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PTAB Grants Joinder of Time-Barred Petitioner to IPR after Settlement with Original Petitioner

by Knobbe Martens on

The PTAB granted joinder of a time-barred petitioner to an IPR trial after the patent owner settled its dispute with the original petitioner in AT&T Services, Inc. v. Convergent Media Solutions, LLC, IPR2017-01237, Paper 10...more

Federal Circuit Review | April 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Patentee’s Unnecessarily Broad Prosecution Disclaimer Affirmed by Federal Circuit - In Technology Properties Limited LLC v. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Appeal Nos. 2016-1306, -1307, -1309, -1310, -1311, the Federal...more

Sometimes It Takes 2.5 Years To Reach Summary Judgment

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On September 3, 2014, Brent Williams, the Plan Trustee (“Trustee”) for Touch America Holdings, Inc., filed a complaint initiating an adversary proceeding against, among others, AT&T Corp. (AT&T”). In a 36 page decision dated...more

Settlement Agreement May Be Used as Evidence of Damages

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing evidentiary issues, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed with the district court that a settlement agreement related to the patent at issue is admissible as proof of a reasonable royalty. Prism...more

Federal Circuit Finds No Abuse of Discretion in Trial Court’s Refusal to Exclude Plaintiff’s Settlement Agreement with Defendant’s...

In Prism Technologies LLC v. Sprint Spectrum L.P, Nos. 16-1456, -1457 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 6, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of Sprint’s motion for a new trial based on, among other things, the...more

Texas Hold ‘Em: Long-Lasting Pole Attachment Dispute Ends (For Now)

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In late February, the Texas Court of Appeals issued an opinion resolving an eight-year dispute concerning municipal pole attachment fees charged to AT&T and Time Warner Cable (TWC) by CPS Energy (CPS), an electric utility...more

No Neutrality Here — Thursday’s FCC Vote Highlights the Enduring Struggle Between Tech Companies and ISPs Over “Net Neutrality”

by Butler Snow LLP on

The tech industry’s divide over “net neutrality” deepened when the FCC voted this past Thursday to suspend key Obama-era net neutrality requirements for broadband internet service providers (“ISPs”). The FCC’s net neutrality...more

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Releases Draft Framework for Analyzing Zero-Rated and Sponsored Data Programs

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On January 11, 2017, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB or Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) issued an informal report—“Policy Review of Mobile Broadband Operators’ Sponsored Data...more

Tennessee Consortium Wins E-Rate Appeals Involving Complex Interpretations of the “Most Cost-Effective” and “Legally Binding...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In an Order released December 30, 2016, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau granted appeals of a 2015 USAC decision that denied E-rate funding to the Sweetwater consortium of Tennessee school districts for funding years...more

FCC Allows Wireless Carriers and Device Manufacturers to Replace Text Telephony with Real-Time Text Technology

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On December 15, 2016, at the last Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Open Meeting under Chairman Tom Wheeler’s tenure, the Commission voted unanimously to adopt a Report and Order (Order) and Further Notice...more

AT&T to Issue $88 Million in Consumer Refunds for Mobile Cramming

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced an historic consumer refund initiative to provide relief to millions of AT&T Mobility, LLC (“AT&T”) customers that were the subject of mobile cramming. The settlement arises...more

The AT&T-Time Warner Merger and a Hart-Scott-Rodino Update

by Cole Schotz on

Updates and speculation regarding the forthcoming merger between AT&T and Time Warner have dominated the recent news cycle. Many pundits and business professionals have debated whether a vertical merger of such magnitude will...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With Fitch and DBRS [by most measures, the #3 and #4 rating agencies in a 3-player game] doling out AAA ratings for bonds backed by non-qualified mortgages that Moody’s has dubbed “risky.” Well worth keeping an eye on this...more

DC Circuit Vacates FCC Ruling on Access Charges for CLEC-Partners of Over-the-Top VoIP Service Providers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Much like Freddy Kruger, the legal battles between ILECs and CLECs over reciprocal compensation simply refuse to die. The most recent flare-up of this long-running war was last Friday’s ruling by D.C. Circuit Judge Stephen...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The bond market seems to have a pretty good guess of things to come, at least. The bond market lost more than $1 trillion in value last week, and 30-year US bond yields rose the most since January 2009—all in anticipation of...more

A New Administration: A New FCPA Enforcement Regime?

by Michael Volkov on

Now that the dust has settled on this turbulent campaign season, everyone is in the prediction game, especially when it comes to FCPA enforcement. It is easy to make predictions of significant change. It is easy to take...more

Mississippi Supreme Court Finally Disconnects The Line On Dividend Exclusion Statute In The AT&T Case

by Butler Snow LLP on

In a previous article, we summarized AT&T’s 16-year effort, in two separate lawsuits, to have declared unconstitutional two Mississippi income tax statutes on the alleged basis that they placed a greater tax burden on AT&T...more

DOJ Files Suit Against AT&T Alleging Collusion

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP, sports & entertainment partner Glen A. Rothstein, was quoted in a Daily Journal article, “DOJ Files Suit Against AT&T Alleging Collusion” The November 3rd article, written by...more

Broadband Networks: FCC Says “One-Touch” Ordinance Does Not Violate Federal Law

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The FCC has advised a federal district court that the City of Louisville, Kentucky’s “one-touch” make-ready ordinance does not violate the pole attachment provisions of federal law. Companies seeking to build new...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest on the AT&T/Time Warner deal, including its place in the “ambitious climb” of AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson [NYTimes] and a conversation with one of the deal’s vocal political opponents, Sen. Al Franken....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Faced with new Department of Labor rules requiring investment advisers to act in the best interest of their retirement account customers, Morgan Stanley’s decided to let its customers keeping paying for retirement advice with...more

Antitrust Reverse Termination Fees--2016 Q3 Update

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

This post updates the public deal antitrust reverse termination fee database through September 30, 2016. An antitrust reverse termination fee (ARTF), sometimes called an antitrust reverse breakup fee, is a fee payable by...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Italy’s struggling lender Monte Dei Paschi is cutting jobs and closing branches in an effort to revive the world’s oldest bank (and maybe save Siena in the process)....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest from the CFPB and its “Project Catalyst,” which aims to “encourage the development of innovative consumer financial products that meet regulatory requirements” [think Fintech]....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The weekend’s business news was dominated by the word that AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion in the biggest yet in a series of telecomm mergers....more

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