Telecommunications

  • May 31, 2017

    AT&T Says Open Internet Decision May Allow Some Blocking

    The D.C. Circuit’s June decision upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order may still allow broadband providers to block or slow content and create online fast lanes, AT&T said on Wednesday, so long as they are clear with consumers on their plans.

  • May 31, 2017

    FCC Urged To Review Flaws With Universal Service

    An advocacy group of small and rural telecom providers on Tuesday told the Federal Communications Commission that it has investigated the administrator of the FCC's Universal Service Fund and uncovered several problems that warrant more formal review.

  • May 31, 2017

    FCC Inks Settlement Over Emergency Tones In Jaguars Ad

    The Federal Communications Commission announced a settlement Tuesday with broadcasting company Tegna regarding its Florida subsidiary and NBC affiliate WTLV's airing of fake emergency alerts as part of an ad for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars in August, requiring the company to pay $55,000 in civil penalties for abusing the National Emergency Alert System.

  • May 31, 2017

    BET Says Gender Bias Complaint Meant To Catch Media's Eye

    Black Entertainment Television and parent company Viacom Inc. each asked a California federal court to throw out a former top executive’s suit alleging she was fired in retaliation for complaining about bias, saying Tuesday the claims were confusingly vague and sensationalized.

  • May 31, 2017

    Feds Say Bid To Escape $1.68M 'Cramming' Fine Is Lacking

    The U.S. government argued Tuesday for the rejection of a Florida man's bid to toss its $1.68 million suit seeking collection of a Federal Communications Commission fine against him for a "cramming" scheme that used toll-free numbers to lure callers into unauthorized charges, saying he raised evidence that is outside the case and insufficient.

  • May 30, 2017

    King & Spalding Hit With Suit Over Representation Of ZTE

    Form Holdings Corp. sued King & Spalding LLP and two of its partners in New York state court on Friday alleging their previous defense of Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE Corporation against breach of non-disclosure claims “reeked of deceit, obstruction and abuse.”

  • May 30, 2017

    Dancing Baby Copyright Case 'Cannot Wait,' High Court Told

    The woman behind the so-called dancing baby copyright case is pushing back on arguments from the Trump administration that the U.S. Supreme Court should pass on the case, saying the Digital Millennium Copyright Act questions presented by the case “cannot wait.”

  • May 30, 2017

    TWC Can't Dodge $140M Verdict For Infringing Sprint Patents

    A Kansas federal judge refused Tuesday to grant Time Warner’s request to enter judgment in its favor or to grant a new trial after a federal jury awarded Sprint Communications nearly $140 million on the ground Time Warner willfully infringed five internet calling patents, saying the company’s arguments were unpersuasive.

  • May 30, 2017

    FCC Should Update Regs For Rural Business Data Services

    Trade groups representing rural telecom companies have asked the Federal Communications Commission to modernize its rates, terms and conditions for certain small and rural providers offering business data services, saying older rules are hurting their ability to compete.

  • May 30, 2017

    Albanian Telecom Wins OK On €1M Award, But No Penalty

    An Albanian telecommunications company's €1.08 million arbitration award was confirmed Tuesday, but the company couldn't convince the New York federal judge to tack on enhanced damages it said were owed after the award debtor allegedly failed to meet its payment obligations.

  • May 30, 2017

    CBS Defends Colbert’s Trump Joke To FCC After Complaint

    CBS rebutted a petitioner's claims to the Federal Communications Commission that host Stephen Colbert's jokes about President Donald Trump constituted obscenity and "fake news," arguing the agency has already said it won't take action and that the material was protected speech.

  • May 30, 2017

    Tech Cos., Trade Groups Seek Surveillance Reforms

    A group of more than 30 technology companies and trade associations, including Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc., on Friday urged the House Judiciary Committee to bolster privacy protections and transparency while instituting reforms to the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices under a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

  • May 30, 2017

    Advocates Seek DC Circ. Halt To FCC TV Ownership Change

    Advocacy groups on Friday asked the D.C. Circuit to prevent a Federal Communications Commission’s vote weakening media ownership rules from taking effect, warning that otherwise TV station consolidation will begin while their legal challenge continues and will likely succeed.

