|Senate Judiciary Committee to Mark Up Class
Action Fairness Act
2/1. Sen. Charles Grassley
(R-IA), and 25 other Senators from both parties, introduced
S 5, the
"Class Action Fairness Act" on January 4. The bill was referred to the
Senate Judiciary Committee, which is now
scheduled to mark up the bill on February 4, 2005.
This bill would amend Title 28 of the U.S. Code by adding a new Chapter 114
pertaining to class actions, by adding a new Section 1332 that creates federal
jurisdiction over certain class action litigation, and by adding a new Section
1453 regarding the removal of certain class actions to federal court.
A key provision of the bill creates jurisdiction in U.S. District Courts over
class actions in which the aggregate amount in controversy exceeds $5 Million and any
member of a plaintiff class is a citizen of a different state from any defendant.
The bill recites in its findings that "Abuses in class actions undermine the
national judicial system, the free flow of interstate commerce, and the concept
of diversity jurisdiction as intended by the framers of the United States
Constitution, in that State and local courts are -- (A) keeping cases of
national importance out of Federal court; (B) sometimes acting in ways that
demonstrate bias against out-of-State defendants; and (C) making judgments that
impose their view of the law on other States and bind the rights of the
residents of those States."
The bill also addresses abuse of coupon settlements. For example, it provides
that "If a proposed settlement in a class action provides for a recovery of
coupons to a class member, the portion of any attorney's fee award to class
counsel that is attributable to the award of the coupons shall be based on the
value to class members of the coupons that are redeemed."
Grassley (at right) stated in a release on January 24 that "In the 109th
Congress we once again have the opportunity to stop class action lawyers from being
able to snag millions of dollars while class action members receive a worthless coupon
or even nothing".
He added that "Many class actions are just frivolous lawsuits filed by
crafty lawyers who want to make a quick buck, and do little or nothing for the consumers
these cases are allegedly supposed to help. We need to put an end to the frivolous litigation
tax that everyone ends up paying."
The bill also protects against discrimination based on geographic location.
It provides that "The court may not approve a proposed settlement that provides
for the payment of greater sums to some class members than to others solely on
the basis that the class members to whom the greater sums are to be paid are
located in closer geographic proximity to the court."
The bill also provides for notice of proposed settlements to certain state
and federal officials, such as attorneys general.
The bill is a reintroduction of similar legislation from the 108th Congress. S 5
(109th Congress) is almost identical to
In the last Congress, the Senate version of the bill came close to approval,
but was blocked by Democratic filibusters. On July 8, 2004, the Senate failed to
approve a motion to invoke cloture on S 2062, the "Class Action Fairness Act of
2004", on a vote of 44-43. See,
Roll Call No. 154. Cloture motions require a three
fifths majority. See,
Senate Rule No. 22.
Also, on October 22, 2003, the Senate rejected a
motion to invoke cloture on an earlier version,
S 1751, the
"Class Action Fairness Act of 2003", by a vote of 59-39. See,
Roll Call No. 403. See also, story titled "Senate Rejects Class Action
Fairness Act" in
TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 764, October 23, 2003.
In the last Congress, the House approved its version of the bill on June 12,
2003. The House approved
HR 1115, also
titled the "Class Action Fairness Act", by a vote of 253-170. See,
Roll Call No. 272. See also, stories titled "House Passes Class Action
Fairness Act" in
TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 680, June 13, 2003, and "Reps. Goodlatte and
Boucher Re-Introduce Class Action Fairness Act" in
TLJ Daily E-Mail
Alert No. 619, March 10, 2003.
In addition to Sen. Grassley, the other Republican original cosponsors are
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Sen. Jon
Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Thune (R-SD),
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), Sen. Lamar
Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Sen. Jim DeMint
(R-SC), Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV).
And then, Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) joined in
cosponsoring the bill on January 31.
The Democratic original cosponsors are Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), Sen. Tom Carper
(D-DE), Sen. Charles Dodd (D-CT), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Blanche
Lincoln (D-AR), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT).
Eight out of eighteen members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were sponsors
of the bill as of January 31.
President Bush has also frequently spoken in support of these bills.
