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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • September 19, 2018

    Cyber Lab Claims Symantec, Others Froze Out Its Services

    A software lab accused Symantec Corp. and other cybersecurity firms of conspiring with an independent group to deny business to the lab because their products couldn’t stand up to testing scrutiny, slapping the firms with an antitrust suit in California federal court on Tuesday.

  • September 19, 2018

    Ex-NYPD Cop Gets 4 Years For ID Theft, Credit Card Fraud

    A 27-year-old former New York City police officer assigned to the transit system's anti-terrorism unit was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for a campaign of identity theft and credit card fraud by a Manhattan federal judge who challenged his assertion that he stole out of dire financial need.

  • September 19, 2018

    MPs Call For Regulation To Tame 'Wild West' Crypto Market

    British lawmakers called on the government and City watchdogs on Wednesday to regulate the “wild west” market in crypto-assets to protect consumers while also positioning the U.K. as a global center for virtual currencies.

  • September 19, 2018

    Are GDPR Fines Insurable? UK Watchdog Won't Say

    Britain’s data regulator has refused to be drawn on whether businesses can insure themselves against the huge fines that can be levied under Europe’s new information protection regime, as it urges companies to invest in compliance rather than worrying about penalties.

  • September 18, 2018

    Artificial Intelligence To Revolutionize Tax Planning

    Artificial intelligence is expected to bring a decisive shift in the tax world within the next decade as more and more businesses and revenue agencies launch pilot projects to deploy the technology.

  • September 18, 2018

    Ga. Can Use Electronic Ballots In 2018, But Fight Not Over

    Georgia won't have to switch from an electronic voting system to paper ballots for the midterm elections, but a federal judge on Monday had words of encouragement for challengers who say the system isn't secure — as well as criticism for officials who have their "heads in the sand."

  • September 18, 2018

    Facebook Must Answer For Privacy Practices, Investors Say

    Investors urged a California federal judge on Monday to deny Facebook Inc.'s attempts to toss the suit filed against the social network's board of directors after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, arguing that the “barrage” of motions ignore and twist their allegations.

  • September 18, 2018

    Allscripts Wants Suit Over Ransomware Attack Tossed

    Electronic health record software giant Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. has asked an Illinois federal judge to toss a proposed class action over a ransomware attack that allegedly put its health care clients and their patients at risk, saying the lawsuit lobs faulty claims at the wrong entity in the wrong forum.

  • September 18, 2018

    Bar BuzzFeed From Public Figure Defense, Russian Exec Says

    Russian technology executive Aleksej Gubarev asked a Florida federal court Monday to block BuzzFeed from using the public figure defense to fend off his defamation suit over the website’s publication of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.

  • September 18, 2018

    Credit Report Schemers Won't Win $5.2M Ruling Appeal: FTC

    The Federal Trade Commission blasted a request that an Illinois federal court hold off on enforcing a permanent injunction against a business and its owner while they appeal a $5.2 million judgment over claims that they tricked consumers into enrolling in costly credit monitoring, arguing that their challenge likely won’t succeed.

  • September 18, 2018

    GDPR Fines May Be Uninsurable, Broker Warns

    A leading international insurance broker on Tuesday cast doubt over whether the industry stands to reap new business from offering insurance against fines that firms must pay under Europe’s sweeping data protection regime.

  • September 17, 2018

    CIA Can't Shake Suit Seeking Twitter Usage Docs

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday shot down the Central Intelligence Agency's bid to ax a Freedom of Information Act suit seeking documents about the agency's Twitter usage, finding that the limited scope of portions of the CIA's search and its decision to withhold information about certain individuals' identities were improper.

  • September 17, 2018

    Judge Boots $1.6M Neiman Marcus Breach Deal And Class

    An Illinois federal judge Monday decertified a consumer class and declined final approval of its $1.6 million deal with Neiman Marcus Group LLC that would have ended an action over credit card data that was exposed in a 2013 breach, finding conflicts between class members.

