Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 15, 2018

    Ex-ICE Attorney Cops To Stealing Immigrant IDs

    A former top attorney at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Seattle branch has pled guilty to charges he stole the identity of seven immigrants and attempted to use that information to defraud several major financial institutions, his attorney announced Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Facebook, Twitter Still Violating Consumer Law, EU Says

    Facebook and Twitter have taken some recent steps to comply with European consumer law, but could still face sanctions over their processes for deleting user content, according to a European Commission report released Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    2nd Circ. Rejects Citizens United Challenge To NY Donor Law

    A Second Circuit panel on Thursday upheld a New York state law forcing tax-exempt nonprofits to disclose their donors, nixing claims from conservative advocacy group Citizens United that the rule caused a “climate of fear” that could unconstitutionally stifle contributions.

  • February 15, 2018

    Judge Says DOJ Refusal To Admit It Had Dossier A 'Hard Sell'

    The declassification of a congressional memo regarding a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant for a former Trump campaign adviser creates a “hard sell” for the government to avoid confirming, as sought by digital media company BuzzFeed, possession of a dossier containing salacious allegations on Donald Trump, a D.C. federal judge said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Agencies Better At Cybersecurity Than Vendors, Study Says

    Cybersecurity at contractors is lagging behind that of federal agencies, security ratings firm BitSight said in a report Thursday, a day after a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official revealed DHS had launched an initiative for agencies to study cybersecurity throughout their supply chains.

  • February 15, 2018

    US, UK Officials Blame Russia For 'NotPetya' Cyberattack

    The U.S. and U.K. governments blamed Russia on Thursday for a June 2017 cyberattack that paralyzed part of Ukraine’s infrastructure and wreaked havoc on computers worldwide, including at DLA Piper.

  • February 15, 2018

    Senator Skeptical Of $31.5M Sought For CFTC 2019 Budget

    The chairman of an influential Senate committee on Thursday voiced strong opposition to user fees proposed by the Trump administration to supplement funding for the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission, casting doubt on $31.5 million the agency is seeking above its 2018 funding level.

  • February 15, 2018

    PlanetRisk Gets Up To $79M Cybersecurity Contract From DHS

    Risk analytics company PlanetRisk has secured an up to $79 million contract to provide program management support over the next five years for a U.S. Department of Homeland Security office tasked with ensuring the cybersecurity of the federal government, the company said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells.

  • February 14, 2018

    7th Circ. Wants Extra Briefing On Fees In TCPA Cruise Deal

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday sharply questioned the ripeness of an appeal claiming that an award of attorneys’ fees in a $56 million-plus settlement of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action was potentially $3 million too high, and demanded supplemental briefing.

  • February 14, 2018

    NY Cybersecurity Rules Will Be Enforced As They Mature

    New York's financial regulator has been relatively quiet since first-of-their-kind cybersecurity rules took effect last year, but attorneys expect that the first wave of compliance certifications due Thursday and looming deadlines to implement more technically complex aspects of the regulation will trigger an enforcement blitz.

  • February 14, 2018

    House Passes Changes To CFPB, SEC Disclosure Rules

    The House of Representatives passed a package of bills Wednesday altering CFPB mortgage disclosure rules, SEC oversight rules and companies’ disclosure requirements, with backers saying the legislation would help encourage growth in the markets.

  • February 14, 2018

    AT&T Beats Consumers' Class Cert. Bid In Robocall Case

    A group of consumers suing telecom giant AT&T for robocalls the company allegedly made was denied class certification Wednesday after AT&T told the court late last year that it denies the bulk of the allegations made in the lawsuit.

  • February 14, 2018

    FTC Picks Prodded On Tech, Data Safety At Senate Hearing

    The four nominees seeking to fill posts on the Federal Trade Commission appeared in front of a Senate committee on Wednesday, answering questions from lawmakers about the power of big technology companies and consumer protection issues surrounding data breaches and privacy.

  • February 14, 2018

    Russian Nationals Sentenced In $300M Global Cyberattack

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday sentenced two Russian nationals to federal prison terms for their roles in a $300 million worldwide cyberattack that targeted more than a dozen major corporate networks, including those of NASDAQ and Dow Jones & Co., and compromised more than 160 million credit card numbers.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-Chair Laments Trump's FCC As 'AWOL' On Cybersecurity

    Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler derided the absence of his former agency in efforts to enhance U.S. cybersecurity infrastructure during a Wednesday panel at the Brookings Institution, stressing the need for active enforcement and more "agile regulation," particularly as the rollout of 5G nears.

  • February 14, 2018

    Army Electronic Warfare Unit Head Gets Nom To Lead NSA

    President Donald Trump has nominated the head of the U.S. Army’s electronic warfare unit to lead the National Security Agency, as well as the U.S. Cyber Command, according to a Tuesday tweet by the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator.

  • February 14, 2018

    HHS Fines Co. That Left HIPAA Medical Records In Dumpster

    A court-appointed receiver for an insolvent Illinois company that left sensitive medical data in an unlocked dumpster agreed Wednesday to pay $100,000 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for breaching federal privacy laws.

  • February 14, 2018

    GSA Awards 81 Small Businesses Places On $15B IT Deal

    The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded slots on its massive Alliant information technology services contract to 81 small businesses, allowing them to compete for up to $15 billion in orders over a decade, it announced Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-ICE Attorney Charged With Stealing Immigrant IDs

    A former top attorney at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Seattle branch has been charged with stealing the identity of seven immigrants and attempting to use that information to defraud several major financial institutions, according to Washington federal court documents.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Beware ICO Lawyers, You're The Next Target

    John Reed Stark

    Chairman Jay Clayton of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently gave an extraordinary speech reiterating his concerns about initial coin offerings while also adding a new twist. It's gatekeeper liability redux at the SEC, and lawyers connected to ICOs should be watching their backs, says John Reed Stark, president of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Lessons For Data Breach Lawyers From Product Liability

    Michael Ruttinger

    Lawyers in data breach litigation can learn from their contemporaries in more established fields such as product liability, where the law has developed well-established approaches to many of the same issues that will arise in the merits stage of data breach cases, says Michael Ruttinger of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • CFTC Reasserts Its Role In Virtual Currency Regulation

    Christopher Conniff

    Virtual currency market participants should be mindful of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which announced three enforcement actions in the past week. The CFTC is arguably better positioned to fight virtual currency fraud than the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 2017 MDL Year In Review

    Alan Rothman

    Last year, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled on the fewest MDL petitions and created the fewest new MDL proceedings in decades. But the panel's schedule for this week's hearing session suggests 2018 may be different, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.