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Telecommunications

  • September 22, 2018

    BREAKING: Comcast Tops Fox With £29.7B Offer For Sky

    Comcast Corp. on Saturday emerged as the top offerer in an auction for Sky PLC with a £29.7 billion ($38.8 billion) offer, again besting 21st Century Fox and signaling an end to the bidding war over the British telecom. 

  • September 21, 2018

    5G Uses And Regulatory Hurdles: What You Need To Know

    As the 5G technology standard takes shape and major wireless carriers push to make the service commercially available by next year, experts have identified virtual reality, self-driving cars and artificial intelligence as some of the top applications for the souped-up wireless networks. But regulatory hurdles and legal questions still beset the innovations.

  • September 21, 2018

    ​​​​​​​9th Circ. Heats Up TCPA Debate With Broad Autodialer Take

    The Ninth Circuit's decision Thursday to endorse an extremely broad definition of what constitutes an autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act opens the door not only for more litigation to thrive under the statute, but also for the U.S. Supreme Court or Federal Communications Commission to step in and deliver some long-sought clarity, attorneys say. 

  • September 21, 2018

    DirecTV User Fights To Keep Law, Audit Firms In RICO Case

    An auditor and a law firm accused of extorting hundreds of people by demanding money for alleged misuse of DirecTV showed a pattern of racketeering activity that should prevent them from escaping a proposed class action, a consumer told a New Jersey federal judge Friday.   

  • September 21, 2018

    Don't Weaken Autodialing Rules, Consumer Groups Tell FCC

    As the Federal Communications Commission considers changing its criteria for dialing systems that fall under the purview of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, consumer groups are urging the commission to broaden its definition of “autodialer” to better protect recipients of unwanted mass texts.

  • September 21, 2018

    Industry Groups Back FTC's View On Qualcomm Obligations

    A pair of industry groups representing technology companies have thrown their support behind the Federal Trade Commission's bid for a ruling in California federal court that Qualcomm is required to license its standard essential patents to rival chipmakers.

  • September 21, 2018

    Upcoming Emergency Alert To Test 'Presidential'-Level Blast

    An Oct. 3 test message will become the first presidential-level emergency alert aimed at all of the mobile-phone users in the country, senior officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission said Friday.

  • September 21, 2018

    ParkerVision Fights Apple's Bid To Duck Damages In IP Row

    Patent holder ParkerVision Inc. has urged a Florida federal judge not to let Apple Inc. off the hook for damages in its infringement claims against both Apple and Qualcomm Inc., accusing Apple of relying on the "false premise" that the claims apply only to Qualcomm chips inside phones and saying Apple merely buys the devices.

  • September 20, 2018

    NY Times Sues For FCC's Russia-Linked Net Neutrality Docs

    The New York Times hit the Federal Communications Commission with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Thursday in New York federal court accusing the FCC of lobbing “a series of roadblocks” as the newspaper seeks records on potential Russian interference in the rulemaking process that repealed net neutrality.

  • September 20, 2018

    Big Cities Say FCC's 5G Rollout Will Disrupt Biz Partnerships

    As the Federal Communications Commission approaches a Wednesday vote on an order that could set standard rates and terms for the deployment of small cells, powerful cities including New York, Philadelphia and Chicago are voicing opposition to the move, but FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has suggested such pleas are profit-motivated.

  • September 20, 2018

    HTC Says Ericsson Waived Arbitration In SEP Royalties Row

    HTC America Inc. urged a Texas federal court on Thursday to deny Ericsson Inc.'s bid to arbitrate claims that the Swedish telecommunications company overcharged for aging standard-essential patents, saying Ericsson waived its right to force arbitration of the dispute.

  • September 20, 2018

    IHeartMedia Gets OK To Solicit Creditor Votes On Ch. 11 Plan

    A Texas bankruptcy judge issued an order Thursday approving the disclosures and solicitation materials for iHeartMedia Inc.'s Chapter 11 plan, which is expressly opposed by the broadcast media giant's unsecured creditors and has faced challenges from federal authorities.

  • September 20, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Was Correct, DC Circ. Told

    AT&T told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday that a lower court correctly ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice did not demonstrate how its $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. would increase wholesale prices for distributors and retail rates for consumers.

  • September 20, 2018

    Media Giants Face Another Antitrust Suit Over TV Ad Rates

    A Mississippi auto dealer filed a putative class action against Hearst, Sinclair, Tribune and other media conglomerates in Maryland federal court Wednesday claiming they colluded to boost local television advertising rates, the latest in an onslaught of antitrust suits against the broadcasters.

  • September 20, 2018

    Tech Giants Urge High Court To Protect Patent Owners' Rights

    Motorola, HTC and BlackBerry urged the U.S. Supreme Court to keep in place a rule that allows patent co-owners to block one another's infringement claims by refusing to join the lawsuit, telling the high court that the rule protects patent owners from being pulled into expensive litigation against their will.

  • September 20, 2018

    CBS Wants 9th Circ. To Rethink Pre-1972 Song Ruling

    CBS is asking the full Ninth Circuit to rethink a ruling last month that “remastered” versions of old recordings aren’t entitled to new copyrights, arguing the decision “overturned decades of law” on so-called derivative works.

  • September 20, 2018

    China Tariffs Undercut 5G Rollout, FCC's Rosenworcel Says

    Newly announced tariffs on Chinese products will seriously undercut the rollout of cutting-edge 5G mobile services, Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel told a Washington, D.C., audience Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Sky Bidding War To Culminate In Weekend Auction

    The bidding war for British telecom giant Sky PLC will draw to a close one way or another by the end of the week, with the U.K.'s takeover regulator on Thursday calling for an auction this weekend to settle the fight between suitors 21st Century Fox and Comcast Corp.

  • September 19, 2018

    Qualcomm Can't Fast-Track Bid To Ax Apple's Patent Claims

    Qualcomm has failed to convince a California federal judge to hasten proceedings on its effort to dust aside certain patent-related claims by Apple in the pair’s ongoing legal brawl, with the judge agreeing on Wednesday with Apple’s argument that “extreme expedited treatment” was not warranted.

  • September 19, 2018

    NTIA's Redl Says Spectrum Sharing Is The Future Of 5G

    For National Telecommunications and Information Administration head David Redl, the government’s vast land and spectrum holdings are an untapped resource that can help make 5G a reality.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • 2 Courts Accept Contract Terms That Limit TCPA Exposure

    Meredith Slawe

    No other appellate court has followed the Second Circuit's Telephone Consumer Protection Act decision in Reyes. However, two district courts within the Eleventh Circuit recently did — holding that consent to be contacted cannot be unilaterally revoked where such consent was obtained in a bargained-for contract, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.