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Game of Phones: Employer-Issued Smartphones and Employee Fifth Amendment Protections

A recent court decision holding that employees can claim the Fifth Amendment and refuse to unlock password-protected smartphones, even though the phones were issued by their employer for company business, demonstrates the...more

Joint Petitioners File Initial Brief in Consolidated Appeal of FCC’s TCPA Order

On November 25th, joint petitioners ACA International, Sirius XM, PACE, salesforce.com, ExactTarget, Consumer Bankers Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Vibes Media, and Portfolio Recovery Associates (“Petitioners”),...more

Federal Court Grants Defendant’s Motion For Partial Summary Judgment

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (J. James D. Whittemore) recently granted LTD Financial Services, L.P.’s motion for partial summary judgment in a TCPA case involving pre-recorded calls...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

In this our second edition of Fenwick’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter, we continue to provide you with short insights about timely securities litigation and enforcement developments. This edition’s topics...more

iPhone Tips and Tricks: Customizing and Time Saving Tips

With its sleek style and easy navigation it’s no wonder Apple’s iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones out there. With all the features it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But, there are some not-so-obvious features that...more

California Updates Privacy Rights with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Starting on New Years Day 2016, a new law will prohibit California law enforcement agencies from compelling California residents and businesses to turn over metadata or electronic communications (e.g., texts, emails,...more

Bipartisan Budget Act Creates New TCPA Exemptions

Prior to the amendment, these calls would have been prohibited absent the recipient’s prior express consent if placed to a cellular telephone and if they were made by an automatic telephone dialing system or included an...more

California Reaffirms First Amendment Right to Record Police in Public

As deputy U.S. marshals detained a group of people in Beatriz Paez’s neighborhood, the 34-year-old South Gate, Calif. resident began recording the incident. Video from another camera-wielding bystander rolls as a different...more

Third Circuit Gives TCPA Autodialer Plaintiffs Staying Power

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently became the first federal appellate court to apply the Federal Communications Commission’s declaratory ruling that expanded the notion of what constitutes an...more

Wisconsin District Court Extends Stay in TCPA Case Pending Judicial Review of FCC Order

In Gensel v. Performant Technologies, Inc., No. 13-C-1196, 2015 WL 6158072, (E.D. Wisc. Oct. 20, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted Performant Technologies, Inc.’s (“Performant”)...more

Mobile Location Analytics: Changing the Game for Brick and Mortar Retail

For brick-and-mortar retailers, smart phones have taken on an entirely new role in customers’ shopping experiences. A technology known as "mobile location analytics" ("MLA") or sometimes, "indoor analytics," gives brick and...more

Road Work Ahead: Automobiles and Augmented Reality

With still about a week left to go, Hudway’s Kickstarter campaign, which began last Wednesday for its augmented reality vehicle accessory, already has over 6,500 backers pledging more than $450,000—several times its initial...more

Privacy Tip #7 – Who is listening to your conversations through your smartphone microphone?

I’ve always known that my smartphone had a microphone. If nothing else, it obviously has to be used for the Shazam app so I can figure out the name of that great song. So that is the only time I use the microphone on my...more

Wisconsin District Court Stays TCPA Suit Pending Review of the FCC’s July 10 Order

In this case, plaintiff Gensel alleges, among other things, that Performant repeatedly called her cell phone number in an attempt to collect on another person’s debt, in violation of the TCPA. Gensel’s cell phone carrier had...more

Significant Exception to TCPA Likely to Pass

Congress is about to pass the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. The budget agreement includes significant amendments to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. As proposed, the TCPA will soon permit autodialed calls to cell...more

Third Circuit Allows Putative TCPA Class Action to Proceed, Citing FCC Ruling

On October 23, 2015, the Third Circuit vacated a summary judgment decision in Yahoo, Inc.’s favor based on a recent Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) order that expanded the definition of an “autodialer” under the...more

NLRB Election Rules Update: Employers must exercise due diligence in searching for and disclosing “available” voter contact...

In April of this year, the National Labor Relations Board’s new expedited election rules went into effect. Under the new rules, employers are required to provide unions with “available” personal e-mail addresses and personal...more

FTC Announces Proposed Settlement with Telecommunications Company for Alleged FCRA Violations

On October 21, the FTC announced a $2.95 million settlement with a telecommunications company for alleged violations of the FCRA. According to the FTC, the company violated the FCRA’s Risk-Based Pricing Rule by failing to...more

Google Mandates Full Disk Encryption

With the release of Android 6.0, code name Marshmallow, Google has mandated that OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) enable full disk encryption. Google is requiring that the feature be enabled as part of the ‘out of box...more

The Paradox of Cell Phones: When the Convenience of Digital Communication becomes Inconvenient

These days, you will be hard pressed to find anyone without a cell phone in their possession. Not surprisingly, those cell phones often capture someone at their best and, at times, their worst moments. As Judge Lawrence R....more

Texting, Distractions, & the Law

The safe operation of a motor vehicle requires constant attention to the road and driving conditions. For this reason, the State of Illinois has passed several laws that prohibit the use of cell phones, tablets, and other...more

NLRB Regional Director Finds that Employer Failed to Substantially Comply with New Requirement to Provide “Available” Personal...

After the NLRB’s expedited election rules went into effect last April, the extent to which an employer faced with a union representation petition must search for and provide voters’ personal email addresses and cell phone...more

California Electronic Communications Privacy Act signed by Governor

Last Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA) into law, which requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant before accessing or searching individuals’ digital...more

In Drafting Company-Issued Device And BYOD Policies, Don’t Forget The Wage And Hour Issues.

I’ve been holding my breath waiting for the decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Chicago in the Allen v. City of Chicago overtime collective action before giving you a blog post on this case. The...more

School Leaders: Are Your Automatic Phone Messages and Texts Breaking The Law?

In the past few months, we’ve had a flurry of requests from schools about the legality of automated calls and text messages they are making to cell phones. The Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) governs the...more

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