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REDIAL: 2016 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis of Critical Issues and Trends

The Sutherland TCPA team has published its third annual REDIAL: 2016 TCPA YEAR IN REVIEW – ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS. This publication reflects our in-depth analysis of significant Telephone Consumer...more

Accessibility Rules Continue to Take Shape Even As FCC Leadership Transitions

With FCC leadership soon shifting as the current administration winds down, there have been several interesting accessibility-related developments. In addition, several important FCC accessibility rule compliance deadlines...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2017 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2006-95 - This Federal Acquisition Circular provides a summary presentation of final rules issued by the Department of Defense...more

Court Rejects TCPA Claims Based on Theory of Third-Party Liability

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia recently granted summary judgment for the defendant alarm manufacturers in In re Monitronics International, Inc. Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation...more

FCC Considers Investigation of 911 Mobile Device Apps

On December 19, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission’s (Commission) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) issued a Public Notice (Notice) seeking comment on a letter from the National Association of State...more

Connected Cars: Navigating Top Trends in 2017

Yesterday, the Automotive Industry Team of Foley & Larnder LLP (yes, us), hosted its annual event at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. Eschewing narrow or small topics, we charged into 2017 by trying...more

FCC Shot Clock Not Tolled by Applicant Delays or Vague Notice of Incompleteness, Court Finds

A city granting an applicant’s request for a continuance of a public hearing over installation of a wireless tower is not a mutual agreement to toll the FCC’s “shot clock,” a federal court has ruled. In addition, a vague...more

Guidelines for De-Identification, Anonymization, and Pseudonymization

De-identification of data refers to the process used to prevent personal identifiers from being connected with information. The FTC indicated in its 2012 report Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change:...more

Breaking News: FCC Moves Forward on Eliminating the Need to Maintain a Local Public File

Last May, Jessica Nyman and I wrote about the potential impact of an FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to eliminate the requirement that stations keep “Letters and Emails from the Public” in their Public Inspection...more

FCC Clarifies Lifeline Obligations for High-Cost ETCs

In a brief Order released last Friday, the Wireline Competition Bureau clarified that recipients of high-cost funding were not required to create any standalone Lifeline-specific broadband service offerings. After the...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

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

FCC Makes Airing Political Ads Much More Complicated

If trying to maintain the required paperwork for political advertising aired by your station gives you a headache, prepare for a migraine of biblical proportions. With the departure of Commissioner Rosenworcel leaving...more

Tennessee Consortium Wins E-Rate Appeals Involving Complex Interpretations of the “Most Cost-Effective” and “Legally Binding...

In an Order released December 30, 2016, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau granted appeals of a 2015 USAC decision that denied E-rate funding to the Sweetwater consortium of Tennessee school districts for funding years...more

Cyber Alert: 2016 Breach Roundup, Part II: U.S. and EU Data Breach Notification Regulations Highlights and Trends

Frameworks requiring breach notifications of various kinds significantly expanded in scope in 2016 at both the state and federal levels. However, at least in the U.S., some of the new federal requirements may not be in place...more

US Trade Associations and ISPs Petition FCC to Reconsider New Privacy Rules

On January 3, several US trade associations and internet service providers (ISPs) submitted petitions requesting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reconsider its broadband privacy rules mandating consumer...more

Internet Law in a Trump Presidency

In a Democracy, transitions in leadership happen more frequently than in any other form of government. And with those transitions, some previous policies and orders are preserved and some are reversed. This approach to...more

Reminder: FCC Filings Due on or Before February 1, 2017

Please be reminded of the upcoming due dates for the Reports listed below: - Form 499-Q Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet - Carriers and providers of interstate and international telecommunications,...more

State AGs seek to intervene in CFPB enforcement action to modify settlement terms

The Attorneys General for the states of Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, and Vermont recently took the unusual step of filing a joint motion to intervene to modify the settlement terms of a CFPB enforcement action....more

2016 in Arbitration Law: Fleeting Victories for Consumer Advocates?

If I had drafted this annual summary post on November 7, 2016, it would have looked different. At that point, the year had produced numerous (final or proposed) federal regulations that significantly restricted the use of...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2016"

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine modifications to New York state's proposed cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions, a 5th Circuit ruling that a phishing scam is not...more

The 21st Century Cures Medical Software Provisions: Additional Clarity for Digital Health, but Also More Questions

Key Points - - Although the Cures medical software provisions largely align with FDA's current policies, certain of the Cures exemptions may be broader than those under current agency policy. - Many clinical...more

FCC Closes Year With Enforcement Advisory on Text Messages

Almost a year and a half after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) issued a rule update to its rules and regulations implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) (2015 FCC TCPA Omnibus...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ December 2016

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes:...more

FCC Denies TCPA Exemption for Mortgage Servicing Calls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has denied the petition filed by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) seeking an exemption from the prior express consent requirement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

Top Ten Education Developments, Breaches, and Settlements of 2016

This year has been a busy year for education law in the area of data privacy. Educational institutions continue to be a rich target for hackers. Additionally, there were some important developments in the interpretation of...more

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