Telecommunications

  • February 13, 2017

    Samsung Settles Fight Over Media Delivery Patents

    Texas-based Personalized Media Communications LLC said Monday it reached a licensing agreement with Samsung Corp. that will resolve district court litigation and related Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings over several of its media delivery patents.

  • February 13, 2017

    DC Circ. Affirms Distribution Of Cable TV Royalties

    The Copyright Royalty Board did not make a clear error when it chose a method for distributing cable TV royalties that was based on viewership, the D.C. Circuit held on Friday.

  • February 13, 2017

    Russia's Megafon Pays $740M For Stake In Internet Co.

    Russian mobile phone giant Megafon OJSC has agreed to pay $740 million for a majority stake in privately owned internet and social media firm Mail.Ru Group, the companies said on Monday, with assistance from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Mourant Ozannes BVI.

  • February 10, 2017

    FTC Gets Quick Settlement Over $1.5M Telemarketing Scheme

    A Florida federal judge has approved an agreement reached between the Federal Trade Commission and a Palm Harbor, Florida, company and its managing member to resolve their role supporting an India-based telemarketing scheme that bilked American consumers out of $1.5 million in less than a year.

  • February 10, 2017

    LG Hid 'Bootloop' Defect On Smartphones, Consumers Say

    LG Electronics USA Inc. is facing a putative class action filed in California federal court Wednesday that says it failed to warn consumers about “bootlooping” defects, or random restarting and freezing, of its V10 smartphones.

  • February 10, 2017

    Next-Gen Broadcasting Perilous For Small Cable, FCC Told

    The American Cable Association has urged the Federal Communications Commission to beware of the potential capacity strains that small cable companies could face with the approval of a next-generation broadcasting standard, saying the proposed transition "holds great peril."

  • February 10, 2017

    Senate Dems Urge FCC To Return Lifeline Eligibility To Cos.

    Fifteen senators said they were “deeply troubled” by the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to strip nine companies of eligibility to provide broadband service under the Lifeline program for low-income users, urging the commission's chairman to reconsider in a letter Friday.

  • February 10, 2017

    Oracle Says Trial Judge 'Undermined' Google Copyright Case

    Oracle kicked off a hotly anticipated appeal Friday aimed at reviving its $8.8 billion copyright lawsuit against Google, saying jurors sided with the rival company only because a trial judge "undermined" Oracle's case.

  • February 10, 2017

    FCC’s Auction Tally Rises To $19.6B As Bidding Ends

    The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it had racked up $19.6 billion in bids for spectrum for wireless use as a portion of the broadcast incentive auction came to an end Friday, with the FCC moving forward in a process to clear the 84 MHz of spectrum set to be repurposed.

  • February 10, 2017

    Senator Presses FCC To Limit Cable Contract Terms

    U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has urged the new Federal Communications Commission chief to act on his predecessor’s plan to limit certain provisions in agreements between pay-TV providers and independent programmers, saying a Senate subcommittee investigation shows the move would increase competition and viewer choice.

  • February 10, 2017

    Consent Questions Negate TCPA Class Action: Pizza Hut

    Pizza Hut franchises fought Thursday against a putative class suit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, arguing that there are too many individualized issues of consent over the allegedly unsolicited text messages for the suit to continue as a class action.

  • February 10, 2017

    Municipalities Warn FCC Against 5G Infrastructure Mandate

    Several city and town leaders from across the country have urged the Federal Communications Commission against a broad federal mandate to clear the way for infrastructure for next-generation wireless technology at the local level, citing existing staffing and other challenges.

  • February 10, 2017

    3rd Circ. Backs Infosys In Rival’s Noncompete Row

    Infosys Ltd. cannot be held responsible for breaching noncompete contracts it did not know existed, a Third Circuit panel ruled Thursday in a information technology consulting rival's dispute over a project for Time Warner Cable Inc. 

  • February 10, 2017

    FCC Head Says Staff Can't Edit Rules After Passage

    Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai announced a measure Thursday that curtails so-called editorial privileges customarily conferred on agency staff members, prohibiting staffers from substantially changing proposals after the commission passes them.

  • February 10, 2017

    Radio Station Linked To Fatal Contest Closes, FCC Told

    The owner of an embattled California radio station that sponsored a water-drinking contest linked to a woman’s death in 2007 has announced it has shut the station down, telling the Federal Communications Commission it will stop pursuing license renewal after the agency considered denying it.

  • February 9, 2017

    New FCC Looks Poised To Overrule Local Barriers To 5G

    The now GOP-led Federal Communications Commission appears ready to preempt localities if it determines their regulatory processes and fees inhibit next-generation wireless, experts say, despite traditional Republican reluctance to undercut state and local authority.

  • February 9, 2017

    CVS Clinics Can't Escape TCPA Case On Plaintiff's Testimony

    The uneven testimony of one of the plaintiffs at the center of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case against CVS and its series of walk-in clinics does not defeat a lawsuit against the clinics, in part because the companies took too long to raise their concerns, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • February 9, 2017

    PCAOB Fines Ernst & Young Indonesia Unit $1M Over Audit

    The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board on Thursday hit an Indonesian affiliate of Ernst & Young with a $1 million fine for performing a faulty audit of a telecommunications company and not cooperating in a subsequent investigation.

  • February 9, 2017

    AT&T Asks FCC For 'Just' Fix To Business Data Service Regs

    AT&T has told the Federal Communications Commission that the question of how the agency will move forward with regulations in the business data services market is ready for resolution, pushing for a "just, reasonable" result grounded in evidence.

  • February 9, 2017

    Kuwait Logistics Co. Seeks To Arbitrate $380M Row With Iraq

    Kuwaiti logistics contractor Agility Public Warehousing Co. KSCP has moved to arbitrate a $380 million dispute with the Iraqi government over allegations that Iraq has "indirectly confiscated" Agility’s investment in the country’s telecommunications industry, media reports said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • An Inconvenient Forum: Circuit Split Remains

    Igor Timofeyev

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to decline consideration of the question in Belize’s recent petitions leaves in place divergent applications of the forum non conveniens doctrine by U.S. federal courts in foreign arbitral award enforcement actions. For now, parties seeking to enforce foreign arbitral awards in the United States still have an important strategic decision to make, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • The New IP Antitrust Licensing Guidelines' Silence On SEPs

    Kelly Smith Fayne

    The new intellectual property licensing guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice — the first update in more than 20 years — largely adopted the revisions proposed last August. Despite requests during the comment period, the agencies did not make any changes to address standard-essential patents directly, say Kelly Smith Fayne and Joshua Holian of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Death Knell For The Telephone Consumer Protection Act

    Lewis S. Wiener

    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act is generally considered a popular, pro-consumer statute, but the law may be dramatically altered following power shifts in Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. It is increasingly likely that the TCPA will transform to address existing criticism and to reflect changes in technology since the law's passage in 1991, say attorneys from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

  • Telemedicine: The Link To New Value-Based Payment Models

    Sabrina R. Gallo

    In the health care industry, both governmental and private payers are trying to move away from traditional fee-for-service payment models in favor of models based on quality or value. Telemedicine is one of the simplest and most cost-efficient methods by which to meet the objectives of the evolving payment model landscape, says Sabrina R. Gallo of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.