Telecommunications

  • May 11, 2017

    CFPB Says Treasury, Not AGs, Should Get Sprint's $15M

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau told a New York federal judge on Thursday that $15 million in undistributed funds from a settlement with Sprint Corp. should go to the U.S. Treasury Department, arguing against a bid by Sprint and several state attorneys general to redirect the funds.

  • May 11, 2017

    FCC Mulling Preempting Local Rules To Speed Buildout

    The Federal Communications Commission asked for public comment on whether it should put in place rules that could sidestep local authority in the interest of speeding up broadband infrastructure deployment, one of Chairman Ajit Pai’s stated goals, in a notice published Thursday.

  • May 10, 2017

    'Cord-Cutting' Hasn't Hit Sports Broadcasting Deals, Yet

    The cable "cord-cutting" trend in the U.S. is already disrupting the traditional economic model for sports by leading to massive dropoffs in cable subscribers and has begun to hurt networks like ESPN, but whether it will stem the growing values of sports broadcasting rights deals is not yet clear.

  • May 10, 2017

    Chicago Tribune Wins FOIA Appeal Over Comm College

    An Illinois appeals court on Tuesday ruled that the foundation of the state's largest community college is subject to open records law, ordering the College of DuPage Foundation to turn over a federal subpoena the Chicago Tribune had requested in 2015 under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • May 10, 2017

    Fiber Optic Patent Description Too Vague, Fed. Circ. Says

    The Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that a fiber optic technology patent held by Cirrex Systems LLC is invalid for lack of a written description, handing Cisco Systems Inc. a win after a PTAB re-examination it initiated.

  • May 10, 2017

    DirecTV Wants Atty Declaration Struck From FLSA Suit

    DirecTV LLC on Tuesday told a Wisconsin federal judge that a group of technicians that brought a wage-and-hour suit against it are improperly relying on testimony of one of their own attorneys in lieu of the testimony from a fact witness, saying that the attorney’s declaration should be struck.

  • May 10, 2017

    Verizon Says FCC Must Recognize Wireless Competition

    Wireless giant Verizon said in a blog post Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission should “get back to reality” and find that the wireless market is competitive, blasting the previous FCC policy decisions based on its refusal to recognize abundant competition.

  • May 10, 2017

    Small Cable Group Cautions FCC On Next-Gen Broadcasting

    The American Cable Association on Tuesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that broadcasters’ transition to a next-generation standard doesn’t hurt other players in the “video ecosystem,” especially small cable providers with more limitations than larger pay-TV providers.

  • May 10, 2017

    Senate Dems Push FCC For Info On Cyberattack

    Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Brian Schatz of Hawaii asked the Federal Communications Commission's head for more information Tuesday on distributed denial-of-service attacks that allegedly began at midnight Sunday, saying they could have affected public comment on net neutrality.

  • May 10, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Nixing Of AT&T Patent Claims In Re-Exam

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a re-examination decision invalidating several claims of an AT&T patent for video compression technology in a case that the telecom giant had likened to a game of “Whack-a-Mole” and argued was “defective from the outset.”

  • May 10, 2017

    Expert Can't Use $9M Motorola Verdict In ZTE Patent Case

    Saint Lawrence Communications LLC may not introduce testimony regarding a $9 million verdict against Motorola in a separate but related patent suit against ZTE Corp., U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has ruled, saying the Motorola case is far from tied up.

  • May 10, 2017

    FCC Proposes Pulling Back Regulations On Wireless Cos.

    The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to pull back “regulatory impediments” facing wireless companies, to promote investment and deployment of the infrastructure for wireless networks around the country, according to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

  • May 9, 2017

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Comments have already begun to pour in on the Federal Communications Commission's draft plan to reverse course on net neutrality, but the big players are mostly holding off for now and weighing in on issues such as regulatory barriers to next-generation wireless, privacy and spectrum sharing. Here are the top three groups that filed ex partes with the FCC over the last month.

