Telecommunications

  • December 13, 2017

    Arbitrator Should Hear T-Mobile IP Row, 4th Circ. Says

    A Fourth Circuit panel decided Wednesday to uphold a lower court’s ruling on allegations of trademark infringement against T-Mobile US Inc., dismissing Simply Wireless Inc.’s complaint after finding that it signed an agreement to allow an arbitrator to resolve all arbitrability disputes.

  • December 13, 2017

    Blumenthal Asks DOJ To Reopen Comcast-NBCU Review

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Wednesday urged the U.S. Department of Justice to consider extending soon-to-expire conditions on Comcast's purchase of NBCUniversal, citing the antitrust enforcer's recent challenge to AT&T's bid for Time Warner and the impending demise of net neutrality rules.

  • December 13, 2017

    High Court Should Take On Net Neutrality, Watchdog Says

    The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Wednesday that it had thrown its support behind a request for the U.S. Supreme Court to undo a D.C. Circuit decision that approved the classification of internet service as a Title II public utility and greenlighted the net neutrality rules currently in effect.

  • December 13, 2017

    Smaller Carriers Chafe At FCC Coverage Data Requirement

    A trade group representing smaller wireless carriers asked the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to revise its “simply incorrect” projection that data collection to determine eligibility for Mobility Fund subsidization of rural telecom infrastructure would not burden carriers.

  • December 13, 2017

    House Republicans Cheer FCC Plan To Kill Net Neutrality

    House Republicans on Wednesday backed the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to strike down net neutrality rules issued under the Obama administration that prevent internet service providers from throttling content delivery speeds for individual sources, saying the rules subject ISPs to outdated regulations written for the landline telephone era.

  • December 13, 2017

    T-Mobile Urges Supreme Court To Reject Prism IP Appeal

    Prism Technologies LLC shouldn’t be granted U.S. Supreme Court review of a Federal Circuit decision invalidating its patents and rejecting its $100 million infringement lawsuit against T-Mobile because a lower court judge never made a reviewable finding of fact, the wireless company says.

  • December 13, 2017

    What To Expect After The Impending Net Neutrality Rollback

    The Federal Communications Commission is poised to roll back its Obama-era net neutrality protections on Thursday, allowing internet service providers room to experiment with different access packages for customers but possibly gaining more control over what people see. Here, experts weigh in on what might come after the FCC's impending vote.

  • December 13, 2017

    9th Circ. Affirms Samsung Win In Patent Antitrust Suit

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed a decision to toss a patent-holding company’s antitrust suit accusing Samsung of conspiring with others to avoid licensing its smartphone patent, rejecting the patent holder’s arguments it had been unlawfully denied royalties.

  • December 12, 2017

    Facebook Rips Uniloc's Message-To-Call System At PTAB

    Facebook Inc. and WhatsApp Inc. told the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday that a patent for a system to initiate a conference call through an instant messaging app owned by serial patent litigator Uniloc USA Inc. failed to advance a previous invention.

  • December 12, 2017

    Verizon Legally Fired Worker With Bad Heart, Judge Says

    Verizon did not illegally fire a worker with a heart condition because of his disability, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Monday, saying that the company had a legitimate reason for terminating him after he attempted to conceal his condition during required medical examinations.

  • December 12, 2017

    Ex-Trump Adviser Wants To Weigh In On AT&T Merger Row

    Former Trump administration campaign volunteer Carter Page asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday if he could weigh in on the government’s challenge of AT&T’s proposed Time Warner deal, saying that he can provide unique insight into how media conglomerates wield their power.

  • December 12, 2017

    AT&T Customers Must Arbitrate Data Usage Suit: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday refused to let a proposed class of AT&T wireless customers out of arbitration on their claims the company lied about its unlimited mobile data plan, finding that the Federal Arbitration Act doesn’t violate their constitutional right to have their case heard in court.

  • December 12, 2017

    Clyburn Offers 'Edits' To Net Neutrality Rollback Plan

    FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on Tuesday circulated a tongue-in-cheek edit of the draft order on net neutrality that the agency is set to vote on Thursday, crossing out most of its words to transform it into a plan to preserve the current set of rules.

  • December 12, 2017

    DC, DHS Police To Step Up Security For Net Neutrality Vote

    The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau and federal police officers have agreed to monitor the Federal Communications Commission building on Wednesday and Thursday in light of the agency’s upcoming vote on net neutrality, after receiving a request for increased security by the nonprofit organization Free Our Internet.

  • December 12, 2017

    $6M Nokia Real Estate Row Must Be Arbitrated, Court Hears

    Nokia asked a Texas federal court Monday to toss a U.S. commercial real estate services firm's $6 million suit accusing the Finnish consumer electronics company of breaching an exclusive service agreement, saying the dispute must be arbitrated in London.

  • December 12, 2017

    Warburg Pincus Drops $350M For Indian Satellite Co. Stake

    An affiliate of private equity firm Warburg Pincus will take a partial stake in the satellite television arm of Indian telecommunications giant Bharti Airtel for $350 million, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    The Biggest Telecom Developments Of 2017

    The advent of the Trump administration had a ripple effect in the telecommunications industry, landing Ajit Pai at the helm of the Federal Communications Commission and teeing up high-profile policy debates. Here’s a recap of some of the year's biggest developments in the telecom industry, including big media mergers, media ownership deregulation and a revived debate over net neutrality principles.

  • December 11, 2017

    FIFA Judge Keeps Soccer Bosses' Disparate Fates From Jury

    The New York federal judge overseeing the ongoing FIFA corruption trial said Monday that it would needlessly confuse the jury to hear that one indicted Brazilian soccer official remains the president of the country's soccer federation, while the other — currently on trial in the case — had been banned from the sport.

  • December 11, 2017

    What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

    We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding.

  • December 11, 2017

    Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

    Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • A Decisive Battle For Net Neutrality Looms Ahead

    Andrew McBride

    The Federal Communication Commission's upcoming vote on its net neutrality order will set the stage for a classic battle over regulatory philosophies, and appeal to the D.C. Circuit is a foregone conclusion. Add the possible re-examination of Chevron deference and the case has all the makings of a blockbuster that comes along only once a generation, says Andrew McBride of Perkins Coie LLP.