Telecommunications

  • January 5, 2017

    Law Firm's Telecom Suit Properly Tossed, 7th Circ. Hears

    Telecom company XO Communications Services LLC told the Seventh Circuit on Thursday that the federal judge properly dismissed the putative class action claims of its former client, law firm Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP, which alleged XO illegally charged the firm for terminating its contract.

  • January 5, 2017

    Google Says Maps Patent Fight Belongs In Northern Calif.

    Google asked a California federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday not to toss its suit seeking declaratory judgment that its mobile navigation software doesn’t infringe an InfoGation Corp. patent, saying InfoGation litigation in San Diego against makers of phones that run Google Maps targeted the wrong defendants in the wrong jurisdiction.

  • January 5, 2017

    Apple Case Leaves Future Of Design Patents To Fed. Circ.

    The U.S. Supreme Court last month vacated Apple’s nearly $400 million damages award in its smartphone patent dispute with Samsung, but the decision’s impact on damages in future design patent cases will depend on how the Federal Circuit handles the case on remand, experts say.

  • January 5, 2017

    T-Mobile Asks For More Time On FCC Changes To Alerts

    Wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc. on Tuesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to take a more cautious path to modernizing the wireless emergency alerts system, saying additional time for testing and implementation of the changes is needed to ensure a smooth transition.

  • January 5, 2017

    Amazon, HTC Get 8 Video Patents Killed Under Alice

    A Virginia federal judge invalidated eight video and data-related patents Thursday asserted against HTC and Amazon, marking an unusually high number of patents found ineligible under the Alice standard in one fell swoop.

  • January 5, 2017

    FCC Takes Heavy Fire As Industry Seeks Privacy Reversal

    A bevy of industry organizations have asked the Federal Communications Commission to rethink its new privacy rules for broadband providers, with cable, advertising, carrier and other trade groups raising questions about the agency’s authority and process and whether the burdens are necessary.

  • January 5, 2017

    Sports Network Loses $21M Contract Appeal At 10th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's opinion and upheld a summary judgment against the broadcast network for the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals baseball teams in a $21 million contract dispute.

  • January 5, 2017

    Open Internet Group Slams Bill To Nix ‘Midnight’ Regs

    Public interest group Public Knowledge said Wednesday that it has signed on to a letter to the House over a bill that could let Congress undo en bloc rules passed in the final year of the Obama administration, saying that the broad repeals would be an ideological “blunt instrument.”

  • January 5, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: AT&T, Global Logistic Properties, BAWAG

    Donald Trump is still against AT&T's $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner, Singapore-based industrial warehousing giant Global Logistic Properties could sell and is currently valued at around $7.5 billion, and private equity-backed Austrian lender BAWAG is vying to buy German private bank Oldenburgische Landesbank.

  • January 5, 2017

    Sen. Thune Says ‘It’s Time To Update’ Telecom Law

    Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said Wednesday that he is interested in rewriting the Telecommunications Act but that a “step by step” rather than comprehensive process may be the way forward.

  • January 5, 2017

    More Ga. Counties Sue Telecoms For $56M In Lost 911 Fees

    Nearly 20 local Georgia governments announced a spate of new federal and state court lawsuits Wednesday accusing nearly two dozen telephone service providers of not billing and passing on in excess of $56 million in required fees to fund 911 services.

  • January 5, 2017

    FCC Republicans Rage At Broadcaster Reporting Order

    The Federal Communications Commission's GOP contingent slammed the agency's Media Bureau for upholding reporting requirements for noncommercial educational TV stations, saying Wednesday that the bureau misstepped in “unilaterally” making the decision without the FCC majority's support.

  • January 4, 2017

    House Passes Bill Aimed At Last-Minute Executive Rules

    House Republicans on Wednesday voted through a bill aimed at rules passed in the waning days of presidential administrations that could allow Congress to reject en bloc rules passed toward the end of President Barack Obama's presidency.

  • January 4, 2017

    Obama Renominates Rosenworcel To Second FCC Term

    President Barack Obama nominated recently departed Federal Communications Commission Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel to another term on Wednesday, one day after she finished her first term and two weeks before Republican President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

  • January 4, 2017

    FCC OKs Univision Foreign Ownership Over 25 Percent Limit

    The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday agreed to allow foreign ownership of Univision Holdings Inc. beyond the usual 25 percent limit, permitting business partner Grupo Televisa S.A.B. a larger stake and finding that the ruling won’t hurt the public interest.

  • January 4, 2017

    Providers Say Low Income Phone Enrollment Plan Needs Fix

    A group of Lifeline service providers has urged the Federal Communications Commission to make changes to a draft national verifier plan for the low-income telecom assistance program in order to avoid placing an unnecessary burden on providers and consumers.

