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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • July 5, 2018

    2nd Circ. Says Drone Strike FOIA Ruling Reveals Too Much

    A New York federal court must keep under wraps certain information about targeted drone strikes abroad, the Second Circuit said Thursday, ruling the district court did not have to decide whether the federal government had officially acknowledged a disputed fact because it had no bearing on the disclosure of documents.

  • July 5, 2018

    LabMD Prez Given Option To Tweak Tiversa FCA Suit

    A New York federal judge noted Thursday that the president of LabMD can take until late July to amend his False Claims Act litigation accusing Tiversa of fabricating data breaches to secure government contracts after the cybersecurity firm moved to dismiss the suit, arguing that the executive's claims are baseless.

  • July 5, 2018

    Verizon Tells 1st Circ. Unwanted-Call Suit Must Be Arbitrated

    Verizon told the First Circuit on Thursday that a Massachusetts woman suing the telecommunications company over unwanted phone calls is bound by the terms of her customer agreement to resolve her complaint through arbitration, rather than the federal court system.

  • July 5, 2018

    Ex-Worker Sues Over Cancer Disclosure On Facebook

    Paperboard manufacturer Lamitech Inc. has been slammed with a lawsuit in New Jersey alleging its general manager unlawfully wrote on Facebook about the details of a former employee's cancer diagnosis, his prognosis and treatment plan, and ultimately terminated the worker because of his medical condition.

  • July 5, 2018

    Cohen Seeks To Nix Stormy Daniels' Suit, Says Venue Wrong

    Michael Cohen has moved to dismiss a lawsuit by adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claims the former attorney to the president conspired with her ex-counsel to have her publicly deny she had an affair with Donald Trump.

  • July 4, 2018

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2018

    What makes a law firm truly global? What does it take to handle the biggest and most complex cross-border matters? These firms know. Here, Law360 reveals its eighth annual ranking of the firms with the most international clout.

  • July 4, 2018

    How Smaller Firms Can Go Global Without Going Bankrupt

    Setting up shop across the globe may seem impossible for smaller law firms, but it can be done — and it's not the only way to get business overseas. Here, Law360 looks at what firms should think about when deciding whether, and how, to go global.

  • July 4, 2018

    Global Law Firms Bulk Up In Europe As Brexit Approaches

    With Britain less than a year from exiting the European Union, firms on Law360’s Global 20 have begun pushing deeper into the countries remaining in the bloc, adding offices and industry specialists in a shift that could rebalance how BigLaw works in the region.

  • July 4, 2018

    London's New Cyber, Economic Crime Court Gets Gov't OK

    The government confirmed on Wednesday it has given the go-ahead to its plan to build a new court that will hear cases of fraud, economic crime and cybercrime in the financial center of London.

  • July 3, 2018

    Calif. Privacy Law To Spark GDPR-Like Compliance Efforts

    The California privacy law hastily enacted last week will require online giants, telecoms, retailers and a host of others to overhaul the way they manage personal data and interact with consumers, likely prompting many companies to build on similar efforts they've made to comply with the European Union's sweeping general data protection regulation, attorneys say.

  • July 3, 2018

    Putin Aimed To Put Trump In Presidency, Senate Panel Agrees

    The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday released initial findings from its review of a U.S. intelligence community assessment produced last year that backed its conclusion that the Russian government sought to help Donald Trump win the White House.

  • July 3, 2018

    Trump Admin Urges FCC To Block Chinese Common Carrier

    A group of federal agencies with national security and technology management missions have urged the Federal Communications Commission to block a powerful Chinese telecom operator from expanding its networks to the U.S.

  • July 3, 2018

    Feds, Traders Spar In Closing Of Earnings Hacking Case

    Prosecutors and lawyers for two men accused of using hacked press releases to help them make profitable trades made their final pitches to a Brooklyn federal jury on Tuesday, with the government stressing trading data and email evidence while the defense savaged a trio of cooperating witnesses.

  • July 3, 2018

    Carpenter Doesn’t Nix Evidence In Foreign Bribery Case: DOJ

    The U.S. Department of Justice has urged a New York federal judge not to suppress cellphone evidence against the head of a Chinese nongovernmental organization accused of brokering bribes between an energy firm and African governments, arguing the Supreme Court's recent ruling in Carpenter v. United States doesn’t apply here.

