• December 9, 2016

    Obama Orders Review On Russian Activity In 2016 Election

    President Barack Obama has directed intelligence officials to conduct a full review into Russian involvement in the November election as top members of Congress intensify calls for the White House to share what has already been gathered about Russian intrusion, according to news reports on Friday.

  • December 9, 2016

    Chicago Firm Didn't Secure Client Data, Suit Says

    Former clients of Illinois law firm Johnson & Bell Ltd. are accusing the firm of exposing client information and failing to protect client data, saying the firm has structural holes in its security architecture, in a proposed class action unsealed Friday.

  • December 9, 2016

    Privacy MVP: Ropes & Gray's Doug Meal

    Only Wyndham and LabMD have chosen to fight rather than immediately settle inadequate data security claims lodged by the Federal Trade Commission, and both have turned for assistance to Doug Meal, a Ropes & Gray LLP partner with a reputation for helping Target, Supervalu and a slew of others navigate the aftermath of high-profile data breaches, earning him a spot among Law360’s 2016 Privacy MVPs.

  • December 9, 2016

    9th Circ. Denies Full Rehearing In Facebook CFAA Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday rejected a social media aggregation company’s request for a full rehearing on a panel’s previous decision that it had unlawfully accessed Facebook users’ accounts after being sent a cease-and-desist letter, in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

  • December 9, 2016

    9th Circ. Rules CFAA Doesn't Make Password Sharers Felons

    A split Ninth Circuit panel clarified Thursday that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act does not make unwitting criminals of anyone who shares a password in a published opinion denying en banc rehearing to ex-Korn/Ferry International recruiter David Nosal, who was convicted of stealing trade secrets in October 2015.

  • December 9, 2016

    How Smaller Law Firms Can Tackle Data Security On A Budget

    It may be tempting for small and midsized firms to hold themselves to laxer data security standards than resource-rich BigLaw, but cyber experts warn that size is no excuse when your client data gets compromised. Here’s how smaller firms can do better with their limited resources and how clients can push them along.

  • December 8, 2016

    Yahoo Data Breach Cases Consolidated Before Judge Koh

    A judicial panel has consolidated five putative class actions over a 2014 Yahoo Inc. security breach in which hackers lifted the names, passwords and other account data of at least 500 million users, putting the multidistrict litigation under the purview of the Northern District of California's Judge Lucy Koh.

  • December 8, 2016

    Facebook Users Hit With Suit Over 'Pedals' Bear Death Posts

    A New Jersey man has brought defamation and invasion of privacy claims in New Jersey state court against six women across three states over allegations that they falsely claimed on Facebook and a newspaper's website that he killed a popular black bear known as "Pedals" during an October hunt.

  • December 8, 2016

    Spokeo Says 2nd Circ. Ruling Doesn't Save FCRA Suit

    The fight between Spokeo Inc. and consumer Thomas Robins over the applicability of recent case law to a Fair Credit Reporting Act dispute that’s back before the Ninth Circuit after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision continued to simmer Wednesday, with Spokeo contesting the relevance of a Second Circuit decision raised by Robins.

  • December 8, 2016

    Anthem CEO Escapes Deposition In Data Breach Row

    A California federal judge on Thursday refused to allow consumers suing Anthem over its massive 2015 data breach to grill the insurer’s chief executive officer about his response to a prebreach warning that its systems were vulnerable to cyberattacks, ruling that the “last-second” request sought information that other sources have already provided.

  • December 8, 2016

    Jackson Hewitt Wants Rest Of Text-Spam Suit Dismissed

    A consumer accusing Jackson Hewitt of bombarding his cellphone with unwanted and unauthorized account update text messages is only guessing that it used an automated telephone dialing system and cannot sustain his Telephone Consumer Protection Act claim without more proof, the tax preparer told an Illinois judge.

  • December 8, 2016

    Applicant Already Settled Background Check Suit: Rite Aid

    A woman leading a proposed class action alleging Rite Aid unfairly used purchased background reports to penalize job applicants shouldn’t be allowed to pursue her claims further since she already settled with the background check provider, the pharmacy chain has argued in federal court.

