Telecommunications

  • March 20, 2017

    Verizon's $11B Bond Sale To Buy Back Debt, Fund Yahoo Deal

    Telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. has sold $11 billion in bonds to refinance debt and help the company fund its $4.5 billion purchase of Yahoo, according to a regulatory filing Thursday, the latest in a wave of large deals by investment-grade companies.

  • March 20, 2017

    AT&T Asks FCC To Make Jewish Center Call Traces Permanent

    AT&T pushed the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to make permanent a temporary waiver that allows Jewish community centers to get increased access to blocked phone numbers when facing bomb threats.

  • March 20, 2017

    Blank Check Co., Cision To Form $2.4B Media Software Co.

    Blank check company Capitol Acquisition Corp. III will combine with private equity-backed Cision Inc. in a deal that will make the cloud-based media communications software provider a publicly traded company worth roughly $2.4 billion, according to a statement on Monday.

  • March 20, 2017

    NBC Blasts Baiul Royalty Appeal In 2nd Circ.

    NBCUniversal has blasted an appeal in the Second Circuit in which famed figure skater Oksana Baiul is attempting to salvage a suit over royalty payments from the 1994 NBC television special “Nutcracker on Ice,” saying her claims have been dramatically inconsistent.

  • March 20, 2017

    Vodafone, Idea's $23B Deal Forms India's No. 1 Telecom Co.

    The U.K.’s Vodafone Group PLC will join its business in India with Aditya Birla Group’s Idea in a $23.2 billion merger of equals that stands to create the country’s largest telecommunications operator, according to a statement on Monday.

  • March 20, 2017

    Facebook Users Fight 9th Circ. Take On Birthday Text Row

    The consumers behind a proposed class action alleging Facebook’s text message reminders about friends’ birthdays violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act urged a California judge not to certify for appeal his previous rejection of the social media giant’s dismissal request, calling it nothing but a stall tactic.

  • March 20, 2017

    Ala. Can't Get Redo On AT&T Users' Tax Refund Bid

    An Alabama appeals court on Friday declined to revisit its earlier decision denying the state’s attempt to avoid paying refunds to AT&T customers as part of a settlement in a class action accusing the telecom giant of collecting illegal taxes on internet service, keeping the government on the hook.

  • March 17, 2017

    $1M, Uncapped Deals Get Nod In Cellphone 'Cramming' Suits

    A Nebraska federal judge on Thursday granted final approval to a $1 million agreement and to a separate deal without a monetary cap that would settle claims by a class of consumers that three mobile messaging companies “crammed” their mobile phones by charging them for content services without authorization.

  • March 17, 2017

    Industry Mounts Final Assault On FCC’s ISP Privacy Rules

    A slew of industry organizations on Thursday lodged a last rebuttal to challengers in their effort to overturn privacy rules for internet service providers adopted by the Federal Communications Commission late in the Obama administration, complaining of “meritless” opposition on rules that are inconsistent with the Federal Trade Commission's tried and true approach.

  • March 17, 2017

    FCC Gives Honda More Time On Accessibility Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday granted Honda a 20-month waiver of accessibility rules for rear entertainment systems in several vehicles after the company said it hadn’t been aware the requirements applied, ruling the period will give the company time to comply.

  • March 17, 2017

    Samsung Tells High Court $120M Apple Patent Win Flouts Law

    Samsung has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit decision that it must pay $120 million for infringing Apple’s smartphone patents, saying the ruling created "new and incorrect” law that makes invalidating patents too hard and winning injunctions too easy.

  • March 17, 2017

    FCC’s Pai Continues Task Force Studying Telehealth

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai committed on Thursday to continue a task force focusing on broadband-enabled health care solutions as part of his push to bridging the digital divide, sparking praise from FCC Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

  • March 17, 2017

    Claims Court Chides Gov't Atty For Lack Of Contract Candor

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Thursday criticized a federal attorney for a lack of candor over the status of the underlying deal in Level 3 Communications LLC’s successful protest of a $98.7 million Pentagon fiber optic circuit contract, recommending he be punished by his supervisor.

  • March 17, 2017

    Divided NLRB Upholds Staffing Co. Joint Employer Subpoena

    A split National Labor Relations Board has ruled that an IT staffing provider and other entities must respond to subpoenas from the board’s general counsel seeking information about whether they are joint employers, over an objection from the board’s acting chair.

