Telecommunications

  • March 15, 2017

    DC Circ.'s Delay On Net Neutrality Points To Wider Holdup

    The long wait for a D.C. Circuit ruling on whether to reconsider its earlier decision upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules is likely part of a broader holding pattern across the government as power shifts to Republicans, with the GOP in this case likely to revisit or scrap the rules, experts say.

  • March 15, 2017

    9th Circ. Sends Pre-1972 Song Fight To Calif. High Court

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday asked California’s highest court to weigh in on whether radio services like Pandora Media Inc. must pay millions in new royalties to stream songs recorded before 1972.

  • March 15, 2017

    Verizon Says DC Circ. Can Weigh Employee Handbook Ruling

    Verizon Wireless urged the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday not to dismiss its suit challenging a recent National Labor Relations Board decision that struck several provisions of its employee handbook, saying the original employee complainant’s pending request for the NLRB to reconsider the ruling does not preclude its appeal.

  • March 15, 2017

    Internet Group Urges FCC To Align Privacy Rules With FTC

    The Internet Association on Tuesday told the Federal Communications Commission that it should work to bring its privacy rules for internet service providers in line with the Federal Trade Commission’s framework in a way that avoids disrupting the services offered by edge providers such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc.

  • March 15, 2017

    Millennials Losing Interest In Sports & TV, Study Shows

    Millennials are moving from cable television and losing interest in traditional sports in favor of “e-sports” and other alternatives, LEK Consulting said on Wednesday, based on a recent study, trends that could cause a fundamental shake-up in the sports industry as media rights have become a driving source of revenue.

  • March 15, 2017

    Verizon Clinches $48M Coverage For Spinoff Fraud Suit

    A collection of insurance companies must cover Verizon and GTE for the $48 million they spent defending themselves against a $14 billion shareholder suit over an allegedly debt-laden spinoff, a Delaware court has ruled.

  • March 15, 2017

    Equipment Lender Moves For Win In Fraudulent Lease Suit

    An equipment lender suing a company that supplies Wi-Fi to sports stadiums, along with two of its executives, for defaulting on a lease agreement asked a Massachusetts federal judge for default judgment against the company and for summary judgment against the two executives on Wednesday.

  • March 15, 2017

    Davis Polk Guides Comcast On $1B Offering In Taiwan

    Comcast Corp. has told regulators that it raised just over $1 billion through a bond sale in Taiwan guided by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • March 15, 2017

    FCC Told Lifeline Broadband Change Hurts Underserved Kids

    Several children's and education advocates urged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to reconsider its move to strip several companies of their eligibility to provide Lifeline broadband service, saying it is contrary to the public interest and hurts efforts to close the so-called homework gap for students without broadband access.

  • March 15, 2017

    FCC's Pai Promises To Speed Up Innovation On Midwest Tour

    The Federal Communications Commission will begin focusing on approving new technologies more quickly, agency Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday as he kicked off a short tour aimed at promoting broadband development in Midwestern cities.

  • March 15, 2017

    EU Competition Watchdog OKs $85.4B AT&T-Time Warner Deal

    The European Union’s competition watchdog will allow Texas-based AT&T Inc. to move forward with its $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner Inc., after finding little overlap between the telecommunications firm and the content creator, according to a Wednesday statement.

  • March 15, 2017

    FTC's Suit Over Alleged $70M Phone Bill Scheme May Proceed

    A Montana federal judge on Tuesday gave the Federal Trade Commission the green light to keep pursuing its suit accusing a handful of telecom companies of perpetrating a $70 million scheme that tacked fees onto consumers' telephone bills, ruling that the companies were not common carriers.

  • March 14, 2017

    Cox Tells Justices Fed. Circ. Flouted Law In Sprint Case

    Cox Communications told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that the Federal Circuit has created "troubling exceptions" to two settled rules in patent law regarding indefiniteness, urging the justices to take up a case involving Sprint communication network patents.

  • March 14, 2017

    FCC’s Dem Pushes 5G, Expanded Broadband Access

    The Federal Communications Commission’s lone remaining Democrat said in a speech Monday that she’s willing to negotiate when formulating policy but will not compromise her principles, pressing for progress on 5G, universal service reform and efforts to add diverse media voices.

