New Telemarketing Rules to Take Effect July 11th

In February, the FCC amended its telemarketing rules, by including a new requirement that telemarketers must receive express written consent to send certain autodialed or prerecorded message calls. As set forth in a previous post, the changes to the FCC’s rules are intended to make them consistent with FTC rules governing the use of autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing […]

TCPA Lawsuit Cross Checks Hockey Team

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has created a virtual cottage industry of consumers and class action attorneys seeking to exploit the private right of action that grants them the opportunity to seek damages for violators.   Plaintiffs can sue for actual damages or $500 per violation, with penalties tripled for willful violations, and may […]

To Google or Not to Google

As we all learned by watching Schoolhouse Rock, a noun is a person, place, or thing.  As the brand name of a leading search engine, the word “Google” is clearly a noun, and is a legally protectable trademark.   At least, that’s the way it started out.  Over the past few years, however, that noun […]