Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • June 29, 2020

    Canadian Watchdogs Probing Tim Hortons For Privacy Breach

    Canadian regulators said Monday they are investigating whether coffee and pastry chain Tim Hortons breached privacy law by constantly tracking the locations of users of its mobile ordering app without first getting valid consent.

  • June 29, 2020

    Senate Dems Demand Agencies Act On COVID-19 Scams

    A pair of Senate Democrats urged four federal agencies to crack down on robocall scams during the coronavirus pandemic that range from supposed help with IRS stimulus payments to impersonating health experts to hawking fake COVID-19 remedies.

  • June 29, 2020

    Calif. University Says It Paid $1.14M In Ransomware Attack

    The University of California, San Francisco said Friday that it paid hackers $1.14 million earlier this month to resolve a ransomware attack and unlock encrypted data on servers within the School of Medicine, an incident that reflects a growing number of malware attacks.

  • June 29, 2020

    FCC Limits Definition Of Autodialer

    The Federal Communications Commission has narrowed its definition of an "autodialer," stating that systems requiring the manual dialing of numbers are not autodialers and are not subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's restrictions.

  • June 29, 2020

    Assange Hasn't Been Served New US Indictment, Atty Claims

    U.S. prosecutors have failed to show their new indictment against Julian Assange to his legal team, lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder told a judge at a London court on Monday as they warned that the timing of the fresh allegations could delay the case to extradite him.

  • June 26, 2020

    DHS Tells Social Media Sites To Police Protest Posts

    The acting head of the Department of Homeland Security has sent letters to Facebook, Twitter, Snap, Google and Apple asking them to stop people from using their platforms to "organize, facilitate or incite dangerous or deadly riots" in the wake of police brutality protests across the country.

  • June 26, 2020

    Surveillance Reformers Seize Moment Amid Protests, Virus

    A growing movement for police reform and added scrutiny of privacy in the age of COVID-19 have combined to add momentum to the push for limits on government surveillance.  

  • June 26, 2020

    Health Chain, Patients Reach $2.8M Data Breach Deal

    A multihospital health system has agreed to shell out $2.8 million to put to rest a proposed class action over two phishing attacks that allegedly compromised the personal information of more than a million patients, according to a motion for preliminary approval filed in Wisconsin federal court.

  • June 26, 2020

    Chinese Prof Guilty Of Economic Espionage Over Phone Tech

    A professor at a Chinese university was found guilty of economic espionage, theft of trade secrets and conspiracy on Friday in California federal court following a bench trial over allegations he stole trade secrets from Avago Technologies and Skyworks Solutions Inc.

  • June 26, 2020

    Norton Rose Nabs BakerHostetler Cybersecurity & Privacy Pro

    Norton Rose Fulbright has hired a seasoned BakerHostetler data protection, privacy and cybersecurity lawyer as a partner in its Houston office, where he will focus on incident response, risk mitigation and compliance.

  • June 26, 2020

    Calif. Gov. Urged To Scrap July 1 Start For CCPA Enforcement

    A leading advertising trade group is taking its fight to temporarily halt enforcement of California's Consumer Privacy Act to the state's governor, arguing that the attorney general's pending regulations on how companies should implement the law contain unconstitutional requirements that exceed the regulator's authority.

  • June 26, 2020

    Coronavirus Q&A: MoFo's Global Privacy Group Co-Chair

    In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, Morrison & Foerster LLP partner Miriam H. Wugmeister digs into growing concerns among in-house counsel about the increased personal data they'll likely need to collect to safely reopen their businesses and how her homebound colleagues and clients are teaming up to fight hackers remotely.

  • June 26, 2020

    Pa. Convenience Store Chain Wants Data Breach Suit Tossed

    A chain of Pennsylvania gas stations and convenience stores has said it had no explicit or implicit duty to protect consumers' credit card information from hackers in its privacy statement or when customers make purchases, and it urged a federal court to toss a proposed class action over a 2018 data breach.

