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Telecommunications

  • May 3, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: BP, Vodafone, SoftBank

    BP is mulling a deal to buy some energy assets from BHP Billiton, Vodafone is close to inking a deal to acquire continental European assets from Liberty Global, and SoftBank's talks to buy a stake in reinsurer Swiss Re have reached an impasse.

  • May 3, 2018

    Calling App Maker Faces TCPA Suit Over Spam Texts

    A consumer on Wednesday hit the maker of international calling app Boss Revolution with a putative class action in Illinois federal court, seeking to hold it liable for an avalanche of unsolicited marketing texts that violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • May 3, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Rejects LG Claim Of ‘Sweeping’ Alice Exception

    The full Federal Circuit on Thursday denied LG’s bid for rehearing of a decision that display patents it was found to infringe are not invalid as abstract, declining to consider the company’s claim that the ruling created a “sweeping exception” to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

  • May 3, 2018

    Ukrainian Oligarch Can't Nix $760M Award Over Telco Buy

    The English High Court on Thursday dealt a blow to a Ukrainian businessman's efforts to upend a $760 million arbitration award issued against his company over its purchase of Ukraine's public telecom provider, finding that the company should have told arbitrators when a local court was likely to decide whether the seller first breached the contract.

  • May 3, 2018

    NPR Says It Can't Afford For FCC To Yank Access To C-Band

    National Public Radio has urged Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to protect its access to the C-band spectrum used for satellite distribution of its programming as his agency mulls a proposal to open the band to 5G and other uses.

  • May 3, 2018

    EU To Review T-Mobile's €190M Dutch Tele2 Deal

    European Union regulators opened an investigation Wednesday into T-Mobile’s planned €190 million ($228 million) purchase of Swedish telecommunications giant Tele2 AB’s Dutch operations, Tele2 Netherlands.

  • May 2, 2018

    DOD Tells Military Stores To Stop Selling Chinese Phones

    Military exchanges will no longer sell products made by Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE, the U.S. Department of Defense said Wednesday, citing unspecified security risks allegedly posed by the companies’ products.

  • May 2, 2018

    Ex-Netflix Executive Charged With Taking Kickbacks

    A former Netflix Inc. executive has been hit with criminal charges in California federal court for allegedly taking bribes from technology companies that wanted to do business with the online streaming giant, more than three years after Netflix itself accused him of the practice, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.

  • May 2, 2018

    Justice Dept. Faults FCC's O'Rielly For Pro-Trump Remark

    The Federal Communications Commission's Michael O’Rielly violated the law meant to keep executive branch employees from delving into politics when he advocated earlier this year for President Donald Trump’s re-election, a U.S. Department of Justice office said Tuesday.

  • May 2, 2018

    3 Telecom Questions Surrounding The Sprint-T-Mobile Merger

    As T-Mobile and Sprint take another stab at merging the third- and fourth-largest nationwide wireless networks, the proposed transaction raises questions about whether the companies really can roll out 5G more effectively together and whether the telecom landscape has evolved enough to render a four-player market structure obsolete.

  • May 2, 2018

    Scott & Scott, Robbins Arroyo Win Lead In Acacia Stock Suit

    Scott & Scott Attorneys at Law LLP and Robbins Arroyo LLP will work side-by-side to lead a shareholder derivative lawsuit filed against the board of directors at Acacia Communications Inc. after stock prices plummeted last year, a Massachusetts federal judge said in an order published Wednesday.

  • May 2, 2018

    CenturyLink Accuses Telecom Co. Of Bogus Billing

    Internet, television and telephone service provider CenturyLink hit a telephone routing company with a suit in Illinois federal court Tuesday for allegedly overcharging by millions of dollars for services it wasn’t allowed to bill for or didn’t provide at all.

  • May 2, 2018

    DLA Piper Adds Ex-White House Adviser As Telecom Partner

    DLA Piper has added a former White House policy adviser and ex-Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP attorney to its expanding telecommunications practice group, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 2, 2018

    FCC Launches Inquiry On Sharing Satellite Spectrum

    The Federal Communications Commission is looking for input on having cable providers share a band of spectrum normally used for satellite transmissions, the agency announced Tuesday, as part of a shakeup of spectrum mandated by law.

