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Telecommunications

  • July 31, 2018

    AT&T Merger Trial Transcripts Go Public After DOJ Push

    The D.C. district court judge who oversaw the U.S. Department of Justice's trial challenging the AT&T-Time Warner deal unsealed most of the bench conference transcripts on Tuesday, after the government asked the appeals court last week to make them public.

  • July 31, 2018

    Ex-DHS Head Backs Disclosures For Online Political Ads

    A former Homeland Security secretary pushed back at the concept of a nationalized 5G network and also urged the government to extend broadcast political ad disclosures to online ads in an appearance before a U.S. Senate subcommittee Tuesday.

  • July 30, 2018

    AOL Investors Push Chancery To Hike Merger Appraisal

    Claiming calculation errors and other flaws, an attorney for more than a dozen AOL investors urged a Delaware vice chancellor Monday to boost the company’s post-merger stock appraisal about 6.7 percent above a mark set by the court in February.

  • July 30, 2018

    5 Cybersecurity And Privacy Cases To Watch: Midyear Report

    The rest of 2018 could bring action on a slew of lingering privacy and cybersecurity disputes, including the legal fallout from Equifax's massive data breach, tests to the scope of Illinois' unique biometric privacy law, and challenges to the way tech giants have sought user consent under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. Here, Law360 takes a look at five cases cybersecurity and privacy attorneys should keep an eye on in the coming months.

  • July 30, 2018

    Motorola Adds Copyright Claim To Radio Trade Secret Row

    Motorola Solutions moved Monday to add copyright infringement allegations to an Illinois federal court trade secrets lawsuit against Chinese radio manufacturer Hytera Communications Corp., with Motorola now alleging the pilfering of protected source code from its digital mobile radio computer program.

  • July 30, 2018

    Amazon Challenges CWA's Age Bias Suit Over Facebook Ads

    Amazon.com Inc. urged a California federal judge Monday to toss the Communications Workers of America’s “improper” suit accusing the retail giant of violating age discrimination laws with Facebook Inc. job ads targeting younger workers, saying the union lacked standing to sue and left out key points required to pursue age bias claims.

  • July 30, 2018

    Charter, Calif. City End Court Fight Over Blacked-Out Stations

    Charter Communications and a California city dropped their federal court dispute Friday over Charter’s blackout of NBC and CBS affiliates from its cable package before the Super Bowl, and the telecom’s countersuit accusing the city of interfering in its negotiations with a broadcaster allegedly demanding exorbitant fees.

  • July 30, 2018

    Peerless Network Nabs $48.5M from Verizon Unit In Fee Row

    An Illinois federal judge ordered Verizon to pay telecommunications carrier Peerless Network Inc. more than $48 million to resolve a long-running dispute over fees for connecting long-distance calls after finding Verizon had improperly withheld payments.

  • July 30, 2018

    Telecom Hits Turkmenistan With $750M Arbitration Claim

    Russia's largest cellphone operator has filed a $750 million arbitration claim with the World Bank against Turkmenistan after the company's subsidiary said it was disconnected from the country's communications network. 

  • July 30, 2018

    Sinclair, Tribune Fixed TV Ad Prices, Law Firm's Suit Says

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. have been colluding to fix prices for commercials played on broadcast television stations since 2016 amid a slump in U.S. advertising spending, a law firm alleged in Maryland federal court Friday.

  • July 30, 2018

    Carlyle Taps Simpson Thacher For $18.5B Private Equity Fund

    The Carlyle Group, with assistance from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, has clinched an $18.5 billion private equity fund that will invest in companies within realms including aerospace and defense, consumer and retail, health care, industrial and transportation, technology, and media and telecommunications, according to a Monday statement.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    The 168 attorneys selected as Law360's 2018 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. From guiding eye-popping deals to handling bet-the-company litigation, these elite attorneys under 40 are leading the pack.

  • July 27, 2018

    ZTE Knew Cellphone Heat Was Dangerous, Customer Says

    A ZTE Corp. unit knew the design of its ZMax Pro Blu phones could be dangerous but kept selling the phones anyway, according to a suit in New Mexico state court by a man who says the burns he sustained when his phone caught fire have been life-altering.

