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Chairman Pai Set to Release Draft Net Neutrality Item

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On November 21, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement announcing that he had circulated his draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order to his fellow commissioners. The draft Order will largely undo the 2015 Open Internet...more

November 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Aims to Speed Wireless Deployment by Eliminating Historic Preservation Review When Replacing...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Highlighting the need for rapid infrastructure deployment to meet growing consumer data demands and support future 5G services, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) unanimously adopted a Report and Order at its...more

Webinar Recording: Digital Single Market 2018 – It is becoming real!

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On Tuesday 14 November the Hogan Lovells DSM Taskforce (our dedicated pan-EU team of lawyers tracking the Commission’s DSM strategy) had its annual live meeting in Brussels to discuss the progress of the implementation of the...more

China Issues Rule on Security Assessment of New Technologies for Online News Services

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China has promulgated a series of implementation rules and guidelines after the Cybersecurity Law of China took effect in June 2017. The most recent one requires that online news information service providers conduct security...more

Seventh Circuit Ties Class Counsel’s Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees to Amount Claimed by Class, in Context of a Judgment

by BakerHostetler on

On November 14, 2017, the Seventh Circuit issued its third opinion ending a class action that was almost a decade old. Holtzman v. Turza, No. 17-2330, 2017 WL 5450484 (7th Cir. Nov. 14, 2017). The class action alleged that...more

FCC Approves Wireline and Wireless Infrastructure Orders and Further Wireline Rulemaking Notice at November Open Meeting

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

At its November 2017 Open Commission Meeting today, the FCC voted to adopt a Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in its wireline broadband deployment docket (“Wireline R&O” and...more

FCC Equipment Authorization Rule Change Transitions Now in Effect

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the FCC’s revised equipment authorization rules were published in the Federal Register and took effect immediately. Our advisory details those rule revisions. The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”)...more

Companies today need to routinely assess their wireless network connectivity options related to their products and overall...

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Trey Hanbury talks about the need for wireless carriers to broaden their offerings to meet the demands of an increasing number of niche markets. At the same time,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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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

CFPB sues nation’s largest debt-settlement services provider

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The CFPB has filed a lawsuit in a California federal district court against Freedom Debt Relief (FDR) and its CEO for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). ...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

SCOTUS Denies Review of Indiana Anti-Robocall Law

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The U.S. Supreme Court denied nonprofit Patriotic Veterans, Inc.’s petition for review of Indiana’s ban on the use of technology that automatically dials residential phone numbers and plays prerecorded messages. Patriotic...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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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

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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

6th Circuit Allows Amended Complaint Against Developer for Telecommunications Services Tying Claim

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Residents of a small Nashville suburb, Thompson’s Station, were given a second opportunity to litigate their antitrust actions against local developer Carbine & Associates, LLC (“Carbine”), Crystal Clear Communications...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Breakingviews is raising an eyebrow at the news from yesterday about Broadcom’s unsolicited $105 billion offer for Qualcomm [the largest-ever proposed tech deal], especially in light of the “mountain of debt” Broadcom would...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The moral of this story is as follows: if Maysayoshi Son says the merger’s off, it’s probably off (regardless of what the rest of the board says). We discussed the will they/won’t they status of the T-Mobile/Sprint deal last...more

Breaking Down Telia: One of the Largest FCPA Settlements and the First of the Trump Administration

The recent settlement by Telia Company AB (“Telia”), the first of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) under the Trump administration and one of the largest FCPA enforcement actions to date, has been touted by some as a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The White House has made it official and nominated Fed governor Jerome Powell as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve. Powell is expected to continue the basic fiscal (though not necessarily regulatory) policies of the...more

FCC Issues Draft Wireline and Wireless Infrastructure Orders and Further Wireline Rulemaking Notice ahead of November Meeting

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the FCC released drafts of a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the wireline broadband deployment docket (the “Draft Wireline Order” and “Draft Wireline FNPRM”) and a Report and...more

October 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Proposes to Implement Nationwide Number Portability

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) voted unanimously at its October Open Meeting to initiate a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) and a notice of inquiry (“NOI”) on how to facilitate nationwide...more

FCC Briefing: Two Things To Watch

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Here in the Hollywood bubble, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own tales of heartbreak, victory and scandal and forget that events outside of LA can also impact the entertainment business. One of these is that the FCC is...more

Honesty is the Best Policy: FCC Imposes $1.7 Million Fine for Submitting Misleading Information in Inmate Calling Services Deal

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Stressing the importance of receiving truthful and accurate information, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) reached a $1.7 million settlement with inmate calling services provider Securus Technologies, Inc. and...more

Behavioral Advertising Company That Dropped “Zombie” Cookies Can’t Use Verizon’s Arbitration Clause To Avoid Class Action Lawsuit

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a non-party online behavioral advertising firm could not benefit from the arbitration clause in the agreement between Verizon and its customers because it was not a party to that...more

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