• March 16, 2018

    Brand Battles: Hulu Picks Fight With Tech Startup 'Humu'

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Hulu takes exception to the name of a tech startup founded by a former Google exec, a pet store named "Frodo" faces a "Lord of the Rings" battle, and Kobe Bryant springs into action to defend his "Black Mamba" nickname.

  • March 16, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Challenge Winds Its Way To Trial

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s challenge to AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner heads for a courtroom showdown Monday with opening arguments firing up a day or two in, following a fraught and lively lead-up that last saw the judge scolding the press corps and threatening contempt. Here, an interactive Law360 graphic details the rather peculiar path of this major telecom merger challenge.

  • March 16, 2018

    A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, CIO at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • March 16, 2018

    DOJ, AT&T Set To Spar Over Future Of Media Industry

    The U.S. Department of Justice will step into court Monday for its first trial challenging an almost purely vertical merger in 40 years, alleging that AT&T’s planned, $85 billion purchase of Time Warner will give AT&T too much power over rival distributors.

  • March 16, 2018

    FCC Rejects Spectrum Aggregator's License Renewal Bid

    The Federal Communications Commission has denied an "internet of things" wireless network provider a chance to renew 15 of its 16 spectrum licenses, finding that the company hadn't used most of them before they expired.

  • March 16, 2018

    DC Circ. Partly Strikes Down FCC's TCPA Expansion

    The D.C. Circuit in a long-awaited ruling Friday narrowed a 2015 Federal Communications Commission order that expanded the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, striking down the commission's definition of autodialer and strict conditions for calling reassigned numbers while upholding consumers' broad leeway to revoke consent.

  • March 15, 2018

    Telecom Seeks Court's Help To Enforce €150M London Award

    A telecommunications company that won about €150 million ($184.6 million) in a London arbitration against Orascom TMT Investments SARL to cover liabilities incurred during Italian tax audits against former OTMTI-owned companies asked for a Delaware federal court's help Wednesday in tracking down assets to enforce the award.

  • March 15, 2018

    FCC Must Undo AT&T, Verizon Spectrum Sales, Rep. Says

    In a letter Wednesday to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a California congresswoman accused the agency of unfairly giving AT&T and Verizon a leg up in the development of next-generation mobile service by approving a pair of multimillion-dollar spectrum license buyouts, calling for the commission to undo its actions. 

  • March 15, 2018

    Yelp Can't Shake TCPA Suit Over Calls, Consumer Says

    A consumer leading a proposed class action accusing Yelp Inc. of making unauthorized telemarketing calls blasted the company’s bid to exit the suit Wednesday in California federal court, saying he doesn’t have a business relationship with the company that would exempt it from liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • March 15, 2018

    Dish Again Loses Bid To Trim TCPA Class Owed $61M

    Dish Network cannot get reconsideration of its bid to trim a class of thousands of consumers in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class who are due a $61 million judgment, with a North Carolina federal judge saying Wednesday the challenge to the class members came too late.

  • March 15, 2018

    Telco Claims Witness Tampering In $500M Mexico Arbitration

    A former officer of Mexico's telecommunications regulator was bullied into not testifying in a $500 million arbitration accusing Mexico of destroying a telecommunication company's business, and now the telecom wants his testimony for use in a witness-tampering complaint, according to documents filed Wednesday in D.C. federal court.

  • March 15, 2018

    Cable Group Rips Sinclair Station Divestiture Plans As Vague

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. still hasn’t presented enough information for the Federal Communications Commission to adequately weigh station divestiture plans driven by its proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co., the American Cable Association said in its latest barrage against the merger.

  • March 15, 2018

    3 Things To Watch As Net Neutrality Litigation Progresses

    With the announcement last week that the most recent round of net neutrality litigation will be heard in the Ninth Circuit, the contours of the hotly contested internet regulation debate are coming into focus, but much remains unsettled as to the fate of the Obama-era FCC regulations.

  • March 15, 2018

    Judge Blasts 'Fake News' In AT&T-Time Warner Row

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday railed against press reports that the trial contesting AT&T and Time Warner’s merger has been pushed back two days, when in fact only opening arguments have been moved to make way for two days of evidentiary arguments, beginning Monday, March 19.

