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|EU's Accelerated M&A Activity in Telecom and Tech Sectors Prompts Regulatory Questions|
Paloma Bru, Francesco Liberatore, Holger Neumann, Bruce A. Olcott, Alexandre G. Verheyden; Jones Day;
May 12, 2015, previously published on April 2015M&A activity in the telecommunications and technology sectors is running at levels not seen since the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. Much of the optimism stems from the rise of new communications services, such as, amongst others, Communications as a Service ("CaaS"), Voice over IP...
|American Tower Corporation v. City of San Diego (2014): Further Guidance From The Ninth Circuit On The Regulation Of Data Towers In California|
Sean R. Marciniak; Miller Starr Regalia A Professional Law Corporation;
May 7, 2015The Ninth Circuit recently addressed cell phone tower issues in the matter of American Tower Corporation v. City of San Diego (2014) 763 F.3d 1035, affirming that a local government has a wide degree of discretion to regulate towers and other telecommunication facilities. This decision is...
|Cyberthreat Data Sharing Legislation Advances|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
April 24, 2015, previously published on April 23, 2015The House on April 22 passed legislation granting liability protections to U.S. companies that share cyberthreat information with each other and the federal government. The Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R. 1560) would allow companies to voluntarily share information on cyberthreat indicators and...
|The Anthem Breach Silver Lining|
Diane D. Reynolds; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
April 23, 2015, previously published on February 5, 2015Anthem may have just experienced the largest health care data breach in U.S. history, with potentially 80 million individuals at risk from this “very sophisticated external cyber-attack,” according to Anthem Chief Executive Joseph Swedish. There will be months of analysis, debate and...
|United States Supreme Court Clarifies Municipality's Responsibilities When Denying An Application for Cell Phone Tower Siting|
April 23, 2015, previously published on January 2015On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision clarifying what information must be provided when denying an application for cell phone tower siting under the Telecommunications Act. T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell, Georgia, 574 U.S....
|House GOPers Try to Block Net Neutrality|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 21, 2015, previously published on April 17, 2015This week, a group of House Republicans introduced legislation aimed at blocking the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality regulations.
|Safeguarding Your Information Assets: Are You Prepared?|
Stephenie Wingyuen Yeung; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
April 20, 2015, previously published on January 2015In view of the well-publicized data breaches in 2014 and the current renewed federal legislative focus on privacy and data security issues, we are providing this Alert to highlight some action items to safeguard your company’s information assets, and reduce exposure to liability in the event...
|White House Issues Proposal for FTC-Regulated Data Privacy Protection|
M. Christine Carty; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
April 20, 2015, previously published on March 2015On February 27, 2015, the White House proposed legislation to protect consumers’ personal data and information that is collected and used by private companies and nonprofits. Federal and state governments and their agencies are not covered by the proposed law.
|Nova Scotia Class Proceeding Permanently and Unconditionally Stayed as Abuse of Process|
David Elman; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
April 16, 2015, previously published on April 10, 2015In BCE Inc. v. Gillis, 2015 NSCA 32, issued on April 9, 2015, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal considered the doctrine of abuse of process in the context of a proposed class proceeding where a virtually identical action, commenced by the same plaintiffs represented by the same counsel (Merchant Law...
|Call Me, Maybe|
Michelle M. Arbitrio; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
April 15, 2015, previously published on February 17, 2015There has been an increase in lawsuits against financial institutions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and recent multimillion-dollar class action settlements raise significant concerns in the financial services industry regarding the efficacy of existing compliance protocols....