Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • May 2, 2018

    High Court To Mull Class Arbitration In Data Breach Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided to wade into a data breach lawsuit that hinges on what arbitration agreements have to say for workers to be able to bring class arbitration claims, giving the justices a chance to clarify the high court's 2010 Stolt-Nielsen ruling and tackle an issue with major implications for employers looking to fend off class actions.

  • May 2, 2018

    'Modest Result' In Uber FCRA Suit Yields Modest Atty Fees

    A California federal judge on Wednesday awarded $2,025,000 in attorneys' fees — trimming $474,500 off the ask — in a $7.5 million deal between Uber and a class of drivers who accused the company of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, saying the settlement produced a "very modest result."

  • May 2, 2018

    Facebook Can't Halt Data Transfer Row Ahead Of New EU Law

    Facebook can't keep Europe's top court from hearing a privacy case that could change the way companies transfer EU users' data to the U.S., Ireland's High Court ruled Wednesday, slamming the social network for trying to stall the case until Europe's new data law goes into effect.

  • May 2, 2018

    Pepsi Bottling Co. Job Applicants Ink $1.2M FCRA Deal

    A PepsiCo Inc. bottling subsidiary has agreed to pay $1.19 million to more than 23,000 potential class members who allege the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by failing to disclose it accessed their consumer reports, according to a Wednesday bid for preliminary approval of the deal.

  • May 2, 2018

    Spa Co. Sent Automated Mass Texts, TCPA Suit Alleges

    A putative class of Florida residents alleged in federal court Tuesday that a medical spa company sent unsolicited text messages using a combination of hardware and software systems to make it appear as though they were sent by an individual, in violation the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • May 2, 2018

    Prosecutor Of Boston Marathon Bomber Joins Snell & Wilmer

    A former federal prosecutor who was responsible for trying the Boston Marathon bombing case and has a background in investigation and white collar crimes has joined Snell & Wilmer LLP from the U.S. Department of Justice, the firm said Tuesday. 

  • May 2, 2018

    'Cryptojacking' Attacks Top Threat On The Internet: Report

    Instances of hackers hijacking users' browsers to scout and then steal cryptocurrency — a form of theft known as "cryptojacking" — have emerged as the top threat on the internet, spiking with the rise in value of digital currencies, according to a report by Canadian cybersecurity firm Akouto released Tuesday. 

  • May 2, 2018

    Gibbons' Pro Bono Fellows Helped Settle NJ Muslims' Suit

    The dispute between New York City and a coalition of New Jersey Muslims alleging the New York City Police Department illegally spied on them for years ended in a settlement in April, bringing to a close six years of litigation supported by the pro bono work of Gibbons PC.

  • May 2, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Files For Bankruptcy After Data Scandal

    Cambridge Analytica LLC, the political data and consulting firm hired by President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign that is now tied to a Facebook data-harvesting scandal, announced Wednesday that it has filed for insolvency and will be shutting its doors.

  • May 2, 2018

    DLA Piper Adds Ex-White House Adviser As Telecom Partner

    DLA Piper has added a former White House policy adviser and ex-Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP attorney to its expanding telecommunications practice group, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 2, 2018

    Paul Hastings Hires GDPR Expert As Partner In London

    Global law firm Paul Hastings LLP has hired a partner in privacy and cybersecurity with expertise in Europe's new data protection rules to bolster its London office, the firm said on Wednesday.

  • May 1, 2018

    Facebook Wants Data Transfer Row Out Of EU Top Court

    Facebook is pushing to block the European Court of Justice from considering whether two popular mechanisms used by scores of multinational companies to transfer Europeans' data to the U.S. are lawful, saying the move should be halted while it appeals the referral to Ireland's highest court. 

  • May 1, 2018

    Womble Bond Snags TCPA, Financial Services Team

    Womble Bond Dickinson LLP nabbed a litigation team of three attorneys from Dorsey & Whitney LLP for one of its Southern California offices, led by a prominent class action defense attorney who is nationally recognized in Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation, the firm has announced.

  • May 1, 2018

    New FTC Chairman Sworn In As Agency Refills Seats

    The Federal Trade Commission’s new chair was sworn in Tuesday, placing ex-Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP partner Joseph Simons at the head of the competition regulator less than a week after he and four other nominees were confirmed by the Senate.

  • May 1, 2018

    Facing Backlash, Facebook Unveils New 'Clear History' Tool

    Facing a sea of public backlash and government inquiries over the mishandling of its users' data, Facebook on Tuesday announced a new "clear history" privacy feature that will let account holders see and delete identifying information that the company has collected from other websites and apps that run its tracking tools.

  • May 1, 2018

    Travelers Says Hotel Claims Over Data Breach Are A Ruse

    A Travelers unit asked a Florida federal court Monday to find it does not have to pay a hotel company’s subsidiary for alleged data breach losses, saying it was attempting to trigger coverage with a false claim letter.

  • May 1, 2018

    Loeb & Loeb Nabs Ad, Privacy Pros From Winston & Strawn

    Loeb & Loeb LLP has hired a team of advertising, digital media, privacy and brand protection lawyers who also specialize in intellectual property disputes from Winston & Strawn LLP, Loeb & Loeb said Tuesday.

  • May 1, 2018

    Goldman Sachs Fined $110M For 'Unsafe' Forex Conduct

    New York’s state banking regulator and the Federal Reserve levied $109.5 million in fines on Tuesday against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for allegedly operating its foreign exchange trading business under lax controls that allowed traders to swap private client information in online chat rooms with competitors and inflate their profits.

  • May 1, 2018

    FTC Settles With Fla. Phone Reseller Over Vacuumed Data

    The Federal Trade Commission and a Florida-based cellphone reseller have entered into a settlement, they said Tuesday, after the company admitted it allowed a third party to collect data from customers’ phones.

  • May 1, 2018

    London Initiative Aims To Protect Firms From Cyberattacks

    The City of London Police said Tuesday it is launching a new initiative to make the Square Mile more secure from cyberattacks, dubbed Cyber Griffin, which the force hopes will improve the sharing of threat intelligence and strengthen defenses at firms across the city.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Pa. High Court Ruling Erodes Medical Peer Review Protection

    Robin Locke Nagele

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's recent decision in Reginelli v. Boggs — holding that a physician practice group that employed physicians and other licensed health care providers did not qualify for peer review privilege protection — is striking and signals two very significant shifts in the state's peer review analysis, says Robin Locke Nagele of Post & Schell.

  • Rebuttal

    Crypto Developments Are Noteworthy, But Not Alarming

    Sarah Auchterlonie

    A recent Law360 guest article series highlighting three regulatory developments cautions cryptocurrency exchanges to be “prepared for relentless U.S. regulatory oversight,” but the specter of financial regulation should not be as frightening as the articles suggest, say Sarah Auchterlonie and Emily Garnett of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • South Dakota Breach Notification Law Breaks New Ground

    Caleb Skeath

    A few elements of South Dakota's new data breach notification law push farther than comparable laws from other states and have the potential to shift companies’ data breach notification practices, say Caleb Skeath and Calvin Cohen of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Cybersecurity Of Toll Roads: Are We There Yet?

    Anna Rudawski

    Building a cybersecurity program is especially daunting for public toll road operators, who serve a massive user base that includes both drivers and government organizations, says Anna Rudawski of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Crafting Robust Force Majeure Clauses

    Alan Howard

    Lawyers can help protect their clients by avoiding standard force majeure text, and spelling out the intent of the parties in unambiguous terms. While it is impossible to address all contingencies, clearly defined and precise language can be used to mitigate performance and even economic risks, say Alan Howard and Luke van Houwelingen of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.