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Telecommunications

  • June 20, 2018

    New FTC Weighing Need To Alter Policies For Digital Economy

    The Federal Trade Commission’s newly minted chairman, Joseph Simons, said Wednesday that the agency will conduct a series of hearings to help shape its policy approach to hot-button antitrust and consumer protection issues including privacy, big data and the potential for enforcement against large technology platforms.

  • June 20, 2018

    Altice Strikes €2.5B Deal For European Telecom Tower Assets

    Altice Europe NV announced Wednesday that it plans to sell off equity stakes in its telecommunication tower businesses in France and Portugal for a total cash consideration of 2.5 billion euro (about $2.9 billion) with the intent of deleveraging.

  • June 20, 2018

    Comcast Unit Can't Arbitrate Class Action Over Robocalls

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday rejected a Comcast subsidiary’s bid to arbitrate a man’s proposed class action accusing the company of auto-dialing customers looking for other people, saying his claims fall outside the service agreement Comcast is trying to hold him to.

  • June 20, 2018

    IHeartMedia Beats US Trustee's Objection To Exec Bonuses

    A Texas bankruptcy court Tuesday approved iHeartMedia Inc.'s plan to pay a dozen of its top executives up to $25 million in bonuses for 2018, overriding an objection by the U.S. Trustee's Office.

  • June 20, 2018

    Windstream Investors’ $10.5M Deal OK’d In REIT Dust-Up

    Windstream Holdings Inc. stockholders secured Delaware Chancery Court approval Wednesday for a $10.5 million settlement of a class suit alleging inadequate company disclosures before a 2015 investor vote on a real estate investment trust spinoff that cut dividends by 42 percent.

  • June 20, 2018

    Calif. State Committee Tones Down Net Neutrality Bill

    In one swift move, a California State Assembly committee “gutted” a wide-ranging net neutrality bill Wednesday when it amended some of the legislation’s strongest language, according to the bill’s supporters.

  • June 20, 2018

    Software Co. Wants Award Revisited In LG Licensing Fight

    A Portuguese company asked a New York federal judge Tuesday to vacate part of an arbitration award it won in a dispute claiming LG Electronics Inc. owes up to $50.9 million under a licensing agreement for cellphone navigation software, saying the tribunal did not award proper compensation despite finding breaches of the pact.

  • June 20, 2018

    Trump, Lawmakers Make Limited Progress On ZTE Deal

    Lawmakers said Wednesday they had made some progress toward a deal to lift sanctions imposed on Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp. after a meeting with President Donald Trump, the day after a bipartisan bill to protect the federal supply chain, prompted in part by ZTE, was introduced in the Senate.

  • June 20, 2018

    Feds Stuck In The Past On Telecom, FCC's O'Rielly Says

    Federal Communications Commission member Michael O'Rielly blasted U.S. antitrust regulators' "outdated and misguided" view of telecommunications companies, saying Wednesday the successful repeal of net neutrality rules and the now-complete AT&T-Time Warner merger show the government is out of step with market realities. 

  • June 20, 2018

    Comcast Opened Xfinity Accounts Without OK, Customers Say

    A proposed class of Comcast Corp. customers slapped the company with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Tuesday claiming it shared their personal data with a subsidiary to help launch its Xfinity Mobile service, which led to unauthorized parties using that data to order cellphones and shoulder the customers with the charges.

  • June 20, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Disney, Xiaomi, AT&T

    The U.S. Department of Justice is close to granting approval of The Walt Disney Co.’s deal for 21st Century Fox assets, Xiaomi aims to reap as much as $6.1 billion from its public listing in Hong Kong, and AT&T is discussing a deal to buy AppNexus.

  • June 20, 2018

    Sen. Wyden Presses Ross For Views On ZTE's Cyberthreat

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross evaded questions from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on the cybersecurity threats posed by ZTE Corp. on Wednesday as the lawmaker probed for answers about the Trump administration’s decision to give the Chinese telecom giant a reprieve for its sanctions violations.

  • June 20, 2018

    Tech Co. Slams Meter Maker's $1.4M Fees Ask In Patent Row

    A San Diego-based telecommunications company Tuesday fired back in California federal court at a parking meter maker’s request for $1.4 million in attorneys’ fees over patent infringement allegations found to be objectively baseless, saying the meter company has failed to adequately support its request.

  • June 20, 2018

    FCC Nominee Starks Says He'll Focus On Telemedicine

    Geoffrey Starks, the next Democrat nominated to fill a Federal Communications Commission vacancy, emerged as an ardent supporter of internet subsidy programs and telemedicine initiatives Wednesday, testifying before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that he takes the FCC’s role in expanding broadband service seriously.

  • June 20, 2018

    Network Unbundling Will Hurt Smaller ISPs, Lawmakers Told

    Upstart broadband providers on Tuesday urged lawmakers to keep unbundling rules intact to ensure they have access to the networks of big legacy telecom companies, warning that without the measures, competition will suffer, prices will go up and innovation will drop.

  • June 20, 2018

    AT&T, Illinois Bell Dropped From Robocall TCPA Suit

    An AT&T affiliate and the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. have been dropped from an AT&T customer's proposed federal class action over unsolicited phone calls, leaving a third-party contractor that purportedly placed calls for the telecommunications giant to face claims it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • June 20, 2018

    Disney Boosts Bid For 21st Century Fox To $71.3B

    The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to raise its offer for the film and television studios of 21st Century Fox to roughly $71.3 billion, according to a Wednesday statement, setting up a potential bidding battle with Comcast.

  • June 19, 2018

    Drinker Biddle Adds IP Pro From Kirkland In Chicago

    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has expanded its intellectual property team with a seasoned patent litigator in Chicago from Kirkland & Ellis LLP who has handled complex cases involving data, gaming technology, medical devices and telecommunications, among other industries, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Apple Pushes Monopoly Concerns In Qualcomm ITC Fight

    Apple attorneys questioned an expert witness for Qualcomm on the potential competition effects of the chipmaker’s bid to ban Intel-equipped iPhones from the U.S. during a hearing Tuesday at the International Trade Commission, pressing a claim that a ban on imports of the phone could hand Qualcomm monopoly power and push Intel out of 5G development.

  • June 19, 2018

    Verizon, AT&T Say They Will Cut Off Location-Data Sellers

    Verizon and AT&T will end business relationships with third-party companies that buy cellphone users' location data, an Oregon senator who had called attention to prison phone operator Securus Technologies Inc. buying and releasing of users' location details said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Defenses Remain For Companies In Calif. Call Recording Suits

    Joshua Briones

    Many defendants settle California Invasion of Privacy Act cases out of fear that courts will find violations even where no confidential information is recorded and where no one is harmed. But several decisions in the first half of 2018 provide these defendants with additional strategies, say Joshua Briones and Crystal Lopez of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

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    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • FTC In Full Force: What To Expect From New Leadership

    Lucy Morris

    While headlines proliferate about the recent political shake-ups at the nascent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the century-old Federal Trade Commission, with less fanfare, finally has a full slate of five commissioners for the first time since 2015, say Lucy Morris and Kavitha Subramanian of Hudson Cook LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • A Look At 2 GDPR-Inspired Privacy Bills In Senate

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    The very public and high-profile allegations against Facebook have led to more discussion about data privacy than ever before within the U.S. Two pieces of proposed legislation have the potential to considerably change the U.S. data privacy regime, but it is not clear that either has a realistic chance of passing, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.