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Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Arnold & Porter’s award-winning technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) team understands the industry’s vast and growing importance to society. And we recognize that the industry’s growth and complexity has garnered increasing scrutiny from regulators, lawsuits, and large-scale merger activity. Our team, too, has grown in sophistication and size along with the industry: Arnold & Porter’s TMT team now has more than 75 lawyers, many of whom are former scientists, engineers, coders, journalists, and government officials. We combine deep industry knowledge with legal acumen to help our clients mitigate risk, capitalize on opportunities, and navigate shifting trends that may require course correction.

We deploy our integrated transactional, litigation, and regulatory experience to help some of the world's most innovative TMT industry players across every aspect of their businesses. Our TMT clients rely on us to guide them through the largest mergers in history, to enforce and defend their most important intellectual property, to protect their free speech rights, to handle complicated spectrum transactions and network-sharing deals, to obtain favorable regulatory treatment for cutting-edge technologies, and to negotiate their most important technology collaborations. These clients routinely turn to us for help in conceiving, building, financing, commercializing, and protecting their most important assets.

  • Business and Technical Savvy: Our in-depth understanding of our clients' business imperatives and technology enables us to develop and execute on practical legal strategies and tactics.

  • Groundbreaking Precedents: From winning a landmark decision in New York's highest court protecting journalists' sources to successfully defending the first-ever case about "fake news," we take on the emerging and unresolved issues at the core of TMT businesses.

  • Regulatory Expertise: Our deep knowledge of the regulatory environment keeps us at the forefront of developments and innovation in this ever-evolving industry.

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Experience Highlights

  • AT&T, as antitrust and regulatory counsel, in leading the effort to obtain U.S. Department of Justice clearance for the US$85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger; successful defense of the Department of Justice's lawsuit to block the transaction; and the coordination of work with local antitrust and regulatory counsel to secure approvals in nearly 30 other countries, including the negotiation of conditional approvals in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico.

  • Adobe in multiple IP cases, including patent, copyright, and trade secret matters across several jurisdictions. We have successfully defended Adobe in numerous patent matters across e-commerce platforms and systems, electronic signatures, real-time animation, and other technologies. We also represent Adobe in the protection of its IP rights against infringers.

  • Investigative journalist in defending her right to maintain the secrecy of her sources in reporting on the Batman movie theater mass shooting, leading to a landmark decision in the New York Court of Appeals.

  • Leading television news network and two of its on-air anchors in the successful defense against first-of-its-kind defamation claim based on fake news. We won summary judgment in district court; that decision was affirmed by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

  • AT&T, as regulatory counsel, in matters related to FCC conditions on its acquisition of DIRECTV in 2015, including the preparation of semi-annual compliance reports to the FCC.

  • Premium TV network and digital media content provider in privacy and data security compliance and design for its app, data risk management issues, and updated privacy and security program and related documents.  

  • The Saul Zaentz Company and its subsidiary, Middle-earth Enterprises, holder of various rights in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," as longtime lead licensing counsel in the negotiation and drafting of numerous film, stage, video game, and merchandising agreements, as well as in the sale of Middle-earth Enterprises to Embracer Freemode Iconic Holding Inc., a subsidiary of the Swedish gaming company, Embracer Group.

  • HarperCollins Publishers in various antitrust actions involving the pricing of e-books, as well as in private class action and retailer litigation brought against various publishers and Apple.

  • Ad hoc group of term lenders to iHeartMedia Inc. in the restructuring of approximately US$20 billion of debt issued by iHeartMedia and its affiliates. Our bankruptcy, litigation, corporate, tax, and regulatory lawyers guided the clients through a complex, multiyear effort, which included a successfully litigated adversary proceeding trial over alleged violations of an indenture covenant; the separation of iHeart and Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. into independent public companies; and addressing the antitrust issues for iHeart’s successful emergence from bankruptcy. Because iHeart operates the largest collection of U.S. broadcast radio stations, our telecommunications lawyers ensured compliance with complex U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules when funds or their investment advisers are formed in offshore jurisdictions. 

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