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February 16, 2012
On February 15, 2012 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order that established new requirements for Robocalls. As set forth by the FCC, “Robocalls” are autodialed or artificial/prerecorded telemarketing calls, and include text messages sent to wireless numbers. The purpose of these new rules is to harmonize the FCC’s telemarketing rules with the Robocall rules adopted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2008.
February 13, 2012
February 10, 2012
The Supreme Court overturned a California law that required so-called “downer” or non-ambulatory animals to be immediately euthanized and held out of the food supply.  In its decision, the United States Supreme Court held that the Federal Meat Inspection Act’s express preemption provision prohibits states from imposing requirements on federally inspected slaughterhouses that are additional or different from the provisions of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, even if the requirements do not conflict.  
February 7, 2012
This year’s deadline for filing a Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) certification with the FCC is March 1, 2012.
February 6, 2012
January 31, 2012
January 1, 2012

Kutak Rock LLP, a national provider of legal services for corporate matters, securities, real estate, tax, public finance and litigation, has elevated 24 attorneys from its various offices across the nation to the firm partnership. The promotions are effective January 1, 2012.

December 27, 2011
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Report and Order reforming the Universal Service Fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation (ICC) regimes (Transformation Order) was published in the Federal Register on November 29, 2011, thereby establishing an effective date of December 29, 2011 for most of the rules promulgated in the Transformation Order.   

On December 23, 2011 the FCC, on its own motion, issued an Order on Reconsideration that modified the effective date for two aspects of the Transformation Order.
December 22, 2011
On November 29, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Report and Order reforming the Universal Service Fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation (ICC) regimes was published in the Federal Register, thereby establishing an effective date of December 29, 2011 for most of the rules promulgated in the FCC’s Order.
December 10, 2011

In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently decided whether an ERISA long-term disability plan may offset the plaintiff’s receipt of VA disability benefits.

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