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Telecommunications

  • August 6, 2018

    Judge Got AT&T-Time Warner Case Wrong, DC Circ. Told

    The U.S. Department of Justice told the D.C. Circuit on Monday that a lower court ignored a fundamental economic model and basic corporate principles when it rejected the agency's effort to block AT&T's now-completed $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner.

  • August 6, 2018

    Trump Admin. Asks High Court To Nix Net Neutrality Ruling

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to gut a D.C. Circuit decision upholding the legitimacy of the Obama-era net neutrality rules now that the Trump administration has reversed those rules.

  • August 6, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Mattress Firm, SoftBank, Sprint

    Mattress Firm is reportedly considering bankruptcy, SoftBank is mulling a $90 billion value for the domestic wireless unit it plans on listing, and T-Mobile’s $59 billion proposed merger with Sprint is in the early stages of antitrust review.

  • August 6, 2018

    FCC Eyes Later Deadline For Challenging Coverage Maps

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has asked his fellow commissioners to push back the deadline for certain groups to challenge coverage maps that determine which rural and underserved parts of the country are eligible for subsidies to boost mobile broadband.

  • August 6, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Urged Not To Rehear Foreign IP Venue Ruling

    The owner of several telecommunications patents urged the Federal Circuit on Friday to leave in place its recent finding that foreign companies can be sued for patent infringement anywhere in the U.S., saying its lawsuit against Taiwan-based HTC Corp. should be allowed to proceed in Delaware.

  • August 3, 2018

    Future Of Internet Sports Betting Clouded By Wire Act

    Just months after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to legal sports betting, gaming companies in a handful of states are already taking wagers on games. But experts say a federal law — the Wire Act — is a major roadblock for betting operators looking to expand their offerings to mobile and online betting.

  • August 3, 2018

    DHS Hub To Offer Cybersecurity Boost, But Cos. Still Exposed

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recent decision to open a center dedicated to tackling cyberthreats directed at critical infrastructure is likely to help expand vital communication channels between the public and private sectors, but lingering concerns over liability protections could limit the initiative's ultimate effectiveness, attorneys say.

  • August 3, 2018

    Acacia Execs Strike Deal To End Derivative Suits

    Executives at Acacia Communications Inc. moved forward on Friday with a settlement to end shareholder derivative suits claiming the leaders of the Massachusetts fiber optics company sat on information about a decline in market share and thousands of defective modules.

  • August 3, 2018

    'Innovation Band' Weathers Complications As FCC Delays OK

    The Citizens Broadband Radio Service started off as a cool idea: taking blocked-off military spectrum and letting innovative broadband companies jump into the unused gaps in the airwaves. But it's turned into a yearslong process of figuring out how to protect military users and satisfy the commercial sector. Here's Law360's look at the band's past and future.

  • August 3, 2018

    Kohl's Hit With TCPA Suit Over Advertising Texts

    A Florida woman hit Kohl's Corp. with a proposed class action in Florida federal court Thursday that claims the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending her unsolicited text messages.

  • August 3, 2018

    More Law Firms File Antitrust Suits In Sinclair TV Ad Rate Row

    The number of proposed antitrust class actions from local law firms accusing Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. of conspiring to artificially inflate prices for local television advertising continues to grow, including at least one lawsuit roping in other major local television station owners like Hearst Corp.

  • August 3, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a Russian businessman's telecom company forge ahead with a commercial fraud claim against Russia's VTB bank, ED&F Man Capital Markets sue a rival brokerage and U.K. insurer RSA initiate the court process to transfer policies to its new Luxembourg unit. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • August 3, 2018

    PTAB Upholds CalTech Wi-Fi Patent In Dispute With Apple

    The California Institute of Technology on Thursday notched a couple of wins in its patent fight with Apple Inc. over Wi-Fi technology when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the iPhone maker failed to show that numerous claims in one of CalTech's patents were invalid.

  • August 3, 2018

    FCC Nixes BeIN's Discrimination Complaint Against Comcast

    The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed TV network beIN Sport's complaint alleging Comcast unfairly advantages its own sports channels by shutting belN out of markets and keeping it off less expensive television packages, finding the upstart network was too vague on the types of programming it wanted the broadcasting giant to distribute.

  • August 2, 2018

    Facebook, Snap Can Likely Nix Just 1 Of 7 BlackBerry Patents

    A California federal judge on Thursday tentatively denied most of Facebook Inc. and Snap Inc.’s bids to invalidate seven mobile messaging patents at the heart of BlackBerry’s infringement suits against the social media giants, writing that it appears only one of the patents is invalid under Alice.

  • August 2, 2018

    More Tribes Want In On Small-Cell FCC Rule Challenge

    Several tribes have sought to intervene in a challenge to a Federal Communications Commission rule that allowed 5G network builders to avoid tribal consultations, adding to a coalition of Native American communities who are pursuing the challenge at the D.C. Circuit.

  • August 2, 2018

    FCC Kicks Off Conversation On $100M Telehealth Program

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to open an inquiry into establishing a $100 million telehealth program, with its lone Democrat cautioning that the concept doesn’t fit squarely inside the agency’s mandate.

  • August 2, 2018

    Radio Mentorship Program Passes FCC With Opposition

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to approve framework for a program that lets established radio broadcasters obtain a break on media ownership rules in exchange for shepherding a new or struggling station, over objections that such a program doesn't go far enough to address barriers to minority ownership.

  • August 2, 2018

    FCC Blocks Local Rules Barring New Net Infrastructure

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to let wireless and broadband companies do all of the prep work for attaching new wires to utility poles in one swoop, and additionally declared that state and local rules blocking the rollout of new internet infrastructure are illegal.

  • August 2, 2018

    Comcast’s Xfinity Accused Of Infringing Streaming TV Patent

    An online television streaming company sued Comcast Corp. in Florida federal court Wednesday accusing the company’s Xfinity television service of infringing a patent covering a “global interactive programming guide,” in a potential threat to the very heart of Comcast’s business.

Expert Analysis

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • 2 Takeaways From The AT&T-Time Warner Ruling

    Nathaniel Wackman

    A D.C. federal judge's decision last month in United States v. AT&T contains important insights that will be influential well beyond the confines of the now-completed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner, say Nathaniel Wackman and Lee Van Voorhis of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Is It Time For A Challenge To Chevron Deference?

    Joseph Diedrich

    In a recent concurring opinion, outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed some skepticism over the scope of the "Chevron deference" doctrine, which requires federal courts to defer to an administrative agency’s "reasonable" interpretation of an ambiguous statute. Overturning or limiting Chevron could have a profound effect on the power of federal agencies, says Joseph Diedrich of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Classifying $10B Of Auctioned Airwaves For Tax Purposes

    R. Gregory Roberts

    Television broadcasters who participated in the 2017 Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction should carefully consider how the auction proceeds should be treated for state tax apportionment purposes, say attorneys at Reed Smith LLP.