I hope you all are enjoying a couple days off from work! May the time you spend with your family and friend be as stress-free as possible. I am sorry about the twelve or so days of posting silence. But, I wanted to post a Holiday Helping Roundup which is a quick bite of legal news on a broad spectrum of issues.
– This website provides a listing of CLE requirements per state and extra information on fulfilling those requirements.
– Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was investigating Facebook for their privacy practices on the social networking site. On November 29, 2011, the FTC and Facebook reached a settlement that resolved the investigation. Read more about the settlement in the official FTC press release.
The American Bar Association released a statement summarizing the controversy: “Facebook has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. The proposed settlement requires Facebook to take several steps to give consumers clear and prominent notice and to obtain consumers’ express consent before their information is shared beyond the privacy settings they have established.”
– The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code was scheduled to go in effect on January 2, 2012. However, on December 22, 2011, the Massachusetts House passed a bill extending the effective date of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code. The new changes may not go into effect until March 31, 2012. The bill is awaiting action by the Massachusetts Senate.
– The Federal Communications Commission approved AT&T’s acquisition of 700MHz spectrum from Qualcomm for approximately $2 billion. Here is the order. Here is the concurring statement. Here is the dissenting statement.
– AT&T abandoned its acquisition attempt of T-Mobile. The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a brief statement regarding the proposed acquisition. Read the DOJ statement here. The New York Times wrote an explanation about the initial conflict between the DOJ’s push back and AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile and the article is here.
– Last month, the DOJ prevented H&R Block’s proposed merger with TaxACT by taking them to court. Read the court’s decision here.