Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 21, 2018

    Canadian Airline Says Consultant Is Holding Website Hostage

    Low-cost Canadian airline Flair Airlines Ltd. sued a travel consulting company in Illinois federal court Tuesday over claims the company is holding Flair’s website hostage after their business relationship fell apart.

  • March 21, 2018

    OPM's Post-Breach Security Efforts Worry Lawmakers

    House lawmakers expressed concern Tuesday that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management is still struggling to modernize its aging information technology systems three years after a sweeping breach compromised personal data belonging to tens of millions of people.

  • March 21, 2018

    GOP Rep. Wants Commission To Study Artificial Intelligence

    Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., introduced legislation Wednesday to study the potential national security implications of artificial intelligence, saying the technology is likely in the future to “touch every aspect of our lives.”

  • March 21, 2018

    Sens. OK Bill Altering Websites' Liability For User Posts

    The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill changing websites’ liability shield for content that users post, allowing for law enforcement to go after sites that allegedly serve as platforms for sex trafficking and prostitution.

  • March 21, 2018

    Facebook Sued Over Trump-Linked Research Firm's Data Use

    A Facebook user filed a proposed class action Tuesday against the social network in California federal court claiming that the company illegally misled users by negligently allowing a Donald Trump-linked data firm to sweep up personal information on some 50 million of them.

  • March 21, 2018

    Trump Dossier Author Can Be Deposed In BuzzFeed Libel Suit

    A judge in England on Wednesday ordered former British spy Christopher Steele to answer questions regarding a dossier he compiled containing allegations Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump, saying he can give limited testimony in a Russian billionaire's defamation suit against BuzzFeed in the United States.

  • March 21, 2018

    Trump Dodges Watchdog's Suit Over Record-Keeping

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday tossed a watchdog group's lawsuit claiming President Donald Trump and his staff are failing to preserve statutorily mandated records through their use of messaging apps and social media, finding that the president is allowed to use his discretion in preserving records.

  • March 21, 2018

    FSB To Ramp Up Cybersecurity With International Lexicon

    A forum of central bankers is developing a common vocabulary of cyber terms, which it hopes will boost cross-border cooperation on cybersecurity and help it crack down on cybercrime within the international financial services sector.

  • March 20, 2018

    Facebook Shareholders Sue Over Data Firm Tied To Trump

    Facebook investors hit the social media behemoth with a stock-drop suit in California federal court Tuesday, alleging that it made misleading claims about its use of user data, which blew up this month when its alleged relationship to a Trump-linked data firm was made public.

  • March 20, 2018

    Virtual Reality Legal Concerns On The Rise, Survey Finds

    As augmented and virtual reality offerings continue to expand, companies are paying more attention to the legal issues raised by the emerging technology, including the potential for disputes in the areas of consumer data collection and use, personal injuries and property damage, and patent infringement, according to a survey released Tuesday by Perkins Coie LLP.

  • March 20, 2018

    FX Slams De Havilland’s ‘Feud’ Portrayal Suit On Appeal

    FX Networks and the producers of “Feud: Bette and Joan” urged a California appeals court on Tuesday to toss Olivia de Havilland’s suit alleging the docudrama dirties and improperly profits off her name, arguing the First Amendment clearly protects their right to use artistic license in portraying the 101-year old actress.

  • March 20, 2018

    Gov’t Litigation Tactics ‘Kafkaesque,’ 9th Circ. Judges Say

    A Malaysian woman who was wrongfully placed on the U.S. “no fly” list appeared to convince some Ninth Circuit judges Tuesday that the government litigated the decadelong case in bad faith and she is entitled to $3.8 million in attorneys’ fees, with two judges calling the federal legal strategy "Kafkaesque."

  • March 20, 2018

    Sports Gambling Co. Slapped With Suit For Unsolicited Texts

    A Maryland sports wagering business violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited text messages to consumers and offering advice for picking the winners in the National Football League and other contests, a proposed class action lawsuit filed Monday in Georgia federal court alleged.

