Telecommunications

  • March 23, 2017

    FCC Says 12,600 Consumers Affected By AT&T 911 Outage

    A Federal Communications Commission official reported to commissioners Thursday that a 911 outage March 8 for AT&T wireless subscribers affected about 12,600 callers, as the agency investigates and seeks public comment on the event and a separate March 11 outage that had a smaller impact on 911 calls.

  • March 23, 2017

    Senate Votes To Undo FCC's Broadband Privacy Rules

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a resolution to repeal broadband privacy rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission last year, leaving the fate of the hotly contested measure in the hands of the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • March 23, 2017

    FCC Advances Plan Targeting Illegal Robocalls

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday agreed to float a proposal at an active meeting, which would allow certain carrier call-blocking to limit unlawful robocalls, with the FCC chief touting it after the meeting as part of his “fast start” as chairman.

  • March 23, 2017

    Court Says Netflix Must Pay Jones Day Rates In Dispute

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday ordered Netflix to pay an $800,000 legal bill for Relativity Media arising from a dispute over Netflix's efforts to stream two Relativity movies before they hit theaters, and also rebuked the streaming pioneer for its tactics regarding the bills for Jones Day fees.

  • March 23, 2017

    DirecTV Settles DOJ's Dodgers Channel Info-Sharing Suit

    DirecTV and AT&T reached a deal Thursday to settle the U.S. Department of Justice's claims that the companies illegally shared sensitive information about negotiations to carry the Dodgers’ official local broadcast partner, agreeing to crack down on their executives' conversations with rivals.

  • March 23, 2017

    T-Mobile Urges FCC Not To Delay Post-Auction Transition

    T-Mobile encouraged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to refuse broadcaster requests to delay the transition of stations to new channels after the broadcast incentive auction, arguing that there is no justification for extending or delaying the process.

  • March 23, 2017

    Patent Licensing Cos. Fight To Save IP Row From Dismissal

    Two patent licensing companies on Wednesday hit back at a magistrate's recommendation to dismiss their infringement suits against Cigna, Consumer Cellular and others over 10 patents covering targeted email marketing technology, arguing that the defendants haven't established that the asserted claims are abstract under Alice.

  • March 23, 2017

    India Floats Draft Text Of WTO Services Agreement

    India has circulated a new proposal outlining its vision for a World Trade Organization services agreement, which could loosen up cross-border rules for financial services, telecommunications and scores of other lucrative industries, the WTO said Thursday.

  • March 22, 2017

    Apple Can't Fully Dodge Antitrust Row Over AT&T iPhone Deal

    A putative class action accusing Apple Inc. of conspiring with AT&T to lock in iPhone customers to the carrier’s voice and data plans moved forward Wednesday when a California federal judge said there was evidence Apple may have manipulated a market centered around such service plans.

  • March 22, 2017

    ZTE Cops To Sanctions Violation In $892M Iran Sales Penalty

    ZTE Corp. agreed to pay $430 million and pled guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in Texas federal court on Wednesday as part of an $892 million multiagency settlement agreement over claims it unlawfully shipped technology from the United States to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

  • March 22, 2017

    $3B TelexFree Ponzi Scheme President Sentenced To 6 Years

    The former president of TelexFree Inc. who prosecutors say helped orchestrate stealing $3 billion from consumers through a global pyramid scheme will serve six years in prison, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

  • March 22, 2017

    FCC Warned Against Interfering On Local Rights-Of-Way

    A group representing nationwide highway and transportation departments rejected on Tuesday any Federal Communications Commission action to streamline deployment of 5G infrastructure that would “overreach” on state authority to manage rights-of-way, questioning a request for federal intervention.

  • March 22, 2017

    Consolidated Comm's Merger Vote Must Wait On More Info

    Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. will need to provide additional information about fees paid to a financing arranger before shareholders can vote on a $1.5 billion merger next week after a Delaware judge granted a preliminary injunction motion from a proposed class of investors Wednesday.

  • March 22, 2017

    GM Pushes Wireless Tech, Autonomous Car Needs With FCC

    General Motors Co. representatives have told the Federal Communications Commission chairman that the company is open to certain spectrum-sharing as long as it doesn’t interfere with wireless car technology and asked for “regulatory certainty” for a safety measure in autonomous vehicles.

  • March 22, 2017

    Calif. Phone Tax Class Action Kicked Back To State Court

    A California federal judge on Monday kicked back to state court a class action seeking hundreds of millions in refunds from a sales tax on cellphones based on full price rather than steeply discounted promotions, over the objection of the state and major wireless carriers.

  • March 22, 2017

    FCC’s O’Rielly Urges Move Away From ‘Eye-Popping’ Fines

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly on Wednesday said that the FCC should shift staff resources away from areas where the commission lacks authority and stop the practice of proposing “headline-grabbing and eye-popping” enforcement penalties that are never collected.

  • March 22, 2017

    Belize Asks 11th Circ. To Rethink $22M Telecom Deal Row

    The government of Belize urged the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday to rethink its decision declining to dismiss a claim the country owes more than $22 million for leased telecommunications equipment, arguing the panel created a circuit split when it failed to consider Belizean law.

  • March 22, 2017

    VimpelCom Investors Say Foreign Bribery Suit Has Mettle

    VimpelCom Ltd. shareholders asked a New York federal judge on Tuesday not to dismiss their securities fraud case, saying their claims that the multinational mobile phone giant hid its multiyear bribery scheme in Uzbekistan to inflate the company stock price pass legal muster.

  • March 22, 2017

    FCC Sets Reporting Requirements For Connect America Fund

    The Federal Communications Commission will require premium broadband carriers to report where they have set up facilities that satisfy their public interest obligations as part of the Connect America Fund, the agency announced Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • March 21, 2017

    Facebook Wants 9th Circ.'s Take On TCPA In Spam Text Row

    Facebook pressed for permission Tuesday to appeal to the Ninth Circuit a ruling upholding claims that it sent unsolicited “status update” messages to cellphones, arguing the decision raised questions about what constitutes an autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and whether the statute passes constitutional muster.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • 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)