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TCPA Connect - October 2014

9th Circuit Affirms Vicarious Liability–for Anybody–Under TCPA - In a blow to Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendants, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a defendant may be liable for...more

Northern District of Illinois Applies Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard to Affirmative Defenses in TCPA Case

In a TCPA action involving allegedly unsolicited fax advertisements, the Northern District of Illinois applied the plausibility standard articulated in Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007) and Ashcroft v. Iqbal,...more

California Court Has a Bone to Pick with Male Enhancement Pill Maker

We try to avoid puns in this blog but sometimes, well, we just can’t help it. The makers of “Rockhard Weekend,” a male sex enhancement pill, have successfully sidestepped a claim that they violated federal drug...more

FTC Brings First ROSCA Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought its first enforcement action under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) against multiple defendants that the FTC alleges engaged in a common enterprise to...more

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: An Advantage for Cloud Computing?

The communications provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into force on July 1, 2014. Generally speaking, CASL prohibits a person from sending a “commercial electronic message” without the consent of the...more

CFPB Amends Regulation P to Eliminate Mailing Requirement for Annual Privacy Notices in Certain Circumstances

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has issued a final rule that will allow a financial institution to post its annual privacy notice on its website in lieu of mailing it to customers if certain conditions are...more

ZocDoc Treats Doctor With Some Rule 68 Medicine

We have discussed several TCPA mootness decisions, mainly those coming out of the federal courts in Florida. Those cases hold that plaintiffs should not file “placeholder” class certification motions solely for the purpose of...more

CASL 2.0: The Computer Program Provisions (Part 2)

In Part 1 we looked at some basic concepts. In Part 2, we look at “enhanced disclosure” requirements. If the computer program that is to be installed performs one or more of the functions listed below, the person who...more

ABA Petitions FCC To Allow Security And Fraud Alerts To Customers Without Consent

On October 14, the ABA submitted a petition to the FCC requesting that it exercise its statutory authority to allow financial institutions to send consumers certain security and fraud alerts without the consumers’ prior...more

Second Circuit Adopts FCC’s Narrow Construction of “Implied” Express Consent for Autodialed Calls to Cell Phones

This updates our report last summer on a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) letter brief filed at the invitation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Nigro v. Mercantile Adjustment Bureau, which...more

Telephone Consumer Protection Act Express Consent Narrowed Again

Albert Nigro just wanted to turn off his deceased mother-in-law’s electricity. He called the electric company, but it required that he provide his mobile telephone number to disconnect service. It turned out though that the...more

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation is in Effect – Now What?

Canada’s onerous anti-spam legislation (CASL) came into force on July 1, 2014, but there has not been any news on enforcement activity by the regulators. However, that is not due to a lack of opportunity – by the end of...more

Japan – Amendments to the METI Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (“METI“) recently revised the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading (“Guidelines“), which apply to all online business...more

Advertising Law - October 2014 #2

Hashtags and Ads: Top 10 Legal Considerations for Brands Involved in Digital and Social Media Advertising - Advertising, marketing and promotions, both via digital and traditional channels, are governed in the United...more

Draft of the Italian Declaration of the rights and duties on the Internet: the discussion of the right to be forgotten is still...

The Parliament Commission on rights and duties on the Internet has recently issued a draft Declaration on the rights and duties related to the Internet. The Declaration, the starting point of which is the...more

German Retail Investor Protection Act

The German Federal Ministry of Finance published the draft Retail Investor Protection Act (Kleinanlegerschutzgesetz, or Act)1 on 28 July 2014. The Act is intended to strengthen the protection of German retail investors – in...more

Debt Collector’s Automated Calls Did Not Fall within TCPA’s ‘Prior Express Consent’ Exception, Second Circuit Holds

Yesterday, the Second Circuit held that a plaintiff did not provide his “prior express consent” under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to automated calls to his cell phone when he gave his cell phone...more

The Eleventh Circuit Reaffirms FCC’s Authority To Coordinate National TCPA Policy And Ensure Uniformity Of Enforcement in Mais v....

Courts that have confronted the application of the “prior express consent” requirement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, see 47 U.S.C. § 227 – a.k.a., the TCPA – have in the main taken their cues from and adhered to...more

Just the Fax: Illinois Appellate Court Concerned That TCPA Settlement Between Insured and Class Action Plaintiffs May Be Collusive

An all too familiar scenario: an insurer believes there is no coverage for a claim, but has a duty to defend its insured. In these situations, an insurer often pays for the insured’s independently-selected defense counsel and...more

‘Health Care’-Related Calls: Ambiguity at the Intersection of HIPAA and TCPA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established exemptions from certain requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for health care messages regulated under the Health Insurance Portability and...more

The Incredible Shrinking Red Bull Refund: How Should Courts Verify Class Membership?

A recent class action settlement has brought fresh attention to two age-old questions. The first: does Red Bull actually give you wings? The second: how carefully should courts screen out bogus claimants from proposed classes...more

New Jersey bill to prohibit unsolicited text message advertisements pending Governor signature

A New Jersey bill which prohibits unwanted text message advertisements has been sent to the Governor for final consideration. A. 617, which passed unanimously in the Assembly June 26 and in the Senate Sept. 22, if signed into...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The SEC reminded everyone that, yes, it cares whether you timely file your Section 16 reports, by announcing enforcement actions against 28 Section 16 filers and six public companies here. Some tie the unprecedented...more

FCC Settles With Large Mobile Telephone Company In Connection With Hidden Third-Party Charges

On October 8, the FCC announced a $105 million settlement – the largest in the agency’s history – with a mobile telephone company to resolve allegations that the company engaged in unauthorized billing practices. According to...more

CFPB Identifies Deceptive, Abusive Practices in the Marketing of Credit Card Promotional APR Offers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued a bulletin (CFPB Bulletin 2014-02) warning credit card issuers to avoid potentially deceptive and abusive practices in connection with the marketing of credit card...more

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