06.10.19

Assignment of Claims Act Documentation by Matt Bergman and Steve Walter, Partners, Potomac Law Group We are often asked, by lenders and borrowers alike, what the current market trend is with respect to lenders requiring documentation proscribed by the Federal Assignment of Claims Act  of 1940, as amended, 31 U.S.C.3727, 41 U.S.C.6305 (the “Assignment of Claims […]
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06.04.19

Potomac Law Welcomes Jamie Miller

We are pleased to announce Jamie N. Miller has joined us as a Paralegal in the Corporate and Banking and Commercial Loan groups.    Ms. Miller works with our lawyers in general corporate and business matters. She has more than fifteen years of experience on matters ranging from entity formation through dissolution, including corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence organization and […]
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05.29.19

PLG Partner Wendy Fischman presents webinar on Latest Developments in U.S. Harassment Law: Federal & State

PLG Partner Wendy Fischman presents a Skillsoft webinar on June 5th at 11:00am.  Ms. Fischman will explore the recently-enacted harassment training requirements in several states and discuss what employers should do now before the training deadlines arrive.  She will also offer strategies for employers on how to manage harassment prevention across multiple jurisdictions.  See more […]
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05.17.19

Potomac Law represents Opterna in sale to PPC Broadband, Inc.

Potomac Law represented Opterna International Corporation (“Opterna”) in its sale to PPC Broadband, Inc., a Belden brand and leading developer and manufacturer of telecommunications connectivity solutions. Opterna, headquartered in Sterling, Viriginia, is a major supplier of fiberoptic products for network infrastructure, data center, Internet of Things (IoT) and Fiber-to-the- Premises (FTTX) applications.   It has […]
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05.16.19

Potomac Law Welcomes Lisa Stone

We are pleased to announce that Lisa Stone has joined Potomac Law Group’s Washington, D.C. office as a Partner in the firm’s Energy and Environmental practice groups. Ms. Stone is an accomplished lawyer with over two decades experience helping companies and other organizations navigate federal and state regulatory matters involving energy and environmental issues.  Ms. […]
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05.10.19

Potomac Law Welcomes Isaac Mamaysky

We are pleased to announce that Isaac Mamaysky has joined us as a Partner in our General Counsel Services and Education practice groups. Isaac Mamaysky is a Partner practicing in the areas of employment law, business litigation, and education law.  An experienced general counsel, Mr. Mamaysky offers comprehensive solutions to clients’ multi-disciplinary legal needs.  He has worked […]
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05.08.19

Potomac Law Welcomes Jessica Madon

We are pleased to announce that Jessica Madon has joined us as a Counsel in our Government Contracts  group.  Jessica Madon is a skilled business Counsel and experienced trusted advisor practicing in our Government Contracts, International and Technology and IP Transactions groups.  Results driven, she provides legal/risk management advice and tools that enable her clients to further […]
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05.03.19

Potomac Law Group Welcomes David DeSalle

We are pleased to announce that David DeSalle has joined us as a Partner in our Energy, Environmental, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Government Relations and Public Policy, and Corporate practice groups.  Mr. DeSalle has more than two decades of practice experience, primarily in the electric, natural gas, telecommunications, alternative energy, transportation, and water industry […]
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05.03.19

Susan Rogers Issues the May 2019 Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress returned to Washington after a 2-week recess to face a busy agenda including post-Mueller report investigations and continuing hearings on a number of oversight issues.  They also must deal with budget and spending issues with a difference of opinion in the House and Senate over how to proceed this year. Read More.
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04.30.19

FCC Takes Next Steps to 833 Toll-Free Number Auction

As discussed in our previous alert, the FCC has announced that it will make available for auction some 17,000 new 833 area code toll-free vanity numbers that have received multiple requests for assignment.  To further that goal, the FCC is accepting petitions through May 16, 2019 from governmental and other non-profit health and safety organizations for […]
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04.26.19

PLG Corporate Partner Carla Garrett announced as member of the newly formed SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee

Congratulations to Potomac Law Group corporate partner Carla Garrett for being appointed as an inaugural member of the SEC’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee. The Committee was established by the SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2016 and is designed to provide a formal mechanism for the Commission to receive advice and recommendations on Commission rules, regulations and policy matters […]
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04.26.19

