Telecommunications

  • January 13, 2017

    Calif. Telecom Fights Partner’s Fraud Claims In Sprint Dispute

    A California telecommunications products company Thursday urged a California judge to ax counterclaims from a former business partner in a breach of contract case, saying the claims of fraud, forgery and misappropriation of trade secrets fail to meet basic pleading requirements.

  • January 13, 2017

    Spanish Alerts Impractical, 'Unfeasible', FCC Tells DC Circ

    The Federal Communications Commission urged the D.C. Circuit Thursday to reject a challenge brought by Latin American and media policy advocacy groups over the agency's refusal to require transmission of emergency alerts in languages beyond English, arguing doing so would be logistically impractical, “technically unfeasible” and beyond its authority.

  • January 13, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: AltaGas, Arris International, Intrawest

    Canadian energy infrastructure company AltaGas could pay up to $6 billion for Washington, D.C.-based natural gas utility WGL Holdings, telecommunications equipment manufacturer Arris International is in talks to buy Brocade Communications’ networking equipment business and private equity-owned ski resort operator Intrawest Resorts is on the chopping block.

  • January 12, 2017

    Ex-HBO Employee Gets 30 Months For Embezzling $1M

    A former HBO employee who pled guilty to embezzling nearly $1 million from the network was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison plus $1.2 million in restitution payments in California federal court on Thursday.

  • January 12, 2017

    New 3-Member FCC May Seek Consensus Post-Wheeler

    The Federal Communications Commission after Jan. 20 will be down two of its five commissioners and begin the Trump administration with a 2-1 GOP majority, but experts say the new leadership may also bring a fresh push for common ground amid continuing political differences after Chairman Tom Wheeler's controversial tenure.

  • January 12, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Reopens Apple-Samsung Patent Damages Row

    The Federal Circuit reopened the patent fight between Apple and Samsung on Thursday, about a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Samsung may not have to pay all its profits from the smartphones found to infringe Apple’s design patents.

  • January 12, 2017

    Kudelski Group Hits NFL With Digital Content IP Suit

    A California subsidiary of the Swiss digital security company Kudelski Group hit NFL Enterprises LLC with a lawsuit in Texas federal court Thursday, accusing the sports media giant of infringing seven of its patents related to video streaming and security software, including one patent for a PIN function on the NFL website.

  • January 12, 2017

    Nortel Resolves Objections To Ch. 11 Plan From IP Fight

    Nortel Networks Inc. told the Delaware bankruptcy court Thursday that it has come one crucial step closer to confirming a long-awaited Chapter 11 plan after it resolved objections to the strategy stemming from a stubborn intellectual property and trade secrets fight stretching back years.

  • January 12, 2017

    Italian Broadband Co. Linkem Lands €100M In Funding

    Italian wireless broadband provider Linkem SpA said on Thursday that it has landed a €100 million ($106.2 million) equity investment led by funds affiliated with BlackRock Inc. to help accelerate the expansion of its network.

  • January 12, 2017

    Privacy Groups Want FCC To Ban Mandatory Arbitration

    A coalition of privacy groups on Wednesday joined the call for the Federal Communications Commission to prohibit all consumer services under its purview from including mandatory arbitration provisions in their customer contracts, provisions that the advocates called “biased, secretive and lawless.”

  • January 12, 2017

    Spectrum License Co. Agrees To $100M Settlement With FCC

    A wireless spectrum trader has settled a dispute with the Federal Communications Commission over allegations it lied about its buildout of wireless infrastructure for $100 million, and possible divestment from its spectrum licenses, the parties announced Thursday.

  • January 12, 2017

    Apple Deletes Secondhand-IPhone Accuser's Claims

    Apple Inc. escaped a customer’s suit alleging the tech giant hides the fact that damaged iPhones covered by service plans are replaced with secondhand phones after a California federal judge said Wednesday that the customer had only received new replacement phones and failed to show she relied on the company's supposed misrepresentations.

