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Victoria’s Secret hit with TCPA class action for text messages

Last week, Victoria’s Secret was hit with a class action in California alleging that the lingerie company sent Michael Hannegan almost 100 texts in one day in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial of TCPA Class Cert. On Predominance/Ascertainability Grounds

On January 12, 2016, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the denial of class cert. in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 USC 227 action on  predominance and superiority grounds in the case Paul Gannon v. Network Telephone...more

Groundhog Day: Don’t Get Stuck When Collecting New Data Types

February 2nd is Groundhog Day, and while we all know of the tradition of Punxsutawney Phil’s famous shadow forecasting the arrival of spring, many of us can’t help but think of the 1993 film starring Bill Murray. In it, he...more

Encryption: The Battle Between Privacy and Counterterrorism

For privacy advocates, it is universally accepted that encryption is a very good thing. After all, encrypted data is deemed a safe harbor under HIPAA and state breach-notification laws, providing an “out” from potential fines...more

Government Can Fail to Preserve Too, Court Awards Sanctions (New Jersey)

United States v. Vaughn, 2015 WL 6948577 (D. N.J. Nov. 10, 2015) - In this criminal case, a pro se defendant sought to dismiss the indictment and other sanctions for the government’s failure to preserve text messages...more

Supreme Court Rules Settlement Offer Does Not Moot Class Action

On January 20th, 2016, in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a case closely watched by both sides of the class action bar, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg that an unaccepted Rule...more

Supreme Court Decides Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, holding that an unaccepted offer to satisfy a named plaintiff’s individual claim does not render a case moot. The Court also held that sovereign...more

FCC Releases Order Denying Club Texting’s 2009 Petition on Text Broadcaster Liability Standards

On January 11, 2016, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (“Bureau”) acted on a petition filed in 2009, and denied Club Texting, Inc.’s (“Club Texting”) petition for declaratory ruling, which asked the FCC to...more

European Court of Human Rights issues landmark ruling on employee monitoring

The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed that employers may, in some circumstances, monitor employees’ personal communications in the workplace. On 12 January 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”)...more

FCC clarifies TCPA liability for texting

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a denial of a petition from a company that provides bulk marketing texts for other companies, clarified that it will maintain separate standards for fax and text messaging...more

FCC Reaffirms Potential TCPA Liability for Text Message Platforms

On January 11, 2016, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released an order denying a petition by a text message platform provider for a declaratory ruling that the Commission should evaluate TCPA liability for...more

Business Litigation Alert: "The Danger of Emails - A Cautionary Tale for the New Year"

Martin Shkreli was a lightning rod for controversy during the time he served as the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, but it’s his actions from a previous company that are now landing him in serious legal hot water, and his own...more

Federal Judge Leaves Yahoo’s 'Human Intervention' Argument in the Hands of Jury

On December 14, 2015, a federal judge in the Southern District of California concluded that a jury should decide whether Yahoo is liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227, for “welcome...more

Recent State Enactments Regulating Unsolicited Text Messaging Could Have Broad Implications for Companies that Communicate to...

Two states – New Jersey and Connecticut – have recently imposed additional legal conditions on electronic messaging to mobile devices. In a few ways, these laws may raise the bar for companies on compliance when sending text...more

Human Intervention After The FCC’s Declaratory Ruling

A recent decision illustrates the uncertainties wrought by the “case-by-case” approach of the FCC’s July 2015 Declaratory Ruling when applied in litigation. In Sherman v. Yahoo, Inc., the plaintiff challenged Yahoo’s...more

TCPA Connect - December 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Issues Revisions to the Telemarketing Sales Rule - On November 18, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a final rule setting forth a number of key amendments and clarifications to its...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

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 12/10/15

Stories of interest this week include Google’s quantum computer (and bucket-load of patents), an AR-based visual browser, concerns over spying and toys, and more. In addition to the above news, some Intel-sponsored native...more

Who Bears Liability For That Call Or Fax? Courts Continue To Wrestle With Direct And Vicarious Liability

Whenever more than one individual or entity is allegedly involved in the “sending” of a fax or the making of a call or text, two key questions in the litigation are: (i) what must be pleaded to state a claim against each...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Grant of Summary Judgment to PayPal

In Roberts v. PayPal, Inc., No. 13-16304, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 18836 (9th Cir. Oct. 29, 2015) the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a grant of summary judgment to PayPal in Roberts v. PayPal, Inc., No. 12-0622, 2013 U.S. Dist....more

Optical Express appeal highlights the need for caution over third-party marketing lists

In a decision of 31 August 2015, the First-Tier Tribunal provided important clarification on the use of third-party mailing lists. Optical Express v Information Commissioner (EA/2014/0014) is significant for organisations...more

Digital Emotions: The Evidentiary Impact of Emoticons and Emojis

When computer science professor Scott Fahlman posted a sideways smiley face on an electronic message board at Carnegie Mellon University in 1982, he could not possibly have known that combination of dots and dashes would give...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

Western Union to pay $8.5 million for alleged TCPA violations

Western Union will pay $8.5 million to settle alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when it sent consumers unsolicited text messages advertising an “opt-in” for receiving periodic automated...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

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