|Senate Passes Cell Phone Unlocking
7/15. The Senate passed S 517
"Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act", without
debate, by unanimous consent, late on July 15, 2014.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Chairman of the
SJC, stated that "This legislation was a bipartisan effort to restore consumers' rights
to unlock their cell phones so they can take their phones to the wireless network of their
choice." See, Congressional Record, July 16, 2014, at Page S4546.
Sen. Leahy (at right) elaborated
that "Once every
3 years, the Library of Congress undertakes a rulemaking under the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act, DMCA, to establish exemptions to the DMCA's prohibition on circumventing technological
measures that control access to copyrighted works. From 2006 to 2012, the Library granted an
exemption for cell phone unlocking that allowed users to change wireless providers after
complying with their contracts. In its 2012 rulemaking, the Library did not recognize an
exemption for new cell phones purchased after January 26, 2013. This act reinstates the
Librarian's prior determination, ensuring that consumers will be able to use their phones
on the network of their choice after satisfying their contracts without running afoul of
our copyright laws."
He added that this bill "ensures that consumers who lack the technological savvy
to unlock their phones themselves can authorize others to do the unlocking for
them, in order for the owner or their family member to connect to a chosen
wireless network. Second, in recognition of the growing importance to consumers
of other wireless devices, such as tablets, the act directs the Librarian of
Congress to determine whether such devices should also be eligible for
unlocking. That determination will be part of the Librarian's next triennial
rulemaking under the DMCA, which is set to begin later this year."
The Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC)
amended and passed this bill on July 10. See, story titled "Senate Judiciary
Committee Approves Phone Unlocking Bill" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,673,
July 14, 2014.
The House passed a very similar bill, HR 1123
WW], also titled
the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act", on February 25,
2014, by a vote of 295-114. See, Roll
Call No. 64. See also, story titled "House Passes Bill to Allow Consumers to Unlock Their
Cell Phones" in TLJ Daily
E-Mail Alert No. 2,630, February 25, 2014.
Both bills would replace the provision in the Librarian of Congress's (LOC) fifth triennial
rules, which ended the exemption for unlocking phones, with the provision that had been in the
LOC's fourth triennial rules, which provided an exemption for unlocking phones.
Both bills would also direct the LOC to determine in its next anti-circumvention
exemptions rulemaking whether "to include any other category of wireless devices
in addition to wireless telephone handsets".
Both bills would allow consumers to receive assistance in unlocking their
phones. Both provide that unlocking "may be initiated by the owner of any such
handset or other device, by another person at the direction of the owner, or by
a provider of a commercial mobile radio service or a commercial mobile data
service at the direction of such owner or other person, solely in order to
enable such owner or a family member of such owner to connect to a wireless
telecommunications network, when such connection is authorized by the operator
of such network".
The main difference is that the House bill, but not the Senate bill, adds that
"Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to permit the unlocking of wireless
handsets or other wireless devices, for the purpose of bulk resale, or to authorize the
Librarian of Congress to authorize circumvention for such purpose under this Act, title 17,
United States Code, or any other provision of law."
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the ranking
Republican on the SJC, stated that "The bipartisan bill is pro-consumer and pro-competition.
Ease in portability of devices will allow for more competition and more consumer choice ... I'm
hopeful that the House will take up and pass our bill promptly."
|Rep. Goodlatte and Rep. Eshoo Urge Senate
Passage of House Passed Patent Bill
7/17. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) sent a
letter to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) urging the Senate to
expeditiously pass HR 3309
"Innovation Act", a bill to provide for greater fee shifting in patent infringement
The two wrote that "This comprehensive bill targets abusive patent litigation. This
comprehensive bill increases transparency, modernizes fee shifting, enhances education and
outreach to small businesses, and better protects our nation's patent system."
HR 3309 would amend 35 U.S.C.
§ 285 to provide that "The court shall award, to a prevailing party, reasonable fees
and other expenses incurred by that party in connection with a civil action in which any party
asserts a claim for relief arising under any Act of Congress relating to patents, unless the
court finds that the position and conduct of the nonprevailing party or parties were reasonably
justified in law and fact or that special circumstances (such as severe economic hardship to a
named inventor) make an award unjust." (Parentheses in original.)
