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Telecommunications

  • November 9, 2018

    $5M Frozen For Chancery Battles Over $52M Good Tech Deal

    Good Technology Corp. stockholder beneficiaries of a $52 million pair of Delaware Chancery Court settlements over the company’s disputed sale to BlackBerry Ltd. have agreed to hold back $5.1 million from distributions pending resolutions with large investors excluded from the deal.

  • November 9, 2018

    EU Seeks Comments On Disney Pay-TV Proposal

    The European Commission on Friday asked for comment on The Walt Disney Co.'s plan to address concerns over pay-TV contracts it has with Sky UK that prevent online viewers outside of the U.K. and Ireland from accessing the Disney content.

  • November 9, 2018

    FCC Aims For Deference To Net Neutrality Order, GC Says

    The Federal Communications Commission is interested in keeping its net neutrality deregulation order on the books as it navigates D.C. Circuit challenges to the regime, but it’s not necessarily seeking a broader ruling that its approach is the only permissible way to classify broadband, the agency's general counsel told a Washington, D.C., audience Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Sonus Fudged Revenue Forecasts, Investor Says In Suit

    Sonus Networks and its executives were hit with an investor suit in Massachusetts federal court Thursday for allegedly stretching financial statements to overstate revenue forecasts after the company and two of its officials were fined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • November 9, 2018

    HTC Must Prove Ericsson’s SEP Royalties Breach: Gilstrap

    A Texas federal judge has agreed with Ericsson Inc. that HTC America Inc. bears the burden of proof for its claims that the Swedish telecom breached its obligation to license standard-essential patents for cellular and wireless technology on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.

  • November 9, 2018

    Ex-Cable Biz CEO Used Co. Funds For Himself, Chancery Told

    Texas cable TV and internet provider enTouch Systems Inc. filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court on Friday seeking damages against a former CEO it claims breached his contract and fiduciary duties by misappropriating company funds and pursuing a wrongful termination suit after he was fired.

  • November 8, 2018

    Germany Wants To Probe Vodafone’s €18B Liberty Global Buy

    Germany's competition enforcer said Thursday it has asked to review Vodafone's planned €18.4 billion ($21.9 billion) purchase of several European businesses from Liberty Global, saying the transaction could raise issues for the television market in the country.

  • November 8, 2018

    FCC, NASA To Push Private Communications Partnerships

    The Federal Communications Commission and NASA are looking to make it easier for satellite and communications companies to expand in the airwaves by deregulating agency rules and heightening interest in private aerospace-industry contracts, officials told an audience at the Hudson Institute on Thursday.

  • November 8, 2018

    Acacia Shareholders Seek $1.75M Atty Fees, Final OK Of Deal

    Shareholders for Acacia Communications Inc. have asked a Massachusetts federal judge for $1.75 million in attorneys' fees and final approval of a settlement that will have the fiber optics company improve its corporate governance to address allegations of misconduct by Acacia executives that led to multiple derivative suits.

  • November 8, 2018

    Former Telecom Co. CEO Sued Over Ownership Stake

    Telecommunications company VPS International LLC has filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court claiming a former CEO misappropriated company property and tried to solicit business for another entity, asking the court to determine his current ownership stake, according to a complaint made public Wednesday.

  • November 8, 2018

    AT&T Case Aims To Preserve Content Choice, Delrahim Says

    Makan Delrahim, the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division chief, again defended the department's so-far unsuccessful challenge to AT&T's purchase of Time Warner, insisting in a Mexico City speech Wednesday that the merger fight is emblematic of the challenges regulators face in protecting telecom competition.

  • November 8, 2018

    Wi-Fi One Takes Broadcom Patent Dispute To High Court

    The Federal Circuit skirted fundamental legislative standards when it upheld a patent board ruling that Broadcom Corp.’s challenges to Wi-Fi One LLC’s messaging patents were not time-barred, Wi-Fi One argued in a bid for a U.S. Supreme Court review of the decision.

  • November 8, 2018

    Sinclair Settles With DOJ To Escape Antitrust Ad Probe

    Sinclair has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to end an antitrust probe into its alleged sharing of information with other television station owners for the purpose of fixing advertising prices, the broadcasting conglomerate revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday.

  • November 8, 2018

    9 Firms Sculpt CommScope’s $7.4B, PE-Backed ARRIS Buy

    CommScope said Thursday it will buy ARRIS in a private equity-backed deal worth $7.4 billion that was shaped by 9 law firms, setting the stage for the creation of a communications infrastructure and equipment company better able to tap into trends like 5G and the internet of things.

  • November 7, 2018

    HTC Compelled To Arbitrate Antitrust Claims, Past SEP Rates

    A Texas federal court on Wednesday granted a request from Ericsson Inc. to arbitrate HTC America Inc.’s claims that it overpaid in the past for cellular and wireless standard-essential patent licenses, separating them from HTC’s bid to get a better rate set moving forward.

  • November 7, 2018

    Midterm House Flip Tees Up Era Of Telecom Scrutiny

    The newly won Democratic House can be expected to conduct aggressive inquiries into the more controversial activities of the FCC and other agencies with media industry purview while also joining the firmed-up Senate Republican majority to strike modest legislative compromises on less divisive issues like building out rural broadband, industry experts say.

  • November 7, 2018

    Will FTC Win 'Radically Reshape' Cell Patent Licensing?

    Chipmakers and other tech companies holding standard-essential patents may no longer be able to unilaterally dictate how they license those patents, and to whom, after a California federal judge granted the Federal Trade Commission an important procedural win Tuesday for its upcoming antitrust trial against Qualcomm.

  • November 7, 2018

    Local Gov'ts Rally To Oppose In-Kind Cable Fee Cap

    Several local governments sent letters Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission opposing a new proposal to limit in-kind contributions to local franchising authorities, saying that the plan would harm local public, educational and government programming efforts.

  • November 7, 2018

    Electric Cars Need Faster Wireless Charging, FCC Told

    Ford, Toyota and other automakers urged the Federal Communications Commission to make higher-speed wireless charging available for electric vehicles, saying there’s “widespread and uniform” industry support for the automakers’ September petition that pushed for an expeditious rulemaking proceeding on the issue.

  • November 7, 2018

    Charter Workers Seek Cert. In Wage-And-Hour Suit

    A group of dispatch workers have asked a California federal judge to certify their proposed class in a suit that alleges Charter Communications did not pay them overtime wages or allow meal breaks, arguing that all employees suffered the same injuries.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Why It’s Time To Rethink Illinois Brick

    Samuel Miller

    In Apple v. Pepper, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether iPhone owners who purchase apps from Apple’s app store should be considered “direct purchasers” under federal antitrust laws. The court should use this opportunity to reevaluate the direct purchaser analysis it established in Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, says Samuel Miller of UC Hastings Law School.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Key Deadlines For Connect America Fund Phase II Bidders

    James Falvey

    In its announcement of the winning Connect America Fund Phase II auction bidders, the Federal Communications Commission also disclosed a series of critical deadlines that winning bidders must prepare to meet, say James Falvey and Robert Gastner of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.