Telecommunications

  • January 8, 2018

    High Court Must Rein In FCC Authority, Petitioner Says

    Despite the recent reversal of Obama-era net neutrality rules, the U.S. Supreme Court must still review a case over the FCC’s authority to regulate the internet and curtail the agency’s rulemaking power, according to a petitioner who spoke in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

  • January 8, 2018

    Supreme Court Shuts Off Fla. Satellite-Cable Tax Battle

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid from Dish Network LLC to overturn a state court decision, holding that the sales tax Florida consumers pay on satellite subscriptions, nearly double the rate for cable, is not discriminatory.

  • January 8, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Rules PTAB Time-Bar Rulings Are Appealable

    The Federal Circuit ruled en banc Monday that decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that an inter partes review petition is timely can be appealed, overruling previous decisions that barred appeals of such findings.

  • January 8, 2018

    High Court Won't Review 4th Circ. Joint Employer Test

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected DirecTV’s challenge of the Fourth Circuit’s year-old standard for determining joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act, letting stand a ruling that the satellite provider must face a pair of wage lawsuits filed by its former technicians.

  • January 5, 2018

    Judge Calls Samsung Bid For Apple Data ‘Desperation Heave’

    A California magistrate judge on Friday convinced Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Apple Inc. to resolve a discovery dispute over iPhone sales data in their $400 million smartphone patent war, after saying that Samsung’s bid for the information just an hour before discovery closed “looks like a last-minute desperation heave.”

  • January 5, 2018

    Apple Hit With $300K Sanction In Qualcomm Antitrust Row

    A federal magistrate judge in California said Friday he’ll sanction Apple Inc. to the tune of $300,000 for missing a document production deadline in antitrust suits brought against Qualcomm Inc. by the Federal Trade Commission and a putative class of cellphone buyers, after saying in an earlier hearing he wanted to encourage other third parties in the litigation to meet deadlines.

  • January 5, 2018

    Discovery In AT&T Merger Row On Pace, Attorneys Say

    Attorneys for the government and AT&T on Friday told a D.C. federal judge they remain on pace with a brisk schedule laid out last month for a suit over the government’s efforts to quash the telecom giant’s proposed $85 billion purchase of Time Warner.

  • January 5, 2018

    Net Neutrality Final Order Set For Legal Challenges

    The Federal Communications Commission released the final version of its net neutrality rule rollback Thursday evening, clearing another hurdle toward internet deregulation and hastening formal court challenges, as well as legislative measures that could undermine it.

  • January 5, 2018

    Chamber Supports House GOP Effort On Net Neutrality

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday signaled its possible support for a House Republican effort to replace the Federal Communications Commission's recently repealed net neutrality rules for internet providers with similar, if slightly watered down, alternatives.

  • January 5, 2018

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Sprint Execs' Suit Against IRS

    The Second Circuit on Friday rejected claims from two former Sprint executives that the IRS and Ernst & Young had concealed evidence of an investigation into tax shelters, saying that the pair had failed to show any obligations owed to them had been breached.

  • January 4, 2018

    Net Neutrality Repeal Order Released By FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission Thursday released the more than 500-page order officially repealing Obama-era net neutrality rules mandating that internet service providers treat all online content equally.

  • January 4, 2018

    4 Things To Know About The Latest FRAND Rate-Setting Case

    A California federal judge added to case law on standard-essential patents late last month by holding that Ericsson did not offer to license its patents on reasonable terms, then becoming only the fourth U.S. judge to determine a royalty rate for essential patents. Here are four takeaways from the decision.

  • January 4, 2018

    FCC Says Reversal Of Main Studio Rule Takes Effect Jan. 8

    The Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday that its decision to eliminate a regulation requiring broadcasters to maintain offices in their community of license, known as the main studio rule, would take effect Jan. 8, a little more than two months after the agency voted to nix the rule.

  • January 4, 2018

    Senators Urge DOJ, FCC To Probe $3.9B Sinclair-Tribune Deal

    A group of Democratic senators sent letters to the heads of the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust division and the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday urging them to closely scrutinize Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s planned purchase of Tribune Media Co. following the recent repeal of regulations.

  • January 4, 2018

    AT&T Sues Ill. Phone Co. For Failing To Pay For Facilities

    AT&T hit its client Mediacom Telephony of Illinois with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court on Wednesday, alleging the Mediacom subsidiary failed to pay it for facilities and equipment for 911 services.

  • January 4, 2018

    Calif. Senate Leader Unveils State-Level Net Neutrality Bill

    A California state senator introduced legislation Wednesday that would impose state-level net neutrality rules to replace those that were repealed last month by the Federal Communications Commission.

  • January 4, 2018

    Insurer Says No Duty To Defend In Utility Damage Suit

    Atain Specialty Insurance Co. shouldn’t have to defend a construction company that’s being sued by a telephone company for digging up its underground phone lines, the insurer told a Texas federal court Thursday, since Atain only insured the “tractor services” arm of the company — not its excavation unit.

  • January 4, 2018

    ITC To Probe IPhones After Qualcomm Patent Complaint

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate Apple iPhone technology in response to Qualcomm's complaints last year that the tech giant was infringing the chipmaker's patents covering everything from cameras to touchscreen displays, the agency said Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Weinstein Co., Dalian Wanda, Axiata

    The Weinstein Co. could go for less than $500 million as its board zeroes in on a future owner, Chinese property giant Dalian Wanda Group is mulling an IPO for its sports assets, and Malaysian telecommunications giant Axiata Group is considering listing its tower unit on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange.

  • January 4, 2018

    Apple Calls $25K Daily Sanctions In Qualcomm Case Harsh

    Apple asked a California federal court on Wednesday to nix a $25,000-per-day fine, arguing that the sanctions imposed by a magistrate judge last month for delays in producing documents in the antitrust litigation against Qualcomm were unduly harsh.

Expert Analysis

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

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    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • A Decisive Battle For Net Neutrality Looms Ahead

    Andrew McBride

    The Federal Communication Commission's upcoming vote on its net neutrality order will set the stage for a classic battle over regulatory philosophies, and appeal to the D.C. Circuit is a foregone conclusion. Add the possible re-examination of Chevron deference and the case has all the makings of a blockbuster that comes along only once a generation, says Andrew McBride of Perkins Coie LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.