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HTMLCPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises
Gail A. Karish, Harriet A. Steiner; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014
The California Public Utilities Commission has concluded its rulemaking proceeding and adopted streamlined rules that holders of state video franchises (such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T and others) must follow to obtain renewal of their franchises under the Digital Infrastructure...

 

HTMLFor Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry
Thomas M. Byrne, Thomas W. Curvin, Ellen M. Dunn, Juan C. Garcia, Cheryl L. Haas; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 28, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014
Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated telephone dialing system—or that has independent or...

 

HTMLGeneral Overview of Mexico’s New Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law
Blanca Luévano Garcia, Octavio Lecona Morales, Bertha Alicia Ordaz-Avilés; Greenberg Traurig, S.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014
The Decree derives from the constitutional reform on telecommunications, broadcasting and economic competition published in the Official Gazette on June 11, 2013 (the “Constitutional Reform”). The Constitutional Reform reshaped the telecommunications and broadcasting legal framework.

 

HTMLBlast Fax Cases Now Harder to Certify
Michael C. Lueder; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 13, 2014
Blast fax cases filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act just became harder to certify in Minnesota. On August 5, 2014 U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty, in the case Sandusky Wellness Center LLC v. Medtox Scientific, denied Sandusky’s motion for class certification because the...

 

HTMLPros and Cons of Prepaid Utilities
Timothy Spencer; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014
In the service provider industry, that cellular phone service providers and utility service providers are at least comparable in nature is likely an acceptable comparison. After all, both cell phone service providers and utility service providers bill their respective customers based on what the...

 

HTMLMulti-Million Dollar Settlements Prompt Record Filing of TCPA Lawsuits
Wilson G. Barmeyer, Thomas M. Byrne, Ellen M. Dunn, Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, Lewis S. Wiener; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2014, previously published on August 12, 2014
High-dollar settlements of class actions filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act appear to have prompted the filing of a record number of new TCPA cases in federal courts nationwide. In the largest TCPA settlement announced to date, on July 29, 2014, a federal court in Illinois...

 

Adobe PDFThe New Telecom Antennas Law
Alfonso Silva, Javier Undurraga; Carey;
Legal Alert/Article
August 14, 2014
After 5 years under discussion in the Chilean Congress, on June 11th, 2012, the long expected bill that regulates the installation of telecommunications antennas and its towers has become a Law in Chile. Law N° 20.599 (the "Antenna Law") affects not only the new telecommunication antennas...

 

HTMLFederal Communications Commission Requests Comments on Effectiveness of Cybersecurity Recommendations
Richard J. Johnson, Bruce A. Olcott, Mauricio F. Paez, Preston N. Thomas; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 2014
The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") is seeking industry and public comment on whether it should take further steps to ensure that the U.S. communications industry is sufficiently prepared for cybersecurity threats.

 

HTMLNinth Circuit Thinks Inside the Bun, Applies Traditional Agency Principles To Dismiss Putative TCPA Class Action Claims Against Taco Bell Corp.
J. Aaron George, Paul A. Werner; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014
In Thomas v. Taco Bell Corp., No. 12-56458 (9th Cir. July 2, 2014) the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that Taco Bell, one defendant in a putative class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227, could not be...

 

HTMLComments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions
Gail A. Karish, Joseph Van Eaton; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014
Last week the FCC made two important announcements concerning its review of the applications filed for approval of the Comcast - Time Warner Cable - Charter cable merger and spin off transactions, and at the same time the agency formally started the time clock running on its review. The FCC...

 


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