  • March 15, 2018

    IHeartMedia Hits Ch. 11 To Cut More Than $10B In Debt

    Radio broadcast giant iHeartMedia Inc. filed for bankruptcy in Houston late Wednesday, announcing it has negotiated an agreement in principle with its lenders and other creditors to reduce its balance sheet by more than $10 billion.

  • March 14, 2018

    Bid To Nix Arbitration Clause Revived In AT&T Throttle Suit

    A California federal judge resurrected a consumer class action alleging AT&T misrepresented unlimited data cellphone plans, finding a 2017 California Supreme Court ruling created a new avenue to possibly invalidate arbitration mandates as they relate to injunctive relief.

  • March 14, 2018

    Judge Rips Litigation Strategy In Samsung, Huawei IP Row

     A California federal judge said Wednesday that he is inclined to grant Samsung's bid to block a Chinese injunction barring the company from selling smartphones that allegedly infringe two Huawei patents, but he criticized attorneys on both sides for adopting a litigation strategy that doesn't seem to be in the best interest of their clients.

  • March 14, 2018

    PTAB Allows Data Co. To Amend Patent In Apple Challenge

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday invalidated several claims in a Realtime Data LLC hardware patent related to storage devices following a challenge from Apple, but said that Realtime could amend many of the claims.

  • March 14, 2018

    Calif. Considers Reviving Net Neutrality With Tougher Policy

    California state senators proposed a net neutrality bill Wednesday that would not only counteract the Federal Communications Commission’s recent repeal of Obama-era policies but would surpass those repealed policies through measures like the prohibition of zero-rated data products.

  • March 14, 2018

    Smaller 3.5 GHz Licenses Helps Industrial Tech, FCC Told

    Maintaining smaller geographic licenses for the 3.5 GHz band will facilitate the development of modern industrial technology like smart electric grids, a group of critical infrastructure companies has told the Federal Communications Commission amid efforts to enlarge the license tracts by national wireless companies like T-Mobile USA Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

Expert Analysis

  • Practicality Is A Driving Force In High Court Microsoft Case

    James Kitchen

    Absent new legislation or a major reformation of the mutual legal assistance treaty process, victory in the Microsoft case at the U.S. Supreme Court may be vital for the government when it comes to its ability to conduct investigations in the fast-paced world of electronic data and cybercrime, says James Kitchen of Jones Day.

  • Innovation-Based Tech Standards Under Growing Threat

    David Kappos

    It is frightening to consider how many technological innovations of the last 20 years might have missed mass adoption had they been subject to the same pressures faced by innovators today, says David Kappos, a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Class Action Lawyers Behaving Badly

    Thomas Dickerson

    In prosecuting and defending class actions, a conservative, ethical and salutary approach should be taken by all parties. Unfortunately, a survey of recent cases reveals a wide range of problematic behavior by certain class action attorneys, which only lends credence to criticisms of the class action concept, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • VoIP Services May Fall Beyond TCPA's Scope

    Louis DePaul

    A Pennsylvania district court's recent opinion in Klein v. Commerce could prove to be critical in curtailing Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims by providing a strong precedent to support the proposition that free voice over internet protocol services do not fall within the scope of the TCPA, say Louis DePaul and Alison Viola of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration


    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.

  • Litigating The Internet Of Things

    Leslie Gutierrez

    With the rise of the internet of things, vast new quantities of data are traversing the cloud. Companies that do not actively and continuously strengthen their cybersecurity protocols are at risk for breaches — and for the consumer class actions that may follow, says Leslie Gutierrez of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Could AI Take Over Standard Development Organizations?

    Ray Alderman

    The use of artificial intelligence in the existing technical standards development process might raise certain procedural, operational and legal questions in the future, say Ray Alderman of VITA and David Newman of Gould & Ratner LLP.

  • Olympics Cast Spotlight On FCC Indecency Policies

    Stephen Fuzesi

    French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis' wardrobe malfunction at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics has potential to reignite debate over the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement of indecency policies, says Stephen Fuzesi of Williams & Connolly LLP.