Compliance or Consequences under the CCPA and other State Privacy Laws

A rapidly growing number of states have enacted or are actively considering new privacy laws that will directly affect how businesses collect, use, and store consumer and employee personal information.  While the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has garnered the greatest attention, important laws have been enacted in Illinois, such as the 2008 Biometric Information Privacy […]
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04.02.19

Susan Rogers Issues the April Washington Tax Newsletter

House Democratic leadership introduced legislation that aims to update and strengthen the Affordable Care Act at the same time that the White House announced that it would move forward with efforts to repeal and replace the ACA.  The Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee held a markup on March 27-28th and approved on a party line vote […]
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03.22.19

FCC prepares to expand regulation of deceptive Caller ID spoofing; TRACED Act may enlarge FCC enforcement authority under the TCPA and mandate carriers implement SHAKEN/STIR call authentication framework

Are you, or your customers, annoyed by receiving pre-recorded telemarketing calls at your office that appear to be from a business colleague or calls at your home that appear to be from a neighbor because they share the same area code and NXX (i.e. 202-567-xxxx)?  With the FCC receiving over 52,000 consumer complaints about caller […]
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03.22.19

Reminder of April 1, 2019 Annual FCC Filing Deadlines for Common Carriers, Voice over Internet Protocol Providers, and Submarine Cable Licensees

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a number of upcoming annual deadlines applicable to carriers and other service providers, all due Monday April 1, 2019.    FCC Form 499-A   FCC Form 499-A reports a communications provider’s previous year’s revenue to Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as well as other […]
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03.19.19

PLG Partner Reed Sexter Closes Large Scale Opportunity Zone Transaction

PLG Partner Reed Sexter recently closed a transaction on behalf of PTM Partners, LLC, which is an Opportunity Zone Fund.  The transaction was a joint venture with an affiliate of Douglas Development Corporation for the redevelopment of the old Coast Guard Headquarters in Buzzard Point, Washington, DC, into a 453 unit multi-family project with approximately 17,000 square feet of […]
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03.08.19

Susan Rogers Issues the March Washington Tax Newsletter

The first step in the budget process will be the release of the Administration’s budget, which reportedly will be March 11th.  Congress will then need to approve new overall spending levels for FY 2020, which starts on October 1st.  If such legislation is not approved, automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, apply to lower discretionary […]
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02.04.19

Susan Rogers Issues the February Washington Tax Newsletter

The 116th Congress convened on January 3rd as divided government returned to Washington with the Democrats in control of the House and Republicans in control of the Senate and the White House.  The government reopened January 26th with a short-term deal reached to fund those government operations without approved fiscal year spending until February 15th.   Read More
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02.04.19

Potomac Law Group Welcomes Gregory Braker

We are pleased to announce that Gregory Braker has joined us as a Partner in our Environmental, Real Estate and Finance, and White Collar Defense and Investigations practice groups.    Mr. Braker has been providing environmental guidance to clients for more than twenty-five years on issues affecting property acquisition, development, and management; transportation and distribution; […]
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01.31.19

PLG Partner Janet F. Satterthwaite named in WTR 1000 2019 for the seventh year in a row

Potomac Law Group is pleased to announce that Janet F. Satterthwaite, for the seventh year in a row, was named in WTR 1000 2019 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, the industry’s definitive publication.  The WTR conducts extensive research over many months to determine the leading national and international trademark practitioners from around the globe. Ms. Satterthwaite, partner and Chair of the Trademark […]
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01.07.19

FCC Shut Down Procedures Go Into Effect January 3, 2019

The Federal Communication has suspended most operations beginning mid-day on Thursday, January 3, 2019, as it announced it would, due to a lapse in federal funding.[1] On January 2, 2019, the Commission released a Public Notice (DA 19-10) that extends pending deadlines for the duration of suspended operations, outlined what databases and other resources would […]
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01.03.19

Susan Rogers Issues the January Washington Tax Newsletter

The outcome of the mid-term elections played out to a large extent the way many Washington experts expected with the Republicans retaining control of the Senate and the Democrats retaking control of the House- with a margin of control in the latter case that was larger than expected. Congress returned to work on January 3rd, […]
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01.03.19

