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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • July 16, 2018

    Russian Woman Charged With Acting As Foreign Agent

    A Russian citizen and former graduate student at American University was arrested over the weekend on charges she acted at the behest of a high-ranking Kremlin official as a “covert agent” of the Russian government, Justice Department officials announced Monday.

  • July 16, 2018

    T-Mobile Must Face Trimmed Unauthorized Account Row

    A California federal judge refused to release T-Mobile from a putative class action accusing it of using personal information solicited from potential customers to open unauthorized service accounts, finding that the plaintiff's allegations that he had been deceived and had suffered economic injury were enough to sustain two of his five claims.

  • July 16, 2018

    DC Circ. Refuses To Delay Gov’t Ban Against Kaspersky

    Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab Inc. lost its bid at the D.C. Circuit for an emergency stay of a rule that bans the use of the company’s antivirus software on government networks.

  • July 16, 2018

    NJ Panel Backs School Surveillance System, Union's Rights

    The New Jersey state appeals court on Monday found safety reasons justified a school board’s unilateral implementation of an audio-video surveillance system, but said the board still had a duty to consider making changes to address a teachers union’s privacy concerns.

  • July 16, 2018

    Yahoo Email Users Seek Class Cert. In Data Breach MDL

    A putative class of Yahoo users sought certification Friday in multidistrict litigation over three data breaches that affected billions of email accounts, telling a California federal judge that the case was governed by common questions about Yahoo’s conduct and customer contracts.

  • July 16, 2018

    Facebook Users Seek Info In Cambridge Analytica Ch. 7

    Consumers leading litigation stemming from Cambridge Analytica’s alleged amassing of more than 87 million Facebook users’ private data asked a New York bankruptcy judge to order the political consulting firm to cough up information about its financial condition and to let them serve a document-preservation subpoena on the debtor.

  • July 16, 2018

    Drivers Drop $60M Suit Against Data Co. Over Selling Info

    Drivers have dropped their $60 million proposed class action lawsuit against data company National Recall & Data Services alleging their motor vehicle records were accessed and wrongly sold to advertisers, telling a federal judge in Texas the company doesn't have the funds it would need to pay a judgment.

  • July 16, 2018

    NY Man Admits Hacking Uber Drivers' Bank Accounts

    A 22-year-old high school graduate told Manhattan U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Monday that he worked with a crew to loot the accounts of Uber Technologies Inc. drivers, admitting to a role in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar identity theft and fraud scheme targeting the ride-hailing service and its Lyft Inc. rival.

  • July 16, 2018

    Wealth Manager Leads 4 IPO Launches Surpassing $1.1B

    Four companies launched initial public offerings on Monday that could raise more than $1.1 billion combined, led by a wealth management firm plus an oil producer, cybersecurity firm and drug manufacturer that are seeking to go public while the summer IPO market remains hot.

  • July 16, 2018

    PayPal, Execs Look To Boot Investors’ Data Breach Suit

    PayPal Holdings Inc. and its top brass dug into a putative shareholder class action on Friday blaming them for a data breach at a newly acquired subsidiary, telling a California federal judge that investors couldn’t show they’d been intentionally misled given the company's transparency about network vulnerabilities.

  • July 13, 2018

    NY Court Urged Not To Toss Census Citizenship Question Suit

    A New York federal court should deny the Trump administration’s bid to dismiss a suit that challenges the addition of a question to the 2020 census asking whether individuals are U.S. citizens, several organizations have argued.

  • July 13, 2018

    3 Privacy Issues Kavanaugh May Face As High Court Justice

    U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh is going into the U.S. Supreme Court nomination process with a thin record on corporate privacy issues, but his views on the limits of administrative power and personal privacy rights provide clues on how he's likely to approach looming questions. Here, experts flag three privacy topics and where the reliably conservative Judge Kavanaugh may land on these hot-button issues. 

  • July 13, 2018

    Microsoft To Congress: Regulate Facial Recognition For Us

    Microsoft Corp. called on Congress to launch a bipartisan committee and get to work setting laws and regulations on how facial recognition technology is used by the public and private sector in the future, saying on Friday it was important to “get the direction right” or face a possible dystopian future.