These bills are also backed by groups such as the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce. See, January
release and January 6
|8th Circuit Affirms Approval of Settlement
in Nextel Billing Dispute
2/1. The U.S. Court of Appeals (8thCir)
issued its opinion
[21 pages in PDF] in In Re: Wireless Telephone Federal Cost Recovery Fees
Litigation, appeals from the District Court's approval of a settlement of class
action multidistrict litigation involving billing disputes with
The underlying dispute involves Nextel's line item in its bills for "Tax,
Fees, and Assessments", which plaintiffs assert were actually for "Federal Programs
Cost Recovery", such as fees used to pay for E911, wireless local number
portability, and telephone number pooling capabilities. Class action lawyers
then filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of phone customers.
Several plaintiff classes object to the settlement reached by the name
plaintiffs and Nextel, and filed the present appeals. The Court of Appeals
affirmed the District Court's approval of the settlement.
This case is In Re: Wireless Telephone Federal Cost Recovery Fees
Litigation, Blando, et al. v. Nextel, et al., U.S. Court of Appeals for the
8th Circuit, App. Ct. Nos. 04-2276, 2285, 2295, 2298, 2303, and 2313, appeals
from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
|FTC Releases Data on Consumer Complaints
Regarding Fraud and Identity Theft in 2004
2/1. The Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) released its fifth annual
[71 pages in PDF] on consumer complaints to the FTC. It states that "Internet-related
complaints accounted for 53% of all reported fraud complaints". See also, FTC
The report is titled "National and State Trends in Fraud & Identity
Theft January - December 2004". The report states that in 2004 the FTC received
over 635,000 consumer fraud and identity theft complaints from consumers in the U.S.
Of these, 61% were for fraud, and 39% were identity theft complaints.
The report provides that of the complaints about fraud, "Internet Auctions
was the leading complaint category with 16% of the overall complaints, followed
by Shop-at-Home/Catalog Sales (8%), Internet Services and Computer Complaints
(6%), Foreign Money Offers (6%), Prizes/Sweepstakes and Lotteries (5%),
Advance-Fee Loans and Credit Protection (3%), Business Opportunities and
Work-at-Home Plans (2%), and Telephone Services (2%)."
The report also provides that of the identity theft complaints, "Credit
card fraud (28%) was the most common form of reported identity theft followed by
phone or utilities fraud (19%), bank fraud (18%), and employment fraud (13%). Other
significant categories of identity theft reported by victims were government
documents/benefits fraud and loan fraud."
|PFF Announces Digital Age Communications Act
2/1. The Progress and Freedom Foundation
(PFF) hosted an event in Washington DC to announce the formation of a project titled
the "Digital Age Communications Act", or DACA. Its purpose is to review, issue
reports on, and make legislative recommendations regarding, the legislative and regulatory
framework affecting the communications and information technology sectors. It plans to
issue a series of reports, starting in April, and then release a draft bill in the fall
The DACA project has not yet released any reports or legislative proposals.
However, when it does produce reports and recommendations, they are likely to entail
less regulation, wider property rights regimes, more reliance upon markets, and changes
to the policy making process. This project is just one of many diverse efforts to advise
or influence the legislative and regulatory process on telecommunications reform.
The PFF announced the membership of the DACA project's
advisory committee, and
the subject matter and membership of each of five
working groups. These groups
are named "Regulatory Framework", "Spectrum Policy", "Institutional
Reform", "Universal Service/Social Policy", and "Federal/State
The PFF also released a
collection of essays
that outline the topics that the DACA project will address. The essays were
written by the PFF's Kyle Dixon, Raymond Gifford, Thomas Lenard, Randolph May,
and Adam Peters.
Several persons involved in the DACA project spoke at the February 1 event.
Ray Gifford, the
President of the PFF, stated that "the communications laws need
reform for the 21st Century digital age".
a partner at the law firm of Wiley Rein & Fielding,
outlined some of the areas where statutes or regulations need to be reformed, including
universal service, intercarrier compensation, and state and local authority to regulate
national and competitive industries. She also said that the current statutory regime is
based upon buckets or stovepipes, and "is due for an extreme makeover".
