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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • December 12, 2018

    FDA Explains Expectations For Drugmakers' Data Retention

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration answered drugmakers’ questions Wednesday about how to maintain data from drug tests and the manufacturing floor, following an uptick in violations of federal information retention standards.

  • December 12, 2018

    Centerplate Customer Takes 2nd Swing At Receipt Privacy Suit

    Sports concessions vendor Centerplate Inc. should have to face claims it violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act by printing customers’ full credit card numbers on receipts, a customer told the D.C. Circuit in a bid to revive her case.

  • December 12, 2018

    AriseBank Execs Settle SEC's ICO Scam Claims For $2.7M

    Two top executives of the now-shuttered AriseBank have agreed to pay a combined $2.7 million to settle claims by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the cryptobank fraudulently raised money in an unregistered initial coin offering, the regulator told a Texas federal court on Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2018

    Senate OKs Resolution Overturning Donor Disclosure Rule

    The U.S. Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday that would overturn guidance released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that limits the disclosure requirements of certain nonprofits.

  • December 12, 2018

    Charter Looks To Nix TCPA Suit Over Unwanted Calls

    Charter Communications Inc. asked a West Virginia federal judge Tuesday to dismiss a complaint accusing it of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited calls using an autodialer, saying the calls were not made by the company and it does not do business in West Virginia.

  • December 12, 2018

    Google Tracking Class Actions Consolidated In Calif.

    Six proposed class actions accusing Google of tracking and storing users’ private location information even, in instances where consumers have opted out, have been consolidated in a California federal court.

  • December 12, 2018

    Industry Groups Hail Move For Reassigned Numbers Database

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to establish a comprehensive database of reassigned phone numbers, which it says will help companies keep track of when consumers abandon a phone number and cut down on the amount of misdirected calls.

  • December 12, 2018

    Federal IT Acquisition Still Needs Improvement, GAO Says

    Although federal agencies have improved their information technology acquisition and cybersecurity practices over time, they still have a distance to go to fully meet their statutory requirements and implement related recommendations, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

  • December 12, 2018

    Uber Ran Rival Off Road With Fake Ride Requests, Suit Says

    A shuttered ride-hailing startup accused Uber in California federal court Tuesday of requesting rides and canceling them shortly before pickups in a scheme to push competitors out, saying it cost consumers “lower prices, higher quality, and more options.”

  • December 12, 2018

    MoFo Nabs Former OFAC Sanctions Official In DC

    Morrison & Foerster LLP has lured another attorney away from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, bolstering its national security practice in Washington, D.C., with his experience helping formulate sanctions policy, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • December 12, 2018

    EU Lawmakers To Step Up Fight Against Non-Cash Fraud

    European lawmakers have reached a political agreement to strengthen the rules for combatting fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash payments such as credit cards and virtual currencies across the bloc. 

  • December 11, 2018

    Fiat Presses Supreme Court To Undo Car-Hacking Cert. Order

    Fiat Chrysler urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to resolve a circuit split and allow it to swiftly challenge an Illinois district court's certification of thousands of drivers claiming Jeep Cherokees were vulnerable to hacking, saying the lower court's "manifest errors" cannot go unchecked.

  • December 11, 2018

    Judge Knocks Cambridge Analytica Exec's Ch. 7 Escape Bid

    The New York bankruptcy judge overseeing Cambridge Analytica LLC's Chapter 7 case Tuesday said he will likely continue to hold the company director who signed the bankruptcy papers responsible for Cambridge’s part in the case.

  • December 11, 2018

    Testing Reveals No Chinese Microchip Spying, Co. Says

    An investigation found no proof that Super Micro Computer Inc.’s motherboards were infected by malicious hardware, the California-based company said Tuesday, continuing its fight to dispute a fall media report detailing alleged Chinese interference with its products.

  • December 11, 2018

    Target To Pay $3M Over Unauthorized Pill Refills In Mass.

    Target Corp. will pay $3 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it automatically refilled prescriptions at its pharmacies in Massachusetts without approval from patients and doctors and then left the state's Medicaid program with the bill, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • December 11, 2018

    AGs Ask SSA To Set Up ID Theft Prevention Database, Fast

    A coalition of 43 state attorneys general urged the Social Security Administration to make a priority of establishing a nationwide database for electronically matching names and dates of birth to Social Security numbers, in order to fight “synthetic identity theft” where legitimate numbers get tied to fake identities.

  • December 11, 2018

    Google CEO Defends Practices Amid Tracking, Bias Concerns

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s closely watched testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday was heavy on affirmations that the company strives for optimal user experience but light on specifics about how the company deals with allegations of improper user tracking, information suppression and ill-gotten competitive advantages.

  • December 11, 2018

    Fla. Man Ordered To Pay Gov't $23M Over Debt-Relief Scam

    A Florida federal judge awarded the Federal Trade Commission and the Florida attorney general a win and $23 million in their lawsuit accusing a man of running a scheme that defrauded 10,000 financially distressed consumers by using illegal telemarketing calls to sell bogus credit-card debt elimination and reduction services.

  • December 11, 2018

    EU Clears $5B Data Encryption Deal With Conditions

    The European Commission has approved the Thales Group's $5 billion acquisition of Gemalto NV, as long as Thales divests from its general purpose hardware security modules business, the EC said Tuesday.

  • December 10, 2018

    Woman Accused Of Being Russian Agent Set To Change Plea

    A D.C. federal judge on Monday granted a joint request from federal prosecutors and a Russian woman accused of infiltrating organizations with political influence inside the U.S. to hold a hearing so she can change her previous "not guilty" plea.

Expert Analysis

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Autonomous Vehicles And UK Product Liability Law: Part 1

    Michaela Herron

    Autonomous vehicles present a number of challenges to the United Kingdom's product liability legal framework, especially with regard to the vehicles' heavy reliance on software, consumers' expectations of safety and the need for compliance with varying local traffic rules, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • Perspectives

    Class Cy Pres Settlements Are A Troubling Practice

    Mary Massaron

    Class actions are often touted as a powerful mechanism for access to justice, but is this true when there is zero chance of recovery for class members? asks Mary Massaron, a partner at Plunkett Cooney PC and former president of Lawyers for Civil Justice.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • High Court May Dim Lights On Class Arbitration In Lamps Plus

    Adam Primm

    Following recent U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Lamps Plus v. Frank Varela, the Ninth Circuit’s decision in the case appears to be facing an uphill battle to uphold the authorization of class arbitration, say Adam Primm and Peter Kirsanow of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    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 Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Press Pause Before Using Biometric Tech In The Workplace

    Robert Quackenboss

    As demonstrated by a recently filed class action against a hospital housekeeping company in Illinois federal court — Byczek v. Xanitos — the ever-changing legal landscape surrounding biometric data should give employers pause when considering its use in the workplace, say Robert Quackenboss and Madalyn Doucet of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Sekura Case Expands Scope Of Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

    Greg Abrams

    An Illinois state appeals court's recent decision in Sekura v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan appears to break from multiple Biometric Information Privacy Act cases that had required plaintiffs to allege some harm beyond mere technical violations to qualify as “aggrieved,” say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.