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|Senate 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;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014Senators 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...
|What the House of Lords Report on Social Media Offences Means for Your Website|
Alex Henderson, Samuel Oustayiannis, Ingrid Silver; Dentons Canada LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014In 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...
|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...
|TCPA Hot Issues: Is the Scope of Consent Unlimited?|
Keith J. Barnett, Thomas M. Byrne, Ellen M. Dunn, Juan C. Garcia, Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014What constitutes valid consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act? A hot issue in TCPA litigation is the scope of consent necessary to place automated calls to consumers where the consumer has provided a cell phone number to a company in connection with a specific transaction or...
|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...
|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 Dismisses Privacy Action Against Zynga and Facebook|
Morris Polich Purdy LLP;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 8, 2014On May 8, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to plaintiffs alleging privacy violations by Facebook and Zynga Game Network (a social gaming company). In In re: Zynga Privacy Litigation, 750 F.3d 1098 (9th Cir. 2014), the court upheld the dismissal of a purported class action in...
|ITC Issues Public Version of Opinion Regarding $6.2 Million Dollar Civil Penalty for Consent Order Violation in Certain Two-Way Global Satellite Communication Devices (337-TA-854)|
Lisa M. Mandrusiak, Eric W. Schweibenz; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
July 11, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014On July 2, 2014, the International Trade Commission (“the Commission”) issued the public version of its opinion in the enforcement proceeding in Certain Two-Way Global Satellite Communication Devices, System and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-854) determining to impose a civil...
|ALJ Lord Grants Motion to Terminate Investigation as To Garmin in Certain Navigation Products (337-TA-900)|
Eric W. Schweibenz; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
July 11, 2014, previously published on July 8, 2014On June 30, 2014, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 23 in Certain Navigation Products, Including GPS Devices, Navigation and Display Systems, Radar Systems, Navigational Aids, Mapping Systems and Related Software (Inv. No. 337-TA-900).
|The Fight Against Cybercrime: A Major Issue for European Companies|
Emmanuel Baud, Bénédicte Graulle; Jones Day;
July 11, 2014, previously published on July 2014The fight against cybercrime constitutes an economic and legal challenge for companies. The digital revolution and the development of new technologies have significantly increased the risks to which companies are now exposed. Furthermore, the amount of damages caused by cyberattacks has literally...