Telecommunications

  • November 13, 2017

    Watchdog Orgs. Urge Transparency In Online Election Ads

    Technology and privacy advocacy groups told the Federal Election Commission Friday that it should require disclosures in online political ads after covert Russia-sponsored propaganda was found to have influenced the 2016 presidential election, with at least one group suggesting that broadcast advertising guidelines should apply to web content.

  • November 13, 2017

    Prism Seeks High Court Review Of Nixed IP In T-Mobile Suit

    Prism Technologies has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh whether the Federal Circuit, after nixing its $100 million infringement lawsuit against T-Mobile, applied the wrong standard of review in deciding to invalidate the company’s network authentication patents under Alice as well, calling it a question of significant nationwide importance.

  • November 13, 2017

    Job Seeker Tells High Court FCRA Rows Not Nixed By Spokeo

    A job applicant pressing Fair Credit Reporting Act suits against Time Warner Cable and Great Lakes Higher Education is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to revive his cases, arguing that the companies’ allegedly deficient information disclosures constituted the type of “substantive” injury sufficient to establish standing under the high court’s Spokeo decision.

  • November 13, 2017

    FCC Hires Head For Tribal Affairs Policy Office

    The Federal Communications Commission has hired an experienced attorney and policy analyst with a background in energy and Indian water-rights issues to direct the office overseeing the deployment of telecommunications throughout Indian Country, the agency announced Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Truth Sinks Amateur Radio Boss’ Libel Suit, 3rd Circ. Says

    The former regional chairman of a national amateur radio network cannot pursue defamation claims against the group’s leadership over an article explaining his ouster, the Third Circuit ruled Monday, finding statements that he improperly coordinated with FEMA to be true.

  • November 13, 2017

    3 Firms Guide $1.2B Vodafone-Idea Sale To American Tower

    American Tower Corp. said Monday its Indian subsidiary is buying roughly 20,000 communications towers from Vodafone India Ltd. and Idea Cellular Ltd. for 78.5 billion Indian rupees ($1.2 billion), with S&R Associates, Slaughter and May, and Bharucha & Partners variously counseling the sellers.

  • November 13, 2017

    Sprint Takes $12.5M Telecom Fee Fight To High Court

    Sprint Communications Co. LP has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to look at whether it must shell out about $12.5 million in access fees it was found to owe local CenturyLink Inc. units for their services connecting Voice over Internet Protocol customers with traditional landlines.

  • November 13, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Buffalo Wild Wings, Saudi Aramco, AT&T

    Roark Capital has offered to buy Buffalo Wild Wings for more than $2.3 billion, Saudi Aramco is still determining how many shares it will sell in its planned $100 billion initial public offering, and AT&T has been told to deal with concerns related to its Time Warner acquisition before Thanksgiving.

  • November 13, 2017

    Qualcomm Spurns $130B Broadcom Takeover Bid As Too Low

    Qualcomm Inc. on Monday rejected Broadcom Ltd.’s $130 billion takeover bid, contending the offer “dramatically undervalues” the company’s position in mobile technology and comes with “significant regulatory uncertainty.”

  • November 9, 2017

    Experts Question DOJ Approach To AT&T-Time Warner Review

    AT&T’s bid to buy Time Warner bubbled into public controversy amid speculation over a possible sale of CNN, but experts say because the companies don’t have any competitive overlap, it should be a candidate for clearance without the U.S. Department of Justice demanding any divestitures.

  • November 9, 2017

    Remastered Pre-1972 Songs Are New IP, CBS Tells 9th Circ.

    CBS told a Ninth Circuit panel on Thursday that remastered versions of songs recorded before 1972 are fundamentally different enough from the originals to qualify for federal copyright protection in an appeal from ABS Entertainment and others seeking to revive a class action claiming the media giant owes them royalties for radio broadcasts.

  • November 9, 2017

    FCC Official Says Merger Analysis 'Evolves' With Market

    A top Federal Communications Commission official said Thursday that the agency uses a flexible approach to analyzing the competitive effects of mergers in the telecommunications sphere, indicating that market definitions and other analytical tools employed by the regulator adapt with changing technologies and market realities.

