Publication - 02/28/2012

Congress Gives the Green Light to Incentive Auctions

Telecommunications Alert

On February 17, both the House and the Senate passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Among other things, the Act provides for the extension of the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits and prevents cuts in Medicare physician payment rates. To help offset the cost of the Act, the legislation includes significant spectrum provisions centered around preparations and details of a future auction of spectrum currently held by broadcast television licensees to other users, likely including commercial wireless carriers. This process is ultimately expected to raise billions of dollars for the Treasury, while also helping to fund the creation of a nationwide public safety broadband network for emergency first responders, another subject of the Act.

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The Year in Social Enterprise: 2015 Legislative and Policy Review

Client Alert
Elizabeth K. Babson, Robert T. Esposito

The past year proved to be a landmark year in the brief history of the emerging social enterprise sector. Indeed, 2015 witnessed continued legislative efforts and important policy developments that illustrate the increased commitment to, and governmental support for, innovative social enterprise corporate forms and the impact investing thesis.

New Patent Subject-Matter Eligibility Test Hurts US Competitiveness

The Hill
Robert L. Stoll

The article discusses the deterioration of the United States’ position as the world leader in patent protection for new emerging technologies

The Big Chill: How The FCC’s Reading Of The TCPA Violates The First Amendment And Demands The Impossible

Law360
Bradley J. Andreozzi, Michael P. Daly, Justin O. Kay

Drinker Biddle’s TCPA team has been invited to contribute a regular column to Law360. In the first such column, partners Bradley Andreozzi, Michael Daly, and Justin Kay discuss how the FCC’s interpretations of the TCPA violate the First Amendment rights.

New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions on Truck and Bus Tires from China

Client Alert
Richard P. Ferrin, Douglas J. Heffner

On January 29, 2016, the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding truck and bus tires from the People’s Republic of China.

Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification Thresholds Will Tick Up Next Month

Client Alert
Robin Sampson

Each January, the Federal Trade Commission announces the newly calculated notification thresholds for HSR-reportable transactions, and the upcoming year’s thresholds were announced last Thursday, January 21.