Telecommunications

  • October 27, 2017

    FCC To Vote On Rolling Out Next-Gen TV Broadcasts

    The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month on whether to allow broadcasters to begin using the next-generation TV broadcast standard, according to a draft item released late Thursday.

  • October 27, 2017

    Scammers Banned From Tech Support Biz In $2M FTC Deal

    Two scam artists who duped consumers into believing their computers were hacked before charging them hundreds of dollars in bogus repairs have agreed in Alabama federal court to be permanently banned from the tech support business.

  • October 27, 2017

    Del. Chancery Won't Decide Dispute In Good Tech Settlement

    A dispute over the $35 million settlement between shareholders of Good Technology Corp. and the company will not be decided in the Delaware Chancery Court after a judge there determined Friday he doesn’t have jurisdiction over the row.

  • October 27, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Revives Adelphia's $55M Deloitte Suit

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Friday revived a $55 million lawsuit by an entity connected to defunct Adelphia Communications Corp. over Deloitte & Touche LLP’s alleged responsibility for the financial misdealings that led to the cable company’s 2002 collapse.

  • October 27, 2017

    Comcast Paid Sprint $250M To Settle IP Litigation

    Comcast paid Sprint $250 million during the third quarter to settle all litigation between the two companies, including allegations in Kansas federal court that the media giant infringed several of Sprint’s telecom system patents, Comcast revealed Thursday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • October 27, 2017

    Lifeline Reforms Coming Down Pike In Nov., FCC Says

    The Federal Communications Commission revealed a series of wide-ranging reforms late Thursday, scheduled for consideration at the agency's November meeting, that are poised to alter the way Lifeline subsidy support is awarded and disbursed.

  • October 27, 2017

    Utility Servicer Ducks Federal Claims In Ill. Stock Fraud Suit

    An Illinois federal judge dismissed racketeering and securities fraud claims against a company that marks underground cables and pipes for utility companies on Thursday, sending the rest of the case back to state court and warning the suing shareholders that they bore some blame.

  • October 27, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Cooley, Alston, Mayer, Davis

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Cisco snapped up BroadSoft for $1.9 billion, The Hartford Financial Services Group acquired Aetna’s group life and disability unit for $1.45 billion, Potlatch shelled out $3.3 billion for Deltic Timber, and Graphic Packaging and International Paper’s North American business combined to create a $6 billion packaging partnership.

  • October 26, 2017

    Cumulus Host Seeks New Trial In $1M Overpayment Row

    Radio host Michael Baisden asked a federal judge in Texas on Wednesday for a new trial after a jury entered $800,000 in damages against him for his alleged refusal to return a $1 million overpayment to a Cumulus Media Inc. unit, saying there's no evidence to support the panel's finding that he breached their contract.

  • October 26, 2017

    Telecom Giants Ask DC Circ. To Lift Rural Service Obligations

    AT&T, CenturyLink and the U.S. Telecom Association asked a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to lift requirements that the telecom industry provide phone and internet service to rural households and complained about inadequate funding from the Federal Communications Commission's universal service fund program.

  • October 26, 2017

    On Pre-1972 Records, It's All Down To California

    With the tricky issue of pre-1972 records now settled in New York and Florida, all eyes turn to California’s Supreme Court, which could either put the yearslong debate to bed or throw the music law landscape into chaos.

  • October 26, 2017

    Main Studio Rule Repeal Likely Boon For Local Stations

    The Federal Communications Commission furthered its deregulatory agenda this week when it voted to nix the "main studio rule," a seven-decade-old requirement that mandated TV and radio broadcasters keep a home base near their community of license. While critics of the move say it will speed national content-sharing and decimate local coverage, many broadcast attorneys say those fears are overblown and local stations will actually benefit from the rollback.

  • October 26, 2017

    EC Must Review Liberty-Ziggo Merger, Effect On Cable Market

    The European Commission must review its 2014 approval of a merger between Dutch cable companies Ziggo NV and Liberty Global Inc. unit UPC after it failed to adequately address the tie-up’s effect on competition for the market, the European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday.

