The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced today that it is seeking public commentary on proposed changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”) that would ban the use of the following types of payments by telemarketers and…more
Every allowance that was offered in the auction was sold at a settlement price of $14.00 per allowance. The highest bid price was $50.01 with the mean bid price $16.67 and the median bid price $13.49. In total, the 2013…more
The FCC has issued an order outlining the procedures by which broadband providers can challenge potential subsidies directed to incumbent providers in their service areas under the Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidy program…more
On Monday, the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (“TTB”) released new guidance on the use of social media by alcohol beverage companies. The Industry Circular explicitly equates “social media” with “advertising,” and suggests…more
At LSI’s Merchant Strategies for Mobile Payments Conference in Seattle on May 14, DWT’s Erica Wilson presented on the topic of “What Merchants Need to Know About How the Key Players in the Mobile Payments Services Ecosystem…more
The Supreme Court today issued its decision in City of Arlington v. FCC—the case challenging the FCC’s 2009 “Shot Clock” declaratory ruling. The Supreme Court affirmed the Fifth Circuit, holding that Chevron deference applies to…more
Cloud computing is widespread and growing at a rapid pace in corporate information management because it generally is less expensive and more efficient than using internal corporate resources…more
In U.S. Airways v. McCutchen, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ability of U.S. Airways’ health plan to recover medical expenses that it previously paid to the injured party from a third party settlement, but remanded the case…more
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recently released a chart that provides an overview of state gift card statutory requirements in all US states and territories as of mid-March 2013…more
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a long-awaited declaratory ruling governing when a company is liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and FCC telemarketing and autodialing rules, for…more
The FTC recently released its annual letter to the CFPB on recent FTC enforcement actions related to the Truth in Lending Act, the Consumer Leasing Act, the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act…more
The FTC has voted to retain the July 1, 2013 effective date for the revisions to its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA Rule), shortly after issuing revised “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) to aid compliance…more
On April 4, 2013, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a much anticipated decision in PCS Nitrogen, Inc. v. Ashley II of Charleston LLC, No. 11-1662 (4th Cir. April 4, 2013) (Ashley II).
The IRS recently released new proposed regulations to implement the Shared Responsibility or “Play or Pay” provisions of Health Care Reform. The proposed regulations provide a wealth of detail on key issues required to implement…more
On Jan. 18, 2013, the Supreme People’s Court of China promulgated Judicial Interpretation IV on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Law in Hearing Labor Dispute (the “Interpretation”). The Interpretation went into…more
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