Government Relations News
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has announced that he will introduce legislation to combat so-called “patent trolls,” or entities that purchase patents from inventors solely for the purpose of suing legitimate businesses creating or using products closely related to that covered by the patent.
On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the progress of industry self-regulation of online behavioral advertising (OBA)
The Attorney General of Vermont, Bill Sorrell, plans to target and look for new ways to regulate food marketing to children.
The Republican leadership in the Ohio House released a revised budget bill yesterday that completely stripped out Governor John Kasich’s proposal to extend the sales tax to advertising and a broad range of other business services.
In a short speech yesterday to the Louisiana Legislature on the opening day of their 2013 session, Governor Bobby Jindal announced he was backing away from the tax reform proposal he had offered last month.
The FCC is asking for comment on the changes in its policy regarding indecency.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced they would not seek Supreme Court review of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that invalidated its rulemaking on graphic warning labels for cigarette packaging and advertisements.
The Continuing Resolution passed last week by the Senate and House to fund the government through the end of September continues the prohibition on the FTC issuing a final Interagency Working Group (IWG) report until it performs a cost/benefit analysis.
The House Finance Committee in the Ohio Legislature yesterday concluded three days of hearings on Governor Kasich’s budget and sales tax plan.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal unveiled his tax reform proposal to members of the legislature yesterday. That plan calls for eliminating the income tax, increasing the sales tax rate from 4% to 5.88% and extending the sales tax to a number of business services, including advertising agency services.
Late last week, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR/4) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT/3) introduced legislation that would deal with so-called “patent trolls,” a growing problem for the advertising industry.
We have learned that the Ways and Means Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives will hold hearings this week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) on Governor John Kasich’s tax reform proposal which would impose the sales tax on advertising and a broad range of other business services.
ANA has written to Governor Mark Dayton and the members of the Taxes Committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives to express our opposition to any tax on advertising services.
The Taxes Committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives will hold a hearing on Wednesday on Governor Mark Dayton’s tax reform proposal which would impose the sales tax on advertising and a broad range of other business services.
Additional details have been released on budget proposals by Governors John Kasich (R-OH) and Mark Dayton (D-MN).
Governors John Kasich (R-OH) and Mark Dayton (D-MN) have proposed new taxes on advertising and other business services as part of their FY14 budget package. In each case, the Governors have called for reducing the sales tax rate but broadening the base by extending the tax to more services.
ANA Files Reply Comments Urging ICANN to Improve Rights Protection Mechanisms Before Rolling out New Top Level Domains
Still concerned that the protections for both consumers and trademark owners currently in place are dangerously inadequate, ANA has filed reply comments with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) urging it to strongly improve those protections before rolling out any new top level domains.
ANA has written a letter to ICANN CEO Fadi Cheahdé describing our concerns over recent comments he made about the so-called “Strawman” Proposal at a meeting of registries and registrars in Amsterdam on January 25.
The FTC recently upheld a decision that found that the makers of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice deceptively advertised their products and did not adequately substantiate claims that it treated or prevented a variety of medical conditions.
ANA Urges ICANN to Adopt Effective Mechanism for Limited Preventative Registrations (LPRs) as Part of New TLD Universe
ANA has urged the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to adopt an effective mechanism for Limited Preventative Registrations (LPRs) as it considers proposals for enhancing trademark protection during the upcoming launch of new gTLDs.