Items tagged "Litigation"

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Public Knowledge Disappointed by DC Circuit Allowing AT&T/Time Warner Merger Decision to Stand

February 26, 2019 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , Litigation , Mergers , Time Warner

Today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the district court’s earlier opinion, which permitted the AT&T/Time Warner merger to proceed, to stay in place. Public Knowledge supported the Justice Department’s challenge of the merger.

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Public Interest Groups Urge FCC Chairman to Delay Net Neutrality Vote to Dismantle Rules

December 4, 2017 AT&T , FCC , FTC , Litigation , Net Neutrality

Today, Public Knowledge joined 40 other consumer protection groups, digital divide advocates, and local government agencies — including New York City — in a letter urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to delay the vote on the “Restoring Internet Freedom” Draft Order, which would roll back the agency’s net neutrality rules if adopted. Specifically, the groups propose the FCC delay the vote until a pending court case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit — the en banc review in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility — resolves.

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Public Knowledge Calls for Appeal of Misguided Consent Decree Decision

September 19, 2016 BMI , Consent Decrees , Department of Justice , Litigation , Music Licensing

Last Friday, the federal district court overseeing the BMI consent decree rejected the Department of Justice’s interpretation, holding that it did not prohibit so-called “fractional licensing.” In an opinion with little meaningful analysis, the court dismissed DOJ’s reading of the plain language of the consent decree, calling the consent decree language merely “descriptive.”

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands

May 2, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Fashion Copyright , Litigation , Supreme Court

Today, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear arguments in the case of Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands. The case asks whether copyright may protect designs in useful articles, such as stripe patterns on cheerleader uniforms. Public Knowledge recently filed an amicus brief emphasizing the case’s potential impact on hobbyists and consumers. The International Costumers’ Guild and the Royal Manticoran Navy, two popular costuming organizations, also joined the brief.

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Dish Could Be a Fine Competitor in Wireless – That’s Not the Point.

December 20, 2019 5G , Anticompetitive mergers , Antitrust , DISH , DISH Network , DOJ , FCC , Litigation , Spectrum , Sprint , Sprint/T-Mobile , T-Mobile , Wireless Competition

This week was the T-Mobile/Sprint merger trial’s second week, and it focused on the Department of Justice’s proposed remedy: having the combined TMO/Sprint spin off a number of assets to DISH and provide DISH with a bunch of other spectrum and network access rights to enable DISH to enter the market as a competing fourth […]

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What’s Next for Net Neutrality

October 2, 2019 FCC , Legislation , Litigation , Net Neutrality , Title II

As you may have heard, the long-awaited decision in Mozilla v. FCC came out yesterday. First the bad news: The Federal Communications Commission won on the main issue, which is broadband reclassification. But there’s good news, too, in that the Court completely rejected the FCC’s attempts to prevent states from passing their own net neutrality […]

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Making the Digital Transition an “Upgrade for All” Again

August 26, 2019 Litigation , National Network Upgrade , Rural Broadband Downgrade , Tech Transition , Tech Transitions

You can watch Harold Feld and Lindsay Stern present oral arguments for the case discussed below tomorrow at 9 a.m. PDT here. Across the nation, surprised Americans are waking to discover that their copper line — this landmark technology once used to connect America to the telephone system — doesn’t work. These unfortunate Americans are no longer […]

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AT&T Raises Prices After Merger Approval, Proves DoJ Was Right to Sue

March 13, 2019 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , DOJ , Litigation , Time Warner Cable

In light of AT&T’s decision to raise the prices on DirecTV Now subscribers by $10/month, and to drop channels like MTV, Comedy Central, BET, and BBC America (while adding more AT&T-owned content to the bundle), it’s worth reviewing some of what the telecom giant claimed during the recent trial over its merger with Time Warner:

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The FCC Can — and Should — Update Its Rules to Combat Rising Cross-Ownership

February 25, 2019 Competition , FCC , Litigation , Media Ownership , Mergers

The Federal Communications Commission is required by law to review its media ownership rules every four years to determine whether they remain “necessary in the public interest.” If they do not, the FCC is to “repeal or modify” the regulations. Contrary to the apparent belief of the FCC, the Quadrennial Review is not simply about eliminating or relaxing rules. Rather, the purpose of the review is to serve the public interest. Therefore, when the FCC decides whether to keep, repeal, or modify current rules, some rules may need to be enhanced.

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Advocates Showed Friday Why Court Must Restore Net Neutrality

February 4, 2019 FCC , Litigation , Net Neutrality , Title II

On Friday, Petitioners (including Public Knowledge) finally got to make their case in court that the Federal Communications Commission’s reckless abdication of responsibility over broadband was also illegal. For about five hours, in the ceremonial courtroom of the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse, in front of D.C. Circuit Judges Millett, Williams, and Wilkins, attorneys for Petitioners, for the FCC, and for intervenors on both sides got a grilling in a court that has become a regular forum for disputes over the status of broadband and the lawfulness of net neutrality rules.

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