Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., on Monday launched a probe into the airline industry's pricing disclosures and data security policies by pushing United Airlines Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. and eight others to reveal how they disclose certain additional fees and privacy practices to consumers.
Monday's disclosure by Community Health Systems Inc. that state-sponsored hackers had stolen personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients sends a startling warning that the health industry must now also pay attention to external cybersecurity risks that have recently ensnared retailers and financial institutions.
Gawker Media LLC struck back at an insurer's suit to recover the cost of defending the website against Hulk Hogan's privacy and copyright allegations concerning a sex tape's and associated article's publication, saying Tuesday that the insurer was obligated to defend and indemnify Gawker.
The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that it has approved final orders settling charges against Fandango Inc. and Credit Karma Inc. arising from allegations that the companies failed to securely transmit sensitive personal information through mobile phone applications.
Six Continents Hotels Inc. on Tuesday asked a California federal court to issue summary judgment against a putative class suing it for allegedly recording their customer service phone calls in violation of the state's Invasion of Privacy Act.
Social networking company GroupMe Inc. on Monday asked a California federal judge to dismiss a putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action against it, saying the plaintiff can't prove that it and another company used an autodialer to send him unwanted text messages.
The U.S. government on Monday asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge to dismiss one of three lawsuits filed by a former U.S. Department of Justice antitrust attorney who is challenging the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s collection of phone and online data records.
The New York Times Co. on Monday was dropped from a putative class action in New York federal court claiming it turned a blind eye to a subscription fraud scheme orchestrated by an outside vendor, although co-defendants Dow Jones & Co. and Forbes Inc. remain in the suit.
The Federal Trade Commission told a New Jersey federal judge on Friday that Wyndham Worldwide Corp. can't demand the FTC's work product, saying the agency sent Wyndham all the information it could about its interviews of consumers allegedly harmed by data breaches that cost over $10.6 million.
A U.S. senator on Friday called for the reform of a long-standing legal doctrine excluding data users voluntarily share with third parties such as Google Inc. from the protections of the Fourth Amendment, saying the outdated principle has failed to keep pace with modern technology.
Community Health Systems Inc. said Monday that its computer network was targeted by criminal hackers who obtained nonmedical identification information of approximately 4.5 million patients who have received services from CHS in the last five years.
The European Union's justice commissioner on Monday accused Google Inc. and others of distorting the implications of a recent high court ruling backing Internet users' right to be forgotten from search engine result indexes, categorizing their complaints as a ploy to undermine long-running privacy reform efforts.
A putative class asked a California federal court Friday to approve a $1.25 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging LinkedIn Corp. misled customers about its data protection policies in connection with a 2012 data breach.
Just three days after SuperValu Inc. announced that hackers had accessed customers’ credit and debit card data at nearly 200 stores, the grocery chain was hit with a proposed class action on Monday in Illinois federal court alleging it didn’t take precautions to protect customers’ personal financial information.
A Hearst Corp. attorney urged the Second Circuit on Monday to toss a class-action defamation suit over the media company’s refusal to remove or update online reports about criminal charges that are later dismissed, describing the case as an Orwellian attempt to rewrite history.
The payment card industry's self-regulatory body recently pushed retailers and other merchants to ramp up their oversight of third parties that handle cardholder data on their behalf, advice that attorneys say merchants should heed if they want to avoid post-breach scrutiny from both fellow industry members and the class action bar.
A group of Los Angeles motel owners have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the city’s request for review of a Ninth Circuit decision striking down a city law allowing warrantless searches of hotel registries, saying the city is trying to fabricate a circuit court split.
AOL Inc. disclosed on Friday that it doesn't respond to signals sent by major Web browsers that indicate that online users don't want their activities to be tracked across websites, although it said it may be willing to reconsider its position if the industry can agree on a uniform do-not-track standard.
Doctors challenging Florida's “gun gag” law restricting them from asking patients about firearm ownership on Friday asked the Eleventh Circuit to reconsider its decision upholding the statute, arguing that it creates a new category of unprotected speech and risks the health and safety of Floridians.
The U.S. Army asked an Ohio federal judge on Friday to throw out a lawsuit filed by research company Battelle Memorial Institute accusing it of leaking confidential pricing information that could give Battelle's competitors an unfair advantage in future contracts for hazardous material protection, arguing the court lacks jurisdiction.
Read broadly, if a recent opinion from the Federal Communications Commission is adopted it may mean that businesses can only obtain consumer consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act during the initial transaction giving rise to a debt if the consumer is being contacted by automated means on a cell phone, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.
Health information technology companies are enjoying a lull in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulatory activity, which provides an opportunity to comply now since regulators are aggressively enforcing the law elsewhere, especially against entities with self-identified failures in safeguards, says Julia Hesse of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
New York’s proposed virtual currency rules intended to prevent money laundering and bolster cybersecurity have been met with mixed reactions and will likely trigger a lot of discussion about issues such as rooting out illegal activity without stifling innovation, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
To this day, I have yet to see a litigation hold letter that was written by someone who understands the realities of how a business is actually run. In-house counsel cannot issue decrees to business units that read like they are issued by the king to his subjects, says Francis Drelling, in-house counsel at Specialty Restaurants Corp.
In their effort to take full advantage of the extra juice the aggravated identity theft statute provides them, prosecutors have increasingly used the statute in run-of-the-mill white collar crime prosecutions where no one’s identity has been stolen or misappropriated. Making things worse, most courts have backed them up, says John Martin, a partner with Garfunkel Wild PC and a former federal prosecutor.
On average, a legal professional forwards content to 14 different people per week. Yet many attorneys and staff lack an understanding of copyright and their firm’s specific policies regarding shared third-party materials, says Roy Kaufman of Copyright Clearance Center.
Businesses should consider encrypting all personal information — not just the information currently required by data breach notification laws, since these laws are constantly being updated to include more elements of personal information within their scope, say Rebecca Eisner and Lei Shen of Mayer Brown LLP.
In addition to significantly reducing costs incurred in the preparation of privilege logs, the new categorical approach to privilege logs in New York will allow parties to identify and frame legal issues requiring the court’s attention more clearly — thus positively impacting the efficiency of the dispute resolution process as well, say Joseph Schmit and Aaron Schue of Phillips Lytle LLP.
Trials are stressful and, while there is a certain kind of nervousness from the fear of being embarrassed among inexperienced lawyers, learning how to examine and cross-examine witnesses as well as how to craft arguments are not mechanical and can only be mastered through experience, say John Worden and Lindsey Berg of Schiff Hardin LLP.
As Federal Aviation Administration delays continue, a new law regulating the use of unmanned aerial systems in North Carolina is an example of a state law response to the complex regulatory challenges posed by the anticipated increase of drone activity in the U.S., say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.