On July 28, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a public notice clarifying its prior guidance regarding the types of COVID-19-related communications that fall within the “emergency purposes” exception to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
In Blumenthal Distrib. Inc. d/b/a Office Star v. Herman Miller, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, held that the overall appearance of Herman Miller Inc.’s Eames chairs was eligible for trade dress protection because it was not functional.
On July 16, 2020, in the much-anticipated so-called Schrems II case, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) struck down the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (Privacy Shield) as an adequate method of transferring personal data from the European Union (EU) to the United States
On Tuesday, July 14, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2020-56 (the Hospital Relief Notice), which provides an additional postponement of requirements with respect to the conduct of a community health needs assessment (CHNA) applicable to hospitals, as discussed in more detail ...
In CTB Inc. v. Hog Slat, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit found that a chicken feeder design was not eligible for trade dress protection because it improved the way the feeders worked, and was therefore eligible only for patent protection because it was functional and not ornamental.
On Thursday, July 9, 2020, the Supreme Court granted the petition for certiorari in Facebook, Inc v. Duguid, regarding the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
On June 25, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) issued a Declaratory Ruling and Order in response to a 2015 petition by Anthem, Inc., a provider of health insurance.
California Assembly Bill 3007, introduced into the California legislature on February 21, 2020, and amended as of May 6, 2020, seeks to amend California Public Utilities Code §§ 2871, 2872, 2873 and 2875.5, relating to telecommunications.
“Americans passionately disagree about many things. But they are largely united in their disdain for robocalls.”
In the latest Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) ruling, a Pennsylvania district court has rejected the theory proposed by two plaintiffs regarding Navient Solutions: a dialing system that uses external databases to store and randomly and sequentially generate number tables to then pass on to ...