Rep. Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary
Committee (HJC), introduced this bill on October 23, 2013. The HJC passed this bill on
November 20, 2013 by a vote of 33-5. The full The House passed it on December 5, 2013 by a
vote of 325-91. Republicans voted 195-27 Democrats voted 130-64. See,
Roll Call No. 629.
Rep. Eshoo (at right) is a cosponsor of this bill. She
is a member of the House Commerce Committee (HCC). She represents a Silicon Valley district.
Neither the full Senate, nor the Senate
Judiciary Committee (SJC), which Sen. Leahy chairs, has taken any action on this bill.
However, Sen. Leahy and others introduced S 1720
WW], the "Patent
Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013" on November 18, 2013. That bill was listed
numerous times earlier this year on the agenda for the SJC's weekly executive business meeting.
Then, on May 21, 2014, Sen. Leahy announced that the SJC has suspended consideration of that
bill. See, story titled
"Sen. Leahy Announces Failure to Reach Consensus on Patent Bill" in
TLJ Daily E-Mail
Alert No. 2,660, May 20, 2014.
Rep. Goodlatte and Rep. Eshoo wrote that "inaction is simply inexcusable".
They argued that their bill "has helped set a clear bipartisan map toward
eliminating the abuses of our patent system, discouraging frivolous patent
litigation and keeping U.S. patent laws up to date."
|House Commerce Subcommittee Approves
Bill to Regulate Patent Infringement Demand Letter Practices
7/10. The House Commerce Committee's (HCC)
Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade (SCMT) amended and approved
HR __, a yet to be introduced bill titled the "Targeting Rogue and
Opaque Letters Act of 2014", or "TROL Act".
This bill would regulate patent infringement demand letter practices by amending the Federal
Trade Commission Act's (FTC Act) ban on unfair or deceptive practices in
Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), the Chairman of the SCMT,
stated at the markup that this bill "takes on the deceptive patent demand letter problem.
... Any solution involves difficult balance between First Amendment limitations, legitimate
patent holders, and small businesses that are being harmed."
Rep. Terry (at right) offered this
summary: "For those who receive trolling letters, the bill provides assurances that if
they receive a demand letter, there are two important protections: One, it requires the sender
to provide enough information for the recipient to appropriately respond; and two, it bars the
sender from making false or misleading statements."
There is also a House Judiciary Committee (HJC)
bill that is directed at meritless claims of patent infringement. It is HR 3309
"Innovation Act". However, its key provision is fee shifting in patent
litigation. It does provide for regulation of pre-litigation demand letter practices,
under the FTC Act, or by any other means. The Senate has not passed that bill.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the
Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC), announced
on May 21, 2014 that the SJC has suspended consideration its patent reform bill, S 1720
"Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013". See,
story titled "Sen.
Leahy Announces Failure to Reach Consensus on Patent Bill" in
TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No.
2,660, May 20, 2014.
Bill Summary. Section 5 of the FTC Act, which is codified at
15 U.S.C. § 45, is a wide reaching
anti-fraud provision. It provides, in part, that "Unfair methods of competition in or
affecting commerce, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce, are
hereby declared unlawful."
The TROL Act would amend Section 5 to provide that "It shall be an unfair or deceptive
act or practice within the meaning" of Section 5 "for a person, in connection with
the assertion of a United States patent, to engage in a pattern or practice of sending written
communications that state or represent that the recipients are or may be infringing, or have or
may have infringed, the patent and bear liability or owe compensation to another, if" the
sender makes any of several enumerated "bad faith" representations, such as that it is
"a person with the right to license or enforce the patent" when in fact it is not.
Similarly, the bill provides that it shall be an unfair or deceptive practice to seek
compensation "in bad faith". The bill enumerates several prohibitions, such as
seeking compensation on "a patent claim that has been held to be unenforceable due to
In addition, the bill provides that it shall be an unfair or deceptive practice to fail
to include, in bad faith, any of several enumerated disclosures, such as the patent alleged
to have been infringed, the person claiming the right, and the product, service or activity
alleged to infringe the patent.
amendment approved at the markup provides in awkward language that
"mistake" is an affirmative defense.