Potomac Law Welcomes Viva Hammer

We are pleased to announce that Viva Hammer has joined us as a Partner in our Tax group. Ms. Hammer is a tax policy and practice leader, with over twenty-five years’ experience at the Office of Tax Policy in the Treasury Department, at the Joint Committee on Taxation in the U.S. Congress, and in private […]
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12.07.18

Susan Rogers Issues the December Washington Tax Newsletter

Because of the split control between Republicans, who hold the White House and the Senate, and the Democrats, who hold the House, it is unlikely that major changes to the tax code will advance in the 116th Congress, which convenes in January 2019.  It is possible, however, that some taxinitiatives will be considered if they are […]
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11.29.18

Potomac Law Named a “Best Law Firm” by US News & World Report

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that it has been recognized in the 2019 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s and Best Lawyers list of “Best Law Firms.”  Potomac Law partner Richard P.  McHugh was also honored by The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.  Mr. McHugh is a partner in the Employee Benefits and […]
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11.28.18

PLG Partner Named one of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators

We are pleased to announce that PLG partner Chris Meazell has been named one of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® for Washington, DC in 2018. Candidates are selected based on a broad array of criteria, including professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact.  Only one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the […]
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11.15.18

Larry Schroepfer Named Partner

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that Larry Schroepfer has become a Partner of the firm. Larry Schroepfer is a Partner in the Corporate, Intellectual Property, Technology Transactions, and General Counsel Services practice groups.  He has more than thirty years of legal and business experience, of which twenty years have been devoted to licensing and […]
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11.10.18

Litigation Partner Susan Metcalfe Wins Magna Mock Trial Competition

Congratulations to Susan Metcalfe on becoming the three-time champion of the Annual Competitive Mock Trial Conference sponsored by Magna Legal Services in Atlantic City!  The competition featured four trial attorneys going head-to-head in a mock trial setting to present their best case to a panel of judges made up of claims executives and corporate counsel.  Ms. Metcalfe won $12,000 […]
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11.01.18

PLG Partner Susan Rogers Issues the November Washington Tax Newsletter

With both the House and Senate adjourned in order to campaign ahead of the November 6th mid-term elections, no further legislation will be addressed until a lame duck session.  Both chambers are scheduled to return to Washington on November 13th.  The outcome of the elections will likely have an effect on what issues will be addressed […]
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11.01.18

“What is your emergency?” – FCC Prepares to Expand Enhanced 911 Mandates to All Locations Supported by Multi-Line Telephone Systems

Is your Multi-Line Telephone System (“MLTS”) currently providing direct 911 dialing (without requiring the dialing of any other digits or “9” to access an outside line), and on-site notification to a central location at the facility where the MLTS is installed to expedite emergency response?  Is your MLTS capable of transmitting dispatchable location information for […]
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10.25.18

FCC Announces New “Highest Bidder” Auction for 833 Vanity Toll-Free Numbers

The FCC has announced that certain vanity toll-free numbers in the new 833 toll-free code will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  This represents a departure from the FCC’s longstanding policy of allocating toll-free codes on a first-come, first-served basis.  In a Report and Order issued on September 26, 2018, the FCC announced that it will […]
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10.11.18

PLG Partner Susan Metcalfe Presents at the ABA’s Forum on Franchise

Ms. Metcalfe is a featured speaker in a panel discussion on “Perspectives on Non-Traditional Franchise Ownership Structures” at the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchise in Nashville, Tennessee.  This is the annual meeting of the Forum on Franchise whose mission “is to be the preeminent forum for the study and discussion of the legal aspects of franchising.”
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10.09.18

Susan Rogers Issues the October Washington Tax Newsletter

The House voted 361-61 to approve a FY 2019 spending bill that would keep the government running past September 30th until December 7th by approving funding for the departments of Defense, Labor, Education and HHS and including short term funding for the rest of the government.  Despite his threat that he would not sign a […]
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10.08.18

PLG Partner Among Those Selected as The Best Lawyers in America 2019

We are pleased to announce that partner Richard McHugh has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.  Rich McHugh is a partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation  practice group. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which nearly eight million votes analyzed the legal abilities of other lawyers […]
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10.04.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Edward L. Wender

