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|Third Time's a Charm for Net Neutrality: D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC's Reclassification of Broadband|
Michael B. Hazzard, Bruce A. Olcott, Preston N. Thomas; Jones Day;
June 23, 2016, previously published on June 2016After seven years and three tries, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") appears to have found the winning combination for a defensible net neutrality policy. In a sweeping 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the 2015 "Open Internet...
|Communication Within Your Association|
Ursula Koenig Burgess; Rees Broome, PC;
March 30, 2016, previously published on February 2016One of the biggest complaints that we hear from unhappy residents is a lack of communication. While the complaint is most often aimed at the board and a belief that the board is not providing information, we also hear complaints that there is no appropriate method of communication established for...
|UK Telecoms Regulator Falls Short of Proposing BT Breakup, but Introduces New Regulatory Framework Promoting Network Competition|
Francesco Liberatore; Jones Day;
March 22, 2016, previously published on February 2016Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, has published the initial conclusions of its Strategic Review of Digital Communications consultation (which we discussed in a prior alert on this consultation . The most contentious issue raised by this review is whether to separate Britain's incumbent...
|Verizon Settles Supercookie Probe with FCC|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
March 21, 2016, previously published on March 10, 2016Verizon Wireless has reached a settlement with the Federal Communications Commission over Verizon’s insertion of unique identifier headers (“UIDH”), also known as “supercookies,” to track customers’ mobile Internet traffic without their knowledge or consent....
|Dial “C” for Confusion: Courts Split on TCPA Definition of Autodialer|
Thomas M. Byrne, Juan C. Garcia, Phillip E. Stano, Rocco E. Testani, Lewis S. Wiener; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
March 15, 2016, previously published on March 15, 2016Notwithstanding so-called “guidance” from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its July 2015 Order, the definition of “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS or autodialer) continues to be a disputed issue. This issue perpetuates the uncertainty over the scope...
|Warrant Issued for Malware under Canada's Anti-Spam Law|
Bradley J. Freedman; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
February 16, 2016, previously published on January 29, 2016The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ("CRTC") has executed a warrant under Canada's anti-spam law (commonly known as "CASL") to investigate the installation of malware and the alteration of transmission data.
|SCOTUS to TCPA Defendants: Offer of Complete Relief to Lead Plaintiff is No Easy Out from Class Actions|
Christopher A. Roach; Adams and Reese LLP;
February 9, 2016, previously published on January 22, 2016What happens when you make an offer they can't refuse . . . and they refuse? The Supreme Court addressed this question in the context of complete relief offers to lead plaintiffs in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action.
|FCC Fines Private Land Mobile Licensee $135,000|
Georgina Lopez-Ona Feigen, Jeffrey W. Rubin, Alan S. Tilles; Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.;
February 8, 2016, previously published on January 19, 2016On December 30, 2015, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau released an Order adopting a Consent Decree entered into by the Bureau with private land mobile radio licensee Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood, LLC (“Constellium”).1 The Consent Decree provides that Constellium admits that...
|Ringing Off The Hook: TCPA Issues Still At Forefront As Calendar Turns To 2016|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
February 4, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016We may only be three weeks into 2016, but the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) has already received a considerable amount of attention this year.
|How Not to Moot a Case: Supreme Court Rules Case Remains Live After Unaccepted Offer of Settlement|
Hera S. Arsen; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
January 29, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided another case in a line of cases addressing the issue of class action mootness. Specifically, the justices ruled that an unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment does not moot a plaintiff’s case. “Like other...