It provides that "there shall be an affirmative defense that statements, representations,
or omissions were not made in bad faith ... if the sender can demonstrate that such statements,
representations, or omissions were mistakes made in good faith, which may be demonstrated by
evidence that the sender in the usual course of business sends written communications that do
not violate the provisions of this Act. That such statements, representations, or omissions
were mistakes made in good faith may also be demonstrated by other evidence.
The bill provides for enforcement by the FTC and state attorneys general.
The bill also contains broad preemption language. It provides that "This Act preempts
any law, rule, regulation, requirement, standard, or other provision having the force and effect
of law of any State, or political subdivision of a State, expressly relating to the transmission
or contents of communications relating to the assertion of patent rights."
SCMT Markup and Debate. The vote on final passage was 13-6. Republicans voted 11-0.
Democrats voted 2-6. See,
roll call. Democrats expressed concerns regarding the bill's preemption of
state laws, and failure to more aggressively bar certain demand letter
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI),
the Chairman of the HCC, wrote in his
opening statement that "the TROL Act targets a not-so-bright spot in today's marketplace
-- that of so-called patent trolls who prey on small businesses owners. According to the White
House, trolls have sent over 100,000 letters to small businesses across the country -- letters
that amount to little more than a shakedown scheme. Balancing the need to stem this noxious tide
is the need to ensure that we don't make it overly burdensome for legitimate patent holders to
protect their property rights."
Rep. Upton continued that "The overarching intent of this bill is to provide
the FTC with an extra set of tools to augment its current section 5 authority.
If the FTC chooses, we want the agency to seek civil penalties under this bill
-- but only for actors who were knowingly or recklessly committing harmful acts.
If someone engages in any of the specified activities without the requisite
intent, the FTC can still enforce against those individuals using their current
Section 5 authority to seek injunctive relief. The same is true for activities
that are not included in this bill -- we want the FTC to continue to be able to
use its current authority to seek injunctions, as indicated by the savings clause."
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the
HCC, voted against this bill. He stated at the markup that "The goal of this bill might be
well intentioned, but I worry about the drafting. I think it is flawed. The States
have been leaders in fighting false and misleading patent demand letters, yet
this bill would preempt the 15 specific laws so far approved by States. In
addition, the bill would place a number of additional burdens on State attorneys
general and the Federal Trade Commission, particularly in requiring proof that
the sender knew that representations of the letter were false or misleading.
This is a departure from consumer protection law and one that could make
investigations and enforcement far more difficult. Furthermore, as FTC staff has
explained, the requiring knowledge makes provisions of this bill effectively
unenforceable. So I cannot support that legislation."
Rep. Terry offered and withdrew an
amendment regarding disclosure of the "identity of the person asserting their
right to license the patent". He might offer this again at the full HCC markup.
The SCMT approved an
amendment by voice vote offered by Rep. Terry that replaces the
bill's language establishing an affirmative defense. Rep. Waxman argued that it could
"eviscerate" the rest of the bill. Rep. Jan
Shakowski (D-IL), the ranking Democrat on the SCMT, offered similar criticism of this
transcript [24 pages in PDF] and
video [YouTube] of July 9 opening statements, and
transcript [52 pages in PDF] and video
[54 minutes in YouTube] of July 10 markup.
Reaction. Ed Black, head of the Computer and
Communications Industry Association (CCIA), stated in a
release that "Those misusing the patent system scored a second victory this time in
the House by lobbying to advance ineffective legislation that purports to rein in letters
demanding money by alleging patent infringement. We are very concerned that, with so many main
street businesses and even those buying a scanner at Staples getting hit with
dubious patent demand letters, many in Congress will settle for bad legislation
like the TROL Act in a mistaken attempt to address the problem. For those who
understand the patent legal system, the TROL Act would actually empower trolls
and insulate abusive conduct -- that's why patent trolls are supporting it and
those like us who want real reforms are not."
