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|CPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises|
Gail A. Karish, Harriet A. Steiner; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014The 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...
|For 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;
August 28, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014Insurance 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...
|General Overview of Mexico’s New Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law|
Blanca Luévano Garcia, Octavio Lecona Morales, Bertha Alicia Ordaz-Avilés; Greenberg Traurig, S.C.;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014The 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.
|Blast Fax Cases Now Harder to Certify|
Michael C. Lueder; Foley & Lardner LLP;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 13, 2014Blast 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...
|Pros and Cons of Prepaid Utilities|
Timothy Spencer; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014In 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...
|Multi-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;
August 18, 2014, previously published on August 12, 2014High-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...
|The New Telecom Antennas Law|
Alfonso Silva, Javier Undurraga; Carey;
August 14, 2014After 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...
|Federal Communications Commission Requests Comments on Effectiveness of Cybersecurity Recommendations|
Richard J. Johnson, Bruce A. Olcott, Mauricio F. Paez, Preston N. Thomas; Jones Day;
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 2014The 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.
|Ninth 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;
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014In 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...
|Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions|
Gail A. Karish, Joseph Van Eaton; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014Last 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...