Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • June 15, 2020

    Ex-EBay Workers Charged With Terrorizing Blogging Couple

    Federal prosecutors have charged a group of former eBay employees with terrorizing a Massachusetts couple through an elaborate stalking campaign over their e-commerce blog's critical coverage of the company, including one post that allegedly prompted then-CEO Devin Wenig to tell another executive to "take down" the blog's editor.

  • June 12, 2020

    Romanians Plead Guilty To Auction Site RICO Scheme

    The U.S. Department of Justice has obtained four guilty pleas in an international conspiracy to defraud American customers using auction websites and subsequently launder funds through a Romanian cryptocurrency exchange, bringing the total number of people charged in the scheme to 15.

  • June 12, 2020

    9th Circ. Urged To Revive Uber Fraud, Illicit Biz Practices Suit

    A Texas retirement fund has told the Ninth Circuit that Uber is liable for investors' losses resulting from corporate scandals and public relations mishaps, saying the ride-hailing giant falsely boasted about Uber's regulatory compliance and overall financial health while downplaying rampant mismanagement.

  • June 12, 2020

    DOJ May Release More Mueller Report Redactions On Stone

    Federal prosecutors on Friday signaled the government may make public more redacted materials from former special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election concerning onetime Trump campaign adviser and longtime confidant Roger Stone.

  • June 12, 2020

    Barnes & Thornburg Nabs Kilpatrick Litigator In Atlanta

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP has boosted its Atlanta footprint with a commercial litigator from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP with expertise in areas ranging from technology lawsuits to trade secrets cases.

  • June 12, 2020

    Cafe's Revised $3.2M Biometric Privacy Deal Gets Initial Nod

    An Illinois federal judge gave an early nod Friday to a $3.2 million biometric privacy settlement between a cafe chain and a group of its employees, saying the deal seems fair after they fixed some issues he identified in an earlier proposal.

  • June 12, 2020

    Zoom Derivative Suit Alleges $173M In Insider Trading

    An investor has launched derivative claims on behalf of Zoom Video Communications Inc. over its rise to prominence and subsequent scrutiny in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the company's top brass of pulling in $172.9 million via insider trading.

  • June 12, 2020

    As Final Calif. Privacy Regs Drop, Enforcement Fights Loom

    The California attorney general declined to clarify several key ambiguities in his final rules for implementing the state's landmark privacy law, leaving businesses bracing for enforcement battles and putting the spotlight on a likely ballot initiative that is poised to further complicate matters.

  • June 12, 2020

    Clearview AI's Law Enforcement Use Faces Scrutiny In EU, US

    The European Data Protection Board said it "has doubts" as to whether law enforcement's use of Clearview AI's facial recognition software is legal.

  • June 12, 2020

    Airbnb, NYC Agree To Settle Customer Data Suit

    The government of New York City agreed to revise an ordinance that requires the public collection of short-term rental company customer data in a settlement agreement announced Friday with Airbnb that would drop the company's suit against the local law.

  • June 12, 2020

    FINRA Extends COVID-19 Remote Work And Deadline Relief

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has issued a new rule allowing staff to continue serving documents electronically and giving oral arguments via videoconference — while upholding various COVID-19-related deadline extensions — until July 31 "in order to cope with the current pandemic conditions."

  • June 12, 2020

    Media Cyberattacks Land Hacker 5 Years In Prison

    A man who admitted attacking a legal news website that published a court ruling in a criminal fraud case against him was sentenced to five years in prison on a conspiracy charge, according to federal prosecutors.

  • June 12, 2020

    Judges Say Trial Court Not Rubber Stamp On Flynn Dismissal

    Two D.C. Circuit judges on Friday sharply pushed back against Michael Flynn's petition demanding the immediate dismissal of criminal charges that he lied to FBI investigators.

  • June 12, 2020

    Protests, Virus Boost NY Bill To Ban Geofence Warrants

    New York State legislators are hoping to build support for new legislation that would ban law enforcement from seeking broad warrants for cellphone data within a geographic area — a tactic they fear could compromise the privacy of New Yorkers participating in ongoing large protests against police brutality.

  • June 11, 2020

    Consumers Say Pot Co. TCPA Suit Can't Wait On High Court

    Consumers suing a cannabis-focused marketing company for unwanted text messages have urged a California federal court to reject a bid to pause the suit pending a relevant U.S. Supreme Court decision, saying a timeout could effectively kill their case.

  • June 11, 2020

    Capital One Claims Breach Disclosure Order Is 'Unworkable'

    Capital One has asked a Virginia federal court to overturn a magistrate judge's ruling ordering it to disclose a consultant's analysis of its 2019 data breach, claiming the order has "unworkable practical implications" for banks responding to cybersecurity episodes.

  • June 11, 2020

    Dish Asks 7th Circ. To Rethink Telemarketer Liability Ruling

    Dish Network urged the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to rehear its challenge to a judgment finding it liable for unlawful telemarketing calls made by contractors, arguing its decision to largely affirm the ruling caused a circuit split and "radically expands vicarious liability."

  • June 11, 2020

    Ex-DEA Spokesman Admits Posing As CIA Agent In $4M Scam

    A former Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman admitted to impersonating a Central Intelligence Agency officer in order to swindle a dozen D.C.-area companies out of nearly $4.5 million, according to a plea deal in Virginia federal court Thursday.

  • June 11, 2020

    House Rep. Puts China On Notice With Accountability Act

    A Republican House member with the support of 22 lawmakers unveiled a bill Thursday to combat China's theft of U.S. intellectual property by prohibiting Chinese nationals from visiting the U.S. on trips involving technology, engineering and science.