We are pleased to announce that Ed Wender has joined us as a Partner in our Real Estate and Finance, Corporate, and Outside General Counsel practice groups.   Mr. Wender has over 35 years of experience in commercial real estate and general business counseling, representing a variety of borrowers with institutional lenders, Freddie Mac, HUD-insured loans […]
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09.25.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Christopher L. Meazell

We are pleased to announce that Chris Meazell has joined us as a Partner in the Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Media & Regulatory groups.   Mr. Meazell has extensive experience solving complex business problems through advocacy and counseling.  He represents clients in a wide range of matters including contract and content licensing disputes, business torts, cases involving […]
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09.24.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Susan V. Metcalfe

We are pleased to announce that Susan Metcalfe has joined us as a Partner in our Litigation and Intellectual Property groups.   Ms. Metcalfe has over eighteen years’ experience as a trial attorney handling a broad array of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts nationwide, from trademark, trade secret, and non-competition disputes to […]
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09.19.18

Susan Rogers Issues the September Washington Tax Newsletter

Congressional activity slowed in the month of August with both the House and Senate taking a recess, although the Senate recess was shortened to one week.  Key legislative issues, including the FY 2019 appropriations bills, must be dealt with this month, but the upcoming mid-term elections will be the primary focus in Washington this fall with […]
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09.14.18

Litigation partner Susan Metcalfe quoted in The Legal Intelligence

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed a decision by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Denis Cohen that the case West v. Abington Memorial Hospital should be transferred from Philadelphia to the neighboring county, where the hospital is located.  West stems from claims that the hospital failed to turn over a […]
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09.12.18

PLG Partner Ayesha Khan Publishes Newsletter “Can Employers Monitor Personal Email Accounts that Employees Access with Company-Issued Devices?”

Because of our dependence on cellphones, computers, and other devices, our activities and whereabouts have become trackable in ways we can’t even imagine.  Last term, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed a situation in which law enforcement personnel were able to track the location of several robbery suspects by tracking the whereabouts of their cellphones.  See […]
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09.11.18

FCC Annual Regulatory Fee Payments Due Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The FCC Annual Regulatory Fees are due Tuesday, September 25, 2018.  All FCC licensees, with some very limited exceptions, and Responsible Organizations (RespOrgs) must pay this fee. Payments must be received by the FCC by 11:59 p.m.  Eastern Time on that day or be subject to a mandatory 25 percent late payment fee. All Interstate […]
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08.05.18

Susan Rogers Issues the August Washington Tax Newsletter

The House has adjourned for the summer and will return to work on September 4th.  The Senate will work for most of the month of August, with only a one-week break August 6-10th.  In July, work continued in both the House and Senate on appropriations bills for FY 2019, which starts October 1, 2018. Click […]
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07.12.18

Susan Rogers Issues the July Washington Tax Newsletter

The announcement by Supreme Court Justice Kennedy that he will retire from the Court as of July 31st and the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Court will have a significant impact on the agenda for Congress this fall leading up to the mid-term elections. Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) plans to have the Senate move quickly […]
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07.06.18

Client Bulletin: California Enacts Sweeping Data Privacy Law

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  The comprehensive law imposes some requirements that are similar to those of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect in May 2018.  CCPA, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020, will require companies across the […]
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07.05.18

Potomac Law Names New Partners

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that Jessica Chod and George Dolina have become Partners of the firm. Jessica Chod is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate group.  Ms. Chod has experience both as a corporate counsel of a multi-national corporation and as outside counsel.  Her practice focuses on general corporate and contract law matters, as […]
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06.27.18

Potomac Law Launches General Counsel Services Practice

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Potomac Law Group is pleased to announce the launch of its General Counsel Services Practice.  Offering skill in calibrating legal advice to business reality, the attorneys in the practice draw upon substantial in-house experience – in many cases at senior leadership levels – and years of tenure at the nation’s largest and […]
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06.11.18

