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. Our 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.
FCC Clarifies that a Seller May Be Held Vicariously Liable for the TCPA Violation of Its Telemarketing Firm
By Scott D. Delacourt, Thomas R. McCarthy and Brett A. Shumate
May 16, 2013
Federal Distracted Driver Guidelines for Auto Manufacturers Set the Stage for Regulation of Mobile Devices and Tablets in Cars
By Scott D. Delacourt and David E. Hilliard
April 24, 2013
Summary of the First Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Notice of Inquiry In the Matter of Reassessment of Federal Communications Commission Radiofrequency Exposure Limits and Policies and Proposed Changes in the Commission's Rules Regarding Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields
By Nancy J. Victory, Andrew G. McBride, Joshua S. Turner and Megan L. Brown
April 8, 2013