Telecommunications

  • April 6, 2017

    Radio Stations Would Pay To Play Under Reps' Copyright Bill

    House members floated a new bipartisan bill Wednesday that would require radio stations to pay royalties on recording copyrights for the first time, a move that drew praise from the Recording Industry Association of America and other music trade organizations.

  • April 6, 2017

    Rep. Floats Bill To Boost Broadcast Ownership Diversity

    Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., has introduced a bill at the Federal Communications Commission, seeking to aid new minority- and women-owned broadcast stations with several changes to increase the diversity of broadcast station ownership.

  • April 6, 2017

    Broadband Deployment Group Set To Launch, FCC Says

    A new advisory committee on broadband deployment at the Federal Communications Commission will meet for the first time late this month, Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday, naming 29 members to the group that he has said will help the FCC identify barriers to investment.

  • April 6, 2017

    Revised Charter-TW Merger Condition Helps Maine, Sen. Says

    Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, praised the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday for dropping a forced competition condition in its approval of the merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable, saying the move will help more areas gain access to broadband service.

  • April 6, 2017

    House Committee Heads Push Trump On China Trade

    The leaders of two congressional panels involved in U.S. trade policy on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to use his Thursday meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to address a range of trade barriers China imposes, including market distortion, currency intervention from the government and weak intellectual property protection.

  • April 6, 2017

    Senate Dems Push ISPs To Follow Nixed Privacy Rules

    In the wake of a repeal of the Federal Communication Commission’s broadband privacy rules, made official this week by President Donald Trump, Senate Democrats asked the nation’s largest internet providers on Wednesday to disclose how they intend to protect consumers’ privacy.

  • April 6, 2017

    Sprint Seeks New Fed Circ. Review Of $30M Patent Trial Loss

    Sprint urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to reconsider a decision upholding a $30 million infringement verdict awarded in favor of Prism Technologies LLC over two network security patents, arguing the court should not have allowed a previous Prism settlement to be presented as evidence.

  • April 6, 2017

    Cox Louisiana Let Out Of Technician's Overtime Suit

    The Louisiana branch of Cox Communications LLC has won dismissal of a putative collective and class action against it that alleged it failed to pay installers and technicians for work in excess of 40 hours per week, finding that the company wasn’t actually the employer of the man who brought the suit.

  • April 6, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: GE, WaveDivision, Origin Energy

    General Electric is considering a sale of its consumer-lighting business, private equity-owned broadband cable operator WaveDivision is up for grabs and could be worth more than $2 billion, including debt, and Australia's Origin Energy will either sell or take public its conventional exploration and production business.

  • April 6, 2017

    Telcos Urge FCC To Address Pole Owners’ Buildout Barriers

    Telecom companies that want to expand wireless service are increasingly crippled by preexisting infrastructure owners charging too-high rental rates, representatives from the American Cable Association and others have told the Federal Communications Commission.

  • April 5, 2017

    Unwired Planet Says Apple Owes $33M As IP Trial Looms

    Unwired Planet told a California federal judge Wednesday it plans to seek $33 million in royalties from Apple in an upcoming infringement trial over three of its wireless, location and voice recognition patents, saying the amount is reasonable considering Apple wants $400 million from Samsung for infringing similar smartphone patents.

  • April 5, 2017

    Huawei Faces UK Sales Ban After Judge Sets FRAND Rate

    A British judge has ruled that Huawei may be barred from selling its smartphones in the U.K unless it licenses standard-essential Unwired Planet wireless technology patents at a rate he determined to be reasonable, a decision that sets guidelines for licensing essential patents.

  • April 5, 2017

    FTC, FCC Chiefs Seek To Set 'Record Straight’ On Privacy

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen sought Tuesday to rebut “hyperventilating headlines” over the repeal of FCC privacy rules for ISPs, saying the move makes way for restoring FTC privacy authority.

  • April 5, 2017

    FCC’s Pai Kicks Off Drive For Economics-Based Decisions

    The Federal Communications Commission must return to an approach that pays early and careful attention to the economic impact of its decisions, Chairman Ajit Pai said, announcing Wednesday that he will form a new economics office to provide agencywide input.

