Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 5, 2018

    Orbital ATK Must Face Rival's Trade Secret Theft Suit

    A Virginia federal judge on Friday trimmed two claims from space technology company SSL’s suit accusing rival Orbital ATK of stealing its trade secrets through a shared NASA server, but refused to toss the suit, saying SSL had adequately pled the majority of its allegations.

  • February 5, 2018

    Motel Operator Hits Another Co. With Junk Fax Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge has refused to toss Gorss Motels Inc.'s proposed class action against AVM Enterprises Inc. alleging AVM violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending junk faxes to the motel operator, ruling the question of whether the faxes were unsolicited couldn't be resolved at this stage.

  • February 5, 2018

    Global Hacking Tool Shut Down By EU Crime Agencies

    A joint effort by law enforcement agencies across Europe has eradicated a relatively inexpensive hacking tool that cybercriminals had used to take control of thousands of individuals' and businesses' computers around the globe, the U.K.'s National Crime Agency said Monday.

  • February 5, 2018

    What The New FTC Means For 'Open Internet' Enforcement

    In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission's contentious vote to overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules and to hand enforcement against online abuses largely to the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC is itself being remade with a slate of new nominees.

  • February 5, 2018

    Free Speech Advocates Join Challenge To Border Searches

    Free speech advocates urged a Massachusetts federal court Friday to reject immigration authorities’ attempt to toss a suit challenging warrantless search and seizure of electronic devices at the border, arguing that such devices store vast amounts of private information that constitutes protected speech.

  • February 5, 2018

    RMBS Investors Lose Class Cert. Bid In Suit Against HSBC

    A New York federal judge has declined to certify two proposed classes of investors in suits accusing HSBC Bank USA NA of bungling its duties as trustee to more than 200 residential mortgage-backed securities trusts, ruling that would-be class members face too many individual questions around standing and statutes of limitations to warrant class treatment.

  • February 5, 2018

    Alleged Russian Spam Kingpin Extradited To US

    A Russian computer programmer U.S. authorities call one of the “world's most notorious criminal spammers” has been extradited to the U.S. to face charges that he operated the “Kelihos” network of infected computers, spewing spam and other malicious software to users all over the world.

  • February 5, 2018

    DOD Forming Cryptocurrency Guide For Background Checks

    The Defense Security Service said Monday it is working with other U.S. Department of Defense offices to develop guidance on whether cryptocurrency ownership must be disclosed in applications for federal security clearances, following a number of inquiries from the industry.

  • February 5, 2018

    Vertex To Pay $4.75M To End TCPA Case Over Hep C Faxes

    A Massachusetts federal judge was asked Friday to preliminarily approve Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s $4.75 million settlement to end putative class action claims the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by faxing unsolicited invitations to an event about its hepatitis C therapy.

  • February 5, 2018

    Hacking Suspect Lauri Love Wins Appeal Of US Extradition

    A U.K. high court ruled Monday that Lauri Love, a British student charged with a series of hacks into U.S. government websites, will not be extradited, citing the risk that the accused hacker would kill himself if he were to face trial in America.

  • February 5, 2018

    T-Mobile Allowed Hackers To Steal Cryptocurrency, User Says

    A T-Mobile USA Inc. customer filed suit in Washington federal court Sunday alleging that the company’s lacking security measures left the door open for wrongdoers to access his wireless account and drain his cryptocurrency exchange account.

  • February 2, 2018

    Online Marketing Firm Wants 'Wiretap' Claims Tossed

    Online marketing company NaviStone Inc. urged a New Jersey federal court Friday to quash a proposed class action suit claiming its customer tracking software is illegal, arguing that its tracing tools installed on Quicken Loans Inc.’s website do not “intercept” data as part of a  “wiretap” because visitors are a party to the messages.

  • February 2, 2018

    New Online Portal To Streamline Mass. Data Breach Reporting

    The Massachusetts attorney general is launching a new online portal that will make it easier for businesses to comply with their obligation to timely report data breaches, and will soon roll out an electronic database that will allow state residents to quickly view information about these incidents, the state’s attorney general said Thursday.

