Telecommunications

  • November 21, 2017

    Ex-Ecuador Soccer Boss' Son Says He Helped Launder Bribes

    The son of the former leader of Ecuador's national soccer organization told jurors at the FIFA corruption trial on Tuesday about laundering his father's kickbacks from a sports marketing company, and choked up empathizing with other ex-soccer officials who are on trial.

  • November 21, 2017

    3 Key Issues In DOJ's AT&T-Time Warner Merger Complaint

    The U.S. Department of Justice upended conventional wisdom with its lawsuit Monday claiming that the vertical integration of AT&T Inc.'s DirecTV distribution network with Time Warner Inc.'s must-have content would lead to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of price increases and squelch innovative competition in digital video distribution.

  • November 21, 2017

    Limitless Delays Ch. 11 Confirmation For Settlement OK

    Bankrupt mobile broadband provider Limitless Mobile LLC on Tuesday in Delaware delayed a confirmation hearing on its third amended Chapter 11 liquidation plan for one week in hopes of receiving approval from the federal government during that time on a settlement deal that is critical to the plan.

  • November 21, 2017

    What We Know About The Upcoming Net Neutrality Vote

    The Federal Communications Commission revealed its plans Tuesday to vote on the proposed rollback of net neutrality protections at its December open meeting. The substance of the proposed order is expected to be unveiled Wednesday, but FCC commissioners and senior officials have already painted the broad strokes of what a net neutrality rule repeal will look like. Here's what we know about the upcoming Restoring Internet Freedom vote.

  • November 21, 2017

    Bet-The-Business Merger Trial? O'Melveny Gets Tapped Again

    As the government tries to block AT&T from buying Time Warner in what could be the first merger trial under the new administration, the telecom giant has put its hopes for a digital content future in the hands of a firm that's been no stranger to courtroom faceoffs in the last decade. Here, Law360 looks at the biggest challenges O'Melveny & Myers LLP has defended in recent years.

  • November 21, 2017

    PTAB Upholds Voip-Pal Patents At Center Of $2.8B Apple Suit

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday upheld numerous claims in two patents that Apple Inc.’s iMessage and WiFi calling features are accused of infringing in a $2.8 billion lawsuit, finding the smartphone maker hadn’t shown the claims are invalid.

  • November 21, 2017

    AT&T-Time Warner Judge Is No Stranger To Mega-Mergers

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s challenge of AT&T’s planned Time Warner purchase was assigned to Senior Judge Richard J. Leon on Tuesday, a D.C. district judge with extensive antitrust experience who required extra conditions before greenlighting the government’s settlement with Comcast for its NBC Universal deal.

  • November 21, 2017

    Trial Comments Didn't Sink Threats Case, NJ Panel Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Monday refused to overturn the conviction of a man accused of making terroristic threats against two business associates in a pay phone venture and two attorneys, ruling that a prosecutor’s trial summation comments didn’t prejudice the jury.

  • November 21, 2017

    FCC Pushes Forward With Net Neutrality Rollback Plans

    The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that it will vote at its Dec. 14 monthly meeting on rolling back the legal underpinning for its net neutrality rules, forecasting a total repeal of the Obama-era safeguards that prevent paid content prioritization and other schemes that would create "fast" and "slow" lanes for internet content.

  • November 20, 2017

    Light Regs Will Spur Rural Internet Growth, Telecoms Tell FCC

    A group of 21 rural telecommunication service providers on Friday encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to adopt a more “light-touch” approach to regulating broadband internet, suggesting it was essential to spur investment in underserved communities and bridge the “digital divide.”

  • November 20, 2017

    Microsoft Deploys TV-Band Wi-Fi In Disaster Zones

    Microsoft has deployed so-called white space technology to bring connectivity back to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the company said on Monday, activating a project that uses unassigned gaps in TV-band spectrum to power Wi-Fi in the decimated areas.

  • November 20, 2017

    Blank Check Co. Highland Acquisition Pulls $250M IPO

    Highland Acquisition Corp., a blank check company formed by executives of hedge fund Highland Capital Management LP, withdrew plans Monday for a $250 million initial public offering intended to pursue an acquisition in the health care, media, telecommunications, entertainment or energy industries that was filed last year.

  • November 20, 2017

    Smartflash Looks To Reinstate $533M Award In Apple IP Case

    Smartflash has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit decision that found three data storage patents invalid under Alice and that reversed a $533 million jury award in its favor in an infringement suit filed against Apple, saying the ruling conflicts with high court precedent.

