Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 30, 2018

    Russian Man Charged With Hacking US Tech Firms Extradited

    A Russian man on Friday pled not guilty in California federal court to charges of hacking into computers belonging to three San Francisco-based tech companies, including LinkedIn Corp., after the Czech Republic ordered him extradited to the U.S., against the wishes of Russia, which wanted to prosecute him for a separate case.

  • March 30, 2018

    US Keeps Hammering China With New Trade Barrier Findings

    The Trump administration’s open rebuke of Chinese trade policy continued Friday as the White House released its annual update on commercial barriers around the globe and took broad swipes at Beijing’s rules shielding its largest industrial and technological companies.

  • March 30, 2018

    Under Armour Says Nutrition App Breach Affected 150M Users

    Under Armour Inc. announced that it suffered a data breach exposing the account information of about 150 million users of its MyFitnessPal food and nutrition app, a statement that came four days after the firm learned of the intrusion.

  • March 30, 2018

    Banks, Telemarketers Can't Dodge Secret-Recording Claims

    An Illinois federal judge said that several banks and telemarketers accused of secretly recording telemarketing calls must face invasion of privacy claims by business owners who have sufficiently alleged they suffered a real-world injury as a result.  

  • March 29, 2018

    States' Foray Into Breach Suits Will Spur Change, Attys Say

    With state regulators increasingly filing lawsuits rather than settling claims over high-profile data breaches, courts may soon be forced to weigh in on unresolved issues over the power of these officials to recover for consumers, potentially sparking a movement to increase local legal protections, a pair of privacy attorneys from opposing sides of the bar said Thursday. 

  • March 29, 2018

    Pokémon Go Trespass Row Raises Novel Issues, Judge Says

    “Pokémon Go” maker Niantic Inc. can't defeat a proposed class action alleging it encouraged users to trespass, as a California federal judge said the case raises novel notions of “virtual trespassing,” and “open questions and closing the courtroom door do not go together.”

  • March 29, 2018

    Irish Regulator To Eye Transparency In GDPR Enforcement

    When the European Union’s sweeping data protection overhaul takes effect at the end of May, the Irish privacy authority plans to focus its early enforcement sights on how companies are complying with their obligation to be transparent about the ways they collect and use personal data, Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said Thursday.

  • March 29, 2018

    Airbnb China To Provide Guests' Personal Info To Gov't

    Online travel platform Airbnb Inc. has told its home-sharing hosts in China that it will begin Friday to automatically share guest information, including passport numbers and travel dates, with local governments, as required by Chinese law.

  • March 29, 2018

    ADT Settlement Paused Amid 9th Circ. Hyundai Class Row

    A California federal judge agreed Thursday to pause proceedings in five separate proposed class actions that home security company ADT agreed last March to settle for $16 million, citing the Ninth Circuit's recent axing of a $200 million settlement in multidistrict litigation involving automakers Hyundai and Kia.

  • March 29, 2018

    UK Antitrust Watchdog To Form Tech Team, Readies For Brexit

    The U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority issued an annual plan Thursday revealing a harder focus on data and digital markets and laying out the agency's strategy for navigating Britain's coming exit from the European Union, which is expected to usher in a flurry of activity for the enforcer.

  • March 29, 2018

    NY AG Says Record 9.2M Affected By 2017 Data Breaches

    Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Thursday said a record 9.2 million New Yorkers had their Social Security numbers, credit cards and other personal data compromised last year, attributing the rise to large-scale hacks at Equifax Inc. and — to a much lesser degree — Gamestop.

  • March 29, 2018

    Facebook Users Near Class Cert. In Face Scan Privacy Row

    A California federal judge seemed poised Thursday to certify a class of Facebook users who say the social media giant unlawfully scanned images of their faces, saying at a hearing he was unconvinced by the company’s argument that not all users were harmed by its data collection.

  • March 29, 2018

    Yelp Escapes TCPA Suit Over Buffalo Wild Wings Texts

    A California federal judge on Wednesday cut Yelp Inc. and its waitlist app subsidiary NoWait Inc. from a putative class action claiming they partnered with the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chain to violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending text messages with Yelp ad hyperlinks to diners waiting for a table.