  • June 26, 2020

    7th Circ. Won't Rethink $280M Dish TCPA Liability Ruling

    The Seventh Circuit isn't interested in rehashing its decision finding Dish Network liable for illegal telemarketing calls made on its behalf, it has said, casting aside arguments that the court's ruling created a rift between the circuits.

  • June 26, 2020

    Russian National Sentenced To Nine Years For Cyber Fraud

    A Virginia federal court on Friday sentenced Russian national Aleksei Burkov to nine years in prison for operating websites to commit credit card fraud and hacking, among other crimes, according to the Department of Justice.

  • June 26, 2020

    Data Scraper Asks High Court To Leave LinkedIn Ruling Alone

    Data analytics startup hiQ Labs Inc. has urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to review a Ninth Circuit ruling that made way for the startup to scrape LinkedIn's publicly available information in order to resell it, arguing that the appeals court's reading of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to exclude viewing and gathering public information is correct.

  • June 26, 2020

    Roger Stone Gets 2 Extra Weeks To Report To Prison

    Roger Stone will have an extra two weeks to report to prison, a D.C. federal judge ruled Friday, pointing to health concerns voiced by the longtime ally of President Donald Trump while denying Stone's request to extend his surrender date even further to September.

  • June 25, 2020

    Calif. Privacy Law Revision To Appear On Nov. Ballots

    California residents will soon have a chance to vote on a proposal to strengthen the state's landmark consumer privacy law, with the secretary of state announcing Thursday that the backers of the California Privacy Rights Act had gathered enough signatures to qualify the measure for November's general election ballot.

  • June 25, 2020

    Chubb Aims To Ax Target's Data Breach Coverage Claim

    Chubb Ltd. urged a Minnesota federal court to rule that it does not have to cover Target Corp.'s losses stemming from bank settlements over a 2013 data breach, arguing that the hack did not cause a "loss of use" for the store customer's credit cards.

  • June 25, 2020

    Capital One Must Divulge Breach Report Despite Protests

    Capital One has been ordered to disclose an analysis of how an alleged cybercriminal was able to steal 106 million applicants' sensitive data last year, despite its claim that doing so would have "unworkable" implications for other banks.

  • June 25, 2020

    Travelers Not Required To Defend Alleged Ambulance Chaser

    Travelers is not obligated to defend or indemnify a law firm in an underlying putative class action where the firm faces allegations that it unlawfully obtained vehicle collision records as part of identifying new clients, a North Carolina federal judge has determined.

  • June 25, 2020

    Cisco Rival Seeks Up To $555M As Security IP Trial Wraps

    Centripetal Networks sought up to $555 million at the close of a bench trial Thursday over damages for Cisco's alleged infringement of its patented network security technology, telling a Virginia federal judge that if infringement is found, Cisco should pay ongoing royalties or be barred from using the technology altogether.

  • June 25, 2020

    Patients Fight Hospital's 'Federal Officer' Claim In Privacy Suit

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center can't claim it was acting as a "federal officer" by creating its online patient portal when it was allegedly violating the privacy protections that went with the federal directives, an attorney for website users who say UPMC improperly shared their private information with advertisers argued Thursday.

  • June 25, 2020

    NSO Group Says WhatsApp Can't Get Injunction Over Hacking

    NSO Group has urged a California federal judge to deny Facebook-owned WhatsApp's bid to permanently bar the Israeli spyware company from using or "interfering" with the social media platforms, as the messaging app accuses NSO Group of hacking its users.

  • June 25, 2020

    Exec's Libel Trial Over Trump Dossier Author Set For July

    A Russian tech executive's libel suit against Trump-dossier author Christopher Steele over his inclusion in the notorious report that was published in BuzzFeed is set to start in London next month.

Expert Analysis

  • Confronting Mental Distress In The Legal Profession

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    Even before the pandemic, troubling data about mental distress among lawyers pointed to a profession in crisis, but addressing the challenge requires a better understanding of the causes, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna Corp.

