Telecommunications

  • August 16, 2011

    No Class Cert. For Landowners In PG&E Cable Use Suit

    A California judge denied class certification Friday to landowners suing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and other power, cable and telecommunications companies over allegedly unauthorized installations of fiberoptic cable across their properties, ruling that differing terms of individual land use agreements made a class action inappropriate.

  • August 16, 2011

    ESPN, C-USA Settle $21M Broadcasting Rights Dispute

    College sports league Conference USA announced Tuesday that it had settled a $21 million New York lawsuit brought by ESPN Inc. after C-USA sold rights to televise football games to Fox Sports Net Inc.

  • August 16, 2011

    Viral Song Feud Shows Radio Royalties Rule Outdated

    The brewing legal feud over the rights to Rebecca Black's viral hit song “Friday” highlights the complicated landscape of copyright royalties in the digital era, but attorneys say that legislation allowing performers and record labels — not just songwriters — to make money off songs when they're played on the radio is inevitable and necessary.

  • August 16, 2011

    HTC Targets Apple Devices In Latest Patent Suit

    Taiwan's HTC Corp. accused rival Apple Inc. in Delaware Monday of infringing three wireless technology patents with popular products ranging from iPhones to Macbooks, further escalating the intellectual property battle between the two electronics makers.

  • August 16, 2011

    Travers Reps Exponent In $198M BBC Magazine Deal

    The British Broadcasting Corp.’s commercial arm said Tuesday that it would sell or license several magazine titles to U.K investment group Exponent Private Equity LLP, as part of two deals that will raise £121 million ($198 million) for the global media giant.

  • August 15, 2011

    Pizza Chains, GrubHub Sued Over Dining Sales Patent

    Pizza Hut Inc., GrubHub Inc. and other companies that allow users to order from restaurants online are among the targets of a patent suit filed Monday in California by Ameranth Inc., which sells wireless systems for the hospitality market.

  • August 15, 2011

    FCC Tells Telecom To Refund Customers For Provider Switch

    The Federal Communications Commission said Monday that telephone carrier Billing Services of America Inc. must cancel charges that subscribers incurred after the company signed them up for its carrier service without their permission.

  • August 15, 2011

    Verizon, AT&T, Others Sued Over High-Speed Internet IP

    Brandywine Communications Technologies LLC on Friday smacked Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. and two other telecommunications giants with a lawsuit in Florida federal court, alleging the companies' high-speed Internet services violate seven of its modem technology patents.

  • August 15, 2011

    US Faces 1st Amendment Hurdle In WikiLeaks Case

    The U.S. government's attempts to mount a criminal case against WikiLeaks over its dissemination of diplomatic cables and war documents could prove tough if the courts view the controversial whistleblower website as a media organization protected by the First Amendment, attorneys say.

  • August 12, 2011

    6th Circ. OKs Conviction In $9.5M Iraq Telecom Deal Case

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday upheld the conviction of a Michigan mobile services sales director for negotiating a $9.5 million telecommunications and navigation equipment deal with Iraq in violation of an embargo.

  • August 12, 2011

    NZ Fines Vodafone Over Misleading Cellphone Promos

    Vodafone New Zealand Ltd. was ordered to pay NZ$400,000 on Friday after it pled guilty to breaching the country's Fair Trading Act through misleading promotions for its Vodafone Live cellphone Internet service.

  • August 11, 2011

    11th Circ. Deems AT&T Class Action Waiver Valid

    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed that plaintiffs in a putative consumer protection class action against AT&T Mobility predecessor Cingular Wireless LLC must enter arbitration.

  • August 10, 2011

    CenturyLink Says Dish Broke Contract By Withholding Fees

    Phone and Internet services provider CenturyLink Inc. launched a breach of contract suit Tuesday in New York accusing satellite TV company Dish Network LLC of withholding required monthly fees because the plaintiff decided to package services with Dish rival DirecTV.

  • August 10, 2011

    Viacom Settles With Cablevision Over IPad Streaming

    Viacom International Inc. on Wednesday resolved a lawsuit against Cablevision Systems Corp. that accused the cable provider of engaging in breach of contract, copyright and trademark infringement, and unfair competition by streaming unauthorized Viacom content on wireless devices like iPads.

  • August 10, 2011

    Nortel Settles ERISA MDL For $21.5M

    Nortel Networks Corp. on Wednesday reached a preliminary $21.5 million settlement in Tennessee with a class of former workers who accused the bankrupt telecom of mismanaging an employee stock fund, cooking its books and squandering their retirement savings.

  • August 10, 2011

    Q&A With Kelley Drye's Andrew White

    Tamkin v. CBS Broadcasting Inc., which focuses on CBS’ hit TV series “CSI,” is a recent defamation decision that significantly strengthens the legal protections for producers, broadcasters and distributors of popular television programs and movies, says Andrew White, chairman of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP's entertainment and media practice.

  • August 9, 2011

    Golden Globes Broadcast Fight Heads To Trial

    A California federal judge on Monday said the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s suit against Dick Clark Productions Inc. over broadcasting rights to the star-studded Golden Globes award show would head to trial at the end of the month. 

  • August 9, 2011

    Comcast Loses Emergency Bid To Pull DirecTV NFL Ads

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday rejected Comcast Cable Communications LLC's bid for a temporary restraining order blocking DirecTV Inc. from running allegedly false advertisements for its NFL Sunday Ticket service, finding Comcast had not shown the ads caused irreparable injury.

  • August 9, 2011

    FCC Links Reviews Of AT&T’s Qualcomm, T-Mobile Deals

    The Federal Communications Commission said in a letter released Monday that it will link its review of AT&T Corp.’s $1.9 billion offer for Qualcomm Inc. wireless licenses to its review of the telecom giant’s $39 billion offer for T-Mobile USA Inc.

  • August 8, 2011

    Dutch Competition Regulator Holds KPN, Caiway Deal

    The Netherlands' antitrust regulator on Monday put on hold Royal KPN NV's planned acquisition of CAIW Holding BV, saying the deal could limit competition in the cable network sector, and called for more research.