Telecommunications

  • 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.

  • February 9, 2017

    FCC's O'Rielly Pushes For Uniform Enforcement Deadlines

    The Federal Communications Commission should work to tighten up the way it handles deadlines in enforcement issues, one of the agency's commissioners wrote Wednesday, saying bureau's disparate penalties for lateness put some parties at a disadvantage.

  • February 9, 2017

    Sprint, Others Oppose Revival Of Intellectual Ventures IP

    T-Mobile, Sprint and other wireless communication companies on Wednesday urged a Delaware federal court not to reconsider its invalidation of the asserted claims of an Intellectual Ventures network services patent, arguing that a judge correctly found it to be abstract under Alice.

  • February 9, 2017

    Nokia To Drop $370M To Buy Software Co.

    Nokia Corp. said Thursday that it intends to acquire Comptel Corp. in a tender offer that values the software company at about €347 million ($370 million) as the Finnish technology giant looks to build out its software business.

  • February 9, 2017

    2nd Circ. Looks Unwilling To Revive 'Project Runway' Class

    The Second Circuit showed little inclination Thursday to overturn a judge who refused to certify a class of consumers contacted via robocalls to hype the television show “Project Runway” despite dire warnings that the ruling would encourage other Telephone Consumer Protection Act violators not to house records.

  • February 9, 2017

    Feds Fight DirecTV Dismissal Bid Over Dodgers Info-Sharing

    The U.S. Department of Justice pushed back in California federal court Wednesday against a bid by DirecTV and AT&T to dodge an antitrust suit over carriage of the Los Angeles Dodgers' official broadcast partner, saying prosecutors had adequately alleged that they exchanged sensitive information on negotiations with rivals.

  • February 9, 2017

    Ex-Hungarian Telecom Exec Settles FCPA Suit Ahead Of Trial

    A former executive of Hungary’s largest telecommunications firm dodged an upcoming trial by settling the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s allegations that he and two other senior officers paid bribes and violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, according to a deal filed in New York federal court on Wednesday.

  • February 9, 2017

    DLA Piper Adds Former Legal Adviser To FCC Chairman

    DLA Piper has added a former legal adviser to the Federal Communications Commission chairman as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced on Wednesday.

  • February 8, 2017

    Time Warner's Bid To Nix TCPA Suit Is 'Ambush,' Court Told

    Consumers accusing Time Warner Cable Inc. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by bombarding them with unsolicited calls urged a New York federal judge Wednesday to reject the company’s bid for a quick win based on a supposed lack of evidence, calling the request "an ambush."

  • February 8, 2017

    CenturyLink, Level 3 Tout Public Benefits In $34B Tie-Up

    CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications hit back Tuesday at public comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission questioning the public interest benefits in their proposed $34 billion merger, saying the deal will enhance competition in the enterprise services market without causing harm.

  • February 8, 2017

    Co. Stripped Of Lifeline Eligibility Hits Back At FCC

    A Federal Communications Commission unit's recent revocation of nine companies' eligibility to provide broadband service under the low-income Lifeline program was “hasty” and done without advance notice to the public or to those affected, an attorney representing one of the companies told the regulator Tuesday.

  • February 8, 2017

    Arnall Golden Atty To Head FTC Consumer Protection Bureau

    Arnall Golden Gregory LLP partner Thomas Pahl has been appointed acting director of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, taking over for departing director Jessica Rich, acting Chairwoman Maureen K. Ohlhausen said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Expect From China’s Anti-Monopoly Law This Year

    Huang Wei

    In 2016, the development of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law was fruitful in all respects, including guideline drafting, public enforcement and litigation. We have nine predictions for 2017, say Huang Wei and Rebecca Yin of Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • Future FCC Leadership Could Mean Big Changes For TCPA

    David N. Anthony

    Litigation involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has become one of the leading types of consumer lawsuits in the U.S. However, the election of Donald Trump as president may prove to be a watershed moment for the TCPA, with the Federal Communications Commission's leadership switching to a majority of Republican appointees including a sharp critic of the FCC’s past handling of the TCPA, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • FCPA Predictions For 2017

    Michael Volkov

    Everyone is predicting major changes in the U.S. Department of Justice's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement. I do not share this view. Frankly, FCPA enforcement is more bipartisan than other controversial enforcement programs, and the DOJ’s FCPA program is very profitable, says Michael Volkov, CEO of The Volkov Law Group LLC and a former federal prosecutor.

  • Be Prepared For Law Firm Data Breach Litigation

    Scott Vernick

    The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 2016 Insurance Coverage Litigation Year In Review

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    Courts handed down a number of important insurance coverage decisions in 2016, involving issues like the concurrent cause doctrine and the subcontractor exception, says Sandra Smith Thayer of Liner LLP.

  • Samsung V. Apple And The Trend Toward Incremental Value

    Marianne Ley Hayek

    The incremental value of patented technology has been addressed in judicial opinions concerning utility patent infringement damages. The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Samsung v. Apple could be a signal that design patent damages might soon require a similar test to claim damages on an entire device, says Marianne Ley Hayek of Nathan Associates Inc.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.

  • Predicting President Trump’s FCC Priorities

    Wesley K. Wright

    It is now nearly certain that the Federal Communications Commission will be led by a Republican majority in 2017. The Republican-controlled FCC will likely focus on deregulation, though areas such as spectrum policy are unlikely to see major changes, says Wesley Wright of Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • 6 Key Commercial Litigation Finance Trends For 2017

    Ralph J. Sutton

    With commercial litigation funding gaining acceptance throughout the U.S., law firms and corporations are investigating how they can benefit from the capital that funders provide, and which criteria they should use in selecting a funder. Ralph Sutton, chief investment officer of Bentham IMF, discusses several major trends to watch in 2017.