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Mobile Alphabet Soup…What Exactly Is an ATDS under the TCPA?

There has been an uptick in litigation under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227 – likely due to the increased use of mobile marketing (not to mention the availability of statutory damages...more

Utah Unemployment Law Update - Part 2

In this Issue: - Mobile Phone / Driving Laws - Unemployment Benefits - Facts - Procedural History - The Law - Court of Appeals Decision - Takeaway - Wrongful Termination - Religious...more

Voluntarily Providing Cell Phone Number Gives Text Message Consent under TCPA, California and Florida Federal Courts Rule

A consumer who voluntarily provides a cell phone number in the course of a transaction has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive text messages from the entity to which the...more

The Spoliation of Text Messages

In the era of Twitter and Instagram, it should come as no surprise that a party’s cell phone data, including text messages, may prove invaluable to an adverse party during the course of litigation. As with any other...more

Put The Phone Down: New Jersey’s Clear Message to Drivers

Smart phones. They make us more efficient, but not always smarter. Indeed, these devices have relegated the roadside payphone to the ranks of museum artifact…but at what cost?...more

FCC Adopts Stricter Rule for Mobile Message Marketing

The U.S. federal law known as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227, regulates telemarketing activities, including the use of autodialing systems to initiate unsolicited telemarketing voice...more

Are You Ready for the New Telephone and Text Marketing Rules?

Effective October 16, 2013, the rules governing telephone and text marketing will significantly change. Under prior Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations issued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...more

Warning – Sexting Can Harm Your Teen’s Freedom

In response to the popularity of cell phones and other communication devices with Florida’s teens, and their fondness for sexting, a law was introduced in October 2011 to make sexting a crime....more

Illinois Appellate Court Narrows Attorney General's FOIA Opinion on Communications on Elected Officials' Private Devices

On July 16, 2013, the Appellate Court of Illinois for the Fourth District issued an opinion in City of Champaign v. Madigan, 2013 IL App (4th) 120662, that upheld the Illinois Attorney General's (AG) binding opinion (Public...more

Despite The Risks, Distracted Driving Is Still On The Rise

Distracted drivers endanger not only themselves, but also occupants of other vehicles on the road and pedestrians on the sidewalk. With the rising popularity of smartphones, the problem only continues to get worse....more

Be Careful When Searching Student Cell Phones, Sixth Circuit Warns

With text messages, Tweets, Facebook posts and other digital communications so prevalent in student’s lives, schools have been struggling to deal with the influx of mobile devices on campus. Last week, the Sixth U.S. Circuit...more

Emails and Text Messages On Personal Devices Subject to Public Records Act - Judge’s Ruling Demonstrates Risk to Public Agencies;...

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge recently ruled that emails and text messages concerning city business but stored on a public official’s personal device are subject to the Public Records Act (PRA). The PRA request at...more

Corporate Law Report: Global HR, Textual Harassment, Working Interviews, and Other Workplace Issues [Video]

Our latest video report looks at the employment needs of global companies, textual harassment, working interviews, and other labor & employment law issues. This week we're focused entirely on workplace legal issues -...more

Textual Harassment Could CRE8 Liability For Employers

Originally published in Westlaw Journal Employment (Volume 27, Issue 15), February 20, 2013. Consider the following three scenarios: Scenario one: Terrence worked as a flight attendant for Fly Right Airlines. While...more

Retention Of Address Book Information In Hashed Form Still Criticized By Canada And Netherlands

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) announced the results of an investigation into a mobile messaging platform that allows users to send and receive instant messages over the Internet. The OPC coordinated...more

Status Updates – Real Time Notice Recommended By Privacy Commissioner

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) announced the results of their coordinated investigation into a mobile messaging platform...more

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