Telecommunications

  • March 9, 2017

    RadioShack Back In Ch. 11 Citing Problems With Sprint Deal

    Iconic electronics retailer RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 protection late Wednesday in Delaware, roughly two years after it came out of its highly watched prior bankruptcy case, citing problems with the co-branding deal with Sprint that was believed to have rescued the company from disappearing completely.

  • March 8, 2017

    Dish Seeks Do-Over After $20.5M Telemarketing Trial Award

    Dish Network asked a North Carolina federal court on Tuesday for a new trial in a telemarketing class action after a jury found Dish liable for $20.5 million in January, saying the court erred by allowing numerous pieces of prejudicial evidence and excluding a question from the verdict sheet, among other things.

  • March 8, 2017

    Exposed CIA Tactics Open Doors For Non-Gov't Hackers

    In the wake of Wikileaks’ exposure Tuesday of the Central Intelligence Agency’s sophisticated spying methods, privacy and data security attorneys say companies and individuals are now in a race to maintain what little protection they have against hackers that may soon hold a detailed playbook thanks to the jaw-dropping revelations.

  • March 8, 2017

    Frustrated Alsup Orders 'Shoot Out' In Comcast's Patent Row

    California's U.S. District Judge William Alsup, frustrated with litigation over whether Comcast infringed 13 OpenTV patents, said Wednesday he will order a litigation “shoot out” where each side offers only one claim that illustrates whether he should toss the case.

  • March 8, 2017

    Posner: Law Firm No 'Hapless' Party In Contract Renewal Row

    Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner gave short shrift Wednesday to a law firm seeking to revive a class action suit accusing XO Communications Services LLC of automatically renewing contracts without notifying customers, saying that Chicago-based Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP was not a “hapless” customer unaware of the contract terms.

  • March 8, 2017

    ZTE Listing Pivotal In Criminal Case, DOJ Official Says

    A U.S. Department of Commerce decision to cut off U.S. suppliers' business with Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp. last year was a “game changing event” that prompted the company to cooperate in a criminal sanctions violation case, a U.S. Department of Justice official said on Wednesday.

  • March 8, 2017

    Sen. Cruz Presses FCC’s Pai To Rescind Net Neutrality Order

    The Federal Communications Commission should reverse the 2015 order setting net neutrality rules “in its entirety,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at a Wednesday oversight hearing, with Pai saying only that he would work to preserve the open internet while also incentivizing investment.

  • March 8, 2017

    ZTE Fine Shows Big Sanctions Aren't Just For Banks Anymore

    ZTE Corp. could be on the hook for a nearly $1.2 billion penalty for violating export control rules for Iran and North Korea, putting the Chinese telecom titan in the type of crosshairs usually reserved for financial institutions and keeping compliance officers squarely on guard.

  • March 8, 2017

    FCC Relaxes Rules For Rebroadcasting AM Stations

    The Federal Communications Commission has updated the allowable location of an FM translator station for rebroadcasting the signal of an AM broadcast station, according to a final rule posted online Wednesday.

  • March 8, 2017

    Dewey, Patterson Trustee Fees Trimmed In Nortel Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge Wednesday trimmed more than $900,000 from the attorneys' fees being sought by the Delaware Trust Co. in Nortel Networks' long-running Chapter 11, finding most of the $8 million justified but knocking some of the bills submitted by Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • March 8, 2017

    Senate Dems Push FCC’s Pai To Safeguard E-Rate Program

    A dozen Senate Democrats led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday to safeguard the E-rate program that connects schools and libraries to broadband after he retracted a staff report on progress in updating it.

  • March 8, 2017

    ACLU, Public Knowledge Mount Net Neutrality Defense

    Public interest, civil rights and other advocacy groups including the ACLU and Public Knowledge on Tuesday urged Congress and the Federal Communications Commission against undoing 2015 net neutrality rules, saying investment in networks and innovation have continued unabated.

  • March 8, 2017

    Gym Chain's 'Robocalls' Violated The TCPA, 3rd Circ. Told

    The Work Out World Inc. customers who received prerecorded sales calls on their cellphones suffered damages in the form of lost space on their voicemail memory and time spent listening to the messages, an attorney representing the gymnasium’s customers in their putative class action told the Third Circuit Wednesday.

  • March 8, 2017

    Verizon Challenges NLRB Handbook Ruling At DC Circ.

    Verizon Wireless has asked the D.C. Circuit to review a recent National Labor Relations Board ruling that struck portions of its handbook for their potential to suppress protected employee speech under the National Labor Relations Act.

  • March 8, 2017

    Mass. Feds Charge 2 Brazilians Over TelexFree Laundering

    Massachusetts federal prosecutors have indicted two Brazilian men for allegedly trying to move about $2.2 million in proceeds from the pyramid scheme surrounding internet phone service company TelexFree Inc. from the United States to Brazil.

  • March 8, 2017

    Sterne Kessler Says Attys In DQ Bid No Risk To Leak Secrets

    Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC urged a Texas federal judge on Tuesday to reject a bid by Securus Technologies Inc. to disqualify it from representing rival Global Tel Link Corp. in patent litigation over prison phone systems, saying the attorneys working on the case pose no risk of trade secret exposure.

  • March 8, 2017

    NLRB Regional Director Must Rethink NBC Producer Case

    The National Labor Relations Board told a regional director on Tuesday to rethink a finding that NBC Universal Inc. content producers at three local stations were part of a nationwide unit, a year after the D.C. Circuit said his reasoning did not square with board precedent.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Predicting President Trump’s FCC Priorities

    Wesley K. Wright

    It is now nearly certain that the Federal Communications Commission will be led by a Republican majority in 2017. The Republican-controlled FCC will likely focus on deregulation, though areas such as spectrum policy are unlikely to see major changes, says Wesley Wright of Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • 6 Key Commercial Litigation Finance Trends For 2017

    Ralph J. Sutton

    With commercial litigation funding gaining acceptance throughout the U.S., law firms and corporations are investigating how they can benefit from the capital that funders provide, and which criteria they should use in selecting a funder. Ralph Sutton, chief investment officer of Bentham IMF, discusses several major trends to watch in 2017.

  • 5 Trends Dominated Ad Law In 2016

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    Reed Smith LLP attorneys Michael Strauss and Jason Gordon examine the five that dominated the advertising industry over the past year and that will continue in 2017.

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017

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    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

  • US Sanctions Against Cuba: Outlook Under President Trump

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    The regulatory changes that have propelled increasing cultural and economic engagement with Cuba for the past two years have been made through executive action. With a Republican Congress seemingly lacking the political will to ease or strengthen the Cuba embargo, the Trump administration’s initiatives on Cuba will be decisive for U.S. business interests, says Simeon Kriesberg of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Mediating E-Discovery Disputes Can Save Time And Money

    Daniel Garrie

    A primary driver of increasing litigation costs is the explosion of electronic discovery in recent years. Electronic data is not only increasing dramatically in volume, it is also growing in complexity. One way parties can save time and money is to use a neutral, technically skilled mediator, to ensure that e-discovery is both robust and cost-effective, says Daniel Garrie of JAMS.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.