Telecommunications

  • August 7, 2017

    Comcast Wins First Round And Attys' Fees In OpenTV IP Row

    A California federal judge Friday found that Comcast had not infringed on one of OpenTV’s interactive television patents and allowed Comcast to seek attorneys’ fees for the disputed claim, noting he’d asked OpenTV to argue its “best shot” at proving infringement and that his ruling “bodes poorly for the remainder of their case.”

  • August 7, 2017

    Media Cos. Give Feedback On FCC's Modernization Initiative

    Media companies, employees and trade associations on Friday weighed in on the Federal Communications Commission’s bid to modernize and streamline industry regulations, commenting on issues including biennial ownership reporting, retransmission consent and children’s programming.

  • August 7, 2017

    Intel Seeks Dismissal Of $100M Suit Over Faulty Chips

    Intel Corp. asked a California federal court on Friday to trim Qbex Computadores SA’s suit accusing the chipmaker of selling it faulty microprocessors and costing it $100 million when its smartphones began to overheat and explode, asserting that the dispute should focus on alleged breach of contract and implied warranty claims.

  • August 7, 2017

    Avaya Files Ch. 11 Plan, Looks To Trim $3B In Debt

    Bankrupt telecom giant Avaya Inc. announced Monday that it has reached terms on a restructuring plan with senior noteholders that would shave $3 billion in debt from the company's balance sheet and transfer its pension obligations to the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. 

  • August 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Wiley Rein's Megan L. Brown

    Wiley Rein LLP’s Megan L. Brown has helped major players in the U.S. telecommunications industry in overcoming challenges to the deployment of nationwide, next generation wireless services, earning her a spot as one of three telecommunications attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2017

    Senators Urge FCC To Investigate Student Debt Robocalls

    Senators from the subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security have urged the Federal Communications Commission to force debt collectors that robotext and robocall student loan borrowers to stay within the narrow exemptions carved out from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, saying some companies may be harassing students before the rule takes effect.

  • August 4, 2017

    FCC Hit With FOIA Suit Over Net Neutrality Comments

    The Federal Communications Commission should release a set of records related to its internal analysis of why its online comment system slowed down in May shortly after comedian John Oliver railed on his TV show about the agency’s handling of net neutrality, a reporter has told a New York federal court.

  • August 4, 2017

    $52M Deal With Tech Execs, JPMorgan Is Broken, Court Told

    Directors and funds sued over their Silicon Valley technology firm’s "underpriced" $425 million sale to Blackberry have asked Delaware’s Chancery Court to enforce or void terms in a damages settlement with investors, in light of issues with JPMorgan's payment into the $52 million overall deal.

  • August 4, 2017

    Senate Passes Bills To Tweak Telecommunications Laws

    The Senate passed a suite of tweaks to telecommunications laws, concentrated on increased consumer protections for 911 calls and the “internet of things,” before leaving D.C. for the summer Thursday.

  • August 4, 2017

    IP Licenser Asks Justices To Rule On PTAB's Validity

    A patent licensing company that saw the Federal Circuit affirm the invalidation of all but one of the asserted claims of its patent covering communications devices that can use both cell networks and Wi-Fi has sought shelter under a separate case before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenges the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's America Invents Act review process.

  • August 4, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Debevoise, Weil, Davis, Hogan

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Discovery Communications agreed to buy Scripps Networks in a $14.6 billion deal, KKR and Walgreens teamed up to take PharMerica private in a $1.4 billion transaction, and Laboratory Corp. agreed to purchase Chiltern International in a move worth $1.2 billion.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: DLA Piper's Edward 'Smitty' Smith

    Among numerous achievements, DLA Piper’s Edward “Smitty” Smith has helped deliver broadband to underserved communities as a member of the Obama administration, guided the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum-repurposing incentive auction and run for attorney general in the District of Columbia, more than earning his place as one of three telecommunication law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    No-Show NYC Pharmacy Loses TCPA Junk Fax Class Action

    An Illinois federal judge granted default judgment Thursday against a defunct medical supplier who allegedly spammed other businesses with junk faxes, after the company’s former owners failed to show up in court.

  • August 3, 2017

    FCC Floats $82M Fine For Accused Spoofer

    A man who allegedly fired off an estimated 21 million spoofed robocalls on behalf of his insurance business should pay $82.1 million in fines for illegally manipulating caller ID displays, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday.

  • August 3, 2017

    Senate Confirms Flood Of Trump Nominees

    The Senate released a flood of President Donald Trump’s nominees on Thursday, filling more than 60 posts ranging from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to the Federal Communications Commission to the surgeon general after Democrats dropped monthslong efforts to slow the process.

  • August 3, 2017

    FCC Asks For Input On Midband Spectrum Usage

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday opened an inquiry into midband spectrum usage, voting to kick off a comment period on how wireless broadband providers and other users could capitalize on the range of frequencies between 3.7 gigahertz and 24 gigahertz.

  • August 3, 2017

    Union Asks 9th Circ. To Back NLRB Employer Email Standard

    The Communications Workers of America on Wednesday urged the Ninth Circuit to not only uphold the National Labor Relations Board’s landmark ruling that workers can use work email for labor law-protected purposes, but also go further and order Purple Communications Inc. to post violation notices companywide.

  • August 3, 2017

    FCC Takes Steps To Redistribute Broadband Subsidies

    The FCC moved forward two proposals Thursday to make federal subsidies more accessible for fixed and mobile broadband service providers, laying framework for an upcoming “auction” and setting up a process to collect more information about rural coverage levels.

  • August 3, 2017

    Spanish Co.'s $1.5M Award Should Be Confirmed, Judge Finds

    A federal magistrate judge in Florida recommended on Wednesday that a $1.5 million arbitration award issued to Spanish satellite operator Hispasat SA should be affirmed, rejecting Bantel Telecom LLC’s argument that the Madrid-based arbitrator was biased toward a company also based in the city.

  • August 3, 2017

    OpenTV Loses Set-Top Patent ‘Shoot-Out’ To Comcast

    At a patent “shoot-out” hearing on Thursday, California's U.S. District Judge William Alsup called OpenTV’s strongest claim to prove that Comcast’s set-top boxes infringed its patents a “showstopper,” telling OpenTV that its “best argument is a loser,” and saying he may allow Comcast to seek attorneys’ fees for its hearing preparation.

Expert Analysis

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Northern District Of Illinois Is Botching TCPA Fax Rule

    David Almeida

    While the D.C. Circuit’s recent decision eliminating the solicited fax rule under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act seems clear on its face, at least two opinions from the Northern District of Illinois have inexplicably disregarded that holding, say David Almeida and Mark Eisen of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Courts Tackle Tech And Privacy Trends In Law Enforcement

    Paul Rosen

    In granting certiorari in Carpenter, the U.S. Supreme Court recently reminded us that, as technology allows law enforcement to gather vast amounts of personal information from smartphones and other electronic devices, traditional standards and interpretations may not apply, say Paul Rosen and Chris Garcia of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.