Telecommunications

  • May 2, 2017

    Puerto Rico Telecoms Take Antitrust Fight To 1st Circ.

    A Puerto Rico telecom company asked the First Circuit to revive its antitrust suit against a competitor Tuesday, saying at oral arguments in Boston that a series of 24 lawsuits and petitions challenging its entry into the pay-television market were a sham.

  • May 1, 2017

    Telecom Co. Loses $452M Refund Bid In Australia

    Cable & Wireless Australia & Pacific Holding BV was properly denied a $452 million tax refund, an Australian appeals panel said Monday, concluding the money used to buy back shares in a 2001 transaction didn’t come from a “share capital account” entitled to different tax treatment.

  • May 1, 2017

    Apple Looks To Triple Samsung 'Slide To Unlock' Verdict

    Apple urged a California federal court Friday to triple the nearly $3 million in damages Samsung was ordered to pay for infringement of Apple's "slide to unlock" smartphone patent, saying Samsung’s “egregious misconduct” warrants an enhancement under the U.S. Supreme Court's Halo standard.

  • May 1, 2017

    FCC Plans To List Counties For Biz Data Deregulation

    The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it plans to reveal which regions of the country will be deemed competitive and subject to deregulation for the business data services market and that it's seeking any objections from affected companies before it does.

  • May 1, 2017

    Apps Group Presses FCC To Clear 5G Infrastructure Barriers

    An apps industry group has lobbied Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to move forward with plans to take down roadblocks to rolling wireless infrastructure, saying the app economy relies on high-speed wireless broadband.

  • May 1, 2017

    FCC Picks Staff Leaders For Post-Auction Transition

    The Federal Communications Commission has announced that a former Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP attorney will take the helm of the agency’s task force overseeing its now-concluded broadcast incentive auction and a former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP lawyer will be second in charge of the effort.

  • May 1, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tribune Media, Endeavor Energy, ViaWest

    Blackstone and 21st Century Fox may team up to bid for Tribune Media, two groups have made final offers for Australian state-owned energy distributor Endeavor Energy, and Shaw Communications is hoping to rake in more than $1.2 billion through the sale of U.S. data center company ViaWest.

  • May 1, 2017

    FCC Will Take Up Media Rules At May Meeting, Pai Says

    Although a proposed rollback of Title II broadband classification has attracted much of the recent spotlight leading up to the Federal Communications Commission’s May 18 open meeting, Chairman Ajit Pai recently previewed other items, including media rules, that he said the agency will consider paring down during the session.

  • May 1, 2017

    Private Investors Plug $60M Into Live Video Streaming App

    A group of private investors including Matrix Partners China, Evolution Media China, Gobi Partners and Welight Capital have agreed to plug $60 million into a live video streaming app owned by Chinese mobile internet firm Cheetah Mobile Inc., the companies said Monday.

  • May 1, 2017

    DC Circ. Refuses To Rehear Net Neutrality Challenge

    The D.C. Circuit on Monday denied requests for full court rehearing of a panel decision upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 open internet rules, issuing the order days after new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai floated a draft plan to strip them.

  • April 28, 2017

    ISPs Say Internet Will Remain Open After FCC Regs Rollback

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement that he wants to open a probe regarding broadband’s classification as a Title II common carrier has drawn the applause of internet service providers, including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, and the ire of internet trade groups this week.

  • April 28, 2017

    FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan Sets Up Repeal Without Replace

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to undo the reclassification of broadband as a utility leaves open-ended how, or if, the FCC will continue to compel broadband providers to follow net neutrality principles, experts say, with some questioning Pai’s desire to set rules of the road.

  • April 28, 2017

    FCC's Clyburn Pushes Help For Independent Programmers

    Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on Thursday called for the FCC to move forward with a final order to boost independent programmers by limiting certain provisions in agreements between them and pay-TV providers.

  • April 28, 2017

    Qualcomm Rips Apple For Unpaid Contractors In Royalty Row

    Apple Inc. ratcheted up an escalating royalties dispute with Qualcomm Inc. when it decided to withhold payments to contract manufacturers who owe royalties to the chipmaker under their licenses for sales ending March 31, Qualcomm huffed in a statement on Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Paytm, M1, BASF

    Indian mobile payment platform Paytm has received a $1.87 billion investment from SoftBank, multiple suitors have placed bids for Singaporean wireless operator M1 and BASF will not pursue an acquisition of Akzo Nobel's chemical business.

  • April 28, 2017

    Atty Pushes For 2nd Look At Duane Morris Malpractice Claim

    A Philadelphia attorney and part-owner of a company he says was swindled out of a lucrative telecom merger asked a Pennsylvania state judge Thursday to reconsider her decision ending a malpractice suit that accused Duane Morris LLP of botching an appeal over the handling of the deal.

  • April 28, 2017

    Sprint Whistleblower Stays Locked Out Of $15.5M FCA Deal

    A former federal prosecutor turned whistleblower isn’t entitled to a chunk of the government’s $15.5 million False Claims Act settlement with Sprint, a Ninth Circuit panel said in a published decision Friday, concluding it didn’t matter if the government’s suit was based on his own tossed case against several telecoms.

  • April 28, 2017

    Facebook Can Take Birthday Text Class Action To 9th Circ.

    A California federal judge ruled Thursday that Facebook could appeal his rejection of its motion to dismiss a putative class action alleging its text message reminders about friends’ birthdays violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, over the opposition of both the proposed class and the government.

  • April 28, 2017

    Health Hires: 8 Firms Add Health, Life Sciences Experts

    The last few weeks have seen Cooley LLP, DLA Piper, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, Fox Rothschild LLP, King & Spalding LLP, Nossaman LLP, Polsinelli PC and Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC expand their expertise in the health and life sciences worlds.

  • April 28, 2017

    ABA Sections Urge EU To Avoid New Data Access Regs

    The American Bar Association's international and antitrust sections have weighed in on a public request from the European Union's executive arm to discuss data economy growth throughout the bloc, urging the commission to shy away from policies that may stifle competition and innovation.

Expert Analysis

  • Why FTC V. Qualcomm Follow-On Suits Are Worth Watching

    Jason A. Levine

    Even if Qualcomm settles with the Federal Trade Commission or the FTC votes to withdraw the complaint based on the views of new commissioners, Qualcomm still faces the prospect of massive liability to consumers claiming injury. The antitrust and securities class actions that have been filed starkly illustrate the risk that government enforcement action creates for companies, say attorneys with Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • The Loss Of Confidentiality In NY Arbitral Enforcement Cases

    Jonathan J. Tompkins

    A sobering series of decisions from New York federal courts has made clear that the valued benefits of confidentiality attendant to arbitration will almost assuredly be rendered ineffectual if and when recognition and enforcement is sought in New York, says Jonathan Tompkins of Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Latest Twist In The Merger Objection Lawsuit Saga

    Kevin M. LaCroix

    A New York appellate court’s recent decision in Gordon v. Verizon presents a number of important suggestions on the future direction of merger objection lawsuits, and raises the question of whether New York will become an attractive forum for such cases, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Here Come The Drones — And The Legal Headaches

    Nathan Bohlander

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are being adapted for a myriad of commercial purposes, by a range of industries including entertainment, energy, farming, real estate, telecommunications, shipping and construction. But as drone usage proliferates, manufacturers and distributors must be cognizant of product liability risks, safety standards, technological developments, and changing insurance coverage requirements, says Nathan Bohlander of M... (continued)

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.