  • July 13, 2018

    Selena Gomez Email Hack Leads To Charges Against Woman

    A 21-year-old New Jersey woman was charged with 11 felonies in California state court Thursday for her alleged hacking of the email of actress and pop star Selena Gomez, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

  • July 13, 2018

    Sens. Urge FTC to Investigate Smart-TV Privacy Issues

    Two Democrats on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the privacy policies and practices of smart-TV manufacturers, saying the devices can track the programs people are watching without their knowledge and that companies give too little notice about what they do with the information.

  • July 13, 2018

    Texas Panel Denies Silicon Labs $1.49M Sales Tax Refund

    A Texas appeals panel upheld a trial court’s denial of a $1.49 million sales and use tax refund claim by Silicon Laboratories Inc. on Friday, saying state law doesn’t exempt purchases of software that creates blueprints for third parties to manufacture semiconductor chips.

  • July 13, 2018

    6th Circ. Puts Travelers On Hook For Co.'s Email Fraud Loss

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court’s decision and ruled Travelers must cover more than $800,000 that a tool manufacturer lost when thieves posing as a vendor used fraudulent emails to deceive the company into wiring money to a sham bank account, saying the loss directly resulted from computer fraud as required by the insurer's policy.

  • July 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Nixes State Farm Credit Report Suit Under Spokeo

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday agreed with a lower court that a job applicant who was denied employment at State Farm can't sue the insurer for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, finding that he lacks standing under the high court's Spokeo ruling because he can't show he was concretely harmed by the alleged violations.

  • July 13, 2018

    Political Website Comments Didn't Violate Law, NJ Panel Says

    A New Jersey state appeals court has refused to revive claims in a defamation suit over postings on a political news website, ruling that while the online sentiments may have violated the site’s terms, they didn’t amount to the type of computer offense targeted by state law.

  • July 13, 2018

    NJ Go-Go Bar Owners, 7 Others Indicted In $12M Scam

    The owners of a now-defunct New Jersey go-go bar and seven others were indicted on allegations of participating in a $12 million scheme to use stolen credit card information to purchase prepaid gift cards that they would then convert to cash.

Expert Analysis

  • A Look At Chicago's Data Protection Proposal

    Molly DiRago

    The Chicago City Council is considering privacy legislation that would regulate online businesses that collect or broker sensitive personal information. Enacting this ordinance would ensure that Illinois remains at the forefront of the country’s ongoing privacy debates, says Molly DiRago of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • The California Consumer Privacy Act: 3 Early Questions

    Grant Davis-Denny

    It is difficult to overstate the scope of the new California Consumer Privacy Act — it will dramatically change the privacy landscape in the U.S. when it takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The act also contains ambiguities that are likely to sow confusion and litigation, say attorneys with Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Privacy Risks For Non-Health Employee Benefit Plans

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    John Utz

    In this discussion of litigation risks faced by sponsors of employee benefit plans other than health plans, John Utz of Utz & Lattan LLC tackles ERISA requirements for personally identifiable information, participant claims against fiduciaries and plan sponsors for data breaches, and various actions sponsors can take to mitigate privacy concerns.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • A Midyear Review Of State Attorney General Enforcement

    Joe Jacquot

    While appealing to voters this election season, attorney general candidates will inevitably target industries with promises of using their state enforcement powers. AGs are also increasingly defining themselves publicly by reacting to the federal government, whether by filing a lawsuit against the president or opposing congressional acts, says Joe Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • EU Law Brings Data Sharing Pointers For US Financial Cos.

    Erin Fonté

    Although data sharing via application programming interfaces is not mandated in the U.S. as it is in Europe under the new Revised Payment Services Directive, financial institutions that do not embrace it risk being left behind in terms of both technology and partnerships, say Erin Fonte and Brenna McGee of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • A Cloud On The Horizon: Trade Secret Theft In The Cloud

    Amy Van Zant

    Although courts and companies have at times struggled to keep pace with the rapidly evolving challenges surrounding the use of cloud-based software, some best practices have emerged from the body of case law addressing claims of cloud-based appropriation of trade secrets, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.