David McIntosh, a former Member of Congress, and at
Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw, discussed
the Communications Act. "It is time to rewrite it," said McIntosh, and
"Congress knows that". He said that the DACA project will be helpful to the
The membership of the advisory committee include more Republicans that
Democrats. However, Larry Irving, a former staff assistant to
Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), and
head of the National Telecommunications and
Information Administration (NTIA) in the Clinton administration, is a member
of the advisory committee. He stated at the DACA launch event that "telecommunications
has never been particularly partisan", or "ideological".
Irving continued that the current regulatory regime is based upon assumptions
of scarcity, monopoly and the criticality of time and distance. But, he said,
times have changed.
Boyden Gray, a partner in
the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale &
Dorr, spoke about the need for institutional reform, both in regulatory agencies, and
in the Congress. For example, he said that the Department of Justice's (DOJ)
Antitrust Division, and the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), both of which
review and set guidelines for mergers and acquisitions and competition related
conduct involving communications and technology companies, cannot communicate
with personnel in the White House about these activities. Gray, who was White
House Counsel to the first President Bush, argued that this should be changed.
He also discussed the institutional problems associated with the
Congressional committee system. He said that too many committees had
jurisdiction in this area. The House
Commerce Committee and Senate Commerce
Committee have jurisdiction over telecommunications, while the
House Judiciary Committee and
Senate Judiciary Committee generally
have jurisdiction over antitrust matters involving telecommunications, and the
House Ways and Means Committee and
Senate Finance Committee generally have
jurisdiction over trade agreements, including those with provisions regarding
James Miller, the Chairman of
CapAnalysis, an economic, financial, and regulation and litigation
consulting firm, said that new legislation is needed. He argued that the FCC
should be defining property rights, letting competition take place, and writing
itself out of business.
He also discussed the agency process. He said that the Sunshine Act keeps
people at agencies like the FCC from reasoning together, and that this is "not
conducive to good outcomes". He also stated that the FCC needs to be reformed,
but did not offer details.
DACA Advisory Committee. The DACA project is broader than the persons
affiliated with the PFF, a Washington DC based think tank. The project has an
advisory committee with
twenty-three members, including many former high ranking government regulators. It
includes two former FCC Commissioners (Anne Jones and Richard Wiley), two former heads
of the NTIA (Larry Irving and Nancy Victory), two former FTC Chairmen (Timothy Muris
and James Miller), and three former state public utilities commissioners (Mitchell
Wilk, Paul Vasington, and Allan Thoms).
The advisory committee also includes two former Members of Congress (David
McIntosh and Jack Fields), one former Solicitor General and Judge of the U.S.
Court of Appeals (Ken Starr), and several other former federal officials.
Many of the advisory committee members have backgrounds that involve
communications regulation. Many are now practicing lawyers. In contrast, few
have backgrounds in technology or intellectual property. One notable exception
is Esther Dyson.
DACA Working Groups. Much of the work of the DACA project will be conducted
by five working groups. These
working groups consist of seven to ten members, and include many law professors,
economists, and think tank scholars, both at the PFF, and at other entities.
These groups include some former top economists at the FCC, including
Howard Shelanski (now at UC Berkeley)
(University of Pennsylvania),
(Manhattan Institute), Michael Riordan (Columbia University), and Gregory Rosston
(Stanford), as well as other economists. Other former FCC employees are not well
represented. The PFF's Kyle Dixon, a former top aide to FCC Chairman Michael Powell, is
on two panels.
There are also many law professors in the DACA working groups. The
backgrounds of the law professors and economists, like the backgrounds of the
members of the advisory committee, tend to be in telecommunications and antitrust.
There is less depth in information technology and intellectual property law.
However, Douglas Sicker (University of Colorado at Boulder), a computer science
professor, is a member of one working group.
Also, John Duffy
a University of Chicago trained professor at George Washington University who
specializes in patent law, is on two panels. He has published widely on patent law, and
written a few articles that deal with telecommunications. See, "The FCC and the Patent
System: Progressive Ambitions, Jacksonian Realism, and the Technology of Regulation",
71 University of Colorado Law Review 1072 (2000); and "Technological Change and
Doctrinal Persistence: Telecommunications Reform in Congress and the Court", 97
Columbia Law Review 976-1015 (1997).
