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|The Energy Industry Deserves Adequate Spectrum Resources|
C. Douglas Jarrett, Gregory E. Kunkle, Jack Richards, Wesley K. Wright; Keller and Heckman LLP;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014Electric 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...
|Is Apple Leading a Health Management Revolution?|
Eric L. Altman, Vinay Bhupathy; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 10, 2014Yesterday was a significant day for Apple and its legions of loyal fans, but was it also the “beginning of a health revolution” as Apple alludes to? On September 9th, Apple announced its new iteration of the iPhone, the iPhone 6 running a new iOS 8 operating system, and also debuted its...
|Indiana Loosens Its Utility Belt: Prepaid Phones and Phone Service Subject to Utility Receipts Tax|
Stephen A. Burroughs, Prentiss Willson; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
September 4, 2014, previously published on August 29, 2014 Indiana’s Department Revenue determined that the sale of prepaid phone cards and prepaid cell phones are “telecommunication services” subject to Indiana’s Utility Receipts Tax (URT). The URT is an income tax imposed upon the receipts a taxpayer receives from the sale of...
|Framework for Amendment to Japan's Personal Information Protection Act|
Michiru Takahashi; Jones Day;
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 2014On June 24, 2014, Japan’s Strategic Headquarters for the Promotion of an Advanced Information and Telecommunication Network Society (“IT Strategy Headquarters”) within the Cabinet Office announced its “Policy Outline of the Institutional Revision for Utilization of Personal...
|CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services|
Gail A. Karish, Joseph Van Eaton; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 26, 2014The California Public Utilities Commission has decided to focus on the cost and availability of broadband services in its review of the proposed merger between the two largest cable and broadband providers in the state: Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Local governments and schools may want to...
|Employers Must Pay Employee Cell Phone Expenses|
Jeffrey P. Fuchsman, Richard S. Rosenberg; Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt LLP;
August 28, 2014, previously published on August 14, 2014Employers get out your checkbooks. The California Court of Appeal has ruled that employers must reimburse employees for the reasonable cost of using their personal cell phones to make or receive business calls. In a case involving Schwan's Home Service, the Court ruled that the company must...
|General Overview of Mexico’s New Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law|
Blanca Luévano Garcia, Octavio Lecona Morales, Bertha Alicia Ordaz-Avilés; Greenberg Traurig, S.C.;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014The Decree derives from the constitutional reform on telecommunications, broadcasting and economic competition published in the Official Gazette on June 11, 2013 (the “Constitutional Reform”). The Constitutional Reform reshaped the telecommunications and broadcasting legal framework.
|Getting to "Yes": Ninth Circuit Provides Guidance on Formation of "Browsewrap" Arbitration Agreements|
Archis A. Parasharami, James F. Tierney; Mayer Brown LLP;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014In the three years since AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, courts have largely been rejecting substantive attacks on arbitration agreements that waive class actions. By contrast, in some cases plaintiffs have succeeded in avoiding arbitration by arguing that they never agreed to it in the first...
|ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-925) Regarding Certain Communications Or Computing Devices|
Eric W. Schweibenz; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 18, 2014On August 15, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Communications Or Computing Devices And Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-924).
|Blast Fax Cases Now Harder to Certify|
Michael C. Lueder; Foley & Lardner LLP;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 13, 2014Blast fax cases filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act just became harder to certify in Minnesota. On August 5, 2014 U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty, in the case Sandusky Wellness Center LLC v. Medtox Scientific, denied Sandusky’s motion for class certification because the...