Telecommunications

  • April 9, 2018

    Org Says FCC Security Proposal Could Hurt Small Businesses

    A large association of small businesses on Thursday raised concerns over the Federal Communication Commission’s proposal to bar providers that use equipment or services from companies deemed a national security risk from receiving federal connectivity subsidies.

  • April 9, 2018

    Rep. Asks FCC to Probe Cambridge Analytica-TV Links

    A Democratic Michigan congresswoman urged the head of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to investigate whether embattled political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained audience viewing data from cable television providers to support the company’s voter targeting efforts during the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • April 9, 2018

    AT&T Doesn’t Want To ‘Cannibalize’ Satellite TV, DOJ Says

    AT&T may be expanding into online live television, but the U.S. Department of Justice put an executive from its DirecTV subsidiary on the stand Monday to show that after a merger with Time Warner, the combined company could use its newly acquired online leverage to protect its satellite service and eliminate competition from internet-delivered programming.

  • April 9, 2018

    AT&T Asks 9th Circ. To Return Throttle Suit To Arbitration

    AT&T on Friday appealed to the Ninth Circuit a California federal judge’s resurrection of a consumer class action over alleged misrepresentation of unlimited cellphone data plans, a likely test of whether federal arbitration laws can block pursuit of not just monetary but also injunctive relief in courts.

  • April 9, 2018

    NJ Biz Beats Widow's Suit Over Worker's Electrocution Death

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Monday refused to revive a lawsuit alleging a wireless equipment business caused a maintenance worker's electrocution death, rejecting his widow's argument that she may pursue the matter because the company knowingly exposed him to a “virtual certainty of harm.”

  • April 9, 2018

    AT&T Settles Texas Suit Over Internet Filtering Patent

    AT&T Corp. is finalizing settlement negotiations with an education technology company that accused the telecom giant’s web security services of infringing a once-invalidated patent for filtering internet content, the parties told a Texas federal judge Friday.

  • April 9, 2018

    Google Must Pay For Illegally Gathering Kids' Data, FTC Told

    Google has come under fire for allegedly collecting children’s data on YouTube without parental permission, with a coalition of advocacy groups telling the Federal Trade Commission on Monday that the company’s practices warrant imposing "tens of billions of dollars" in penalties.

  • April 6, 2018

    Class Argues Dual-Natured Harm In $55B Charter-TWC Merger

    Stockholder attorneys defended claims Friday of “dual-natured" harm to both investors and Charter Communications Inc. in their Delaware Chancery Court class challenge to the $55 billion Charter-Time Warner Cable Inc. merger, hoping to save their case from dismissal.

  • April 6, 2018

    Facebook Backs Political Ad Bill, Will Verify 'Issue' Ads

    Facebook said for the first time on Friday that it supports a proposed law that would require social media companies to disclose the origin of political ads on their platforms. The company also announced new verification rules for buyers of so-called issue ads, which American authorities say helped sow discord in the 2016 U.S. elections.

  • April 6, 2018

    3 Telecom Issues To Watch In The AT&T-Time Warner Trial

    The U.S. Department of Justice is taking AT&T to court over its proposed buy of Time Warner Inc., and the trial so far is raising interesting questions about the roles of internet service providers, TV programmers and traditional distributors in an ever-expanding media universe.

  • April 6, 2018

    FCC Releases Delayed Final Order Covering Tribal Broadband

    The Federal Communications Commission increased the amount of funds that many operators on tribal lands can recover from the Universal Service Fund in an order released Thursday that several commissioners called a compromise.

  • April 6, 2018

    Health Hires: Dentons, Greenberg Traurig, Morgan Lewis

    This round of Health Hires features attorneys with health care and life sciences focuses who recently joined Dentons, Green Griffith & Borg-Breen LLP, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • April 6, 2018

    9th Circ. Fells Order To Arbitrate T-Mobile TCPA Suit

    The Ninth Circuit has shot down a lower court decision that sent to arbitration a proposed Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action saying a joint promotion between T-Mobile and Subway for chicken sandwiches included the delivery of mass unwanted text messages to the telecommunications company's customers, ruling the case’s claims rely on the TCPA and not a wireless agreement.

