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|The Second Opinion: A Defamation Claim without “Merit” — The BCCA Shields Directors from Liability for Statements made as part of Continuous Corporate Disclosure|
Anthony M.C. Alexander; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 3, 2014Public corporations are required by law to provide continuous disclosure of information likely to be relevant to existing or potential shareholders. The directors of such corporations must be careful to ensure that such disclosure is timely and accurate, and that it cannot be characterized as...
|U.S. and U.K. Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration on Data Privacy Enforcement|
Kenneth R. Florin, Ieuan Jolly, James D. Taylor; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
April 15, 2014, previously published on April 2014Citing the increasing frequency with which consumer information crosses international borders and the need for coordinated monitoring and enforcement strategies related to consumer privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its U.K. counterpart,...
|States Further Attempt to Protect Minors' Privacy Online|
Kenneth R. Florin, Nerissa Coyle McGinn, James D. Taylor; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
April 15, 2014, previously published on April 2014Following the adoption of a California law protecting minors under the age of 18 online, Delaware has now introduced House Bill 261, which would add a new section called the Child Online Protection Act to Title 6 of the Delaware Code. The California bill, which was enacted in September 2013 and...
|Social Media Generates Amendment to Right to Privacy Act|
Ryan A. Haas; Chuhak & Tecson, P.C.;
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 2, 2014Can an employer in Illinois lawfully require an employee to provide a password or access to his or her LinkedIn account? Under the recent amendment to the Illinois Right to Privacy Act, it depends on whether the account is considered a “professional account” or a “personal...
|Is Wheeler Gaga for Gigabit? The FCC Liberates 100 MHz of Spectrum for Unlicensed Wi-Fi|
Douglas A. "Drew" Svor, Dave Thomas; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 11, 2014, previously published on April 7, 2014On April 1, the FCC took steps to remedy a small but growing annoyance of modern life: poor Wi-Fi connectivity. Removing restrictions that had been in place to protect the mobile satellite service uplinks of Globalstar, and by unanimous vote, the FCC’s First Report and Order on U-NII will...
|New TCPA Rules Present Telemarketing Compliance Challenges|
Nicole Day, Wendy J. Pifher; Holland & Hart LLP;
April 10, 2014, previously published on April 4, 2014Businesses often consider the use of telemarketing campaigns as an efficient and effective way to reach vast numbers of consumers. Recently, new rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 ("TCPA") went into...
|FCC Adopts Rule Limiting Joint Retransmission Consent Negotiations; Initiates Further Rulemaking on Repeal of Cable Blackout Rules|
Seth A. Davidson, Craig A. Gilley, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
April 8, 2014, previously published on April 2014On Monday, March 31, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to amend its “good faith negotiation” rules to prohibit the joint negotiation of retransmission consent by two or more stations that are among the four most highly rated stations in a market and are...
|Mobile Medical App Regulations on the Move - Proposed Bills To Further Alter the Regulatory Landscape of Mobile Medical Applications|
Lauren Lewis, Stephanie L. Zeppa; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 3, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014Apple’s apps store lists close to a 100,000 health apps. Together with wearable technology, direct-to-consumer testing services, and greater consumer participation in the decision to purchase health insurance, the healthcare market in the United States is undergoing a significant...
|Communications From Officials' Private Cell Phones and E-Mail Not Subject to Public Records Act|
Shawn D. Hagerty, HongDao Nguyen; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
April 3, 2014, previously published on March 28, 2014A California Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that public agencies are not required to disclose communications from officials’ private cell phones and e-mail accounts under the Public Records Act (PRA). In the same vein, public agencies have no duty to search officials’ and...
|Pace Picks Up on Congressional Consideration of Legislation Impacting Broadcast, Cable, and Satellite Industries|
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
April 1, 2014, previously published on March 2014On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee approved by voice vote an as-yet unnamed and unnumbered bill to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (“STELA”) and to make certain other...