Telecommunications

  • February 3, 2017

    FCC's O'Rielly To Head Fed-State Groups Involved In Telecom

    Newly named Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Friday that he has tapped fellow Republican Commissioner Michael O'Rielly to head three groups comprising federal and state commissioners who collectively deal with a range of telecom issues.

  • February 3, 2017

    Samsung Asks 9th Circ. To Rethink In-Box Arbitration Suits

    Samsung asked the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to reconsider its decisions declining its arbitration bid in putative class actions based off of a provision in an in-box warranty brochure, saying the court’s decision doesn’t follow previous precedent.

  • February 3, 2017

    FCC Chair Tees Up Small-Business Rule Relief For Feb. Vote

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai moved forward Thursday with his plan to exempt even more internet service providers from stepped-up transparency requirements, listing the proposed exemption vote on the tentative agenda for the FCC's meeting later this month.

  • February 3, 2017

    MSG Networks Adds 4 NHL Teams To Livestream Service

    MSG Networks Inc. said that it has reached an agreement with the National Hockey League to stream games played by four teams, following on similar deals made by other regional sports networks.

  • February 3, 2017

    FCC's Pai Pledges House Dems Bipartisanship, Open Mind

    Recently appointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai assured Democratic lawmakers, in letters made public on Friday, that the commission will work with Congress in a bipartisan, transparent manner, under his leadership.

  • February 3, 2017

    FCC Seeks Public Feedback On Rules Over A Decade Old

    The Federal Communications Commission on Friday launched a review process of regulations that were adopted over 10 years ago, with the agency saying it wants public feedback on which rules should be kept, changed or scrapped.

  • February 2, 2017

    NJ Inmate Call Co. Sues Gov. Christie Over Rate Caps

    A company providing inmate calling services at two county jails in New Jersey has asserted in a New Jersey state court lawsuit against Gov. Chris Christie and others that a new state law improperly sets per-minute rates at less than what the business requires to break even.

  • February 2, 2017

    FCC Pilots Plan To Release Draft Items Weeks Before Vote

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday released the text of an order and a proposal set for a vote at this month’s meeting to pilot a process change that would make drafts of items public weeks before they receive a vote, describing it as a push for transparency.

  • February 2, 2017

    Verizon's Cash-Free Settlement Gets NY Appeals Court Nod

    A New York appeals court Thursday said approval was warranted of a nonmonetary settlement resolving a Verizon shareholder class action sparked by the company’s $130 billion deal to buy Vodafone Group Plc’s stake in the company, reversing a lower court’s 2014 decision to reject the agreement.

  • February 2, 2017

    NYC Wants Regulations For 911 Apps

    The city of New York on Thursday urged the Federal Communications Commission to hold proceedings to adopt rules to regulate 911 applications for smartphones and prohibit the sale of 911 apps that provide misleading data to dispatchers.

  • February 2, 2017

    Public Knowledge Chief Wary Of Empty Rhetoric At New FCC

    New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has taken an encouraging first step by focusing on closing the digital divide, nonprofit Public Knowledge’s President and CEO Gene Kimmelman told Law360 in a recent interview, but he worries a critical gap may remain between Pai's stated goals and chosen tactics.

  • February 2, 2017

    Netflix, Starz Hit With Suit Over Data Download IP

    Blackbird Technologies, a patent litigation company founded by former WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis partners, sued Netflix Inc. and Starz Entertainment LLC Wednesday in Delaware federal court for infringement of a patent relating to retrieval of pre-stored digital data for offline viewing.

  • February 2, 2017

    FCC's O'Rielly Warns To Be 'Leery' Of Broadband Spending

    Republican Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly urged lawmakers to be “leery” of communications infrastructure spending, saying on Wednesday that if new government money must be put toward broadband, it should be done in a way that does not create regulatory roadblocks.

