In a long-awaited ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected portions of a 2015 order issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which interpreted a number of provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), including those that apply to automated telephone calls and text messages to cell phones. View Full Post
Davis & Gilbert is pleased to welcome Kirsten Harmon, Associate, to the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Kirsten A. Harmon is an associate in the Corporate Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert. She is involved in all aspects of the firm’s corporate practice, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and general commercial matters. Ms. Harmon also assists clients in structuring and negotiating employment and non-competition, purchase and shareholder agreements and other general corporate matters. View Full Post
  No story had a bigger impact on the entertainment industry in 2017 than the stunning allegations of sexual assault against previously-powerful men. While the long-term ramifications of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are still playing out in Hollywood and Madison Avenue, they have already prompted the industry to refocus on old contractual provisions like the “morals clause” and the newer “inclusion rider.” Producers and developers of content, whether for entertainment or advertising, should give serious consideration to these provisions in future contracts for talent, recognizing the seismic industry shift resulting from these social movements. View Full Post
Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect on April 1, 2018 On April 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (MPWFA) will go into effect, requiring that Massachusetts employers provide, among other things, reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions. Read more The post Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect on April 1, 2018 appeared first on ILN Today. View Full Post
With only a few months to go before the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation becomes enforceable, the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Technology Laboratory (IAB Tech Lab) has published an advisory that seeks to explain how ad tech companies can comply with the new rules through a collaborative information sharing process. View Full Post
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed to fine Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Sinclair) $13,376,200 because it apparently failed to make required disclosures regarding paid-for broadcast programming. The proposed fine is the largest ever under the FCC’s sponsorship identification rules and is part of the growing trend by regulators taking serious action to ensure that relevant material information is disclosed to consumers in an appropriate manner. View Full Post