Susan Rogers Issues the June Washington Tax Newsletter

Senate Majority Leader McConnell cancelled most of the Congressional August recess for the Senate in order to work on federal spending bills and pending confirmations, which will keep Democratic senators from campaigning in August for the mid-term elections. The House is unlikely to cancel their August recess. Click the image below to read more.
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05.25.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Jasmine F. Blackmeir

We are pleased to announce Jasmine Blackmeir has joined us as a Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate and Finance Practice Group. Ms. Blackmeir’s practice involves all facets of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, mortgage and mezzanine financings, joint venture arrangements, and leasing transactions relating to office buildings, hotels, multifamily rental properties, commercial […]
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05.03.18

Susan Rogers Issues the May Washington Tax Newsletter

House and Senate Republican leaders are working on a plan to move appropriations bills quickly this year and avoid any drama over government spending prior to the fall mid-term elections. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that he will retire from Congress when the current legislative session officially ends in early 2019 (following the 2018 mid-term elections). […]
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04.29.18

PLG Partner Ayesha Khan Publishes Newsletter “Does the Americans with Disabilities Act Apply to Company Websites?”

Last year, Winn-Dixie lost an ADA-compliance lawsuit—- Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., 257 F. Supp. 3d 1340 (S.D.N.Y. 2017)—- because blind individuals, who use screen readers to navigate websites, could not effectively use the supermarket chain’s website. Winn-Dixie, which has appealed the ruling, is not alone. In the last year, litigants have filed hundreds of […]
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04.18.18

Susan Rogers Issues the April Washington Tax Newsletter

Prior to leaving for their Easter recess, Congressional leaders approved legislation called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which is an omnibus spending package that funds the federal government for the remainder of FY 2018.  Passage of this bill, which was signed into law by the President on March 23rd, ends the series of Continuing Resolutions […]
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04.11.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Reed P. Sexter

We are pleased to announce that Reed P. Sexter has joined us as a Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate and Finance Practice Group. Mr. Sexter has more than 20 years of commercial real estate and general business transactional law experience representing lenders, borrowers, developers, landlords and tenants. He concentrates his practice on real estate […]
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04.05.18

Client Bulletin: FCC Launches Rulemaking to Create Database(s) For Businesses to Avoid Calling Reassigned Numbers and Potentially Insulate Them from TCPA Liability

On March 23, 2018, the FCC initiated a new proposed rulemaking in its ongoing effort to combat robocalls, the biggest source of consumer complaints the FCC receives, by making available to business callers one or more comprehensive databases providing the current assignment of reassigned telephone numbers to avoid unintended calls by telemarketers to numbers that have been assigned to new subscribers. […]
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03.27.18

Client Bulletin: Upcoming Annual FCC Filing Deadlines for Common Carriers, Voice over Internet Protocol Providers, and Submarine Cable Licensees

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a number of upcoming annual deadlines applicable to carriers and other service providers.  The filings outlined here are typically due on either March 31 or April 1 annually, however, under Commission rules, when a filing deadline occurs on a weekend, the deadline is moved to the next business day. Accordingly, the […]
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03.21.18

Client Bulletin: DC Circuit Largely Rejects FCC’s Declaratory Ruling Expanding Potential TCPA Liability for Autodialed Calls and Texts

On Friday, March 16th, nearly 18 months after hearing oral argument in October 2016, the DC Circuit released its long-awaited opinion resolving a number of challenges to the FCC’s 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order (30 FCC Rcd 7961, FCC 15-72, found here) interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”) (“Order”). Specifically, the Court set […]
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03.14.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Viresh Patel

We are pleased to announce that Viresh R. Patel has joined us as a Counsel in our Patent group. Mr. Patel’s practice includes drafting and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications in the electrical, mechanical, medical device, computer, software, and business method arts. He also has experience with appeals, reexamination proceedings, and post-grant proceedings before […]
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03.12.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Barry S. Goldsmith

We are pleased to announce that Barry S. Goldsmith has joined the firm as a Partner in our Patent group. Mr. Goldsmith’s practice focuses on patent matters in a wide variety of electrical/computer engineering disciplines including computer software and hardware, integrated circuit designs, computer processor architectures, semiconductor processing, cellular and land-based telecommunication systems, smartphone features, […]
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03.01.18