  • January 4, 2017

    Limitless Mobile Reaches Deal For Larger, $5M DIP Loan

    Bankrupt rural wireless carrier Limitless Mobile LLC resolved objections from unsecured creditors Wednesday on its requests for post-petition financing and the use of lenders’ cash collateral, clearing the way for a Delaware bankruptcy judge to grant final approval for the measures.

  • January 4, 2017

    GSA Overcomes Challenge To FCC Headquarters Leasing

    The U.S. General Services Administration can move forward with leasing office space for the Federal Communications Commission's new headquarters after the U.S. Court of Federal Claims found no impropriety in the contracting process.

  • January 4, 2017

    Small ISPs Ask Pols For Relief From FCC Transparency Rules

    Four trade associations representing small cable, broadband and wireless groups asked several lawmakers Tuesday to move forward with legislation to prevent heightened Federal Communications Commission transparency rules from going into effect for small providers, saying their members need certainty.

  • January 4, 2017

    FTC's Deception Charge 'Devoid Of Proof,' DirecTV Asserts

    With just weeks until a bench trial in California federal court, DirecTV said in a brief on Tuesday that the Federal Trade Commission had utterly failed to prove its deceptive advertising case.

Expert Analysis

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Deals Fail Or Underperform

    Lisa Smith

    While many law firm mergers have been successful, some have been spectacularly unsuccessful — to the point of firm dissolution. Some have exceeded expectations, while others have had little impact on the overall competitiveness of the combined firm. In both failed discussions and less-than-successful mergers, there are mistakes that are made along the way, says Lisa Smith of Fairfax Associates.

  • Attack Of The Zombie Webcams: DDoS Attacks And The Insecure IoT

    Laura E. Jehl

    While smaller distributed-denial-of-service attacks have been a hazard for internet systems for years, recent DDoS attacks are dramatically larger, meaning that long-used defenses against them are simply overwhelmed. As the mode and scale of these attacks evolve, so too will the legal landscape and standard for duty of care, say attorneys with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • FCPA Enforcement On Near-Record Pace For 2016: Part 2

    John E. Davis

    The recent balance shift in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement likely reflects a strategic decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to reallocate internal agency resources toward larger, more complex corporate investigations and the pursuit of culpable executives, leaving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the driver’s seat for most lower-value corporate enforcement actions, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Intellectual Property Under A Donald Trump Presidency

    Jorge Espinosa

    Vice President-elect Mike Pence has been a highly rated favorite of the American Conservative Union, which has condemned patent law reform as “a risk to American innovation.” As transition chief, Pence is likely to have a strong influence on President-elect Donald Trump’s view of the desirability of patent reform, says Jorge Espinosa, managing partner of Espinosa Trueba Martinez PL.

  • What To Expect From The New Senate

    Kay Bailey Hutchison

    A word of caution to our fellow Republicans — one lesson learned from President Obama’s first two years in office is that pushing through partisan legislation could come back to haunt a party and a presidency, say former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Curt Beaulieu of Bracewell LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Beware Conflicts Of Interest

    Allison Martin Rhodes

    Among the many ethical issues that can arise, conflicts of interest from current or past representation of each firm’s clients should be at the forefront of merger discussions. Recently, we have seen such conflicts disqualify firms in the middle of high-cost litigation, say Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP and Robert Hillman of the University of California, Davis.

  • Man Vs. Machine: Or, Lawyers Vs. Legal Technology

    Abdi Shayesteh

    Some have claimed that emerging legal technologies and increasingly cost-conscious clients will mean the extinction of the legal profession as we know it. However, innovations in legal technology may actually benefit attorneys, allowing them to spend their time doing more meaningful work, say Abdi Shayesteh and Elnaz Zarrini of AltaClaro.

  • In Congress: Lame Duck Session

    Richard Hertling

    Following a six-week recess for the contentious campaign season leading up to an outcome that surprised most in Washington, members of the 114th Congress return this week to begin the lame duck session. Beyond the politics and organizing for next year, this session will be dominated by two “must-pass” items of legislation, according to Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • OPINION: The Verdict — A Rejection Of Politics As Usual

    Reuben Guttman

    The verdict on Nov. 8, was not unanimous, especially when Secretary Hillary Clinton will end up with a popular vote advantage. Yet, it is a message of extreme magnitude from voters willing to overlook the serious flaws of a candidate because they could not reconcile themselves to ratifying the perpetuation of politics as usual, says Reuben Guttman, a partner of Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and adjunct professor at Emory Law School.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Hogan Lovells Has Worked

    J. Warren Gorrell Jr.

    As shown by the impending merger between Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP, consolidation in the legal industry remains a popular strategy among firms looking to boost revenue and acquire new clients. J. Warren Gorrell Jr., a key architect of the 2010 merger that created Hogan Lovells, reflects on his own experience and why mergers of equals are particularly difficult.