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Telecommunications

  • July 9, 2018

    Skadden Steers Chinese Smartphone Co. Xiaomi's $4.7B IPO

    Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp. went public Monday after completing a HK$37.1 billion ($4.7 billion) initial public offering guided by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, the second-largest global IPO in 2018 and first ever since Hong Kong eased restrictions on dual-class shares.

  • July 9, 2018

    Dish Made 300 Debt-Collection Robocalls, TCPA Suit Says

    Dish Network LLC was hit with a Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuit in Alabama federal court accusing the satellite television provider of making roughly 300 debt-collection robocalls to a woman who asserted the company was calling the wrong person and several times asked that the calls be stopped.

  • July 9, 2018

    Federal Contractor TCPA Liability A Loophole, Group Says

    A trade group for hundreds of federal contractors has asked the Federal Communications Commission to strike a clause from its Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules that may undermine their shield from robocall lawsuits, saying it appears to have been mistakenly added.

  • July 9, 2018

    Customer Reignites Time Warner Robocall Suit

    A stalled robocall suit against Time Warner is back on after a customer filed an amended complaint in California federal court accusing the telecom giant of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by repeatedly making automated calls to nonsubscribers. 

  • July 9, 2018

    15 Minutes With CTIA's General Counsel

    As general counsel for wireless industry trade group CTIA, Tom Power deals with the technology powering futuristic innovations like remote surgery, “smart” infrastructure and ubiquitous cellphone communications. He recently spoke with Law360 on the changing regulatory landscape, the complicated problem of spectrum-sharing and the root of his interest in communications: his past as an amateur disk jockey.

  • July 6, 2018

    Nielsen Settles Bribery Suit With Bubba The Love Sponge

    Telecommunications ratings giant Nielsen Audio Inc. announced to a Florida federal court on Friday it had settled with Bubba the Love Sponge, a nationally syndicated radio host accused of trying to bribe the panelists whose listening input set radio rankings.

  • July 6, 2018

    What You Need To Know For The Supreme Court Nomination

    President Donald Trump is expected Monday night to name his choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. The nomination will give the president his second chance to name a justice to the high court in less than two years, setting up a high-stakes political battle likely to consume the legal world and the nation in the months to come.

  • July 6, 2018

    ICANN Can Change To Comply With GDPR, Watchdog Says

    A coalition of European data protection watchdogs has said that ICANN, the database of global internet web addresses, can operate its domain lookup service in a way that coexists with the EU's new privacy regime — if it overhauls the way it asks for information.

  • July 6, 2018

    Telecom Lobbying In Trump's DC Blurs Access And Expertise

    When AT&T public policy executive Bob Quinn sat down to a private dinner with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai last February, the meal at the chic Hotel Neri restaurant in Barcelona had the trappings of a typical meeting between U.S. politicos.

  • July 6, 2018

    DirecTV Wants Subscriber's Privacy Claims Arbitrated

    DirecTV urged a Georgia federal judge Thursday to send to arbitration a former subscriber's proposed class claims alleging the satellite television provider illegally disclosed his and other subscribers' personal information to an expert the company retained in ongoing litigation over unsolicited telemarketing calls.

  • July 6, 2018

    FCC Won't Pause Lifeline Restrictions Pending Lawsuits

    The Federal Communications Commission said it will not delay the implementation of its restrictions on subsidized phone and internet service in the Lifeline program, despite a pending court challenge brought by a tribe, wireless resellers and others.

  • July 6, 2018

    'Overstated' Verizon Coverage Hurts Rural Carriers, Cos. Say

    A coalition of radio frequency engineering firms told the Federal Communications Commission that Verizon has “grossly overstated” its nationwide 4G LTE coverage, hurting the mobile wireless carriers the engineering firms serve because the carriers can only get needed FCC funding to boost coverage in areas where coverage is low.

  • July 6, 2018

    Cellphone Buyers Seek Cert. In Qualcomm Chip Price-Fix Suit

    Smartphone buyers urged a California federal judge Friday to certify an antitrust class action accusing Qualcomm of fixing the price of microchips used in cellphones.

  • July 6, 2018

    Scientists Urge FCC To Guard Galaxy-Exploration Frequencies

    The National Academy of Sciences Thursday urged the Federal Communications Commission to take caution as it looks to open up for new uses spectrum currently used for public safety communications and scientific research, saying interference issues could undermine an important tool for exploring the far reaches of the galaxy.

  • July 6, 2018

    USTR Rolls Out Waiver Process For New China Tariffs

    Soon after the Trump administration finalized tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods in an intensifying tussle over intellectual property rules on Friday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative unveiled a new process for importers to earn waivers from the new 25 percent levy.

  • July 6, 2018

    Alert Tests Could Confuse Real Deal, Trade Group Tells FCC

    NCTA – The Internet & Television Association is warning the Federal Communications Commission that one of two ways of transmitting emergency alert tests, which the agency wants to streamline, could inadvertently be confused with actual alerts.

  • July 6, 2018

    Trump's China Tariffs Take Hold As Biz Groups Sound Alarm

    The Trump administration on Friday imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports covering technology, medical devices and industrial goods, marking the most aggressive move yet in the White House’s trade imbroglio with Beijing and stoking fear within the U.S. business community.

  • July 5, 2018

    EU Parliament Calls For Data Deal's End Unless US Complies

    The European Parliament on Thursday called for the EU-US Privacy Shield data transfer deal to be suspended unless the United States is "fully compliant" with the mechanism by September, echoing privacy concerns raised by the body's civil liberties committee last month.

  • July 5, 2018

    Asia-Focused Market Veterans Plan $40M Blank-Check IPO

    A group of businessmen with a history of executive roles in Asian companies filed plans with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $40 million or more to buy a company in an industry such as technology, media or telecommunications, according to filings dated Thursday.

  • July 5, 2018

    FCC Urged Not To Cut Lifeline Funds From Wireless Resellers

    The trade group Incompas is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission against steering Lifeline telecommunications services subsidy funds away from wireless resellers and toward phone carriers that have their own network infrastructure, according to an ex parte filing detailing a meeting at which the organization warned against eliminating “competitive options.”

Expert Analysis

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Twitter As Public Forum: The Limits Of The Trump Ruling

    Lyrissa Lidsky

    Until recently there has been little guidance on how U.S. Supreme Court precedent on public forums applies to an increasingly digital world. A New York federal court's decision last week regarding President Donald Trump’s Twitter account is significant because it recognizes the way we talk now, says Lyrissa Lidsky, dean of the University of Missouri School of Law.

  • Changes Are Coming For Providers Of 800 Numbers

    Michael Pryor

    The Federal Communications Commission is slated to consider potential new rules concerning the use of 800 numbers on June 7. The rules will most directly affect network providers, but may also result in reduced costs for companies providing 800-number calling to their customers, says Michael Pryor of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • How Courts Are Interpreting DC Circ. Autodial Ruling

    Cory Eichhorn

    Two competing interpretations of the D.C. Circuit's March ruling in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission are only the beginning of what is sure to be a continuing debate on the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system, say Cory Eichhorn and Annelise Del Rivero of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Continues To Clarify Venue Post-TC Heartland

    Ann Fort

    Tuesday marked one year since the U.S. Supreme Court fundamentally narrowed patent venue in its TC Heartland decision. This month, three Federal Circuit decisions addressed a number of outstanding questions on patent venue, but none of the court's positions was unexpected, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.