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Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Confirms Anti-Slapp Provisions Apply To “Protected Petition Activity”

On February 14, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts reviewed the application of the state’s “anti-SLAPP” law to challenges made against a blogged critique of Cardno Chemrisk, LLC (Chemrisk) and British Oetroleum (BP)...more

California Utility Regulator Grows Data Hungry

As the world’s appetite for data increases, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has decided to take a seat at the table. Over the last several months, the CPUC has issued a series of orders and data...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump Administration proposes rule requiring deletion of two regulations for every new regulation adopted - Washington Post - Jan 30 - President Trump signed an order...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Unfortunately enough for Deutsche Bank, 2017 isn’t starting off much better than the previous year. The German banking giant has agreed to pay a $425 million fine to NY state authorities (and another $204 million to the UK’s...more

NYC Administrative Law Judge Determines Long Distance Telecommunications Service Fees Exempt from Utility Tax

On December 29, 2016, a New York City administrative law judge (ALJ) determined that Sprint’s long distance telecommunications service fees were exempt from the City’s Utility Tax. The ALJ concluded that the Utility Tax...more

California PUC Adopts Safety Enforcement Citation Program

On Dec. 1, 2016, the California PUC (CPUC) unanimously adopted Resolution SED-3, which implements a safety enforcement citation program for communications infrastructure providers (CIPs) including CLECs, cable operators,...more

New Outage and Call Completion Requirements in California

On December 27, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) issued its 180-page plus final decision in its rural call completion proceeding (R.14-05-012). The decision passed at the December 15 CPUC business...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Noviembre Información con Énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje...

Durante el mes de noviembre destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio, Prácticas Desleales, Competencia Económica, Compras de Gobierno, Subsidios, Solución de Diferencias, Comercio Electrónico....more

Off the Grid: TCPA Class Action Settlement for Energy Utility Company

Utility companies continue to face ongoing litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) that can arise from the use of automated communications with customers for purposes of marketing, customer servicing and...more

California Cities To Tax Streaming Video?

Many cities in California are considering the expansion of their Utility User Tax (UUT) to streaming video services. Such an expansion may be inconsistent with the cities’ existing ordinances, be invalid under Proposition 218...more

National security reviews: A global perspective — Russian Federation

Russia targets 45 "strategic activities" that trigger a national review. The Government Commission on Control Over Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation (the Government Commission), which was established by the...more

FCC's Order on Broadband Privacy Will Be Felt by Energy Companies

Modern energy companies should pay close attention to the Federal Communications Commission's recent order adopting rules protecting the privacy of customer proprietary information. Although not particularly focused on energy...more

Post-Election Outlook: A New, Unpredictable World

In a shock to investors and political analysts around the world, Donald J. Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, putting the Republican Party in charge of the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade. Even...more

Post-Election Congress Returns for Lame Duck Session What to Expect? - Updated

Last week, ML Strategies shared our thoughts on what to expect in the post-election lame duck Congress. The unknown factor at that point in time was who would be elected President on November 8th, which party would be in the...more

Post-Election Congress Returns for Lame-Duck Session What to Expect?

Upon its return on November 14, the House is scheduled to be in session for 16 days during November and December, with the Senate scheduled for 20 days. Much of the legislative work of the lame-duck will occur after the...more

Broadband Networks: FCC Says “One-Touch” Ordinance Does Not Violate Federal Law

The FCC has advised a federal district court that the City of Louisville, Kentucky’s “one-touch” make-ready ordinance does not violate the pole attachment provisions of federal law. Companies seeking to build new...more

California Expands Service Quality Regulations

Not only is the weather changing, but so are service rules in sunny California. In Aug. 2016, the California Public Utilities Commissions (CPUC) issued Decision (D.) 16-08-021 in its service quality docket, Rulemaking...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The latest on the AT&T/Time Warner deal, including its place in the “ambitious climb” of AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson [NYTimes] and a conversation with one of the deal’s vocal political opponents, Sen. Al Franken....more

Digital Tax Update – Local Edition

After the highly publicized administrative lease transaction and amusement tax expansions in Chicago last year, more cities around the country are taking steps to impose transaction taxes on the sale or rental of digital...more

UK CMA Announces Closure of Investigation into PCWs for Energy Tariffs

On 6 October 2016, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced the closure of its investigation into a suspected competition law breach by some price comparison websites (“PCWs”) for energy tariffs on the...more

New Legislation Changes Rules for Ex Parte Communications at the CPUC

Anyone with business before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) needs to be familiar with the CPUC’s rules governing ex parte communications. “Ex parte communications,” or “ex partes,” are direct, nonpublic...more

One Less Sheriff In Town: Ninth Circuit Rules that Communications Common Carriers are Exempt from FTC Enforcement

On August 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a major decision restructuring how common carriers are regulated at the federal level. The Ninth Circuit interpreted Section 5 of the FTC Act, which...more

FCC Ruling Addresses TCPA Issues for Electric Utilities

Last month the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a declaratory ruling regarding certain exceptions to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The TCPA regulates how businesses communicate with their...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

FCC: No Additional TCPA Consent Required for Certain Calls to Utilities Customers

This month, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC” or “Commission”) issued a Declaratory Ruling clarifying what type of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) consent is required for certain telephone calls and...more

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