  • April 5, 2017

    FTC Commish Won't Back 'Insufficient' DirecTV Settlement

    One of the two commissioners sitting on the Federal Trade Commission has said she is unwilling to support a deal DirecTV struck in March with the FTC in the Northern District of California to settle claims over the company’s allegedly deceptive marketing practices, saying the satellite TV provider has not put up sufficient cash.

  • April 5, 2017

    Web Streamer Asks Full 9th Circ. To Rethink License Denial

    FilmOn X urged an en banc Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to review a ruling that online streaming services can't use the same copyright license used by cable companies to broadcast content, arguing the panel erroneously deferred to the U.S. Copyright Office’s position on the issue.

  • April 5, 2017

    Time Warner Employees Lose Cert. Bid In Meal Break Suit

    A group of Time Warner Cable Inc. employees alleging they were forced to work through meal and rest breaks lost their bid for class certification Tuesday when a California judge found the plaintiffs couldn’t prove the company had a de facto policy preventing breaks.

  • April 5, 2017

    T-Mobile Must End Worker Grievance Group: NLRB Judge

    A National Labor Relations Board judge ordered T-Mobile USA Inc. to discontinue an unlawful employee grievance group for call center workers it created in 2015 during an ongoing union organizing campaign, saying that “employees must have a choice to begin anew for organizing purposes.”

  • April 5, 2017

    Amazon Grabs NFL Thursday Streaming Rights In $50M Deal

    Amazon has acquired the rights to stream 10 NFL “Thursday Night Football” games next season, the league said Wednesday, taking over for Twitter, which streamed games last year. 

  • April 5, 2017

    Lumos Hit With Shareholder Action Over $950M Merger

    A Lumos Networks Corp. shareholder on Tuesday filed a putative class action suit in Delaware federal court over the company’s pending $950 million merger with EQT Infrastructure, claiming that important information was left out of the proxy statement.

Expert Analysis

  • Post-Spokeo, Not All Statutory Violations Are Created Equal

    John G. Papianou

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo did not provide the hoped-for clarity on whether violation of a statute is sufficient for a plaintiff to sue in federal court. As practitioners and courts still struggle with this question, two recent decisions from the Seventh and Third Circuits highlight the issue, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • Sirius Copyright Ruling Is Setback For Recording Artists

    Ian Ballon

    The New York Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Flo & Eddie v. Sirius marks the first time that the highest court of any state has weighed in on whether state law recognizes a public performance right in pre-1972 sound recordings, and it may be influential in outstanding cases in California and Florida, say Ian Ballon and Justin MacLean of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Post-Spokeo Issues Emerge In The 5th Circ.

    Christopher Chorba

    Although the Fifth Circuit and its district courts have addressed Spokeo issues numerous times since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision, Spokeo’s future in the Fifth Circuit remains unclear. Recent opinions underscore that litigants should be prepared to argue not only about Spokeo’s significance for pre-existing case law, but also the scope of its applicability, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • DOJ Criminal Division In 2016: Fraud Section Rising

    Kevin B. Muhlendorf

    A brief year-in-review document recently released by the U.S. Department of Justice provides a useful overview of what the Criminal Division’s largest litigating section accomplished in the last year and important hints at what the future holds for individuals and entities whose activities come within the Fraud Section’s broad reach, says Kevin Muhlendorf, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • Justice Gorsuch And Product Liability Litigation

    Eric Wolff

    What does the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court mean for product liability litigation? His Tenth Circuit record suggests that, if confirmed, he may have a significant effect on issues including admissibility of expert testimony, federal preemption and personal jurisdiction, says Eric Wolff of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • 10 Ways To Avoid Wrongful Collection Of Data Claims

    Cinthia Granados Motley

    In light of two recent matters that highlight the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement and protection against the wrongful collection of consumer data, Cinthia Granados Motley and Ashley Jackson of Sedgwick LLP offer advice for avoiding such claims and their associated risks.

  • The Missing Key To 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Tripp Haston

    Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Energy And The Internet Of Things: The Smart Grid

    Kristina M. Tridico

    The "smart grid" refers to technology used to bring utility electricity delivery systems into the next century with the use of computer-based remote control and automation. Businesses and stakeholders in the energy sector should understand the data developed by these technologies in order to make sure their perspective is integrated into the regulatory solutions forming at the state and federal level, says Kristina Tridico of Ice Miller LLP.