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|United States Supreme Court Clarifies Municipality's Responsibilities When Denying An Application for Cell Phone Tower Siting|
April 23, 2015, previously published on January 2015On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision clarifying what information must be provided when denying an application for cell phone tower siting under the Telecommunications Act. T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell, Georgia, 574 U.S....
|Creating Information Asymmetry to the Detriment of Competitors in the Context of an Invitation for Bids Can Constitute an Abuse of Dominant Position|
Sara Pomar, Emmanuelle van den Broucke; Dentons Canada LLP;
April 16, 2015, previously published on February 24, 2015Practices implemented by Télédiffusion de France (TDF) in the sector of terrestrial broadcasting services in the overseas territories were referred to the French Competition Authority by Outremer Telecom (OMT).
|Call Me, Maybe|
Michelle M. Arbitrio; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
April 15, 2015, previously published on February 17, 2015There has been an increase in lawsuits against financial institutions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and recent multimillion-dollar class action settlements raise significant concerns in the financial services industry regarding the efficacy of existing compliance protocols....
|Results Are In: Year of the Horse Ends with a Record Fine of USD 975 Million for Qualcomm|
Hannah C. L. Ha, John M. Hickin; Mayer Brown JSM;
April 14, 2015, previously published on February 18, 2015On 10 February 2015, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced that it was imposing fines of RMB 6.088 billion (approximately USD 975 million) on Qualcomm for abusing its dominant position in the CDMA, WCDMA and LTE wireless communication standard essential patents...
|CRTC Settles Alleged CASL Violation - Deficient Unsubscribe Mechanism|
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
April 13, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015On March 25, 2015, the Canadian Radio-television and Tele-communications Commission (“CRTC”) announced that the Vancouver-based, online dating service PlentyofFish paid $48,000 as part of a voluntary settlement of an alleged violation of Canada’s anti-spam law (commonly known as...
|FCC Fines AT&T $25 Million for Privacy Violations|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
April 13, 2015, previously published on April 10, 2015On April 8, the FCC imposed on AT&T its largest ever fine for data privacy violations. For 168 days, from November 2013 to April 2014, employees of a call center in Mexico, using computer systems maintained and operated by AT&T, accessed customer accounts to steal and sell cell phone handset unlock...
|Will the FCC Answer Calls to Clarify the TCPA?|
Keith J. Barnett, Thomas M. Byrne, Juan C. Garcia, Phillip E. Stano, Rocco E. Testani; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
April 9, 2015, previously published on April 9, 2015We can now count an FCC Commissioner among those imploring the agency to act on the growing number of pending petitions asking for much needed clarification of regulations promulgated under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). On April 1, 2015, in his remarks before the Association of...
|With New Net Neutrality Rules, FCC Asserts Sweeping Jurisdiction Over Broadband Internet Access Services|
Angela E. Giancarlo, Howard W. Waltzman, Brantley Webb; Mayer Brown LLP;
April 8, 2015, previously published on March 17, 2015On March 12, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “the Commission”) released its Open Internet Order (“Order”) and rules. Based on the FCC’s finding that “broadband providers hold all the tools necessary to deceive consumers, degrade...
|Once Again, David Defeats Goliath in Cross-Border Dispute|
Adrian Martinez; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 2015Our litigation team prevailed in defending a Mexican corporate executive who was sued in Los Angeles, California, by a worldwide known conglomerate, engaged in media and telecommunications industries (among many others).
|Turnin’ Havana to Atlanta: The White House Opens Doors for U.S. Telecommunications Investment in Cuba and Latin America|
Cheryl Palmeri, Dave Thomas, Brian D. Weimer; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 19, 2014Historic changes in relations between the United States and Cuba (that touch nerves in Hip-Hop and on Capitol Hill) and new U.S. sanctions against Venezuela may provide increased opportunities for U.S. business generally, and electronic communications technologies and infrastructure providers in...