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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • August 22, 2018

    Kanye Fans Seek Cert. In Suit Over Tidal Release Tweet

    A group of Kanye West fans who claim they were tricked into subscribing to the Tidal music service and relinquishing personal information have asked a New York federal judge to certify them as a class, arguing they were all subject to the same lie in one of the rapper’s tweets.

  • August 22, 2018

    Firms Must Embrace Ongoing Training To Thwart Cyberattacks

    Maintaining security is a process that businesses must continually cultivate and reevaluate as law firms and companies of all sizes face unprecedented challenges from cyberattacks, a group of panelists said Wednesday during an American Bar Association webinar.

  • August 22, 2018

    Debt Collector Must Face Claim Over Voicemail, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday revived a putative class action alleging a debt collector violated federal law when it didn’t use its actual corporate name in a voicemail, reasoning in a precedential decision that the use of an alternative business moniker was enough to support a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act allegation.

  • August 22, 2018

    DOD Detainee Photos Exempt From FOIA, 2nd Circ. Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense adequately supported its finding that certain photographs of military detainees taken at facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act for security reasons, the Second Circuit has ruled, reversing a district court's decision.

  • August 22, 2018

    Ga. Voters Fight State Opposition To Paper Ballot Switch

    A voting integrity group and several Georgia residents have doubled down on their bids to force the state to replace its allegedly insecure and unreliable electronic voting system with paper ballots, telling a federal court that the relief they request can and must be implemented before upcoming elections.

  • August 22, 2018

    Chase Says Landry's Atty Can’t Be A Witness In $20M Suit

    JPMorgan Chase's payment processing arm Paymentech told a Texas federal judge that a Ropes & Gray attorney for Landry’s Inc. is violating state ethics rules by trying to act as both an advocate and a witness in a $20 million breach of contract lawsuit, saying the attorney’s declaration in a summary judgment motion should be stricken.

  • August 22, 2018

    Men's Wearhouse Agrees To Settle Robotext Suit For $1.8M

    Men’s Wearhouse Inc. has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle class action allegations that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by texting customers too many advertisements, according to a bid for settlement approval filed in California federal court Tuesday.

  • August 22, 2018

    Atty Admits Cyberstalking Woman With Email, Blog Threats

    A lawyer who was jailed in June on allegations of a long campaign of harassment targeting a woman he briefly dated admitted to a count of cyberstalking on Wednesday, telling a federal judge in Manhattan that he "very much" knew his threatening emails and blog posts were illegal.

  • August 22, 2018

    What To Watch As Privacy Shield Data Pact Scrutiny Heats Up

    The Privacy Shield data transfer mechanism will soon face its latest and potentially most serious test as European Union and U.S. officials gear up to review the pact for a second time, and experts predict that its continued viability is likely to hinge on how much weight EU policymakers choose to give to competing input from their U.S. counterparts and EU lawmakers.

  • August 22, 2018

    Blockchain Developer Hires Clifford Chance Finance Partner

    A Cayman Island-based blockchain developer has announced that it will be snapping up a finance partner from Clifford Chance LLP’s London office to head its legal, regulatory and compliance activities.

  • August 22, 2018

    CTIA Unveils Internet Of Things Cybersecurity Certification

    Wireless industry trade association CTIA announced the creation Tuesday of a new certification program to sign off on the cybersecurity in cellular-connected devices that are part of the so-called internet of things. 

  • August 21, 2018

    Conde Nast Privacy Suit Ends With $13.8M Settlement

    Conde Nast has reached a $13.75 million settlement with a class of consumers who claim the company violated a Michigan privacy law by selling customer data without their consent, according to New York federal court filings Tuesday.

  • August 21, 2018

    Trump Clearance Withdrawal May Raise Constitutional Issues

    Former CIA director John Brennan has a potential constitutional basis to challenge President Donald Trump’s revocation of his security clearance in court, but to succeed he will have to convince the court to go over legal ground that’s never been touched before, attorneys said.

  • August 21, 2018

    High Court Sets Arguments For Tribal Tax, Hovercraft Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced its schedule for oral arguments in late October and early November, including a case that tests whether a Washington tribe is subject to a state fuel tax and a moose hunter’s challenge to a National Park Service hovercraft ban on an Alaska river.

  • August 21, 2018

    Hacking Law Firms Can Be Just Child's Play

    A 15-year-old demonstrated just how easy it can be to hack law firm partners, associates and staff at the International Legal Technology Association’s annual educational conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Tuesday, providing onlookers with a lesson on the methods that online interlopers might use to cull sensitive information.

  • August 21, 2018

    Russian Hack Targeted Right-Leaning Groups, Microsoft Says

    Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it has detected and shut down a new campaign by a Russia-linked hacking group to create fake websites targeting conservative U.S. think tanks that have pressed for sanctions against the Kremlin.

  • August 21, 2018

    Omnicare's $1.3M Deal In Credit Reporting Suit OK'd

    A California federal judge on Tuesday tentatively signed off on a $1.3 million deal ending a class suit alleging Omnicare Inc. violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and California credit reporting law.

  • August 21, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Agrees To Give Docs To Facebook Users

    The Chapter 7 trustee for scandal-plagued Cambridge Analytica reached a tentative deal in New York bankruptcy court Tuesday to hand over most of the documents in his possession to a group of Facebook users, who are suing the social media giant and the political consulting shop for allegedly misusing their personal data.

  • August 21, 2018

    2nd Circ. Says Carpenter Doesn’t Apply To Old Cases

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Carpenter decision, which blocks law enforcement from pulling cellphone location information without a warrant, can’t be the basis to overturn the conviction of a man who helped a mother kidnap her child, saying law enforcement was acting under precedent at the time.

  • August 21, 2018

    Time Warner Cable Robocall Suit Stayed For 9th Circ. Appeal

    A California federal court yet again froze a proposed class action accusing Time Warner Cable Inc. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by repeatedly making automated calls to nonsubscribers, just weeks after the cable giant argued that the recently reactivated case had to be paused pending its parent company's First Amendment challenge.

Expert Analysis

  • New 'Shine The Light' Suits Highlight Privacy Issues

    Stephanie Sheridan

    The California Consumer Privacy Act, passed last month, is the state's most comprehensive privacy legislation to date, but not its first. Several recent putative class actions allege violations of California’s Shine the Light law. Retailers' in-house counsel should ensure that protocols are in place for timely, accurate responses to information requests under the law, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • China — The Next Data Privacy Frontier

    Yodi Hailemariam

    Now that the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation is in effect, multinational organizations should look at China's evolving privacy landscape, says Yodi Hailemariam of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • The Russian Exorcism Of US Gov't Contracts

    Franklin Turner

    Next week, the Federal Acquisition Regulation will be amended, and federal contractors will have until Oct. 1, 2018, to tie their information systems to the bedposts, get out their cybersecurity holy water, avoid long staircases, and exorcise Kaspersky products and services from their systems, say Franklin Turner and Alexander Major of McCarter & English LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • The 1st Judicial Finding That Digital Tokens Are Securities

    Deborah Meshulam

    A Florida magistrate judge's finding last month that tokens issued and sold by technology startup Centra Tech are investment contracts could serve as a road map for the evaluation of token sales in other cases, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Another Decision In Goldman Code Theft Case

    Jonathan Waisnor

    The Aleynikov case demonstrates that employees who attempt to use the proprietary source code of their former employers without authorization may face not only the risk of civil liability, but also prosecution under local criminal statutes. And they could also face liability under the recently expanded federal Economic Espionage Act, says Jonathan Waisnor of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. 

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.