On October 11, 2011, the FTC announced its settlement with Frostwire LLC, a peer-to-peer file-sharing application developer, on charges that its “software likely would cause consumers to unwittingly expose sensitive personal files stored on their mobile devices, and that it misled consumers about which downloaded files from their desktop and laptop computers would be shared with a file-sharing network.”
The FTC has obtained an injunction from the federal court for the Middle District of Florida against several entities, including Direct Benefits Group, LLC, charged with unlawfully debiting consumer bank accounts when they requested payday loans.
On January 10, 2011, the FTC announced its settlement with Fereidoun Khalilian and his company, The Dolce Group Worldwide, LLC, over complaints that Dolce engaged in deceptive marketing practices via prerecorded calls ("robocalls").
On December 16, 2010, the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC) voted unanimously to initiate an investigation into Verizon's intrastate access rates.
On September 30, 2010, the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted summary judgment in favor of certain rural local exchange carriers ("RLECs") against the challenge lodged by AT&T Mobility and Alltel Communications against a North Carolina Utility Commission (NCUC) arbitration decision arising out of the RLECs' 2005 demand for interconnection and reciprocal compensation rates.
On September 9, 2010, the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire granted summary judgment in favor of AT&T and against the Town of Greenfield and its Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) in a case in which AT&T challenged the denial of its application for an area variance to install a 100-foot cell tower in a residential area.
On September 16, 2010, Verizon New York, Inc. filed petitions to reject access tariffs filed by XYN Communications of New York, LLC and Integrated Path Communications, LLC with the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC).
On August 19, 2010, FTC staff terminated an investigation into whether Limewire, LLC's peer-to-peer file sharing software puts users at risk of inadvertently sharing sensitive information stored on their computers.
On August 16, 2010, Sprint Communications Company filed a complaint against Native American Telecom, LLC (NAT) with the US District Court for the District of South Dakota, alleging that NAT is unlawfully billing Sprint for traffic destined for so-called "Call Connection Companies."
On August 11, 2010, the US District of New York for the Northern District of New York (NDNY) became the second court in as many weeks to deny a request by Level 3 Communications to freeze litigation brought against it for failure to pay for operation of its broadband network over a plaintiff's property (see last week's This Week In Telecom for a summary of the Idaho case).