  • March 20, 2018

    IBM Can't Escape Army's $5.9M Clawback Bid On IT Contract

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has refused to toss the U.S. Army’s bid to claw back $5.9 million from IBM after the technology giant allegedly failed to meet network security requirements under an information technology services contract, ruling the Army’s claims were timely and properly pled.

  • March 20, 2018

    DirecTV, CenturyLink Exposed User Info Online, Suit Says

    A customer with a DirecTV and CenturyLink bundled service hit the companies with a class action Monday in Washington federal court accusing them of compromising consumer privacy by putting bills online, complete with information such as names, addresses, satellite television billings and numbers called.

  • March 20, 2018

    NJ Court OKs 'Good Cause' Use Of Wiretaps In Civil Cases

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Tuesday affirmed in a published decision that wiretapped conversations from law enforcement investigations can be unsealed for use in civil litigation if good cause is shown, an opinion that upends the state court’s longtime jurisprudence on the matter.

  • March 20, 2018

    Feds Say Alleged Fraudster's Cryptocurrencies Are Securities

    Brooklyn federal prosecutors and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday pushed back against an alleged fraudster’s claim that his cryptocurrencies aren’t securities subject to federal laws, saying his purported initial coin offerings were clearly investment contracts governed by applicable securities statutes.

  • March 20, 2018

    Orbitz Says Potential Breach Impacted 880K Payment Cards

    Orbitz LLC announced Tuesday that a potential breach may have compromised two years’ worth of data relating to purchases made on one of its legacy travel-booking platforms, including roughly 880,000 payment cards and other personal information like consumer names, addresses and phone numbers.

  • March 20, 2018

    McAfee's Tech Investment Biz Sees $47M Suit Trimmed

    A New York federal judge on Monday gutted a $47 million suit accusing a cybersecurity investment firm led by John McAfee of cheating investors out of shares, ruling that the only disputed claim still in contention is whether the firm failed to compensate its early backers.

  • March 20, 2018

    EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Downfall Of Latham's Chairman

    Before his sudden departure Tuesday, Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge engaged in a pattern of reckless behavior starting with sexually explicit messages sent to a woman he approached on behalf of a Christian men’s group and culminating in threats to her husband to have her thrown in jail. This story has been updated to include more details.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • DFARS Cyber Rule Considerations For Contractors In 2018

    Susan Booth Cassidy

    For contractors, New Year's resolutions should include addressing the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement cyber rule and confirming that their existing processes and procedures anticipate how the U.S. Department of Defense will measure compliance with the rule in the year to come, say Susan Booth Cassidy and Catlin Meade of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Health Care Boards Face Exceptional Challenges In 2018

    Michael Peregrine

    For health system boards, recent industry developments and the extraordinary transaction activity that occurred at the end of 2017 are harbingers of the challenges ahead, says Michael Peregrine of McDermott Will & Emery.

  • Congressional Forecast: January

    Richard Hertling

    After passage of tax reform legislation, the GOP passed another temporary funding bill to avert a government shutdown before the holidays. As a result, congressional leaders again put off a resolution of a major fiscal debate over the budget, along with partisan disputes over immigration, health care and national security, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • What To Expect From Blockchain In 2018

    Austin Mills

    Blockchain's growth next year is unlikely to match its 2017 growth, but 2018 may well be a much more impactful year in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. Emerging themes and initiatives include smart contracts, state-backed cryptocurrencies and the maturation of the initial coin offering market, says Austin Mills, head of the blockchain and cryptocurrency group at Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • The Other Cyberthreat: Business Email Compromise Schemes

    David Chaiken

    Each new public revelation of a large-scale computer-based data breach generates considerable attention. However, the obsessive focus does a disservice to businesses and consumers because business email compromise schemes are an equally or even more pervasive and damaging cyberthreat, say David Chaiken and Brea Croteau of Troutman Sanders LLP, and Mark Ray of Nardello & Co.

  • Workplace Best Practices For Using AI And Robots

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Richard Meneghello

    Thanks to advances in technology, artificial intelligence can now be used by employers for everything from screening and hiring potential applicants to replacing human employees. Here, attorneys with Fisher Phillips provide guidance for counseling employers on the legal implications of integrating AI and robots into the workplace.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.