  • May 30, 2017

    Swiss Antitrust Watchdog Probes Hockey Pay-TV Deal

    Switzerland's competition watchdog said Tuesday it has opened an investigation into UPC Switzerland and the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation's deal to televise top Swiss professional hockey league games, citing concerns it may let UPC abuse a dominant position in the market for hockey broadcast rights.

  • May 30, 2017

    ‘Mulligans’ Of PTAB Reviews Not Allowed, Fed. Circ. Told

    A Federal Circuit panel erred by ordering the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to continue reviewing the asserted claims of a call processing patent after a statutory deadline had passed as Congress did not include the option for a “mulligan” in the America Invents Act, Securus Technologies Inc. has told the appellate court.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Lost The Most Ground In 2016

    Four firms saw their roster of U.S.-based attorneys shrink by more than 10 percent last year, according to the latest Law360 400. In some cases, a dramatic exodus can be devastating, but experts say there can also be a silver lining.

  • May 29, 2017

    Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

    The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Grew Fastest Without Merging

    Often with one hire at a time, five firms drove double-digit growth last year, according to the latest Law360 400. Here’s how they added headcount without putting their culture at risk.

  • May 29, 2017

    Biggest US Firms Opt For Modest Growth In Sluggish Market

    In a highly competitive legal market, U.S. law firms on average appear to be leaning on a strategy of slow-but-steady growth as they continue to adjust to sluggish demand for legal services, according to the latest Law360 400.

  • May 29, 2017

    Turning 50, Greenberg Traurig Tops The Law360 400

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is celebrating its golden anniversary with a trip to the top of Law360’s list of the largest U.S. law firms, capping off decades of steady growth by ousting Jones Day from the No. 1 spot.

Expert Analysis

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Applying 'Footprint' Methodology To Prism V. Sprint

    Aaron R. Fahrenkrog

    The Federal Circuit's decision in Prism v. Sprint this month illustrates an example of the "footprint" approach to patent damages, interesting because of its focus on costs — and not revenues — as a reasonable royalty measure, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • How EU Data Privacy Reform Will Impact US Telecom Cos.

    Linda V. Priebe

    It's no secret that a new European Union and European Economic Area data protection regulation will go into effect next year. What is not clearly understood is that U.S. communications companies without any EU/EEA customers of their own, may find themselves subject to the new general data protection regulation simply because their U.S. customers have customers in the EU/EEA, says Linda Priebe of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • Gorsuch's Originalism In The Age Of Bytes And Blockchains

    April Doss

    With U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch kicking off this week, it’s worth considering how his originalist philosophy might affect cases addressing individual privacy, government surveillance and private sector use of rapidly changing technologies. When people need practical solutions to legal questions at the intersection of modern technology, privacy and the law, originalism frequently fails, says April Doss... (continued)

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • Where Cos. Are 'Found' In §1782 Discovery Applications

    Alexander Wentworth-Ping

    Two recent decisions in the Northern District of California shed light on what standard applies when determining whether a respondent corporation "resides or is found" in the district in which an application for discovery is made pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782, say attorneys with Allen & Overy LLP.

  • FCC Takes A Backseat In Regulating Online Privacy

    Adrienne Ehrhardt

    Shortly after the Federal Communications Commission stayed the data security regulation piece of its broadband privacy order, a joint resolution of Congress proposed to repeal the entire order. Despite this rollback on FCC regulation of internet privacy, the FCC may still have a role in cybersecurity regulation outside the online space, say Adrienne Ehrhardt and Michelle Dama of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

  • Arbitration Agreements In Calif. Require Consumer Assent

    Jay Bogan

    In Norcia v. Samsung, the Ninth Circuit ruled that a consumer is not bound to an arbitration clause in a warranty brochure in a box containing a purchased product if the box does not call attention to the existence of the clause. This emphasizes the importance of the old-fashioned concept that a party must have notice of and assent to a contractual provision in order to be bound by it, say Jay Bogan and Allen Garrett of Kilpatrick ... (continued)

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.