  • June 11, 2020

    Google To Ban Targeted Housing Ads Based On Postal Code

    Google Inc. will soon no longer allow some advertisers to target users based on their postal code, gender, age, parental status or marital status in an effort to improve access to housing, employment and credit opportunities, the company said Thursday.

  • June 11, 2020

    Republican Sen. Urges FTC Probe Into New TikTok Competitor

    Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., has called on the Federal Trade Commission to open an inquiry into a new app that closely resembles TikTok, suggesting it may not be abiding by children's online privacy rules and has "substantial" ties to the Chinese Communist Party. 

  • June 10, 2020

    Amazon Blocks Facial Recognition Tool From Cops For 1 Year

    Amazon.com Inc. announced Wednesday that it is placing a one-year moratorium on the use of its facial recognition technology for police, noting in a release that it hopes the move will give Congress time to place regulations on the technology's usage.

  • June 10, 2020

    Marijuana Dispensary Hit With TCPA Suit Over Text Ads

    An Oregon-based marijuana dispensary was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court on Wednesday that accuses it of sending unsolicited text messages advertising its products in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • June 10, 2020

    Watchdog Group Asks Gov't To Rethink Facebook Purchases

    A public interest group has urged several government entities — including the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department, the House Judiciary Committee, and the New York attorney general — to consider whether Facebook's previous acquisitions were anti-competitive, with an eye toward bringing an antitrust case against the company in the U.S.

  • June 10, 2020

    Attys Seek $4M Fee Boost After $76M Robocall Deal

    Attorneys who negotiated a $76 million deal to end a robocall class action against a cruise marketing company asked an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to bump up their initial $15 million fee award by $3.9 million, now that the claims approval process has come to a close.

Expert Analysis

  • With Friends Like These: The Amicus Questions In Flynn Case

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    A D.C. federal judge's recent appointment of amicus curiae to address whether the Michael Flynn case can proceed is reminiscent of the judicial overreach that the U.S. Supreme Court criticized and reversed this month in U.S. v. Sineneng-Smith, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • Making Law Firm Panels Work For The Cost-Conscious GC

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    General counsel may be tempted to resort to matter-level requests for proposals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, but alternatively, a singular, global RFP process — to select a panel of law firms for all legal needs — can reduce legal spend while fostering long-term relationships, say Vivek Hatti, formerly at Avis Budget Group, and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • Highlights From The Virtual Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

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    At the sessions of the American Bar Association's Antitrust Law Spring Meeting focused on consumer protection and privacy, coronavirus-related issues were top of mind for panelists, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • High Court May Offer Crucial Clarity On Computer Fraud Law

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    In U.S. v. Van Buren, the U.S. Supreme Court has the opportunity to assess the scope and inconsistent application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as determine to what extent organizations can establish limits on accessing and using information, say Mark Krotoski at Morgan Lewis and Adam Adler at Reichman Jorgensen.

  • Workplace Body Temperature Devices Raise Privacy Concerns

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    As employers begin using no-contact temperature taking devices to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they'll need to comply with state biometric data and breach notification laws, the California Consumer Privacy Act, and federal guidance, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.

  • Pandemic Presents Teamwork Test For Law Firms

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    To ensure smooth operations during these uncertain times, all members of the law firm team — leaders and partners, diversity and talent professionals, associates and other staff members — need to commit to their unique roles and intensify support for colleagues, says Manar Morales, president and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Highlights From The Virtual Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 2

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    Attorneys at Perkins Coie break down the important issues discussed during the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Spring Meeting's sessions on merger enforcement in the technology and life sciences industries.

  • Pandemic-Related Privacy Bill May Be Unconstitutional

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    First Amendment and federalism hurdles may stand in the way of a new federal privacy bill that would impose strict obligations on companies collecting consumer geolocation, proximity or health information for pandemic-related contact tracing purposes, but not for marketing or for-profit purposes, say Edward McNicholas and Kelsey McIntosh at Ropes & Gray.

  • 8 Tips For Retaining An Expert During COVID-19 And Beyond

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    Caroline Crump at Exponent and Natalie Baker Reis at Medical Research Consultants outline some strategies for creating a successful attorney-expert team, including unique considerations for pandemic-related closures and economic uncertainties.

  • Highlights From The Virtual Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 1

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    Comments made by representatives from federal and state antitrust agencies at the virtual sessions of the American Bar Association's 68th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting signal current and future enforcement priorities, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • Debtors Should Seek Privacy Oversight Before Data Sales

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    As COVID-19 prompts an increase in bankruptcies, debtors should consider appointing a consumer privacy ombudsman to safeguard user data and obtain the required court approval for an asset sale, say attorneys at Ice Miller.

  • What It's Like To Move From Army JAG To BigLaw

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    Lawyers who have served in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps can provide tremendous value to law firms, but the transition to firm life has its challenges, says former JAG attorney Vinnie Lichvar, now at Snell & Wilmer.

  • 11 Post-Pandemic Predictions For Telehealth Regulation

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    Though many regulatory changes related to telehealth usage will revert after the pandemic, they will likely pave the way for more permanent developments in the future, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • A Path To Privacy Protections For Employee Contact Tracing

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    As companies face privacy challenges related to employee contact tracing to limit the spread of COVID-19, nationwide data protection legislation should look to key principles in the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act, say Kelly Belnick and Kenneth Jones at Tanenbaum Keale.

  • How Law Firms Can Maximize COVID-19 Insurance Coverage

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    Law firms struggling due to the pandemic should identify relevant insurance policies and provisions, be mindful of notice requirements that could interfere with coverage, and push back against policy exclusions, say Robin Cohen and James Smith at McKool Smith.

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