  • February 2, 2018

    Ex-Venable Atty Gets 7 Years For Laundering $2M

    A Virginia federal judge on Friday sentenced a former Venable LLP and Arent Fox LLP patent attorney to seven years in prison after he pled guilty to laundering more than $2.1 million while employed at another firm as part of a catfishing scheme uncovered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

  • February 2, 2018

    House Panel Leader Tells DHS To Cough Up Kaspersky Docs

    The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee has ordered the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to hand over documents related to compliance with its order barring federal agencies from using AO Kaspersky Lab products, threatening a subpoena if it doesn’t comply.

  • February 2, 2018

    Disputed Memo Claims FBI Misled Spy Court On Trump Aide

    The House Intelligence Committee released a contentious memorandum Friday over the objections of the FBI, alleging it and the U.S. Department of Justice misled a spy court about a politically driven dossier undergirding the FBI's surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser.

  • February 2, 2018

    Uber's Data Drama Puts 'Bug Bounties' In The Spotlight

    Uber’s $100,000 payoff to hackers who reportedly revealed a security flaw but then demanded increased payment to release stolen data has spawned regulatory backlash that may force companies to re-evaluate how they can employ so-called "bug bounty" programs without running afoul of the law.

  • February 2, 2018

    Judge OKs $1M Deal In Zurich, Flooring Co. Coverage Row

    A Florida judge signed off Thursday on a $1 million deal to end a dispute over Zurich American’s attempt to dodge coverage of a now-bankrupt flooring business' $2.1 million class action judgment for sending unsolicited faxes.

  • February 2, 2018

    Brooklyn Prosecutor Who Wiretapped Ex-Lover Gets 1 Year

    A Brooklyn prosecutor who copped to forging judges' signatures to illegally wiretap a married police detective with whom she’d had an affair and his new romantic interest was sentenced Friday to a year in federal prison.

  • February 2, 2018

    Kirkland's Gets Consumer Privacy Suit Put On Hold

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has approved a Kirkland’s Inc. motion to pause a proposed data privacy consumer class action against the home decor chain until a similar matter is decided by the Third Circuit.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

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    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • What To Expect From Blockchain In 2018

    Austin Mills

    Blockchain's growth next year is unlikely to match its 2017 growth, but 2018 may well be a much more impactful year in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. Emerging themes and initiatives include smart contracts, state-backed cryptocurrencies and the maturation of the initial coin offering market, says Austin Mills, head of the blockchain and cryptocurrency group at Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • The Other Cyberthreat: Business Email Compromise Schemes

    David Chaiken

    Each new public revelation of a large-scale computer-based data breach generates considerable attention. However, the obsessive focus does a disservice to businesses and consumers because business email compromise schemes are an equally or even more pervasive and damaging cyberthreat, say David Chaiken and Brea Croteau of Troutman Sanders LLP, and Mark Ray of Nardello & Co.

  • Workplace Best Practices For Using AI And Robots

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Richard Meneghello

    Thanks to advances in technology, artificial intelligence can now be used by employers for everything from screening and hiring potential applicants to replacing human employees. Here, attorneys with Fisher Phillips provide guidance for counseling employers on the legal implications of integrating AI and robots into the workplace.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Reporting Requirement Alone Survives Net Neutrality Repeal

    Marc Martin

    In repealing net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission has left one legacy rule requiring broadband internet access service providers to disclose their network management practices. With this, the FCC may have provided the means by which a record may be developed to show BIAS providers' use of previously prohibited practices, say Marc Martin and Michael Sherling of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Net Neutrality Rollback Raises Significant Questions

    Lauren Coppola

    The Restoring Internet Freedom order leaves much to be desired in terms of clarity, particularly in presenting sound legal principles that govern claims against internet service providers. No question is more important than who is going to protect businesses and consumers, says Lauren Coppola of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.