Victoria Espinel, head of the BSA Software Alliance, stated in
that "Abusive demand letters are a scourge on the patent system. Well-crafted legislation
will help curb these abuses. This is one important piece of the broader patent reform effort we
need in order to make life harder for bad actors and better for innovators."
Jon Potter of the Application Developers
Alliance (ADA) stated in a
release that "Patent trolls use deceptive demand letters to extort unjustified payments
from companies that cannot afford to fight back in court ... Although comprehensive patent
reform legislation is still urgently needed, and developers nationwide were disappointed when
the Senate postponed consideration of Chairman Leahy's patent reform legislation, demand letter
legislation will give innovators some critical relief."
Wayne Sobon of the American Intellectual Property Law
Association (AIPLA) sent a
letter to the SCMT stating that "we support moving the draft bill forward at
this time". He explained that "a number of the most troubling and visible abusive
practices driving some of the current patent reform debate may be appropriately dealt with
under the laws governing consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices. Providing FTC oversight
with respect to the se abusive practices as described in the bill will deal with the abusive
behavior itself, and hopefully ameliorate its negative impact on the patent system as a
The Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform
also expressed support for this bill. Its members include large pharmaceutical and health
care companies, such as Abbott, Eli Lilly, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Medtronic. Its
members also some of the other largest US corporations, including Dow, DuPont, Exxon Mobil, GE,
Johnson & Johnson, Northrup Grumman, and Weyerhaeuser.
The Innovation Alliance also expressed support
for the bill.
|This issue contains the following items:
• Senate Passes Cell Phone Unlocking Bill
• Rep. Goodlatte and Rep. Eshoo Urge Senate Passage of House Passed Patent Bill
• House Commerce Subcommittee Approves Bill to Regulate Patent
Infringement Demand Letter Practices
New items are highlighted in
|Thursday, July 17
The House will meet at 9:00 AM for legislative business. The House
will consider non-technology related bills. See, Rep. Cantor's
The Senate will meet at 9:30 AM.
9:00 AM. The House Intelligence
Committee (HCC) will hold a closed hearing titled "Ongoing Intelligence
Location: Room HVC-304, Capitol Building.
9:30 AM. The House
Judiciary Committee's (HJC) Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust
Law will hold a hearing titled "Guilty until Proven Innocent? A Study of the Propriety
& Legal Authority for the Justice Department’s Operation Choke Point". Webcast. See,
notice. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn Building.
9:30 AM. The House Commerce
Committee's (HCC) Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and Subcommittee on
Health will hold a hearing titled "21st Century Technology for 21st Century
Cures". The witnesses will be Robert Jarrin
(Qualcomm), Paul Misener (Amazon), Jonathan Niloff (McKesson Corporation), Dan
Riskin (Health Fidelity), and Dave Vockell (LyfeChannel). Webcast. See,
notice. Location: Room 2123, Rayburn Building.
9:30 AM. The Senate Judiciary
Committee (SJC) will hold an executive business meeting. The agenda again includes
consideration of the nominations of Pamela Harris (USCA/4thCir), Pamela Pepper
(USDC/EDWisc), Brenda Sannes (USDC/NDNY), Patricia McCarthy (U.S. Court of Federal Claims),
and Jeri Kaylene Somers (U.S. Court of Federal Claims). See,
notice. Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.
10:00 AM. The Senate Finance
Committee (SFC) will hold a hearing titled "The Role of Trade and Technology
in 21st Century Manufacturing". The witnesses will be
Jacklyn Sturm (Intel), Ray Kimber (Consumer Electronics Association), and
Stephen Ezell (Information Technology and Innovation Foundation). See,
notice. Location: Room 215, Dirksen Building.
1:00 PM. The U.S.
Telecom will host a webcast presentation titled "Successful FTTP Deployment
Strategies for MDUs". The speaker will be Kevin McClain. Free. See,
1:00 - 2:00 PM. The American
Bar Association (ABA) will host a webcast panel discussion titled "Talking SMAC:
Contracting for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud Computing". The speakers will be
Lei Shen, Mark Oram, Mark Irving, and Joseph Pennell. Prices vary. CLE credits. See,
2:00 PM. The
Senate Commerce Committee (SCC) will hold a
hearing titled "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in
R&D". The witnesses will be Vinton Cerf (Google), Mariette DiChristina
(Scientific American), Neal Lane (Rice University), and Stephen Fienberg (Carnegie Mellon
University). Webcast. Location: Room 253, Russell Building.
