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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…

Jared Gordan (the man, the legend) and Joshua de Larios Heiman

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…

California Layoffs

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…

Bennet Kelley at Senate Business & Professions Hearing on AB 2546

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…

California Layoffs

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…

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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…

California Court of Appeals Deals Setback to Spamigators

Not Deceptive to Use Brand Name Instead of Corporate Name or Traceable URL in From Line The California Court of Appeal (2nd District) has upheld the dismissal of Greg Rosolowski’s spam lawsuit against Guthy-Renker.  Rosolowski had tried to base a claim under the California Anti-Spam Act that Guthy-Renker’s use of names like “Proactiv Special Offer,” “Wen…

Next on CLBR: Amazon Tax and Spam Arrest Dismissed

Segment 1:  Rebecca Madigan, Executive Director of the Performance Marketing Association discusses  breaking developments on the Amazon Tax Wars. Segment 2: Anthony Todaro of Seattle’s Corr Cronin et al discusses his winning a dismissal of Spam Arrest novel lawsuit.   Plus we celebrate the founding of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de…

Utah Expands Reach of CAN-SPAM

ZooBuh is a Utah-based Internet access service which provides email, chat, and blogging services to approximately 35,000 customers worldwide and is one of the more recent entrants to the anti-spam litigation club. In 2011 it filed several actions under the CAN-SPAM Act in Utah federal court against Better Broadcasting, LLC and other defendants.  [Full disclosure…