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Telecommunications

  • December 11, 2018

    EU Probing Vodafone's €18B Deal For Liberty Global Units

    Europe’s competition enforcer said Tuesday that it has opened an in-depth investigation into Vodafone’s planned €18.4 billion ($21.9 billion) purchase of several European businesses from Liberty Global over concerns about the deal’s impact in Germany and the Czech Republic.

  • December 11, 2018

    Google CEO Defends Practices Amid Tracking, Bias Concerns

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s closely watched testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday was heavy on affirmations that the company strives for optimal user experience but light on specifics about how the company deals with allegations of improper user tracking, information suppression and ill-gotten competitive advantages.

  • December 11, 2018

    FTC Can't Block Qualcomm Evidence Ahead Of Antitrust Trial

    The Federal Trade Commission's bid to block Qualcomm from presenting several pieces of evidence at the agency's upcoming trial accusing the chipmaker of anti-competitive licensing practices was shot down by a California federal judge for being overly broad.

  • December 11, 2018

    MVP: DLA Piper's Nancy Victory

    Nancy Victory, partner and co-chair of the global telecom practice at DLA Piper, has spent the better part of this year shepherding the megamerger of T-Mobile and Sprint, with a crucial advisory role on regulatory and strategic concerns for T-Mobile and its parent company Deutsche Telekom AG, landing her a spot among Law360's 2018 Telecommunications MVPs.

  • December 10, 2018

    Independent ISPs Urge FCC To Revise Subsidy Offerings

    Members of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association held a meeting with legal advisers for the Federal Communications Commission last week, asking them to lower the commission's proposed speed threshold and offer subsidies to rate-of-return carriers in areas where the broadband service is below 10/1 Mbps.

  • December 10, 2018

    Google Admits New Bug Exposed Info For 52.5 Million Users

    Google admitted on Monday the second data leak in three months on its social media site Google Plus — this time affecting about 52.5 million users — and announced plans to shut down the platform earlier than planned.

  • December 10, 2018

    Chancery OKs $92.5M Deal To End $4.4B Starz Merger Suit

    Calling it an “excellent result,” a Delaware vice chancellor on Monday approved a $92.5 million settlement with a $26.1 million attorneys fee set-aside in a stockholder challenge to the $4.4 billion sale of Starz Entertainment LLC to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. in 2016.

  • December 10, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Skips VirnetX Challenge To Retroactive AIA Reviews

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed an America Invents Act review decision invalidating a VirnetX patent challenged by Apple, saying VirnetX did not preserve its argument that AIA reviews cannot be retroactively applied to patents filed before the law was enacted.

  • December 10, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Vivendi, Ferrero, Sailing Capital

    Vivendi SA is vying for a stake in PT Global Mediacom’s TV operations, the company behind Nutella is eyeing the international business of The Campbell Soup Co., and Sailing Capital is looking to raise $1.5 billion through its second fund.

  • December 10, 2018

    Apple Can’t Get Antenna Maker’s Test Docs In Patent Suit

    An antenna maker accusing Apple of copying its products can’t be forced to turn over documents related to tests of Apple products that it undertook to check for patent infringement because test results are not being used to back up the infringement claim, a federal magistrate in Utah ruled Friday.

  • December 10, 2018

    FCC Queries Wireless Industry On Disaster Response

    The Federal Communications Commission is seeking answers from the wireless industry on how cellphone service providers can better rebound from disasters and get communications up and running more quickly, the agency said Monday. 

  • December 10, 2018

    Barr, Delrahim Offered Dueling Accounts Of AT&T Merger Talk

    President Donald Trump’s announcement Friday naming Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney William Barr to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rekindled interest in a contentious meeting between Barr and the heads of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division that Barr once found “disturbing.”

  • December 10, 2018

    Apple Faces Partial IPhone Ban In China After Qualcomm Win

    A Chinese court has ordered Apple to stop selling several different iPhone models in the country, saying the phones infringed two patents held by Qualcomm, the chip supplier announced Monday.

  • December 10, 2018

    SoftBank Gears Up For $23.5B Telecom Biz IPO

    Japanese multinational holding company SoftBank Group Corp. said Monday that it plans to raise 2.65 trillion yen ($23.5 billion) via the initial public offering of its Japan-based telecommunications unit SoftBank Corp. on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

  • December 10, 2018

    Narrowed EU Digital Tax Delays Pain For Nondigital Firms, Too

    The European Union’s decision to drastically limit the scope of its digital tax proposal was welcome news to large multinational corporations in the online sector — as well as those that likely don’t consider themselves digital companies.

  • December 10, 2018

    MVP: Quinn Emanuel's Victoria Maroulis

    Victoria Maroulis, the managing partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP’s Silicon Valley office, helped close the door on a seven-year smartphone IP case that culminated in a historic settlement, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2018 Telecommunications MVPs.

  • December 7, 2018

    Many Native Americans Lack High-Speed Internet: Census

    Native Americans living on Indian lands are among the people least likely in the United States to have access to high-speed internet service, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Telecom Contract Row Paused Pending Arbitrator Ruling

    A California federal court has paused an American IT company’s suit accusing Dutch telecom Veon Ltd. and its former Italian subsidiary, Wind Tre, of fraud, ruling that an arbitrator must determine whether the dispute should be handled through arbitration.

  • December 7, 2018

    Dems Urge FCC Not To Classify Texting As An Info Service

    A group of Democratic senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to drop plans to classify text messaging as an information service rather than a telecommunications one, saying that such a move would give providers a free pass to censor consumers' text messages.

  • December 7, 2018

    Antenna Maker Can Defend AT&T, Others In Row Over IP

    A Texas federal judge on Friday granted a request by Swedish antenna maker CellMax Technologies AB to intervene in an infringement suit brought by Spanish antenna maker Fractus against AT&T, Sprint and Nextel, alleging they bought antennas that use stolen technology.

Expert Analysis

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • FRAND And Antitrust: Misconceptions Vs. Reality

    Thomas Cotter

    If you read about the role of antitrust law in regulating the conduct of standard-essential patent owners, you may find yourself a bit confused over exactly what that role is. The current state of the law is more nuanced than recent discussions suggest, says Thomas Cotter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • How USMCA Limits Protections For US Investors In Mexico

    Carlos Vejar

    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement offers a more limited investor-state dispute settlement system than the North American Free Trade Agreement. But U.S. investors are fortunate that the ISDS provisions were not scrapped altogether, say Carlos Vejar and Laura Yvonne Zielinski of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • What IP Attorneys Need To Know About 5G

    Ranganath Sudarshan

    With some companies planning to launch proprietary 5G services by the end of this year, attorneys should prepare for certain legal issues, such as the internationalization of 5G royalties and the challenge of calculating royalties for 5G-related patents, say Ranganath Sudarshan and Jason Reinecke of Covington & Burling LLP.