Law Firm Duped By Email Scammers In Wage And Hour Case

By Bonnie Eslinger (August 23, 2017, 11:56 PM EDT) -- The legal industry's susceptibility to cyberattacks was on display Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom, where a Superior Court judge warned attorneys about a recent incident in which email phishing scammers duped a law firm into handing over $500,000 meant for plaintiffs in a wage and hour class action.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Shepard Wiley on Tuesday cautioned lawyers in an unrelated case to ensure they had protocols in place to protect settlement funds being transferred to a claims administrator.

"A defense firm apparently received what it thought were emails from an administrator, a well-known administrator, Rust [Consulting Inc.],...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!