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Telecommunications

  • October 4, 2013

    Windstream Hit With TCPA Suit Over Alleged Robocalls

    Network communications provider Windstream Communications Inc. was hit Friday with a proposed class action accusing it of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by illegally calling residential phone lines to deliver a prerecorded message without the consent of the person being called.

  • October 4, 2013

    MLB Player Pujols Sues Radio Host Over Steroid Claims

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman Albert Pujols hit former St. Louis Cardinals player Jack Clark with a lawsuit in Missouri state court on Thursday, over Clark’s “brazenly false and defamatory” statements asserting Pujols had used steroids and illegal performance enhancing drugs.

  • October 4, 2013

    Verizon Sets Bank Debt For $130B Vodafone Deal

    Verizon Communications Inc. has locked down $12 billion in debt from JPMorgan Chase Bank NA and others, loans that will join a recent record bond offering to help finance the $130 billion takeover of Verizon Wireless.

  • October 3, 2013

    Sinclair Puts Up $115M To Acquire 4 TV Stations

    Sinclair Broadcast Group has acquired four television stations from TTBG LLC for $115.3 million in cash, making the largest local broadcast network owner in the U.S. even bigger, it announced Thursday.

  • October 3, 2013

    Shareholders Settle Spat Over $24B Liberty, Virgin Merger

    A New York state judge on Thursday approved a settlement of shareholder litigation over Liberty Global PLC's $24 billion takeover of British cable provider Virgin Media Inc., awarding the shareholders' law firms $2.7 million in attorneys' fees.

  • October 2, 2013

    HP Dismisses Suit Over Patent Holder's Wi-Fi Ligitation Blitz

    Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday voluntarily dismissed with prejudice its lawsuit against so-called patent troll Innovative Wireless Solutions over a slew of infringement suits IWS filed earlier this year in Texas against hotel and coffee shop chains that use HP's wireless routers, according to court records. 

  • October 2, 2013

    KPN Shareholders Approve $11.6B Telefonica Tie-Up

    The shareholders of Royal KPN NV on Tuesday approved plans for an €8.6 billion ($11.6 billion) tie-up between the telecom firm's German operations and those of rival Telefonica SA, a deal that will spawn a top wireless carrier in Europe's trophy economy.

  • October 2, 2013

    Portugal Telecom, Brazil's Oi Strike Merger Deal

    Portugal Telecom SGPS SA agreed on Wednesday to merge with Oi SA to form a new telecommunications operator in Brazil, a deal that is expected to save the companies €1.8 billion ($2.4 billion) and boost their presence in Portuguese speaking countries.

  • October 1, 2013

    EchoStar, Vivendi Unit Eye Brazilian Pay TV Venture

    EchoStar Corp. and Brazilian telecom GVT, a subsidiary of Vivendi SA, are in talks to launch a jointly run pay TV service in Brazil, the companies announced Tuesday.

  • October 1, 2013

    Bill Would Make Radio Stations Pay Royalties To Musicians

    Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., introduced legislation Monday that would require radio stations to compensate musicians to play their songs, the latest development in a decadeslong fight by artists and record labels for a "performance right" to use of their music.

  • October 1, 2013

    Customers Must Arbitrate TWC Modem Fee Dispute

    A South Carolina federal judge on Monday tossed two consolidated proposed class actions accusing Time Warner Cable Inc. of breaching its contract with consumers by imposing an equipment lease fee, finding the contract clearly calls for arbitration.

  • September 30, 2013

    WideOpen West Dodges Consumers' Data Collection Suit

    An Illinois federal judge ruled on Friday that Internet service provider WideOpen West Finance LLC faces no liability under federal electronic snooping laws in a class action alleging the company enabled online advertiser NebuAd Inc. to collect behavioral data from WOW customers.

  • September 30, 2013

    Rainmaker Q&A: Littler's Oscar De La Vega

    The stars were aligned when I joined Littler because, shortly after, Mexican labor laws changed for the first time in 40 years. This sparked opportunities to conduct radio and TV interviews talking about the impact of the labor law changes. The power of publicity galvanized our reputation in the Mexican market, says Oscar De la Vega, managing shareholder of Littler Mendelson PC's Mexico City office.

  • September 30, 2013

    Pa. Board Signs Off On 3 Infrastructure Projects

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Friday that it would greenlight three transportation projects to replace hundreds of structurally deficient bridges throughout the state and improve the state's technological and wireless signal infrastructure.

  • September 27, 2013

    Strine Tosses Suit Over Liberty Media's Sirius XM Takeover

    A Delaware Chancery judge on Friday threw out a shareholder class action that challenged Liberty Media Corp.'s takeover of Sirius XM Radio Inc., ruling the investors' complaint, stemming from a 4-year-old agreement, was time-barred and that the stockholders hadn't convinced him otherwise.

  • September 26, 2013

    Bloomberg Wins FCC Ruling Over Comcast Channel Placement

    Bloomberg LP won a ruling from the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that Comcast Corp. must carry Bloomberg's television news network near similar channels in cable lineups, a requirement imposed when the cable giant bought NBCUniversal Inc. in 2011.

  • September 26, 2013

    7th Circ. Affirms Ex-Motorola Engineer's IP Theft Conviction

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld the conviction and four-year prison sentence handed to a former Motorola Inc. software engineer who allegedly stole company trade secrets pertaining to its cellular telecommunications technology, finding the engineer knew the theft would hurt Motorola financially.

  • September 26, 2013

    FCC Proposes Overhaul To UHF TV Station Market Treatment

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday announced it would consider a major overhaul to the way it treats UHF television stations under a regulation capping nationwide market share, potentially restricting broadcasters’ ability to expand their station portfolios.

  • September 26, 2013

    Doughty Hanson Sells $191M Stake In HellermannTyton

    British private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co. announced Wednesday that it has sold a 21 percent stake in cable product manufacturer HellermannTyton Group PLC for about £119 million ($191 million), four days before its lock-up was set to expire.

  • September 25, 2013

    Hawking To Cover Some Of Sipco's Fees In Wireless IP Row

    Wireless networking company Sipco LLC won a motion Wednesday to have Hawking Technologies LLC cover some of its attorneys' fees in its patent infringement suit against Hawking, after a Texas judge found Sipco wouldn’t have had to pay those fees if a Hawking principal hadn’t induced employees to lie in court.