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HTMLEleventh Circuit Reverses Outlier Decision on TCPA Prior Express Consent Standard
Keith J. Barnett, Thomas M. Byrne, Ellen M. Dunn, Juan C. Garcia, Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has clarified the standard for “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in a September 29, 2014 decision reversing an outlier ruling by a lower court. In Mais v. Gulf Coast Collection Bureau, Inc.,...

 

HTMLMais v. Gulf Coast Collection Bureau: Eleventh Circuit Provides Creditors TCPA Relief
Zachary D. Miller; Burr & Forman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 8, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014
In May 2013, a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida caused great concern among creditors and debt collectors by taking an unprecedented stance against the supremacy of orders issued by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) regarding the...

 

HTMLFCC Repeals NFL Blackout Rules
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 8, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously this week to repeal federal regulations that prohibit cable and satellite TV providers from showing a sports event in an area if the game was blacked out on broadcast television stations such as Fox or CBS.

 

HTMLFCC Considers Banning Redskins
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 8, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014
Another federal agency may be preparing to weigh in on the on-going debate about the name of the National Football League franchise based in Washington, D.C. Just months after the Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team’s trademark; the Federal Communications Commission is weighing...

 

HTMLNinth Circuit Rules Marketing Consultant Can Be Held Vicariously Liable for Text Messages under TCPA
Ernest C. Cooper; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 2, 2014, previously published on September 24, 2014
In a ruling issued late last week, the Ninth Circuit held that a marketing consultant that hired a firm to send text messages for a third party could also be held vicariously liable for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The marketing consultant acknowledged that Federal...

 

HTMLFCC Sets Deadline for and Narrows Scope of Special Access Mandatory Data Collection
Russell M. Blau, Joshua M. Bobeck, Eric J. Branfman, Tamar E. Finn, Andrew D. Lipman; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014
On Monday, September 15, 2014, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (“WCB”) issued a Reconsideration Order revising the mandatory data collection in the special access proceeding based on concerns raised by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”). In this Order,...

 

HTMLEleventh Circuit Hears Oral Argument in Landmark TCPA Case
Michael C. Lueder; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014
Industry now waits as the Eleventh Circuit considers whether to overturn a Florida district court decision rejecting the Federal Communications Commission’s definition of prior express consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. On September 18, 2014, the United States Court of...

 

HTMLSenate Commerce Committee Releases Revised Draft of Legislation Extending STELA and Making Other Changes to the Communications Act
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Thune (R-SD), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, have released a revised version of S. 2799, the “Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act” (STAVRA). The full committee is scheduled to...

 

HTMLThe Energy Industry Deserves Adequate Spectrum Resources
C. Douglas Jarrett, Gregory E. Kunkle, Jack Richards, Wesley K. Wright; Keller and Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
Electric utilities, oil and gas companies, and others in the energy industry rely on a variety of communications systems authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to meet their internal wireless communications requirements. In light of the critical nature of their services, they must...

 

HTMLWhat the House of Lords Report on Social Media Offences Means for Your Website
Alex Henderson, Samuel Oustayiannis, Ingrid Silver; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014
In July 2014, the House of Lords Communications Committee (the Committee) published a report to inform and stimulate discussion on how the law should respond to offences committed using social media (the Report). The Report is particularly relevant to companies who operate websites with...

 


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