  • December 8, 2016

    Frontier To Settle Class Action Over Telemarketing Calls

    Frontier Communications Corp. has crafted a preliminary deal to settle a proposed Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action over allegations it placed thousands of illegal telemarketing calls, possibly ending a three-year-old case that the company struggled to dismiss, court records filed Wednesday show.

  • December 7, 2016

    TSA Must Tackle Surface Transpo Security, Senate Panel Told

    Representatives from Amtrak, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the trucking and natural gas industries told a Senate panel Wednesday that growing security risks for railways, ports, pipelines and mass transit systems call for more streamlined government oversight.

  • December 7, 2016

    Groups Say 'Spy Toys' Don't Play Well With Privacy Regs

    The companies behind a pair of popular internet-connected toys came under fire Tuesday from consumer groups in the U.S. and Europe that asked the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission and other regulators to probe the playthings' potential privacy and security risks. 

  • December 7, 2016

    DHS Must Release Immig. Docs On Coach Accused Of Assault

    The government may not keep secret the details that led to its decision to allow a former Irish Olympic swim team coach accused abroad of sexual assault to immigrate to the U.S., a federal court ruled Tuesday.

  • December 7, 2016

    AllSaints Can't Escape FACTA Suit From Consumers

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday shut down AllSaints' bid to nix a proposed class action, citing standing issues, accusing the high-end retailer of printing too many credit card digits on receipts, saying the consumers still have a chance with standing in a state court.

  • December 7, 2016

    FCC’s Wheeler Pushes Internet Of Things Cybersecurity Plan

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has touted work at the FCC on cybersecurity and pushed a program for collaborating with other agencies and stakeholders on security challenges arising from 5G and connected devices, saying the transition to a new president shouldn’t delay the work.

  • December 7, 2016

    Fla. Justices Weigh Patient Privacy Rights In Med Mal Cases

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday will weigh a challenge to a state law allowing doctors and hospitals accused of medical malpractice to seek medical history and other information from a patient-plaintiff’s previous doctors, in a case that touches on privacy and constitutionality issues. Here, Law360 recaps the history of the case in advance of Thursday’s oral arguments.

  • December 7, 2016

    EU Anti-Tax Evasion Move Targets Company Ownership Info

    The Council of the European Union reached an agreement Tuesday to require banks in member states to share information on the beneficial ownership of companies, as a measure to prevent tax evasion and fraud.

Expert Analysis

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • Lawyer EQ: Finding Success In Every Interaction

    Judith Gordon

    American legal education relies almost exclusively on analytical thinking. But success in legal practice depends in large part upon an accurate emotional understanding of oneself and the human seated opposite us. Honing emotional intelligence skills can lead to greater success, and Judith Gordon of LeaderEsQ offers a few tools that can be implemented immediately to raise one’s emotional intelligence quotient.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 8, Too Perfect

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • Practice Arguments For Real Appeals

    Gerald Cope

    Oral argument time is short, so advocates must prepare well in order to make the most of it. Here, Gerald Cope Jr., co-chairman of of Akerman LLP's appellate practice and former chief judge of Florida's Third District Court of Appeal, shares recommendations for an effective moot court.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Spokeo 6 Months Later: An Undeniably Dramatic Impact

    Ezra D. Church

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision immediately sparked predictions in the class action bar as to the future of statutory damage claims in consumer class actions. And that issue is being vigorously litigated in federal courts throughout the country. Attorneys at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP take stock of the decision’s initial impact and some trends observed to date.

  • Consumer Data In Bankruptcy: Lessons From Key Cases

    John A. Drennan

    Companies must be aware from the start that there is a trade-off between the privacy assurances they provide to their customers and the value of their customer lists in the bankruptcy and M&A contexts, says John Drennan of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • A $650,000 Lesson In Cybersecurity Shortcomings

    Glen Kopp

    Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation's recent settlement with FINRA over the exposure of confidential customer information highlights the need for firms to scrutinize carefully both their own security policies and those of their third-party vendors, say Glen Kopp and Laura Prebeck Hang of Bracewell LLP.

  • The Future Of Insurance Under A Trump Administration

    Thomas G. Rohback

    Currently, little is known for certain about how Trump's administration will influence the insurance industry. However, Thomas Rohback and Patricia Carreiro of Axinn Veltop & Harkrider LLP discuss some of the potential challenges and opportunities likely to arise once Trump comes into office.