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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • July 18, 2018

    BladeRoom Wants Emerson IP After $30M Trade Secrets Win

    BladeRoom Group Ltd. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to block Emerson Electric Co. from peddling data center components created using its stolen trade secrets and reassign a patent related to the building technology on top of the $30 million verdict it won at trial.

  • July 18, 2018

    Firms Vie For Facebook MDL Lead In Judge's 'Beauty Contest'

    Ten law firms fought to take the lead of multidistrict litigation Wednesday alleging Facebook negligently allowed big-data firm Cambridge Analytica to collect personal information on millions of users, during a hearing U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria called a "beauty contest."

  • July 18, 2018

    Gov't Pushed To Release Report On Handling Of Spying Data

    The American Civil Liberties Union is pressing the Trump administration to release a 2016 report prepared by a federal privacy watchdog about how the U.S. intelligence community handles personal data swept up by its surveillance activities, a document that European policymakers have cited as crucial to assessing the adequacy of a transatlantic data-sharing agreement.

  • July 18, 2018

    Hospital's Suit Over Doc's 'Tasteless' Video Promo Revived

    A Pennsylvania appeals court Wednesday revived part of a hospital's defamation suit over what it says is a tasteless promotional video pitching a staff plastic surgeon's proposed reality show about his adventures in vaginal reconstruction.

  • July 18, 2018

    Divide On Donor Reporting Warrants Congressional Action

    The U.S. Treasury Department’s decision to no longer require donor information from some nonprofit groups has reignited a decades-long hyperpartisan battle for which Congress needs to find a more enduring solution balancing free speech rights against the need to rein in politically influential groups.

  • July 18, 2018

    Wichita Atty Charged In Cyberattacks Over Online Posts

    A Kansas personal injury lawyer known for riding a bull in his firm advertisements was charged Tuesday along with a computer engineer with threatening website operators and waging cyberattacks over negative postings about the attorney’s legal work.

  • July 18, 2018

    Bloomingdale's, Customers Get Nod On $1.4M TCPA Deal

    A New Jersey federal judge has preliminarily approved a $1.4 million settlement between Bloomingdale's Inc. and customers who allege they received unsolicited text messages regarding the retailer’s sales and promotions, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • July 18, 2018

    Woman Accused Of Being Russian Agent To Remain Jailed

    A Russian woman accused of cultivating “back channel” communications with American politicians on behalf of the Kremlin will remain jailed after a D.C. federal magistrate judge sided Wednesday with U.S. Department of Justice arguments that her foreign citizenship increases the risk she won't show up in court and that she may even flee the U.S.

  • July 18, 2018

    Lyft Wants Snubbed Driver's Background Suit Arbitrated

    Lyft Inc. asked a California federal judge Tuesday to order arbitration in a prospective driver’s proposed class action alleging he was unfairly blocked from picking up riders after Lyft ran a background check, saying the driver is bound by an arbitration provision in Lyft’s terms of service.

  • July 18, 2018

    Tech Giants, Advocacy Groups Back New Email Privacy Rules

    A slew of the world’s biggest technology companies and civil liberties groups have urged Congress to keep intact a new email privacy bill included in the defense spending measure for fiscal year 2019 that adds more barriers between internet users’ private communications and federal law enforcement agencies.

  • July 18, 2018

    Kaufman Dolowich Lures In Fla. Professional Liability Partner

    Litigation shop Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP welcomed a new Florida professional liability partner Wednesday from Fowler White Burnett PA, less than a year after bringing in two other Fowler White lawyers to the state.

  • July 18, 2018

    A Chat With Gibson Dunn Diversity Chief Salim-Williams

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • July 18, 2018

    Debt Collecting Law Firm Accused Of Mailing Faux Court Docs

    A Minneapolis-based law firm has been hit with a proposed class action in federal court by a Wisconsin woman who alleges the firm, while acting as a debt collector, sent a deliberately misleading notice that gave the impression she had lost her case, including an allegedly forged signature from a judge or other court official.

  • July 18, 2018

    Wis. Tribe To Head Native American Suit Over Equifax Breach

    The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin on Tuesday filed a putative class action against Equifax Inc., alleging that the tribe was harmed by the credit reporting agency's inability to keep confidential information secure, filing not only on behalf of itself but also on behalf of all other federally recognized tribes.

  • July 18, 2018

    FTC Says Fines Force Companies To Rethink Consumer Data

    The Federal Trade Commission told lawmakers on Wednesday that if the public wants to see companies handle their sensitive information diligently, then the agency needs the ability to slap violators with fines and have more freedom to pass rules.

  • July 17, 2018

    State AGs, ABA Press High Court Over Google Privacy Deal

    A dispute before the U.S. Supreme Court over the fairness of an $8.5 million privacy settlement that requires Google to pay millions to third parties and nothing to class members is attracting a crush of outside input, with the federal government, state attorneys general, the American Bar Association and musicians among those speaking up. 

  • July 17, 2018

    Judge Won't Ax Indictments In KPMG Revolving-Door Racket

    A New York federal judge refused Tuesday to dismiss the wire fraud and conspiracy counts in an indictment against two former members of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and three former top KPMG executives, finding the government’s allegations to be sufficient at this time.

  • July 17, 2018

    Equifax Says Banks Don’t Belong In Data Breach MDL

    Equifax Inc. asked a Georgia federal judge on Monday to toss “cookie-cutter” claims from dozens of banks and credit unions in multidistrict litigation stemming from last year’s massive data breach, saying they can’t show standing as no fraudulent charges were made on payment cards issued by the financial institutions.

  • July 17, 2018

    Landry's Seeks To Trim Claims In $20M Suit Over Data Breach

    Landry's Inc. asked a Texas federal court Tuesday to toss a breach of contract claim by JPMorgan Chase payment processing arm Paymentech in its $20 million lawsuit claiming the hospitality company refused to pay compensation for costs related to a data breach at Landry’s properties in 2014 and 2015.

  • July 17, 2018

    Ill. Court Clerk Faces Privacy Suit Over Driver Records

    The clerk of Illinois' Cook County Circuit Court got hit with a proposed class action in federal court Tuesday over claims that her office is “systematically” violating federal driver privacy laws by disclosing unredacted traffic records in the court’s docket terminals.

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.