  • January 12, 2017

    Nexstar, Others Back Challenge To FCC's Drop Of UHF Break

    Nexstar Broadcasting Inc. and others have thrown their weight behind a petition for reconsideration of the Federal Communications Commission decision to nix a break given to UHF station owners on media ownership cap rules, arguing that the break and the cap are intertwined and cannot be addressed separately as the agency did.

  • January 11, 2017

    FCC Floats Progress Reporting For Post-Auction TV Transition

    The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday released details of quarterly reporting requirements for broadcast television stations’ repackaging effort following an auction process to reassign broadcast spectrum for broadband wireless use, including updates on building equipment, tower work and regulatory approval for construction to comply with the transition.

  • January 11, 2017

    FCC Sparks GOP Outcry With ‘Midnight’ Report On Free Data

    A Federal Communications Commission bureau report released Wednesday finding that Verizon and AT&T zero-rating plans pose “significant risks to consumers and competition” is “midnight regulation” driven by a partisan and political agenda, Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said in a statement.

  • January 11, 2017

    Fed. Circ. OKs Axing Of $28M Award In Comcast-Sprint IP Row

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Delaware federal judge’s tossing of a $28 million verdict against Comcast and his order for a new trial on whether the telecom giant infringed two Sprint fiber optics patents.

  • January 11, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Alice Nix Of TV Auction Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the invalidation of patent claims asserted in a dispute between two TV networks that auction jewelry on air, putting its stamp on a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that applied the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice test.

  • January 11, 2017

    FCC Extends Timeline For Reconsidering Ownership Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission agreed Wednesday to push back the deadlines for oppositions and replies to oppositions on requests that it reconsider its decision keeping media ownership restrictions, moving deadlines further into the Trump administration.

  • January 11, 2017

    FCC Approves $4.6 Billion Media General-Nexstar Merger

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday agreed to allow Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. to buy Media General Corp. in a $4.6 billion deal, agreeing also to waive rules that would have barred the transaction during the ongoing broadcast incentive auction.

  • January 11, 2017

    DOJ’s Dodgers Info-Sharing Case Is Flimsy, DirecTV Says

    DirecTV and AT&T asked a California federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the U.S. Department of Justice’s allegations that it blocked many Los Angeles Dodgers fans from watching their team on TV by exchanging sensitive information on negotiations with rivals, saying the government’s case against it was weak.

Expert Analysis

  • National Cybersecurity Report: Top Business Takeaways

    Jonathan G. Cedarbaum

    A recently released report from the nonpartisan Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity sets out more than 50 policy recommendations for the next administration. Although it remains unclear how influential the recommendations will be, they deserve careful consideration, and at least some are likely to be pursued by the Trump administration, says Jonathan Cedarbaum of WilmerHale.

  • Rules Of Civil Procedure Updates Affect E-Discovery

    Patrick Reilly

    On Dec. 1, 2016, the annual updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. Revisions include the end of the three-day “mail rule” extension for electronically served discovery, an amendment regarding service of internationally based corporate defendants, and a technical change regarding venues in maritime law actions, say Patrick Reilly and Eldin Hasic of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • Samsung V. Apple: Impacts Beyond Damages

    Courtland Reichman

    Last week, in Samsung v. Apple, the U.S. Supreme Court decided its first design patent case in over a century. The intellectual underpinnings of what seems on the surface to be a simple decision may, in fact, turn out to have a broader disruptive impact, say Courtland Reichman and Bahrad Sokhansanj of McKool Smith Hennigan PC.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • Lawyer EQ: Finding Success In Every Interaction

    Judith Gordon

    American legal education relies almost exclusively on analytical thinking. But success in legal practice depends in large part upon an accurate emotional understanding of oneself and the human seated opposite us. Honing emotional intelligence skills can lead to greater success, and Judith Gordon of LeaderEsQ offers a few tools that can be implemented immediately to raise one’s emotional intelligence quotient.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • In Congress: The End Game

    Richard Hertling

    Republican leaders appear determined to wrap up a week early to allow more time at the start of the 115th Congress in January 2017 for consideration of resolutions of disapproval of “midnight” regulations issued by the outgoing Obama administration under the Congressional Review Act, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.