Telecommunications

  • July 31, 2017

    FCC Sets Fair Utility Pole Attachment Rates, 8th Circ. Says

    The Eighth Circuit rejected Monday a petition from power and electric companies for review of a 2015 Federal Communications Commission order governing the rates utilities may charge telecommunication providers for attaching their networks to utility-owned poles, finding the pricing decision to be just and reasonable.

  • July 31, 2017

    Apple Must Face Claims It Broke FaceTime, Judge Koh Says

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled Friday that Apple’s service agreement couldn’t free it from a proposed class action claiming that it “broke” its FaceTime service on iPhones using older operating systems, a move that forced users to choose between a software update that slowed down their phones or losing FaceTime.

  • July 31, 2017

    SEC Mocks Chinese Investor’s Insider Trading Non-Defense

    A Hong Kong private equity investor accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of making $50 million by trading on illegal tips under the names of family members and his kids’ piano teacher hasn’t even tried to explain his extremely suspicious investments, and his effort to dismiss the case should be rejected, the SEC told a California federal judge on Friday.

  • July 31, 2017

    What To Expect At The FCC's August Meeting

    The Federal Communications Commission is set to consider initiatives for extending broadband service to underserved areas at its open meeting on Thursday, according to a recently released agenda. Here, Law360 looks at the two top issues expected to make waves at the meeting.

  • July 31, 2017

    Samsung Closer To New Trial In $400M Apple Patent Dispute

    Samsung on Friday moved closer to securing a new trial in its nearly $400 million smartphone patent dispute with Apple, as a California federal judge ruled the company had not waived the right to seek another trial aimed at reducing the damages, though she delayed deciding whether to order one.

  • July 31, 2017

    Charter Communications Isn't Interested In Buying Sprint

    Charter Communications Inc. confirmed Monday it “has no interest” in snapping up Sprint Corp., following weekend speculation that it would not pursue a rumored offer from SoftBank Group Corp. about a tie-up between the two telecommunications companies.

  • July 31, 2017

    Nokia CFO Confirms Apple Paid It €1.7B In Earnings Call

    Nokia's chief financial officer revealed that the company received a €1.7 billion ($2 billion) cash payment from Apple while he was discussing the end of litigation costs stemming from settled patent suits on a recent conference call over the tech giant's second quarter financial results.

  • July 31, 2017

    Calif. Appeals Court Nixes Verizon Managers' Class Cert. Bid

    A California appellate court on Friday upheld a lower court’s refusal to certify a proposed class of about 340 store managers in a suit accusing a Verizon Wireless unit of wage-and-hour violations, saying there was enough evidence to show that individualized assessments of the workers’ tasks would be needed.

  • July 31, 2017

    DirecTV Hit With FLSA Suit Alleging Unpaid Wages

    More than 100 satellite television installation and service technicians hit DirecTV LLC on Friday with a Fair Labor Standards Act suit in Minnesota federal court alleging they weren’t properly compensated for all the hours they worked because of a piece-rate pay system.

  • July 31, 2017

    DC Circ. Urged To Rethink Nixing FCC Inmate Call Rates Cap

    A group of nonprofit intervenors urged the D.C. Circuit on Friday to rethink its decision refusing a Federal Communications Commission move during the Obama administration to place a limit on certain inmate calling costs, saying the decision contradicts so-called Chevron principles as well as decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • July 31, 2017

    I Squared Pays $1.86B For CK Hutchison Fixed-Line Phone Biz

    New York-based private equity investment manager I Squared Capital has agreed to buy the fixed-line phone business of Hong Kong-headquartered conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. for roughly HK 14.5 billion ($1.86 billion), the companies said on Sunday.

  • July 31, 2017

    Discovery Inks $14.6B Scripps Networks Buy

    Discovery Communications Inc. said Monday it will buy Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. in a $14.6 billion cash-and-stock deal, including debt, following rumors a combination was in the works, adding brands like HGTV and Food Network to Discovery’s portfolio.

