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|FCC Issues Decision on Cable Systems Pay-By-Phone Convenience Charges, Rates for “Basic-Only” Equipment Rates, and Unbundling of Service and Equipment Rates|
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
March 24, 2014, previously published on March 2014For the first time in several years, the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau has issued a decision resolving a cable operator’s appeal of a local order regulating the cable operator’s rates. The appeal, which was brought by Comcast, addressed nearly identical rate...
|Yahoo! Unhappy With TCPA Ruling; Seeks Reconsideration|
Scott A. Shaffer; Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP;
March 18, 2014, previously published on March 6, 2014In Sherman v. Yahoo! Inc., decided on February 3, 2014 in the Southern District of California, Yahoo! failed to convince the court that a lawsuit against it should fail because Yahoo! did not use an Automatic Telephone Dialing System (ATDS) to send text messages, as that term is defined under the...
|My Brother’s TCPA Keeper? Recent Cases Highlight Third-Party Risk Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act|
Wilson G. Barmeyer, Keith J. Barnett, Thomas M. Byrne, Amanda R. Callais, Lewis S. Wiener; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 11, 2014Early 2014 has produced a series of court decisions highlighting third-party liability issues under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In February, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case about liability for junk faxes made by an alleged agent, and other recent cases have...
|State-by-State Look at Defamation Statutes of Limitations|
Jordan S. Cohen, Whitney C. Gibson; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP;
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 10, 2014We have frequently mentioned and stressed the importance of acting on defamation issues quickly, including in a post exclusively addressing this topic. With many states’ statutes of limitations for libel and slander being only a year, and very few being more than two, not seeking counsel...
|Businesses Advised to Act Now to Ease Compliance with New Controls on Commercial Electronic Messages|
H. Todd Greenbloom; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
March 10, 2014, previously published on March 2014Canadians are often bombarded by unwanted emails, text messages, faxes, tweets and other forms of electronic communications. There has been little regulation, and spammers have conducted their business as they have seen fit. Recipients of electronic junk could not help but feel that they were in...
|Distracted Driving: What's In Your Policy?|
Jennifer B. Sandberg; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014Long before cell phones, drivers faced various distractions: eating, grooming, attending to children, changing the radio station, rubbernecking someone else’s accident, becoming absorbed in a conversation, or arguing. These distractions created safety hazards and, of course, still do. So just...
|Sleeper “Small” Cells: The Battle Over The FCC’s Wireless Infrastructure Proceeding|
Douglas A. "Drew" Svor, Dave Thomas; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 5, 2014, previously published on February 27, 2014As policymakers and regulators struggle to keep pace with corporate deal makers (read Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and Comcast-Netflix deal) and address the structures undergirding our Nation’s electronic communications laws, no two aspects of that undertaking (with the possible exception...
|Dispelling Misconceptions about False and Defamatory Information Online|
Jordan S. Cohen, Colleen M. Devanney, Whitney C. Gibson, James W. Kelly; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP;
March 4, 2014, previously published on February 26, 2014Since launching the Vorys internet defamation group, we have encountered several misconceptions about the removal of information from the internet. If you or your company has been disparaged online, realize you are not helpless and have several options on how to deal with your potential internet...
|FCC Intends To Propose New Net Neutrality Rules|
Seth A. Davidson, Craig A. Gilley, Arthur H. Harding, Ari Z. Moskowitz; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 2014FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a statement on February 19 announcing that the FCC will not appeal a January 14 court decision from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals striking down most of the FCC’s net neutrality rules (see Edwards Wildman Client Advisory, January 2014 - D.C. Circuit Strikes...
|New UK Web Defamation Rules for User Content: What Canadian Website Operators Need to Know|
Keith D. Rose; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
February 19, 2014, previously published on February 13, 2014The UK Defamation Act 2013 (the “Act”) came into effect on January 1, 2014. This Act includes a variety of reforms to the UK law of defamation, including codification of the defence of “Publication on a matter of public interest”; however, for Canadian website operators,...