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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • October 5, 2018

    Guilty Plea Gives NY Prosecutors 4th Silk Road Conviction

    An Irish national accused of helping run the day-to-day operation of the Silk Road online drug bazaar pled guilty to a conspiracy count Friday before a Manhattan federal judge, which gives prosecutors their fourth conviction in the high-profile “dark web” case.

  • October 5, 2018

    Kanye West Fights Cert. Bid In Suit Over Tidal Release Tweet

    Kanye West has asked a New York federal judge not to certify a class of fans who say he tricked them into subscribing to music streaming service Tidal and turning over their personal data, arguing that it's unclear that the listeners relied on or even saw a misleading tweet from the rapper before joining the site.

  • October 5, 2018

    How PE Attys And Clients Can Get Ahead Of Cyberattacks

    Cyberattacks are becoming more common, disruptive and difficult to detect, and private equity attorneys should be imploring their clients to take preemptive action to ensure they have the proper practices in place to handle a cyber incident when it occurs.

  • October 5, 2018

    UK Gov't Awards Data Regulator £500K For Innovation Hub

    The U.K.’s data watchdog has been awarded £537,000 ($703,000) by the government for a technology hub to help businesses and other regulators to innovate safely to protect personal data, the agency announced Friday.

  • October 4, 2018

    State Farm Made Robocalls, Ignored No-Call List: Suit

    A Florida woman hit State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. with a proposed class action Thursday alleging it repeatedly used wide telemarketing campaigns and called consumers, who were on the do not call list, without their consent.

  • October 4, 2018

    Facebook Kids' App, Others Violate Privacy Law, FTC Told

    A pair of Democratic senators and several consumer organizations are urging the Federal Trade Commission to take a closer look at the data collection and tracking practices of child-directed apps, with the advocacy groups specifically targeting Facebook's kid-centric messaging service for allegedly violating federal children's privacy rules.

  • October 4, 2018

    Intuit's TurboTax Refund Fraud Deal For 915K Victims OK'd

    A California federal judge on Thursday preliminarily approved a nonmonetary deal TurboTax-maker Intuit Inc. reached to settle proposed class action claims that the company enabled fraudsters to file 915,000 fake tax returns, saying not all identity theft victims suffered out-of-pocket losses and those who did can still pursue individual claims.

  • October 4, 2018

    Ga. Activists File Last-Ditch Bid For Election Security

    Activists that want Georgia to address hacking concerns by replacing electronic voting with paper balloting have filed a last-ditch effort to sway a federal judge to order a series of election security measures ahead of the upcoming midterms.

  • October 4, 2018

    Vizio Cuts $17M Deal To End Smart-TV Spying MDL

    Vizio Inc. has reached a $17 million deal to resolve multidistrict litigation brought on behalf of 16 million smart-TV owners over claims that the electronics company collected and shared data about the consumers' viewing habits without their consent, according to documents filed Thursday in California federal court.

  • October 4, 2018

    Mattis Warns Russia Over Treaty Compliance, Cyberattacks

    Defense Secretary James Mattis forcefully warned Russia Thursday about its “cavalier disregard” for a ballistic missile treaty and for recent cyberattacks attributed to a Russian spy agency, saying it would face consequences for both.

  • October 4, 2018

    DOJ Asks High Court To Curb Discovery In Census Challenge

    The federal government asked the U.S. Supreme Court to shield several high-ranking government officials from court orders forcing them to answer questions about the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, telling the justices that the expanded discovery is unconstitutional as well as arbitrary and capricious.

  • October 4, 2018

    Hong Kong Doc Denied Bail As Flight Risk In Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge denied bail once again on Thursday to a doctor from Hong Kong accused of bribing African officials for favors in the energy and banking industries, saying he’s a flight risk and there are no conditions the court could set to guarantee his presence at trial.

  • October 4, 2018

    Parents Urge 6th Circ. To Revive Infant Blood Collection Suit

    A group of parents have asked the Sixth Circuit to revive a suit accusing Michigan of collecting, testing, storing and selling newborns’ blood without first getting parental consent, arguing it violates a child’s Fourth and 14th Amendment rights.

  • October 4, 2018

    Pence Slams China For Election Meddling With Tariff Salvos

    Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday forcefully rebuked China for attempting to interfere in the looming midterm elections with retaliatory tariffs and propaganda campaigns, following President Donald Trump's lead and veering the two countries' trade battle squarely into political territory.

  • October 4, 2018

    DOT Stresses Cooperation In Regulating Automated Vehicles

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday outlined how government agencies can prepare for computer-driven cars and trucks to enter the country’s roadway system by talking to stakeholders and working together to create compatible regulations.

  • October 4, 2018

    US Charges 7 Russian Agents In Anti-Doping, Nuclear Hacks

    The U.S. Department of Justice accused seven Russian intelligence agents on Thursday of hacking sports anti-doping organizations and a Pennsylvania-based nuclear company in an indictment announced hours after Western government leaders blamed Russia for a number of other cyberattacks.

  • October 3, 2018

    'Deja Vu All Over Again' For Judge In Abortion Group's Suit

    An anti-abortion activist can’t defeat the National Abortion Federation’s suit over surreptitiously recorded videos of its providers, a California federal judge said Wednesday, adding he had "deja vu all over again," because the arguments for dismissal were so similar to those that failed to end similar claims brought by Planned Parenthood.

  • October 3, 2018

    9th Circ. Rejects Attys' Fees In $38M ProFlowers Deal

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday vacated a $8.7 million attorneys’ fees award in a $38 million settlement resolving claims that the company behind the websites Proflowers.com and RedEnvelope.com enrolled consumers in a bogus membership rewards program without their consent that charged them monthly fees.

  • October 3, 2018

    CFTC Official Lauds Ruling Putting Crypto Under Its Purview

    An official at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Wednesday praised a Massachusetts federal court decision in a fraud case that bolsters the agency’s ability to prosecute cryptocurrency fraud.

  • October 3, 2018

    New WH Cyber Strategy Talks Big Game, But Has Big Holes

    The White House's newly unveiled national cybersecurity strategy takes the long-awaited step of adding digital combat to the top of America's foreign policy agenda, but it's unclear how its aggressive rhetoric will play out in practice, former federal officials say.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Inside China’s Latest Cybersecurity Regulation Proposal

    Xiaoyan Zhang

    China's draft Cybersecurity Multi-Level Protection Scheme requires compliance from “network operators,” which is broadly defined in the Cybersecurity Law and could in practice cover any entity operating a computer network in China, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Aviation Watch: Why The F-35 Has Struggled To Take Flight

    Alan Hoffman

    Seventeen years after the U.S. Department of Defense awarded Lockheed Martin the contract for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and 12 years after the first production aircraft flew in 2006, all versions of the plane remain far from combat-ready, or even fully operational. Recent concerns about cybersecurity have added to the project's woes, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 1

    Barry Reingold

    Last week, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of public hearings on competition and consumer protection issues. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways from the three panel discussions.

  • Tips For Tech Cos. Developing Event Sponsorship Deals

    Leon Medzhibovsky

    IBM recently partnered with the U.S. Open to offer tennis fans a digital experience. This type of deal offers numerous benefits, but companies seeking to leverage their innovative technology in exchange for sponsorship packages should be aware of certain legal issues, say Leon Medzhibovsky and Airina Rodrigues of DLA Piper.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Opinion

    FTC's Public Hearings Will Be Valuable

    David Balto

    On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of hearings on competition and consumer protection in the 21st century. These events are an important first step in guiding enforcement priorities, says David Balto, a former policy director of the FTC Bureau of Competition.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    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 Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.