  • November 20, 2017

    DOJ Challenges AT&T's $85.4B Bid For Time Warner

    The U.S. Department of Justice sued Monday to block AT&T Inc.'s $85.4 billion deal for Time Warner Inc., arguing that the combination of the telecom company's DirecTV television provider with the owner of key content like CNN and HBO would lead to higher prices for consumers and hinder innovation for video distribution.

  • November 20, 2017

    Porter Wright Snags Ex-Jones Day Atty For Pittsburgh Office

    Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has landed a former Jones Day partner to serve as a litigation partner in its recently launched Pittsburgh office.

  • November 18, 2017

    Alleged Threat Against Witness Holds Up FIFA Bribery Trial

    A Brooklyn federal judge overseeing the FIFA corruption trial held off on Friday on expected testimony from a government witness over allegations he was threatened on the stand by one of the defendants, who is accused of making a throat-slitting gesture after the defendant’s attorney said it may force him to move for a mistrial.

  • November 17, 2017

    Inseego Suit Cites Representations Not In Deal, Sellers Say

    Attorneys representing the sellers of Feeney Wireless LLC in a $50 million merger with Inseego Corp. told a Delaware state court judge that fraud claims from the buyer should be tossed because they cite representations made by the seller that were not included in the agreed-upon terms of the transaction.

  • November 17, 2017

    Open Questions Surrounding The Next-Gen TV Standard

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to allow broadcasters to begin using the new internet protocol-based television standard, but the immediate impacts of voluntarily adopting ATSC 3.0 still remain clouded. Here, Law360 gets experts' take on 3 open questions surrounding the advent of ATSC 3.0.

  • November 17, 2017

    FCC Nixes ‘Excessive’ Regulation In Fiber Transition

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and the commission’s Republican majority voted Thursday to accelerate the country’s shift from a copper data network to fiber optics, saying unneeded regulations deter many companies from investing in these new networks.

  • November 17, 2017

    FCC ‘Strayed Too Far’ From Merger Role, New Commish Says

    The Federal Communications Commission “strayed too far” from its proper role in merger reviews in recent years, the newest Republican member of the agency said Friday, criticizing the last administration for making consumer “goodies” a condition of various telecom deals.

Expert Analysis

  • Ky. Utility Pole Case Defines FCC Jurisdiction Boundaries

    Charles Zdebski

    A Kentucky federal court's decision in BellSouth v. Louisville last month is significant because it limits the Federal Communications Commission's reach and provides the judicial imprimatur for one specific legislated solution for coordinating make-ready work on the interstices of the nation's information highway, says Charles Zdebski of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Punitive Damages In Mass Torts: Outrageous And Reckless

    Stephen McConnell

    There is no consistency to the punitive damages process: One case might be halted by a judge who applies Daubert to preclude junk science, while another judge waves virtually the same case by and a jury socks the defendant with a $110 million verdict. Our system of civil litigation looks like jackpot justice, says Stephen McConnell of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Psychology Of Hourly Fee Arrangements

    J.B. Heaton

    The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

  • Fed. Circ. Decision Addresses Key Oil States Argument

    Ben Koopferstock

    The Federal Circuit's decision this week in Ultratec v. CaptionCall — issued four days after Oil States filed its U.S. Supreme Court brief — appears to comment on Oil States’ attempt to draw a line between inter partes review and re-examination, says Ben Koopferstock of Banner & Witcoff Ltd.

  • Opinion

    Privacy And The DreamHost Paradox

    Jeff Hamburg

    Consider the D.C. judge's evaluation of the DreamHost warrant's proper digital scope, and then compare it to how the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure go further — yes, further — to protect parties from far less injurious e-discovery requests, says Jeff Hamburg of the Digital Privacy Alliance.

  • An Update On The Apple-Samsung Damages Saga

    Joshua Wolson

    Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed a jury verdict that awarded Apple nearly $400 million in damages from Samsung. Now a California federal court has an opportunity to provide important guidance on the meaning of the Supreme Court’s decision, says Joshua Wolson of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

  • Takeaways From Split DC Circ. Ruling On Cellphone Warrant

    Thomas Zeno

    Even though the incriminating evidence at stake in Griffith was a firearm, the D.C. Circuit's majority and dissenting opinions provide insight into several issues related to execution of a search warrant seeking a cellphone, say Thomas Zeno and Caleb Barker of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • Sellers Are Not Liable For Independent Contractors' Calls

    Patrick McLaughlin

    The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Jones v. Royal found that a seller was not vicariously liable for calls made by a telemarketer in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Sellers should review their contracts and make sure that their telemarketers are independent contractors in order to minimize their liability, says Patrick McLaughlin of Spencer Fane LLP.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.