Duffy spoke at the DACA launch event. He commented on the institutional reform working
group that he will co-chair. "Institutions are important." He said that the major focus
of this group will be the institutional structure of the FCC. "That was created three
quarters of a century ago, based on what was then a very daring and new theory that if
legislatures, particularly the Congress, could simply delegate massive amounts of power
to neutral expert commissions, good government would result."
"No one really believes in that anymore," said Duffy, "and yet the Commission's
structure has remained unchanged in three quarters of a century."
|Zoellick Discusses IPR and WTO Accession
with Russian Trade Rep
1/31. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)
Robert Zoellick and Russian Federation Minister of Economic Development and
Trade German Gref held a joint news conference in Zurich, Switzerland in which
they discussed their lengthy meeting regarding Russia's accession to the
World Trade Organization (WTO).
Zoellick said that "We also reviewed
the need to have effective enforcement in the intellectual property rights area."
However, Zoellick was not more specific. See,
He added that "To keep progress moving quickly, our teams will be meeting in
Geneva [on WTO] in mid-February to try to follow up on some of these items. Of
course our Presidents are scheduled to see each other, I think on February 23.
And so we will both report to our Presidents. And we’ve agreed to try to set up
another Ministerial meeting in late March or early April to keep an intense
focus on this effort." (Brackets in original.)
|Washington Tech Calendar
New items are highlighted in red.
|Wednesday, February 2
The Supreme Court is in recess until February 22, 2005.
8:45 PM. President Bush will deliver his State of the Union Address
to a joint session of the House and Senate.
The Senate will meet at 9:15 AM. It will continue its
consideration of Alberto Gonzales to be Attorney General.
The House will meet at 10:00 AM for legislative business. It will
consider several non-technology related items. See,
Republican Whip Notice.
9:30 AM - 12:00 NOON. The Department of State's
Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) will meet to prepare for the
International Telecommunications Union's ITU-T
Study Group 2 (Service Definitions, Numbering, Routing, and Global Mobility)
meeting. See, the ITU's
calendar of meetings. See,
notice in the Federal Register, December 30, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 250, at
Pages 78515-78516. For more information, including the location, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: undisclosed.
10:00 AM. The
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and
Government Affairs will hold a hearing on the nomination of Michael
Chertoff to be Secretary of Homeland Security. See,
notice. Location: Room 342, Dirksen Building.
10:30 AM. The House Ways and
Means Committee will meet to adopt Committee rules, approve the Committee
budget, approve the Committee oversight plan, and make subcommittee
notice. Location: Room 1100, Longworth Building.
10:45 AM. The House Education and
Workforce Committee will meet to adopt the committee's rules and oversight
plan. Location: Room 2175, Rayburn Building.
2:00 - 4:00 PM. The Department of State's
Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) will meet to prepare for the
International Telecommunications Union's (ITU)
Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) meeting. See, the
notice in the Federal Register, December 20, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 243, at
Page 76027. For more information, including the location, contact Julian
2:30 PM. The
House Financial Services
Committee will hold its organizational meeting for the 109th Congress.
Room 2128, Rayburn Building.
Deadline to register for the Federal
Communications Bar Association's (FCBA) February 8 continuing legal
education (CLE) seminar titled "Communications Law 101". See,
|Thursday, February 3
9:30 AM. The Senate Judiciary
Committee will hold a business meeting to consider
S 5, the
"Class Action Fairness Act". See,
Press contact: Blain Rethmeier (Specter) at 202 224-5225 or Tracy Schmaler
(Leahy) at 202 224-2154. Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.
TIME? The Senate
Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs will hold a business meeting
to consider the nomination of Michael Chertoff to be Secretary of Homeland Security.
12:00 NOON - 1:30 PM. The DC Bar Association's
Intellectual Property Law Section will host a brown bag lunch titled "What's Hot
and What's Not on Capitol Hill?". The topic is the prospects in the 109th Congress
for intellectual property bills, such as the the Family Movie Act, Art Act,
PIRATE Act, CREATE Act, Inducing Infringement of Copyright Act, Digital Media Consumers'
Rights Act, Piracy Deterrence & Education Act, and Stop Counterfeiting in
Manufactured Goods Act. The scheduled speakers are Paul Martino (Majority Counsel for
Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications), David Strickland (Senior
Counsel for Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Competition & Consumer
Affairs), Jonathan Meyer (Counsel to Sen. Joe Biden),
(George Washington University Law School), and
Barbara Berschler. See,
notice. Prices vary from $10 to $30. For more information, call 202
626-3463. Location: D.C. Bar Conference Center, B-1 Level, 1250 H St., NW.
