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Communications Networks – update on UK and EU regulatory reviews

In March, Ofcom announced its decision to undertake a strategic review of the telecommunications sector, having not carried out such a review since 2005. In parallel, the EU is currently reviewing regulation within the...more

The FCC Speaks Up and Cracks Down on TCPA Rules - Update

n July 10, 2015, the FCC issued its written Declaratory Ruing. On the same day, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals International (ACA) filed a lawsuit seeking judicial review of the ruling by the United...more

The Positives and Negatives of the FCC’s Recent Omnibus Order on the TCPA

On Friday, July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an omnibus, Declaratory Ruling and Order (FCC Ruling) seeking to clarify certain ambiguities in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The...more

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

FCC Adopts Declaratory Ruling On TCPA Regulations To Loosen Restrictions On Some Types of Robocalls

On June 18, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a set of declaratory rulings related to robocalls and spam text messages under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). ...more

FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Praises PayPal After Original TCPA Terms Drew Criticism

Two weeks ago, the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) sent a letter to PayPal, Inc. (“PayPal” or “Company”) stating that the Company’s recent amendments to its User Agreement did...more

FCC Ruling Potentially Expands Scope of TCPA

On June 18, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) issued a package of declaratory rulings (“FCC 15-72”) related to telemarketing. Although FCC 15-72 has yet to be officially released, the...more

The FCC Speaks Up and Cracks Down on TCPA Rules

For the first time since October 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has issued new rules clarifying the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). On June 18, 2015, the FCC held a public hearing to debate...more

Canada’s New Privacy Laws Will Require Breach Notice and Affect Private Sector Operations in Canada

It has been a long time coming, but this week the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) received a make-over, including new data breach notification provisions, with the enactment of the...more

FCC Finds Fault in User Agreement and Issues Stern Guidance for Telemarketing Calls

June is proving to be a very active month for the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in construing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, including what sorts of consumer interactions are sufficient to meet the...more

Companies at New Risk from Tighter FCC Robocall Regulations

On June 18, 2015, the FCC adopted stronger consumer protections against robocalls and spam texts. The new regulations are a response to hundreds of thousands of consumer complaints about robocalls. The new rules under the...more

After contentious debate, FCC approves order on 21 pending petitions seeking clarification of the TCPA: key points

In a vote of three to two, with voting falling along political party lines, the Federal Communications Commission approved an order addressing 21 pending petitions seeking clarifications of various aspects of the Telephone...more

FCC Approves New TCPA Rules

Today, the FCC ruled on 21 long-standing petitions and letters seeking clarifications of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed rules were approved with a 3-2 vote. The new rules, which...more

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

Applying the Video Privacy Protection Act to Online Streaming

Passed in 1988, the VPPA prohibits a “video tape service provider” from “knowingly” disclosing a consumer’s “personally identifiable information” (“PII”) to third parties without his or her consent. The VPPA defines a “video...more

UTC Fire & Security Obtains Summary Judgment In Putative TCPA Class Action

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (“TCPA”), prohibits initiating a telephone call using a prerecorded voice to wireless or residential telephone numbers unless the called party consents to receiving the...more

Another multi-million dollar TCPA settlement

TCPA settlements are becoming ho-hum because they are so frequent. They are plaintiffs’ attorneys’ dream cases because of strict liability damages. All the more reason to keep your eye on the TCPA compliance ball as it...more

Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman: Tenth Circuit Applies Statutory-Violation Exclusion To Junk Fax Claims That Try To Skirt The TCPA

Enacted in 1991, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (TCPA), inaugurated the era of “junk fax” class actions, in which recipients of mass fax advertisements may pursue statutory damages of $500 per class...more

In Sprint Victory, Judge Posner and the Seventh Circuit Hold That Arbitration Is Required in a TCPA Class Action Even Though the...

On May 11, 2015, in an opinion written by Judge Posner, the Seventh Circuit reversed an order denying Sprint’s motion to compel arbitration in a class action allegation violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

DBO Defeats Preliminary Injunction Files Suit Against Prorater

Last month, I wrote about Judge Lucy Koh’s decision not to preliminarily enjoin the Department of Business Oversight’s investigation of Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc. for unlicensed activity under California’s Check...more

Dealer Advertising: No More Excuses

There are no more excuses. Dealers have seen all the ongoing and very recent announcements from the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) imposing millions of dollars in fines, cease and desist orders, and promises by dealers not...more

Spotlight on Vendor Management: “Brother’s Keeper” Enforcement Pattern Becoming the Norm

Two regulatory enforcement matters announced in April offer a view into the current mindset of regulators in the ever-evolving world of vendor management. First, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a $25...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Retail Tracking Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a proposed settlement with a retail tracking company to resolve charges that the company’s privacy policy misled consumers about their ability to opt out of the company’s...more

E-Retailers Beware: DOJ Files First Criminal Prosecution for Online Price Fixing

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced its first criminal antitrust prosecution in e-commerce. David Topkins was charged on April 6, 2015, with price fixing in violation of Section 1 of...more

Uniform Law Commission Study Committee to Host a Stakeholder’s Meeting on April 23

In December 2014, the Study Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) recommended to the ULC to convene a Drafting Committee to draft uniform state legislation concerning alternative currencies and mobile payment systems....more

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