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Telecommunications

  • May 8, 2018

    DOJ To Judge: Block AT&T-Time Warner Deal Or Carve Out Fix

    The U.S. Department of Justice urged a D.C. federal judge in a court filing Tuesday to either block AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner outright, or require the companies to sell Turner Broadcasting or DirecTV before moving ahead with the deal.

  • May 8, 2018

    FCC's Mignon Clyburn Talks Retirement And Leaving A Legacy

    Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will be retiring from the agency in coming days after nearly a decade of public service with the commission. During her tenure, the Obama appointee became the first woman to chair the agency and established herself as a fierce advocate of net neutrality policies and government programs that help the underprivileged get and stay connected.

  • May 8, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Walmart, Comcast, Bunge

    Uber's and Lyft's online grocery delivery deals with Walmart are over, Comcast is getting ready to make an all-cash offer for the 21st Century Fox assets that are currently set to be sold to Disney, and Bunge tapped banks to help it list its Brazilian sugarcane mills.

  • May 8, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Largely Backs Patent Ruling Against Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday mostly affirmed an Eastern District of Texas ruling that ALE USA Inc. infringed a set of patents on Ethernet technology, keeping intact a nearly $325,000 damages verdict against the telecommunications company.

  • May 8, 2018

    Del. Court Rebuffs Insurers' Challenge To Verizon Judgment

    A Delaware state court judge on Monday granted final judgment to Verizon and GTE in their suit seeking coverage for the $48 million they spent defending themselves against a $14 billion shareholder suit, saying the time for the insurers to object to the claimed defense costs is past.

  • May 8, 2018

    Verizon, AT&T Are Stifling Carrier Mobility, Consumer Says

    Verizon Wireless was hit with a putative consumer class action in New Jersey federal court Monday alleging it conspired with AT&T and an industry group to restrain consumer choice in the wireless carrier market by limiting access to carrier-switching technology.

  • May 8, 2018

    Securus Urges FCC To Use Discretion In Robocall Blocking

    Prison phone operator Securus Technologies Inc. told the Federal Communications Commission on Monday that the agency must make sure proposed methods to cut down on unwanted robocalls don't head off legitimate calls from inmates calling loved ones through a correctional facility's phone system.

  • May 8, 2018

    Comcast Unit Beats Ex-Worker's Benefits Retaliation Claim

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday permanently tossed a suit against a Comcast unit claiming it fired an employee for asserting his contractual rights to temporary disability benefits, saying he "has not come close" to convincing the court it should widen retaliatory discharge liability beyond the two legal theories typically advanced in the state’s courts.

  • May 7, 2018

    TelexFree Investors Can Sue Founder's Wife, Judge Says

    A federal judge in Massachusetts decided Monday that investors fleeced by the billion-dollar pyramid scheme TelexFree LLC can go after the wife of the man who founded the notorious company, in addition to other executives, in a effort to recover losses.

  • May 7, 2018

    Delhi Court Won't Rule On Vodafone Tax Row

    The Delhi High Court on Monday said British telecom company Vodafone could continue two international arbitrations against India over billions in taxes allegedly owed as a result of the mobile phone operator's $11 billion acquisition of an Indian cellphone business, finding it did not have jurisdiction to dismiss the proceedings and that the merits of the case were best handled by the individual tribunals. 

  • May 7, 2018

    Comcast Loses Adversary's Ex-VP As Consultant In IP Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday prohibited Comcast Corp. from using a former executive with a California tech company as a defense consultant in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by the same company, but denied the company’s request that its former executive and Comcast reveal all communication they’ve shared.

  • May 7, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Comcast, AIG, NASCAR

    Comcast alerted the European Union's antitrust watchdog of its bid to buy Sky PLC, Carl Icahn sold his stake in insurance giant AIG, and NASCAR's majority owners are sussing out alternatives for the racing giant.

  • May 7, 2018

    Think Tank Floats Net Neutrality Legislative Compromise

    A technology think tank on Monday outlined a legislative compromise to end the “Net Neutrality war” by terminating utility-style regulation of broadband, barring the throttling of content but allowing restricted paid prioritization, and funding rural broadband deployment.

  • May 7, 2018

    ZTE Seeks Stay Of Biz Ban With US Technology Exporters

    ZTE Corp. has asked the U.S. Commerce Department to lift a seven-year ban imposed by the Trump administration that effectively bars U.S. companies from shipping components to the Chinese telecom giant, the company said Sunday.

