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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday revived privacy claims brought by a putative class of Zappos.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.