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TCPA & Consumer Calling - Monthly TCPA Digest - May 2017

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory...more

Amazon’s Air-Traffic Control System for Package Delivery Drones

Amazon announced this week that its development of an air-traffic control system for its package delivery drones (and other commercial drones flying in the national airspace) has taken off –pun intended. This air-traffic...more

The Expanding Definition of “News Media” Under FOIA

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the age of Twitter and blogging, it is not always easy to tell who qualifies as a journalist or member of the media. But according to a recent advisory opinion from the Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney...more

Hold That Order! FDA Freezes Menu Labeling Rules Until 2018

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has extended the compliance date for its menu labeling rules just days before the final rules were set to take effect....more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 5

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Final 2017-18 New York State Budget Bill Enacted - The New York State Budget Bill was enacted by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. S. 2009-C, A. 3009-C. Among the Governor’s...more

Compliance Deadline For Menu Labeling Regulation Postponed Due To Implementation Challenges; Further Request for Comments

For those anxious about today’s compliance date for Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulations governing calorie labeling, the compliance deadline has been postponed. FDA has again decided to delay the compliance date...more

FDA Extends Compliance for Restaurant Food Labeling and Seeks Additional Comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the compliance date for the final rule requiring disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain restaurants and retail food establishments....more

The FDA Extends Menu Labeling Compliance Date to 2018

by Baker Donelson on

On Monday, May 1, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was extending the compliance date for its final rule governing menu labeling requirements from May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2018. The rule,...more

Restaurant Wrong To Fire Workers Over Email Criticizing the Restaurant and its Managers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employer must reinstate four employees after it terminated the employees for agreeing with a former coworker’s email that complained about their terms and conditions of employment. ...more

FDA Delays Menu Compliance Date … Again

by Barley Snyder on

NOTE: This is an update to a previous alert, “Menu Compliance Counts Starting May 5th.” The effort to delay the compliance date for calorie labeling in restaurants and other retail food establishments has succeeded, with...more

FCC Chairman Issues Proposal to Rollback Net Neutrality

by Perkins Coie on

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has waded back into the shark-infested waters of net neutrality by releasing a draft NPRM proposal to reverse the FCC’s recently upheld consumer protection rules prohibiting Broadband Internet Access...more

Second Circuit Holds NLRB Did Not Err in its Finding that Facebook Posting that Supervisor is a “Nasty Mother F***er” and “F***...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Second Circuit agrees with the Board that the use of profanity in a Facebook post was not “opprobrious enough” to lose the NLRA’s protections and justify the employer’s termination of the employee....more

No Harm, No Foul? FCC Seeks Comment on Direct-to-Voicemail Services and the TCPA

Does a prerecorded message delivered directly to the recipient’s voicemail constitute a “call” subject to the restrictions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is...more

“Do You Kiss Your Mother With That Post?” Second Circuit Rules on Foul Facebook Post about Employer

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in to support the NLRB’s finding that an employee’s profanity-ridden social media posting about his employer (and his employer’s mother) was not so offensive that it went beyond the...more

Second Circuit Holds Termination of Employee Who Attacked Supervisor in Obscene Facebook Post Violates NLRA

The Second Circuit said last week that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired an employee who criticized a supervisor on Facebook during an election. The catch here is that the Second Circuit...more

FDA Delays Effective Date of Amended Regulations Affecting "Intended Use" Definition

by Jones Day on

One day before the final rule, "Clarification of When Products Made or Derived From Tobacco Are Regulated as Drugs, Devices, or Combination Products; Amendments to Regulations Regarding 'Intended Uses,'" would have taken...more

Mexico Courts Rule Telecom Agency's Interconnection Costs Model "Reasonable"

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Mexico's Telecom and Antitrust Federal Courts have issued three resolutions declaring that the model used by the Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (COFETEL) for calculating interconnection costs for fixed and mobile...more

T-Mobile Ordered to Dismantle Company-Controlled "Union"

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Notwithstanding the change in administrations, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to be active in the non-unionized workplace, giving employers another reason to carefully review policies that affect workers,...more

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down TCPA Fax Opt-Out Requirement

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Last week, the D.C. Circuit overturned the Federal Communications Commission's requirement that fax advertisements always include opt-out notices. In Yaakov v. FCC, the court held that the FCC lacks authority under the...more

ALJ Rules that OFCCP Exceeded its Authority in Demanding Certain Employee Compensation Data from Google

by FordHarrison on

In January, the OFCCP filed an administrative complaint against Google for denying access to records in violation of applicable federal affirmative action laws and implementing regulations. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)...more

ExteNet v City of Houston: Who pays for access to Texas rights-of-way?

On March 30, 2017 the Texas Public Utilities Commission will decide whether companies with certificates of public convenience and necessity from the Commission may place their facilities in local rights-of-way and provide...more

New Trademark Office Audit May Result in Cancellation of Registrations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced a final rule that took effect on February 17, 2017. To assess and promote the accuracy and integrity of the trademark register, the USPTO amended rules...more

Use It or Lose It: USPTO to Conduct Post-Registration Trademark Use Audits

by Jones Day on

Trademark owners take note: Affidavits to renew your U.S. trademark registrations may be getting a closer look. On March 21, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") implemented a new rule aimed at...more

USPTO launches new proof of use audit program

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a new program that will require some trademark owners to submit more “specimens” (i.e., proof of use) and information than was required in the past. As a...more

California Public Employees' Personal Accounts May Be Subject to Public Records Act Requests

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In City of San Jose v. Superior Court, No. S218066 (Cal. Mar. 2, 2017), the Supreme Court of California decided unanimously that communications made or stored on a public employee's personal account, including emails sent...more

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