  • May 7, 2018

    Kosovo Beats €380M Claim Over Postal Authority Bidding Row

    The Republic of Kosovo has defeated a German investment firm’s €380 million ($453.2 million) claim relating to a failed privatization attempt of the southeast European nation’s postal and communication authority, after an international tribunal concluded the firm had not made a qualifying investment.

  • May 7, 2018

    New 'Cryptojacking' Threat Exposes Old Flaws In Security

    A new cyberattack called “cryptojacking” that hijacks laptops and cellphones and turns them into unwitting cryptocurrency harvesting devices should remind attorneys and the CEOs they serve that the public, regulators and lawmakers are taking a dim view on lax security, experts warn.

  • May 7, 2018

    Prof Urges New Rules Amid Google, Facebook AI Profiles

    Regulators must develop new rules to ensure consumer privacy is protected given the huge amount of identifying data Google and Facebook collect, with artificial intelligence used to analyze that data and create personalized profiles, according to a paper from a University of Pennsylvania professor.

  • May 7, 2018

    Nextel Asks Supreme Court For $3.9M Refund In Pa. Taxes

    Nextel Communications has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to find it is entitled to a $3.9 million tax refund after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found a state law limiting business losses violated the state's Constitution but refused to grant the refund.

  • May 7, 2018

    Securus Paid Kickbacks To Mass. Sheriff's Office, Suit Says

    A handful of consumer and prisoners’ rights groups have launched a class action accusing a Massachusetts sheriff’s office of striking an illegal kickback scheme with private prison phone operator Securus Technologies Inc.

  • May 4, 2018

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They’ve gone up against big-name companies while advocating for plaintiffs ranging from grieving family members to shareholders and consumers in some of the biggest and most well-known cases of the past year.

Expert Analysis

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 9th Circ. Rescues FTC Authority Over Common Carriers

    J.G. Harrington

    The Ninth Circuit's decision last month in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility has significant implications for enforcement against telephone, wireless and internet businesses, and for the potential fate of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • Appraisal Takeaways From AOL

    Scott Barshay

    One lesson from the Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision in the AOL appraisal case is that if the deal process, deal protections and informational disparities among potential purchasers sufficiently preclude the emergence of other bidders, deal price will not warrant deference in the court’s determination of fair value, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Consolidation And Cross-Ownership: Trends In Media M&A

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Meredith Senter Jr.

    Mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. media industry have been on the rise, with television M&A returning after a hiatus due to “quiet period” restrictions. There is also significant M&A activity involving program networks, cable operators and other distributors, and the regulatory environment is encouraging, say Meredith Senter Jr. and Erin Kim of Lerman Senter PLLC.

  • TCPA Rules For VoIP Demand The Impossible From Cos.

    Eduardo Guzmán

    The Federal Communications Commission's regulatory treatment of voice over internet protocol services appears to clash with standards set by recent court decisions. Given that the use of VoIP services will only increase, the FCC should impose a more consistent and practical rule, says Eduardo R. Guzmán of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • An Economic Analysis Of Proposed AT&T-Time Warner Merger

    Scott Wallsten

    The AT&T-Time Warner merger debate is different from most large mergers only in that politics have entered the discussion in a way that has happened rarely in the past. Despite President Trump's disapproval, the proposed transaction is a textbook vertical merger and should be evaluated as such, says economist Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute.

  • State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 In Review

    State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 Year In Review

    In this review of state and local tax decisions in 2017, Charles Capouet and Jessica Allen of Eversheds Sutherland LLP share observations on taxpayers’ outcomes in corporate income tax and sales and use tax cases, and look back at significant rulings such as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Nextel.

  • Where White Collar Enforcement Is Heading

    Gregory Morvillo

    Expect regulators and prosecutors to make cases in industries that are beginning to generate enormous amounts of new revenue, while using the same investigative tools they’ve used for decades, say Gregory Morvillo and Amy Walsh of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: March

    Layth Elhassani

    Upcoming congressional action for the duration of March appears likely to resolve the budget and appropriations impasse of the last several months, after U.S. House and Senate leaders and the White House were able to reach an agreement last month on topline spending numbers for fiscal year 2018, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.