Telecommunications

  • September 22, 2017

    Avaya Allows $40M Bankruptcy Claim To Settle Patent Suit

    Bankrupt telecom giant Avaya Inc. became the 14th company to settle allegations that it infringed an Ethernet patent held by Network-1 Technologies Inc., agreeing to allow a $40 million unsecured claim against the estate, according to papers filed in New York bankruptcy court on Thursday.

  • September 22, 2017

    Sidley Austin Employment M&A Pro Joins Hogan Lovells

    An executive compensation attorney who worked on SoftBank's purchase of a $20 billion stake in Sprint Nextel and represented Intel in a $7.7 billion acquisition joined Hogan Lovells' Silicon Valley office Thursday from Sidley Austin LLP.

  • September 22, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: T-Mobile, GE, Pladis

    T-Mobile and Sprint are close to a tentative agreement on a merger, GE is looking to divest its industrial solutions unit, and Godiva chocolate maker Pladis is a potential suitor for Nestle's U.S. confectionery business.

  • September 22, 2017

    NTIA Floats Opening 911 Subsidy To Tribes Directly

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has proposed renewing and updating a 911 upgrade program that helps states implement broadband-friendly emergency services systems by opening up the subsidy program to tribal organizations directly.

  • September 21, 2017

    FTC’s McSweeny Makes Urgent Call For New Data Regs

    The Federal Trade Commission's Terrell McSweeny warned Thursday that the agency’s century-old enforcement tools aren’t enough to handle the brave new world of internet-connected heart monitors, insulin pumps and other products posing data risks, calling for new regulations to lay out strict cybersecurity standards.

  • September 21, 2017

    Sens. Ask FCC To Open Comment On New Net Neutrality Docs

    A coalition of nine Democratic senators asked the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to permit members of the public to comment on almost 50,000 newly released documents relating to the agency’s net neutrality proceedings, arguing that it is obligated to take stakeholder input into consideration.

  • September 21, 2017

    What You Need To Know About Upcoming FCC Auctions

    As demand for spectrum to power internet-connected devices skyrockets and the need to extend broadband service in rural areas emerges as a national priority, both the Federal Communications Commission and Congress are looking for competitive ways to distribute limited federal funds and resources. Here's what you need to know about the kinds of auctions the FCC will be using in the near future.

  • September 21, 2017

    Swedish Telecom Telia To Pay $1B In FCPA Settlement

    Swedish telecommunications giant Telia Co. AB on Thursday pled guilty in a New York federal court on behalf of a subsidiary to paying massive bribes to government officials in Uzbekistan to enter the market there as part of a worldwide deal that will cost Telia nearly $1 billion.

  • September 21, 2017

    FCC's Wireless Report Is Misleading, Media Org. Charges

    A forthcoming Federal Communications Commission report on investment in the wireless industry is effectively a setup for an anticipated push by the agency to roll back net neutrality rules, media advocacy group Free Press charged in a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai this week.

  • September 21, 2017

    FCC's Pai Responds To Sinclair Favoritism Questions

    In response to questions from lawmakers about his connection to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai responded by defending previous meetings with the media behemoth’s executives and clarifying a proposed rulemaking that would grow the company’s empire.

  • September 20, 2017

    Financier Named In 'Frivolous' Fox News Suit Seeks Sanctions

    A wealthy Trump supporter accused of pushing a bogus murder conspiracy story on Fox News asked a Manhattan federal judge Tuesday to impose sanctions against a private investigator at the center of the dispute and his attorney for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

  • September 20, 2017

    Fox's $14B Sky Merger Referred To UK Watchdog For Probe

    The United Kingdom’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport referred on Wednesday 21st Century Fox Inc.'s $14.4 billion takeover of Sky PLC to the government’s regulatory watchdog, asking the agency to examine how the deal could impact broadcasting standards across the country.

  • September 20, 2017

    CONMEBOL Escapes Soccer Tournament Bribery Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday allowed South American soccer confederation CONMEBOL to escape a television channel’s bribery lawsuit over game day rights awarded to units of 21st Century Fox Inc. for soccer tournaments, saying the organization cannot be held responsible for the actions of its officers.

  • September 20, 2017

    The Road To Cox's 10th Circ. Win In Set-Top Box Tying Case

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the defeat of a $6.3 million verdict against Cox Communications Inc. in litigation accusing the company of tying its premium cable services to rentals of its set-top boxes, the latest development in a serpentine proceeding that has stretched longer than eight years. Here, Law360 runs down some of the milestones in the proceedings.

  • September 20, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Google, AIA Group, SIX Group

    Google is closing in on a deal to buy assets from struggling smartphone maker HTC, AIA Group is nearing an agreement to buy the roughly $4 billion insurance business of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Switzerland's stock exchange operator is mulling a sale of its multibillion-dollar payments business.

  • September 20, 2017

    PTAB Finds Wireless Patent Challenged By Arris, HP Invalid

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday nixed a Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC wireless communications patent that the company had accused numerous tech giants of infringing, finding that it was obvious as anticipated over prior art.

  • September 20, 2017

    Ex-Fiber Optics Boss Accused Of $2M Insider Trading Scheme

    The former CEO of a fiber optics company that was bought by Corning Inc. last year was arrested Wednesday after being criminally charged and sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly using insider information and secret brokerage accounts to make $2 million.

  • September 20, 2017

    Global Cos. Say Internet Of Things Botnets Threaten All

    The world’s largest computer companies have called for a global response to the threats that botnets pose to federal networks and other critical infrastructure, arguing that targets vulnerable to hacking threaten the entire digital ecosystem, the federal agency advising the president on telecommunication policies said.

  • September 20, 2017

    Feds Recommend About 2 Years For Weiner In Sexting Case

    Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner should be sentenced to about two years in prison for sexting a 15-year-old girl, federal prosecutors in New York said on Wednesday, writing in the sentencing memorandum that while Weiner’s steep fall from grace is “indisputably sad,” there remains a real need for deterrence.

  • September 20, 2017

    KBC, Motley Rice To Lead Cloud Computing Co. Investor Suit

    A New York federal judge gave European investment firm KBC Asset Management NV and its lawyers at Motley Rice LLC the green light on Tuesday to lead a proposed securities fraud class action against cloud computing company Rackspace Hosting Inc.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

    Gregory Lantier

    While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Cybersecurity Risks In The Courtroom

    Daniel Garrie

    As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.

  • OFAC's Settlement With CSE Global Breaks New Ground

    Roberto J. Gonzalez

    On July 27, the Office of Foreign Assets Control announced a $12 million settlement with CSE Global Limited and its subsidiary, CSE TransTel Pte. Ltd. This appears to be the first time OFAC has penalized a non-U.S., non-financial company for “causing” sanctions violations by initiating U.S. dollar payments involving a sanctioned country, say members of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Smart Cities And 5G Should Cooperate Instead Of Clashing

    Gregory Dunn

    "Smart City" initiatives and fifth generation wireless connectivity are on a collision course, as both cities and cellular companies are lobbying state legislation for public rights-of-way and usage of city-owned facilities. Instead of competing, they should share use of towers and poles and institute joint planning efforts, say Gregory Dunn and Lindsay Miller of Ice Miller LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • High Court Won't Take On Lenz DMCA Case — What Now?

    Jose Sariego

    The so-called "dancing baby" case, in which the Ninth Circuit held that a copyright owner must undertake a fair use analysis before sending a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, didn't make the cut for U.S. Supreme Court review. Unfortunately, that leaves both rights holders and creators in a legal limbo, says Jose Sariego of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.