Wiley Rein's Communications Litigation Practice, composed of former Supreme Court of the United States, federal court of appeals, and district court clerks, possesses an in-depth knowledge of communications law, administrative, trial, and appellate procedure. The Group stands alone in the top tier of the nation's telecom litigation practices ranked by The Legal 500 US (2009). Coupled with our mastery of the technology behind various communications networks and our understanding of our clients' business models and goals, Wiley Rein offers unique capabilities that seamlessly combine legal, regulatory, and public policy expertise and experience.
In addition to our general appellate expertise, Wiley Rein is well positioned to bring broad expertise and practical experience to bear in all areas of communications law, in any venue—including federal and state courts, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state public utility commissions, state and local administrative bodies, and even local franchising authorities in cable franchising or rights-of-way disputes. Andrew G. McBride, who chairs the Communications Litigation Practice, also chairs the Appellate Practice. Our Communications Litigation Team offers an integrated approach to communications law, providing a combination of existing subject matter expertise, lean staffing, and cost effectiveness. The Communications Litigation Practice has authored an authoritative treatise, Communications, Chapter 73 of Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, providing practice pointers and a comprehensive survey of recent developments affecting communications litigation.
We practice in federal and state courts across the country, and we have successfully represented our clients in matters ranging from class actions and antitrust defense to First Amendment challenges to restrictions on marketing and commercial speech. We have served as lead counsel on a wide range of matters of national significance, including:
- Class action claims against wireless telephone manufacturers and wireless carriers based on alleged dangers from radio frequency emissions generated by wireless handsets;
- Continuing litigation pitting Internet freedom and privacy against copyright protection in the new digital environment of cyberspace;
- Judicial review of nationally important federal regulatory actions; and
- Groundbreaking state and federal litigation on issues of cable franchising and cable competition.
Please use the links below to learn more about some of our particular specialties.
Supreme Court Empowers Federal Agencies to Upset the Settled Expectations of Regulated Industries
By Megan L. Brown, Brett A. Shumate and Jeremy J. Broggi*
March 10, 2015
D.C. Circuit Challenge to FCC’s Authority Over Fax Advertisements Has Important First Amendment Implications
By Megan L. Brown and Brett A. Shumate
December 12, 2014 | Bloomberg BNA's Telecommunications Law Resource Center
Telecommunications Industry in the Government’s FCPA Crosshairs
By Ralph J. Caccia, Scott D. Delacourt, Gregory M. Williams and P. Nicholas Peterson
April 4, 2014 | Bloomberg BNA's White Collar Crime Report