Katherine Barker Marshall Named Partner

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that Katherine Barker Marshall has become a Partner of the firm in the Communications, Media and Entertainment, Technology & IP Transactions, and Privacy & Cybersecurity groups. Ms. Marshall routinely advises wireless carriers, wireline carriers, infrastructure companies, emerging technology companies, satellite companies, and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) providers on […]
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03.01.18

Susan Rogers Issues the March Washington Tax Newsletter

The President delivered his first State of the Union address on January 30th with comments focusing on immigration reform and infrastructure spending.  The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (“Budget Act”), which was approved by Congress and signed into law by the President in early February, is a two-year budget agreement that sets defense and non-defense spending levels […]
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02.14.18

Client Bulletin: Reminder – Upcoming Federal Filing Deadlines for Carriers, VolP Providers, and Broadband Providers

The Federal Communications Commission has a number of regulatory filing deadlines in the coming weeks that affect carriers, interconnected and non-interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, and broadband providers. CPNI Certificates On June 29, 2017, the FCC reinstated its rules regarding the filing of Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) (See FCC 17-82). The rules […]
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02.01.18

Susan Rogers Issues the February Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress returned in January to face a full agenda of issues that must be addressed in 2018 but which will certainly be affected by the politics of the year with mid-term elections in the fall providing an opportunity for Democrats to take control of either the House or Senate – or both.  The successful completion […]
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01.30.18

PLG Trademark Partner Janet Satterthwaite Honored for Both Prosecution and Enforcement by World Trademark Review (WTR)

Potomac Law Group is pleased to announce that Janet F. Satterthwaite, for the sixth year in a row, was named in WTR 1000 2018 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, the industry’s definitive publication.  This year Ms. Satterthwaite was ranked Silver, up from previous years, in both Prosecution and Enforcement.  Out of the 125 lawyers ranked in the Washington, […]
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01.25.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Ken Fagin

We are pleased to announce that Ken Fagin has joined us as a Counsel in our Patent Practice. For over 25 years, Mr. Fagin has worked with a vast array of mechanical, electromechanical, electrical engineering, and various other technologies. He has served as one of a select few remaining U.S. counsel handling prosecution on behalf […]
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01.19.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Knicole Emanuel

We are pleased to announce that Knicole C. Emanuel has joined us as a Partner in the Health Care practice group. For more than 18 years, Ms. Emanuel has maintained a litigation practice, concentrating on Medicare and Medicaid litigation, health care regulatory compliance, administrative law and regulatory law.  She understands the intricate Medicare and Medicaid […]
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01.03.18

Susan Rogers Issues the January Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress returns in January to face several challenging issues with pressing deadlines, including funding the federal government for the rest of FY 2018, raising the debt limit, extensions of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a disaster relief bill, bipartisan legislation to stabilize Obamacare, and a legislative solution for […]
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12.29.17

Client Bulletin: FCC’s Deregulatory Restoring Internet Freedom Order Prioritizes Transparency Disclosures by Broadband Providers

By Douglas G. Bonner and Katherine Barker Marshall The FCC’s much ballyhooed December 14, 2017 reversal of its 2015 Title II classification of broadband Internet access services (“BIAS”) (“Title II Order”) means a much lighter FCC regulatory touch consistent with the current FCC Commission’s view that it has limited statutory authority to regulate the Internet.  […]
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12.05.17

Susan Rogers Issues the December Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress faces a full agenda in December before the planned adjournment for the holidays including funding the government beyond the current Continuing Resolution expiration date, completion of comprehensive tax reform legislation, renewal of a children’s health program, and work on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Click the image below to read more.
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11.15.17

Client Bulletin: Are You Ready For the GDPR?

