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|FCC Repeals NFL Blackout Rules|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 8, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014The 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.
|Mais v. Gulf Coast Collection Bureau: Eleventh Circuit Provides Creditors TCPA Relief|
Zachary D. Miller; Burr & Forman LLP;
October 8, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014In 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...
|FCC Considers Banning Redskins|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 8, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014Another 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...
|Eleventh Circuit Hears Oral Argument in Landmark TCPA Case|
Michael C. Lueder; Foley & Lardner LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014Industry 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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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.