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Cert Petition Asks How Far Does the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine Extend?

On February 28, 2018, the Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc. (PRTC) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari after its antitrust claims against San Juan Cable LLC (OneLink) were dismissed by the First Circuit Court of...more

Ninth Circuit Narrowly Defines "Personally Identifiable Information" Under the VPPA

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit joined the Third Circuit in narrowly defining “personally identifiable information” under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), holding in Eichenberger...more

Moving beyond Title II: The net neutrality battle returns to Congress

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Is the obsession with Title II over? For nearly 12 years, the net neutrality issue has bounced back and forth between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the courts. A key aspect of this never-ending debate...more

The Last Time DOJ Sued to Block a Vertical Merger was Over Forty Years Ago . . . And It Lost

On November 20, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed suit in the District Court for the District of Columbia to block AT&T’s attempted acquisition of Time Warner Inc. AT&T (through its cellular network, its...more

Three Point Shot - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Showdown over Mayweather – McGregor Streaming Glitches Knocked out of District Court - All boxing fan Victor Mallh ("Mallh" or "Plaintiff") wanted for the holidays this year was a chance to stand toe-to-toe with...more

Broadcasters Face a (Re)Packed 2018

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Each year around this time, Pillsbury’s Communications Practice releases its Broadcasters’ Calendar for the upcoming year. It may not be the perfect stocking stuffer, but broadcasters that don’t read it closely are much more...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews is all about new GE CEO John Flannery’s quest for the “soul” of the company, but it’s also very interested in less philosophical matters—especially on the heels of GE halving dividends....more

Cable Providers “Cut the Cord”: Audio/Video Streaming Patents Fail Both Alice Steps

The Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the Delaware District Court in Two-Way Media, Ltd. v. Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., Nos. 16-2531, 16-2532 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 1, 2017), determining that Two-Way Media’s patents...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T’s chief is weighing in the DOJ’s call to sell CNN in order to make its deal with Time Warner go through, and, as Randall sees it, “selling CNN makes no sense”....more

FCC Commissioners Debate Adjustments to Merger Review Standard

by Hogan Lovells on

In the first major transaction approval under Ajit Pai’s Chairmanship, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) recently approved, subject to targeted, transaction-specific conditions, license and authorization transfers...more

New Flavors Of The Alice Analysis On Display In Federal Circuit Ineligibility Ruling

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Two-Way Media Ltd v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC et al., Fed. Cir. (November 1, 2017) - The Federal Circuit’s decision last week to invalidate all of the claims of two audio and video streaming patents as claiming no...more

FCC Circulates Draft Order Authorizing ATSC 3.0 Broadcasting

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the FCC released a draft Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would permit TV broadcasters to use the next generation broadcast television transmission standard (“ATSC 3.0”) on...more

Cable Operators Reduced Franchise Fee to Municipalities Not Permitted - BB&K Attorneys Win in California Federal Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For years, California cable operators have reduced the franchise fee paid to local governments by the amount paid to the California Public Service Commission. While a small amount for many communities, the deduction reduced...more

Many California Cities May Not be Receiving Full Cable Franchise Fee

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California suggests that many California cities are receiving less than the full cable franchise fee to which they are entitled....more

New FAA Waiver Issued to CNN Will Help Expand Commercial Drone Operations Over People

by Hogan Lovells on

Drones are the future of transportation and information technology. Recent innovations have transformed what used to be considered toys into powerful tools that provide substantial safety and efficiency benefits to commercial...more

Sixth Circuit Overturns FCC Cable Order - Partner Joseph Van Eaton Represented a Coalition of Communities

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

An FCC order that local governments, schools and the public have opposed for almost a decade was reversed by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case is Montgomery County v. FCC, which had its genesis in an FCC...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big American banks (BofA, Citi, Morgan Stanley) are avoiding deals with Chinese conglomerate HNA Group over concerns regarding HNA’s debt level and ownership structure....more

Sixth Circuit Vacates FCC Cable Franchise Rules on Mixed-Use Networks and Treatment of In-Kind Payments, Remands for Further FCC...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit vacated two parts of the Federal Communications Commission’s decisions that had limited the ability of local franchising authorities (LFAs) to regulate...more

Good News for Public Agencies and Communities on Regulation of Cable Systems

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

An FCC order that local governments, schools and the public have opposed for almost a decade was reversed today by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals....more

Emergency Information Accessibility Rules for Second-Screen Devices – Compliance Deadline Today

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Today, July 10, 2017, is the compliance deadline for the FCC’s rules regarding video description of emergency information on “second screens.” Multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) are now required to pass...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Here we were watching Amazon for a Slack pick-up, and all the while it had its eyes set on Whole Foods. Jeff Bezos added the upscale grocery giant to Amazon’s expanding portfolio for $13.7 billion on Friday (perhaps kicking...more

Dish Network hit with record $280 million civil penalty and far-reaching injunctive relief for do not call violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An Illinois federal judge ordered Dish Network to pay the federal government $168 million for violating the FTC’s Telephone Sales Rule (“TSR”). The judgment is the largest civil penalty ever obtained for a violation of the...more

Dish Network Liable for $61 Million in Treble Damages for Service Provider's TCPA Violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent federal court ruling provides a potent reminder that companies can be held liable for consumer protection law violations committed by third-party vendors—and underscores the importance of maintaining strong vendor...more

Dish Network Liable for $61 Million After North Carolina District Court Trebles Damages in TCPA Class Action

by Carlton Fields on

A North Carolina district court recently held that Dish Network (“Dish”) willfully violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when Satellite Systems Network (SSN) made more than 50,000 telemarketing and sales calls...more

2017 Upfronts: Broadcasters Take Digital Head On

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The upfront selling season is when broadcast networks sell the majority of their advertising inventory. That season kicks off this week as the networks present their fall schedules to advertisers in lavishly staged events....more

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