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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • November 16, 2018

    Facebook GC Staying For Now Despite Announced Departure

    Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, who in July announced he would step down from the position at the end of the year, will stay on as the social media giant's top lawyer into 2019, the company said, as it continues to be involved in a slew of scandals that include investigations into its data privacy practices.

  • November 16, 2018

    Activists See Net Neutrality As Civil Rights Battleground

    Almost a year after the FCC's decision to upend its so-called net neutrality rules, public interest groups are pushing Congress to restore those rules while casting their absence as a civil rights issue likely to silence minority voices.

  • November 16, 2018

    Bill Would Give FCC More Power To Punish Robocallers

    A bipartisan pair of senators introduced legislation Thursday aimed at staunching the flood of robocalls to consumers’ phones, laying out harsher penalties against marketers and scammers who use automatic dialing devices and giving the Federal Communications Commission more power to go after lawbreakers.

  • November 16, 2018

    Perkins Coie Snags Digital Currency Partner From SEC

    A former branch chief of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has joined Perkins Coie LLP’s blockchain technology and digital currency industry group in Washington, D.C., as a partner.

  • November 16, 2018

    Supreme Court Will Hear Case Over Ross' Census Deposition

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted the federal government’s petition to review a New York federal court ruling greenlighting the deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding the Trump administration's decision to include a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census.

  • November 16, 2018

    MoFo, Jones Day Steer BlackBerry’s $1.4B Cylance Buy

    BlackBerry Ltd. on Friday said it will take over private equity-backed cybersecurity and artificial intelligence firm Cylance in a $1.4 billion deal, with Morrison & Foerster LLP steering the buyer and Jones Day guiding the Irvine, California-based seller.

  • November 15, 2018

    Growing Privacy Laws Raise GCs' Fears Of Legal Exposure

    As the global patchwork of data protection and cybersecurity laws continues to expand, companies are feeling more exposed than ever to legal disputes over these issues and are spending more time thinking about how to balance their discovery obligations with these new privacy rules, a recent survey of corporate counsel released Thursday by Norton Rose Fulbright has found. 

  • November 15, 2018

    Ex-Playboy Model Keeps 'Hush Money' Row Public

    Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy can't force an ex-Playboy model to arbitrate her contract claim stemming from their $1.6 million "hush money" deal, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday, saying it's too intertwined with her suit's claims against attorneys Michael Avenatti and Keith Davidson to break off.

  • November 15, 2018

    US Must Use 'Full Toolkit' To Fight Cybercrime: Ex-DOJ Chief

    John P. Carlin, who ran the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division before going into private practice, tells Law360 how a deterrence campaign can help America win its "code war" against Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. He also shares advice for firms deciding whether to tell authorities about cyberattacks.

  • November 15, 2018

    Russian Co. Can't Duck Election Interference Indictment

    A D.C. federal judge ruled Thursday that a Russian company cannot escape an indictment from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel accusing it of conspiring to influence the outcome of the 2016 elections, saying there is sufficient evidence to support the charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

  • November 15, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Director Deemed Responsible In Ch. 7

    The elusive director of scandal-plagued political consulting shop Cambridge Analytica LLC has been designated the "person responsible" for the bankrupt entity in its Chapter 7 case, a move that could aid the beleaguered attorneys at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP who've been trying to withdraw as the debtor's counsel for months.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Applauds Step Toward Stemming Spoofed Calls

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday praised steps taken by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions to get a system in place to prevent robocallers from pestering consumers with calls from spoofed numbers.

  • November 15, 2018

    FYE Must Face The Music For Bogus 'Free' Offers, Suit Says

    The parent company of music and movie retailer FYE and a Meredith Corp. subsidiary were hit with a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday alleging they duped consumers into signing up for “free” offers that actually led to monthly charges.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Tees Up New GPS Signals And Space Debris Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission took steps Thursday to update a lineup of satellite-related regulations, including an inquiry into the proliferation of orbital debris and a vote to allow American devices to begin receiving signals from the European global positioning system Galileo, with the lone Democratic commissioner saying the move brings up security concerns.

  • November 15, 2018

    Holland & Knight Snags Another Reed Smith Pro As Partner

    Holland & Knight LLP has lured a new partner to its New York office — a tech-focused intellectual property associate from Reed Smith LLP, who defended Google against Oracle’s copyright claims in district court.

  • November 15, 2018

    GDPR Could Last 20 Years Despite Brexit, PwC Expert Says

    British companies are likely to face the threat of massive fines under the European Union’s information protection regime for the next two decades, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ lead partner for data protection told Law360 on Thursday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Sanctions Sought In Alleged Cryptocurrency Pyramid Scheme

    An Alabama man accused of promoting a cryptocurrency investment pyramid scheme faced questioning in Florida federal court Wednesday about his involvement with similar businesses as the Federal Trade Commission pushed for sanctions over his alleged failure to follow a court order to produce and preserve certain documents.

  • November 14, 2018

    High Court May Upend TCPA Litigation Landscape

    The U.S. Supreme Court's impending decision on how much deference courts should give to the Federal Communications Commission on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act is poised to change the way plaintiffs and defendants frame key issues that have fueled an explosion of litigation under the statute, attorneys say.

  • November 14, 2018

    McAfee Founder Held Liable For Death Of Belize Neighbor

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday held that John McAfee, founder of the eponymous cybersecurity software company, is liable for the death of a man who owned a vacation home next to his in Belize.

  • November 14, 2018

    Ex-BofA VP Spared Long Sentence For Nonprofit Kickbacks

    The one-year prison term U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs imposed Wednesday on a former Bank of America executive who embezzled $2.7 million by hoodwinking nonprofits was not the sentence she originally had planned.

Expert Analysis

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Consider Potential Risks Of Scraping Publicly Available Data

    Kris Kappel

    One legal regime currently wrestling with the concept of data scraping is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. An important distinction that is emerging from the CFAA case law is whether the targeted data is publicly available or private and protected, say Kris Kappel and Liam Reilly of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Many Lives Of Michael Chertoff

    Randy Maniloff

    Randy Maniloff begins his interview with the nation’s second secretary of homeland security by saying he wants to go over his resume. The look on Michael Chertoff's face: “Bring it on.”

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Has The 11th Circ. Become Consumer-Friendly?

    Austin Whitten

    Based on the Eleventh Circuit's recent interpretation of Spokeo in Muransky v. Godiva Chocolatier, Austin Whitten of Pittman Dutton & Hellums PC examines whether the venue may be the most favorable for plaintiffs with consumer protection claims where no “actual” damages are alleged.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • What To Remember About Calif.’s Right To Be Forgotten

    Grant Davis-Denny

    The California Consumer Privacy Act allows residents to request that a business delete from its systems the consumer’s personal information. Grant Davis-Denny and Nefi Acosta of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP explore the contours and ambiguities of this new "right to be forgotten," and the challenges that it may raise for the regulated community.

  • Crypto Exchanges Need Cybersecurity Regulation

    Richard Malish

    With more and more retail consumers relying on cryptocurrency investments, legislators and regulators should be spending more time contemplating cybersecurity regulation for virtual asset exchanges, says Richard Malish of NICE Actimize.