The last month of 2017 was a busy one for lobbyists and telecom attorneys as the FCC voted to overturn its 2015 net neutrality rules and teed up further review of its media ownership rules, among other changes. Here are the top three groups that lobbied the FCC in December and a sampling of what they care about.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida blasted the GOP-controlled Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday over what he called the “flawed” handling of its net neutrality repeal, which he said was tainted by hundreds of thousands of falsified comments with Russian email addresses that he attributed to Russia’s government.
Publicly traded telecommunications giant Liberty Global PLC recently completed the spinoff of its Latin American operations with help from lawyers at Shearman & Sterling LLP, the firm said Wednesday, with holders of a former tracking stock now possessing shares in an independent company.
Broadcasters backed proposed rule changes that would allow them to post required notices online instead of in newspapers, but a publisher argued the move would make it harder for consumers to find the information, according to comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission.
Chinese telecom company ZTE Corp. is settling in a consolidated IP suit from a licensing company that also accuses Apple, Motorola and other mobile heavyweights of infringing on data transfer patents, according to dismissal papers filed in Texas federal court on Wednesday.
A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday nixed a bid by Jabra headphones parent GN Netcom Inc. to revive a $600 million antitrust suit against rival Plantronics Inc., rejecting claims that evidentiary decisions in the underlying case deprived GN of a fair trial.
A conservative think tank lashed out Wednesday at the “hypocrisy” of local mayors who support a restoration of net neutrality yet purportedly restrict internet use via municipal broadband networks with terms of service that prohibit obscene, hateful or threatening traffic.
Smaller wireless carriers are urging the Federal Communications Commission to give them more time to implement geo-targeted emergency alerts, telling the agency that competitive carriers have fewer resources for compliance than larger, incumbent service providers.
Cloudflare Inc.'s Alissa Starzak discusses her former role as general counsel for the U.S. Army and the lengthy confirmation process leading up to it, as well as her present work in the private sector and views of net neutrality.
A Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP partner who specializes in high-profile competition litigation in the energy, telecommunications and retail industries has joined Canada’s antitrust watchdog agency, Canada’s Commissioner of Competition said Wednesday.
The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday refused to reconsider its decision to allow Fox’s hit TV show “Empire” to continue using its name, denying a bid by real-life hip hop record label Empire Distribution Inc. for a second chance at arguing its copyright infringement claims.
Consumer complaints about unwanted telemarketing calls reached unprecedented heights in the 2017 fiscal year, jumping to more than 7 million grievances from 5.3 million the year before, with robocalls drawing the most gripes, the Federal Trade Commission reported recently.
A Texas federal judge on Friday rejected radio host Michael Baisden’s bid to escape a jury’s finding that he was overpaid by a Cumulus Media unit and owes $1.7 million in damages, finding he was just replaying previously rejected arguments about his contract.
The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday prevailed once again against bankrupt wireless carrier Alpine PCS Inc.’s $21 million suit over the agency’s sale of its defaulted spectrum licenses, after the Federal Circuit affirmed a federal claims court’s decision tossing the suit for lack of jurisdiction.
Shortly after Apple Inc. began to accept orders for its newest iPhone models, the company released a software update that diminished the battery life of older iPhones and prompted some customers to spend hundreds of dollars on new phones, claims a proposed class action filed in Florida federal court last Thursday.
A trade association that represents cable providers had strong words for the broadcast industry on Monday in the fight over rising retransmission fees, saying that cable companies will increasingly be pitted against unrelenting media conglomerates in the new year.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to use FirstNet, AT&T’s planned nationwide emergency response network stemming from a post-9/11 congressional mandate, the telecommunications giant said following the close of an opt-in period for the network.
The union Communications Workers of America AFL-CIO asked a Texas federal court Saturday to intervene in AT&T's planned termination of 713 employees, alleging the move violates the collective bargaining agreement between the parties.
With an uptick in media mergers, a Federal Communications Commission agenda that’s laser-focused on deregulation and an impending court battle over net neutrality, major shake-ups are looming on the horizon for the telecom industry.
Sweeping European data protection reforms that will echo around the globe, an opaque new cybersecurity law coming into force in China, and enforcement decisions made by a Republican-led Federal Trade Commission head policy watchers' list of cybersecurity and privacy regulations to keep an eye on in 2018.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai bills his recent net neutrality proposal as a “repeal” of the 2015 rules, but it really just imposes his own version of net neutrality through impenetrable and ultimately ineffectual disclosures that both harm providers and confuse users, says Doug Hass, general counsel at Lifeway Foods Inc.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.
Last week during arguments in Carpenter v. United States, both conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to limit warrantless government access to historical cell-site location data, but they voiced different ways to do so, says Vanessa Arslanian at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.
In 2007, the VITA Standards Organization made history — and stirred up a lot of controversy — by adopting a patent policy that mandates “ex ante” royalty rate disclosures. I recently spoke to Ray Alderman, who conceived of and pushed the new policy through implementation, about the factors that have made the policy a success over the last 10 years, says Anne Layne-Farrar of Charles River Associates.
In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.
A Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision of unpatentability should have its full legal effect once promulgated, regardless of any appeal taken by the patent owner. Yet that is not how the U.S. International Trade Commission interpreted the inter partes review statute in its Arista order, says James Barney of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.
The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.
Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.
Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.