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Telecommunications

  • July 31, 2018

    Inside The Ups And Downs Of Ligado's Satellite 5G Project

    Embattled satellite company Ligado Networks has reinvented itself yet again as an industrial "internet of things" provider in its quest to gain FCC approval for a massive hybrid broadband network, but whether it will succeed in convincing the commission that it won't interfere with its spectrum neighbors is still murky after years of hang-ups.

  • July 31, 2018

    Telehealth Program Could Combat Opioids, FCC's Carr Says

    An upcoming Federal Communications Commission inquiry into internet-connected patient monitoring and other health care services could offer more resources for reaching veterans and people struggling with opioid addiction, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told a Washington, D.C., audience Tuesday.

  • July 31, 2018

    Investors Want Ex-Director's Hands Off $35M Settlement

    Stockholder attorneys asked a Delaware vice chancellor on Tuesday to reject a former Good Technology Corp. director’s bid for a share of a $35 million partial settlement over the company’s allegedly underpriced sale, saying director and class interests never lined up.

  • July 31, 2018

    Fraud Suit Over Unpaid $2.7M Arbitration Award Trimmed

    A New York federal judge again trimmed a phone minutes reseller's fraud lawsuit alleging a customer company facing a $2.7 million arbitration award in the reseller's favor was looted by its officers into insolvency, ruling Monday that most of the money transfers that emptied the company's coffers appear legitimate and dismissing all but one defendant.

  • July 31, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Glennmont, SoftBank, John Laing

    Three solar plants Glennmont Partners is selling have reportedly seen bids from more than 10 potential buyers, SoftBank is talking to banks related to plans to list its domestic wireless unit, and some John Laing Infrastructure Fund investors aren’t satisfied with a buyout offer for the company.

  • July 31, 2018

    AT&T Merger Trial Transcripts Go Public After DOJ Push

    The D.C. district court judge who oversaw the U.S. Department of Justice's trial challenging the AT&T-Time Warner deal unsealed most of the bench conference transcripts on Tuesday, after the government asked the appeals court last week to make them public.

  • July 31, 2018

    Ex-DHS Head Backs Disclosures For Online Political Ads

    A former Homeland Security secretary pushed back at the concept of a nationalized 5G network and also urged the government to extend broadcast political ad disclosures to online ads in an appearance before a U.S. Senate subcommittee Tuesday.

  • July 30, 2018

    AOL Investors Push Chancery To Hike Merger Appraisal

    Claiming calculation errors and other flaws, an attorney for more than a dozen AOL investors urged a Delaware vice chancellor Monday to boost the company’s post-merger stock appraisal about 6.7 percent above a mark set by the court in February.

  • July 30, 2018

    5 Cybersecurity And Privacy Cases To Watch: Midyear Report

    The rest of 2018 could bring action on a slew of lingering privacy and cybersecurity disputes, including the legal fallout from Equifax's massive data breach, tests to the scope of Illinois' unique biometric privacy law, and challenges to the way tech giants have sought user consent under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. Here, Law360 takes a look at five cases cybersecurity and privacy attorneys should keep an eye on in the coming months.

  • July 30, 2018

    Motorola Adds Copyright Claim To Radio Trade Secret Row

    Motorola Solutions moved Monday to add copyright infringement allegations to an Illinois federal court trade secrets lawsuit against Chinese radio manufacturer Hytera Communications Corp., with Motorola now alleging the pilfering of protected source code from its digital mobile radio computer program.

  • July 30, 2018

    Amazon Challenges CWA's Age Bias Suit Over Facebook Ads

    Amazon.com Inc. urged a California federal judge Monday to toss the Communications Workers of America’s “improper” suit accusing the retail giant of violating age discrimination laws with Facebook Inc. job ads targeting younger workers, saying the union lacked standing to sue and left out key points required to pursue age bias claims.

  • July 30, 2018

    Charter, Calif. City End Court Fight Over Blacked-Out Stations

    Charter Communications and a California city dropped their federal court dispute Friday over Charter’s blackout of NBC and CBS affiliates from its cable package before the Super Bowl, and the telecom’s countersuit accusing the city of interfering in its negotiations with a broadcaster allegedly demanding exorbitant fees.

  • July 30, 2018

    Peerless Network Nabs $48.5M from Verizon Unit In Fee Row

    An Illinois federal judge ordered Verizon to pay telecommunications carrier Peerless Network Inc. more than $48 million to resolve a long-running dispute over fees for connecting long-distance calls after finding Verizon had improperly withheld payments.

  • July 30, 2018

    Telecom Hits Turkmenistan With $750M Arbitration Claim

    Russia's largest cellphone operator has filed a $750 million arbitration claim with the World Bank against Turkmenistan after the company's subsidiary said it was disconnected from the country's communications network. 

  • July 30, 2018

    Sinclair, Tribune Fixed TV Ad Prices, Law Firm's Suit Says

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. have been colluding to fix prices for commercials played on broadcast television stations since 2016 amid a slump in U.S. advertising spending, a law firm alleged in Maryland federal court Friday.

  • July 30, 2018

    Carlyle Taps Simpson Thacher For $18.5B Private Equity Fund

    The Carlyle Group, with assistance from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, has clinched an $18.5 billion private equity fund that will invest in companies within realms including aerospace and defense, consumer and retail, health care, industrial and transportation, technology, and media and telecommunications, according to a Monday statement.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    The 168 attorneys selected as Law360's 2018 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. From guiding eye-popping deals to handling bet-the-company litigation, these elite attorneys under 40 are leading the pack.

  • July 27, 2018

    ZTE Knew Cellphone Heat Was Dangerous, Customer Says

    A ZTE Corp. unit knew the design of its ZMax Pro Blu phones could be dangerous but kept selling the phones anyway, according to a suit in New Mexico state court by a man who says the burns he sustained when his phone caught fire have been life-altering.

  • July 27, 2018

    PTAB Denies Review Of Networking Patents As Time-Barred

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has denied several petitions for inter partes review launched by Arris International PLC for being time-barred, shooting down the cable box maker's attempts to invalidate data distribution patents held by ChanBond LLC.

  • July 27, 2018

    CBS-Entercom Merger Foes Say FCC Review Is Only Fair

    A Sacramento, California, broadcaster who is engaged in a decadeslong radio station license dispute with Entercom Communications Corp. urged the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to reconsider his challenge to the company’s proposed $1.6 billion merger with CBS Radio out of a sense of “fundamental fairness.”

Expert Analysis

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • How Courts Are Interpreting DC Circ. Autodial Ruling

    Cory Eichhorn

    Two competing interpretations of the D.C. Circuit's March ruling in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission are only the beginning of what is sure to be a continuing debate on the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system, say Cory Eichhorn and Annelise Del Rivero of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Continues To Clarify Venue Post-TC Heartland

    Ann Fort

    Tuesday marked one year since the U.S. Supreme Court fundamentally narrowed patent venue in its TC Heartland decision. This month, three Federal Circuit decisions addressed a number of outstanding questions on patent venue, but none of the court's positions was unexpected, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.