Telecommunications

  • November 20, 2017

    Porter Wright Snags Ex-Jones Day Atty For Pittsburgh Office

    Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has landed a former Jones Day partner to serve as a litigation partner in its recently launched Pittsburgh office.

  • November 18, 2017

    Alleged Threat Against Witness Holds Up FIFA Bribery Trial

    A Brooklyn federal judge overseeing the FIFA corruption trial held off on Friday on expected testimony from a government witness over allegations he was threatened on the stand by one of the defendants, who is accused of making a throat-slitting gesture after the defendant’s attorney said it may force him to move for a mistrial.

  • November 17, 2017

    Inseego Suit Cites Representations Not In Deal, Sellers Say

    Attorneys representing the sellers of Feeney Wireless LLC in a $50 million merger with Inseego Corp. told a Delaware state court judge that fraud claims from the buyer should be tossed because they cite representations made by the seller that were not included in the agreed-upon terms of the transaction.

  • November 17, 2017

    Open Questions Surrounding The Next-Gen TV Standard

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to allow broadcasters to begin using the new internet protocol-based television standard, but the immediate impacts of voluntarily adopting ATSC 3.0 still remain clouded. Here, Law360 gets experts' take on 3 open questions surrounding the advent of ATSC 3.0.

  • November 17, 2017

    FCC Nixes ‘Excessive’ Regulation In Fiber Transition

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and the commission’s Republican majority voted Thursday to accelerate the country’s shift from a copper data network to fiber optics, saying unneeded regulations deter many companies from investing in these new networks.

  • November 17, 2017

    FCC ‘Strayed Too Far’ From Merger Role, New Commish Says

    The Federal Communications Commission “strayed too far” from its proper role in merger reviews in recent years, the newest Republican member of the agency said Friday, criticizing the last administration for making consumer “goodies” a condition of various telecom deals.

  • November 17, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bain Capital, Comcast, Vale

    Bain Capital may buy a bankrupt Italian shipping company, Comcast is interested in buying a significant portion of 21st Century Fox, and Brazilian mining company Vale is hitting the brakes on plans to sell a significant stake in its New Caledonia nickel mine.

  • November 17, 2017

    Broadsoft Shareholders Sue To Block $1.9B Cisco Deal

    A proposed class of BroadSoft Inc. shareholders say Cisco Systems Inc.’s $1.9 billion bid for the company gives them a raw deal, accusing the telecommunications software company and its executives in Maryland federal court Thursday of keeping them in the dark ahead of a special vote on the proposed deal.

  • November 17, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Andrews, Mayer, Jones, Delaby

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Marathon Petroleum dropped down $8.1 billion in assets to its master limited partnership, Caesars Entertainment acquired Centaur for $1.7 billion, Shanghai Pharma snapped up the China business of Cardinal Health for $557 million, and OMERS bought Trescal in a $788.6 million deal.

  • November 16, 2017

    FIFA Witness Estimates He Agreed To Pay $160M In Bribes

    A former sports media and marketing executive estimated Thursday during cross-examination in the FIFA corruption trial that he and his company had agreed to pay around 30 individuals approximately $160 million in bribes to control South American soccer marketing rights, the revelation of which provided a clearer picture of the scope of alleged corruption in international soccer. 

  • November 16, 2017

    Class Deal OK'd After 9th Circ. Ruling Saves TCPA Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday preliminarily approved a deal settling putative class claims for 8,313 car dealership customers accusing the business and its marketer of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, an agreement reached after the case was revived based on a recent Ninth Circuit ruling.

  • November 16, 2017

    Law Firm Settles Fight Over Atty’s Share Of Sirius Settlement

    A Houston law firm on Tuesday dropped a lawsuit it filed last week against a former attorney with the firm in a dispute over the associate's slice of $12.25 million in attorneys' fees stemming from a settlement in a class action against Sirius XM Radio.