  • September 17, 2018

    Ex-Equifax Exec Should Face Insider Trading Charges: Judge

    A Georgia magistrate judge recommended keeping alive two insider trading charges against a former Equifax Inc. executive accused of selling shares of the company before news of a massive hack broke last year, saying Monday that both charges are different and detailed enough to survive a dismissal bid.

  • September 17, 2018

    New Commissioner Could Help Clayton's SEC Agenda

    The arrival of Commissioner Elad Roisman to fill the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s lone vacancy likely bolsters Chairman Jay Clayton’s agenda on certain deregulatory items, experts said, and could provide a critical voice to cryptocurrency matters facing the SEC.

  • September 17, 2018

    Calif. Starts Ball Rolling With Novel Internet Of Things Law

    California is poised to become the first state to enact rules mandating security features for internet-connected devices, marking a modest first step in what is likely to be a flurry of activity in the coming years to more tightly regulate emerging technologies at the state and federal levels, experts say.

  • September 17, 2018

    Hawk Systems Investor Fights For Control In Chancery

    An investor of biometric security firm Hawk Systems Inc. told a Delaware Chancery Court judge Monday that he is the majority stockholder of the company and its sole director after the company was abandoned by other board members following the alleged looting of investor funds.

  • September 17, 2018

    NSA Must Give Up Info In Olympics Spy Suit, Attendees Say

    A group of 2002 Winter Olympics attendees who claim they were spied on by the U.S. National Security Agency asked a Utah federal court to compel the agency to respond to their discovery requests, saying the NSA is hiding behind invalid state secret objections.

  • September 17, 2018

    Perkins Coie Adds Veteran Telecom, Media Partner In D.C.

    Perkins Coie LLP announced Friday that it has hired a former partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP with experience advising satellite, telecommunications and new media companies on regulatory issues, and expertise in net neutrality.

  • September 17, 2018

    North Korea Hits Back At Sony, WannaCry Hacking Charges

    North Korea has shot back at a U.S. federal complaint alleging that a North Korean government-backed programmer was behind the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and destructive "WannaCry" cyberattacks that cost the global economy hundreds of millions of dollars, calling the charges a "smear campaign."

Expert Analysis

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • 2 Courts Accept Contract Terms That Limit TCPA Exposure

    Meredith Slawe

    No other appellate court has followed the Second Circuit's Telephone Consumer Protection Act decision in Reyes. However, two district courts within the Eleventh Circuit recently did — holding that consent to be contacted cannot be unilaterally revoked where such consent was obtained in a bargained-for contract, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Opinion

    Court Doubles Down On Incorrect Right Of Publicity Ruling

    Ronald Katz

    A California federal court's refusal last week to reconsider Davis v. Electronic Arts magnifies the manifest errors in its recent decision by ignoring the blatantly obvious identifiability of the former NFL players, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • How The Beijing Convention Is Changing Aviation Security

    James Jordan

    The recently enacted Beijing Convention has created a new international legal framework around emerging threats to the safety of civil aviation, including illegal transport of biological, chemical and nuclear material. But it may also expose carriers and their employees to criminal liability if legitimate activities are not carefully managed, says James Jordan of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP.

  • Preparing For Data Manipulation Attacks

    Video

    The next generation of cyberthreats — data manipulation — is here. In this video, Michael Bahar and Vicente Arias Máiz of Eversheds Sutherland LLP discuss what data manipulation attacks are, the importance of proactive planning, and how low-tech and high-tech solutions can help.

  • When Electronic Records Disappear But Legal Issues Linger

    Donna Fisher

    The legal implications of communication tools that automatically delete messages are surfacing in various types of litigation and investigations. As these tools become more popular, a company must constantly evaluate how to reconcile their use with its duty to preserve evidence, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Confusion In Calif. Privacy Act’s Anti-Discrimination Rule

    Grant Davis-Denny

    A unique feature of the California Consumer Privacy Act is its provision that expressly prohibits businesses from discriminating against California residents for exercising their CCPA rights. It allows two exceptions, but both contain significant ambiguities, says Grant Davis-Denny of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.