By Douglas G. Bonner and Jeff Kosseff. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) becomes legally effective on May 25, 2018, only six months from now. The GDPR replaces the EU Data Protection Directive (“Directive”) regulating the collection and use of personal data of EU residents. It has greater extraterritorial reach than the Directive, which […]
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11.01.17

Potomac Law Named a “Best Law Firm” by US News & World Report

Potomac Law is proud to announce that it has been recognized in the 2018 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s and Best Lawyers list of “Best Law Firms.”  Potomac Law partners Richard P. McHugh and Sotiris (“Ted”) Planzos were also honored by The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.  Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence […]
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10.10.17

Potomac Law Welcomes Douglas Bonner

We are pleased to announce that Douglas Bonner has joined the firm as a Partner in the Telecommunications, Privacy and Cybersecurity, and Media, Entertainment, and Communications practice groups. Mr. Bonner has more than 25 years of experience representing wireline and wireless providers, cable TV, VoIP and broadcast companies in regulatory matters before the FCC, FTC, […]
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10.06.17

Susan Rogers Issues the October Washington Tax Newsletter

Unlike the September Congressional work period during which Congress faced a number of pressing deadlines, the October work period will have tax reform as its focus as Members of Congress work to achieve a key legislative success before the end of the year. In September, the President struck a deal with Congressional Democratic leaders which […]
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09.22.17

Client Bulletin: FCC Proposes Consolidated, Uniform Formal Complaint Rules

By Douglas G. Bonner. On September 18, 2017, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on what it calls a “uniform set” of procedural rules for certain formal complaint proceedings delegated to the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau for handling by its Market Disputes Resolution Division (MDRD) and Telecommunications Consumers Division (TCD). The […]
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09.09.17

PLG Scores Win in Products-Liability Case Before Georgia Court of Appeals

The Georgia Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled for PLG client LG Electronics in Cash v. LG Electronics, a products-liability suit brought by survivors of a Dacula, GA house fire that killed two of their family members. The fire originated in an area of the family’s living room that included several items, including an LG […]
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09.07.17

Susan Rogers Issues the September Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress returns on September 5th to face a full schedule with some pressing time deadlines.  The statutory debt limit ceiling must be raised by the end of September and deadlines for FY 2018 appropriations legislation on September 30th must be met, as well as reauthorizations for the Federal Aviation Administration, flood insurance, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and user fees […]
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08.17.17

Two PLG Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America 2018

We are pleased to announce that partners Richard McHugh and Sotiris “Ted” Planzos​ have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.  Rich McHugh is a partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation​ practice group and Ted Planzos is a partner in the White Collar Defense & Investigations and Litigation practice groups. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive […]
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08.02.17

Susan Rogers Issues the August Washington Tax Newsletter

The House and Senate were scheduled to start their several week August recess on July 28th, but Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Senate will extend the legislative work period into mid-August to allow time to focus on health care reform, nominations, and other legislative priorities, although the failure of the health care […]
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07.10.17

Client Bulletin: Federal Trade Commission Updates Compliance Guidelines On Collecting Information Online From Children Under 13

By William Baker. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) restricts the collection by online services of personal information from children under the age of 13.  Enacted in 1998 with the initial purpose of deterring predators from contacting children through online chat rooms, COPPA as applied now restricts many categories of information collection, including targeting […]
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07.07.17

Susan Rogers Issues the July Washington Tax Newsletter

At the end of June, Congress left Washington to return home for a week-long July 4th recess with no progress on the FY 2018 budget, the debt ceiling limit, health care reform, or tax reform.   The Senate continued to focus on health care reform in an effort to move on from that issue to tax reform, but leadership was unable […]
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06.19.17

Client Bulletin: Time Running Out For Online Service Providers To Preserve Their DMCA “Safe Harbor” Protection

By William Baker. Internet websites, mobile apps, social media, and similar services are reminded to file an electronic designation of agent with the U.S. Copyright Office by December 1, 2017.  This is necessary to qualify for the “safe harbor” under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) that protects online service providers from monetary liability based […]
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06.07.17

Potomac Law Welcomes Melinda A. Sossamon

We are pleased to announce that Melinda A. Sossamon has joined us as a Partner in our Intellectual Property and Corporate practice areas. Ms. Sossamon is a Partner who counsels on a wide range of intellectual property issues and corporate and commercial transactions, as well as provides outsourced general counsel services. She brings more than […]
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06.06.17

Susan Rogers Issues the June Washington Tax Newsletter

The agenda and legislative schedule facing Congress in the months ahead continues to present significant challenges with uncertainty as to whether any major legislation can be passed in the near future.  There is divided opinion in Washington about whether the firing of FBI Director Comey and the related investigations of Russian contacts with Trump campaign personnel will make […]
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