  • February 2, 2017

    US Trustee Blasts Avaya's $50M Bonus, Severance Plan

    Bankrupt telecom giant Avaya Inc. shouldn't pay employees up to $50 million in bonus and severance payments without providing more information to determine if the payments are appropriate, a federal trustee argued in New York federal court on Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2017

    The 4 Wittiest Dissents By Gorsuch

    During his tenure on the Tenth Circuit, Judge Neil Gorsuch wrote more than 30 playful, witty dissents that both entertain the reader and give clear insight to his legal thinking. Here, Law360 looks at the best of the bunch and what they say about his thoughts on legislating from the bench, prepositional phrases and everything in between.

  • February 1, 2017

    Gorsuch's Opening Words Speak Volumes About His Style

    Never one to pass up the chance to spin a good yarn, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s body of rulings during a decade at the Tenth Circuit casts him as a fervent storyteller. A look at some of his best opening passages reveals a narrative writing style that’s light on legalese and heavy on plot, setting and characters.

  • February 1, 2017

    Rep. Looks To Free Consumers From Political Robocalls

    A Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives floated legislation Wednesday that would add political robocalls to the universe of unsolicited communications that can't be blasted out to consumers with numbers on the national Do Not Call list.

  • February 1, 2017

    Senators Flirt With Nuclear Option Over High Court Pick

    The Senate fight over Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court could soon “go nuclear,” as less than a day after President Donald Trump put Gorsuch up for the court, political discussion has already turned to breaking a likely Democratic filibuster and pushing him through without any bipartisan support.

  • February 1, 2017

    Similar On The Law, Gorsuch Differs From Scalia In Style

    If confirmed by the Senate, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch would bring to the bench a strikingly similar judicial philosophy to that of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but former clerks and colleagues say the Tenth Circuit judge and Colorado native’s congenial temperament couldn’t be more different from the fiery Scalia's.

  • February 1, 2017

    Prepaid Calling Card Co. Permanently Banned From Calif.

    Calling card company Touch-Tel USA LLC has been permanently banned from selling its prepaid cards in California, according to a state court filing on Tuesday in the certified class action accusing the company of printing charge disclosures that don't clearly provide rate and other information as required under state law.

Expert Analysis

  • Public Records Access V. Privacy: California's Struggle

    Louie Castoria

    As Associate Justice Goodwin Liu commented during oral arguments last week, “Every jurisdiction in California will be parsing what we say to tell their employees what to do.” City of San Jose v. Superior Court poses a narrow question: whether a blanket exemption exists under the Public Records Act for communications conducted on private devices, say Louie Castoria and Aaron Cargain of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.

  • National Cybersecurity Report: Top Business Takeaways

    Jonathan G. Cedarbaum

    A recently released report from the nonpartisan Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity sets out more than 50 policy recommendations for the next administration. Although it remains unclear how influential the recommendations will be, they deserve careful consideration, and at least some are likely to be pursued by the Trump administration, says Jonathan Cedarbaum of WilmerHale.

  • Rules Of Civil Procedure Updates Affect E-Discovery

    Patrick Reilly

    On Dec. 1, 2016, the annual updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. Revisions include the end of the three-day “mail rule” extension for electronically served discovery, an amendment regarding service of internationally based corporate defendants, and a technical change regarding venues in maritime law actions, say Patrick Reilly and Eldin Hasic of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • Samsung V. Apple: Impacts Beyond Damages

    Courtland Reichman

    Last week, in Samsung v. Apple, the U.S. Supreme Court decided its first design patent case in over a century. The intellectual underpinnings of what seems on the surface to be a simple decision may, in fact, turn out to have a broader disruptive impact, say Courtland Reichman and Bahrad Sokhansanj of McKool Smith Hennigan PC.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • Lawyer EQ: Finding Success In Every Interaction

    Judith Gordon

    American legal education relies almost exclusively on analytical thinking. But success in legal practice depends in large part upon an accurate emotional understanding of oneself and the human seated opposite us. Honing emotional intelligence skills can lead to greater success, and Judith Gordon of LeaderEsQ offers a few tools that can be implemented immediately to raise one’s emotional intelligence quotient.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.