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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

2014 Verizon Report Offers Advice For Combatting Nine Common Threats To Cybersecurity

The 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) was released on April 22, providing the deep empirical analysis of cybersecurity incidents we’ve come to expect from this annual report. The primary messages of this...more

Privacy Tuesday – May 13, 2014

Another busy week in the privacy/security world. We have some bits and bytes to start your week: Verizon 2014 Data Breach Investigation Report – Something Old, Something New - Verizon is out with its 2014...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending & Secured Finance 2014, 2nd Edition -- Acquisition Financing in the United...

2014 Expected to be a Stronger Year for Mergers and Acquisitions in the United States - In 2014, the United States is expected to see an increased level of mergers and acquisitions activity, especially in the middle...more

D.C. Circuit Creates Split in Authority on Applicability of False Claims Act “First-to-File” Bar

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (“FCA”) complaint in United States ex rel. Shea v. Cellco Partnership, 2014 WL 1394687 (D.C. Cir. Apr. 11, 2014) for failure...more

Court of Appeals Upholds Commission’s Order that Claimant Suffered No Change of Condition

The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently upheld a South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission’s decision that a Claimant suffered no change of condition in Carter v. Verizon Wireless (Op. No. 5191, refiled April 16,...more

California Federal Court Requires Pre-Recording Notification of All Cell Phone Calls Under California Invasion of Privacy Act

A federal district court in the Northern District of California in March refused to dismiss a consumer class action against wireless telecommunications company Verizon alleging that a third-party collections agency hired by...more

Court Recognizes Limitations on Relator’s Ability to Bring Multiple Suits in U.S. v. Cellco

A federal circuit court decision issued last week recognizes important limitations on a relator’s ability to bring multiple lawsuits against the same contractor or alleging related fraud. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Advertising Law - Mar 07, 2014

Site Allows Consumers to Stop Mobile Tracking - Don’t want to be tracked by retail stores while physically shopping? There’s a site for that. Retailers use tracking information to collect data about how shoppers...more

Net Neutrality Revisited in the Wake of the Court of Appeals' Decision in Verizon v. FCC

On January 14, 2014, the latest chapter of the net neutrality controversy closed when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was statutorily authorized...more

5 Ways the FCC Could Respond to Invalidation of Its 'Net Neutrality' Rules

After the Net Neutrality decision, the FCC has a number of options, all of which could have an important impact on providers and users alike....more

D.C. Circuit Largely Invalidates Net Neutrality Rules: Analysis and Prospects

On Jan. 14, 2014, a D.C. Circuit panel struck down the portions of the FCC’s 2010 “Open Internet” (or “net neutrality”) rules that had banned blocking or discriminatory treatment of web sites or other online applications by...more

Verizon v. FCC: What Happened, Why It’s Important, and What Comes Next

In Verizon v. FCC, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (“Commission” or “FCC”) anti-discrimination and anti-blocking provisions of...more

Use Good Sense to Avoid Making Bad Law

Lawyers often say that bad facts lead to bad law. Cases with outrageous fact patterns can drive a judge or jury to stretch the law and make outcome-based decisions in order to provide relief to a sympathetic party. Lawyers...more

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