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Telecommunications

  • October 4, 2011

    Sens. Float Phone Contract Bill To Counter Concepcion

    Two U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban mandatory arbitration clauses in cellphone contracts and allow consumers to sue wireless carriers for deceptive practices, a direct riposte to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in AT&T v. Concepcion.

  • October 4, 2011

    Cable Installers Sue Charter Contractor For OT Pay

    Workers for Tucker Communications Inc., a cable and Internet installation service contractor for Charter Communications Inc., filed a putative class action Monday in Georgia alleging Tucker failed to pay them overtime compensation.

  • October 4, 2011

    EU Top Court Rips UK Soccer Broadcasting Scheme

    The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that exclusive territorial licensing schemes for soccer broadcasts like the one used by the British Premier League violated the bloc's antitrust law, but left the door open for some copyright-based restrictions on the ability of pubs to screen games.

  • October 4, 2011

    Q&A With O'Melveny's Chris Brearton

    The Time Warner Cable Inc./Viacom Inc. legal fight raises the big question of where television exhibition rights end and where mobile exhibition rights begin — an issue that will impact how business is done and how licenses are negotiated in the future, says Chris Brearton, managing partner of O'Melveny & Meyers LLP's Century City, Calif., office, and member of the firm's entertainment, sports and media practice.

  • October 4, 2011

    Johnny Bananas Sues HBO Over 'Entourage' Plot

    Reality television star John Devenanzio sued Home Box Office Inc. and others in New York state court Monday, claiming the cable network's popular show "Entourage" improperly used his nickname, Johnny Bananas, in a recent plot line.

  • October 3, 2011

    Supreme Court May Hear DirecTV Tax Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the solicitor general to weigh in on whether it should hear an appeal from DirecTV challenging the constitutionality of Ohio's decision to require sales tax on services for satellite broadcasting but not for cable.

  • October 3, 2011

    High Court Won't Revive Mobile Radiation Class Action

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider reviving a proposed class action alleging Nokia Corp. and more than a dozen other defendants sold cellphones without protecting users from dangerous radio frequency emissions.

  • October 3, 2011

    Q&A With Ropers Majeski's Bradley Boyer

    A merger between the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild would aid the performers in negotiating the best deals possible for their members, and dynamically change how business is done in Hollywood, says Bradley Boyer, a partner with Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley PC specializing in entertainment litigation.

  • September 30, 2011

    AT&T Fights Sprint, C Spire Bids To Nix $39B T-Mobile Buy

    AT&T Inc. on Friday asked a Washington federal court to dismiss lawsuits filed by Sprint Nextel Corp. and C Spire Wireless Inc. seeking to block the telecom giant's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., saying complaints filed by rivals are suspect.

  • September 30, 2011

    Apple Can't Halt Motorola IP Fight Despite Google Deal

    A Florida federal court on Wednesday refused to stay Motorola Mobility Inc.'s patent fight against Apple Inc. over wireless and smartphone technology, denying Apple's bid to delay the litigation in light of Google Inc.'s proposed $12.5 billion takeover of Motorola.

  • September 30, 2011

    TeliaSonera Wins $932M In Tussle Over Turkcell

    Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera AB said Friday that an arbitration panel for the International Chamber of Commerce had awarded it $932 million in damages in its long-running tussle with a rival shareholder over control of Turkish cellphone operator Turkcell.

  • September 29, 2011

    Dish Wants FCC Hearing On $39B AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

    Dish Network Corp. on Wednesday called on the Federal Communications Commission to swiftly set up a hearing over AT&T Inc.’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA Inc., claiming any delay would harm Dish's ability to enter the wireless broadband market.

  • September 29, 2011

    Licensing Group Shorts Smaller Radio Stations: Suit

    Radio station operator Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. on Wednesday sued the Radio Music License Committee, accusing the broadcast rights negotiator of violating its fiduciary duty to SBS and other small radio stations by unfairly giving better licensing deals to larger stations.

  • September 29, 2011

    FTC Clears Level 3's $3B Global Crossing Buy

    The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that Level 3 Communications Inc. can proceed with its plans for a $3 billion stock-for-stock takeover of fellow Internet services provider Global Crossing Ltd.

  • September 28, 2011

    Cisco Verdict Boosted To $74M In Wireless Patent Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday added $10.3 million to a $63.8 million infringement verdict against Cisco Systems Inc. over a wireless networking patent owned by Commil USA LLC, refusing Cisco's request for a new trial.

  • September 28, 2011

    T-Mobile Sides With Samsung, Verizon In Apple IP Suit

    T-Mobile USA Inc. on Wednesday joined Verizon Wireless in asking a California federal court to reject Apple Inc.'s request for a preliminary injunction blocking Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. from selling its allegedly patent-infringing Galaxy tablet computer and several other 4G products.

  • September 28, 2011

    Fox Goes To Bat Over Dodgers Broadcasting Contract

    A Fox Sports Net Inc. unit on Tuesday sued to stop the Los Angeles Dodgers from selling billions of dollars' worth of broadcast rights through its Delaware bankruptcy proceedings, claiming the move breaches a contract giving the network exclusive negotiation rights.

  • September 27, 2011

    Cox Can't Pull Plug On Cable Box Tying Action

    An Oklahoma federal judge on Monday rejected Cox Communications Inc.’s bid to dismiss a customer’s putative class action in a larger multidistrict litigation, saying the customer had sufficiently demonstrated that Cox may have illegally tied the purchase of set-top cable boxes to customers’ cable subscriptions.

  • September 27, 2011

    2nd Worker Accused Of Lying About TVA Nuke Project

    The U.S. government on Friday accused another subcontractor employee working on a $2.5 billion Tennessee Valley Authority project of lying about the inspection of cables that powered safety equipment at a nuclear plant, months after his co-worker pled guilty to similar criminal charges.

  • September 26, 2011

    Howard Stern Can't Cash In On Sirius XM Tie-Up: Atty

    An attorney for Sirius XM Radio Inc. told a New York state judge Monday that Howard Stern's production company and agent can't have hundreds of millions of dollars in additional stock awards because of the merger that created the satellite radio operator.