Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 12, 2018

    Yahoo Email Users See Their Data Breach Claims Trimmed

    A California federal judge on Friday trimmed claims brought by email users against Yahoo Inc. in a consolidated class action stemming from the hacks of some 3 billion email accounts, finding that they could sue for punitive damages in only a few instances.

  • March 9, 2018

    Why The ‘Blue Slip’ Battles Are Becoming White Hot

    It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.

  • March 9, 2018

    Senior Judges Fill The Void Left By Rampant Vacancies

    More federal judges are skipping the golf course to head back to the courtroom upon taking senior status, and they're playing an increasingly vital role in a strained system.

  • March 9, 2018

    How Far Right Can The President Pull The Courts?

    Although President Donald Trump set a record with the number of circuit judges he named during his first year, experts say that's not the whole story. Here’s our data-driven look at what the White House faces in its quest to reshape the appeals courts.

  • March 9, 2018

    Venezuela's Oil Co. Says It Lost Billions In Bribery Scheme

    A litigation trust for Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA has sued international oil companies Glencore, Lukoil, Vitol and others for allegedly participating in a scheme to bribe the Venezuelan company’s employees in exchange for advance information about crude oil purchases.

  • March 9, 2018

    Facebook Biometric Privacy Ruling Offers Plaintiffs On-Ramp

    A California federal court last week refused to find that real-world harm was required for Facebook users and non-users to move forward with their claims under Illinois' unique biometric privacy law, backing a lower threshold for entry and giving plaintiffs at least a short-term boost, attorneys say.

  • March 9, 2018

    IRS, Howard Stern Shake Most Of Suit Over Aired Tax Call

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday axed the bulk of a suit brought by a woman whose private tax return information disclosed during a conversation with an Internal Revenue Service agent was broadcast without her knowledge on Howard Stern's radio show, ruling that the IRS had broad immunity from her claims and that the radio show hadn't intentionally invaded her privacy.

  • March 9, 2018

    EA Slams Players' Cert. Bid In Madden Likeness Suit

    Electronic Arts Inc. has fired back at a putative class of retired players seeking certification in their suit alleging the company used their likenesses to make Madden video games without their permission, arguing the nationwide class cannot seek damages under California’s right-of-publicity law.

  • March 9, 2018

    Cab Cos. Motor Out Of Receipt Suit In 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision axing a proposed class action accusing six taxi companies of printing too many card digits on receipts, holding Friday that the consumers leading the suit lack standing under the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Spokeo ruling.

  • March 9, 2018

    Vigilante Hacker To Face Trial, Lawyer’s Dismissal Bid Denied

    A Somerville, Massachusetts, hacker who allegedly attacked computer systems at the renowned Boston Children’s Hospital in an bid to save a teenage patient he claims was tortured by her caretakers will face trial in April, after a federal judge on Friday denied his attorney’s bid to leave the case.

  • March 9, 2018

    PNC Says Bank Law OKs Criminal Check For Job Applicants

    A PNC bank unit asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to throw out class allegations that it wrongly revoked a job offer to an applicant based on criminal history records, saying Friday that federal banking law preempts a state statute against considering such histories when assessing job applications.

  • March 9, 2018

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Biometric Data, College Aid Bar

    Members of the 115th Congress have introduced bills that would formally bar college education benefits for immigrants unauthorized to be in the United States, formally establish federal programs for collecting biometric data and would compel the federal government to provide attorneys to young detainees.

  • March 8, 2018

    Okla. Lawmaker Blames Texas Consultant For Tracker In Truck

    An Oklahoma lawmaker alleged Wednesday in federal court that a Texas political consultant is responsible for electronically tracking his truck, bringing a civil suit shortly after a Texas state judge reportedly refused to order the consultant to testify in an Oklahoma criminal investigation into the allegations.

  • March 8, 2018

    Home Depot Settles $28M Suit Over Hazardous Waste Disposal

    Home Depot USA Inc. has agreed to a $27.84 million settlement with the state of California after investigations found that stores had illegally disposed of waste batteries, aerosol cans, paints and electronic devices, in violation of the state’s Hazardous Waste Control Law, the state attorney general’s office announced Thursday.