2:30 PM. The Senate
Intelligence Committee (SIC) will hold a closed hearing on undisclosed matters. See,
notice. Location: Room 219, Hart Building.
|Friday, July 18
Rep. Cantor's schedule
states that "no votes are expected in the House".
12:00 NOON - 1:15 PM. The Net Caucus will host a
panel discussion titled "The NSA Surveillance Programs: Assessing The Damage to
U.S. Commerce, Confidence & Credibility". The speakers will be Stewart Baker
(Steptoe & Johnson), Kevin Bankston (New America Foundation), Chris Hopfensperger
(BSA Software Alliance), and Shane Tews (American Enterprise Institute). Free. Open to
the public. Lunch will be served. See,
notice. Location: Room 2226, Rayburn Building.
12:00 NOON - 2:00 PM. The
Federalist Society will host a panel discussion titled "2014 Annual Supreme
Court Round Up". The price to attend ranges from $50 to $60. Lunch will be served.
notice. Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW.
12:15 - 1:30 PM. The Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) will host an event at which Travis LeBlanc, acting
Chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, will speak and receive questions and
comments. The FCBA asserts that this is a
FCBA event. Free. Bring your own lunch. No webcast. Location: Hogan Lovells,
13th floor, 555 13th St., NW.
12:30 - 5:30 PM. The National Science
Foundation's (NSF) Advisory Committee for Mathematical and Physical Sciences will
meet. See, notice
in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 118, June 19, 2014, at Pages 35191-35192. Location:
NSF, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1235, Arlington, VA.
EXTENDED FROM JULY 15. Extended deadline
to submit initial comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes rules for the regulation of the
network management practices of broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers. The
FCC adopted and released this item on May 15, 2014. It is FCC 14-61 in GN Docket No. 14-28.
See also, stories titled "FCC Adopts Net Neutrality NPRM", "Summary of the
FCC's Proposed Net Neutrality Rules", and "Net Neutrality NPRM and Pay for
Priority Agreements" in
TLJ Daily E-Mail
Alert No. 2,659, May 19, 2014. See also,
Public Notice (DA 14-1002) extending this deadline.
Deadline to submit comments to the National
Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Computer
Security Division (CSD) regarding its draft
800-82 Rev. 2 [255 pages in PDF] titled "Guide to Industrial Control
Systems (ICS) Security".
|Monday, July 21
1:00 - 2:30 PM. The American
Bar Association (ABA) will host a webcast panel discussion titled "The Mobile
Transformation: The Extraordinary Legal Implications of Billions of Mobile Devices".
The speakers will be Lori Chang, Damier Xandrine, Stephen Wu, Lucy Thomson, and Ruth Bro.
Prices vary. CLE credits. See,
6:00 - 8:15 PM. The DC
Bar Association will host a panel discussion titled "Where Was It Made? Legal
Analysis of "Country of Origin" for Government Procurement, International Trade, and General
Commerce". The speakers will be Myron Barlow, Don Luther (19CFR Trade Consulting),
and Kimberly Welch (Meridian Law Group). The price to attend ranges from $89 to $129. CLE
credits. No webcast. For more information, call 202-626-3488. The DC Bar has a history of
barring reporters from its events. See,
Location: DC Bar Conference Center, 1101 K St., NW.
|Tuesday, July 22
8:50 AM - 12:00 NOON. The American
Enterprise Institute (AEI) will host an event titled "Who Governs the Internet?
A Conversation on Securing the Multistakeholder Process". The speakers will be
Jeffrey Eisenach (AEI),
(Department of State),
Steve DelBianco, (NetChoice),
Laura DeNardis (American University),
David Gross (Wiley
Rein), Shane Tews (AEI), and
(National Telecommunications and Information Administration). Free. Open to the public. No
CLE credits. Webcast. See,
notice. Location: AEI, 12th Floor, 1150 17th St., NW.
