With high-profile deaths of iconic NFL players such as Junior Seau and Dave Duerson making headlines over the past couple years, the long-term health and well-being of NFL players has come to the forefront as the hot topic of the day. Nowhere has this issue gained more notoriety and exposure than in the series of lawsuits filed against the NFL by retired players.
September Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Regulatory Fees, Lowest Unit Rates, and Comments On Multiple Ownership, Online Public File for Radio and MVPDs, Music Licensing and Class C4 FM Stations
September is one of those few months of the year where there are no regular FCC filing deadlines – no quarterly issues programs lists, no children’s television reports, no annual EEO public file reports, and no ownership reports or renewal deadlines.
Audio Division may be considering designating some renewal applications for hearing, but practical considerations could, and should, make it think twice.
Last February my colleague Howard Weiss reported on a decision by the Audio Division that boded ill for radio stations that had been off the air (or operating with inadequate power) for too much of the preceding license term.
While the federal government continues its inaction on data security bills pending in Congress, some U.S. states have been busy at work on this issue over the summer. A new Delaware law H.B. 295, signed into law on July 1, 2014 and effective January 1, 2015, provides for a private right of action in which a court may order up to triple damages in the event a business improperly destroys personal identifying information at the end of its life cycle.
Facebook has announced a policy change that is likely to alter the manner in which many companies conduct contests and promotions using the social networking website.
Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court overturned a favorable district court ruling, finding that Aereo’s television streaming service violated U.S. Copyright law. After the 6-3 decision, the case was remanded to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. There, Aereo argued that the court should treat the company like a cable system, which would allow the streaming service to obtain a statutory license for transmitting programming to its subscribers.
American Airlines (AA) issued a press release today stating that it and US Airways were withdrawing their fares from Orbitz and Orbitz-affiliated websites effective immediately. Orbitz’s shares were immediately down 5 percent…
It is almost football season and the FTC tries to stay seasonal; around this time in 2012, it announced a settlement with football mouthguard manufacturer Brain-Pad regarding unsubstantiated concussion prevention claims. Subsequently, the FTC has sent warning letters to other manufacturers of sporting equipment regarding concussion prevention claims. This year, however, the FTC has called a different play. On August 21, the FTC announced…
Last week, former NFL punter Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings reached a settlement of Kluwe’s dispute with the team over what he characterized as the organization’s homophobic environment and release from the team due to his activism on behalf of marriage equality.
A recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s order permanently enjoining an individual defendant (Kyle Kimoto) in an FTC action from engaging in a variety of marketing tactics and requiring the individual to pay restitution. In doing so, the Ninth Circuit rejected the defendant’s argument that his being incarcerated for mail and wire fraud related to prior FTC violations precluded the requisite level of involvement necessary to impose liability. The court also rejected his effort to invoke an “advice of counsel” defense.