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FCC Robocall Strike Force Releases Its Report on Curbing Unwanted and Illegal Robocalls

On October 26, the Federal Communications Commission convened a second meeting of the Robocall Strike Force, which has been working for two months to develop solutions to the problem of illegal and unwanted robocalls. The...more

11/1/2016 - Do Not Call List FCC Robocalling TCPA Telecommunications

Federal Government and Its Contractors Exempt from the TCPA, FCC Rules

TCPA class actions continue to plague companies around the country, but a recent FCC ruling means that one big caller doesn’t have to worry: the federal government, as well as its contractors. On July 5, the Federal...more

7/11/2016 - Bipartisan Budget Act Cell Phones Declaratory Rulings Exemptions FCC Federal Contractors Government Agencies Prior Express Consent Sovereign Immunity TCPA Vicarious Liability

Federal Court Finds Intangible Harm Caused by Robocalls Sufficient for Post-Spokeo Standing in TCPA Claim Alleging Privacy...

In an instructive opinion on how intangible harms can cause injuries sufficient to confer standing on plaintiffs—and a rare example of the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest ruling on standing aiding plaintiffs—a West Virginia...more

7/8/2016 - Article III Corporate Counsel Injury-in-Fact Intrusion Upon Seclusion Invasion of Privacy Putative Class Actions Robocalling Spokeo v Robins Standing TCPA Telemarketing Young Lawyers

Update on Initiation of FCC Rulemaking to Implement the New TCPA Exemption for the Collection of Government Debt

Some of you may remember that back in early November 2015, I wrote about a then little-noticed provision slipped into the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. That provision, designed to find more revenues to offset government...more

2/9/2016 - Auto-Dialed Calls Bipartisan Budget Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Exemptions FCC NPRM Popular TCPA

One More Reason the New Budget Act Is Good for the Government, and Here’s a Hint: It Relates to the TCPA!

Anyone paying attention to goings-on in Washington last week might have heard a loud, bipartisan sigh of relief when both the House and the Senate passed a budget deal that temporarily averted another government shutdown or...more

11/3/2015 - Auto-Dialed Calls Debt Collection Delinquent Borrowers FCC Federal Budget Federal Student Loans Government Shutdown New Legislation Robocalling Safe Harbors TCPA

Appealing News Regarding the TCPA

On Friday, July 24, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an Order consolidating in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals three timely petitions for review of a July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and...more

7/28/2015 - Amicus Briefs Appeals Auto-Dialed Calls Declaratory Rulings FCC Mobile Devices Notice and Comment PACE Reassigned Phone Numbers Robocalling Rulemaking Process SiriusXM Smartphones Standard of Review TCPA Wireless Devices

FCC Issues Omnibus Ruling on Host of Issues Affecting TCPA Litigation and Compliance

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finally released its long awaited TCPA Omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order, which resolved 21 petitions involving a wide variety of issues regarding the...more

7/14/2015 - Auto-Dialed Calls Class Action Declaratory Rulings FCC Judicial Review Opt-Outs Prior Express Consent Revocation Robocalling TCPA Telemarketing Text Messages Written Consent

FCC Finally Acts to Clarify Ambiguities in the TCPA

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) once again demonstrated to businesses the wisdom of that old adage, “be careful what you ask for.” The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) protects consumers from...more

6/22/2015 - Advertising Auto-Dialed Calls Class Action FCC Marketing Robocalling TCPA Texting

California State Court Makes Short Shrift of TCPA Case Alleging Unlawful Use of an Autodialer

Complying with the TCPA just keeps getting more and more challenging, even as the risk of noncompliance continues to rise; but, FCC, take note: if you don’t provide unambiguous guidance soon regarding what constitutes an...more

10/29/2013 - Compliance FCC Robocalling Spam TCPA

Arbitrating TCPA Claims: Perhaps the Next Big Thing

A recent decision in California should put a smile on the faces of those who routinely include mandatory arbitration clauses in their commercial contracts with customers, and should put an idea into the minds of those who...more

6/28/2013 - Arbitration Cell Phones Citibank Class Action Federal Arbitration Act TCPA

In the Continuing Saga of the TCPA: Good News, Bad News From a Court in Miami

In a recently released decision from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Mais v. Gulf Coast Collection Bureau, et al., Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., granted in part and denied in part cross motions for...more

5/22/2013 - Class Action Class Certification Debt Collection FCC Summary Judgment TCPA

Under Construction and Open for Business: New gTLD Trademark Clearinghouse Set to Open March 26

ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is rushing headlong in its efforts to bring the world a massive expansion in the number of new gTLDs (the part of an Internet address that follows the dot, such...more

3/28/2013 - Brand gTLD ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse Trademarks

It’s a BRAND New World: Update on ICANN’s Expanded gTLD Program

You have likely heard by now that the Internet is about to get substantially bigger and more complex, with potentially treacherous consequences for brand owners. This past fall, we wrote a chapter covering this issue in...more

2/5/2013 - Brand Cybersquatting Domain Names gTLD ICANN Internet Misbranding Trademark Clearinghouse Trademark Holders Trademarks

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