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New York Attorney General Proposes New Rules Requiring Nonprofits Funding Political Communications to Disclose Donors

On December 11, 2012, the New York Attorney General’s Office proposed rules that would require nonprofit organizations doing business in New York to disclose their spending on a wide range of activities, including those...more

Congressional Committee Finds Huawei And ZTE To Be Threats To National Security By Shannon Doyle

On October 8, 2012, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (“the Committee”) published a report declaring two Chinese telecommunication equipment manufacturers, Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE, to be threats...more

Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods Fails in California

Yesterday, California voters rejected Proposition 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act by 53 percent to 47 percent. The voter initiative would have required labeling of most foods with genetically...more

Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods Fails in California

Yesterday, California voters rejected Proposition 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act by 53 percent to 47 percent. The voter initiative would have required labeling of most foods with genetically...more

Appellate Court Decision in Van Hollen v. FEC Disclosure Litigation

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion today overturning a lower court holding that invalidated the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) regulations governing the disclosure of donors by groups sponsoring...more

New York State Passes Bill That Applies Its Telemarketing Laws to Out-Of-State Telemarketers and Adds New Requirements for...

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law an amendment to Article 26 of New York's General Business Law which will limit the ability of out-of-state telemarketers to target New Yorkers at home. The new law prohibits...more

Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Fails in Senate — ” A moment of disappointment…”

CNN reports that the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (SB 3414) has failed to pass the US Senate. A cloture vote failed by a vote of 42-46, mostly along party lines....more

Smartphone Data Solution: Sharing Airwaves [Video]

July 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- Paul Barbagallo, reporter at Bloomberg BNA, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about efforts among government agencies to meet increasing consumer demand for spectrum, the electromagnetic radio...more

President Obama Signs Bipartisan FDA User Fee Legislation

On July 9, 2012, President Obama signed legislation that reauthorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess user fees to support the agency’s review of marketing applications for drugs (including biologics)...more

Keeping an eye on Canada’s tough anti-spam law

North American marketers take note: Canada is set to finalize one of the toughest anti-spam laws in the world. Canada had fallen behind when it came to introducing anti-spam legislation, but it is now making up for lost...more

End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012

Full text copy of the End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012, introduced by Senator Al Franken in the U.S. Senate on June 27, 2012. From Senator Franken's statement: “Abusive debt collection practices have been detailed...more

End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012

From Senator Al Franken's statement: “Abusive debt collection practices have been detailed extensively in reports by the Federal Trade Commission, GAO, and the Minnesota Attorney General, and in recent news articles. Too...more

The Regulatory Future of mHealth: FCC, FDA and the United States Congress

As a general matter FDA regulates all medical devices and FCC regulates devices that utilize electromagnetic spectrum - i.e. broadcast devices. So with regard to mobile health devices - sensors, applications, systems - FDA...more

EPIC to Congress: "Strengthen FISA Oversight"

EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg will testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. The Act authorizes Government surveillance of international communications, including the private...more

Two New FCC Commissioners Approved by the Senate - What Does It Mean for Broadcasters?

The Senate on Monday approved, after months of delay, the nominations as new FCC Commissioners of Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel and Republican Ajit Pai. Once they are sworn in and assume their new jobs in the next few days,...more

Loosening Satellite Export Controls

Originally published in Law360, New York May 04, 2012. Since 1999, strict controls on the export of U.S. satellites and satellite components have drastically eroded U.S. manufacturers’ market share in the global...more

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Ban on Political and Issue Advertisements by Public Broadcasters

Last week, a federal court based in California issued a surprising and sure to be controversial decision finding the Communication Act’s ban on the airing of political and issue advertisements by public broadcasters to be a...more

Federal Court Requires Greater Disclosure of Corporations that Fund Electioneering Communications. Donors Beware.

On March 30, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia struck down a key provision governing the disclosure of electioneering communications by corporations and labor unions. In Van Hollen v....more

"Payroll Tax Extension Law Grants FCC New Spectrum Auction Authority"

Last Friday, February 17, 2012, the House and Senate finalized and passed H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (the Act), which President Obama signed this week without fanfare. The law extends certain...more

Online Protests Hit Hard Against Anti-Piracy Bills

Organized online protests over two bills in Congress targeting online copyright infringement — the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) — seem to have crippled these...more

Advertising News & Analysis - January 5, 2011

In this issue; - Obama Uses Recess Appointment to Name Cordray CFPB Head On Wednesday, President Obama used an unprecedented recess appointment—while Congress remained in "pro forma" session—to name Richard Cordray...more

Important Dates for Broadcasters in 2012

With the television license renewal cycle beginning in 2012, the radio renewal cycle continuing, Lowest Unit Rate windows for the upcoming Presidential and Congressional primaries and elections, and all of the normal...more

FCC Proposes Revised Rules for Online Public File - Including Political File - and Discusses the Public Interest Obligations of TV...

At its meeting today, the FCC vacated its 2007 Order mandating an online public file and the filing of the Form 355 “Enhanced Disclosure” form that detailed the public interest service of television broadcasters. But these...more

Widely Attended Gatherings, Internet Disclaimers, and Internet Fundraising: Three New Developments in Political Law

Recently, the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) and the Office of Government Ethics (“OGE”) issued notices of proposed rulemaking that will impact the conduct of political law. You may be interested in submitting comments...more

Co-opting Political Symbols for Commercial Use

The Lanham Act prevents applicants from registering any of a number of words and devices as marks, including immoral or scandalous matter and flags or coats of arms. In terms of the latter exclusion, such a prohibition makes...more

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