Telecommunications

  • May 18, 2017

    Venable Sued For Mismanaging $11M Lead Generation Estate

    A California businessman’s estate has sued Venable LLP and two attorneys in Los Angeles county court, alleging they failed to properly manage his lead generation website and toll-free phone number enterprises, reportedly worth $11 million, after his death.

  • May 18, 2017

    EU Accuses Altice Of Gun-Jumping In PT Portugal Deal

    The European Commission on Thursday accused telecommunications giant Altice SA of illegally going through with its acquisition of rival PT Portugal SGPS SA before receiving antitrust approval for the deal.

  • May 18, 2017

    Smartphone App Slapped With TCPA Class Action Over Texts

    A proposed class of smartphone users sued app Gather in Illinois county court Thursday, claiming the company tricked them into handing over all the contacts in their phones and then blasted the numbers with unsolicited robotexts.

  • May 18, 2017

    AT&T 911 Outage Was Best-Practices Fail, FCC Says

    Federal Communications Commission officials attributed a March 911 service outage affecting thousands of AT&T wireless subscribers to “mismatched IP addresses,” saying Thursday in a report that the company has now corrected the vulnerabilities.

  • May 18, 2017

    T-Mobile Wins $4.8M In IP Trial Over Robot Espionage

    A Washington federal jury awarded $4.8 million on Wednesday to T-Mobile over its claims that handset maker and former business partner Huawei undertook a concerted espionage campaign to glean the secrets behind a revolutionary phone-testing robot.

  • May 18, 2017

    Avaya Faces Opposition To Ch. 11 Exclusivity Extension

    Holders of more than $4.6 billion in first-lien debt against Avaya Inc. urged a New York bankruptcy court this week to reject the telecom giant’s request for a 120-day extension to exclusively file a Chapter 11 plan, criticizing the company’s current proposal and failure to include them in negotiations.

  • May 18, 2017

    Jenner & Block Brings 3 Ex-FCC Officials On Board In DC

    Jenner & Block LLP announced on Thursday that it has bolstered its Washington, D.C., office with the addition of three former Federal Communications Commission officials who will join the firm’s communications, internet and technology practice.

  • May 18, 2017

    FCC Moves Ahead On Local Station Rule, Other Media Regs

    Although the proposed rollback of Title II broadband classification attracted much of the spotlight on the Federal Communications Commission’s Thursday meeting, the commission also greenlighted measures to eliminate a broadcast “main studio” rule and to streamline other media regulations.

  • May 18, 2017

    Ore. Telecom Can’t Escape Haiti International Call Rate Row

    An Oregon telecommunications company must face claims it improperly bypassed a Haitian telecom’s switching system to dupe the Haitian telecom into charging it lower domestic instead of higher international call rates, an Oregon federal judge has ruled for the third time.

  • May 18, 2017

    FCC To Move Forward On Net Neutrality Rollback

    FCC commissioners voted 2-1 Thursday to move forward with a process that would reverse Title II broadband classification, the legal footing for the commission’s 2015 net neutrality rules.

  • May 17, 2017

    Insurer Need Not Cover Worker's Bathroom Break Shooting

    An insurance company need not cover a cable installation company owner for claims arising from his attempted murder of his ex-wife and her daughter during his morning bathroom break under a general liability policy held by the business, a Florida federal jury decided Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    Verizon Users Ask 9th Circ. To Keep Cookie Row In Court

    A putative class of Verizon subscribers asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to let their case against Turn Inc. remain in court, arguing a district judge erred in finding the user contract’s arbitration clause applied to the third-party marketing firm’s practice of surreptitiously tracking users’ online activities by using “supercookies.”

  • May 17, 2017

    UK Regulator Fines Telecom For Sending 3.3M Spam Texts

    The U.K.’s data protection commissioner has hit telecom provider Onecom with a £100,000 ($129,710) fine for allegedly blasting consumers with more than 3 million spam texts about mobile phone upgrades during a six-month period, the regulator said Tuesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    Ex-Frontier Exec, Policy Pro Returns To Wilkinson Barker

    A former Federal Communications Commission commissioner who was most recently an executive at Frontier Communications Corp. has returned to Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP as special counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, where she will advocate on behalf of media, communications, energy and tech clients before regulators.

  • May 17, 2017

    Qualcomm Sues IPhone Manufacturers Over Unpaid Royalties

    Qualcomm Inc. added another front to its legal battles with Apple Inc. on Wednesday when it sued four iPhone manufacturers in California federal court for allegedly failing to pay royalties on license agreements after Apple stopped reimbursing them.

  • May 17, 2017

    Player In $3B TelexFree Scam Settles With SEC For $1.8M

    A player in the TelexFree LLC pyramid scheme agreed Wednesday to cough up more than $1.8 million to settle a Massachusetts federal suit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accusing him of securities fraud in promoting what the agency called “an elaborate Ponzi and pyramid scheme.”

  • May 17, 2017

    NHL Network Scores Rights To Annual World Championships

    The National Hockey League’s channel scored exclusive broadcast rights in the U.S. for the next three IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, it said on Wednesday, marking its latest move to bolster its broadcast and viewing options.

  • May 17, 2017

    Bipartisan Bill Again Calls For Transparency In Settlements

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford on Tuesday reintroduced legislation requiring greater transparency of settlements companies and individuals enter into with federal agencies, including a disclosure of tax deductible amounts or other credits that affect the actual dollar figure.

  • May 17, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: WaveDivision, Stonyfield, Global Atlantic

    A TPG business unit is nearing a deal to buy broadband cable operator WaveDivision for more than $2 billion, including debt, Grupo Lala is the frontrunner to buy U.S. organic yogurt business Stonyfield from Danone, and reinsurance company Global Atlantic Financial Group could go public this year.

  • May 17, 2017

    Adelphia Founders Seek To Revive Deloitte & Touche Suit

    Attorneys for a series of entities connected to defunct Adelphia Communications Corp. asked a Pennsylvania appeals court Wednesday to revive a lawsuit valued in the tens of millions of dollars over Deloitte & Touche LLP's alleged responsibility for the financial misdealings that led to the cable company’s 2002 collapse.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

  • An Earth Day Review Of 'Green Guide' False Advertising

    David Kluft

    To help prepare for the Earth Day barrage of environmental advertising claims, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP highlights several "Green Guide"-related matters before the Federal Trade Commission and National Advertising Division that can help marketers ensure their advertising is not deceptive.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: A Law Firm GC's Data Protection Duties

    Thomas W. White

    Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: 5 Challenges For A Law Firm GC

    John Koski

    Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.