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Why Can’t We Be Friends? FTC and FCC Formalize Cooperation in Consumer Privacy Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently formalized an agreement to cooperate when regulating the “deceptive, unfair, unjust and/or unreasonable” acts and practices of common...more

FCC and FTC Announce Consumer Protection Memorandum of Understanding

On Monday, the FCC and FTC published a Memorandum of Understanding in which the two agencies agreed to engage in greater coordination and collaboration on consumer protection issues, with greater respect for each agency’s...more

Defining the Lines on Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era: What the Consumer Watchdog Order and the FCC-FTC Sign MOU Mean

In the last few weeks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the “Commission”) has taken two significant steps to further clarify its role as an agency charged with protecting consumers. The first instance was a...more

FMC to Start Two Regulatory Reviews Regarding Industry Regulations

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted this week to start the regulatory review process regarding ocean common carrier and marine terminal operator (MTO) agreements (the Carrier/MTO Agreement Review). The review,...more

FCC and FTC Reach Consumer Protection Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): Agencies Promise Cooperation, Express Shared Jurisdiction...

On November 16, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which the two agencies agreed to engage in greater coordination and...more

FCC May Ease the Way for Foreign Investment in Telecommunications Industry

The FCC seeks public input on how it can change the rules that limit direct and indirect foreign ownership in media and telecommunications companies to reduce barriers to foreign sources of capital without compromising...more

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Seeks Comment on Twilio Petition Requesting Classification of Messaging Services Under Title...

On October 13, 2015, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) issued a Public Notice seeking comment on a Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling...more

TCPA Connect - July 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: FCC Issues Long Awaited TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order - On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (Ruling) addressing 21 petitions...more

FCC Issues Package of New Declaratory Rulings Concerning Telephone Consumer Protection Act

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a 140-page Omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order in response to more than two dozen petitions from businesses, attorneys general, and consumers seeking...more

FCC Closes Loopholes and Expands Telephone Consumer Protection Act “TCPA” Consumer Protections in Declaratory Ruling and Order

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) Declaratory Ruling and Order (“TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order” or “Order”) offering...more

International Traffic and Revenue Reports Due July 31

All US international authorization holders and US international service providers must file International Traffic and Revenue Reports. Common carriers and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers that offer...more

TCPA Connect - May 2015

Court Orders $22M Payment in TCPA Fax Suit - A federal court judge in New Jersey recently held that a defendant could be directly liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for fax ads that it did not send. As a...more

How 'Common Carrier' Defense Applies to TCPA Class Actions

The Federal Communications Commission, the agency which Congress gave authority to implement regulations and enforce the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, expressly exempts common carriers who transmit prohibited fax...more

The FCC and the Uncertain Future of Privacy Oversight for Internet Service Providers

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) net neutrality proceeding culminated this month with the release of an Order reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a common carrier Telecommunications Service...more

Not So Small After All: CallFire Uses Common Carrier Defense to Defeat Rinky Dink TCPA Class Action Case

Last month, in Rinky Dink, Inc. v. Electronic Merchant Systems, et al., No 13-cv-01347, 2015 WL 778065 (W.D. Wash. Feb. 24, 2015), online voice and text provider CallFire became one of the first (if not the first) TCPA...more

Alert: No Big Surprises: The FCC Releases its Network Neutrality Order

Today, the FCC released its 400-page report (including 80 pages of dissents from the two Republican commissioners) in the network neutrality proceeding. Despite speculation that some of the rules might not have been revealed...more

Denbury Part II: Big Changes Coming in Texas Pipeline Condemnations ?

Is Denbury’s Green Pipeline a common carrier? That question is alive and well in Texas. In Texas Rice Land Partners Ltd. v. Denbury Green-Texas Pipeline, LLC, the Beaumont court of appeals reversed a summary judgment granted...more

The Who and What of Net Neutrality in Two Minutes or Less

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted 3-2 to treat the internet like a public utility, embracing the concept of “net neutrality.” Has the FCC struck a blow for consumer rights? The jury is still out....more

FCC Adopts Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Rules

The order classifies broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) today voted, by a 3-2 margin, to adopt rules designed to promote an open Internet...more

Litigation Alert: "Texas Appellate Court Says Pipeline Must Convince Jury of Common Carrier Status in Condemnation Case"

An intermediate Texas appellate court has called for an extensive jury role in the ongoing issue of determining when a pipeline is a common carrier. Common carrier status is critical to the pipeline company’s ability to use...more

CAFA Removal Jurisdiction: Using a Plaintiff’s Complaint Against It

Most cases involving the existence of removal jurisdiction under CAFA involve the $5 million amount in controversy. In a recent Third Circuit opinion, determining whether or not the putative class had the requisite 100...more

BPT Not Prohibited on Freight Brokerage Services

A divided panel of the Commonwealth Court held that a city was not prohibited from imposing its Business Privilege Tax on the gross receipts of a freight broker. S & H Transport, Inc. v. City of York, No. 165 C. D. 2014 (Pa....more

From the Transportation Archives: The Perfect Storm: The Parameters of a Successful “Act Of God” Defense in Freight Claims

Federal and state law have long established that a shipper cannot prevail in a freight claim against a carrier if an “Act of God” caused the freight damage, loss, or delay in question. This “Act of God” defense is available...more

Railroad Commission Order Clarifies Scope of the Common Carrier Act

Last week, in a 3-0 decision, the Railroad Commission of Texas ("Railroad Commission") overturned a Hearings Examiner's interim ruling that the Common Carrier Act does not apply to a pipeline transporting ethylene. In a case...more

5 Ways the FCC Could Respond to Invalidation of Its 'Net Neutrality' Rules

After the Net Neutrality decision, the FCC has a number of options, all of which could have an important impact on providers and users alike....more

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