  • March 29, 2018

    McDonald Hopkins Hires Privacy Atty From Miller Canfield

    Business advisory and advocacy law firm McDonald Hopkins LLC has hired away the co-leader of Detroit-based Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC's data privacy practice to join its own growing group of national cybersecurity lawyers.

  • March 28, 2018

    EU Losing Trust In US Privacy Protections, Lawmaker Says

    Recent moves by the U.S. government to roll back protections for individuals in the digital privacy space — including repeal of net neutrality rules and adoption of legislation to expand law enforcement’s access to overseas data — are eroding the trust that had been slowly building back up after Edward Snowden’s sweeping surveillance revelations, a top European lawmaker said Wednesday.

  • March 28, 2018

    Pharmacies Again Sue Express Scripts After Talks Fail

    A group of pharmacies again claimed in Missouri federal court Wednesday that Express Scripts Inc. has been using patient prescription data gained as part of its pharmacy benefit management business to secretly steal clients from the independent pharmacies it contracts with.

  • March 28, 2018

    Boeing Says WannaCry Intrusion Had Limited Impact

    Boeing Co. revealed Wednesday that the company sustained a limited malware intrusion, but called press reports about a metastasizing WannaCry attack “overstated and inaccurate,” dialing back initial concerns the virus would affect jet production.

  • March 28, 2018

    Gov't Can DQ Biz From Contract Over China Ties, Judge Says

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Tuesday signed off on the Social Security Administration’s decision to take IT provider Iron Bow Technologies out of the running for a government desktop printer contract over concerns that its Chinese-owned supplier could snoop on sensitive information.

  • March 28, 2018

    Startups Explore Reg A+ Path For ICOs Amid SEC Scrutiny

    As initial coin offerings come under increased oversight from securities regulators, lawyers say more startups are considering the so-called Reg A+ exemption in hopes of completing aboveboard ICOs.

  • March 28, 2018

    NAACP Sues Over Census After Citizenship Question Included

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sued the U.S. Census Bureau in Maryland federal court on Wednesday over alleged deficiencies in the design of the 2020 census, just after the Trump administration announced it would include a controversial question about citizenship status.

Expert Analysis

  • A 2017 Roundup Of Calif. Anti-SLAPP Appellate Decisions

    Thomas Burke

    California’s anti-SLAPP statute remains the strongest — and most frequently litigated — statute of its kind in the nation. Last year California’s state and federal appellate courts issued 34 published opinions and more than 169 unpublished opinions interpreting the statute. And the California Supreme Court twice reaffirmed the statute’s broad construction, says Thomas Burke of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • GDPR And APAC: 8 Letters Spell Out Major Changes

    Samantha Green

    Multinational corporations operating in Asian and Pacific countries may soon be saddled with not only the cumbersome laws enacted by China, Japan and Singapore, but also the General Data Protection Regulation. Complying with the GDPR will require a coordinated approach including technology, breach response policy and training, says Samantha Green of Epiq Systems Inc.

  • Your Case Was Remanded By The MDL Court — Now What?

    Brandon Cox

    Multidistrict litigation is an ever-expanding driver of product liability litigation, but when the MDL process runs its course there is often still a trial to be had, and there are strategic and practical decisions to consider once a case has been remanded. Brandon Cox and Charissa Walker of Tucker Ellis LLP offer tips on how to navigate the remand process.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • The Latest On TCPA Exemption For Health Care-Related Calls

    Alan Wingfield

    If an Ohio federal court's recent ruling in Lindenbaum v. CVS Health is followed by other courts, the long-term effect of the decision has the potential to classify many, if not almost all, health care-related calls subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s emergency exemption and, thus, outside of liability, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • 10 Highlights From FINRA’s 2018 Priorities Letter

    Emily Gordy

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's annual regulatory and examination priorities letter is a road map to areas on which FINRA will focus in the coming year. Firms must use this information to assess strengths, identify gaps and shore up weaknesses, says Emily Gordy, a partner at McGuireWoods LLP and a former senior vice president at FINRA.