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Telecommunications

  • June 12, 2018

    FCC Designates New UK 'White Spaces' Database Manager

    The Federal Communications Commission has designated a major domain name registry in the United Kingdom to run a database listing unused broadcast TV spectrum that identifies untapped wireless spectrum capable of transmitting broadband data, saying the company’s technical expertise made it the right candidate for the job.

  • June 12, 2018

    AT&T, Time Warner Merger Cleared, DOJ Warned Against Stay

    AT&T can complete its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner in a major transformation of the pay-TV landscape, a D.C. federal judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting U.S. Department of Justice efforts to block the merger and warning that blocking it pending appeal would be an “injustice.”

  • June 12, 2018

    EU Deepens Probe Into T-Mobile's €190M Dutch Tele2 Deal

    Europe's antitrust regulator has opened an in-depth investigation into T-Mobile’s planned €190 million ($228 million) purchase of Swedish telecommunications giant Tele2 AB’s Dutch operations, Tele2 Netherlands, saying Tuesday it's concerned the deal could lead to higher prices, reduced choice and less innovation.

  • June 11, 2018

    Sirius, SoundExchange Strike $150M Deal In Royalties Fight

    Sirius XM Radio Inc. agreed to pay music royalty collector SoundExchange Inc. $150 million for both companies to walk away from litigation over whether the satellite radio purveyor shorted the licensor on royalties for recordings from 2007 to the end of last year, SoundExchange said Monday.

  • June 11, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: TPG, Stryker, Fortum

    TPG reportedly wants $1.5 billion for a fund aimed at betting on technology companies putting off going public, Stryker Corp. offered to take over Boston Scientific, and the European Commision is set to approve Fortum’s bid to buy a 46.65 percent stake in Uniper

  • June 11, 2018

    Qualcomm Hit By Class Suit Over Sunk $117B Broadcom Deal

    Qualcomm Inc. was hit Friday with a proposed shareholder class action in California federal court over Broadcom Ltd.'s thwarted $117 billion bid to take over its rival, alleging the chipmaker’s executives artificially pumped up share prices while “secretly” taking steps to kill the deal.

  • June 11, 2018

    Net Neutrality Repeal Means Status Quo, Supporters Say

    The Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality deregulation rules officially took effect Monday, as advocates of the new regime reiterated that nothing will change from a consumer standpoint.

  • June 11, 2018

    Bulgarian Telecom Barred From Transfers In $6.7M Dispute

    A New York federal judge on Friday granted a satellite maker’s motion for a preliminary injunction requiring a Bulgarian telecommunications provider to seek the company’s consent before transferring funds related to a complex satellite financing deal, pending the resolution of a $6.7 million arbitration dispute between the companies.

  • June 11, 2018

    Samsung Wants Huawei's Bid For US FRAND License Axed

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. urged a California federal judge Friday to reject a request by Chinese smartphone maker Huawei to set a licensing rate for its cellular network patents in the United States, arguing that Huawei made the request too late in litigation and that it would severely hurt Samsung.

  • June 11, 2018

    Telecoms Float Solution To $3.3B FCC Spectrum Credit Row

    Two telecom companies denied some $3.3 billion in credits for spectrum licenses reserved for small businesses have urged the Federal Communications Commission to take another look at their request, arguing their revised operating agreements create more space from DISH Network Corp.

  • June 11, 2018

    Comcast Wary Of FCC Opening Up Its Spectrum For 5G

    Comcast Corp. and NBCUniversal have told the Federal Communications Commission they still rely on C-band spectrum for transmitting broadcast content and that the band must be protected from interference as the agency considers opening spectrum access for 5G.

  • June 11, 2018

    Supreme Court Won’t Review Nextel’s $3.9M Tax Refund Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not hear an appeal from Nextel Communications asking the court to find whether it was entitled to a $3.9 million refund following the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s saying a law limiting business losses violated the state constitution.

  • June 8, 2018

    Facebook, Snap Say BlackBerry IP Suits Invalid Under Alice

    Facebook Inc. and Snap Inc. slammed BlackBerry Ltd.’s suits accusing the social media giants of infringing mobile messaging patents and other technologies, with each of the companies telling a California federal court Thursday the patents are invalid under Alice.

  • June 8, 2018

    Samsung Wants $539M Apple Verdict Tossed, $145M Refund

    Two weeks after a California federal jury ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for infringing its smartphone patents, Samsung asked the court on Thursday to grant it judgment as a matter of law or hold a new trial, and reimburse it $145 million for damages it paid Apple on an invalid touch-screen patent.

  • June 8, 2018

    New EU Cybersecurity Certification Program Moves Forward

    The European Union took a step forward Friday in establishing a new bloc-wide cybersecurity agency and enacting a new certification framework that proponents say will create a food label-type standard promising a level of data security on products like connected cars and smart medical devices.

  • June 8, 2018

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During May, some of the most active telecom lobbyists practicing before the Federal Communications Commission doubled down on spectrum-sharing and copper-to-fiber network transitions, urging the agency to protect satellite transmissions and accelerate the switch to newer infrastructure.

  • June 8, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Comcast, Dialog, Linde-Praxair

    Europe’s antitrust watchdog will reportedly give Comcast’s deal to buy Sky PLC its stamp of approval, Dialog Semiconductor is in negotiations with Synaptics, and Linde AG and Praxair Inc. narrowed the bidders for a trove of assets worth $4 billion.

  • June 8, 2018

    FCC's O'Rielly Outlines Which States Still Divert 911 Fees

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly acknowledged Friday that his drive to get states to stop diverting 911 emergency taxes collected on monthly telephone bills to other purposes has been a mixed bag, with some state governments putting a halt to the practice immediately and others seemingly ignoring him altogether. 

  • June 8, 2018

    IHeartMedia Can Pay Employee Bonuses, Access $450M DIP

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved iHeartMedia Inc.’s requests to fund its Chapter 11 restructuring with a new $450 million revolving credit facility and pay its non-insider employees an aggregate of up to $66 million in bonuses to encourage peak performance.

  • June 8, 2018

    New FCC Rules Take On Illicit Carrier Switching, Charges

    The Federal Communications Commission created new rules Thursday aimed at combating unauthorized switching of telephone carriers and subsequent charges to customers, codifying standing prohibitions on the illicit practice.

Expert Analysis

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Will The US Match Or Improve On GDPR Privacy Model?

    Jonathan Walsh

    While aspects of proposed U.S. privacy legislation mirror the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, none of the pending solutions in Congress provides the level of government protection of user data engendered by the GDPR, say Jonathan Walsh and Edward Combs of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • Time For M&A Parties To Take Gun-Jumping Rules Seriously

    Tobias Caspary

    The European Commission last week imposed a €124.5 million ($152.3 million) fine on Altice, which dwarfs previous gun-jumping fines by any other antitrust authority worldwide. While the rules on gun jumping may not yet be clear, what is already evident is the increasing focus of European and other regulators on procedural misdemeanors, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Pleading A Personal Jurisdiction Defense Late In The Game

    James Beck

    Personal jurisdiction defenses are waivable and should be pleaded at the outset of litigation. Still, suppose a defendant, not recognizing the impacts of the Bauman and Bristol-Myers Squibb rulings, did not previously plead a personal jurisdiction defense, but now wants to do so. It’s not a good situation to be in, but it’s not hopeless, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Can A Single FTC Commissioner Constitute A Quorum?

    Stephen Calkins

    With Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny resigning soon, acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen could become the sole commissioner. The FTC seems to think it can act by a 1-0 vote, but this may be unlawful and is certainly unwise, say Stephen Calkins of Wayne State University and John Villafranco of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.