  • March 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives Zappos Users' Data Hack Suit Over Risk

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday revived privacy claims brought by a putative class of Inc. customers following a 2012 data breach that affected over 24 million shoppers, reversing a lower court’s decision to toss the suit after finding an increased risk of identity theft gave the customers standing.

  • March 8, 2018

    Ala. Man Gets 30 Years For ID Theft, $22M Tax Fraud

    An Alabama man found guilty of defrauding the government as part of an identity theft ring that sought more than $22 million in fraudulent tax refunds was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • March 8, 2018

    Siemens CEO Calls For Industrywide Cybersecurity Effort

    The president and CEO of Siemens AG on Thursday used the platform of a major energy conference in Houston to call on companies industrywide to join in a unified effort to create new rules and criteria for ensuring the safety and security of data.

  • March 8, 2018

    Congresswoman's Ex-Atty Gets 1 Year For Leaking Nude Pics

    A former counsel to Rep. Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in prison for leaking nude photos and videos of the congresswoman that he obtained from her phone.

  • March 8, 2018

    Supervalu, Albertsons Are Checked Out Of Data Breach MDL

    A Minnesota federal judge has tossed multidistrict litigation against Supervalu and Albertsons over two 2014 data breaches, holding Wednesday that the sole shopper leading the action failed to state valid claims against either retailer.

  • March 8, 2018

    US Coachways Wins Coverage Of $50M TCPA Deal

    Illinois Union Insurance Co. must cover a nearly $50 million class action settlement that resolved claims that US Coachways Inc. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with text message blasts to potential customers, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday, holding that multiple sections of the insurer's policy clearly extend coverage for the claims.

Expert Analysis

  • What The DOJ Cyber Task Force Can Do

    Megan Brown

    While history is littered with reports and whitepapers that do not inspire change, there is an opportunity for the U.S. Department of Justice's new Cyber-Digital Task Force to have an impact, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • A Review Of Cross-Border Investigations In 2017: Part 2

    Sunil Gadhia

    Global authorities are taking an increasingly coordinated approach toward the investigation and prosecution of economic misconduct. Further significant developments in 2018 will likely refine the manner in which such investigations are approached, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • 10 Government Contracting Trends To Watch This Year

    Joseph Berger

    Recent developments point to continued high total spending on government contracts, which will improve national defense, disaster relief and domestic infrastructure, presenting opportunities and challenges for both agencies and contractors, says Joseph Berger of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Handling Federal, NY State And NYC Background Check Laws

    Brian Murphy

    State and local laws that overlap and intersect with the Fair Credit Reporting Act's requirements have proliferated in recent years. New York state and New York City employers face perhaps the greatest burden in untangling these competing paradigms, because compliance with one does not ensure compliance with another, says Brian Murphy of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Autonomous Drones: Set To Fly, But May Not Comply

    Sara Baxenberg

    A California company has unveiled a fully autonomous "selfie" drone, which promises to stay trained on a moving subject, capturing footage while avoiding any obstacles. But a drone that flies itself may run afoul of a number of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, even if it has fancy obstacle detection and personal tracking, say Sara Baxenberg and Joshua Turner of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • A Look At US And EU Fintech Regulatory Frameworks

    Brian Christiansen

    The regulatory fragmentation on the federal level, and at the U.S. state and EU member state levels, presents challenges and uncertainty for many fintech companies. The resolution of these uncertainties will directly impact the evolution of this sector, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Drawing A Road Map For Nationwide Health Info Sharing

    Christine Moundas

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released its draft Trusted Exchange Framework, setting forth a guide for a public-private partnership designed to promote interoperability among health information networks. Attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP address some of the questions that remain in evaluating whether this new voluntary arrangement will help to achieve its intended goals.

  • 4 Tips For Applying Arbitration Agreements To TCPA Claims

    Michael Leffel

    With statutory damages of up to $1,500 for each call, text or fax, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act remains a hotbed of class action litigation. Attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP discuss an additional, often overlooked, tool for defendants in TCPA cases.