  • March 14, 2017

    Data-Selling 'Right To Know' Bill Clears Hurdle In Ill.

    A bill to require websites and apps to notify Illinois consumers what data the companies may collect and to whom they sell the data passed out of an Illinois Senate committee Tuesday, but may face challenges from the business and technology community as it proceeds through the General Assembly.

  • March 14, 2017

    Judge Won't Increase Sprint's $140M Patent Win Over TWC

    A Kansas federal judge has refused to multiply the nearly $140 million in damages that a jury awarded Sprint Communications Co. earlier this month when it found that Time Warner Cable Inc. willfully infringed five patents covering technology for Internet-enabled phone calls.

  • March 14, 2017

    Comcast Loses Round In Fight Over 10 Set-Top IP Claims

    A California federal judge killed the bulk of a Comcast unit’s suit seeking a ruling that it didn’t infringe 13 patents related to set-top boxes, finding the company hadn’t pled any facts to show it shouldn’t be on the hook for infringing 10 of the patents, while putting a stay on the rest of them, according to an order on Monday.

  • March 14, 2017

    Senior FCC Adviser Rejoins Harris Wiltshire & Grannis

    Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP has snagged for its communications and energy practices a former top Federal Communications Commission adviser, who will re-join the firm after starting her career as an associate there.

  • March 14, 2017

    Apple Consumer Row Over Faulty IPhone Screens Gets Cut

    A California judge on Tuesday dismissed with leave to amend some putative class action claims against Apple Inc. alleging that the tech giant intentionally failed to fix a design defect in the touchscreens of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, finding that the consumers' fraud allegations were too vague.

  • March 14, 2017

    NFL Online Media Arm Aims To Elude Streaming Patent Claims

    The NFL's online media arm on Monday urged a Texas federal court to toss most of the counts in a patent suit brought by a subsidiary of the Kudelski Group, arguing the asserted patents cover generic claims for processes commonly performed by humans.

Expert Analysis

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • 10 Ways To Avoid Wrongful Collection Of Data Claims

    Cinthia Granados Motley

    In light of two recent matters that highlight the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement and protection against the wrongful collection of consumer data, Cinthia Granados Motley and Ashley Jackson of Sedgwick LLP offer advice for avoiding such claims and their associated risks.

  • The Missing Key To 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Tripp Haston

    Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Energy And The Internet Of Things: The Smart Grid

    Kristina M. Tridico

    The "smart grid" refers to technology used to bring utility electricity delivery systems into the next century with the use of computer-based remote control and automation. Businesses and stakeholders in the energy sector should understand the data developed by these technologies in order to make sure their perspective is integrated into the regulatory solutions forming at the state and federal level, says Kristina Tridico of Ice Miller LLP.

  • When Smartphones Get The Blame For Driver Distraction

    Freddy Fonseca

    In Modisette v. Apple, the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California, must decide whether a smartphone manufacturer has a duty to protect the public by preventing the use of certain applications while driving. But the plaintiffs — who allege that Apple's iPhone was defective because the company failed to implement a patented "lock out" feature — face an uphill legal battle, says Freddy Fonseca of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

  • Can Federal Agencies Reverse Course Under Trump?

    Steven D. Gordon

    The next four years will see litigation that explores the extent to which the Trump administration can alter or reverse the regulatory policies of the Obama administration without having to enact new legislation. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently made clear that there are fewer limits to an agency changing course than had previously been thought, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Dialing In: Hot TCPA Issues For 2017

    Lewis S. Wiener

    The Federal Communications Commission's new chairman, Ajit Pai, has historically disagreed with many facets of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Now that he is in a position to shape the TCPA to his liking, he and several other key factors may significantly impact the future of the act, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Myth Of The Forceful Mediator

    Jeff Kichaven

    When mediators rely on force to get cases settled, it doesn’t work. It’s time to suggest more productive ways for top-gun litigators and top-flight mediators to engage, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • Understanding Arcane Policy Decisions About Spectrum

    Michael Senkowski

    By 2020, the internet of things is expected to increase network traffic six-fold with the introduction of 50 billion wireless devices. The industry is growing faster than ever before, but regulation of the radio spectrum remains a cumbersome and lengthy process that sometimes requires decades before final actions are approved, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.