  • July 27, 2018

    PTAB Denies Review Of Networking Patents As Time-Barred

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has denied several petitions for inter partes review launched by Arris International PLC for being time-barred, shooting down the cable box maker's attempts to invalidate data distribution patents held by ChanBond LLC.

  • July 27, 2018

    CBS-Entercom Merger Foes Say FCC Review Is Only Fair

    A Sacramento, California, broadcaster who is engaged in a decadeslong radio station license dispute with Entercom Communications Corp. urged the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to reconsider his challenge to the company’s proposed $1.6 billion merger with CBS Radio out of a sense of “fundamental fairness.”

  • July 27, 2018

    T-Mobile Retailer Withheld Employees’ OT Pay, Suit Says

    A former employee of a T-Mobile retailer has accused the store chain of failing to pay workers their full wages and overtime pay in violation of New York's wage laws, according to a proposed class action removed to New York federal court Thursday.

  • July 27, 2018

    NY Boots Charter Comm. For Botching Broadband Build-Out

    New York state’s public utility regulator announced Friday afternoon that it is yanking its approval of Charter Communications Inc.’s $55 billion merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. after it determined the company didn’t meet its obligation to provide residents with internet access.

  • July 27, 2018

    Spy Dialer Accuses Web Rival Of Installing Malicious Code

    Spy Dialer Inc., a popular website that lets users enter a phone number to look up who is contacting them, has sued its rival in California federal court, alleging that Reya LLC bought third-party advertisements on Spy Dialer's site and used them to implant malicious code and siphon away customers.

  • July 27, 2018

    Appeal Of Green Light In Straight Path Merger Suit Allowed

    A Delaware Chancery Court judge on Thursday certified Straight Path Communications Inc.'s request for an interlocutory appeal of his order allowing its investors to pursue claims that they were harmed by Straight Path's $3 billion sale to Verizon, finding that the benefits of the appeal will likely outweigh the costs.

  • July 27, 2018

    Spectrum Customers' Suit Says WiFi Speeds A False Promise

    Spectrum on Friday removed to California federal court a proposed class action in which customers allege that the broadband company promises residential internet service at speeds it cannot reliably deliver.

Expert Analysis

  • A Better Method For Achieving Broader Class Action Reform

    Kahn Scolnick

    In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice and many state attorneys general have addressed class action reform by objecting to proposed class action settlements. While we are sympathetic to concerns about class litigation abuse, what's needed is careful oversight at the earliest stages of litigation, say Kahn Scolnick and Bradley Hamburger of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Companies Will Feel The Weight Of Team Telecom Oversight

    Megan Brown

    For years, a little-known group of federal agencies collectively known as "Team Telecom" has gone quietly about its oversight functions of risk assessment, mitigation and oversight. But as multiple parts of the government grapple with supply chain security, including concerns about Chinese-made communications equipment, companies should anticipate enhanced scrutiny and greater compliance obligations, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Twitter As Public Forum: The Limits Of The Trump Ruling

    Lyrissa Lidsky

    Until recently there has been little guidance on how U.S. Supreme Court precedent on public forums applies to an increasingly digital world. A New York federal court's decision last week regarding President Donald Trump’s Twitter account is significant because it recognizes the way we talk now, says Lyrissa Lidsky, dean of the University of Missouri School of Law.

  • Changes Are Coming For Providers Of 800 Numbers

    Michael Pryor

    The Federal Communications Commission is slated to consider potential new rules concerning the use of 800 numbers on June 7. The rules will most directly affect network providers, but may also result in reduced costs for companies providing 800-number calling to their customers, says Michael Pryor of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • How Courts Are Interpreting DC Circ. Autodial Ruling

    Cory Eichhorn

    Two competing interpretations of the D.C. Circuit's March ruling in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission are only the beginning of what is sure to be a continuing debate on the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system, say Cory Eichhorn and Annelise Del Rivero of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.