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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • January 11, 2019

    FBI Must Answer Court On BuzzFeed Docs Despite Shutdown

    A Florida federal judge ruled Friday that the ongoing government shutdown will not give the FBI more time to file a position statement on unsealing documents used in a case against BuzzFeed over its publishing of a dossier claiming links between President Donald Trump and Russia.

  • January 11, 2019

    Las Vegas Show Co. Customers Win Partial Cert. In TCPA Suit

    A Nevada federal court granted partial certification Thursday to a group of customers who received automated text message advertisements after buying tickets from a Las Vegas-based production company, ruling that messages sent aren't weighed the same as those received.

  • January 10, 2019

    EU 'Right To Be Forgotten' Shouldn't Be Global, Adviser Says

    An adviser to the European Union's highest court recommended Thursday that the "right to be forgotten" — which requires search engines such as Google to delete content that users find irrelevant or embarrassing — should be limited to the EU and not be applied globally, as France's data protection authority had argued. 

  • January 10, 2019

    Investors Sue Google Parent Execs Over Privacy, Harassment

    A proposed class of shareholders accused Google parent Alphabet's board of directors in California state court Wednesday of concealing data privacy issues and issues of sexual harassment and discrimination, ultimately propping up the stock price until the truth about these issues emerged.

  • January 10, 2019

    What All Attorneys Need To Know About The Shutdown

    As the government shutdown drags on, Law360 is compiling answers to some of the most pressing questions on attorneys' minds.

  • January 10, 2019

    Hotel IT Firm Takes Data Breach Coverage Row To 11th Circ.

    A hotel operator’s information technology subsidiary told the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday that a Florida federal court flouted state insurance law by ruling that a Travelers insurer has no duty to defend it against allegations that it was responsible for a data breach that exposed hotel customers’ credit card data, urging the appellate court to reverse the decision.

  • January 10, 2019

    NLRB Had Right To Fire Atty Who Lost Affidavits, Judge Says

    An Alabama federal judge on Thursday upheld an administrative ruling that the National Labor Relations Board acted within bounds when it fired a field attorney for losing confidential witness statements and misleading an agency official who investigated the incident, saying the board’s action was reasonable.

  • January 10, 2019

    China Hacking Revelations Show Limits Of Political Pacts

    A new indictment alleging a sweeping campaign by two Chinese government-backed hackers to loot sensitive business data from dozens of American companies is yet more evidence that political agreements between the two countries not to hack each other for economic gain have not gone far enough, attorneys say.

  • January 10, 2019

    3rd Time's A Charm For $600K Kimpton Breach Settlement

    A California federal judge has approved on the third try a $600,000 preliminary class action settlement between Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group LLC and its customers following a data breach the company reported in 2016.

  • January 10, 2019

    T-Mobile First To Join FCC Crusade Against Robocalls

    T-Mobile said it is the first carrier to get tougher on spoofed robocalls, in response to a Federal Communications Commission call to arms two months ago, announcing Thursday that it has rolled out a verification system that lines up with new agency protocols.

  • January 10, 2019

    Boston Man Gets 10 Years For Hospital Cyberattacks

    A man convicted of using cyberattacks to cripple operating systems at two Boston-area hospitals was sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison Thursday, getting a tongue-lashing from prosecutors, hospital executives and a Massachusetts federal judge as he maintained he was simply trying to help a teenage girl in peril.

  • January 10, 2019

    Boston Globe Defends Birth Records Bid To Mass. Justices

    The Boston Globe told the the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday that its request for millions of state birth and marriage records was not an invasion of privacy, as justices wondered whether the disclosure could compromise even more private information such as whether a child is adopted or changes gender.

  • January 9, 2019

    Reject 'Radical' Ruling In TCPA Row, High Court Urged

    Health information service PDR Network LLC pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling in a junk fax dispute that courts must defer to the Federal Communications Commission's interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, arguing that the Fourth Circuit's "radical reading" of the law wrongly gives federal agencies "the final word" in statutory interpretation disputes.

  • January 9, 2019

    Free Speech Rights Doom Iowa's 'Ag-Gag' Law

    An Iowa law criminalizing undercover investigations into animal cruelty at factory farms violates the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday following a challenge by animal rights activists and free speech advocates.

  • January 9, 2019

    Attys Targeted In Dues Phishing Scheme, ABA Warns

    The American Bar Association on Wednesday warned members to be wary of fraudulent email requests for dues payments, tweeting that scammers have been sending around bogus e-bills.

  • January 9, 2019

    Fannie Mae Not A Reporting Agency Under FCRA: 9th Circ.

    Fannie Mae isn't a "consumer reporting agency" as defined by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, meaning it can't be held liable under the statute for inaccurate information generated by a computer program it licenses to mortgage lenders, a divided Ninth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday.

  • January 9, 2019

    Facebook Users' Call For Cambridge Analytica Docs Granted

    Under a New York bankruptcy judge's order, a group of Facebook users claiming Cambridge Analytica LLC misused their personal data will get a look at the bankrupt political consultant's documents after Facebook vets them for privacy concerns.

  • January 9, 2019

    Judge Won't Narrow Class Definitions In Jeep Hacking Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday refused to narrow class definitions in a lawsuit by drivers who say their Jeeps are vulnerable to hacking, saying the automaker is trying to relitigate arguments he had already rejected at the class certification stage.

  • January 9, 2019

    Ailes' Alleged Victim Seeks $750M For Showtime's Portrayal

    A former Fox News bigwig is suing Showtime for its portrayal of her in an upcoming drama about the late CEO Roger Ailes, saying in her $750 million suit in California state court Tuesday that despite having been his victim, the show will depict her as an Ailes collaborator.

  • January 9, 2019

    Sen. Says Carriers Broke Promises To End Location Tracking

    Major mobile carriers have broken their promises to quickly and definitively end the practice of selling their customers' cellphone locations to third parties, Sen. Ron Wyden told Law360 on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • 6 Advertising Law Trends To Watch In 2019

    Jason Gordon

    In the world of advertising last year, the recurring theme appeared to be honesty. With the lid pried away to expose how companies have been studying their customers, those customers have begun studying the companies in return, say Jason Gordon and Andrew Levad of Reed Smith LLP.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

    Elizabeth Black

    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.

  • A Small Step Toward 'Employee' Clarity For FCRA

    Cindy Hanson

    An Iowa federal court's recent decision in Smith v. Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company limits the Fair Credit Reporting Act requirements associated with a consumer report obtained for employment purposes to its logical statutory definition. Yet, companies hiring independent contractors are not entirely out of the woods, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Call To Permit Judicial Substitution In MDL Proceedings

    Doug Smith

    While several proposed changes to multidistrict litigation procedures may be warranted and appropriate, consideration should be given to a modest modification of the judicial selection process, says Doug Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Perspectives

    Cy Pres Awards Are The Best Answer

    John Campbell

    The argument that cy pres awards violate the rights of absent class members is wrong on many levels and ignores the fact that prohibiting such distributions creates far more problems than it solves, says John Campbell, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • New Issues Raised By Internet Of Things Payments

    Duane Pozza

    As all signs point to payments growing in the internet of things space in 2019 and beyond, a key challenge is figuring out how consumer laws and regulations will apply to devices with small or no screens, or ones relying primarily on voice interaction, says Duane Pozza of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Will New Congress Pass A National Data Protection Law?

    Joseph Facciponti

    The 116th Congress has an ideal opportunity to pass bipartisan privacy legislation that could safeguard consumer data, provide clear and uniform rules for businesses, and preserve innovation. Yet any new legislation faces significant hurdles, say Joseph Facciponti and Maxwell Thompson of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.