Friday, October 24, 2008

New Report On Identity Theft

US AG, Michael B. Mukasey, and FTC Chairman William Kovacic recently announced the publication of a new report on identity theft. In April of '07, the President's Identity Theft Task Force published a strategic plan, listing 31 recommendations, for combating identity theft. This new report details the steps the government has taken to accomplish the recommendations set out in the original report.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Net Neutrality As An Anitrust Issue

I recently came across this article discussing the FCC's Comcast ruling. The article, which references a journal article written by Cornell professor Alfred Kahn, suggests that the issue of net neutrality should best be dealt with by the antitrust courts.

Friday, September 19, 2008

VA Spam Law Overturned

The Virginia Supreme Court recently ruled that the state's anti-spam law is unconstitutional. The Court wrote that: "the statute is unconstitutionally overbroad on its face because it prohibits the anonymous transmission of all unsolicited bulk e-mails including those containing political, religious or other speech protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution." See this Washington Post article for more.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Compliance With The Red Flag Rules

This article reports that less than-third of US banks will be compliant with the Red Flag rules by the November 1 deadline. All told, U.S. financial institutions are expected to spend more than $200 million on compliance with the rules. For more on the Red Flag rules, see these posts.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Comcast Appeals FCC Decision

Following on a previous post, Comcast yesterday appealed the FCC ruling that it violated the Agency's net-neutrality principles. Take a look at the petition for review filed with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

ABA Issues Outsourcing Ethics Opinion

Just yesteday, the ABA issued Ethics Opinion opinion 08-451 (not available online) dealing with the outsourcing of legal services. In brief, the Opinion permits outsourcing assuming both the attorney and the outsourcees adhere to certain standards of ethics and competence. See this ABA Journal article as well as this Daily Record article (subscription) for more.

Friday, August 22, 2008

FCC's Ruling On Net Neutrality

Following on my post from a little while back, the FCC finally published their Order regarding Comcast's violation of the Agency's net neutrality principles. The Order gives Comcast 30 days to disclose their method for managing internet traffic.