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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Texting banned for commercial bus and truck drivers Posted on Jan 27

Tuesday, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation banned texting by commercial drivers. The regulatory guidance is published in the January 26 Federal Register and relates to 49 CFR 390.17. Federal employees are banned from texting by an executive order dated October 1, 2009. The DOT also   …Continue Reading Texting banned for commercial bus and truck drivers

Supreme Court rules corporations can participate in elections Posted on Jan 21

The Supreme Court today overturned some elements of the campaign finance laws in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. You might recall this issue arose in 2008 with a film about Hillary Clinton. The 183 page opinion includes four addition opinions concurring and dissenting. The   …Continue Reading Supreme Court rules corporations can participate in elections

New “sale” regulations in effect for retailers Posted on Jan 19

The Attorney General’s office regulates retail advertising as part of it’s consumer protection responsibilities. Some of them include the need to disclose terms in an audible manner and at a speed equal to the other speech in the advertisement. Print ads can’t contain important language   …Continue Reading New “sale” regulations in effect for retailers

School Committee emails violate Open Meeting Law Posted on Jan 4

On December 31, 2009, the SJC released their opinion in District Attorney for the Northern District vs. School Committee of Wayland, opining that the School Committee had indeed violated the state’s Open Meeting Law by emailing amongst themselves comments on the performance of their superintendent   …Continue Reading School Committee emails violate Open Meeting Law