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Texting While Driving
Posted on 14 May 2014 by Vandeventer Black LLP

By attorney George Nicholas There are a of couple things businesses should know about Virginia’s recently beefed-up ban on texting while driving. First, businesses should understand the scope of the ban. The statute applies to sending and reading... Read More

Telephone Consumer Protection Act Express Consent Narrowed Again
Posted on 9 Dec 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

Albert Nigro just wanted to turn off his deceased mother-in-law’s electricity. He called the electric company, but it required that he provide his mobile telephone number to disconnect service. It turned out though that the mother-in-law had an... Read More

New Decision Provides Hope for Common-Sense Application of TCPA, but the High-Stakes Debate Over the Scope of the TCPA Will Continue
Posted on 30 Apr 2014 by Troutman Sanders

By David N. Anthony , Chad R. Fuller , John C. Lynch , Alan D. Wingfield , and Virginia Bell Flynn On Thursday, March 21, 2014, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Dominguez v. Yahoo!, Inc. , [ enhanced version available to subscribers... Read More

Secure Our Smartphones Initiative: One Year Later Report
Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

One year ago, in June 2013, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón launched the Secure Our Smartphones ("SOS") Initiative in response to the epidemic of smartphone theft and... Read More

Think Before You Write
Posted on 29 Jul 2014 by Vandeventer Black LLP

By Ashley G. Moss , Attorney, Vandeventer Black LLP In the not-so-distant past, all written communications were typed on letterhead, reviewed several times for accuracy, and signed with ink. As technology has evolved, letters have been largely replaced... Read More

FCC Eases Some Standards for TCPA Consent Compliance Regarding Texting
Posted on 28 Apr 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted two declaratory rulings that ease some standards for complying with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA) consent requirements regarding informational text messages. As a result of the... Read More

New York and California Officials Convince Google and Microsoft To Join Apple and Include Smartphone Kill Switch In Next Operating Systems To Reduce Thefts
Posted on 17 Jul 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Inaugural Report Reveals New Data Showing That Thefts Fell Drastically Following Apple’s Introduction of a Kill Switch. In just one year, the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative has made tremendous strides towards curtailing the alarming trend... Read More