Telecommunications

  • September 8, 2017

    FTC Strikes Deal With Online Gambling Co., Influencers

    The Federal Trade Commission has settled charges that two social media influencers with clout in the online gambling community encouraged their followers to visit gambling service CSGO Lotto without disclosing that they jointly owned the company, resolving its inaugural complaint against individual influencers, the agency said Thursday.

  • September 8, 2017

    Pai Tees Up Media Rule 'Modernization Month' At FCC

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday that the agency will tackle outdated media, satellite, emergency and toll-free calling regulations at its September meeting, as part of the FCC's renewed focus on modernization.

  • September 8, 2017

    Acacia Hit With Securities Suit Over Alleged False Statements

    A proposed class of miffed Acacia Communications investors alleged in a federal lawsuit Thursday that the telecom equipment company violated securities law by misleading them about its prospects.

  • September 8, 2017

    Qualcomm Can’t Halt Apple’s Foreign IP, Antitrust Suits

    Qualcomm on Thursday lost its bid for a worldwide injunction to prevent Apple from pursuing patent and antitrust lawsuits against the company in the U.K., China, Japan and Taiwan, with a California federal judge saying the foreign suits would not be resolved by the U.S. action.

  • September 8, 2017

    Discovery Raises $6.8B In Debt To Fund Scripps Buy

    Discovery Communications Inc. has priced a six-part, $6.3 billion bond offering and a £400 million ($527.8 million) offering to help fund its $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Interactive Inc., the media company told regulators Friday.

  • September 8, 2017

    ITC Won't Reopen Nokia's Patent Suit Against Apple

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday said it will let stand an order ending an investigation into Nokia's complaint that Apple infringed eight patents related to antenna and other technologies, following the companies' broad settlement of litigation related to the tech.

  • September 7, 2017

    Judge Says 3M Robocalls Warrants $32M, Not $1.6B, Damages

    A Missouri federal judge on Thursday handed marketing company ccAdvertising a small victory after finding it made millions of illegal robocalls involving former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, awarding $32.4 million in damages rather than the $1.6 billion prescribed by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. 

  • September 7, 2017

    Tangoe Investor Says Board Pushed Sale For Own Benefit

    A shareholder of information technology firm Tangoe Inc. launched a putative class action against the company’s board Thursday in Delaware Chancery Court, accusing the directors of forcing a sale at a lower value than it was worth in order to gain lucrative stock option payments.

  • September 7, 2017

    Way Cleared For Colo. Town’s Broadband Ballot Proposal

    A Colorado state judge has waved forward ballot language that could give the city of Fort Collins permission to set up its own municipal telecommunications utility, despite a challenge to the legality of the ballot item.

  • September 7, 2017

    Telecoms' $3M Arizona Cable Line Deal Needs More Info

    An Arizona federal judge Wednesday denied an estimated $3 million settlement by Sprint, CenturyLink, WilTel Communications and Level 3 Communications to resolve claims over their contracts with railroad companies to use their rights of way to lay cable lines, saying more information about the merits of the claims is needed.

  • September 7, 2017

    Discovery Raising Debt To Help Fund $14.6B Scripps Buy

    Discovery Communications Inc. on Thursday filed for a bond offering that will help fund its $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., the latest of several corporate issuers to tap debt markets this week.

  • September 7, 2017

    Broadcasters Underfunded For Spectrum Repack, Reps. Told

    Public TV broadcasters and local radio stations will bear the brunt of inconveniences and transition costs as wireless service providers prepare to take over channels cleared by the recent broadcast incentive auction, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee heard Thursday.

  • September 7, 2017

    Sanofi Beats Eye Doctor's TCPA Suit Over 13-Year-Old Fax

    Sanofi and a subsidiary beat a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action Wednesday when a Pennsylvania federal judge said that the ophthalmologist who sued over a 2004 fax couldn’t use a nearly identical state court case he filed in 2005 to keep the federal claims from being time-barred.

  • September 7, 2017

    NY Allows Telephone Cos. To Apportion In-State Charges

    The New York Department of Taxation and Finance is now allowing telephone service vendors to separate out income from the sale of combined in-state, interstate and international landline services for sales tax purposes.

  • September 7, 2017

    App Buyers Ask High Court To Decline Apple Monopoly Row

    A group of consumers on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to review the Ninth Circuit's January decision reviving allegations that Apple Inc. illegally monopolized the market for iPhone apps, saying they, not developers, paid inflated prices because of the company’s actions.

  • September 6, 2017

    Verizon Joins Dolby Subsidiary Via's Patent Pool

    Via Licensing Corp., a subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories Inc., announced Wednesday that Verizon Communications Inc. has joined its patent pool for Long Term Evolution, or LTE, technologies.

  • September 6, 2017

    State Securities Suits Hamper Markets, Justices Told

    Law professors, industry groups and recently public companies have banded together to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to find state courts don’t have jurisdiction over class actions related to securities offerings, saying confusion over the issue is leaving issuers exposed and damaging confidence in stock markets.

  • September 6, 2017

    Infineon Asks Fed. Circ. To Lift Semiconductor Injunction

    Infineon Technologies Americas pressed a Federal Circuit panel Wednesday to throw out an injunction preventing it from making certain semiconductor products amid a patent dispute with Macom Technology Solutions Holdings Inc.

  • September 6, 2017

    FCC’s O'Rielly Floats Agency ‘Spectrum For Cash’ Swaps

    The Federal Communications Commission’s Michael O’Rielly suggested Wednesday that government agencies be given the option to turn over some of their unused spectrum holdings to offset budget caps in what he called a “spectrum-for-cash swap.”

  • September 6, 2017

    New Consumer Gripes Build Net Neutrality Case, Group Says

    The Federal Communications Commission has released nearly half of the consumer complaints it has on file detailing service providers’ alleged net neutrality infractions, offering further evidence that the agency shouldn’t scrap current web-browsing protections, a telecom lobbying group recently announced.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Get A Survey In A Patent Case Kicked Before Trial

    Brooke Myers Wallace

    The Northern District of California, in Unwired Planet v. Apple, recently excluded a survey for failing to accurately target the patented invention. The case underscores an effective, though perhaps overlooked, way to attack the use of surveys in patent damages opinions, says Brooke Myers Wallace of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • What Providers Need To Know About NJ's Telemedicine Law

    Nathaniel Lacktman

    New Jersey's latest telemedicine law, effective last month, cements the validity of telehealth services, establishes practice standards and imposes telehealth coverage requirements for state-funded health insurance. Passage of this legislation is welcome news for companies and health care providers looking to offer telemedicine services in New Jersey, says Nathaniel Lacktman of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • Key Signals From UK's New Electronic Communications Code

    Steven Cox

    The United Kingdom's new Electronic Telecommunications Code is bound to have an effect on current and prospective negotiations for new code leases. However, government priorities have shifted in recent months, and landowners have no certainty as to when the new code will come into effect, say Steven Cox and Sarah Lockwood of K&L Gates LLP.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • A Summer Update On FCPA: Part 1

    Michael Skopets

    July produced a small uptick in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement resolutions, including a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settlement with Halliburton — the first corporate disposition entered into by the Trump administration — and three individual enforcement actions, say Michael Skopets and Marc Bohn of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Recent Delaware Opinions Shake Up Appraisal Litigation

    Meredith Kotler

    In the space of less than two weeks, the Delaware courts issued two landmark appraisal decisions that, when combined with recent statutory changes, likely will dampen “appraisal arbitrage” activities going forward, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.