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Important digital television filings due in October

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 1 2008

By Friday, October 10, all stations must file FCC Form 388, the DTV consumer education quarterly report, reporting the station's consumer education efforts during the third quarter of 2008

What you need to know about an Obama or McCain Department of Homeland Security

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 30 2008

With the presidential race heading into its final laps, it is unclear what the presidential candidates' homeland security priorities will be, how they plan to approach management of the now five-year old Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or who will take over from Secretary Chertoff and his team

California Supreme Court clarifies scope of state prohibition on non-competition restrictions

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 2 2008

Many states recognize and enforce non-competition agreements and allow such restraints on the practice of a trade or business provided they are "reasonable."

FCC issues declaratory ruling on network affiliation contracts

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 1 2008

The FCC has released a Declaratory Ruling providing guidance on whether certain provisions in affiliation contracts between networks and their station affiliates are consistent with the Communications Act and the Commission's rules and policies

Federal procurement issues in the next administration: what can contractors expect?

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 30 2008

As the 2008 election draws near, speculation continues to grow regarding how and to what extent the next administration will impact the procurement activities of the United States aerospace and defense industry

Non-compete update

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 1 2008

In our June 30, 2008 Mass Media Update, we noted that the FCC's Media Bureau had issued a decision that purports to ban the use of programming-based non-compete contracts

DTV transition back in spotlight as election nears

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 1 2008

In the past two weeks, both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee have held additional oversight hearings concerning the progress the government has made on the upcoming Digital Television (DTV) transition

SAIC verdict illustrates continued effort to crack down on conflicts of interest

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 30 2008

On July 31, 2008, a federal jury in the District of Columbia found that Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by failing to disclose conflicts of interest that had the potential to bias its work as an advisor to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the development of rules governing the release and recycling of radioactive materials

Is there more to protest? Recent Federal Circuit decision suggests a broader scope of the “procurement” process may be subject to bid protest

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 30 2008

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invoked a broad definition of what constitutes a federal "procurement," potentially paving the way for more expansive bid protest jurisdiction at the COFC

FCC: 96 of stations are on track in the "home stretch" of the digital transition

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 1 2008

More than 96 of full power television stations are either fully built out or on track to meet the scheduled February 17, 2009 transition date to digital transmission, according to a report the Commission released recently