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  Volume 143 Number 55

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The People’s Lawyer’s Tip of the Day

In a large-scale scam erupting in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, imposters are filing claims for unemployment benefits, using the names and personal information of people who have not filed claims.  Click here for more.

Travel industry shows signs of recovery due to increased consumer interest

If you’re a wanderluster who’s itching to once again get back on the roads and in the skies, you’ve got company. A new travel industry analysis from Comscore shows an upswing in consumer interest across several travel categories, a sign that the industry may be getting its groove back.
In the early and peak stages of the pandemic, Comscore’s Media Metrix shows that visits to travel sites were down by as much as 70 percent from the beginning of the year. However, a fresh analysis of May’s data shows that the momentum is now swinging upward, at least for airline, accommodations, and online travel agent sites. Click here for more.

Your Money

Filing taxes as a college student comes with a unique set of challenges. And determining whether and how to file taxes requires taking note of your previous year's employment, wages, tax withholding and parents' tax strategies. You may want to take a moment to bring up a few tax questions with Mom and Dad. So do college students have to file a tax return? The answer depends on their income, dependency status and other variables. Here's what college students should know about filing taxes. Click here for more.

For the Lawyers

Unsolicited fax for free webinar does not violate TCPA. A Pennsylvania district court held an unsolicited fax to a doctor's office offering a free webinar was not an "advertisement" in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, because there was nothing being sold, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled. Plaintiff claimed defendant’s fax soliciting participation in the webinar was a "pretext" for selling the company's urine-screening service. The judge found that the fax was not an advertisement on its face under the language of the TCPA. He also ruled the court did not have to follow a 2006 FCC order and delve into whether the free seminar was meant to sell services. "The court concludes that, on its face, the fax is not an advertisement." "The fax and the link associated with the fax only discuss a free seminar, not any property, goods, or services which are commercially available … The fax does not indicate that the plaintiff can purchase any product at all." Mauthe v. Millennium Health LLC, case number 5:18-cv-01903, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Click here for more.

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