  • July 28, 2017

    DePaul Can't Dodge TCPA Suit Over Unsolicited Texts

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday declined to grant DePaul University’s motion to dismiss a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit against it by a man who says he was sent 17 unsolicited texts.

  • July 28, 2017

    Justices Asked To Hear If Aereo Killed 'Volitional' Rule

    BWP Media has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Fifth Circuit decision rejecting the argument that the high court’s 2014 Aereo ruling eliminated the “volitional conduct” requirement for copyright claims, saying the circuit's interpretation of Aereo contradicts the plain reading of the high court’s decision.

  • July 28, 2017

    Judge Pauses $61M Judgment In Dish Network TCPA Row

    A North Carolina federal judge declined Thursday to slap Dish Network with a $61 million judgment for willful violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, saying while it’s been established that one of its dealers made illegal telemarketing calls, the company should be allowed to challenge individual claims before having to pay up.

  • July 28, 2017

    Verizon Settles With Strike Replacements To Exit OT Suit

    Verizon Communications Inc. has settled out of a proposed class action filed in Pennsylvania federal court claiming that the telecom giant and subcontractors misclassified workers hired to fill in for striking employees as independent contractors to stiff them on overtime pay.

  • July 28, 2017

    6th Circ. Rejects Rehearing Bid In UniTek OT Suit

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday shot down UniTek USA's bid for a rehearing on a panel decision that upheld the certification of an overtime collective action filed by the company's cable installers.

  • July 28, 2017

    Justices Told Revival Of Amdocs Patents Contradicts Alice

    Openet Telecom Inc. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a Federal Circuit decision reviving four Amdocs patents that a lower court invalidated under the high court’s Alice ruling, calling the decision “deeply flawed” and saying it “reflects a stark and troubling departure from precedent.”

  • July 28, 2017

    Ethics Org. Sues FCC Over Unreleased Net Neutrality Docs

    A nonprofit ethics group has sued the Federal Communications Commission for allegedly withholding records that could detail agency conversations with internet service providers as it contemplates a repeal of Title II regulation for broadband, the legal underpinning for the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality rules.

  • July 28, 2017

    Investor Sues For Records On $5.1B West Corp. Merger

    A West Corp. investor launched a books and records suit against the communications and tech giant on Thursday in Delaware’s Chancery Court, alleging disclosure failures and suggesting deep conflicts surrounding the company's planned $5.1 billion merger with private equity affiliates.

Expert Analysis

  • Rejecting Laissez-Faire Approach To Patent Damages Experts

    William Rooklidge

    Judges in patent cases struggle with Summit 6, an opinion laced with indifference toward Daubert’s — and Rule 702’s — attempt to delineate the “scientific” from the “pseudo-scientific” in American courts. Fortunately, two recent opinions depict a Federal Circuit moving past Summit 6's flawed standard for damages expert testimony, say William Rooklidge of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Jonathan Jones.

  • Experian Order May Open Door To Discovery Of Live Analysis

    Jason Wool

    A recent California federal court order in the Experian data breach litigation has been lauded as another confirmation of the applicability of work-product protection to reports written by forensic firms hired by outside counsel following a breach. However, the order includes some troubling language concerning the applicability of these privileges to live analysis performed by forensic firms, says Jason Wool of ZwillGen PLLC.

  • 1 Year Later: How Spokeo Has Been Implemented

    Hugh Scott

    In the year since Spokeo was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts across the country have responded to its holding in a number of ways. Hugh Scott of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP explores the implications of each of these results.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • A Midyear Review Of US Economic Sanctions Efforts

    Michael Casey

    The notable U.S. sanctions developments in the first six months of 2017 have not been limited to policy changes. Earlier this year, the Office of Foreign Assets Control resolved the largest sanctions enforcement action ever brought against a nonfinancial institution, and the agency has taken a number of aggressive positions in other recent matters, say Michael Casey and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Future Of Law And The Demise Of The Midsize Firm

    Fredric Newman

    Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.