The nonprofit organization that manages Internet domain names and addresses said Tuesday that it was the target of a spear-phishing attack that compromised the email credentials of several staff members as well as the names, passwords and other account details belonging to certain domain registries.
A federal judge in Washington state on Tuesday refused to throw out a proposed class action accusing a debt collector of unlawfully threatening debtors with prosecution, finding that the underlying debt stemming from a bounced check for license plate fees was covered under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Helping Pandora Media Inc. shake off a proposed class action alleging it misused customer information and serving as co-lead counsel in multidistrict litigation over Carrier IQ Inc.'s cellphone tracking software are among the highlights that landed Fenwick & West LLP partner Tyler Newby on Law360's list of 2014 Privacy MVPs.
Alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht said Wednesday in Manhattan federal court that he ignored an opportunity to plead guilty prior to being formally indicted for running a global online drug trafficking and money laundering operation.
Airgas Inc. on Monday was hit with a proposed class action in Illinois court alleging it ran afoul of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and put its customers at risk of identity theft by printing expiration dates on credit and debit card receipts.
A University of Maryland law professor urged the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday to undo a $13.5 million settlement in a class action alleging LexisNexis Risk and Information Analytics Group Inc. sold reports to debt collectors without following consumer protection laws, arguing that the settlement would effectively rewrite the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The U.S. Senate took one step closer to security clearance processes on Monday when it passed the Security Clearance Accountability, Reform and Enhancement Act, a measure that limits employment protection for background investigators found guilty of misconduct.
The National Organization for Marriage Inc. on Monday filed notice it would appeal a Virginia federal court’s decision not to award it $691,000 in attorneys' fees to the Fourth Circuit, where it will argue its $50,000 settlement was a significant recovery.
The Federal Trade Commission has tapped an antitrust professor at Seton Hall University School of Law to serve as director of its Office of Policy Planning, which develops competition and consumer protection policy for the agency, the FTC said Tuesday.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday centralized two proposed class actions brought by consumers who allege their credit card information was exposed in a data breach suffered by grocery chain SuperValu Inc. in Minnesota, where the company has its headquarters.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. was hit in California federal court Monday with the first proposed class action over the recent data breach at the company, a situation that former employees claim is “better suited to a cinematic thriller than to real life.”
In what’s becoming known as a historic year for retailers suffering significant data security breaches, several of the biggest names, including Target Corp., Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and Home Depot Inc., have enlisted Ropes & Gray LLP's Douglas H. Meal to lead them out of the ensuing legal quagmire, earning him a spot among Law360's 2014 Privacy MVPs.
A California appeals court on Monday denied a bid to compel arbitration in a suit brought by a former Tucker Ellis LLP asbestos attorney alleging that the firm improperly disseminated his work product after he took a new job, finding that a judge properly determined the arbitration agreement in question is “unconscionable.”
Verizon Communications Inc., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Democracy and Technology and dozens of other business groups and privacy experts on Monday flooded the Second Circuit with briefs supporting Microsoft Corp.’s challenge to a search warrant that would allow the U.S. government to access user data stored overseas.
Microsoft Corp. knew its challenge to a warrant requiring the company to give the government user data stored overseas wouldn't be a "smooth ride," but it's optimistic it will prevail, even if that requires a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel David Howard told Law360 in an exclusive interview Monday.
BakerHostetler partner Paul Karlsgodt has been a keen adviser to hospitals facing an onslaught of claims over stolen patient information, guiding Eisenhower Medical Center past a suit carrying $500 million in potential damages and blunting the force of a California statute in the process, earning his place on Law360's list of Privacy MVPs.
By handing a win to Dart Energy Corp. on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court not only crystallized that class action defendants don't have to provide additional evidence to support their bids to transfer cases from state to federal court, but also cemented the high court's authority to weigh in on removal disputes.
West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. on Monday said in a lawsuit filed in Illinois federal court that it shouldn’t have to defend or indemnify American Health Services Sales Corp. in an underlying junk fax proposed class action, saying that its policies exclude violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Google Inc. is facing up to €15 million ($18.66 million) in fines for violating Dutch privacy laws by collecting unsuspecting users’ personal data without their consent for personalized advertisements, the country's regulator said Monday, giving the company until February to comply with its laws.
The bad news coming out of the European Pro Bono Summit in November was the rising toll of heavy cuts to public legal aid in England. From this crossroad, there is a lot to be learned about the relationship between public and private assistance, the direction of legal help for the poor in the EU, and whether the American legal aid/pro bono experience offers a road map for what’s next in Europe, says Kevin Curnin of the Association ... (continued)
Unfortunately I am watching many companies, law firms and accounting firms purchase cybersecurity insurance that is insufficiently effective, overly expensive or both. While insurance is necessary and important, it must be paired with the deployment of hardware and software systems and a review of existing policies and agreements, says Daniel Garrie of Law & Forensics LLC.
One of the more significant cybersecurity developments in 2014 was the release of the the National Institute of Standards and Technology's "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity." Some of the key qualities of the framework include its adaptability, structure and voluntary nature, say attorneys with Jones Day.
Taking stock of 2014 trends — from increasing multinational expansion to new anti-corruption laws to major data breaches affecting millions of customers — provides a good opportunity for corporate counsel to renew their focus on a number of issues deserving attention in 2015 and beyond. Consider a few takeaways, says Veta Richardson, president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Company v. Owens resolved a lopsided split in the lower federal courts over the proper removal procedure under the Class Action Fairness Act — however, the high court’s closing remark that there is no anti-removal presumption in CAFA cases will likely be of even greater significance going forward, say attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
In the classic case, a client and his attorney seek appellate counsel after the trial court proceedings are concluded. But these days, “classic cases” are few and far between — more and more, appellate lawyers assist in the trial court with preservation of the appellate record and compliance with the many technical rules of appellate procedure, says David Axelrad of Horvitz & Levy LLP.
A recent Virginia court ruling in Virginia v. Baust is a reminder to corporations and their counsel that while fingerprint technology may block hackers or thieves from viewing the contents on smartphones, it may surprisingly make it easier for government investigators to access these powerful mobile devices, say Glen Kopp and Kedar Bhatia of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.
The consensus that emerged from my discussions with several lawyers who have become best-selling novelists is that the traits it takes to be a great lawyer are invaluable in crafting first-rate mysteries and thrillers. Both thriller authors and lawyers possess a concentrated attention to detail that allows them to create a logical framework for their story, brief or courtroom presentation, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.
The ruling in Zweigenhaft v. Receivables Performance Management LLC that a voice mail message containing the caller’s name and identifying the caller as a debt collector with “an important message” was not a “communication” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act should have debt collectors considering changes to their message scripts, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr LLP.
While the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act does not provide a private right of action for plaintiffs, some states have permitted plaintiffs to essentially circumvent the prohibition of a private right of action by allowing plaintiffs to use HIPAA as a standard of care in state law negligence claims, say attorneys at Sidley Austin LLP.