufficient evidence.

  • February 13, 2017

    NFL, DirecTV Ask Judge To Sack Sunday Ticket Antitrust Suit

    The NFL and DirecTV separately urged a California federal judge on Monday to kick subscribers' antitrust suit challenging the legality of their exclusive Sunday Ticket package out of court, with DirecTV seeking arbitration and the NFL arguing the suit is based on a “fundamentally cockeyed notion.”

  • February 13, 2017

    Dish Says TCPA Verdict In NC Has No Bearing On Ill. Case

    Dish Network LLC told an Illinois federal judge Friday that a $20.5 million jury award last month in a North Carolina Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action has no bearing on an ongoing suit against the company in Illinois.

  • February 13, 2017

    FCC Seeks Comment On Requiring Periodic Progress Reports

    The Federal Communications Commission wants input on a proposed rule requiring the periodic filing of progress reports from certain TV stations that are not eligible to receive payment of relocation expenses for moving to new channels, according to a filing posted Monday on its website.

  • February 13, 2017

    Competition Would Help Broadband Build-Out, FCC Chief Told

    The new Federal Communications Commission should embrace pro-competitive policies to make way for deploying broadband, the competitive-network trade group Incompas has told FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, saying that doing so would ensure affordable service, according to a Monday filing.

  • February 13, 2017

    Filipino Network Wins Almost $8M From Streaming Websites

    The largest media and entertainment company in the Philippines won a nearly $8 million default judgment Monday against online streaming websites that the company says regularly showcase pirated versions of its programming.

  • February 13, 2017

    Broadcasters Endorse Early Full-Text Release Of FCC Plans

    The Federal Communications Commission’s early release of a draft proposal to authorize the use of a next-generation broadcasting standard is allowing broadcasters to give helpful feedback and help “frame the debate,” the National Association of Broadcasters said Monday.

  • February 13, 2017

    Comcast, Transgender Ex-Employee Agree To Drop Bias Suit

    Comcast Inc. and the transgender woman who sued the company accusing it of gender discrimination and retaliation for firing her after she returned from gender reassignment surgery agreed on Monday to dismiss the suit with full prejudice in Tennessee federal court.

  • February 13, 2017

    Level 3 Urges FCC To Keep Biz Customer Privacy Change

    Level 3 Communications has pushed the Federal Communications Commission to avoid undoing a regulatory rollback on certain rules for business customers and carriers that came in the agency's broader setting of privacy requirements for internet service providers, as the new FCC weighs delaying or reversing the rollback.

  • February 13, 2017

    DC Circ. Panel Won't Rehear Decision In DirecTV Firing Row

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Friday declined a rehearing request from DirecTV Inc. after backing in September the National Labor Relations Board’s finding that the company and a contractor must reinstate Florida technicians fired for complaining about the company’s new pay policy in an interview with a local news station.

  • February 13, 2017

    BlackBerry Seeks To Lift Avaya's Ch. 11 Stay On Patent Suit

    BlackBerry Corp. on Friday asked a New York bankruptcy court to lift the stay on its patent suit against Avaya Inc., claiming that the company is continuing to sell the allegedly infringing products.

Expert Analysis

  • Can Federal Agencies Reverse Course Under Trump?

    Steven D. Gordon

    The next four years will see litigation that explores the extent to which the Trump administration can alter or reverse the regulatory policies of the Obama administration without having to enact new legislation. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently made clear that there are fewer limits to an agency changing course than had previously been thought, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Dialing In: Hot TCPA Issues For 2017

    Lewis S. Wiener

    The Federal Communications Commission's new chairman, Ajit Pai, has historically disagreed with many facets of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Now that he is in a position to shape the TCPA to his liking, he and several other key factors may significantly impact the future of the act, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Myth Of The Forceful Mediator

    Jeff Kichaven

    When mediators rely on force to get cases settled, it doesn’t work. It’s time to suggest more productive ways for top-gun litigators and top-flight mediators to engage, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • Understanding Arcane Policy Decisions About Spectrum

    Michael Senkowski

    By 2020, the internet of things is expected to increase network traffic six-fold with the introduction of 50 billion wireless devices. The industry is growing faster than ever before, but regulation of the radio spectrum remains a cumbersome and lengthy process that sometimes requires decades before final actions are approved, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • What Every Co. Should Learn From Yahoo's Mega-Breach

    Brandon N. McCarthy

    The ramifications of recent large-scale data breaches reported by Yahoo go far beyond inciting the distrust of over 1 billion Yahoo users. Particularly, speculation about the impact of these breaches on Verizon's planned acquisition of Yahoo should serve as a glaring reminder to all companies that data protection and privacy is a board-level issue, say Brandon McCarthy and Rachel Riley of Bracewell LLP.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • What The Qualcomm Case Tells Us About FTC And FRAND

    Michael T. Renaud

    Federal Trade Commission staff will no doubt characterize its recent complaint against Qualcomm as the mere application of traditional antitrust principles to conduct that just happens to involve intellectual property licensing. If that were the case, then it should have been uncontroversial to include a discussion of these practices in the revised guidelines released four days earlier, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Gl... (continued)

  • Stingray Revealed: Cell-Site Trackers And The 4th Amendment

    Daniel Wenner

    The Seventh Circuit majority in U.S. v. Patrick contends it is not “a concrete case” about the Stingray. And it’s probably right. But the use — and potential abuse — of the Stingray raises concerns about what technology might be able to do. That is why Chief Judge Diane Wood took a different and perhaps more holistic tack, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.