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FCC Finds Fault in User Agreement and Issues Stern Guidance for Telemarketing Calls

June is proving to be a very active month for the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in construing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, including what sorts of consumer interactions are sufficient to meet the...more

FCC Signals Enforcement of TCPA "Prior Express Written Consent" Rules

In a letter published on June 11, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Enforcement Bureau expressed "serious concern" about PayPal's use of a website user agreement to obtain prior express written consent to...more

Law Enforcement in the 21st Century: How The Courts Are Responding

As published in PublicCEO* The world of law enforcement is changing rapidly. In the last few years, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds altering the way police officers do just about everything. New technology...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this comprehensive tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in...more

Second Circuit Dismisses Suit Over FBI’s Wiretapping of Marital Conversations in Securities Fraud Investigation

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wiretapping played an important role in the wide-ranging insider trading investigation and subsequent trials of Galleon Group LLC principals and traders. During his criminal prosecution,...more

DANGER – “General” Search Warrants in the Digital Age

If you knew that there was a chance—maybe even a good chance—that a law enforcement officer could gain access to every single text, email, photograph and voice mail on your smartphone, going back years, because you were...more

FCC’s TCPA “Fact Sheet” Provides Little Hope for Relief Sought by Businesses

For several years, numerous businesses and industry groups have petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to provide clarity to the Commission’s prior interpretations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

Think your Cellphone Usage is Private? Think Again

In a closely-watched case out of Miami, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals redefined the zone of privacy for cell phone users. As the Tech World was focused on Miami for the second annual eMerge conference, the court...more

Washington Department of Revenue takes same position on taxability of early termination fees being challenged in Massachusetts

In a ruling that will be of interest to taxpayers following Massachusetts appeals on the issue, Washington has issued recent guidance (see Washington DOR – Termination Fees) asserting that early termination fees for...more

Digilante Justice: Defamation By Camera Phone

Earlier this month, a man in Melbourne, Australia decided to take his very first selfie next to a Darth Vader poster at a local shopping center. A nearby shopper mistakenly thought that the man was taking pictures of her...more

Proposed California Law Would Automatically Approve Applications for Cell Sites

Municipalities Should Act Immediately if They Wish to Make their Views Known to their Legislators - The California State Assembly’s Local Government Committee has unanimously voted Assembly Bill 57 out of committee,...more

Court Clarifies Free Offers and Dual Purpose Calls

A recent decision from the Southern District of Alabama provides more clarity as to the treatment of “dual purpose” telephone calls to wireless numbers that offer free goods and services. The Federal Communications Commission...more

Federal Court Denies Certification, Declines To Infer A Lack of Consent From A Lack Of Documentary Evidence Of Consent

The Middle District of Florida recently denied class certification because the plaintiff failed to prove that consent (or more to the point, an alleged lack of consent) could be established on a classwide basis. In doing so,...more

Cell Tower Location Data Privacy Decision Reversed

Last July, we reported on United States v. Davis, an Eleventh Circuit decision in favor of privacy rights. In that case, a three-judge panel held that cell phone users have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their cell...more

Diversified Consultants, Inc. Successfully Strikes Fail-Safe Class Definitions In Putative TCPA Class Action

Kenneth Boyer filed a putative class action against Diversified Consultants, Inc. (“DCI”) and LiveVox, Inc., in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, alleging that DCI, through LiveVox, initiated...more

Europe’s Antitrust Investigation into Google Could Change the Cellphone Industry

In a long line of European regulators taking aggressive stances against American tech companies, Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s (EU) antitrust chief, is determined to pursue antitrust claims against Google....more

FCC Likely to Launch New Rulemaking Proceeding to Further Reform Lifeline Program

The FCC is gearing up to launch a new rulemaking proceeding to once again overhaul the Lifeline program. The last major reform of the program was in 2012, and this new rulemaking would likely continue the work of some of the...more

Riley and the Third-party Doctrine

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one groundbreaking opinion in two cases regarding cellphone searches incident to arrest. In a unanimous opinion, the court held that under the Fourth Amendment, police must...more

Jury awards plaintiff $12,000 for Dish Network’s TCPA violations

On April 2, 2015, Ohio U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie K. Bowman ruled for the plaintiff, Benjamin Maraan, in his Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case against Dish Network LLC (Dish). Maraan was awarded $12,000 for...more

SEC Files Fraud Action Tied To Sale of Cellular Licensing

The sale of spectrum to operate cell phones can yield millions of dollars in profits. This notion was at the center of an action brought by the SEC against six individuals and eleven entities. Investors who purchased...more

The TCPA: Basics, Targeted Industries, and Trends [Video]

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was originally enacted to curb intrusive telemarketing and "robo" calls by restricting calls made to residences, and those made to cell phones using automated telephone dialing...more

Walgreen Settles Prescription Robocall Suit for $11 million

Walgreen Co. this week settled a putative class action law suit alleging that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for $11 million. The plaintiffs alleged that Walgreen violated TCPA when it placed...more

‘Primary User’ of Cell Phone Number Can Sue under TCPA, Florida Federal Court Holds

The "primary user" of a cell phone line has standing to sue under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), even when another party is the actual subscriber to the service, a federal court in Florida has ruled. The case...more

TCPA Connect - March 2015

California TCPA Suit Moves Forward - A putative class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by Bebe Stores will move forward after a California federal court judge denied defendant’s...more

What Recent Case Law Can Teach About BYOD Workplaces

Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) is a movement that is changing the IT landscape of workplaces. In a BYOD workplace, employees use their own mobile device—smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.—for both work and personal use. ...more

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