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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • August 10, 2018

    Gaining Access: Disabled Lawyers Share Their Stories

    In a series of interviews, lawyers tell Law360 how even well-intentioned professors can create barriers, how inclusivity can help a firm’s litigation prowess, and how “inspirational” can be a dirty word.

  • August 10, 2018

    Business Groups Take Up Fight To Amend Calif. Privacy Law

    More than three dozen business groups from the tech, retail, health, banking and other sectors are pushing California lawmakers working on making "technical" changes to a hastily enacted landmark privacy law to address some of the more "unworkable" aspects of the statute and to extend the compliance deadline. 

  • August 10, 2018

    Cohen Milstein Serves WikiLeaks With DNC Suit Via Tweet

    After getting no response through traditional methods, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC served WikiLeaks via tweet on Friday, posting a complaint by its client, the Democratic National Committee, that alleges a conspiracy by Russians, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to hack and sabotage the party during the 2016 election.

  • August 10, 2018

    Canadian ICO Promoter Can't Escape SEC Fraud Suit

    A Brooklyn federal judge denied a Canadian man’s bid to toss for lack of jurisdiction a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit alleging his company orchestrated a fraudulent $15 million initial coin offering, concluding that regulators established that his company conducted significant dealings in the United States.

  • August 10, 2018

    Hacker Stole FIFA Video Game Virtual Currency, Feds Say

    A 25-year-old Serbian man allegedly hacked into Electronic Arts Inc.'s computer network and stole the video game company’s licenses and in-game currency for its popular soccer game FIFA 2018, according to court documents filed in California federal court.

  • August 10, 2018

    Consumers Seek OK On New Kimpton Data Breach Settlement

    A proposed class of consumers that sued Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group LLC over a 2016 security breach has handed a California federal court a new version of its settlement, saying the settlement amount is more than enough to cover all claimants and the claim form is easier to complete.

  • August 10, 2018

    Travel Agency Hit With TCPA Class Action Over Cuba Texts

    An online travel agency that arranges trips to Cuba got slapped with a proposed class action in Florida federal court on Thursday for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, with the lead plaintiff claiming he received an illegal telemarketing text message via an automatic telephone dialing system.

  • August 10, 2018

    Ex-Municipal Credit Union CEO Discussing Plea In Fraud Case

    Kam Wong, the former CEO of New York's 500,000-member Municipal Credit Union who was charged in May with pilfering $7 million from the $2.9 billion lender, is discussing a plea deal, a prosecutor has told a Manhattan federal judge.

  • August 10, 2018

    Junk Fax Settlement OK'd, But Not $45K Incentive Award

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday signed off on a $900,000 settlement in a junk fax class action, but he wouldn't agree to a $45,000 incentive award for the company that led the class, saying it is a regular junk fax litigator that doesn't need much incentive.

  • August 10, 2018

    Rising Star: Lockridge Grindal's Kate Baxter-Kauf

    Kate Baxter-Kauf of Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP served as a lead negotiator for the plaintiffs in a novel dispute over the scope of attorney-client privilege in data breach litigation, and represented a swath of financial institutions suing fast food giant Wendy's over a payment card breach, earning her a spot among the five cybersecurity and privacy law attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2018

    Ga. Judge Probing 'Realities' Of Axing Electronic Ballots

    A Georgia federal judge tasked with deciding whether to replace the state's allegedly insecure and unreliable electronic voting system with paper ballots has asked both sides to weigh in during the coming weeks on the "practical realities" of the request, expressing concern with the potential difficulties of implementing the change before the November general elections. 

  • August 9, 2018

    EEOC Says United Backed Pilot Who Posted Colleague Nudes

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused United Airlines Inc. of discriminating against a flight attendant on the basis of sex for its refusal to punish a pilot, even after he pled guilty to posting provocative images and videos of her on the internet for years, according to a suit filed in Texas federal court Thursday.

  • August 9, 2018

    Ex-IRS Worker Cops To Identity Theft In Refund Scheme

    A former Internal Revenue Service employee on Thursday admitted to stealing a taxpayer’s identity as part of a yearlong tax refund fraud scheme in which prosecutors alleged she used information available to her as an IRS contact representative to file false returns in the name of other taxpayers and deposit the refunds in friends’ accounts.

  • August 9, 2018

    'Smart Cities' Can Be Easily Hacked, Researchers Warn

    Hackers could remotely mount "supervillain-level" attacks on so-called smart cities — which use digital systems to coordinate city resources — by exploiting a series of basic security flaws, researchers warned at a cybersecurity conference on Thursday.