12:00 NOON - 2:00 PM. The DC
Bar Association will host a panel discussion titled "CLS Bank and the Future
of Patent-Eligibility for Computer-Implemented Inventions". The speakers will be
Erika Arner (Finnegan Henderson), Michelle Holoubek (Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox),
Michael Kiklis (Oblon Spivak), and Jeffrey Fougere (Hewlett Packard). The price to attend
ranges from $25 to $35. No CLE credits. No webcast. No reporters allowed. For more
information, call 202-626-3463. See,
Location: DC Bar Conference Center, 1101 K St., NW.
1:00 - 2:30 PM. The
American Bar Association (ABA) will host a webcast
presentation titled "iPad for Lawyers". The speakers will be Thomas Mighell
and Paul Unger. The price to attend ranges from $150 to $195. CLE credits. See,
6:00 PM. The National Press Club (NPC)
will host a discussion of the
book titled "Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government".
The main speaker will be Aneesh Chopra, the author. The price to attend is $10. No webcast. See,
notice. Location: NPC, 13th floor, 529 14th St., NW.
|Wednesday, July 23
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM. The
Heritage Foundation (HF) will host a panel discussion
titled "Alliance Challenges in Northeast Asia: Perspectives on U.S.-Japan-South Korea
Relations". The speakers will be Takeo Kawamura (Member of the Japanese House of
Representatives), Bruce Klinger (HF) and Walter Lohman (HF). Free. Open to the public. Webcast.
See, notice. Location:
HF, 214 Massachusetts Ave., NE.
12:00 NOON - 1:30 PM. The Information
Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) will host a panel discussion titled "The
Social Impact of Open Data". The speakers will be
(FTC Commissioner), Sandra Moscoso (World Bank),
Laurie Actman (Penn Center for Innovation),
Daniel Castro (ITIF), Brian Rayburn
Emily Shaw (Sunlight Foundation). See,
notice. Location: ITIF/ITIC,
Suite 610, 1101 K St., NW.
1:00 - 4:15 PM. The DC
Bar Association will host a program titled "Copyright Law and Litigation".
The speaker will be Kenneth Kaufman (Manatt Phelps & Phillips). The price to attend ranges
from $89 to $129. CLE credits. No webcast. For more information, call 202-626-3488. The DC
Bar has a history of barring reporters from its events. See,
Location: DC Bar Conference Center, 1101 K St., NW.
2:30 PM. The
Senate Commerce Committee (SCC)
will meet in executive session. The agenda includes consideration of several
non-technology related items. Webcast. Location: Room 253, Russell Building.
|Thursday, July 24
12:00 NOON. The Cato Institute
will host a discussion of the
book titled "Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of
Justice". The speakers will be Sidney Powell (author), Ronald Weich (University
of Baltimore law school), Judge Alex Kozinski (USCA/9thCir), and Tim Lynch (Cato). Free.
Open to the public. Webcast. Lunch will be served after the program. See,
notice. Location: Cato, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., NW.
1:00 - 2:30 PM. The American Bar
Association (ABA) will host a webcast panel discussion titled "The Future of
Bulk Data Collection". The speakers will be
Yael Weinman (Information Technology
Industry Council), Todd Hinnen, Shirin Sinnar, and Elizabeth Goiten. Prices vary. CLE credits. See,
1:00 - 2:30 PM. The American
Bar Association (ABA) will host a webcast panel discussion titled "The Fundamentals
of Antitrust Economics". The speakers will be David Weiskopf, Donald Stockdale, Laila
Haider, Joanna Tsai (advisor
to FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright), and Aditi Mehta. Prices vary. CLE credits. See,
EXTENDED FROM JUNE 9. Extended deadline to submit reply
comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding whether to eliminate or modify
the network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules. The FCC adopted
and released this FNPRM on March 31, 2014. It is FCC 14-29 in MB Docket No. 10-71. See,
the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 69, April 10, 2014, at Pages 19849-19860, and
Public Notice (DA 14-525) extending deadlines.
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