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The FCC’s 2016 BBA Implementing Ruling Digested (Volume I): The 10 Things You NEED to Know Before Making Calls to Collect on...

On August 11, 2016 the FCC issued its long-awaited ruling implementing the 2016 Bi-Partison Balanced Budget Act (“BBA”) Amendment that carved out collection calls on government-backed debt from TCPA coverage. In re Rules &...more

NIST Recommends Against SMS as Second Authentication Factor

On July 29, Paul Grassi, the Senior Standards and Technology Advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) posted an unusual blog regarding the new draft NIST Special Publication 800-63-3: Digital...more

Public-Private Partnerships in Municipal Broadband Internet

Cities have long been the center of economic growth in our country, and smart cities recognize that modern infrastructure is a key threshold issue to be addressed for successful economic development....more

Structuring Successful Broadband P3s

Public entities have recently been looking for new ways to harness right of way (ROW) for broadband public-private partnership (P3) projects. Last year, the city of Santa Cruz made history by entering into a roughly $50...more

Federal government and their contractors immune from TCPA restrictions

Last week, on July 5, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an opinion stating that robocalls made by the federal government (or its contractors) are exempt from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

The FCC Rules Federal Government (and Maybe its Contractors) Are Immune from the TCPA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its highly anticipated declaratory ruling on July 5, 2016 in which it determined that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not apply to calls made by or on...more

Federal Government and Its Contractors Exempt from the TCPA, FCC Rules

TCPA class actions continue to plague companies around the country, but a recent FCC ruling means that one big caller doesn’t have to worry: the federal government, as well as its contractors. On July 5, the Federal...more

Do as We Say, Not as We Do: Government Agency (Deliciously) Exempts Itself—and the Rest of the Government—From the TCPA

Happy Independence Day! While you were off barbecuing and lighting fireworks this weekend the FCC’s staff was feverishly working to give Uncle Sam a birthday present—free reign to robocall your cell phone! That’s right,...more

E-Rate Program Proposed Expansion

FCC Looking to Increase Eligibility for Reimbursement - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on a proposal to expand what services are eligible for reimbursement under the E-rate eligible services...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - June 2016

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

Final Blacklisting and Contractor Paid Sick Leave Rules Slated for Late Summer Publication, According to Spring Regulatory Agenda

Although this election season may feel endless, there are only six more months until voters decide the next president and members of Congress. Within this window, federal agencies are scrambling to finalize rules before the...more

Getting Started with E-Rate

Public schools and libraries in the U.S. can save a lot of money on Internet service by applying for the Schools and Libraries Program, a federal subsidy better known as E-Rate. E-Rate funding, capped yearly at $3.9...more

Abbott Laboratories Prevails in False Claims Act Case

On April 7, 2016, following a three-week trial and after only three hours of deliberations, a federal jury in Dallas, Texas found that Abbott Laboratories had not violated the False Claims Act (FCA) when it marketed bile duct...more

Summary Judgment for Defendants in FCA Action: No Admissible Evidence of False Claims

How much is “enough?” Will we have enough money to retire someday? Did the Drug and Device Law College Sophomore study enough for her computer science midterm? Is there enough salt in the matzo ball soup? In the realm of...more

In 10-1 Verdict, Jury Finds No FCA Violation by Abbott Laboratories

On April 7, 2016, after just three hours of deliberations following a three-week trial, a federal jury dismissed False Claims Act (“FCA”) claims against Abbott Laboratories brought by a whistleblowing former employee.  The...more

President’s Trip to Cuba Accompanied by Expanded Treasury and Commerce Regulations

On March 20, President Obama arrived in Cuba for an historic visit, marking a significant step in the Obama Administration’s efforts to normalize relations, a process that began in December 2014. The Administration has stated...more

US Ignite Announces up to $10 Million in Funding for Gigabit Applications

On March 18, 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a solicitation for up to $10 million for US Ignite: Networking Research and Application Prototypes Leading to Smart and Connected Communities, which funds the...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

The FCA and the USF: Reactions and Impressions from the FCBA’s False Claims Act Seminar

Last week, the Federal Communication Bar Association’s (FCBA’s) Enforcement Committee hosted a legal seminar on an issue that is somewhat new and unfamiliar to the communications bar – the federal False Claims Act (FCA), and...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Class Claims

The United States Supreme Court further removed a valuable tool from class action defendants’ arsenals January 20, 2016, ruling 6-3 that a class action cannot be mooted by an offer of judgment conferring full relief to an...more

Supreme Court Rules Settlement Offer Cannot Moot Class Actions

On January 20, 2016, the United States Supreme Court held, in Campbell Ewald Company v. Gomez, that a plaintiff who receives a settlement offer of complete relief from a defendant still has a viable legal claim, because a...more

Supreme Court affirms government contractors qualified immunity

In a 6-3 decision issued on January 20, the Supreme Court affirmed in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857, that federal government contractors are immune from litigation and liability if their work complies with federal...more

How Not to Moot a Case: Supreme Court Rules Case Remains Live After Unaccepted Offer of Settlement

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided another case in a line of cases addressing the issue of class action mootness. Specifically, the justices ruled that an unaccepted settlement offer or offer...more

Are government contractors “persons” under the TCPA? The FCC will soon determine

In a decision that could have wide-ranging effects for government contracting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sought comment on a petition for declaratory ruling requesting that the FCC declare that the...more

Supreme Court Decides Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, holding that an unaccepted offer to satisfy a named plaintiff’s individual claim does not render a case moot. The Court also held that sovereign...more

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