  • 4 Telehealth Concerns For Care Management After COVID-19

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    Care management organizations shifting to telehealth platforms due to COVID-19 should pay close attention to legal trends and developments in data protection, contract limitations, use of licensed providers and reimbursement policies, say Sarah Blumenthal and Richard Harris at Ropes & Gray.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Finance Investments Are Not Risk-Free Loans

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    The Ninth Circuit's certification order last week in Fast Trak v. Sax presents an important opportunity for the New York high court to affirm the consensus among courts — litigation finance transactions are not loans subject to usury laws, say Wendie Childress and William Marra at Validity Finance.

  • What Constitutes Reasonable Security Per Calif. Privacy Law?

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    Designing reasonable policies and procedures under the California Consumer Privacy Act — even in the absence of clear statutory guidance — is a task that may become more urgent as plaintiffs already have taken advantage of the act's private right of action, say attorneys at Buckley.

  • Employers' Top 7 Coronavirus Data Collection Questions

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    Attorneys at Troutman Sanders answer key questions about using employee health information to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including whether screenings are required and how to approach data collection and storage.

  • Opinion

    How White Privilege Helped Me Succeed In BigLaw

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    The white, male power structure has eased the path for lawyers like me for far too long, and we should now be responsible for dismantling this systemic bias within the legal industry, says Scott McLaughlin at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Flynn's False Statement Charge Reveals Failed Investigation

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    The U.S. government's charges against Michael Flynn for lying to federal agents shine a light on one of the most misused tools prosecutors deploy to salvage otherwise failed investigations and should generate skepticism from the U.S. Department of Justice and courts, says Simon Gaugush at Carlton Fields.

  • The COVID-19 Arguments Cos. Are Making In M&A Litigation

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    Five recently filed cases in Delaware Chancery Court provide some initial context for understanding how buyers and sellers are responding to the COVID-19 crisis's impact on previously agreed-upon strategic transactions, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Congress Must Create More Private Rights Of Action

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    In light of the Trump administration's efforts to limit the enforcement of regulations during the pandemic and beyond, and the U.S. Supreme Court's severe limitations on private rights of action, Congress must take swift action, says attorney Todd Phillips.

  • Keys To A Thriving Biz Development Culture At Your Law Firm

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    As law firms continue to experience the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever that they reduce reliance on just a few rainmakers and foster a culture that makes business development a way of life for everyone — from junior associates to senior partners, says Elise Holtzman at The Lawyer's Edge.

  • Asset Management M&A In The COVID-19 Era: Part 2

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    Attorneys at Mayer Brown examine how the COVID-19 crisis may require unique regulatory compliance and essential personnel retention considerations for asset management industry mergers and acquisitions.

  • How Video Mediation Can Help Us Serve Clients Better

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    Mediation in recent years has largely devolved into a kind of arbitration without due process — where a mediator reads briefs, decides where the case should settle, and drives parties toward that single-minded result — but online mediation can be steered in a different direction, says mediator Jeff Kichaven.

  • 7th Circ. BIPA Ruling May Alter Section 15(a) Cases In Illinois

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    Illinois courts may rely on the Seventh Circuit's recent procedural ruling in Bryant v. Compass Group to apply a two-year statute of limitations to claims under Section 15(a) of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, and hold that actions under this section are not insurable, says Al Fowerbaugh at Porter Wright.

  • Tips For Broker-Dealers To Avoid Scams During COVID-19

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    The higher risk of online scams due to the remote work arrangements made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic should prompt brokerage firms to take stock of system compliance and carefully consider the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's recent guidance to avoid enforcement actions, say Tim Foley and Kate Hanniford at Alston & Bird.

  • Mental Health Efforts Will Support Diversity In Legal Industry

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    The stigma of discussing mental health struggles during these tough times is especially profound for attorneys of racial and ethnic minorities, but law firms and in-house departments can change the narrative, says Patricia Silva at Lathrop.

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