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Oregon Ramps up State Consumer Protections in an Era of Deregulation

Oregon’s legislature recently expanded the scope of statutory consumer protections by passing a bill to amend the state’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (the “Act”). Recently, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 2090 into...more

Why Updating The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Poses Difficulties

by Revision Legal on

The privacy of electronic communications is provided for under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. There are limited circumstances in which ISPs may disclose the contents of electronic and stored digital...more

Second Circuit Holds That TCPA Does Not Permit Unilateral Revocation of Consent Obtained Contractually

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held, in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) "does not permit a consumer to revoke its consent to be...more

Second Circuit Says No to Unilateral Revocation of TCPA Consent to Contact, Citing Contract Principles

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has split with the Third Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and utilized contract principles to hold that a consumer may not necessarily have...more

Lost in the woods? Special treatment for the press, cooperative and savings bank associations and the timber industry in German...

by Hogan Lovells on

Current legislative changes in the German Competition Act and the Federal Forest Act bring a set of new antitrust exemptions. We briefly present them in our blog...more

Second Circuit Rejects TCPA Lawsuit Holding Plaintiff’s Consent to Receive Calls Was Irrevocable

by King & Spalding on

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) generally prohibits automated or prerecorded calls to cellular phones, absent the recipient’s express consent. Although other courts and the Federal Communications Commission...more

Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services: Second Circuit Rules that TCPA Does Not Permit Revocation When Consent is Provided...

by Locke Lord LLP on

In Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, No. 16-2104-cv, 2017 WL 2675363 (2d Cir. June 22, 2017), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the TCPA does not permit a consumer to revoke his or her consent to be...more

June 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Seeks to Exempt Threatening Calls from Ability to Mask Number Using Caller ID Privacy Protections

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its June 22, 2017 Open Meeting, commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to start a proceeding that will consider proposed changes to the agency’s rules regarding Caller ID privacy. Specifically,...more

June 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Proposes $120 Million Fine for Alleged “Spoofed Robocall Campaign”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On June 22, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) issued a first-of-its-kind Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) alleging that Adrian Abramovich, through numerous companies that he owned or operated,...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: Hong Kong Consultation on Guidelines on Online Distribution and...

by Dechert LLP on

The use of online platforms for distribution of financial products has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. In May 2017, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a Consultation Paper inviting comments...more

Hogan Lovells Obtains Major TCPA Consent Revocation Victory

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 22, 2017, in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed with Hogan Lovells attorneys representing the defendant and held that the Telephone Consumer...more

Second Circuit Says Contractual TCPA Consent Not Revocable

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, held that contractual consent—once given—cannot be unilaterally revoked. The landmark Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...more

Consumer Cannot Unilaterally Revoke Contractually Agreed-Upon TCPA Consent

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On June 22, 2017, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not permit a consumer to revoke its consent to be called when that consent forms part of a bargained-for...more

Second Circuit Provides Businesses with a Powerful Defense to TCPA Revocation Claims

by Reed Smith on

In a watershed ruling for businesses facing the recent onslaught of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that consumers cannot revoke their consent to receive automated or...more

FTC Submits Comments on IoT Security

by Morgan Lewis on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted public comments to the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in connection with the NTIA’s draft guidance on improving the...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - June 2017

by DLA Piper on

Nonprofits sue FDA over delay in menu-labeling rule. On June 7, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Consumers League filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #4

Website, Mobile App Get Changes Thanks to CARU - A new decision from the Children’s Advertising Review Unit demonstrates the self-regulatory body’s efforts to work with a mobile application and website operator to ensure...more

EU Telecoms Regulation Based on Unilateral Market Power Would be Contrary to EU Law

The existing EU regulatory framework for electronic communications obliges the EU Member States to provide in their national laws for certain powers and responsibilities of national regulatory authorities (“NRA”), in...more

Prepaid Card Company to Pay $53M to Settle FTC Charges

A prepaid card company agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $53 million to settle charges that the company tricked consumers about access to their funds....more

61 Million Reasons To Carefully Oversee Your Third-Party Marketer?

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

As we’ve mentioned before, federal privacy statutes that permit lawsuits and award automatic damages can be a fertile source of consumer class action litigation. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) fits this bill....more

Canadian Government Suspends Implementation of Private Right of Action Under CASL

Our previous alert regarding changes to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) previewed two important changes that were to come into effect as of July 1, 2017...more

See No Evil: Willful Blindness Costs Dish Network $341,000,000 For TCPA Violations

Willful blindness when it comes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) could cost companies millions in statutory damages and penalties. Dish Network has been ordered in two cases to pay a total of $341 million based...more

Dish Network hit with record $280 million civil penalty and far-reaching injunctive relief for do not call violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An Illinois federal judge ordered Dish Network to pay the federal government $168 million for violating the FTC’s Telephone Sales Rule (“TSR”). The judgment is the largest civil penalty ever obtained for a violation of the...more

FDA Says Viewers Catch a Fleeting Glimpse; Can’t Hear What You’re Saying to Sponsor of Ad with Mismatched Audio and Visual Risk...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Recently, FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) issued its first Untitled Letter of the year, citing a direct-to-consumer TV advertisement for a prescription weight- loss drug. According to OPDP, the ad made...more

Class Certification Denied in TCPA Fax Class Action Due to Dishonesty

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

On June 2, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied class certification in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) putative class action. In doing so, the district judge chided...more

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