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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • 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.

  • January 9, 2019

    Uber Scoffs At 'Nonsensical' Arguments In Fund's Fraud Suit

    Uber told a California federal judge Tuesday that a Texas-based retirement fund's amended proposed class action contains overblown claims the ride-hailing giant and its ex-CEO duped investors about the extent of purported illicit business tactics, corporate bullying, institutionalized harassment and rampant flouting of the law.

  • January 9, 2019

    Alsup Wants 'Bone-Crushing' Discovery Into Facebook Breach

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup repeatedly warned Facebook Inc.'s attorneys during a hearing Wednesday that he will allow Facebook users "bone-crushing" discovery in lawsuits over Facebook's data breach that exposed 50 million accounts, saying he's sympathetic to users' concerns and that's worth "real money" — not just "some cosmetic injunctive relief."

  • January 9, 2019

    Cambridge Analytica Owner Fined For Ignoring Data Request

    The U.K.'s data protection regulator fined Cambridge Analytica's parent company £15,000 ($19,200) Wednesday for failing to hand over personal information requested by a U.S. academic suing the research firm over personal data it harvested from Facebook. 

  • January 9, 2019

    Perkins Coie Adds Ex-MoFo Tech Partner In NY

    Perkins Coie LLP has hired a leading technology partner from Morrison & Foerster LLP for its New York office, part of a broader strategy to bulk up its presence in the Big Apple as the city becomes a magnet for many of the world’s leading tech companies.

  • January 9, 2019

    Fla. Nightclub Facing TCPA Suit Over Text Messages

    A Fort Lauderdale nightclub was hit with a proposed class action in Florida federal court Tuesday accusing the venue of sending unwanted advertising texts via an automated dialer in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • January 9, 2019

    Biometric Suit Not Covered In Grocer's Policy, Insurer Says

    Ohio-based Westfield Insurance Co. on Tuesday asked an Illinois state judge to declare that it has no duty to defend a state grocery chain in an underlying biometric privacy suit, saying the store's employee is alleging an injury not covered in its policy.

  • January 9, 2019

    Facebook Accused Of Violating Vietnam's Cybersecurity Law

    Facebook has become an early target of a new Vietnamese cybersecurity law that took effect last week, with the country saying the social media giant flouted the measure by failing to stop users from posting anti-government content and being slow to remove “slanderous” posts, the state news agency reported Wednesday.

  • January 8, 2019

    'Duck Dynasty' Creators' Suit Against ITV Studios Trimmed

    A California appeals court took a machete Monday to the "Duck Dynasty" creators' complaint against the British production company that bought up most of their operation for $40 million and then balked at working with them, tossing numerous paragraphs pursuant to an anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation motion the appeals court said was wrongly denied.

  • January 8, 2019

    Cooley Nabs Ex-FCC Privacy, Telecom Pro From Boies Schiller

    Cooley LLP has picked up a Boies Schiller Flexner LLP partner with significant cybersecurity, privacy and telecom litigation and policy experience garnered through his work spearheading enforcement activities at the Federal Communications Commission and the California attorney general's office.

  • January 8, 2019

    Cambridge Analytica Exec Can’t Stay Out Of Ch. 7 Case

    The Cambridge Analytica LLC director who signed the consulting firm’s bankruptcy papers can’t use a claim he wasn’t properly served to duck his role as the firm’s representative in its Chapter 7 case, a New York bankruptcy judge has found.

  • January 8, 2019

    Marriott Wants Data Breach MDL In Home State Of Md.

    Marriott International Inc. asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Monday to combine dozens of consumer class actions filed in the wake of its massive data breach in its home state of Maryland.

  • January 8, 2019

    Pa. Justices To Mull PennDOT Worker's Facebook Post Firing

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider whether an employee with the state’s Department of Transportation could be fired over a profane Facebook rant in which she complained about local school bus drivers and stated that she would “gladly smash into a school bus.”

  • January 8, 2019

    Dems Renew Call For Crackdown On Mobile Location Tracking

    Sen. Ron Wyden and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel have again called for government action to restrict mobile phone tracking in response to a report released Tuesday that described how an individual could still gain access to the locations of private cellphones through a shadowy network of location aggregators and resellers.

  • January 8, 2019

    Neiman Marcus Settles Multistate Data Breach Row For $1.5M

    A settlement was reached between The Neiman Marcus Group LLC and 43 states and the District of Columbia, with the upscale retailer agreeing to pay $1.5 million to resolve an investigation into a 2013 data breach that affected thousands of customers.

  • January 8, 2019

    $3.3M Deal Over Unwanted Ad Faxes Receives Early OK

    An Illinois federal judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a $3.3 million deal to end class allegations that Mesa Laboratories Inc. sent thousands of unsolicited advertising faxes that didn't include legally required opt-out information.  

  • January 8, 2019

    Winklevoss Bros. Bitcoin Fraud Suit Survives Dismissal Bid

    A bitcoin entrepreneur and convicted felon must face fraud claims brought by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss that he swindled the twin brothers out of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency, a New York federal judge ruled.

  • January 8, 2019

    FTC Soundboard Ban Already Crushing Industry, Justices Told

    A letter issued by the Federal Trade Commission finding certain telemarketing technology is subject to robocall regulations has already killed two companies, and will only cause more industry loss if it remains unchallenged, a trade association told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Hidden Lessons In Mayweather, Khaled ICO Actions: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    If you're looking for new guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on crypto-financing and initial coin offerings, look no further than the recently settled DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather administrative enforcement actions. But you may need to read between the lines, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • New Enforcement Actions For COPPA's 20th Anniversary

    Sheila Millar

    The recent $4.95 million Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act penalty paid by Oath Inc. is the largest since the law was enacted in 1998, and signals that protecting children’s privacy is likely to remain high on the agenda for both the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general, say Sheila Millar and Tracy Marshall of Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

    Alan Guy

    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • How The CLOUD Act Can Reach Stored Data Across Borders

    William Ridgway

    As global businesses move more of their data to the cloud, they may be placing it within the U.S. government’s reach. The reason lies with a single phrase from the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data, or CLOUD, Act, say William Ridgway and Jordan Blain of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • 5 Hidden Lessons In Mayweather, Khaled ICO Actions: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent settlements with professional boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled provide indispensable insight into the views of the SEC enforcement staff and commissioners regarding initial coin offerings, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

    Tomas Suros

    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • Cybersecurity Forecast Remains Frightful For 2019

    Michael Bahar

    Brutal cybersecurity developments in 2018 demonstrated the premium placed on sound, proactive planning. Companies that establish the capacity to tag and track their data from cradle to grave will find themselves more able to successfully navigate the global regulatory crosscurrents this year, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Days 15 And 16

    Todd Hinnen

    The ninth hearing in the Federal Trade Commission’s series on competition in the 21st century addressed data security. Todd Hinnen and Erin Earl of Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways.

  • How 'AV 3.0' Changed The Autonomous Vehicle Game In 2018

    Erika Jones

    In its most significant 2018 guidance on the design, testing and deployment of driverless vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation articulated core regulatory principles that aim to prioritize safety, maintain technological neutrality and promote nationwide consistency, say Erika Jones and Linda Rhodes of Mayer Brown LLP.