  • May 1, 2018

    Click-To-Call Slams PTAB's AIA Time-Bar Ruling In Fed. Circ.

    Click-To-Call Technologies LLC urged a Federal Circuit panel Tuesday to toss a U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that axed its patent for an anonymous telephone communications system, saying Oracle Corp.’s challenge to the patent was time-barred under the plain language of the America Invents Act.

  • May 1, 2018

    Facing Backlash, Facebook Unveils New 'Clear History' Tool

    Facing a sea of public backlash and government inquiries over the mishandling of its users' data, Facebook on Tuesday announced a new "clear history" privacy feature that will let account holders see and delete identifying information that the company has collected from other websites and apps that run its tracking tools.

  • May 1, 2018

    Cumulus Set To Exit Ch. 11 After Beating Plan Objections

    Broadcast radio giant Cumulus Media Inc. is on its way out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday after defeating arguments over the value of the company and receiving New York bankruptcy court approval to undertake a restructuring plan that will pass a large majority of ownership to its secured lenders.

  • May 1, 2018

    Investor Targets S. Korea Over $8B Samsung Affiliate Tie-Up

    A U.S.-based activist investor said Tuesday that it is bringing South Korea to arbitration over that country's decision to back the $8 billion merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015, claiming the move cost it unsaid financial damages. 

  • May 1, 2018

    Sen. Calls For Probe Of Proposed T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

    Lawmakers must probe whether T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp.’s proposed $59 billion merger will lift pressure on mobile carriers to offer wireless services at affordable rates, according to a prominent Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees communications regulatory matters.

  • May 1, 2018

    FCC's Universal Service Fund Moved To Treasury

    The Universal Service Administrative Co., the nonprofit that administers the Federal Communications Commission's Universal Service Fund, has moved its funds from private banks to the U.S. Treasury, the company announced on Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Practicality Is A Driving Force In High Court Microsoft Case

    James Kitchen

    Absent new legislation or a major reformation of the mutual legal assistance treaty process, victory in the Microsoft case at the U.S. Supreme Court may be vital for the government when it comes to its ability to conduct investigations in the fast-paced world of electronic data and cybercrime, says James Kitchen of Jones Day.

  • Innovation-Based Tech Standards Under Growing Threat

    David Kappos

    It is frightening to consider how many technological innovations of the last 20 years might have missed mass adoption had they been subject to the same pressures faced by innovators today, says David Kappos, a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Class Action Lawyers Behaving Badly

    Thomas Dickerson

    In prosecuting and defending class actions, a conservative, ethical and salutary approach should be taken by all parties. Unfortunately, a survey of recent cases reveals a wide range of problematic behavior by certain class action attorneys, which only lends credence to criticisms of the class action concept, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • VoIP Services May Fall Beyond TCPA's Scope

    Louis DePaul

    A Pennsylvania district court's recent opinion in Klein v. Commerce could prove to be critical in curtailing Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims by providing a strong precedent to support the proposition that free voice over internet protocol services do not fall within the scope of the TCPA, say Louis DePaul and Alison Viola of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration

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    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.

  • Litigating The Internet Of Things

    Leslie Gutierrez

    With the rise of the internet of things, vast new quantities of data are traversing the cloud. Companies that do not actively and continuously strengthen their cybersecurity protocols are at risk for breaches — and for the consumer class actions that may follow, says Leslie Gutierrez of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Could AI Take Over Standard Development Organizations?

    Ray Alderman

    The use of artificial intelligence in the existing technical standards development process might raise certain procedural, operational and legal questions in the future, say Ray Alderman of VITA and David Newman of Gould & Ratner LLP.

  • Olympics Cast Spotlight On FCC Indecency Policies

    Stephen Fuzesi

    French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis' wardrobe malfunction at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics has potential to reignite debate over the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement of indecency policies, says Stephen Fuzesi of Williams & Connolly LLP.