  • November 9, 2017

    Apple, Cisco Likely To Nix Straight Path’s Patent Claims

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup told Straight Path IP Group Inc. at a hearing Thursday that when the Federal Circuit saved its internet telephone patents from “obliteration,” its decision narrowed the patents’ scope, and the company can’t now “wiggle out” of the appellate ruling in order to sue Apple and Cisco.

  • November 9, 2017

    Intellectual Ventures Fights T-Mobile's Bid To Nix LTE Claims

    Intellectual Ventures on Wednesday blasted T-Mobile USA's bid to dismiss claims that it had infringed existing wireless transmission patents with its growing LTE network, telling a Texas federal court that the patent claims at issue are different from those asserted in its unsuccessful suit against the mobile communications giant in another court.

  • November 9, 2017

    WWE Wins Bid For Call Records In Wrestler’s Royalty Row

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. on Thursday won its bid for phone records for calls between a Chicago lawyer and two former wrestlers that the wrestling giant said were aimed at soliciting them to file a royalties suit against it in Connecticut federal court after the wrestlers’ attorneys didn’t respond in time.

  • November 9, 2017

    FCC Commissioner Questions Next-Gen TV Standards Rollout

    FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is taking to Twitter to raise concerns about the agency’s upcoming vote to decide if broadcasters should be permitted to use the next-generation TV broadcasting standard, echoing red flags recently raised by at least one lawmaker.

  • November 9, 2017

    Limitless Reaches Deal With USDA Over Secured Grant Claims

    Bankrupt mobile broadband provider Limitless Mobile LLC reached a deal Thursday with its unsecured creditors and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the status of secured claims lodged by the government on account of grants and loans made to Limitless to build out its wireless network in Pennsylvania.

  • November 9, 2017

    BakerHostetler Hires Ex-Stroock Patent Partner In NY

    A former Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP partner with over 20 years of patent litigation experience for previous clients such as health care products maker Kaz Inc. and digital equipment maker Movea Inc. has joined BakerHostetler in New York.

  • November 9, 2017

    Qualcomm Unveils $12B In China Deals Amid Trump's Trip

    A Qualcomm Inc. unit inked a series of potential deals worth $12 billion with three Chinese mobile handset makers in China on Thursday, an announcement that came as part of President Donald Trump’s visit to the country.

  • November 8, 2017

    Apple, Qualcomm Each Take Losses In War Over IPhone Chip

    Qualcomm can’t accuse Apple of unfair competition for allegedly threatening to end their business partnership if the chipmaker went public about disparities in iPhone speeds, a California federal judge said Wednesday in an order that also found Apple couldn’t assert that nine of Qualcomm’s patents were invalid.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    The Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • How Arbitrators Maintain Proportionality In Discovery

    Richard Seymour

    There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • It Is Time To Refresh The FCC's 499-A/Q Forms

    Douglas Jarrett

    While changing the Federal Communication Commission's 499-A/Q forms would not address challenges the Universal Service Fund is facing or answer Universal Service Administrative Company requests for guidance, a shift to fewer revenue buckets could streamline service providers' preparation of forms and USAC staff audits, says Douglas Jarrett of Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • Navigating The Pitfalls Of Civil Investigative Demands

    Chris Browning

    In U.S. v. Dish Network, currently on appeal to the Tenth Circuit, the district court awarded statutory damages of $280 million in favor of the U.S. and the four plaintiff states. Buried among the thousands of pages of interlocutory orders issued by the district court is a warning that should be heeded by all parties that are the subjects of governmental investigations, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • 5 Questions GCs Should Ask On Securing Internet Of Things

    Rebecca Eisner

    Connected devices are creating new markets and new efficiencies for global businesses. But the internet of things also raises a wide range of cybersecurity and data privacy considerations for general counsel and their legal teams, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 2 Recent FCC Actions Target Business Communications

    Michael Pryor

    The Federal Communications Commission is currently assessing whether to adopt new federal 911 rules for enterprise communication systems. It is also considering auctioning off desirable toll-free 800 numbers, which could make it more expensive for companies to obtain such numbers, says Michael Pryor of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.