  • April 6, 2018

    FCC's Lifeline Reforms Can Stay In Place, DC Circ. Says

    The Federal Communications Commission can keep in place Lifeline program requirements that the telecom industry provide phone and internet service to rural and low-income customers, despite cutting subsidies for the program, a D.C. Circuit panel said on Friday.

  • April 6, 2018

    5 US Trading Partners Want Closer Look At China IP Case

    Five U.S. trading partners, including heavyweights like the European Union and Japan, have asked to join the Trump administration's World Trade Organization case targeting China's patent licensing rules as third-party observers, according to WTO documents circulated Friday.

  • April 6, 2018

    China Not Backing Down After Latest US Tariff Threat

    In the wake of President Donald Trump’s latest threat to impose yet another round of hefty tariffs on Chinese goods to counter the nation’s intellectual property regime, Beijing dug in its heels on Friday by saying it will immediately retaliate yet again if the U.S. proposes new levies.

  • April 5, 2018

    Former FTC Chair Opposes Mass. Net Neutrality Bill

    A former Federal Trade Commission chair under the Obama administration, who now co-chairs a lobby group funded by telecom giants, has testified against a state net neutrality bill to Massachusetts lawmakers, arguing it would be preempted and that a federal solution is needed.

  • April 5, 2018

    AT&T’s Own Words Used Against It In DOJ Merger Challenge

    The U.S. Department of Justice confronted AT&T executives with their own words in D.C. federal court on Thursday to illustrate the alleged underlying motives behind the proposed Time Warner merger, including one exchange deriding programmers licensing content to online distributors as “short-sighted whores” undermining traditional pay-TV providers.

  • April 5, 2018

    Liberty Seeks EU OK Of €10B Done Deal After Court Ruling

    Telecommunications giant Liberty Global PLC asked Europe’s competition enforcer on Wednesday to approve its €10 billion ($12.6 billion) acquisition of Dutch cable TV operator Ziggo NV, which was completed in 2014, after a court ruling last year ordered another look.

  • April 5, 2018

    Bankrupt Cumulus Seeks To Buy Chicago Station For $18M

    Bankrupt radio giant Cumulus Media Inc. has asked a New York bankruptcy court to sign off on the proposed purchase of a radio station in Chicago for $18 million, a move the debtor says will bring “valuable, cash flow-generating assets” into its estate.

Expert Analysis

  • Practicality Is A Driving Force In High Court Microsoft Case

    James Kitchen

    Absent new legislation or a major reformation of the mutual legal assistance treaty process, victory in the Microsoft case at the U.S. Supreme Court may be vital for the government when it comes to its ability to conduct investigations in the fast-paced world of electronic data and cybercrime, says James Kitchen of Jones Day.

  • Innovation-Based Tech Standards Under Growing Threat

    David Kappos

    It is frightening to consider how many technological innovations of the last 20 years might have missed mass adoption had they been subject to the same pressures faced by innovators today, says David Kappos, a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Class Action Lawyers Behaving Badly

    Thomas Dickerson

    In prosecuting and defending class actions, a conservative, ethical and salutary approach should be taken by all parties. Unfortunately, a survey of recent cases reveals a wide range of problematic behavior by certain class action attorneys, which only lends credence to criticisms of the class action concept, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • VoIP Services May Fall Beyond TCPA's Scope

    Louis DePaul

    A Pennsylvania district court's recent opinion in Klein v. Commerce could prove to be critical in curtailing Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims by providing a strong precedent to support the proposition that free voice over internet protocol services do not fall within the scope of the TCPA, say Louis DePaul and Alison Viola of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration

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    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.

  • Litigating The Internet Of Things

    Leslie Gutierrez

    With the rise of the internet of things, vast new quantities of data are traversing the cloud. Companies that do not actively and continuously strengthen their cybersecurity protocols are at risk for breaches — and for the consumer class actions that may follow, says Leslie Gutierrez of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Could AI Take Over Standard Development Organizations?

    Ray Alderman

    The use of artificial intelligence in the existing technical standards development process might raise certain procedural, operational and legal questions in the future, say Ray Alderman of VITA and David Newman of Gould & Ratner LLP.

  • Olympics Cast Spotlight On FCC Indecency Policies

    Stephen Fuzesi

    French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis' wardrobe malfunction at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics has potential to reignite debate over the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement of indecency policies, says Stephen Fuzesi of Williams & Connolly LLP.