Telecommunications

  • February 14, 2017

    Sprint Lied In Bill-Halving Promo, Consumer Suit Says

    Telecom giant Sprint was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court Monday alleging the company’s “cut-your-cell-phone-bill-in-half” promotion deceives consumers and fails to deliver as advertised.

  • February 14, 2017

    Sprint Says FairPoint Can't Hang Up On $2M Billing Suit

    Sprint urged a North Carolina federal court on Monday to not toss or shave down its $2 million overbilling suit against FairPoint Communications Inc., arguing that its allegations are genuine and supported by sufficient evidence.

  • February 13, 2017

    NFL, DirecTV Ask Judge To Sack Sunday Ticket Antitrust Suit

    The NFL and DirecTV separately urged a California federal judge on Monday to kick subscribers' antitrust suit challenging the legality of their exclusive Sunday Ticket package out of court, with DirecTV seeking arbitration and the NFL arguing the suit is based on a “fundamentally cockeyed notion.”

  • February 13, 2017

    Dish Says TCPA Verdict In NC Has No Bearing On Ill. Case

    Dish Network LLC told an Illinois federal judge Friday that a $20.5 million jury award last month in a North Carolina Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action has no bearing on an ongoing suit against the company in Illinois.

  • February 13, 2017

    FCC Seeks Comment On Requiring Periodic Progress Reports

    The Federal Communications Commission wants input on a proposed rule requiring the periodic filing of progress reports from certain TV stations that are not eligible to receive payment of relocation expenses for moving to new channels, according to a filing posted Monday on its website.

  • February 13, 2017

    Competition Would Help Broadband Build-Out, FCC Chief Told

    The new Federal Communications Commission should embrace pro-competitive policies to make way for deploying broadband, the competitive-network trade group Incompas has told FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, saying that doing so would ensure affordable service, according to a Monday filing.

  • February 13, 2017

    Filipino Network Wins Almost $8M From Streaming Websites

    The largest media and entertainment company in the Philippines won a nearly $8 million default judgment Monday against online streaming websites that the company says regularly showcase pirated versions of its programming.

  • February 13, 2017

    Broadcasters Endorse Early Full-Text Release Of FCC Plans

    The Federal Communications Commission’s early release of a draft proposal to authorize the use of a next-generation broadcasting standard is allowing broadcasters to give helpful feedback and help “frame the debate,” the National Association of Broadcasters said Monday.

  • February 13, 2017

    Comcast, Transgender Ex-Employee Agree To Drop Bias Suit

    Comcast Inc. and the transgender woman who sued the company accusing it of gender discrimination and retaliation for firing her after she returned from gender reassignment surgery agreed on Monday to dismiss the suit with full prejudice in Tennessee federal court.

  • February 13, 2017

    Level 3 Urges FCC To Keep Biz Customer Privacy Change

    Level 3 Communications has pushed the Federal Communications Commission to avoid undoing a regulatory rollback on certain rules for business customers and carriers that came in the agency's broader setting of privacy requirements for internet service providers, as the new FCC weighs delaying or reversing the rollback.

  • February 13, 2017

    DC Circ. Panel Won't Rehear Decision In DirecTV Firing Row

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Friday declined a rehearing request from DirecTV Inc. after backing in September the National Labor Relations Board’s finding that the company and a contractor must reinstate Florida technicians fired for complaining about the company’s new pay policy in an interview with a local news station.

  • February 13, 2017

    BlackBerry Seeks To Lift Avaya's Ch. 11 Stay On Patent Suit

    BlackBerry Corp. on Friday asked a New York bankruptcy court to lift the stay on its patent suit against Avaya Inc., claiming that the company is continuing to sell the allegedly infringing products.

  • February 13, 2017

    FCC's O'Rielly Targets School Broadband Overbuilding

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has questioned whether there is potentially wasteful overbuilding of broadband service in the E-rate program for schools and libraries, and is seeking information to identify whether the deployment is appropriate, according to a letter published Friday by the agency.

  • February 13, 2017

    Samsung Settles Fight Over Media Delivery Patents

    Texas-based Personalized Media Communications LLC said Monday it reached a licensing agreement with Samsung Corp. that will resolve district court litigation and related Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings over several of its media delivery patents.

