Telecommunications

  • August 30, 2017

    Akin Gump Snags Ex-Baker Botts M&A Expert

    A former Baker Botts LLP attorney who represented software giant RealPage Inc. in multiple acquisitions and advised a television network in a $4.4 billion deal with Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s mergers and acquisitions team in Dallas.

  • August 30, 2017

    Fraudster Gets 4 Years, Must Pay $2.1M In TV Station Scheme

    A former Minnesota man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison and $2.1 million in restitution for stealing more than $2 million from investors that he claimed would be used to help fund a satellite television network startup, according to federal court documents.

  • August 30, 2017

    Call Completion Records Regs Ineffective, Telecoms Tell FCC

    AT&T, Sprint Corp. and Comcast Corp. have told the Federal Communications Commission that the agency should eliminate certain record-keeping rules directed at cracking down on poor rural phone service, saying that the data indicates such requirements are not effective for improving service quality.

  • August 30, 2017

    Motorola Wins OK To Freeze Fugitive's Assets In Fraud Fight

    A U.K. judge said on Wednesday that Motorola's finance arm can continue to freeze the assets of a Turkish fugitive as the telecommunications company continued its 15-year quest to recover billions of dollars in damages owed by him and his family for allegedly defrauding the company.

  • August 30, 2017

    Telemarketer Fined $6M For English-Spanish Language Scam

    A California federal judge on Monday ordered a telemarketing company that allegedly used deceptive and abusive tactics to sell Spanish-speaking consumers English-language instructional materials to pay more than $6 million in fines after the company failed to mount a defense in court.

  • August 29, 2017

    Jury Awards $130M To Landowners For Fiber Optic Cable Use

    A Missouri federal jury on Tuesday found that Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative owes about $130 million in damages to landowners in a long-running suit over a fiber optic cable used for telecommunications purposes that saw a previous, $79 million jury verdict vacated at the Eighth Circuit.

  • August 29, 2017

    Qualcomm Drops 1 Of 6 Patents In ITC IPhone Import Probe

    Less than three weeks into an International Trade Commission investigation into Apple Inc., Qualcomm Inc. has dropped one of six patents it complains iPhones illegally incorporate from the probe.

  • August 29, 2017

    Execs Argue Mobile Co. Was 'Hijacked' As Retrial Closes

    Attorneys for two mobile technology company executives charged with ripping off millions of customers via unapproved text-service subscriptions argued at closing arguments on Tuesday that the company had been hijacked by two lower level executives who admitted to their crimes and testified against them.

  • August 29, 2017

    DOD Unit Lacked Controls For Telecom Deals, Watchdog Says

    The Defense Information Systems Agency failed to provide adequate oversight for a number of high-value telecommunications services contracts, resulting in more than $80 million in improper payments, a U.S. Department of Defense watchdog said in a report made public Monday.

  • August 29, 2017

    Users Say Internet Is An Information Service: NCTA Survey

    USTelecom and NCTA-The Internet and Cable Television Association shared a survey with the Federal Communications Commission on Monday claiming to demonstrate that users view broadband internet access services as a form of information service, meaning that it should be classified as such.

  • August 29, 2017

    Biz Group Wants Phone Database To Cut TCPA Suits

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Comcast Corp. and others Monday applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to create a database of phone numbers that have been reassigned to new consumers to help businesses avoid ringing people who don't want to be called, but expressed concern about the potential for “abusive litigation.”

  • August 29, 2017

    Charter Customer Blasts Arbitration Bid In TCPA Spat

    A consumer told a North Carolina federal judge Monday that he shouldn’t have to arbitrate his Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims against Charter Communications Inc. just because his internet service agreement with Time Warner Cable, which Charter subsequently acquired, contained an arbitration provision, saying his allegations have nothing to do with that contract.

  • August 29, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: United Tech, Veon, LG Electronics

    United Technologies and Rockwell Collins could reach a $20 billion merger agreement as soon as this weekend, Veon is selling about 13,000 wireless towers in Pakistan for roughly $1 billion, and LG Electronics has made a bid to buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group.

  • August 29, 2017

    Nixed Class To Seek 7th Circ. Input On TCPA Fax Consent

    A group of people who say they received illegal faxes from HumanaDental Insurance Co. told an Illinois federal judge Tuesday they will ask the Seventh Circuit to reinstate their class certification after the judge said recent shifts in the requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act warranted decertification.

  • August 29, 2017

    Calif. Exchange Carrier Owes Sprint $2.8M In Contract Fight

    A California federal judge on Monday ordered a local exchange carrier to pay Sprint about $2.8 million for violating a call-connection contract, rejecting arguments that the case wasn’t ripe for judgment.

  • August 29, 2017

    FCC Must Give Dish Cos. 2nd Chance At Spectrum Discounts

    The Federal Communications Commission rightly denied spectrum license discounts to two small service providers managed by DISH Network Corp. on the grounds that they weren’t truly independent, but the regulator didn’t give the affiliates an opportunity to remedy the problematic points of their contractual relationship, the D.C. Circuit ruled on Tuesday.

  • August 28, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Tosses PTAB's Nix Of Closed-Caption Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Monday threw out Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that invalidated eight Ultratec Inc. closed-captioned phone patents that are part of a $44 million infringement case, faulting the board for refusing to hear evidence of inconsistencies in expert testimony.

  • August 28, 2017

    Infineon's IP Injunction Response 'Outlandish,' Judge Says

    A California federal judge blasted Infineon Technologies Americas Corp. on Monday for disregarding a court order to notify customers about a preliminary injunction granted to a competitor who sued over semiconductor patent rights, calling the company’s stated justifications “outlandish.”

  • August 28, 2017

    Congress Put Securities Suits In Fed. Court, Justices Told

    Network support products provider Cyan Inc. told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that Congress intended to limit jurisdiction over class actions related to securities offerings to federal courts, saying that to rule otherwise would leave a major regulatory loophole.

  • August 28, 2017

    Showtime Hit With Suit Over Mayweather-McGregor Stream

    Almost immediately after undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. knocked out Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Conor McGregor in the 10th round Saturday, Showtime was hit with a proposed class action over issues with the $99.99 pay-per-view online stream that allegedly failed to deliver the quality view of the fight that was promised.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Courts Tackle Tech And Privacy Trends In Law Enforcement

    Paul Rosen

    In granting certiorari in Carpenter, the U.S. Supreme Court recently reminded us that, as technology allows law enforcement to gather vast amounts of personal information from smartphones and other electronic devices, traditional standards and interpretations may not apply, say Paul Rosen and Chris Garcia of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.