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September 23, 2014

In The News Today – September 23, 2014

New York Times columnist Joe Nocera pens a column about BusinessWeek writer Paul Barrett’s new book on the Chevron-Ecuador legal battle, focusing on plaintiffs’ attorney Steven Donziger. “According to Barrett,” writes Nocera, “Donziger may have begun his quest with the best of intentions, but somewhere along the way, he lost his bearings. To get the judgment he wanted from the Ecuadorian courts, Donziger allegedly committed multiple acts of fraud, including having members of his team ghostwrite a crucial report for the court that was supposed to be authored by an independent expert.” (New York Times)

The question of what constitutes “express consent” to receive automated calls and texts according to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act is under consideration in the Eleventh Circuit. The Court is determining whether to overturn a Florida district court decision — in Mais v. Gulf Coast Collection Bureau — which rejected “the Federal Communications Commission’s definition of prior express consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.” That definition set what has become a long standing principle in communications law: “If you give me your number, I can call it, however I want.” (Mondaq)

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