1:30 - 3:30 PM. The WRC-07 Advisory Committee's Informal Working Group
2: Satellite Services and HAPS will meet. See, FCC
notice [PDF]. Location: Leventhal Senter
& Lerman, 7th Floor Conference Room, 2000 K St. NW.
2:00 PM. The
Senate Appropriations Committee's
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary will hold a
hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's
(FBI) failed information technology modernization program, Trilogy. Location:
Room 192, Dirksen Building.
TIME? The Judicial Conference of the
United States (JC) will hold a public hearing on its proposed amendment to
Bankruptcy Rule 5005 regarding electronic filings. The JC has proposed
Appellate Rule 25, and
Bankruptcy Rule 5005. Each of these proposed amendments would permit the
applicable court, by local rules, to "permit or require papers to be filed,
signed, or verified by electronic means" (or similar language). Current rules
provide that the applicable court may "permit" filing by electronic means.
notice [PDF] and
notice in the Federal Register, Federal Register, December 2, 2004, Vol.
69, No. 231, at Page 70156. Location: undisclosed.
|Friday, February 4
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. The WRC-07 Advisory Committee's Informal Working
Group 4: Broadcasting and Amateur Issues will meet. See, FCC
notice [PDF]. Location: Shaw Pittman,
2300 N St., NW, Room 1B.
|Monday, February 7
9:30 AM. The U.S. Court of Appeals
(DC) will hear oral argument in National Science and Technology
Network, Inc. v. FCC, No. 03-1376. Judges Ginsburg, Henderson and
Randolph will preside. This is an appeal of the FCC's cancellation of nine
licenses to operate private land mobile radio stations in the Los Angeles,
California area. See, FCC's
brief [25 pages
in PDF]. Oral argument is limited to 10 minutes per side. Location: Prettyman
Courthouse, 333 Constitution Ave., NW.
12:00 NOON. The
Cato Institute and the
Discovery Institute will host a
luncheon and panel discussion titled "The Telecom Act Nine Years Later: Why
Reform Can't Wait". The speakers will be
George Gilder (Discovery),
Adam Thierer (Cato),
John Wohlstetter (Discovery), and
John Drescher (Discovery). Gilder is the author of
Telecosm: The World After Bandwidth Abundance [Amazon]. Lunch will be
served. The event is free. See,
notice and registration
page. Location: Room B-338, Rayburn Building, Capitol Hill.
Deadline to submit comments to the National
Science Foundation (NSF) regarding its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM)
regarding amending the NSF patents regulation to require grantees to use an
electronic reporting and management system for inventions made with NSF
notice in the Federal Register, December 9, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 236, at
Pages 71395 - 71396.
Deadline to submit comments to the
National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) regarding its draft of SP 800-76. This is
Special Publication 800-76, Biometric Data Specification for Personal Identity
Verification [PDF]. Send comments and questions to
|Tuesday, February 8
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
The Federal Communications Commission's
(FCC) Media Bureau will host an event titled
"Low Power FM Forum". Press contact: Rebecca Fisher at 202 418-2359.
Location: FCC, Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th St., SW.
2:00 - 6:00 PM. The Federal Communications
Bar Association's (FCBA) will host a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar
titled "Communications Law 101". Prices ranges from $125 to $275.
form [PDF]. The deadline to register is February 2. Location:
Wiley Rein & Fielding, 1776 K St., NW.
6:00 - 8:00 PM. The Advisory
Committee for the Congressional Internet Caucus (ACCIC) will host a
pre-conference reception. On February 9, the ACCIC will host an event titled
"State of the Net Conference". Conference non-attendees RSVP to
email@example.com or 202 638-4370.
