Telecommunications

  • June 21, 2017

    Cumulus' $1M Overpayment Dispute With Radio Host Trimmed

    A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday significantly trimmed a lawsuit brought by a Cumulus Media Inc. subsidiary against syndicated talk show host Michael Baisden alleging it overpaid him $1 million, and set jury selection to begin Thursday.

  • June 21, 2017

    CMS, Taylor Wessing Grow UK Revenue In 2016

    Two international law firms put out their U.K. annual revenue numbers this week, with CMS growing its intake by 4.1 percent, clocking in at €1.05 billion ($1.2 billion), and Taylor Wessing LLP booking a 1.8 percent boost to bring in £128.9 million ($163.5 million) in its 2016-2017 fiscal year.

  • June 21, 2017

    Creditors Object To New Motion For DIP Limitless Ch. 11

    The unsecured creditors of bankrupt Limitless Mobile LLC pushed back on Wednesday against the company’s request for a new $2 million debtor-in-possession loan to fund its ongoing reorganization efforts, telling a Delaware bankruptcy court it’s time to shut down the “failed” and “cash-burning” venture.

  • June 21, 2017

    Tyson Doesn't Change UniTek Wage Rulings, 6th Circ. Says

    The Sixth Circuit ordered the District of Tennessee to revisit a $3.8 million damages calculation in an overtime collective action by UniTek cable installers on Wednesday but otherwise kept intact the workers’ class certification and post-trial wins in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Tyson ruling.

  • June 21, 2017

    FCC's Clyburn Defends Net Neutrality At Tech Panel In DC

    FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on Wednesday told an audience at a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., hosted by New America’s Open Technology Institute and the Internet Association that net neutrality rules not only protect consumers, but promote investment and innovation as well.

  • June 21, 2017

    CenturyLink Hit With $12B Class Action Alleging Overbilling

    CenturyLink is facing a possible $12 billion proposed class action filed by consumers in California federal court who claim the telecommunications service provider ripped off potentially millions of customers by overbilling, in some cases for services that were never agreed to.

  • June 21, 2017

    Wilkinson Barker Partner Named FCC Enforcement Chief

    The Federal Communications Commission has appointed a former Wilkinson Barker Knauer partner to serve as chief of its enforcement bureau where she will focus on the Communications Act, FCC rules and various licensing terms and conditions, the FCC said Wednesday.

  • June 21, 2017

    Squire Patton Boggs Adds Tech Partner In England

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has bolstered its intellectual property and technology practice with the addition of a partner who previously managed Eversheds Sutherland’s technology team in the Leeds, England, office and the automotive team internationally.

  • June 21, 2017

    Verizon Sues Mass. Town Over Blocked Cell Tower Application

    Verizon has accused a Massachusetts town's zoning board of wrongfully denying its application to build a cell tower, arguing in federal court that the decision would effectively deprive locals of wireless service in violation of the Telecommunications Act.

  • June 20, 2017

    FCC’s Pai Touts Budget Cuts At Senate Hearing

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told lawmakers at a Senate hearing Tuesday that the FCC’s budget request for fiscal year 2018 makes cuts while still allowing the agency to achieve goals including closing the digital divide, promoting innovation and protecting consumers.

  • June 20, 2017

    T-Mobile Says $4.8M IP Win Not Good Enough

    T-Mobile wants a Washington federal judge to erase a $4.8 million trial win against Huawei over alleged theft of trade secrets behind a phone-testing robot called Tappy, gambling that it will win even more if the case is tried again with modified jury instructions.

  • June 20, 2017

    Pai Names FCC International Bureau Chief

    The Federal Communications Commission has picked Tom Sullivan to be chief of the FCC’s International Bureau, where he had been acting chief, Chairman Ajit Pai announced Tuesday.

  • June 20, 2017

    CFPB Criticized For 'Indifference' Over Sprint Settlement

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday called out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for its seeming "indifference" over how to distribute leftover funds from its $50 million settlement with Sprint Corp.

