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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • September 10, 2018

    Small Cos. Awarded Spots On $17.5B DOD Tech Deal

    The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded slots on its $17.5 billion Encore information technology services contract to 20 small businesses, the agency announced.

  • September 10, 2018

    Adidas Data Security 'Failure' Led To June Hack, Suit Says

    Adidas has been hit with a proposed class action over a June data breach that saw hackers make off with the private information of millions of customers, with the lead plaintiff claiming they now face “severe” ramifications due to the data security “failures” that led to the breach.

  • September 7, 2018

    Measuring The Recession’s Toll On The Legal Industry

    For starting attorneys, the financial crisis casts a long shadow, even though the worst is past. Here’s our breakdown of the data showing its impact and where the industry’s headed.

  • September 7, 2018

    Too Small To Fail?

    It’s been almost 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed — kicking off a global recession and putting two Skadden partners on a path to building a firm that would weather the storm. Here's how upstarts and their larger rivals are positioning themselves for the next downturn.

  • September 7, 2018

    Yahoo Investors Get $14M Attys' Fees In $80M Breach Deal

    A California federal judge approved $14.4 million to cover lead counsel attorneys' fees as part of an $80 million settlement finalized Friday in a consolidated shareholder action accusing Yahoo of trading stock at artificially high prices while the company covered up large data hacks in 2014 and 2016.

  • September 7, 2018

    5th Circ. Rejects CFPB Bid For Docs From Public Records Co.

    A Fifth Circuit panel has rejected an administrative subpoena from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that sought documents and other information from a Texas-based public records search company, marking only the second time that an appeals court has declined to enforce one of the consumer watchdog agency’s so-called civil investigative demands.

  • September 7, 2018

    Ex-Trump Adviser Papadopoulos Gets 14 Days For Lying

    Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days behind bars Friday for making false statements to the FBI, closing out a page in the special counsel's probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

  • September 7, 2018

    Equifax Knew About Security Gaps Before Hack, Report Says

    Equifax was aware of, but failed to fix, major vulnerabilities that led to its infamous data breach in 2017 in which hackers stole sensitive personal information of more than 145 million Americans, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s report released Friday.

  • September 7, 2018

    Russian Man Nabbed In Hack Of 83M JPMorgan Customers

    A Russian national has been brought to New York on charges of assisting three other men in the "gargantuan" hack of 83 million JPMorgan Chase & Co. customers and using the information to operate a pump-and-dump securities fraud operation, the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office said Friday.

  • September 7, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Counsel Must Find Sub: Facebook Users

    Facebook users leading litigation over Cambridge Analytica’s data collection scandal told a New York bankruptcy judge Thursday that Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP shouldn't be given permission to stop representing the political consulting shop until the firm finds a replacement in order to protect the interests of everyone involved.

  • September 7, 2018

    Software Co. Settles Auto Dealer Data Breach Claims In NJ

    A data management company has agreed to implement cybersecurity measures as part of a settlement to resolve an investigation by New Jersey authorities into a data breach that exposed the personal information of car dealership customers across the country, including Garden State residents, the state attorney general's office announced Friday.

  • September 7, 2018

    Colo. Firm Publishes Credit Scores In Court Filings, Suit Says

    A Denver-based law firm has been hit with a proposed class action alleging it routinely publishes consumers’ credit scores in court filings when attempting to collect on debts in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

  • September 7, 2018

    Brazil's New GDPR-Inspired Law Could Spur EU Data Deal

    Brazil's first-ever national privacy regime could set up South America's biggest economy to work out a lucrative data-sharing pact with the European Union, despite a presidential veto that axed the agency intended to enforce it, attorneys say.

  • September 7, 2018

    Cybersecurity, National Security Atty Rejoins Covington

    A national security attorney with experience at the FBI and the departments of Justice and the Treasury has rejoined Covington & Burling LLP as partner where she’ll work on cybersecurity issues, sanctions and law enforcement compliance, the firm has announced.

  • September 6, 2018

    State AGs At Odds Over Google Privacy Pact At High Court

    Attorneys general from California, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York and several other states urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an $8.5 million privacy settlement requiring Google to pay millions to third parties and nothing to class members, going against 19 fellow state attorneys general who in July stumped for the opposite result.

  • September 6, 2018

    Hospitality Co. Hit With Class Action Over Data Breach

    Aimbridge Hospitality LLC has removed to Florida federal court a proposed class action brought in state court by a former laundry attendant who claims her personal information was leaked in a data breach, with the hotel operator arguing that damages could total more than $5 million.

  • September 6, 2018

    North Korean Man Charged With Sony Hack, WannaCry Virus

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday charged a North Korean hacker and alleged spy in connection with some of the most damaging cyberattacks in recent memory, including the 2014 breach of Sony Pictures, the theft of $81 million from a bank in Bangladesh and the release of the WannaCry 2.0 virus that ground computer systems worldwide to a halt. 

  • September 6, 2018

    'Five Eyes' Alliance Wants Backdoor Access To Tech Systems

    Members of the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing alliance have urged tech firms to provide backdoor access to their systems, arguing national security and other legitimate government reasons for accessing private data are being undermined by increasingly sophisticated encryption and suggesting they may compel compliance if companies don't voluntarily act.

  • September 6, 2018

    Uber Users' Suit Over 2016 Data Breach Sent To Arbitration

    A proposed breach of contract class action alleging Uber failed to safeguard app users' and drivers’ private information and exposed them to identity theft risks in a 2016 data breach must be sent to arbitration, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • September 5, 2018

    Ex-DOJ Chief In Clinton, Russia Probes Reopens Solo Practice

    David H. Laufman, a former official in the U.S. Department of Justice's national security division, announced on Wednesday that his private practice in Washington, D.C., is open for business after his “action-packed” stint investigating Hillary Clinton's email server and Russian interference in U.S. politics.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • 3 Risks Of GDPR Access Requests

    Corey Gildart

    Organizations seeking to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation should look beyond the unambiguous duties. For Article 15 — the right to request personal data being processed — this means implementing a thoughtful data verification protocol to amicably resolve requester inquiries while protecting the underlying personal data from misuse, says Corey Gildart of Resolution Economics LLC.