Communications

90+ years supporting the communications industry in bringing innovative technologies to market

    Practices

  • Corporate
  • Litigation
  • Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • #1 law firm for US public offerings for companies like Aerohive Networks, Iridium Communications, TechTarget and Ooma

  • #1 for venture capital financings in 2016 – 4,000+ strategic or venture investment transactions since 2010, representing both companies and investors across a range of technology-related market segments

  • 1,000+ M&A transactions with an aggregate value of $300+ billion since 2011, including the largest TV deal and the largest radio deal of 2015

  • Represent 35% of the US companies on the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource’s Billion Dollar Startup Club list, including Nextdoor, Twilio, Vox Media and KIK Interactive

  • Unparalleled access to the largest and most influential network of strategic investors in the communications industry

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  • Significant complex commercial and consumer class action litigation experience for communications companies, including Google, Wikimedia, Conde Nast, Hurst, Time, CenturyLink, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, HTC and XO Communications

  • Successfully defeated class certification in cases for eBay, Facebook and Google

  • Litigated one of the first cases regarding §230 of the Communications Decency Act, a critical source of legal immunity for websites that host third-party content

  • Obtained the first court decision affirming that transit is subject to the local competition provisions of the Communications Act, representing a competitive carrier in an appeal of an arbitration decision in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

  • One of the most active corporate restructuring and bankruptcy practices in the country, handling 100+ cases in court over the past 5 years for companies such as Hipcricket, KIT Digital, CompUSA, Great Lakes Comnet, Wave2Wave Communications and Yipes Communications

  • 500+ securities cases in the last 10 years for companies like Applied Digital Solutions, Millennial Media, Rosetta Stone, Brocade, Lantronix, Synopsys and Tremor Video – one of the most active practices for the defense of issuers in shareholder litigation in the US

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  • Regularly represent communications companies in regulatory and legislative matters before the FCC, federal and state agencies

  • Regulatory counsel to communications companies during complex financial transactions

  • Counsel clients on privacy, data rights and cybersecurity, including hot-button issues at the FCC and related to the Safe Harbor act, COPPA, DAA and NAI

  • Counsel US and foreign companies on compliance with US laws and regulations governing the cross-border movement of goods, services and technology and affecting the way US companies conduct business overseas

  • Provide regulatory compliance advice on international, federal, state and local employment and labor laws, including affirmative action, discrimination, wage and hour, health and safety, unions and collective bargaining, compensation and benefits

  • Consult on regulatory and corporate governance issues related to the Securities Exchange Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, JOBS Act, equity and other compensation matters, stockholder rights plans, stockholder proposals and proxy contests, and NASDAQ, NYSE Mkt and NYSE listing requirements

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  • Handling patent litigation defenses all over the country for the likes of eBay, Facebook, LinkedIn, Millennial Media and Yelp

  • Litigated 70+ patent cases for Facebook – winning both cases that made it to trial

  • Represent 1,000+ companies worldwide in all aspects of trademark, copyright and advertising matters, including Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Mozilla, TiVo, Radio One, Bluetooth SIG, Lonely Planet and Oculus VR

  • Extensive experience asserting claims and instituting UDRP actions for digital media clients, including employing actions to successfully transfer to Google nearly 800 infringing domains and obtaining a judgment for BitTorrent resulting in the transfer of 54 domain names and an award of over $2.3 million against a German cybersquatter

  • Handle a wide range of rights issues with respect to the digital use of music and video, including contractual licensing, statutory webcasting licensing, IPTV distribution rights and fair use analyses

  • 100+ inter partes review and covered business method review proceedings; 100+ inter partes/ex parte reexaminations for clients like Google and Facebook

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Group Contacts
Michael Basile Partner, Washington, DC
John Feore Senior Counsel, Washington, DC
Kevin Mills Partner, Washington, DC
Douglas P. Lobel Partner, Reston
Adam Ruttenberg Partner, Washington, DC
Steve Strauss Partner, San Diego
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