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FTC and FCC release tentative agenda for March 23 policy forum on robocalls

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we previously reported, on March 23, 2018 in Washington, D.C., the FTC and FCC will co-host a joint policy forum that will cover recent policy changes and enforcement actions as well as the agencies’ efforts to encourage...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 16, Issue 1

Fair Use and Social Media Sites like BuzzFeed - Fair use, an evolving doctrine and a very popular fallback for those on the Internet, has continued to be “the most troublesome in the whole law of copyright.” Its goal has...more

D.C. Circuit Rules on FCC’s 2015 TCPA Omnibus Order: A Mixed Bag

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Friday March 16, 2018 the D.C. Circuit issued its long awaited decision on various challenges to the Federal Communication Commissions (FCC) 2015 Omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (Omnibus Order) on the Telephone...more

The State of Gaming: A Look Back and Ahead

The gaming industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, constantly reinventing itself along the way. In 2017, we saw the acceleration of mobile and free-to-play (F2P) games, especially in Asia, and the boom of esports lived up...more

NYDFS sends survey request to online lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New York Department of Financial Services has sent a letter directed to businesses that the DFS “understands…may be involved in online lending in the State of New York” and that asks recipients to complete a “New York...more

DC Circuit Vacates Some of the FCC Rules Governing Robocalls to Cell Phones

by Lane Powell PC on

Proving once again that technology moves much faster than the law, last Friday the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit set aside two significant portions of the Federal Communications...more

AR/VR Is Changing the Game

The ultimate vision for AR/VR is that the medium replaces screens altogether. When the screens are gone, we are essentially left with what we’ve had since the beginning—things like board games, puzzles, live action...more

United Kingdom Establishes IoT Security Principles

by Morgan Lewis on

The UK government recently released a policy paper outlining proposed requirements for makers of Internet of Things (IoT) devices to take certain actions to better protect IoT devices from growing cybersecurity threats....more

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Key Components of FCC’s 2015 Interpretation of the TCPA

by Locke Lord LLP on

In a highly anticipated decision issued late last week, the D.C. Circuit rejected key components of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

TCPA Tracker-Decision Summary-March 2018

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

TCPA Reset? D.C. Circuit Rules Against FCC On Autodialer Definition and Treatment of Reassigned Wireless Numbers On March 16, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision reviewing...more

Brand-Name Manufacturers Could Be Liable for Generic Drug Injuries, Says Massachusetts Supreme Court

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On March 16, 2018, Massachusetts joined a growing minority of states — California, Vermont and Illinois — recognizing innovator liability of name-brand drug manufacturers. Rafferty v. Merck & Co., Inc., SJC-12347, 2018 WL...more

Would You Like Malware with Your Grumpy Cat Meme?

Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have written “white papers” and devoted considerable resources to projects intended to create services that encourage trust and a sense of familiarity on the part of users....more

Belgian Court Uses Novel Argument to Assume International Jurisdiction over Non-EU Facebook Entities

by Alston & Bird on

On February 16, 2018, the Brussels Court of First Instance rendered a judgment in proceedings brought by the Belgian Privacy Commission’s against Facebook. The case forms one part of two-tiered litigation brought by the...more


by BakerHostetler on

In This Issue: - IAB Alleviates the Anxiety of Influence - FTC Throws Made-in-the-USA Shade - ERSP Finds Whitening Claims Only Slightly Dimmed - Trump Administration Fails to Shock Public with FTC Picks - Camp Drugs’...more

D.C. Circuit Invalidates Portion of FCC's 2015 Declaratory Ruling & Order Implementing the TCPA

by WilmerHale on

On March 16, 2018, the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited ruling in ACA International, et al. v. FCC, et al., No. 15-1211, resolving a series of challenges to the July 10 2015 Declaratory Ruling & Order of the Federal...more

EU Member State Courts Rule Against Facebook’s WhatsApp in Decisions Providing Guidance on the Contours of Consent for Data...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

WhatsApp has recently faced scrutiny by regulators about data processing consents it purported to obtain from users. Most recently, on March 15, the Spanish data protection authority (“AEDP”) released a decision imposing the...more

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ TCPA Ruling Is a Mixed Bag

On March 16, 2018, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) opinion in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission, a consolidated appeal of the FCC’s July...more

Internet Law: Is Facebook Violating The TCPA Via Text Message?

by Revision Legal on

There a few cases percolating through the federal courts accusing Facebook of illegal robocalling via their automated text messaging. One example is Brickman v. Facebook, Inc., No. 16 Civ. 00751 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 27, 2017)...more

No Relief in Sight from Website Accessibility Lawsuits

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In February 2017, we reported on a surge in website accessibility lawsuits brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). This litigation trend has accelerated over the past year and shows no signs of slowing...more

President Trump halts Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 March 2018, President Trump issued an order blocking the proposed hostile takeover of Qualcomm Incorporated, a semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company headquartered in California, by Broadcom Limited, a...more

D.C. Circuit TCPA decision gives industry partial victory, but no certainty

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The decision last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on petitions seeking review of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection...more

Q&A With Matthew Pierce, Founder and CEO, Versus Systems

For this issue, I had the chance to sit down with one of our clients, Versus Systems’ chief, Matthew Pierce, to discuss a range of topics, from the gamification of media to the future of mobile games to L.A.’s booming...more

The Coming Border Wars: U.S. Court Decision Refusing to Enforce Canadian Court Order Highlights the Growing Balkanization of the...

Does a search engine operator have to delist websites hosting, without authorization, your trade secret materials or other intellectual property? The answer may depend on where you sue—just ask Google. The U.S. District Court...more

ACA International v. F.C.C., et al.

• The D.C. Circuit reviewed a 2015 FCC order that interpreted the TCPA’s prohibition against using automated dialing devices to make unsolicited calls to cellular telephones. The court set aside two portions of the 2015 Order...more

Facebook-Cambridge Analytica – Brave New World for Privacy and Data Misuse

by Holland & Hart LLP on

The dramatic revelations that Facebook users’ personal data was potentially misused by political advertising firm, Cambridge Analytica, has troubling implications for consumer privacy that will become ever-more complicated...more

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