California Email Law Fails

California Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterrey Park) has drawn a lot of attention this year.  The former IBM and Unisys computer engineer turned lawyer was the lead sponsor of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CaCPA). He also was the author of AB 2546 a bill that would substantially rewrite California’s existing anti-spam law, which apparently was…

CLBR #306: Sacramento Gone Wild with With Jared Gordon and Joshua de Larios-Heiman

Sacramento Gone Wild California Passes Landmark Privacy Law Net Neutrality and Emails Bills Advance LISTEN VIA THESE CHANNELS     LINK LINK LINK LINK LINK Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made. John Godfrey Saxe We will attempt to cover the whirlwind of activity from the…

Cal Lawyers Ass’n Committees Come Out Against Email Law Changes (AB 2546)

The Intellectual Property Law Section and the Internet and Privacy Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association have issued a joint letter opposing AB 2546 amending California’s existing commercial email law.  The California Lawyers Association is a newly formed entity comprised of the various legal practice sections that formerly were…

Amended Cal Email Bill Is Still a Job Killer

Assemblyman Chau has released an amended version of AB 2546 (which amends California’s existing commercial email law) that reflects changes won during the hearing before the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee (a copy of which is below). The bill, whose primary proponent appears to be plaintiff’s lawyer Dan Balsam (who also would be the bill’s…

Cal Senate Committee Scales Back Email Law Rewrite

On Monday, the California Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development (“BP&ED”) Committee held a hearing and voted on AB 2546, Assemblyman’s Chau’s wish list for plaintiff’s lawyers. The Internet Law Center submitted its opposition to the bill and appeared at the hearing to argue against Assemblyman Chau and Dan Balsam, the bill’s principal proponent.   We…

New Anti-Spam Legislation Endangers California E-Commerce and Charitable Organizations

California’s 2005 anti-spam law, which is designed to address deceptive email practices, is one of the toughest in the country.  This week the California Assembly likely will vote on amendments to the law that will seriously harm e-commerce companies and charitable organizations in California and beyond. Assemblyman Chau’s (D-San Gabriel Valley) AB 2546, was primarily…