  • February 13, 2017

    DC Circ. Affirms Distribution Of Cable TV Royalties

    The Copyright Royalty Board did not make a clear error when it chose a method for distributing cable TV royalties that was based on viewership, the D.C. Circuit held on Friday.

  • February 13, 2017

    Russia's Megafon Pays $740M For Stake In Internet Co.

    Russian mobile phone giant Megafon OJSC has agreed to pay $740 million for a majority stake in privately owned internet and social media firm Mail.Ru Group, the companies said on Monday, with assistance from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Mourant Ozannes BVI.

  • February 10, 2017

    FTC Gets Quick Settlement Over $1.5M Telemarketing Scheme

    A Florida federal judge has approved an agreement reached between the Federal Trade Commission and a Palm Harbor, Florida, company and its managing member to resolve their role supporting an India-based telemarketing scheme that bilked American consumers out of $1.5 million in less than a year.

  • February 10, 2017

    LG Hid 'Bootloop' Defect On Smartphones, Consumers Say

    LG Electronics USA Inc. is facing a putative class action filed in California federal court Wednesday that says it failed to warn consumers about “bootlooping” defects, or random restarting and freezing, of its V10 smartphones.

  • February 10, 2017

    Next-Gen Broadcasting Perilous For Small Cable, FCC Told

    The American Cable Association has urged the Federal Communications Commission to beware of the potential capacity strains that small cable companies could face with the approval of a next-generation broadcasting standard, saying the proposed transition "holds great peril."

  • February 10, 2017

    Senate Dems Urge FCC To Return Lifeline Eligibility To Cos.

    Fifteen senators said they were “deeply troubled” by the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to strip nine companies of eligibility to provide broadband service under the Lifeline program for low-income users, urging the commission's chairman to reconsider in a letter Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • 2016 Insurance Coverage Litigation Year In Review

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    Courts handed down a number of important insurance coverage decisions in 2016, involving issues like the concurrent cause doctrine and the subcontractor exception, says Sandra Smith Thayer of Liner LLP.

  • Samsung V. Apple And The Trend Toward Incremental Value

    Marianne Ley Hayek

    The incremental value of patented technology has been addressed in judicial opinions concerning utility patent infringement damages. The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Samsung v. Apple could be a signal that design patent damages might soon require a similar test to claim damages on an entire device, says Marianne Ley Hayek of Nathan Associates Inc.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.

  • Predicting President Trump’s FCC Priorities

    Wesley K. Wright

    It is now nearly certain that the Federal Communications Commission will be led by a Republican majority in 2017. The Republican-controlled FCC will likely focus on deregulation, though areas such as spectrum policy are unlikely to see major changes, says Wesley Wright of Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • 6 Key Commercial Litigation Finance Trends For 2017

    Ralph J. Sutton

    With commercial litigation funding gaining acceptance throughout the U.S., law firms and corporations are investigating how they can benefit from the capital that funders provide, and which criteria they should use in selecting a funder. Ralph Sutton, chief investment officer of Bentham IMF, discusses several major trends to watch in 2017.

  • 5 Trends Dominated Ad Law In 2016

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    Reed Smith LLP attorneys Michael Strauss and Jason Gordon examine the five that dominated the advertising industry over the past year and that will continue in 2017.

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017

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    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

  • US Sanctions Against Cuba: Outlook Under President Trump

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    The regulatory changes that have propelled increasing cultural and economic engagement with Cuba for the past two years have been made through executive action. With a Republican Congress seemingly lacking the political will to ease or strengthen the Cuba embargo, the Trump administration’s initiatives on Cuba will be decisive for U.S. business interests, says Simeon Kriesberg of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Mediating E-Discovery Disputes Can Save Time And Money

    Daniel Garrie

    A primary driver of increasing litigation costs is the explosion of electronic discovery in recent years. Electronic data is not only increasing dramatically in volume, it is also growing in complexity. One way parties can save time and money is to use a neutral, technically skilled mediator, to ensure that e-discovery is both robust and cost-effective, says Daniel Garrie of JAMS.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.