  • July 3, 2018

    Construction Co. Sues AIG For $1.6M Email Scam Coverage

    Construction contractor Quality Plus Services Inc. sued an AIG unit in Virginia federal court on Tuesday, claiming the insurer has wrongly denied the company’s request for coverage of $1.6 million in losses it suffered through email-based fraudulent transfer schemes carried out by crooks posing as a QPS employee.

  • July 3, 2018

    Judge Considers Bad Faith In Census Citizenship Query Row

    A Manhattan federal judge indicated Tuesday that he is unlikely to dismiss a challenge to the Trump administration's addition of a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census, and added he sees reason to suspect bad faith on the part of a Cabinet member who has given shifting explanations for the origin of the controversial policy.

  • July 3, 2018

    Equifax Engineer Admits Insider Trading With Data Breach Info

    A former software development manager at Equifax Inc. charged with insider trading last week has settled a parallel civil suit by the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, agreeing to forfeit more than $75,000 in ill-gotten gains, according to a civil consent agreement filed Monday in Georgia federal court..

  • July 3, 2018

    UK Sets Plans To Test City Firms' Cyberattack Defenses

    The Bank of England revealed plans on Tuesday to test how long it takes financial services firms to restore vital services after a cyberattack or event, in the wake of recent high-profile systems failures in the sector.

  • July 2, 2018

    The Sharpest Dissents From The Supreme Court Term

    In its first complete term back at full strength since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the top U.S. court took on several cases that revealed deep divisions among its members. Here are the most stinging dissents.

  • July 2, 2018

    High Court Nomination Watch: 7th Circ.'s Amy Coney Barrett

    Amy Coney Barrett has been sitting on the Seventh Circuit bench for only eight months, but she is rumored to be on President Donald Trump’s shortlist for potential picks to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Expert Analysis

  • Digital Toy Data Breach Highlights Cybersecurity Concerns

    Erin Bosman

    In April, an Illinois federal judge powered down a proposed class action against VTech Electronics following a 2015 data breach of its internet-connected digital learning toys. But the breach also triggered a Federal Trade Commission enforcement action, resulting in a $650,000 settlement. Both developments illustrate the increasing exposure that the internet of things brings for consumer product manufacturers, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • A Better Method For Achieving Broader Class Action Reform

    Kahn Scolnick

    In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice and many state attorneys general have addressed class action reform by objecting to proposed class action settlements. While we are sympathetic to concerns about class litigation abuse, what's needed is careful oversight at the earliest stages of litigation, say Kahn Scolnick and Bradley Hamburger of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Companies Will Feel The Weight Of Team Telecom Oversight

    Megan Brown

    For years, a little-known group of federal agencies collectively known as "Team Telecom" has gone quietly about its oversight functions of risk assessment, mitigation and oversight. But as multiple parts of the government grapple with supply chain security, including concerns about Chinese-made communications equipment, companies should anticipate enhanced scrutiny and greater compliance obligations, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 'Injury In Fact' Standing After Cambridge Analytica

    Michael Ruttinger

    If personally identifiable information has value — the lesson of the Cambridge Analytica scandal — courts may find themselves revisiting the long-marginalized theory that the lost opportunity to profit from your own private data is itself sufficient to show you have been injured, says Michael Ruttinger of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • States' Crypto Enforcement Onslaught Has Only Just Begun

    John Reed Stark

    It should come as no surprise that state securities administrators have boosted their cryptocurrency enforcement efforts. Because while cryptocurrency promoters can find easy prey in today’s excitable retail investor marketplace, initial coin offerings and digital trading platforms are also easy to surveil and easy to charge, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Epic Systems May Point To Fate Of 'Lamps Plus' At High Court

    Ryan Bates

    If the U.S. Supreme Court affirms the Ninth Circuit's decision in Lamps Plus v. Varela, plaintiffs subject to arbitration agreements that are silent on class issues could find a “back door” into class arbitration. This begs the question: Does the high court's recent Epic Systems decision hint as to how it may decide Lamps Plus? asks Ryan Bates of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Still Looking For Clarity In DOD Information Security Rule

    Jeniffer De Jesus Roberts

    The U.S. Department of Defense recently issued guidance on its information safeguarding rule, but many believe the rule remains as clear as mud. There are some steps contractors can take to protect themselves from the unknown, say Jeniffer De Jesus Roberts and Katherine Veeder of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.