Telecommunications

  • February 8, 2017

    Time Warner's Bid To Nix TCPA Suit Is 'Ambush,' Court Told

    Consumers accusing Time Warner Cable Inc. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by bombarding them with unsolicited calls urged a New York federal judge Wednesday to reject the company’s bid for a quick win based on a supposed lack of evidence, calling the request "an ambush."

  • February 8, 2017

    CenturyLink, Level 3 Tout Public Benefits In $34B Tie-Up

    CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications hit back Tuesday at public comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission questioning the public interest benefits in their proposed $34 billion merger, saying the deal will enhance competition in the enterprise services market without causing harm.

  • February 8, 2017

    Co. Stripped Of Lifeline Eligibility Hits Back At FCC

    A Federal Communications Commission unit's recent revocation of nine companies' eligibility to provide broadband service under the low-income Lifeline program was “hasty” and done without advance notice to the public or to those affected, an attorney representing one of the companies told the regulator Tuesday.

  • February 8, 2017

    Arnall Golden Atty To Head FTC Consumer Protection Bureau

    Arnall Golden Gregory LLP partner Thomas Pahl has been appointed acting director of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, taking over for departing director Jessica Rich, acting Chairwoman Maureen K. Ohlhausen said Wednesday.

  • February 8, 2017

    Ex-Logitech Exec Can't Ditch SEC Bonus Clawback Claim

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss part of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s suit alleging that a former Logitech International SA executive inflated the firm’s bottom line, saying the SEC’s bid for bonus repayment is supported by the company’s financial restatement.

  • February 8, 2017

    AT&T Pushes For FCC Enforcement Process Reform

    Telecom giant AT&T on Wednesday said the Federal Communications Commission should focus on overhauling its enforcement efforts amid other process changes, pushing the agency to avoid rulemaking by enforcement, extreme and continuous penalties and empty “press fanfare."

  • February 8, 2017

    FCC's Dem Slams States For Not Capping Inmate Call Rates

    Federal Communications Commission member Mignon Clyburn silently implored states to “do your job” and cap out-of-control calling rates for inmates during a court hearing Monday in a case challenging the Obama-era FCC’s attempt to limit them, according to her Tuesday blog post.

  • February 8, 2017

    Carlyle Pays Over $100M For Stake In Africa's CMC Networks

    The Carlyle Group has agreed to pay more than $100 million for a majority stake in Africa’s largest managed connectivity provider, the companies said Wednesday, adding to the private equity giant’s portfolio a business that serves telecom companies in roughly 70 countries.

  • February 8, 2017

    DC Circ. Urged To Reverse FCC's Lifeline Change

    A utility consumer advocacy group pressed the D.C. Circuit on Monday to reverse part of a move by the Federal Communications Commission to create a federal process that designates telecommunications companies as eligible Lifeline broadband service providers.

  • February 8, 2017

    Groups Sue To Block Trump’s 2-For-1 Regulatory Order

    Public interest legal groups on Wednesday sued the Trump administration, alleging a January executive order mandating that executive agencies eliminate two regulations for every new one is “irrational” and puts public safety at risk by not considering any beneficial effects of new rules.

  • February 7, 2017

    Directors Urge Toss Of ‘Kitchen Sink’ $400M Merger Suit

    Attorneys for former directors of a California-based network technology firm urged the Delaware Chancery Court on Tuesday to dismiss class claims for post-closing damages after a $400 million merger, saying the suit reflected a “kitchen sink” litigation strategy that failed to undermine court deference to director business judgment.

  • February 7, 2017

    Verizon Pushes FCC To Clear The Way For 5G Infrastructure

    Verizon Wireless has asked the Federal Communications Commission to take action to make municipalities speed up the installation of 5G wireless broadband infrastructure, saying the FCC has authority on the issue with localities.

  • February 7, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Ships Apple-Samsung IP War To District Court

    The Federal Circuit sent the long-running smartphone patent dispute between Apple and Samsung back to the Northern District of California on Tuesday, leaving it to the lower court to determine how to apply a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision vacating the nearly $400 million damages award won by Apple.

  • February 7, 2017

    Senate Dems Promise A Fight Over Net Neutrality Rollback

    A group of Senate Democrats said Tuesday that they are ready to defend Obama-era net neutrality rules if the new Federal Communications Commission chairman attacks them, saying the rules have withstood a court challenge, and the public rose up to demand them.

  • February 7, 2017

    FCC Defends Revocations Of Lifeline Broadband Providers

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai sought Tuesday to temper criticism that a recent decision to strip nine companies of eligibility to provide Lifeline broadband service widens the digital divide, saying in an online posting that only one of the companies actually had customers.

  • February 7, 2017

    FTC’s Consumer Protection Bureau Director Quits Agency

    Jessica Rich, director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, will leave the agency on Feb. 17 after 26 years of service, Federal Trade Commission acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen said Tuesday.

  • February 7, 2017

    DC Circ. Won't Rehear AT&T Win Over VoIP Switching Fees

    The D.C. Circuit on Monday denied a bid by Level 3 Communications asking the court to take another look at a panel ruling in AT&T’s favor after the telecom giant challenged a Federal Communications Commission order allowing switching charges for voice-over-internet-protocol calls.

  • February 6, 2017

    Dell, Others Back Fed. Circ. Rehearing In Google CBM Case

    Several trade associations and high-tech companies, including Dell Inc. and eBay Inc., have offered their support to Google Inc. as it seeks a rehearing in a Federal Circuit case they say threatens to make America Invents Act covered business method reviews less effective at canceling low-quality patent claims.

  • February 6, 2017

    FCC Asks DC Circ. To Pause AT&T Special Access Fight

    The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission requested Friday that the D.C. Circuit hold off on an AT&T challenge to an FCC finding last year that certain business data services tariff provisions were unlawful, saying new leadership needs time to consider the issue.

  • February 6, 2017

    Facebook Says Alert Row Not Helped By B-Day Text Ruling

    Facebook on Friday brushed off a consumer’s contention that a California judge’s recent decision not to nix a suit over unsolicited and autodialed text message reminders about friends’ birthdays helps his own case alleging he was bombarded with unauthorized warning messages despite not having an account.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • In Congress: The End Game

    Richard Hertling

    Republican leaders appear determined to wrap up a week early to allow more time at the start of the 115th Congress in January 2017 for consideration of resolutions of disapproval of “midnight” regulations issued by the outgoing Obama administration under the Congressional Review Act, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How CFPB Plans To Regulate Certain Cellphone Carriers

    Brian T. Casey

    Mobile phone carriers that engage in third-party billing services may soon be considered to be providing products covered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This proposed change represents a number of major issues for the mobile phone industry and possibly the service contract and insurance industries, say Brian Casey and Aaron Igdalsky of Locke Lord LLP.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • How Trump's Administration Will Affect Communications

     Shawn H. Chang

    It is well established that in January President-elect Trump will seek to alter or replace many of President Obama's regulations and executive orders. However, Trump is unlikely to significantly alter Obama's executive orders relating to the communications sector, says Shawn H. Chang of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.