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Telecomm Publica los Criterios Generales Para un Posible Concurso del Proyecto de la Red Tronca

by Holland & Knight LLP on

El organismo público descentralizado Telecomunicaciones de México (Telecomm) publicó, el 17 de julio de 2017, los criterios generales que podrían aplicarse al posible concurso para el desarrollo y crecimiento de la Red...more

Telecomm Releases General Criteria For Potential Backbone Network Project Bids

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Mexican government agency, Telecomm, on July 17, 2017, released the general criteria for a potential bid for the development and expansion of the Backbone Network Project (Red Troncal)....more

FTC Reaffirms that IoT Devices Must Comply with COPPA

The Internet of Things (“IoT”) can be thought of as a group of different devices that can communicate with each other, perhaps over a network such as the internet. We have written extensively about many of the privacy...more

Ninth Circuit Reconsiders, Nixes Deceptive Labeling Claim Against Gerber

by Bryan Cave on

Baby food maker Gerber has scored a partial victory in a false labeling would be class action. The Ninth Circuit in Bruton v. Gerber Prods. Co., Case No. 15-15174, has reversed itself and thrown out a deceptive labeling claim...more

Online Terrorist Propaganda: France and UK Put Internet Giants in the Cross-Hairs

by Jones Day on

On June 14, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron held a joint press conference to declare the implementation of a "very concrete" antiterrorist plan. One of the plan's three main...more

DOJ Places Website Rulemaking on the “Inactive” List

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Trump Administration’s first Unified Agenda reveals DOJ has placed web accessibility, medical equipment, and furniture rulemakings under Title II and III of the ADA on Inactive List....more

TCPA Class Action Against Twilio Dismissed; No Violation of TCPA if Text Message Sent to Complete a Transaction

Last week, a Washington federal judge, Robert S. Lasnik, dismissed a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action against Twilio Inc. (Twilio) based on the finding that a text message did not constitute telemarketing...more

CFPB issues Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of...more

Mark Madness: Avoiding Trademark Landmines in College Sports

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Recently, the Washington Post reported on a Maryland high school’s thwarted attempt to expand its use of a green hornet mascot logo which resembles Georgia Tech’s famous “Buzz” mascot trademark. The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets...more

The Third Circuit Holds That A Single Prerecorded Call Counts As A Concrete Injury For Purposes Of Article III Standing

by King & Spalding on

On July 10, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit concluded that receiving a single prerecorded call constituted a concrete injury for the purposes of Article III standing....more

Third Circuit Rules that a Single Voicemail on a Cell Phone is Sufficient to Confer Standing for a TCPA Claim

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In another court's journey into the murky waters of constitutional standing post-Spokeo, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that one single voicemail on a consumer's cell phone is sufficient to confer standing under...more

Russia Introduces New Definition and Obligations for Audiovisual Service Owners

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Federal Law No. 87-FZ of May 1, 2017, on Amendments to the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies, and Information Protection (the Law) came into force on July 1, 2017. The Law introduces the definition of...more

The Turn of the “Made in America” Claim Enforcement

It has recently been reported by Reuters that President Donald Trump is looking for ways to defend American-made products by certifying legitimate U.S. goods and aggressively going after imported products unfairly sporting...more

Graffiti Artists Tag Camuto Fashion House for Copyright Infringement

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Earlier this month, four Los Angeles-based graffiti artists, “Rime,” “Host18,” “Taboo” and “Reme” filed suit against the Vince Camuto fashion house and related entities alleging copyright infringement for “inexplicably...more

Why Banning Criminals From The Web Doesn’t Work

by Ifrah PLLC on

A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Packingham v. North Carolina, 137 S. Ct. 1730 (U.S. 2017) invalidating a state law outlawing registered sex offenders from accessing websites which could...more

Study highlights prevalence of counterfeit and fraudulent goods online

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Beneath the partisan rhetoric over “fake news” lies an important reality: Fraudulent practices thrive online — not just in news, but also in offerings of goods and services. Fake online stories, like the PizzaGate story,...more

FCC Focuses on Consumer Protection From Robocalling and TCPA Violations

by Carlton Fields on

On July 13, the FCC issued a second notice of inquiry, following its March 23 adoption of a notice of proposed rulemaking, aimed at protecting consumers from robocalls. The rulemaking proposes express authorization for...more

Show Me the Money: Broadcaster Auction Payments Coming in Next Few Days

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

According to a newly-released Public Notice, the FCC has directed the U.S. Department of Treasury to pay all broadcasters who had winning bids in the recently concluded spectrum incentive auction. The only exceptions are...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection- 14 AGs Oppose Rollback of FCC Net Neutrality Protections- 14 Democratic AGs, led by Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, submitted comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to ensure open...more

Ashley Madison Settles Data Breach Case for $11.2M

Ashley Madison, which suffered a data breach in 2015 involving the loss of 37 million users’ personal and financial information, has settled the suit for $11.2 million....more

FTC Warns 11 Companies Over Made in USA Claims

by Reed Smith on

It seems to be another star-spangled banner year for the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and its crackdown on certain “Made in USA” claims. In 2016, the FTC cited 29 companies for their misleading “Made in USA” claims. With...more

Municipalities Under Connecticut's New Cybersecurity Strategy

by Murtha Cullina on

On July 10, 2017, Governor Dannel Malloy, along with Chief Information Officer Mark Raymond and Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer Arthur House, released Connecticut’s initial Cybersecurity Strategy. The goal of the...more

Phishing Moves to SMiShing

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Phishing, the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) is something that we have...more

Washington State Imposes New Reporting Requirements for Out-Of-State Sellers Not Collecting Sales Tax

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As part of Washington State’s efforts to collect more sales tax on out-of-state companies’ sales to Washington customers, the Legislature recently enacted H.B. 2163. The bill, signed by the Governor on July 7, imposes notice...more

Revocation of Consent Under the TCPA

by BakerHostetler on

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was enacted as a consumer protection measure against companies that engage in telemarketing practices. The basic principle of the TCPA is that it seeks to prohibit a company from...more

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