Telecommunications

  • March 8, 2017

    Sen. Flake Files Resolution To Nix FCC's Privacy Rules

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Tuesday introduced a resolution that would roll back the Federal Communications Commission’s new broadband privacy rules under the Congressional Review Act, a move that appears to follow through on his pledge from last month to take action against the measures.

  • March 7, 2017

    FCC's Robocall Plan To Benefit From Rare Bipartisanship

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's planned proposal to expand the tools for combating illegal robocalls builds from a President Barack Obama-era initiative, and experts say it's expected to gain rare agreement across party lines and between government and industry.

  • March 7, 2017

    Trump Renominates FCC's Pai To Continue As Chairman

    President Donald Trump has nominated Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to a second term at the agency, the commission announced on Tuesday.

  • March 7, 2017

    Investors Say AOL Undervalued By $1.6B In Verizon Buyout

    An expert witness testifying Tuesday in Delaware in the appraisal trial of AOL Inc. said his analysis showed the company was undervalued by $1.6 billion when it was purchased by Verizon Communication Inc. in 2015 as part of a $4.4 billion acquisition.

  • March 7, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds $7.5M Comcast Win In Sprint Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a $7.5 million jury verdict against Sprint in a suit by Comcast over patents for using computer networks to facilitate phone calls, saying Sprint's arguments that the patent claims were misconstrued were either irrelevant or made too late.

  • March 7, 2017

    Broadcasters Ask FCC To Make Post-Auction Deadline Flexible

    The National Association of Broadcasters has urged the Federal Communications Commission to make its timeline for repacking broadcasters after the incentive auction flexible, saying viewers could be at risk of losing service.

  • March 7, 2017

    Securus Seeks To Toss Row Over Prison Phone Call Rates

    Securus Technologies Inc. sought Monday that an Arkansas federal court toss a putative class action that alleges the prison communications company overbilled its customers, arguing that its rates were published and fell within the “safe harbor” of regulations in several states.

  • March 7, 2017

    US Wallops ZTE With $892M Penalty For Sales To Iran

    Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. will pay a total of $892 million to settle allegations that it made unlawful sales of sensitive technology equipment to Iran and North Korea in violation of U.S. sanctions, the Trump administration announced Tuesday.

  • March 6, 2017

    DirecTV and FTC Reach Deal In Deceptive Marketing Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday canceled a bench trial about DirecTV's allegedly deceptive marketing practices the day it was supposed to begin, after the satellite TV provider reached a settlement in principle with the Federal Trade Commission.

  • March 6, 2017

    Jive Can't Talk Way Into Attorneys' Fees In Patent Case

    Accused infringer Jive Communications Inc. was denied attorneys' fees Friday in a patent suit over online phone call technology, a ruling that came almost 18 months after a judge in the Eastern District of Texas found the patent was invalid for claiming only an abstract idea.

  • March 6, 2017

    South Korean Prosecutor Unveils New Charges Against Prez

    A special prosecutor investigating a wide-ranging corruption scandal with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at its center said Monday that he would recommend five new charges be brought against her once the impeachment process concludes, according to media accounts.

  • March 6, 2017

    Network Co. Hid Financial Health Before Buyout, Jury Hears

    The lawyer for one of Pennsylvania’s largest private equity firms told a Pennsylvania federal jury Monday that the former owner of a North Carolina network infrastructure company hid the dire financial health of his company in order to induce a $15 million investment in 2013.

  • March 6, 2017

    FCC’s O’Rielly Calls For Action On ‘Paperwork Burdens’

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly questioned in a blog post Friday whether information collection mandates by the FCC are “truly justified,” saying the rules often stay in place past the time when they are useful, and the burden can accumulate unnoticed for segments of the industry.

  • March 6, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms $30M Loss For Sprint At Patent Trial

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a $30 million infringement verdict against Sprint over two Prism Technologies network security patents, rejecting Sprint’s argument that a Nebraska judge should not have allowed Prism’s prior settlement with AT&T into evidence.

  • March 6, 2017

    2nd Deal To Settle DJ's Wage Suit Is Music To Judge's Ears

    A Florida federal judge signed off Friday on a deal to a settle a part-time radio DJ's overtime wage suit against a Cumulus Media Inc. subsidiary, finding the settlement fair and reasonable after rejecting its first incarnation.

  • March 6, 2017

    Thune, Schumer Duke It Out In Twin Net Neutrality Op-Eds

    Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in op-eds Friday staked out a case on net neutrality that signaled an openness to legislation from both but also deep division on where things stand and how to move forward.

  • March 6, 2017

    High Court Urged To Review Nixing Of Streaming IP Patents

    Affinity Labs has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit decision to stand by a ruling that said two streaming media patents asserted against Amazon, DirecTV and major sports leagues are invalid for claiming only abstract ideas, arguing the decision flouts U.S. patent law.

  • March 6, 2017

    Feds Defend Constitutionality Of TCPA In Time Warner Suit

    The U.S. government stepped in Friday to defend the legality of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which Time Warner Cable argued was unconstitutional after being hit with a pair of proposed class actions in New York federal court by consumers who say they were bombarded with unsolicited calls.

  • March 3, 2017

    Redstone's Ex-GF Can't Force Depo In $150M Abuse Row

    A California judge on Friday ruled Sumner Redstone's ex-girlfriend can't force the nonagenarian billionaire to be deposed before she answers his discovery requests in his $150 million elder abuse suit against her and another ex-girlfriend, saying it would be an abuse of discretion to do so.

  • March 3, 2017

    Consolidated Communications Investor Challenges $1.5B Deal

    A Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. shareholder on Friday told the Delaware Chancery Court that the company’s board of directors failed to tell shareholders how much the financial advisor in its $1.5 billion acquisition of FairPoint Communications Inc. stands to gain if the deal goes through, leaving shareholders unable to fully evaluate the advice.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • What To Expect From China’s Anti-Monopoly Law This Year

    Huang Wei

    In 2016, the development of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law was fruitful in all respects, including guideline drafting, public enforcement and litigation. We have nine predictions for 2017, say Huang Wei and Rebecca Yin of Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • Future FCC Leadership Could Mean Big Changes For TCPA

    David N. Anthony

    Litigation involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has become one of the leading types of consumer lawsuits in the U.S. However, the election of Donald Trump as president may prove to be a watershed moment for the TCPA, with the Federal Communications Commission's leadership switching to a majority of Republican appointees including a sharp critic of the FCC’s past handling of the TCPA, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • FCPA Predictions For 2017

    Michael Volkov

    Everyone is predicting major changes in the U.S. Department of Justice's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement. I do not share this view. Frankly, FCPA enforcement is more bipartisan than other controversial enforcement programs, and the DOJ’s FCPA program is very profitable, says Michael Volkov, CEO of The Volkov Law Group LLC and a former federal prosecutor.

  • Be Prepared For Law Firm Data Breach Litigation

    Scott Vernick

    The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 2016 Insurance Coverage Litigation Year In Review

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    Courts handed down a number of important insurance coverage decisions in 2016, involving issues like the concurrent cause doctrine and the subcontractor exception, says Sandra Smith Thayer of Liner LLP.

  • Samsung V. Apple And The Trend Toward Incremental Value

    Marianne Ley Hayek

    The incremental value of patented technology has been addressed in judicial opinions concerning utility patent infringement damages. The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Samsung v. Apple could be a signal that design patent damages might soon require a similar test to claim damages on an entire device, says Marianne Ley Hayek of Nathan Associates Inc.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.