  • March 17, 2017

    Feds Seek 10 Years For CEO In $3B Ponzi, Rip ‘Moral Failure’

    Federal prosecutors told a Massachusetts court on Thursday that the chief executive of TelexFree Inc.’s efforts to play dumb about the nature of his Ponzi scheme don’t jibe with the “garbage” and “lies” he used to scam thousands of people out of more than $3 billion, saying his conduct merited 10 years in prison.

  • March 16, 2017

    Roche, Pharmacies Reach $17M Deal Over Unwanted Faxes

    Medical testing supplier Roche Diagnostics Corp. agreed to pay $17 million to potentially tens of thousands of pharmacies to settle Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims in a putative class action over unwanted faxes sent to pharmacies, according to a settlement proposal filed in Indiana federal court on Thursday.

  • March 16, 2017

    Trump’s Budget Proposal Includes NTIA Support

    A “budget blueprint” from President Donald Trump released Thursday makes no direct reference to the Federal Communications Commission but backs the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s mission for efficient government use of spectrum and its role in representing U.S. interests.

  • March 16, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Delay Sought In IP Suit Pending Cert. Petition

    Openet Telecom Inc. asked the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to hold off on issuing a mandate after it refused to review a panel’s decision that undid the invalidity of four Amdocs patents covering network monitoring technology previously axed under the Supreme Court’s Alice standard.

  • March 16, 2017

    UK Authorities To Probe Fox's Latest $14B Sky Takeover Bid

    The British government on Thursday asked its telecommunications and competition authorities to weigh whether 21st Century Fox Inc.’s latest $14.4 billion bid to take over Sky PLC is in the public interest.

  • March 16, 2017

    Writers Guild Blasts FCC’s Cutting Of Lifeline Providers

    The Writers Guild of America, East, on Thursday pressed the Federal Communications Commission to undo its decision to take back eligibility to provide low-income Lifeline broadband service granted to nine companies late in the Obama administration, saying the move has undercut the program’s goals.

Expert Analysis

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Net Neutrality And Broadband Privacy Under The New FCC

    Marc S. Martin

    The Federal Communications Commission's new chairman, Ajit Pai, has indicated that he plans to roll back former Chairman Tom Wheeler's actions regarding net neutrality and broadband privacy. Chairman Pai's endorsement of a former Republican FCC chairman, Michael Powell, further suggests that he plans to deregulate broadband internet access services, say Marc Martin and Michael Sherling of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • The Latest On Managing Workplace Mental Health Issues

    Linda B. Dwoskin

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a resource document explaining workplace protections for individuals who suffer from mental health conditions. The publication alerts employers of the need to understand and appreciate an employee’s legal rights as well as their obligations to provide a host of reasonable accommodations, say Linda Dwoskin and Melissa Bergman Squire of Dechert LLP.

  • Post-Spokeo, Not All Statutory Violations Are Created Equal

    John G. Papianou

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo did not provide the hoped-for clarity on whether violation of a statute is sufficient for a plaintiff to sue in federal court. As practitioners and courts still struggle with this question, two recent decisions from the Seventh and Third Circuits highlight the issue, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • Sirius Copyright Ruling Is Setback For Recording Artists

    Ian Ballon

    The New York Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Flo & Eddie v. Sirius marks the first time that the highest court of any state has weighed in on whether state law recognizes a public performance right in pre-1972 sound recordings, and it may be influential in outstanding cases in California and Florida, say Ian Ballon and Justin MacLean of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Post-Spokeo Issues Emerge In The 5th Circ.

    Christopher Chorba

    Although the Fifth Circuit and its district courts have addressed Spokeo issues numerous times since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision, Spokeo’s future in the Fifth Circuit remains unclear. Recent opinions underscore that litigants should be prepared to argue not only about Spokeo’s significance for pre-existing case law, but also the scope of its applicability, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • DOJ Criminal Division In 2016: Fraud Section Rising

    Kevin B. Muhlendorf

    A brief year-in-review document recently released by the U.S. Department of Justice provides a useful overview of what the Criminal Division’s largest litigating section accomplished in the last year and important hints at what the future holds for individuals and entities whose activities come within the Fraud Section’s broad reach, says Kevin Muhlendorf, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP and former federal prosecutor.