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Supreme Court Finds Search Of Employees' Text Messages Was Reasonable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A police department's search of the transcripts of its employees' text messages was reasonable and did not violate the employees' Fourth Amendment rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 17, reversing a ruling by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals...

Jets Respond To Lawsuit Over Alleged Favre Texts

NEW YORK - (AP) Two massage therapists who say the New York Jets blacklisted them for objecting to randy text messages from former quarterback Brett Favre are overplaying their ties to the team, the Jets say in court documents. Shannon O'Toole and Christina Scavo worked for the team on a combined...

Voluntarily Providing Cell Phone Number Gives Text Message Consent under TCPA, California and Florida Federal Courts Rule

A consumer who voluntarily provides a cell phone number in the course of a transaction has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive text messages from the entity to which the number was given, federal courts in California and Florida recently...

Providing Cell Phone Number To Register Membership Gives TCPA Consent for Text Message

A consumer who voluntarily provides a cell phone number when registering online for membership has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive a text message containing instructions for activating such membership, a Washington federal court...

FCC Eases Some Standards for TCPA Consent Compliance Regarding Texting

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 first ruling, companies may now rely on representations...

New Decision Provides Hope for Common-Sense Application of TCPA, but the High-Stakes Debate Over the Scope of the TCPA Will Continue

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 lexis.com subscribers ], held that Yahoo did not violate the Telephone...

Texting While Driving

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 texts or e-mail messages. But the ban does not...

Think Before You Write

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 by emails, texts, and the like, reserving their...