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April 23, 2014

In the News – April 23, 2014

In November 2011, Wal-Mart alerted U.S. authorities it was looking into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in Mexico. As a result, the company announced it would be overhauling its compliance operations. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Wal-Mart is expected to report the company’s progress in achieving those compliance goals as early as tomorrow.  (Wall Street Journal)  

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly settled a 2012 class action in which the lead plaintiff initially sued over receiving too many text messages. The football team, he claimed, promised to send a maximum of five messages per week, but sent him 13 over a two week period. The lawsuit claimed the excess messages violated the Telephone Consumer Protect Act. The reported terms of the settlement have the Bills providing $2.4 million worth of debit cards to the estimated 39,750 people who signed up for text messages. Jerry Wocjik, the lead plaintiff, will receive $5,000. The lead plaintiffs’ attorneys will receive $562,000.  (Bleacher Report)  

The U.S. Supreme Court this week is hearing arguments in a case that pits new-school technology (Aero) versus old-school media companies. Aero is a company that provides streams of local television stations to paying subscribers. Aero claims it’s only enabling “private screenings” of the shows, similar to off-the-shelf TV antennas.  As CNNMoney reports, however, “the TV station owners, major media companies like Disney and CBS, say that Aero is violating copyright by allowing ‘public performances’ of shows.”  Several justices yesterday expressed concerns that a broad ruling against Aero, “would imperil the recent cloud computing industry.”  (CNNMoney)

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