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…

California’s Dangerous Spam Lawyer Relief Bill

When it comes to regulating commercial email, California has a checkered history at best. 2003 – California Almost Shuts Down Commercial Email In 2003, California almost shut down all commercial email in the United States when it passed the poorly drafted California Anti-Spam Act (“CASA”) banning the sending of unsolicited commercial email.  I testified against…

Cyber Report: A Dozen Things You Need to Know (Patriot’s Day Edition)

April 20, 2015 A Dozen Things in Tech You Need to Know  Happy Patriot’s Day! Patriot’s Day commemorates that Battle of Lexington and Concord and the “shot heard ’round the world” that began the American Revolution.  It is a holiday in Maine and Massachachusetts and celebrated by, among other things, the running of the Boston…