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Telecommunications

  • December 14, 2018

    Gray, Raycom Must Divest TV Stations Before $3B Merger

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that it will require Gray Television Inc. and Raycom Media Inc. to divest broadcast television stations in nine markets as a condition of resolving its challenge to the proposed $3.65 billion merger between the media companies.

  • December 14, 2018

    Cable Cos. Continue Push For Conservative C-Band Clearing

    The American Cable Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission to take a conservative approach in its plans to clear the C-band, saying that if not handled carefully, companies already using the band could be harmed.

  • December 14, 2018

    The Biggest Telecom Cases Of 2018

    2018 was an action-packed year for telecom-related litigation that included a closely watched appeal of the government's rollback of net neutrality, fallout over the failed Sinclair-Tribune megamerger and a contentious trial over AT&T’s bid to acquire Time Warner. Here, Law360 reviews those and other high-profile cases from the past 12 months and outlines what they mean for the telecom industry’s legal landscape.

  • December 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sprint, McAfee, Bankia

    A U.S. national security panel is reportedly expected to OK a Sprint-T-Mobile merger, Intel Corp. and TPG Capital are in talks to sell McAfee to Thoma Bravo, and Bankia is close to offloading €3 billion ($3.4 billion) worth of bad loans and repossessed property.

  • December 14, 2018

    Nexstar Settles With DOJ Over Broadcaster's Info Sharing

    Nexstar Media Group has reached a settlement to end claims that the company was colluding with other television station owners to share private sales information in order to gain an edge on the competition, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Farm Bill Expansion Will Speed Rural Broadband, Redl Says

    A $600 million loan and grant program tucked into the $867 billion farm bill that passed Wednesday will dedicate much-needed resources to rural broadband infrastructure, National Telecommunications and Information Administration head David Redl said Thursday.

  • December 14, 2018

    The 6 Biggest Law Firm Mergers Of 2018

    The legal sector was rocked by announcements of six massive law firm mergers in 2018, adding to a string of behemoth combinations over the past decade that many believe are leading to the consolidation of the industry into a handful of giants.

  • December 14, 2018

    A Year On The Brink: Trump's Trade Battle With China

    The past year has seen President Donald Trump’s aggressive trade posture toward China shift from mere rhetoric to actual policy, sparking a massive tariff battle that has stretched into nearly every sector of the U.S. economy. Here, Law360 offers a rundown of how we got here.

  • December 14, 2018

    FCC GC Sees Transparency As Best Rulemaking Defense

    For the Federal Communications Commission's general counsel, transparency in the government rulemaking process goes a long way toward making controversial agency decisions — like last year's net neutrality repeal — less likely to tank in the courtroom.

  • December 14, 2018

    MVP: Wiley Rein's Scott Delacourt

    Scott Delacourt, a Wiley Rein LLP partner and chair of the firm’s Federal Trade Commission practice group, has established himself as a leader on the hot-button policy topics of TCPA interpretation and connected-vehicle spectrum allocation, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2018 Telecommunications MVPs.

  • December 13, 2018

    Qualcomm Can't Block Huawei, LG Docs From Antitrust Case

    The Federal Trade Commission will be able to present written testimony from Huawei and LG Electronics Inc. in the upcoming California federal court trial over antitrust charges the Federal Trade Commission has brought against Qualcomm.

  • December 13, 2018

    Court Trims Deutsche Telekom Fine Over Broadband Shut-Out

    A European court on Thursday reduced a €69.9 million ($79.4 million) fine levied by the bloc's antitrust enforcer against Deutsche Telekom AG over allegations that its Slovak subsidiary attempted to shut competitors out of the broadband services market, but agreed that the activity was anticompetitive.

  • December 13, 2018

    6 Things That Rocked The Legal Industry In 2018

    From a pitched battle over a U.S. Supreme Court nomination to a sea change in the way that legal employers consider their attorneys' mental health and well-being, these were some of the most significant events and trends to hit the legal industry in 2018.

  • December 13, 2018

    Dem Puts New Block On FCC Pick Over Rural Broadband

    Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday morning that he will block the pending renomination of Republican Brendan Carr to the Federal Communications Commission, a day after Sen. Dan Sullivan suggested he would soon remove his own hold on the process.  

  • December 13, 2018

    ITC Will Review Patent Dispute Between Apple, Qualcomm

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will weigh in on an intellectual property dispute between Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. over sales of iPhones found to infringe a Qualcomm patent, agreeing on Wednesday to reconsider whether the telecom giant's asserted patent is obvious and whether an import ban against the iPhones would be appropriate.

  • December 13, 2018

    FCC, Dish Rigged $1.5B Spectrum Auction, DC Circ. Hears

    A California-based telecom provider is urging the D.C. Circuit to upend the results of a $1.5 billion spectrum auction held four years ago, alleging it was rigged through a “backroom deal” between Dish Network Corp. and the Federal Communications Commission.

  • December 13, 2018

    New Coalition To Push For Sprint-T-Mobile Block At FCC, DOJ

    A newly formed coalition will lobby for the U.S. Department of Justice to challenge the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile and for the Federal Communications Commission to designate it for a hearing before an administrative law judge, which could effectively kill the deal, coalition members announced Thursday.

  • December 13, 2018

    MVP: Kilpatrick Townsend's S. Joel Cartee

    S. Joel Cartee of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP has spent the year managing major transactions for AT&T Inc., including a deal giving the telecom giant a bump in the 5G wireless market, landing him a spot among Law360’s 2018 Telecommunications MVPs.

  • December 12, 2018

    Public Access TV Not A State Actor, Cato Tells High Court

    The Cato Institute is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Second Circuit ruling that it says wrongly classifies public access television networks as state actors that are capable of stifling individual First Amendment rights.

  • December 12, 2018

    DOJ Enforcer Denies Politics Played Into AT&T, Warner Case

    The U.S. Justice Department's top antitrust enforcer on Wednesday deflected lawmakers' concerns that White House pressure led to the DOJ's challenge to the tie-up of AT&T and Time Warner, insisting that political influence plays “absolutely” no role in the agency's reviews of megamergers.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • 2 Courts Accept Contract Terms That Limit TCPA Exposure

    Meredith Slawe

    No other appellate court has followed the Second Circuit's Telephone Consumer Protection Act decision in Reyes. However, two district courts within the Eleventh Circuit recently did — holding that consent to be contacted cannot be unilaterally revoked where such consent was obtained in a bargained-for contract, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.