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D.C. joins 35-state coalition opposing cable industry group petition to stop Internet laws enforcement

Mark Iandolo Jun. 29, 2017, 9:53am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced June 20 that he has joined a bipartisan coalition of 35 state attorneys general opposing a petition by cable and telecom industry groups to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Federal appeals court strikes down FCC limits on intrastate inmate calling services

Mark Iandolo Jun. 27, 2017, 12:54pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced June 15 that a federal appeals court struck down federal limits on the price for inmate calling services.

TCPA litigation evolving to include text message opt-out responses

Chandra Lye Feb. 28, 2017, 10:00am

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A group of attorneys has warned that the "next wave" of class action lawsuits has been bringing into question the businesses’ responsibility when it comes to customers opting out of text message programs.

New FCC rule to add paperwork for TV, radio stations

Jan. 17, 2017, 10:12am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Broadcasters can add a new regulation to follow when airing political advertisements.

FCC implements new act to protect consumers from 'robotexts'

Shanice Harris Dec. 2, 2016, 8:58am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Telephone Consumer Protection Act now covers text message senders. The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau is clarifying the limitations on auto-dialed text messages, more commonly known as “robotexts.” 

FCC to fine Network Services Solutions $21 million

Mark Iandolo Nov. 11, 2016, 10:57am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communications Commission recently announced plans to fine Network Services Solutions and its chief executive officer $21,691,499 for alleged violations involving the Universal Service Fund Rural Health Care Program (RHC).

FCC must decide whether efaxes are covered under TCPA

S. Laney Griffo Nov. 7, 2016, 8:54am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — With ever-changing technologies, companies are constantly looking for new ways to reach consumers but are also interested in protecting themselves from lawsuits.

Calif. decision holds flu shot reminder exempt from telemarketing law

Kate Jacobson Oct. 26, 2016, 10:39am

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A federal court in California has ruled that a flu shot reminder call from a retail pharmacy did not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) – one of the first rulings of its kind since health care organizations were included in its safe harbor exemptions in 2015.

D.C. Circuit to decide fate of rule governing fax ads

Joe Dyton Oct. 24, 2016, 10:00am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A decade-old Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule and a 2014 change to that rule will be revisited to determine exactly which type of advertising faxes require an opt-out message under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

FCC announces $450,000 settlement with AT&T in fixed wireless stations case

Mark Iandolo Oct. 19, 2016, 2:29pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has announced its Enforcement Bureau has settled for $450,000 with AT&T, resolving allegations that AT&T operated fixed wireless stations without authorization or without filing required license modification notices. 

Comcast pays $2.3 million fine after FCC alleged it charged consumers for unauthorized services

Mark Iandolo Oct. 14, 2016, 10:28am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Comcast will pay a $2.3 million fine after allegations surfaced that it wrongfully charged cable TV customers for services and equipment that the consumers never authorized.

Life360 app invites don't violate TCPA, district judge rules

Quinten Plummer Sep. 30, 2016, 9:55am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Though a Michigan man received at least one unsolicited text message from a mobile app, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has absolved Life360's developer from alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

FCC partially relieves state, local agencies from federal regulations for inmate calling systems

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2016, 3:15pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has announced the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in response to his lawsuit, has issued an order that will save the state millions of dollars by partially relieving state and local agencies from federal regulations that Pruitt believes are unlawful.

FCC announces settlement with AT&T over 'cramming' allegations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 11, 2016, 12:04pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) has announced a settlement with AT&T Services to resolve allegations the company “crammed” unauthorized third-party charges on consumers’ wireless telephone bills.

Attorney: FCC exempting federal government from TCPA lawsuits ‘hypocritical’

Dawn Geske Aug. 9, 2016, 1:11pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The federal government has made a declaration exempting itself from lawsuits brought through the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a law at the center of numerous class actions filed every week against businesses.

FCC announces $200,000 settlement with TP-Link

Mark Iandolo Aug. 5, 2016, 2:22pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — TP-Link will settle for $200,000 after allegations certain Wi-Fi routers sold by the company were not in full compliance with rules pertaining to power levels, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced.

FCC to fine AT&T $106,425 for alleged federal law violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 2, 2016, 1:45pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced plans to fine AT&T $106,425 for allegedly charging two Florida school districts some of the highest telecommunications rates in the state, which is a violation of federal law and the FCC’s “lowest corresponding price” rule.

FCC privacy regulations: The next litigation trend?

Rebecca Campbell Jul. 19, 2016, 10:30am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – Broadband Internet access providers regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should be focused on the regulations as they will have significant impacts on business practices if passed, according to a senior associate at Orrick.

FCC settles for $2.4 million with GCI after 911 service outage allegations

Mark Iandolo Jul. 8, 2016, 12:22pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has announced its Enforcement Bureau has reached a $2.4 million settlement with General Communications Inc. (GCI) that resolves allegations of five 911 service outages occurring on the company's wireless network in Alaska over the last eight years.

Consumers win in D.C. Circuit's net neutrality decision

Dawn Brotherton Jun. 28, 2016, 11:41am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A Utah attorney calls the decision in United States Telecom Association, et al v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America a “slam-dunk win for consumers.”