Regulatory Rumblings

Filing Shows San Francisco Beverage Ordinance is Unconstitutional

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 9:00am ET

In response to a recently approved San Francisco ordinance that would ban most advertising of sugar-sweetened beverages – sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and iced teas – on government property, the American Beverage Association, the California Retailers Association, and the California State Outdoor Advertising Association have filed a motion asking the district court to stay this ordinanc ...

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ICANN Update: Aftermath of the Buenos Aires Meeting

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 2:00pm ET

Before the ICANN Buenos Aires meeting even formally began, NTIA Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling dropped a bombshell in a packed meeting in the evening of Sunday, June 21 – the transition of the IANA (technical) function of ICANN would not take place in September 2015, but would be moved back about a year until the middle of 2016 to provide more time for the internal working groups within IC ...

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Progress Being Made, but Still Many Big Issues for ICANN

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 9:00am ET

The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing Wednesday during which several members continued to raise questions about the transparency and accountability of ICANN. The aim of the hearing, Internet Governance Progress After ICANN 53, was to gain more understanding about the timeline for the IANA transition process and to give members a chance to hear fir ...

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Advertising still a Tax Target

Posted: Jul 9, 2015 9:00am ET

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee released the reports of its five bipartisan tax working groups yesterday. These working groups were tasked with coming up with new and creative avenues for tax reform by examining various aspects of the code.

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The Ambiguous Future of Highway Funding

Posted: Jun 29, 2015 1:30pm ET

“Dead End, No Turn Around, Danger Ahead,” was the title of the United States’ Senate Finance Committee hearing emphasizing the severe state of transportation infrastructure around the country and the situation of a budget shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund on the horizon.

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San Francisco Beverage Ad Warning Labels: Unhelpful and Unconstitutional

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 11:30am ET

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently approved an ordinance that would require health labels on advertisements for certain beverages – sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and iced teas – that contain more than 25 calories from sweeteners per 12 ounces.

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ICANN 53 – What to Expect in Buenos Aires

Posted: Jun 18, 2015 9:30am ET

The next global ICANN meeting starts this weekend in Buenos Aires, an event important to brand owners and advertisers.

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Dear Colleague Letter Shows Immense Support for Protecting Advertising

Posted: Jun 10, 2015 11:30am ET

Yesterday, Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) sent a Dear Colleague letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in support of protecting the current tax deductibility of advertising.

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The “New ICANN”

Posted: Jun 4, 2015 2:30pm ET

With the announced resignation of ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé on May 21, 2015, effective next March, ICANN is truly entering a chaotic period.

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As Congress Faces Deadline for Tax Reform, Advertisers Must Protect Ad Deduction

Posted: May 29, 2015 10:50am ET

Earlier this year, we took note of the narrow window for tax reform in 2015 as set by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-1), who declared that either a tax rewrite can be completed by this summer or not at all.

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