  • May 9, 2017

    9th Circ. Agrees To Rehear AT&T, FTC Data Throttling Case

    The full Ninth Circuit will rehear the Federal Trade Commission’s data-throttling lawsuit against AT&T, which was dismissed in August after a panel found that the company’s status as a common carrier exempted it from the FTC Act.

  • May 9, 2017

    NY Man Slams Comcast For Withdrawals In Billing Suit

    A New York man asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Tuesday to award him a quick win in his unfair practices suit claiming Comcast Corp. stole money from a bank account he inherited from his late stepfather, calling Comcast’s efforts to explain away the withdrawals “absurd.”

  • May 9, 2017

    FCC’s Web Attack Claims Questioned After John Oliver Show

    A day after late-night TV host John Oliver aired an episode hammering the FCC chairman’s plan to undo net neutrality rules, the agency reacted to a blockbuster number of comments coinciding with the segment by suggesting it was a planned attack on the agency's site, a claim that has been met with some skepticism.

  • May 9, 2017

    Ex-CONMEBOL Boss Protests Gov't Stay Bid Of Bribery Suit

    The South American soccer confederation’s former boss asked a Florida federal court to deny the U.S. government’s bid to intervene in and subsequently stay a suit alleging a bribery scheme to gain exclusive television rights to South American soccer games, arguing Monday that it would create an unnecessary delay.

  • May 9, 2017

    Gov't Sues Telecom For $1M Over 'Slamming' & 'Cramming'

    The U.S. government on Tuesday filed a $1 million lawsuit against a Florida-based telecommunications carrier company it claims violated federal law by engaging in a nine-month pattern of deceptive marketing and consumer abuse, including overbilling and changing consumers’ preferred telephone service provider without authorization.

  • May 9, 2017

    FCC Urged To Stay Course On Unlicensed Spectrum

    NCTA - The Internet and Television Association has urged the Federal Communications Commission to refuse wireless carriers' requests to claw back some spectrum designated for unlicensed use for licensed use, saying that its members want to deploy unlicensed services in the 64-71 gigahertz band.

  • May 9, 2017

    Charter's VoIP Service Exempt From State Regs, Judge Says

    A Minnesota federal judge ruled in favor of Charter Advanced Services LLC and against a state regulator on Monday, finding that Charter's Voice over Internet Protocol service should be classified as an information service exempt from state regulation.

Expert Analysis

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • A Big Haircut For Indenture Trustee Counsel Fees

    Karol K. Denniston

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge's recent decision in Nortel Network’s Chapter 11 case has several important takeaways for indenture trustees and their legal counsel that go well beyond the fee reductions an indenture trustee’s two law firms received, says Karol Denniston of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

  • Defining 'Securities Claims' In D&O Policies

    Kevin LaCroix

    In a directors and officers insurance dispute spawned by Verizon’s spinoff of its electronic directories business, a Delaware court recently interpreted the definition of “securities claim” to include claims asserted under the common law. While Verizon was able to secure coverage in this case, it is in the best interests of policyholders to include an express reference to common-law claims in such definitions, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.

  • Why Time Warner's Attack Against The TCPA Is On The Ropes

    Jason A. Levine

    Though companies subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act understandably seek relief, First Amendment challenges like Time Warner's are unlikely to succeed. Companies would be well-advised to step up their lobbying efforts, which are more likely to be fruitful, say Jason Levine and Thomas Bohnett of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • A Startup Attorney’s Tips To Advance Company Diversity

    Kristine Di Bacco

    We particularly see a disparity in diversity between the technology and life sciences companies of the Silicon Valley 150 and the larger public companies of the S&P 100 — that is, the larger the company, the more likely it is to have a more gender-diverse workplace, especially at the senior executive level, says Kristine Di Bacco of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • In Congress: Light Floor Schedule, Heavy On Committees

    Richard Hertling

    Republican leadership in the House and Senate will need to refocus their efforts this week, after a failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The lead-up to the canceled vote last week highlighted the divisions within the Republican conference, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.