Telecommunications

  • April 20, 2018

    Philly's Satellite Dish Rules Are Too Broad, FCC Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission found little love for Philadelphia's ordinance restricting the placement of satellite dishes, ruling that the city’s law ran afoul of federal rules for placement of the devices.

  • April 20, 2018

    T-Mobile, Sprint Face Tough Odds For Tie-Up

    Rumors are again whirling that T-Mobile and Sprint are weighing a tie-up, but the No. 3 and No. 4 U.S. wireless players will need to come eye-to-eye on a merger agreement before deciding whether they can muster a successful defense of a deal regulators are likely to deem anti-competitive.

  • April 20, 2018

    The Big Picture: DOJ's Bid To Halt AT&T's Time Warner Deal

    Antitrust legal eyes are glued to the first U.S. Department of Justice court challenge to a purely vertical merger since the 1970s, a deal AT&T and Time Warner say they need just to stay competitive but which the government says will drive up consumers' TV bills by hundreds of millions of dollars. Here, Law360 looks at how we got here, the key issues to watch and the highlights of the trial so far. 

  • April 19, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Judge Returns To Deal's Arbitration Offer

    The D.C. federal judge overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice challenge to AT&T’s proposed $85 billion Time Warner purchase again asked Thursday about an arbitration offer key to defense efforts to appease government antitrust concerns, wanting to know what AT&T’s CEO envisions after that offer expires.

  • April 19, 2018

    Facebook To Shrink GDPR Liability With New Service Terms

    Facebook Inc. said Thursday that more than 1.5 billion users who had agreed to be governed by Irish law will be asked to sign new terms of service with its U.S. headquarters, in a shift that would push those users beyond the reach of the European Union's new data regime.

  • April 19, 2018

    FCC's O’Rielly Wants To Accelerate Freeing Of 5G Spectrum

    FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly reiterated Thursday a desire to free as much spectrum with 5G applications as possible, and said in addition to 24 and 28 GHz auctions in November he’d like to see movement this summer toward opening satellite frequencies to wireless broadband use.

  • April 19, 2018

    FCC To Tackle More Spectrum-Sharing Options In May

    At its upcoming May meeting, the Federal Communications Commission is slated to tackle a notice of proposed rulemaking that contemplates freeing up additional underused spectrum for rural and tribal broadband access as well as 5G mobile usage, according to an agenda released Thursday.

  • April 19, 2018

    DOJ Slams DirecTV Bid To Exit AT&T-Time Warner Tie-Up Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice hit back Thursday against DirecTV’s bid to escape the suit challenging its parent company AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner, telling a D.C. federal court that the satellite provider is a major part of why the deal is under fire.

  • April 19, 2018

    Yelp Escapes Privacy Suit Over Recording Sales Calls

    A San Francisco judge has thrown out a proposed class action accusing Yelp Inc. of illegally monitoring and recording conversations between the named plaintiff and Yelp sales representatives, ruling that there’s no evidence the online review company eavesdropped on any calls.

  • April 19, 2018

    Merits Of Web Prioritization Still Fuzzy Post-Net Neutrality

    While the Trump FCC's deregulation of net neutrality marches forward, Congress still seems baffled on whether giving ISPs leeway to more actively manage traffic on their networks would be harmful and what real-life effects the practice may inspire.

  • April 19, 2018

    Alleged Cult Head Owes Microsoft, AT&T Fees, Fed. Circ. Says

    A New York inventor who gained notoriety as an alleged cult leader accused of sex trafficking must pay attorneys’ fees to Microsoft and AT&T, the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday, finding that the dismissal of his patent suit for lack of standing was “tantamount to a judgment on the merits.”

  • April 19, 2018

    AT&T Scraps Downsized $248M IPO For Vrio Subsidiary

    AT&T Inc. canceled an estimated $248 million initial public offering for its Latin American DirecTV unit Vrio Corp. late on Wednesday, just hours after the company slashed the size of its deal, blaming market conditions.

  • April 18, 2018

    Antitrust Concerns Led Fox To Pick Disney Over Comcast

    Walt Disney Co. said in an SEC filing Wednesday that potential regulatory risk including the “possibility of an outright prohibition” led 21st Century Fox Inc. to decline a higher offer from a third party, reportedly Comcast Corp., before agreeing to Disney’s $52.4 billion acquisition deal in December.

  • April 18, 2018

    Leverage Doesn’t Solve Problems, Time Warner CEO Says

    AT&T’s proposed purchase of Time Warner has nothing to do with gaining “leverage” over rival pay-TV providers and everything to do with tackling the real challenges facing modern television programmers, Time Warner’s CEO said in D.C. federal court Wednesday in a step-by-step attack on the U.S. government’s merger challenge.

  • April 18, 2018

    DirecTV Looks To Exit AT&T-Time Warner Merger Fight

    Satellite service provider DirecTV asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday to dismiss it from the U.S. Department of Justice suit challenging AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner, arguing that it has no business being in the case since it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the buyer.

  • April 18, 2018

    Senators Ask FCC For New Robocall Rules, Introduce Bills

    A group of senators asked the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to enact consumer safeguards to stem an “onslaught” of unwanted automated calls and texts, the same day robocall legislation was introduced and a Senate committee grilled a robocaller dragged to the hearing by subpoena.

  • April 18, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Altice, Carl Icahn, Grail

    The European Commission plans to fine Altice, Carl Icahn snapped up a less than 5 percent stake in Dell Technologies unit VMware, and Grail Inc. wants to raise $1 billion.

  • April 18, 2018

    Del. Justices Asked To Nix 57% Clearwire Appraisal Plunge

    Clearwire Corp investor Aurelius Capital Management LP on Wednesday told Delaware's Supreme Court that "compounding" legal errors last year led Chancery Court to set Clearwire's stock price 57 percent below the amount Sprint Nextel Corp. paid in a $3.6 billion buyout in 2013.

  • April 18, 2018

    Senators Seek Info On Mystery Cell Surveillance In DC

    A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to publicize information about potential cellphone surveillance in the Washington, D.C., area, saying in a letter the public should know more about the mysterious devices at the heart of the issue.

  • April 18, 2018

    Music Downloaders Settle Price-Fixing MDL With Record Cos.

    A group of consumers has reached a tentative settlement agreement over claims Sony BMG Music Entertainment and other record labels conspired to fix the price of music downloads, an attorney for the music buyers told a Manhattan federal judge Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Can A Single FTC Commissioner Constitute A Quorum?

    Stephen Calkins

    With Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny resigning on April 28, it is possible that Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen will be left as the sole commissioner. The FTC appears to believe that it can take formal action by a 1-0 vote, but to allow this would be possibly not lawful and certainly not wise, say professor Stephen Calkins of Wayne State University and John Villafranco of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, 2018, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • NASCAR Drone Countermeasures May Be Illegal

    Joshua Turner

    Law enforcement officials and private entities should view NASCAR's endorsement of DroneGun radio jammers skeptically and investigate the legality of drone countermeasures before deploying them. Otherwise, they may find themselves trying to outrun a visit from federal authorities, say Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • DC Circ. Puts Union Blocking Charges On Chopping Block

    Kevin Brown

    The D.C. Circuit's recent decision in T-Mobile v. National Labor Relations Board reminds employers there is no selective negotiation during union status challenges, likely incentivizing them to withdraw recognition, and suggesting changes to the board’s blocking charge policy, say Kevin Brown and Hollis Peterson of Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.