The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Time Warner Cable Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), recently vacated and remanded one portion of the FCC’s 2011 rules that govern (loosely said) “television” that sought to prevent program blackouts by extending network programming contracts beyond their expiration.
The recently enacted federal ban on libel tourism is making it more difficult for plaintiffs to sue U.S. defendants in countries that afford weaker free speech protections. Last week, in the first federal appellate opinion to apply the new statute, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that plaintiffs cannot collect damages from U.S. defendants from a Canadian court’s defamation judgment.
If you’ve got a singleton FM translator application still pending but you weren’t among the 1,200+ applicants who got invited to file long form Form 349 applications last July, take heart! The Media Bureau has issued another invitation, this time to 104 more translator applicants. You can see a PDF of the invite list here, or you can find a more sliceable and diceable Excel version here. If you’re on the list, get ready to act right away.
The spate of class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) isn’t ending anytime soon. And the risks to businesses have just increased in the Third Circuit, thanks to that court’s recent ruling that the TCPA permits consumers to retract consent to receiving calls on their cell phones placed by automatic telephone dialing systems.
During the past decade, Carnegie Mellon University and General Motors Corp. established a Collaborative Research Lab relating to autonomous driving. This joint partnership is led by CMU Professor Raj Rajkumar. In November 2007 his team’s hard work paid dividends when they won first prize at the military-sponsored DARPA Urban Grand Challenge during which their robotized 2007 Chevy Tahoe navigated a predetermined course of roadways in Victorville, California.
The answer is one that frustrates people the most — it depends. In most circumstances, you run the risk of violating the copyright of the person who took the picture, so the best practice is to seek permission first (more on that in part 3). But, let’s assume you can’t get permission — after all, you are on a deadline. So, let’s look at three different scenarios and the “fair use doctrine.”
Panelists at the Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum expect immense merger and acquisition activity in developing markets around the globe, but predict little near-term M&A activity in the United States, where substantial consolidation has already occurred, or Europe, where logistical and business constraints affect consolidation opportunities.
A couple of months ago we reported that the FCC had asked for comments on whether or not to extend the political file component of the online public inspection file requirement to all TV stations. You will doubtless recall that, when the online public file system was first put into place in 2012, only Big Four network affiliates in the Top 50 markets were required to upload their political file materials.
Healthcare is a highly competitive market. Healthcare companies are hiring marketing teams to lure customers to their facility. This will invariably require making statements regarding the quality of your services and how your services are better than your competitors.
The rise of patent litigation by non-practicing entities (“NPEs”), colloquially known as “patent trolls,” has resulted in a “chess game”: companies that rely on patents must employ an interdisciplinary defensive strategy involving litigation, regulatory and legislative fronts, according to Ray Kurz, partner in Hogan Lovells’s Washington, D.C. office, who spoke at the firm’s annual Winnik forum.