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Courts Finally Catching Up On Texting Jurors

SAN FRANCISCO – (AP) Enough with the tweets, the blogs, the Internet searches. That's the message being communicated by courts across the country as jurors using their portable electronic devices continue to cause mistrials, overturned convictions and chaotic delays in court proceedings...

High Court: Go Ahead, Search Cop's Sexy Texting

WASHINGTON - (AP) The Supreme Court had a common-sense message Thursday for workers with cell phones and other gadgets provided by their employers: Use your own cell phone if you've got something to text that you don't want your boss to read. The justices unanimously upheld a police department's...

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...

Ramifications of Distracted Driving and Fleet Risk Management

By Rebecca Shafer, LowerWC.com Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. May 25, 2011 Do workers compensation laws need to be revised to exclude people who cause injury to themselves and others when driving distracted? And, how do employers manage this risk? As of today, a Google search showed 32 states...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (5/3/2012) – Wrist Pain Stopped Processing of Inmates’ Mail, But She Could Text and Update Facebook

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Increase in Distracted Drivers Has Serious Ramifications for Fleet Risk Managers

By Rebecca Shafer, LowerWC.com Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. Do workers compensation laws need to be revised to exclude people who cause injury to themselves and others when driving distracted? And, how do employers manage this risk? As of today, a Google search showed 39 states (up from 32 in 2011...

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...

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...

The Central District of California Holds that an Invasion of Privacy Exclusion Found in a D&O Policy Barred Coverage for a Suit Alleging Violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

LAC Basketball Club, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Co. , 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 58836 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 14, 2014), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. In LAC Basketball Club , the district court held that an exclusion for any claim based on or arising out of invasion of privacy applied...