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FCC Adopts Declaratory Ruling On TCPA Regulations To Loosen Restrictions On Some Types of Robocalls

On June 18, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a set of declaratory rulings related to robocalls and spam text messages under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). ...more

FCC Approves New Pro-Consumer TCPA Rules That Will Likely Create Increased Compliance and Litigation Headaches for Businesses

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently adopted a proposal aimed at clarifying certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The proposal addresses twenty-one (21) petitions related to the...more

FCC Ruling Potentially Expands Scope of TCPA

On June 18, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) issued a package of declaratory rulings (“FCC 15-72”) related to telemarketing. Although FCC 15-72 has yet to be officially released, the...more

FCC Adopts Chairman Wheeler’s Proposal to Strengthen Consumer Protection Under the TCPA

On June 18, the FCC held an Open Commission Meeting, during which the Commission adopted Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to strengthen consumer protection under the TCPA. The set of declaratory rulings included in the proposal...more

The FCC Speaks Up and Cracks Down on TCPA Rules

For the first time since October 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has issued new rules clarifying the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). On June 18, 2015, the FCC held a public hearing to debate...more

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

Companies at New Risk from Tighter FCC Robocall Regulations

On June 18, 2015, the FCC adopted stronger consumer protections against robocalls and spam texts. The new regulations are a response to hundreds of thousands of consumer complaints about robocalls. The new rules under the...more

Collusion Course: The Limits of Hot Documents

Discovery in antitrust cases often involves a search for smoking-gun documents. Those documents can consist of emails proving that competitors conspired to raise prices, removing the difficulties faced by prosecutors or civil...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

AT&T Petitions FCC to Replace TTY with Real-Time Text for Hearing Impaired Communications

On Friday, AT&T submitted a Petition for Rulemaking to the FCC, requesting that the Commission update its rules requiring support for text telephone (TTY) technology. The petition asks the FCC to launch a proceeding to...more

Supreme Court to Decide Class Action Issues Involving Settlement Offers to Named Plaintiffs, Statistical Sampling and Class Member...

I’ve been delayed a bit in reporting on this, but the October 2015 term of the U.S. Supreme Court is shaping up to be a blockbuster one for class action law. Perhaps even bigger than the October 2010 term, which brought us...more

Employment Law - June 2015

Actual Knowledge by Employer Not Necessary for Title VII Religious Discrimination Claim, U.S. Supreme Court Rules - Why it matters: In a closely watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a teenage applicant to...more

FCC Chairman Circulates Proposal to Strengthen Consumer Protection Under the TCPA; Open Meeting Scheduled For June 18

On May 27, the FCC released a fact sheet outlining Chairman Wheeler’s proposal for a series of rulings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) that he asserts will better protect American consumers from unsolicited...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

Human Touch Defeats TCPA Unsolicited Text Messaging Class Action

On June 1, 2015, the Northern District of California granted AOL’s motion to dismiss a class action Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) suit premised on four text messages received by the named plaintiff in Derby v. AOL,...more

Judge tosses TCPA action, AOL not in violation

On May 29, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte tossed out a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claim against AOL, Inc. (AOL) because he found that the TCPA regulations did not apply to the messages received...more

FCC Chairman Circulates Proposed Rulings on "Autodialer," "Recycled Numbers," and Other TCPA Issues

On May 27, 2015, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced in a posting on the official FCC blog that he has circulated a proposal to his fellow commissioners that will address numerous issues...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert. to Decide if Offer of Complete Relief Moots Case

On May 18, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to resolve a circuit split as to whether an offer of complete relief to a plaintiff seeking to represent a putative class moots the case. Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 2015 WL...more

Status Updates: Facebook Posts—Reliable Evidence?; Quora Post Costs Applicant a Job; a New Ephemeral Messaging App

Facebook: Fact or fiction? These days, courts are more and more frequently faced with disputes over whether, as part of the discovery process, a litigant should be entitled to view the opposing party’s social media posts. As...more

Green vs. Blue Bubbles: A Thought on Thorough e-Discovery

If you own an iPhone, take a look at your most recent text messaging threads. Are the words contained in a blue or a green speech balloon? A blue speech balloon indicates that the communication was sent via Apple’s...more

Warrantless Searches of Text Messages: Big Brother in 160 Character Installments

The modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence surrounding warrantless searches of text messaging is varied and evolving, including issues currently facing Rhode Island and the rest of the nation. My paper focused primarily upon...more

Technology And The Workplace

How Email And Texting Are Transforming Business Interactions - The automotive industry has embraced technology. Most dealerships have installed business development centers, and Internet departments to attract the...more

Recent Developments in Court Decisions on E-discovery Issues

The duty to preserve and collect data that may be discoverable once litigation is reasonably anticipated is well established. The following are highlights from recent Court decisions affecting the eDiscovery process. Although...more

Text Messaging Program Not an Autodialer Under the TCPA

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently held in the putative class action Glauser v. GroupMe, Inc. that GroupMe’s text messaging program was not an autodialer under the Telephone...more

PAC Upholds School District’s Decision to Deny FOIA Request for Text Messages

Last month, the Public Access Counselor released a decision on the subject of when text messages can be obtained from a public body through a FOIA request. The decision was non-binding, but nonetheless illustrates that absent...more

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