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Telecommunications

  • December 11, 2018

    MVP: DLA Piper’s Nancy Victory

    Nancy Victory, partner and co-chair of the global telecom practice at DLA Piper, has spent the better part of this year shepherding the megamerger of T-Mobile and Sprint, with a crucial advisory role on regulatory and strategic concerns for T-Mobile and its parent company Deutsche Telekom AG, landing her a spot among Law360's 2018 Telecommunications MVPs.

  • December 10, 2018

    Independent ISPs Urge FCC To Revise Subsidy Offerings

    Members of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association held a meeting with legal advisers for the Federal Communications Commission last week, asking them to lower the commission's proposed speed threshold and offer subsidies to rate-of-return carriers in areas where the broadband service is below 10/1 Mbps.

  • December 10, 2018

    Google Admits New Bug Exposed Info For 52.5 Million Users

    Google admitted on Monday the second data leak in three months on its social media site Google Plus — this time affecting about 52.5 million users — and announced plans to shut down the platform earlier than planned.

  • December 10, 2018

    Chancery OKs $92.5M Deal To End $4.4B Starz Merger Suit

    Calling it an “excellent result,” a Delaware vice chancellor on Monday approved a $92.5 million settlement with a $26.1 million attorneys fee set-aside in a stockholder challenge to the $4.4 billion sale of Starz Entertainment LLC to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. in 2016.

  • December 10, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Skips VirnetX Challenge To Retroactive AIA Reviews

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed an America Invents Act review decision invalidating a VirnetX patent challenged by Apple, saying VirnetX did not preserve its argument that AIA reviews cannot be retroactively applied to patents filed before the law was enacted.

  • December 10, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Vivendi, Ferrero, Sailing Capital

    Vivendi SA is vying for a stake in PT Global Mediacom’s TV operations, the company behind Nutella is eyeing the international business of The Campbell Soup Co., and Sailing Capital is looking to raise $1.5 billion through its second fund.

  • December 10, 2018

    Apple Can’t Get Antenna Maker’s Test Docs In Patent Suit

    An antenna maker accusing Apple of copying its products can’t be forced to turn over documents related to tests of Apple products that it undertook to check for patent infringement because test results are not being used to back up the infringement claim, a federal magistrate in Utah ruled Friday.

  • December 10, 2018

    FCC Queries Wireless Industry On Disaster Response

    The Federal Communications Commission is seeking answers from the wireless industry on how cellphone service providers can better rebound from disasters and get communications up and running more quickly, the agency said Monday. 

  • December 10, 2018

    Barr, Delrahim Offered Dueling Accounts Of AT&T Merger Talk

    President Donald Trump’s announcement Friday naming Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney William Barr to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rekindled interest in a contentious meeting between Barr and the heads of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division that Barr once found “disturbing.”

  • December 10, 2018

    Apple Faces Partial IPhone Ban In China After Qualcomm Win

    A Chinese court has ordered Apple to stop selling several different iPhone models in the country, saying the phones infringed two patents held by Qualcomm, the chip supplier announced Monday.

  • December 10, 2018

    SoftBank Gears Up For $23.5B Telecom Biz IPO

    Japanese multinational holding company SoftBank Group Corp. said Monday that it plans to raise 2.65 trillion yen ($23.5 billion) via the initial public offering of its Japan-based telecommunications unit SoftBank Corp. on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

  • December 10, 2018

    Narrowed EU Digital Tax Delays Pain For Nondigital Firms, Too

    The European Union’s decision to drastically limit the scope of its digital tax proposal was welcome news to large multinational corporations in the online sector — as well as those that likely don’t consider themselves digital companies.

  • December 10, 2018

    MVP: Quinn Emanuel's Victoria Maroulis

    Victoria Maroulis, the managing partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP’s Silicon Valley office, helped close the door on a seven-year smartphone IP case that culminated in a historic settlement, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2018 Telecommunications MVPs.

  • December 7, 2018

    Many Native Americans Lack High-Speed Internet: Census

    Native Americans living on Indian lands are among the people least likely in the United States to have access to high-speed internet service, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Telecom Contract Row Paused Pending Arbitrator Ruling

    A California federal court has paused an American IT company’s suit accusing Dutch telecom Veon Ltd. and its former Italian subsidiary, Wind Tre, of fraud, ruling that an arbitrator must determine whether the dispute should be handled through arbitration.

  • December 7, 2018

    Dems Urge FCC Not To Classify Texting As An Info Service

    A group of Democratic senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to drop plans to classify text messaging as an information service rather than a telecommunications one, saying that such a move would give providers a free pass to censor consumers' text messages.

  • December 7, 2018

    Antenna Maker Can Defend AT&T, Others In Row Over IP

    A Texas federal judge on Friday granted a request by Swedish antenna maker CellMax Technologies AB to intervene in an infringement suit brought by Spanish antenna maker Fractus against AT&T, Sprint and Nextel, alleging they bought antennas that use stolen technology.

  • December 7, 2018

    Motorola Wins Bid To Send Two-Way Radio Suit To Illinois

    Motorola Solutions Inc. has won its bid to transfer from New Jersey to Illinois a federal antitrust lawsuit by Hytera Communications Corp. accusing the telecommunications giant of unlawfully monopolizing the land mobile radios market, with a judge finding that the claims arose in the Prairie State.

  • December 7, 2018

    Customer Service Reps Sue Verizon Over Unpaid Work Hours

    Verizon was slapped with class claims in Pennsylvania federal court Friday alleging that the wireless giant failed to pay customer service representatives overtime wages for time spent reviewing emails and doing other work when they were formally off the clock.

  • December 7, 2018

    Take Merger Fight To The Links, FCC's Pai Says At Roast

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai needled parties involved in two of the year’s biggest mergers during the 32nd annual Chairman’s Dinner Thursday night, suggesting AT&T and the DOJ could settle their beef on the putting green and Sprint and T-Mobile’s merger attempts resemble dysfunctional relationships on “The Office.”

Expert Analysis

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Transportation And Infrastructure — The Road Ahead: Part 2

    Carolina Mederos

    The chances that major transportation and infrastructure legislation may be passed have increased with the election of a House Democratic majority, and efforts to streamline permitting and regulation by federal agencies may further advance the prospects of significant infrastructure development, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Transportation And Infrastructure — The Road Ahead: Part 1

    Carolina Mederos

    With President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreeing that transportation and infrastructure are high priorities, the next Congress is likely to consider a large-scale, broad infrastructure package. But the question of how to pay for it remains, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • ITC Clarifies Duty Of Respondents After Corporate Restructure

    Bryan J. Vogel

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's recent decision in Certain Subsea Telecommunications Systems is a cautionary tale for respondents undergoing corporate reorganizations — the onus is on the respondent to inform the ITC and the complainant of the changes, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Face Familiar Challenges In 2019

    Korey Clark

    Many of the issues that are most likely to draw the attention of state lawmakers next year — including cybersecurity, internet and data privacy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, sales taxes on remote sellers, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, and marijuana — are already familiar, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • New CMS Rules Reinforce Trend Away From Traditional Care

    Michael Lampert

    Two new rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services bring changes that collectively reflect movement toward promoting site neutrality and opening all telehealth services to Medicare reimbursement, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Fed. Circ. Further Expands Appellate Review Of IPR

    Christopher Loh

    The decision this month in Arista v. Cisco illustrates the Federal Circuit’s expanding jurisdiction over inter partes review issues that previously were considered unreviewable, says Christopher Loh of Venable LLP.