Laura Phillips

Laura Phillips

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

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What You Need to Know About the FCC’s July 10th Declaratory Ruling on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)

A sharply divided FCC late Friday issued its anticipated TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order (the “Declaratory Ruling”). This document sets forth a range of new statutory and policy pronouncements that have broad implications...more

7/14/2015 - Auto-Dialed Calls Call Blocking Declaratory Rulings FCC Financial Products Healthcare Prior Express Consent Revocation Robocalling TCPA Text Messages

Internet Association Asks FCC To Distinguish Internet Platforms From Their Users For TCPA Purposes

In June, the Internet Association (“IA”)—which represents Internet giants such as eBay, Facebook, Google, Amazon, LinkedIn and Twitter, among others—suggested that the FCC clarify that Internet companies which “facilitate...more

7/13/2015 - Amazon Communications Decency Act eBay Facebook FCC Google Reddit Search Engines Social Networks TCPA Text Messages Trade Associations Twitter

FCC’s Enforcement Bureau Commends PayPal for Modifying its User Agreement

We previously advised that the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, in an unusual move, on June 11 published a letter it sent to PayPal warning that PayPal’s proposed changes to its User Agreement that contained robocall contact...more

7/7/2015 - Auto-Dialed Calls Debt Collection Dispute Resolution Enforcement Actions FCC PayPal Polling Prior Express Consent TCPA Text Messages User Agreements

FCC Warns that Unilateral PayPal User Agreement Changes May Violate the TCPA

In advance of the FCC’s highly anticipated June 18 meeting, during which it is likely to vote on an omnibus order disposing of a wide range of pending petitions for declaratory ruling, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau took an...more

6/18/2015 - Attorney Generals Auto-Dialed Calls Consent eBay FCC Opt-Outs PayPal Popular Prior Express Consent TCPA Unilateral Modification User Agreements

FCC Chairman Proposes to Clarify TCPA Rules at June Meeting

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a fact sheet and issued a blog post this week announcing that he had circulated a proposed order that would rule on the numerous petitions that companies have filed with the FCC seeking...more

6/1/2015 - ATDS FCC TCPA

This Changes Everything: The FCC Open Internet Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order

I. Not Your Father’s Broadband - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 12, 2015, released a new template for future regulation of a basket of mass market retail services it has named “broadband Internet...more

4/16/2015 - Broadband FCC Mobile Broadband Services Open Internet Rules Telecommunications

What’s the Purpose of the Emergency Purpose Statutory Exemption?

As we’ve noted in the past, there are a number of TPCA petitions for declaratory ruling or requests for interpretation of the TCPA statute or FCC rules on a range of issues relating to the definition of an autodialer, seeking...more

4/13/2015 - Emergency Alerts FCC Mobile Devices Prior Express Consent TCPA Wireless Devices

FCC Proposes to Regulate Internet-Based Video Programmers

With the expansion of “over-the-top” (OTT) video programming options such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Roku and Apple TV, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking a fresh look at its definition of a multi-channel...more

2/5/2015 - Amazon FCC Internet Streaming MVPD Netflix Regulatory Agenda Roku Video Recordings

Communications Network Transitions and Next Generation 911: What You Need to Know About the FCC’s Proposed New Federal Framework

As part of its unrealized effort to bring policy coherence to the migration of traditional switch-based telephone networks towards all IP-based architectures, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently commenced a...more

1/27/2015 - 911 Calls FCC Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Rulemaking Process Telecommunications

Pending TCPA Petitions (Grouped by Primary Subject Matter)

As 2015 begins, we thought that providing a roundup of and the links to pending FCC TCPA petitions might be useful. The list includes most pending petitions filed since the FCC’s revised TCPA rules came into effect, with the...more

1/9/2015 - Amended Regulation American Bankers Association Direct Marketing Association FCC Prior Express Consent TCPA United Healthcare Insurance Co.

The FCC’s Clarification of its Blast Fax Rules to “Solicited” Fax Ads under Siege

In an attempt to clear out the backlog of numerous pending petitions addressing how the FCC’s “Blast Fax” rules apply to consensual fax advertisement transmissions, the agency on October 30, 2014 issued an Order addressing...more

11/19/2014 - Advertising Faxes FCC Opt-Outs Prior Express Consent Unsolicited Faxes

Political Campaigns: Consider Yourself Warned

If you had not noticed, the fall election campaign season is in full swing. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau certainly has noticed, and reacted by releasing an unusual “Enforcement Advisory” this week, reminding campaigns and...more

10/24/2014 - Cell Phones Enforcement FCC Political Campaigns Robocalling TCPA

Quasi-Broadcasting and Copyright – End of an Aereo?

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court on June 25, 2014, issued an opinion that ruled that web-based TV streaming service Aereo violated copyright law by providing a service substantially similar to cable...more

7/8/2014 - ABC v Aereo Aereo Broadcasting Copyright Copyright Infringement Internet Streaming Popular SCOTUS The Copyright Act

Eleventh Circuit Rejects “Intended Recipient” Interpretation of TCPA’s “Called Party” Language

The Eleventh Circuit recently ruled that the TCPA’s prohibition on prerecorded calling applies to wireless numbers that have been reassigned from a consenting subscriber to a new, presumably nonconsenting one, regardless of...more

6/16/2014 - FCC Robocalling TCPA Wells Fargo

TCPA Petitions Keep Pouring Into the FCC

As previously covered in other TCPA blog posts, the FCC maintains a range of TCPA rules addressing certain key elements of telemarketing and even non-telemarketing call activities that can implicate routine interactions...more

3/10/2014 - FCC TCPA

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