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Tag Archives: Telecommunications

4th Cir.: ACA contractor was immune from TCPA claim (access required)

A U.S. Department of Health & Human Services contractor that used an auto-dialer to send pre-recorded messages about the availability of health insurance enjoyed derivative sovereign immunity for what may have otherwise been a TCPA violation. Background The Affordable Care ...

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EDVA: Patent claims trimmed, damages theory rejected (access required)

In advance of an upcoming jury trial, a plaintiff could not prevail on claims related to one of its asserted patents, and the court refused to present its proffered theory of damages to the jury. Background In this patent-infringement case, ...

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4th Cir.: Ambiguous terms required extrinsic evidence analysis (access required)

A media company had the right to terminate its distribution agreement when the distributor sent Discovery Channel programming over the “open internet.” Extrinsic evidence weighed strongly against the distributor’s contention that the contract allowed this distribution method. Background This case ...

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4th Cir.: No vicarious liability for sellers’ TCPA misconduct (access required)

Even though discovery was still open at the trial level, class-action plaintiffs could not present evidence creating a triable dispute about whether security-system manufacturers were vicariously liable for retailers’ TCPA violations. Background Appellee UTC Fire & Security Americas Corp. sold ...

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EDVA: Targeted-ad methods too abstract for patents (access required)

Three patents for “high-tech snooping” processes used for online marketing were not enforceable. The internet context didn’t establish sufficient inventiveness over conventional, abstract concepts. Background This case involves technology that helps businesses pry into peoples’ personal preferences and privacy. Advertisers ...

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