Twitter, Facebook and Google can’t be held responsible for a December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, because those harmed in the incident can’t show the tech companies actually aided the attackers, a California federal judge has said.
An Illinois federal judge has granted Google a win in a proposed class action from Google Photos users who accused the tech giant of violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act by creating templates of their faces, finding they had not suffered a concrete injury that would give them standing.
Immigration attorneys remained unable to file certification applications for H-2B visas on Wednesday for workers in fields such as agriculture, hospitality and tourism after “unprecedented demand” caused the U.S. Department of Labor’s online portal to crash early on New Year’s Day, the agency announced.
Qualcomm has outlined its defense for the trial slated to begin Friday over Federal Trade Commission allegations that the chipmaker used its monopoly to force cellphone makers into unfair agreements, claiming its deals are the result of negotiations with “sophisticated” parties.
An Illinois federal court has refused to approve a deal between the general counsel of a now-defunct stock trading firm and investors over allegations the attorney helped conceal financial difficulties and evidence that higher-ups used corporate funds for personal gain, questioning the proposed distribution favoring the named investors.
President Donald Trump held a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week and said his effort to broker trade peace with Beijing was “moving along very well,” but the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as of Wednesday has yet to confirm any concrete plans for further dialogue with China.
If 2018 is any indicator, the new year could be full of headline-making takeovers, tie-ups and tumultuous deal-making, and attorneys looking to land a spot on 2019’s biggest deals can do a lot to ensure they are standing on the winner’s podium when it comes time for companies to name counsel. Here, Law360 looks at three ways mergers and acquisitions attorneys and the firms they work for can land roles on landmark deals in 2019.
A bellwether merger appraisal appeal, a spotlight on “enhanced” director independence, a trial over a mega-merger meltdown and an appeal from a rare deployment of the “implied covenant” in a contract dispute all lay ahead as 2019 opens in Delaware’s Chancery and Supreme Courts.
From controversial rules intended to impose a higher standard of conduct on broker-dealers to potential changes to the quarterly reporting system for public companies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission plans to tackle wide-ranging issues in 2019 that could have a lasting impact on long-term investors. Here are six regulatory developments to be on the lookout for.
Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown has teed up implementation challenges for regulators in 2019 by signing more than 1,000 bills during his final year in office, including online data protections for consumers and legislation targeting workplace sexual harassment, while legislators are expected to address recent court rulings concerning gig workers and online sales taxes.
With Ireland's privacy watchdog probing claims that Facebook and Google have breached Europe's new data protection rules and Illinois's Supreme Court considering a game-changing test of the state's unique biometric privacy law, 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for privacy and cybersecurity litigation. Here are some cases worth tracking, and why.
As general counsels across industries plan for the new year, they expect the increasing occurrence of cyberthreats and emerging technologies to be among the most pressing issues that will lead to many sleepless nights in the months ahead. Here, Law360 looks at the primary concerns worrying in-house leaders.
After CVS Health Corp. agreed to submit quarterly declarations that it is keeping parts of its business separate from its recently purchased Aetna Inc. assets, a D.C. federal judge said Friday that he won't stop CVS' efforts to integrate other parts of Aetna's business while he reviews the multibillion-dollar merger.
Stericycle Inc. disclosed Wednesday that it has reached a proposed $45 million deal to settle a putative class action in Illinois federal court that claimed the waste disposal company falsely inflated its financial results through fraudulent pricing.
A Manhattan federal magistrate judge ruled Thursday that Goldman Sachs must share limited evidence related to its alleged “boys’ club” culture with women who accuse the investment bank of gender discrimination, but not as much as the plaintiffs sought.
Condé Nast accused Mutual Insurance Co. of reneging on its policy coverage obligations over the media company's $13.75 million settlement with a class of magazine subscribers who said their customer data was sold without their consent, according to a lawsuit filed in New York state court Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Labor has doubled down on defending its association health plan rule in Washington, D.C., federal court with a little help from the National Restaurant Association’s legal affiliate and a coalition of employer associations.
Lawyers at some of the top bankruptcy practices brought several major Chapter 11 cases to a successful end this year, while others spent a large chunk of 2018 dealing with the fallout of a failed effort to turn around retail giant Toys R Us Inc. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court opened up more avenues for creditors to claw back prepetition transfers. Here, Law360 looks back on some of the most important bankruptcy cases of 2018.
France’s data protection agency said Thursday that it has fined Uber €400,000 ($460,000) for covering up a 2016 data breach that exposed personal records from 57 million clients and drivers worldwide.
A proposed tax on imports based on carbon emissions produced overseas during the manufacturing process may be costly and laborious to administer, even though it would help place domestic manufacturers and their foreign competitors on a level playing field.
David M. Hargrove's new book, "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.
The recent courtroom battle over the admissibility of statements made by former Deutsche Bank traders shines a spotlight on a potentially recurring problem — excessive government entanglement in an internal investigation. Counsel conducting such investigations should take certain steps to minimize the risk, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.
One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.
In U.S. v. Adams, the taxpayer successfully asserted that attorney-client privilege extended to emails with his accountant, but failed to protect underlying documents due to muddy practices. Attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP distill the court’s decision and provide unclouded strategies for keeping communications with accountants away from government scrutiny.
A federal judge in South Carolina recently sentenced a former speech therapist to 111 months in federal prison on convictions of criminal health care fraud. Practitioners should be aware of the implications as the sentence is an unrequested and unexpected upward departure, say Bart Daniel and Elle Klein of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
Despite strides toward eliminating workplace pregnancy discrimination in recent decades, protections are still not sufficiently established in our business culture or legal structure, says Craig Barkacs of University of San Diego School of Business.
The IRS recently proposed regulations for discounting unpaid losses under Internal Revenue Code Section 846. This necessary guidance, affecting both long- and short-tail insurers, removes obsolete regulations following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, say Kristan Rizzolo and Graham Greene of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.
Last month, the IRS updated its voluntary disclosure practices. For taxpayers without criminal exposure, the updated protocol can provide the optimal route for an offshore disclosure, but more palatable options likely exist for the significant majority of noncompliant taxpayers, says Patrick McCormick of Drucker & Scaccetti.
Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.
A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.