Location: Thorton Room,
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill,
400 New Jersey Ave., NW.
6:30 PM. The Federal Communications Bar
Association's (FCBA) Young Lawyers Committee will host an event titled
"Happy Hour". Location: Porter's, 1207 19th St. NW.
Deadline to submit reply comments to the
Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) in response to the further notice of
proposed rulemaking (FNPRM) portion of its Report and Order and FNPRM regarding the
former ITFS, MDS, and MMDS, now named the Broadband Radio Service (BRS) and the
Educational Broadband Service (EBS), in the 2496-2690 MHz band. The FCC adopted
this item at its June 10, 2004 meeting. The FCC released the text on July 29, 2004 (FCC
04-135), and then released a modified item on October 29, 2004 (FCC 04-258). This is WT
Docket 03-66. See,
notice in the Federal Register, December 10, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 237, at
Pages 72019 - 72047. See also, story titled "FCC Adopts RO & NPRM Re ITFS/MDS
Band" in TLJ
Daily E-Mail Alert No. 916, June 11, 2004.
|Wednesday, February 9
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM. The Advisory
Committee for the Congressional Internet Caucus will host an event titled
"State of the Net Conference". The speakers will include
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), Derek Wyatt
(member of the UK parliament), Alec French (House Judiciary Committee staff),
David Cavicke (House Commerce Committee staff), and Lisa Anderson (Senate
Judiciary Committee staff). Registration is required. Prices range from free
to $350. For more information, contact Danielle Yates at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202 638-4370. See,
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill,
400 New Jersey Ave., NW.
12:00 NOON - 1:30 PM. The DC Bar
Association will host a brown bag lunch titled "When Bad Things Happen To
Good Computers". The topics will be security threats, both technology based
and human, for law offices' computers, computer networks, PDAs and cell
phones, and potential liabilities for failure to protect the confidential
information. The speakers will be Don Philmlee (Potomac Consulting Group) and
Todd Haley (Spriggs & Hollingsworth). See,
notice. Prices vary from $15 to $25. For more information, call 202
626-3463. Location: D.C. Bar Conference Center, B-1 Level, 1250 H St., NW.
5:00 - 7:00 PM. The Advisory Committee
for the Congressional Internet Caucus will host a technology fair and
reception. Location: Room SDG-50, Dirksen Building.
2/1. A bill numbered
HR 107 has
been introduced in the House. It pertains to life insurance. 107 is also the section
number of the Copyright Act that addresses fair use. See,
17 U.S.C. § 107. In the 108th Congress, Rep.
Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Rep. John Doolittle
(R-CA) introduced another HR 107, titled the "Digital Media Consumer Rights
Act". See also, story titled "Reps. Boucher and Doolittle Introduce Digital
Fair Use Bill" in TLJ Daily
E-Mail Alert No. 582, January 14, 2003. Rep. Boucher has not yet reintroduced his fair
use bill in the 109th Congress.
1/31. Rep. Hillary Clinton (D-NY),
and others, introduced S 211, a bill that would create a federal grant program
to pay for 2-1-1 telephone service for information and referral on human
services. The related bills that were introduced in the 108th Congress were
S 1630 and
sponsored by then Rep. Richard Burr (R-NC). He is now a member of the Senate,
and a cosponsor of S 211.
|People and Appointments
1/31. The Senate confirmed Sam Bodman to be Secretary of Energy. See,
Congressional Record, January 31, 2005, at Page S680.
2/1. The House Science Committee
announced subcommittee Chairmen. Rep. Vernon
Ehlers (R-MI) is again the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment, Technology,
and Standards. Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) is the
new Chairman of the Subcommittee on Research. He replaces former Rep. Nick Smith (R-MI),
who retired. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) is the
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.
Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) is again the Chairman
of the Subcommittee on Energy. Rep. Sherwood
Boehlert (R-NY) is again the Chairman of the full Committee, and
Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) is the ranking
2/1. Karen Cottle was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of
the Business Software Alliance (BSA) for 2005.
She is SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for
Adobe Systems. See, BSA
2/1. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
(USPTO) published a notice in the Federal
Register that describes, recites, and sets the effective date (February 1, 2005)
of its final rule that reduces the search fee and examination fee
for certain Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications entering the national
stage. See, February 1, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 20, at Pages 5053 - 5055.
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