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Overview

Carlton Fields has extensive experience representing Internet, cable, local, wireless, and long distance telecommunications providers as well as numerous manufacturers and suppliers to the communications industry. We understand that our telecom clients operate in a fiercely competitive industry that serves customers with high expectations. Meeting those expectations requires tremendous capital investment to anticipate cutting edge technologies. In addition, the pressure to grab market share has grown as lines have blurred between telecom service providers, content providers, and financial services firms.

Our industry knowledge is firsthand. Some of our lawyers are former telecom industry executives, which makes us particularly attuned to our clients’ need for timely business-driven solutions. For example, our group is led by a former senior executive for AT&T Wireless Services whose positions at the company included vice president of business security and senior corporate counsel.

We also work with non-telecom clients on telecommunications issues that affect their businesses. For example, we assist clients with their telemarketing plans, helping them navigate the federal and state laws that regulate how they can market their services to clients. Alleged violations of the laws in this area have generated many recent class action lawsuits. As a leading national class action defense firm, we are well-equipped to handle these matters.

  • Litigation and Arbitration
    When our clients face litigation, they benefit from our telecom industry knowledge—it means we waste no resources getting “up to speed” on the industry’s particularities.

    Our comprehensive experience in federal and state courts across the country includes class action defense, dealer litigation, employment cases, consumer claims, cell site disputes, antitrust litigation, landlord-tenant disputes, zoning and permitting disputes, interconnection claims, condemnation proceedings, bankruptcy, and securities litigation.  Learn more about our experience in telecom litigation and arbitration.
     
  • Transactions
    Carlton Fields represents telecom companies in complex corporate finance transactions (both equity and debt); corporate acquisitions and divestitures; complex joint venture arrangements (including those related to asset sharing and network buildout); and contract matters, including those related to intellectual property licensing and outsourcing. Our knowledge of consolidation’s impact on the cable industry and wireless market is firsthand—we  acted as counsel in the transaction that created T-Mobile in the United States. In addition, we have represented telecom clients in billions of dollars-worth of corporate transactions, real estate purchase, sale, and leasing.  Learn more about our experience in telecom transactions.
     
  • Government, Regulatory and Compliance
    We represent telecom clients in their dealings with local, state, and federal governmental agencies across the country.  Learn more about our experience in government, regulatory and compliance issues.
     
    • Real Estate and Transmission Sites 
      • Our telecom industry experience includes real estate purchase and sale, as well as leasing, transactions, such as those regarding the acquisition and disposition of network transmission facilities, retail locations, office space, and customer care centers. We have extensive experience addressing the unique issues telecom carriers face in connection with the location of cellular transmission sites and rights-of-way use. As telecommunications technologies evolve, so do our clients’ needs for space. We help them negotiate changes to leases, acquiring new property, and disposing of obsolete facilities and locations. 
    • Government Compliance 
    • Government Contracts 
    • Tax 
    • Data Privacy and Cybersecurity 
    • Employment Consulting 
    • TCPA Compliance


     

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Supreme Court Rules Government Must Obtain Search Warrant for Mobile Phone Location Data

Supreme Court Rules Government Must Obtain Search Warrant for Mobile Phone Location Data

June 22, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot generally obtain mobile phone location data absent a warrant. This article discusses the decision, which ends years of uncertainty.

Telecom Carriers to Block Spoofed Calls From Reaching Consumers

Telecom Carriers to Block Spoofed Calls From Reaching Consumers

August 29, 2017

The FCC continues its focus on addressing the significant consumer problem of unwanted calls.

The War Between PAGA and Arbitration in California Continues - This Time Employers Win

The War Between PAGA and Arbitration in California Continues - This Time Employers Win

August 4, 2017

This decision reinforces the importance of employers utilizing arbitration agreements coupled with class action waivers in their employment agreements.

FCC Focuses on Consumer Protection From Robocalling and TCPA Violations

FCC Focuses on Consumer Protection From Robocalling and TCPA Violations

July 20, 2017

This alert provides an overview of the FCC’s recent actions to address robocalls and TCPA violations, including the Commission’s $2.88 million fine imposed on a third-party for facilitating these calls.

Your Apps May Be Selling You Out

Your Apps May Be Selling You Out

July 12, 2017

While most people are vaguely aware, even if they are in denial, that their browsers give advertisers access to their search histories, they are probably unaware that information is being sold or given to third parties via the apps they use on their personal phones or mobile devices.

7th Circuit Becomes First Appellate Court to Find Title VII Protects Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

7th Circuit Becomes First Appellate Court to Find Title VII Protects Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

April 4, 2017

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, an en banc 7th Circuit became the first federal appellate court to find that prohibited sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Scratching the Surface: The FTC’s Phishing Tips for Victim Companies Are a Good First Step but Companies Should Not Stop There

Scratching the Surface: The FTC’s Phishing Tips for Victim Companies Are a Good First Step but Companies Should Not Stop There

March 12, 2017

In one type of phishing, fraudsters impersonate your business when contacting consumers. Phishing victims think they’re giving information to your company — by phone or Internet —but instead give personal or financial information to the fraudster.

Bullet Points on a Primer: The Quick Version of the Sedona Conference’s Data Privacy Primer

Bullet Points on a Primer: The Quick Version of the Sedona Conference’s Data Privacy Primer

January 16, 2017

Privacy law began in 1890 when Harvard Law Review published “The Right to Privacy” by Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis.

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