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The Basics of Net Neutrality – What 'You Oughta Know'

A brief background of Net Neutrality and, in the words of Alanis Morisette, what “You Oughta Know.” ...more

Net Neutrality: More Winners Than Losers

On March 12, 2015, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the full text of the Net Neutrality rules it approved last month. Net Neutrality essentially means an open Internet where all traffic is equal, anyone...more

FCC Enforcement Bureau Dismisses ILEC Pole Attachment Complaint

Earlier this week the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau dismissed without prejudice a pole attachment complaint filed by Verizon Florida LLC (“Verizon”) against Florida Power and Light (“FPL”). It was the FCC’s first substantive...more

Landlord’s Checklist For Cell Tower Transfers

The Federal Communications Commission recently closed a spectrum auction that raised more than $41 billion. Among the companies making a large investment in the auction was Verizon. It reportedly spent $10.4 billion for this...more

"Courts Parse First Amendment Protections for Anonymous Critics Online"

The Supreme Court has long recognized that the freedom of speech enshrined in the First Amendment extends to anonymous speech, noting that “persecuted groups and sects … throughout history have been able to criticize...more

Disclosing Data Collection Practices: Is An Opt-Out Program Enough?

Verizon Wireless announced last Friday that its customers will soon be able to opt out of the tracking identifiers Verizon uses to target ads at its customers.  These tracking identifiers, dubbed supercookies, are unique...more

IP Newsflash - January 2015 #3

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Akin Gump Wins Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement - Akin Gump obtained a significant victory on summary judgment for HTC and AT&T in a patent infringement case against Adaptix, Inc., an...more

Testing the Privacy Waters: Does Recent FCC Privacy Enforcement Signal the Reclassification of Broadband Internet Service...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had a busy year in 2014. During the past 12 months, the FCC proposed new regulations on net neutrality and pursued the largest privacy action in its history against TerraCom, Inc....more

FCC to Issue Net Neutrality Rules

In February, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will circulate a draft order regarding Net Neutrality to his four fellow commissioners. The Net Neutrality rules will govern whether Internet service...more

New York Courts Reject Disclosure-Based Settlements of Merger Lawsuits

In two recent rulings, the New York Supreme Court rejected settlements arising from lawsuits in which plaintiff stockholders challenged the defendant public companies’ merger-related disclosures. The court in each case...more

Focus on Pennsylvania Corporate Taxes

With the November 4th election of Democrat Tom Wolf as Pennsylvania’s next Governor, Pennsylvania corporate taxpayers face an interesting budget season in 2015. During the campaign, Wolf advocated for a severance or...more

Federal Trade Commission Shows Willingness to Credit Responsive Data Security Efforts in Exercising Enforcement Authority

In a change of pace, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently decided not to pursue an enforcement action against Verizon Communication, Inc. (“Verizon”) following an investigation into whether Verizon violated Section 5...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: November 2014

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. Does New Governor Mean More Tax Reform? In the recent gubernatorial election, challenger Tom Wolf (D) defeated incumbent Governor Tom Corbett (R)....more

The Fight for Net Neutrality Is Still Alive

This past Monday, November 10, 2014, President Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) in a written statement to “reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act — while at...more

"Title II or Bust: The FCC Wrestles With Net Neutrality"

Over the past few weeks, a number of significant developments have impacted the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) ongoing proceeding regarding network neutrality. On November 10, President Barack Obama surprised many...more

Corrective Action Earns Verizon End to FTC’s FiOS Router Investigation

Corrective action taken by Verizon Communications to fix security issues with its FiOS and DSL routers resulted in the FTC closing its investigation to determine whether Verizon’s distribution of the routers was an unfair or...more

Fifth Circuit Adopts Majority Rule on What Constitutes “Other Instruments” of an ERISA Plan

ERISA plan administrators facing broad requests for production under ERISA section 104(b)(4) may limit their production to formal legal documents governing the plan, based on new guidance from a panel of the Fifth Circuit in...more

Federal Communications Commission Steps Loudly Into Realm of Data Privacy Enforcement

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced its entrance into the data privacy enforcement realm by issuing a $10 million fine against two telecommunications companies for failing to adequately...more

Teva v. Sandoz -- Is Deferential Review a Boon for Patent Trolls?

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. case to determine whether appellate courts should afford any deference to a trial court's claim construction...more

Recent Albany County Supreme Court Decision Calls into Question the New York State Public Service Commission’s Framework for...

An Albany County Supreme Court decision issued on July 31, 2014 calls into question the New York State Public Service Commission’s (“Commission”) analytical framework for making trade secret determinations. While the...more

Record Actions Force Companies to Reevaluate How They Protect Consumers

Last week the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced that Verizon agreed to pay a record US$7.4 million to settle an investigation related to the company’s treatment of consumer personal information. Specifically, the Commission...more

FCC Announces Record $7.4 Million Settlement for Failure to Provide CPNI “Opt-Out” Notices to Customers

On Tuesday, September 3, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced that it had entered into a consent decree with Verizon, under which Verizon will pay $7.4 million to the U.S. Treasury for violating the FCC’s “Customer...more

Microsoft loses third round of battle against extra-territorial warrants

On 31 July, the chief judge of the Southern District of New York delivered the latest in a series of controversial judgments stemming from a test case brought by Microsoft in an extra-territorial warrant issued under the U.S....more

Pursuit of a “Smoking Gun” May Be a Recipe for Disaster

In the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly recently held that plaintiffs alleging price-fixing in the text messaging market were not entitled to an adverse inference after...more

FCC Considers Net Neutrality Rules, Could Impact Video Game Industry

“Net neutrality” has become one of the most hotly debated issues before lawmakers and regulators in Washington this year. Proponents of net neutrality argue that the government should regulate the conduct of broadband...more

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