  • June 20, 2017

    Pa. Health Centers Urge FCC Action On Rural Program Funds

    A group representing Pennsylvania health centers has warned the Federal Communications Commission that they are facing funding cuts under the agency’s Rural Health Care Program, urging “immediate action” to make sure there is enough money and to fix problems with the program.

  • June 20, 2017

    Sprint Blasts Phone Reseller's Attys' Fee Bid For TM Claims

    Sprint told a Kansas federal judge Tuesday that a phone reseller doesn’t deserve attorneys’ fees for defending trademark claims that were ultimately dropped from litigation accusing the company of unlocking and selling the mobile phone giant’s devices without permission, adding that the request comes too late and it isn’t an exceptional case.

  • June 20, 2017

    Apple Attacks Qualcomm's Business Model In Chip Suit

    Apple has expanded the scope of its suit against Qualcomm that originally accused the chipmaker of grossly overcharging for chip patent licenses and withholding nearly $1 billion in rebates, taking aim in a Tuesday amended complaint at the chipmaker’s entire business model.

  • June 20, 2017

    AT&T Resisting Doc Requests In Spam Texts Case, Court Told

    A Chicago man pushing a proposed class action against AT&T Corp. for unwanted Spanish-language text messages urged an Illinois federal court Monday to compel discovery, saying AT&T’s preferred search method is not being offered in good faith.

  • June 20, 2017

    Pelosi Seeks FCC Net Neutrality Hearing In San Francisco

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has slammed the Republican Federal Communications Commission’s plan to unwind 2015 open internet rules, asking the agency’s chairman to hold a field hearing in San Francisco to get feedback from the public and stakeholders in the online community.

  • June 20, 2017

    Manatt Adds Former Clinton White House Counsel In DC

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP said Tuesday it is bolstering its regulatory and government practice with the addition of a former White House counsel for President Bill Clinton and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP veteran who’s worked with technology, financial services, insurance, telecommunications and health care companies.

  • June 20, 2017

    Ex-Epix Exec Cops To Bilking More Than $7M From Network

    The former chief digital officer of premium TV network Epix on Tuesday admitted defrauding his old employer, in what prosecutors say was a false invoice scheme that netted more than $7 million for services largely never performed for the network.

Expert Analysis

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

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    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Forum Selection

    Alan Rothman

    In the latest installment of his column on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP takes a closer look at how the panel decides to exclude a potentially related action from a new MDL proceeding, and at how the panel deals with forum selection clauses in contracts between parties in multidistrict claims.

  • A New Path To Defending NLRB Employer Policy Challenges

    Adam Abrahms

    For employers that feel handcuffed by what many view as overzealous interference from the National Labor Relations Board, two recent decisions reinforce the merits of what may be the best approach to defending against charges that challenge company policies, say Adam Abrahms and Christina Rentz of Epstein Becker Green.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • Opinions Of Counsel Post-Halo: Lessons From 16 Cases

    Brian Mudge

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's Halo decision 11 months ago, the case results show that investigating the patent and forming a good faith belief of invalidity or noninfringement is a key factor — perhaps the key factor — courts rely on in deciding whether to award enhanced damages, say Brian Mudge and Shawn O’Dowd of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP.

  • The Turning Tides Of TCPA Litigation

    Sarah Jacobson

    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act has become a hotbed for litigation in recent years. The question now is whether litigation will be tempered by the recent and anticipated shake-ups in regulations promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission, say Sarah Jacobson and Sherry Xia of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • What We Know So Far About Direct Infringement Post-Form 18

    Eric Kaviar

    Following the abrogation of Form 18 in December 2015, what does it mean to state a claim of direct patent infringement? Eric Kaviar of Burns & Levinson LLP recently reviewed all of the substantive district court opinions grappling with this question. Here's what he found.