  • November 16, 2017

    Broadcasters Cleared By FCC To Use Next-Gen TV Standard

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to allow broadcasters to begin implementing the next-generation TV standard known as ATSC 3.0, to the chagrin of Democratic commissioners, who said the move will be a boon for industry but a setback for consumers.

  • November 16, 2017

    FCC Clears Path For 5G Technology

    The Federal Communications Commission took action to free up spectrum for 5G on Thursday, the same day the chair of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee touted the benefits of the fifth-generation wireless broadband technology during a hearing on its development and potential challenges.

  • November 16, 2017

    Media Ownership Restrictions Scrapped In FCC Vote

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to relax its broadcast media ownership rules, characterized as outdated by the Republican majority but touted as necessary bastions against consolidation by others.

  • November 16, 2017

    Split FCC Votes To Limit Lifeline Subsidy Uses

    The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to move forward with altering the way funds for the Lifeline subsidy program are awarded and disbursed, narrowing the range of services that the program applies to and contemplating a budget cap and tighter eligibility requirements for tribal lands.

  • November 16, 2017

    Delrahim Talk Signals Bad News For AT&T-Time Warner Deal

    The U.S. Department of Justice's top antitrust enforcer on Thursday criticized past merger settlements that allowed "illegal" deals to clear with behavioral remedies, affirming his division's role as an enforcement body and implying there is little chance AT&T's proposed $85 billion bid for Time Warner will move forward without divestitures.

  • November 15, 2017

    FIFA Defendant Threatened Witness At Trial, Prosecutors Say

    Tensions rose in the FIFA corruption trial on Wednesday as prosecutors asked a federal judge to place one of the defendants in jail during the trial after he allegedly made a “slicing motion across his throat” at a government witness who testified that the defendant and other soccer officials agreed to take millions of dollars in bribes.

  • November 15, 2017

    IPhone Glitch Violates Wiretap Act, 9th Circ. Is Told

    A proposed class of ex-iPhone owners asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive their suit against Apple alleging that they never received some text messages because a glitch sent the messages to the iMessage server in violation of the Wiretap Act.

  • November 15, 2017

    Senate Bill Would Set Federal Data Security, Reporting Rules

    Senate Democrats on Tuesday floated legislation that would subject businesses to civil penalties for failing to report data breaches "as expediently as possible" and for neglecting to implement baseline data security standards to protect customers' financial account information and other sensitive records.

Expert Analysis

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • 5 Takeaways From The Largest FCPA Resolution

    Abdus Samad Pardesi

    Beyond the stark lesson of the costs associated with bribing foreign officials, there are several key takeaways from Telia’s recent $965 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act penalty, including the Trump administration’s continuing commitment to enforcing the FCPA and extracting significant settlements, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Billing For An MDL

    Alan Rothman

    At its next hearing, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will consider an MDL motion arising from class actions against a telecommunications provider regarding pricing practices. Some plaintiffs oppose centralization because of legal differences among the various actions. But MDL centralization only requires the presence of one or more common questions of fact, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Opinion

    Manufacturers Must Focus On Securing The Internet Of Things

    Aristedes Mahairas

    We know internet-of-things devices are unsecure. Some say they are likely to remain unsecure. But given the increasing risk and seriousness of IoT-based attacks, manufacturers should take proactive measures to bring to market IoT devices that contain standard security protocols, says Aristedes Mahairas, special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s New York Special Operations/Cyber Division.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Considerations For Competitors Collaborating Post-Hurricane

    Meytal McCoy

    Despite the unique and critical need for collaboration among competitors following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and other natural disasters, these events are not an invitation for businesses to ignore antitrust laws, say Meytal McCoy and Jessica Michaels of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Joint Commission Hesitates On New Telehealth Standards

    Nathaniel Lacktman

    While the Joint Commission recently stated that it will not move forward with its proposed update to its ambulatory telemedicine standards to account for direct-to-patient telehealth services, potential changes may still be on the horizon, says Nathaniel Lacktman of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.