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Telecommunications Litigation

ArentFox Schiff is a leader in corporate and consumer protection litigation affecting the communications industry.

The firm boasts a team with broad experience in the technology world that knows how to navigate the clearest path forward, no matter the complexity of the issue. We are particularly adept at appearing before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission, US Patent and Trademark Office, and federal and state courts. Our technical understanding, policy expertise, and litigation capabilities enable us to provide comprehensive counsel and advocacy in any forum.

From established communications providers and large defense contractors to new entrants in the communications and high-tech space, our clients represent a cross-section of the industry. We provide more than a service – we are a trusted advisor and partner

What We Do

  • Carrier-to-Carrier Litigation, including interconnection, intercarrier compensation, and blocking disputes
  • Class Action Defense, including claims under Communications Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, state cable acts, and consumer privacy statutes
  • FCC Rulemakings, Enforcement Proceedings, Investigations, and defending related US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuits
  • Federal Appellate Advocacy
  • Defense of antitrust claims against telecommunications carriers
  • Defense of telecommunications carriers in consumer litigation involving SIM swaps, Cryptocurrency issues, and Fair Credit Reporting
  • Defense of dealer and sub-dealer disputes regarding termination and account issues
  • Advice regarding state and local telecommunications taxation issues

Our Work

  • Successfully defended dozens of TCPA class action lawsuits
  • United States v. Touch-Tel USA, LLC (S.D. Tex.) (settled litigation threatened by DOJ to enforce $5 million forfeiture order issued against telecommunications carrier before the complaint was filed and for settlement payment under $100,000)
  • United States v. Preferred Long-Distance, Inc. (C.D. Cal.) (resolved complaint filed by DOJ against telecommunications service provider to enforce $1.4 million forfeiture order)
  • City of East St. Louis v. Netflix (S.D. of Ill.) (defending putative class action against streaming companies in which the city is attempting to collect franchise fees applicable to traditional cable companies against out-of-state streaming companies)