  • October 26, 2017

    Conservative, Liberal Groups Oppose AT&T-Time Warner Deal

    A mix of liberal and conservative organizations united on Thursday around the banners of consumer choice and diversity of speech to urge the Justice Department to aggressively investigate and potentially block the proposed $85.4 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner.

  • October 26, 2017

    Sens. Ask FCC To Intervene In Verizon, Univision Dispute

    Six Democratic senators urged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to intervene in a transmission dispute between Univision and Verizon that has kept the Spanish-language network off some broadcasting platforms, noting the importance of information on Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

  • October 25, 2017

    Apple, Samsung $400M IP Damages Trial Moved Up To May

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Wednesday delivered on promises to expedite a jury trial to determine damages for Apple in its $400 million smartphone patent war with Samsung, moving up the trial date by two weeks to May 14 and imposing limits on pretrial motions.

  • October 25, 2017

    Apple Urges Fed. Circ. To Junk $506M Patent Loss To U. Wis.

    Apple Inc. has told the Federal Circuit that a Wisconsin federal court’s $506 million judgment that the company infringed a computer processor patent held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation was “fraught with error” and must be overturned.

  • October 25, 2017

    FCC To Hold Nov. Vote On Relaxing Media Ownership Rules

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai revealed Wednesday that the agency plans to vote on changes to its media ownership rules at its next meeting, outlining a forthcoming order that could permit two of the top four stations in a market to merge when the stations would otherwise be in violation of the current rules.

  • October 25, 2017

    Pai Dodges Direct Commentary On Trump's NBC Tirade

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday refused to denounce outright President Donald Trump’s recent comments hinting at revoking the broadcast license for NBC, but he further emphasized the agency is bound by the First Amendment principle of free speech.

  • October 25, 2017

    RadioShack's E-Commerce-Focused Ch. 11 Plan Gets OK

    Electronics retailer RadioShack received approval from the Delaware bankruptcy court on Wednesday for its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization, which aims to shift the company’s focus to its web-based operations while reducing its debt load, and will push back issues relating to potential class claims lodged by workers laid off from its closing brick-and-mortar stores.

Expert Analysis

  • An Update On The Apple-Samsung Damages Saga

    Joshua Wolson

    Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed a jury verdict that awarded Apple nearly $400 million in damages from Samsung. Now a California federal court has an opportunity to provide important guidance on the meaning of the Supreme Court’s decision, says Joshua Wolson of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

  • Takeaways From Split DC Circ. Ruling On Cellphone Warrant

    Thomas Zeno

    Even though the incriminating evidence at stake in Griffith was a firearm, the D.C. Circuit's majority and dissenting opinions provide insight into several issues related to execution of a search warrant seeking a cellphone, say Thomas Zeno and Caleb Barker of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • Sellers Are Not Liable For Independent Contractors' Calls

    Patrick McLaughlin

    The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Jones v. Royal found that a seller was not vicariously liable for calls made by a telemarketer in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Sellers should review their contracts and make sure that their telemarketers are independent contractors in order to minimize their liability, says Patrick McLaughlin of Spencer Fane LLP.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Rebuttal

    Discovery Proportionality: A Defense View

    Alan Hoffman

    A recent Law360 guest article offered a plaintiff’s guide to discovery proportionality, focusing on recent amendments to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. But proportionality is achieved by collaboration, not by mechanistically applying rules. When lawyers work together to establish the nature and scope of discovery, disputes can be avoided, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • FTC V. Qualcomm: The Balance Between Patents And Antitrust

    Derek Dahlgren

    Qualcomm’s position outside of the court has largely been to defend its licensing practices rather than to deny the Federal Trade Commission's accusations. But the California federal judge's recent order denying the motion to dismiss amounts to agreeing that Qualcomm’s behavior, as alleged by the FTC, would be anti-competitive if true, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.