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Court of Appeal Sustains CPUC's Discretion to Fill Gaps in Statutory Scheme for Intervenor Compensation but Requires CPUC to Limit...

The California Court of Appeal (1st Dist., Div. 4) issued an important decision on April 19, 2016, in New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC v. Public Utilities Commission, addressing a determination by the California Public...more

Cal PUC Issues New Rules for TNCs

At the voting meeting on April 21, the California Public Utilities Commission approved new regulations impacting the operations of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Lyft and Uber, within California. The “Phase...more

Volkswagen proposes a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Breyer sets a June 21 deadline for a...

Tris Coffin heads the Vermont Volkswagen Class Action litigation team at DRM that also includes Directors Bob Luce and Marc Heath. On the evening of April 20, a number of news outlets published stories that Volkswagen...more

Stakeholders Weigh-in on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

In February 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the Cybersecurity Framework, a voluntary framework designed to provide a “cost-effective means for critical infrastructure to identify,...more

China Revises Hazardous Substances Restriction Laws

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has recently announced a revised version of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS 1), which will come into effect on July 1, 2016. The revised...more

Lifeline Proceeding Highlights Flaws, Reflects Political Climate at FCC

Last week’s contentious vote on Lifeline reform, remarkable for playing out so publically, not only highlighted flaws in the FCC’s administrative practices but also reflected how polarized the political climate has become at...more

Offshore Leaks and the New Transparency

Last week’s joint investigation by Huffington Post and Fairfax Media into oil intermediary Unaoil, which offered up revelations that seem to implicate a number of big oil and gas companies in grand corruption, quickly...more

Andrew Lipman on Tracking Net Neutrality  [Video]

Andrew Lipman, head of the telecommunications, media and technology group at Morgan Lewis, talks about the group's role in the regulatory and legal processes shaping the debate surrounding net neutrality....more

Eight Ways to Work with the Press in an Evolving Media Landscape

Do you find yourself checking social media for news instead of sitting down each morning to read the newspaper? If so, you’re not alone! Last year, 63% of Twitter users agreed that the platform serves as a source for news,...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from January 15, 2015 – February 15, 2016. LAR is quickly embracing consumer-right-to-know initiatives through a host of new proposed labeling and product claims standards....more

Federal Counterpart to New York’s Investigation of Climate Change Disclosures by Fossil Fuel Companies

Recently, three House Democrats urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an investigation of an alleged conspiracy by the fossil fuel industry to deceive the public on climate change in order to benefit the sale of its...more

Uber Settles Class Action Over “Safe Rides” Fee

Uber announced that it has reached a settlement in two putative class action lawsuits, Philliben v. Uber Technologies, Inc. and Mena v. Uber Technologies, Inc., which alleged that Uber’s labeling of a $1 charge as a “Safe...more

Blog: Deadline For Filing Cert Petition Extended Again In Conflict Minerals Case

The Chief Justice has granted another extension of time for the SEC to file a petition for cert in Natl Assoc. of Manufacturers v. SEC, the conflict minerals case. The SEC now has until April 7, 2016 to file its...more

Cybersecurity: 2015’s top legal developments and what they mean for key sectors

At the US federal level, 2015 ushered in significant new laws, regulations, and guidance on cybersecurity as lawmakers, regulators, and businesses continued their efforts to combat cybercrime - one of the most significant...more

Challenge to FCC Preemption of State Prohibition on Municipal Broadband to be Heard in March

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has set oral argument for 9:00 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 2016 on the appeals brought by the States of Tennessee and North Carolina challenging the FCC’s order striking down provisions of...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.25.16

So the bull market may be on its way out of town after a nearly 7-year stretch [care to jump on the “blame the Fed” bandwagon?], but even when combined with usual predictors like declines in industrial production and...more

DC Circuit to Review the FCC's Robocall Rules - Do They Unfairly Expose Utilities to Fines for Keeping Their Customers Informed...

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) limits the use of automated dialing equipment to make calls or send text messages to wireless phone numbers without the called party's express prior consent. Because utility...more

States Have Jurisdiction Over ISP-Bound Traffic Says 3rd Circuit

On November 25, the Third Circuit held that states have jurisdiction over Internet Service Provider (ISP) bound traffic exchanged between two competing local exchange carriers (CLECs). In 2008, Core billed AT&T for...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.9.15

It’s already the strongest M&A year in history; why not add two iconic American brands to the mix? Dow Chemical and DuPont are reportedly in “advanced talks” to merge, creating a behemoth with combined sales of more than $90...more

FCC Slams Door to Higher Pole Attachment Rates

After kicking open a door to potential annual pole attachment rental increases in the hundreds of millions of dollars when it adopted its February 2015 Net Neutrality order, the Federal Communications Commission yesterday...more

CPUC Proposed Decision Extends Pole Attachment Rights to CMRS Providers

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Assigned Commissioner to a rulemaking at the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”) issued a Proposed Decision to extend the state’s pole, conduit and right of way access rights to...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: September/October

On 11 September, TeliaSonera and Telenor have abandoned the proposed merger of their business units in Denmark. The contemplated transaction would have resulted in the establishment of a joint venture active in the provision...more

Worth the Wait? After Thirty-Six Years, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Takes Comprehensive Action on Pole...

On October 21, 2015, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) adopted a comprehensive set of pole attachment rules (hereinafter “Pole Attachment Rules”), following a year-and-a-half-long rulemaking and...more

Broadband declared an essential utility

On September 22, 2015, the White House Broadband Opportunity Council issued a report declaring broadband connectivity an "essential utility." ...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms Previous Conflict Minerals Decision: Disclosure Requirement Violates First Amendment

In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reaffirmed its previous decision striking down a narrow portion of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) conflict...more

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