  • August 9, 2018

    Airline Can't Probe Immigration Status In IP Row, Court Told

    The vice president of an airline marketing company urged an Illinois federal court to quash a subpoena into his immigration records that was issued by a Canadian budget airline in a contract and intellectual property dispute between the two companies.

  • August 9, 2018

    FCC's O'Rielly Slams UN Telecom Regulator For Overreach

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O'Rielly torched a United Nations telecom agency that he says has strayed too far afield from its primary mission and suffers from structural and leadership problems.

  • August 9, 2018

    Rising Star: Crowell & Moring's Kate Growley

    Kate Growley of Crowell & Moring LLP has successfully defended the former warden of Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center at the U.S. Supreme Court over detainee abuse allegations and has counseled various government contractors on security issues, earning her a spot among the five cybersecurity and privacy attorneys under the age of 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2018

    Beverly Hills' Rent Law Flouts Privacy Rights, Suit Says

    A trade group that advocates for affordable housing in Southern California filed suit against Beverly Hills in California federal court on Wednesday, alleging that the city's new rent stabilization ordinance improperly requires property owners to turn over sensitive personal information about tenants.

  • August 8, 2018

    Google, Microsoft Reveal Rare Collab Over Massive Chip Flaw

    Security researchers from Google and Microsoft on Wednesday revealed that they had an unusual ally — each other  —  as they raced to devise patches to fight the "Spectre" and "Meltdown" security bugs that exposed nearly every computer chip in the world to hackers.

  • August 8, 2018

    DOJ, ACLU Attys In Tense Exchange On Carpenter Ruling

    Attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union sparred over a key U.S. Supreme Court data privacy ruling Wednesday during a cybersecurity panel discussion, revealing tensions amid federal authorities' uncertainty about which cloud-based data they can obtain warrantlessly.

Expert Analysis

  • How New Credit Freeze Law May Affect Data Breach Cases

    Robert Kriss

    Congress recently enacted a law that enables consumers to freeze their credit reports to prevent identity theft at no cost, which could have significant implications for whether data breach class actions will be certified and, if they are, the amount of potential damages, say Robert Kriss and Corwin Carr of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Opinion

    TCPA: An Antiquated Law That Needs To Be Fixed

    David Carter

    After years of bearing witness to an influx of Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation, reading nearly every TCPA opinion issued by the federal courts and talking with countless businesses, my conclusion is that the TCPA fails to reach its primary goal of protecting consumers from unwanted calls, says David Carter of Innovista Law PLLC.

  • California’s Consumer Privacy Act Vs. GDPR

    Grant Davis-Denny

    While the drafters of the California Consumer Privacy Act looked to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation as a model, they did not parrot the GDPR’s language, adopt all of its requirements or limit themselves to the GDPR’s provisions. There are some key similarities and differences to keep in mind, says Grant Davis-Denny of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • To Ease Pain Of Breach Notification Laws, Protect Passwords

    Jason Wool

    Arizona just became the latest state to require notification for breaches of online credentials, and more jurisdictions are likely to follow. Organizations should take this opportunity to minimize the likelihood of password-related incidents that could give rise to breach notification obligations, says Jason Wool of ZwillGen PLLC.

  • Spokeo Strikes Again: Why Challenges To Standing Are Key

    David Anthony

    In Dutta v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s decision granting summary judgment to State Farm in a putative Fair Credit Reporting Act class action. The decision presents another helpful application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 Spokeo opinion, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Possible Defects In California's New Privacy Law

    Peter Pizzi

    The California Consumer Privacy Act — the first attempt of any U.S. state to endow residents with strong rights regarding the collection and use of their data — is rife with kinks to be sorted out. None looms bigger than the First Amendment infirmities, says Peter Pizzi of Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly Falanga LLP.

  • 6 Trends Will Shape Future International Commercial Disputes

    Cedric Chao

    The world of international litigation and arbitration tends to move slowly — however, I expect the pace of change to accelerate in the coming decade as six trends take hold, says Cedric Chao, U.S. head of DLA Piper's international arbitration practice.

  • 2 Circuit Court Rulings Rock Phishing Loss Coverage Field

    J. Robert MacAneney

    Recent decisions from the Second and Sixth Circuits create a split on the issue of whether a phishing scheme is covered by the computer fraud coverage part of a crime/fidelity policy. This unwelcome uncertainty highlights the need for insurers to hone policy language to more precisely define covered risks, say attorneys at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA.