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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • October 19, 2018

    IDT Can't Use High Court Ruling To Duck TCPA Claims

    A Georgia federal judge has rejected IDT Telecom's bid to ax a putative class action accusing it of blasting consumers with unsolicited telemarketing calls, finding a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision didn't prevent the court from entertaining claims brought on behalf of individuals living outside the plaintiff's home state.

  • October 19, 2018

    Goodwin Scores 2 Gunderson Emerging Tech Co. Partners

    Goodwin Procter LLP has added two former Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP attorneys as partners to its technology companies practice in San Francisco, the firm has announced.

  • October 19, 2018

    Pharma Co. Wants Sex Drug Marketing Case Axed

    Innovus Pharmaceuticals Inc. urged an Illinois federal judge Thursday to toss a $5 million false advertising lawsuit brought by the developer of a sexual dysfunction drug who claims advertisements using his likeness harmed his reputation, arguing the accusations have no merit.

  • October 19, 2018

    Feds Charge Troll Farm Accountant With Midterm Meddling

    Federal prosecutors on Friday announced charges against a Russian accountant accused of helping a Moscow-based disinformation group use fake social media accounts to sow discord in the U.S. ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

  • October 19, 2018

    Levi & Korsinsky Chosen To Lead Cryptocurrency Suit

    A man who invested nearly $140,000 worth of bitcoin into a Dublin-based cryptocurrency startup stepped forward to claim he had the largest financial interest in a proposed class action against the company, and a Pennsylvania federal court on Thursday certified him as the new lead plaintiff and Levi & Korsinsky LLP as lead counsel in the suit.

  • October 19, 2018

    Ex-Uber Drivers Ask 9th Circ. To Revive 2014 Data Hack Suit

    Two former Uber drivers have asked the Ninth Circuit to revive their amended proposed class action alleging that the ride-hailing company lied about a 2014 data breach that compromised their personal information, insisting they have shown an immediate, credible risk of fraud or identity theft from the hack.

  • October 19, 2018

    GCs Should Take Hack Issues To The Feds, DHS Official Says

    Jeanette Manfra, a top cybersecurity and communications official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tells Law360 why she's inviting general counsel to trade information about cyberthreats with her office and discusses the department's plan to secure the upcoming federal and state elections.

  • October 19, 2018

    SEC Launches 'FinHub' Office To Guide Startups On Fintech

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday it launched a new office intended to improve communication with entrepreneurs and their advisers about regulations relating to the booming field of financial technology, including blockchain and initial coin offerings.

  • October 19, 2018

    What Construction Attys Need To Know About AI

    Focused on hands-on, real-world work, the construction industry has lagged behind others on the use of artificial intelligence, but given the time- and cost-saving benefits of embracing AI, construction lawyers and their clients should be constantly thinking of ways to make it work for them.

  • October 19, 2018

    Sapphire Tycoon Gets Prison For Faking Judge's Signature

    A "privileged" Manhattan sapphire merchant was sentenced to nine months in prison Friday for forging a federal judge's signature, after a prosecutor called such conduct "rampant" and the sentencing judge said the CEO's emails bragging about how easy the caper was spoke to the need to deter other would-be fakers.

  • October 19, 2018

    Small UK Firms Face Cybercrime Onslaught, Hiscox Says

    Small businesses in the U.K. are being hit with 65,000 attempted cyberattacks every day, costing them £25,700 ($33,500) a year to clean up, according to a study released by global insurer Hiscox, which said the sector was a "hot target."

  • October 18, 2018

    Fund Takes 2nd Stab At Uber Fraud, Illicit Biz Practices Suit

    A Texas-based retirement fund took another stab at a proposed California class action alleging Uber Technologies Inc. and its ex-CEO Travis Kalanick's illicit business tactics, corporate bullying, institutionalized harassment and rampant flouting of the law cost investors billions.

  • October 18, 2018

    3 Takeaways From ABA's Firm Breach Disclosure Guidance

    The American Bar Association's recent guidance on notifying clients about data breaches sets a high standard for lawyers striving to meet their ethical obligations and will likely prompt many law firms to take a harder look at their current incident preparation and response efforts, attorneys say. Here, attorneys flag three major takeaways from the new guidance.

  • October 18, 2018

    NY Trial Set To Determine Owner Of Contested Crypto Platform

    A business developer accused of sneaking her name onto corporate paperwork to steal control of a budding peer-to-peer cryptocurrency platform agreed Thursday to an expedited Nov. 5 trial in Manhattan to determine whether she rightfully owns the platform.

  • October 18, 2018

    Can A 'Shitty Media Man' Unmask His Accusers?

    A controversial lawsuit filed last week over a list of men accused of sexual misconduct included a pointed threat to unmask the women who contributed to the document, setting the stage for a potential First Amendment battle over anonymous online speech.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ex-FBI Agent Gets 4 Years For Leaking Defense Info

    A former FBI agent was sentenced to four years in prison in Minnesota federal court Thursday on charges related to taking secret government defense information and disclosing it to a news organization, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • October 18, 2018

    Fidelity's Foray Into Bitcoin Likely To Boost Crypto Appeal

    Fidelity Investments’ plans to form a stand-alone company that will enable hedge funds and other professional investors to store and trade cryptocurrencies like bitcoin could potentially pave the way for more institutional investment into the fledgling asset class.

  • October 18, 2018

    Fintech Cops Urged To Play Nice, But Sandbox Is A Hard Sell

    A recent Treasury Department report proposed a host of ideas for boosting development in America's financial technology sector and keeping it globally competitive, including a "sandbox" for experimenting with new products and services, but experts say a morass of regulatory agencies makes building such a playground difficult in the U.S.

  • October 18, 2018

    FCC Gets Input On Autodialer Definition After 9th Circ. Ruling

    The FCC has received the first round of public comments on how it should apply restrictions on automatic telephone dialing systems under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in the wake of the Ninth Circuit's decision in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, with businesses and industry groups largely advocating a narrow interpretation of the law.

  • October 18, 2018

    Canadian Securities Watchdog Reveals Market Protection Plan

    The Canadian Securities Administrators on Thursday published a notice informing market participants about its method for handling a market disruption to Canadian capital markets, including instances related to a large-scale cybersecurity incident.

Expert Analysis

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • ​Are You Ready For Your Congressional Investigation?

    Brian Smith

    ​The Democratic Party is ​expected to take control of the House of Representatives next year,​ ​which​ will dramatically increase the congressional investigations risks for ​the ​private sector.​ Prime targets include pharmaceutical, financial services and technology ​companies, says Brian Smith of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How New Calif. Law Will Impact Device Cybersecurity

    Laura Stefani

    A new California law requires specific types of cybersecurity protections for internet-connected devices. But the proliferation of state-based internet of things requirements could hinder efforts to develop and implement uniform national standards, says Laura Stefani of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • No Bots About It: California's Crackdown On Chatbots

    Anthony Ascombe

    Last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law restricting the use of automated online “bot” accounts. The law was drafted in part to help prevent election interference through the propagation of fake news, but it will also impact businesses that use bots to communicate with customers, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • How GDPR Affects Targeted Marketing

    Christian Auty

    It's not very surprising that the first enforcement action under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation was directed at a North American advertiser. The GDPR is a global law, and advertisers and social networks, wherever they are located, will be among the early targets, says Christian Auty of Much Shelist PC.

  • How FTC Is Stepping Up Its Consumer Protection Efforts

    Jonice Gray Tucker

    The Federal Trade Commission, which once dominated the playing field on many consumer protection issues, appears poised to reclaim a more active role in connection with financial products and services, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Class Arbitration Goes To The Supreme Court

    Jay Bogan

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Varela v. Lamps Plus that the Federal Arbitration Act displaces contractual interpretation rules likely would vacate the Eleventh Circuit's recent JPay decision, says James Bogan of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Crypto As Commodity, And The Bankruptcy Implications

    Joanne Lee Molinaro

    With the recent ruling in My Big Coin Pay that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are “commodities,” bankruptcy courts will likely have greater discretion regarding how to treat the valuation of cryptocurrencies in a variety of contexts, say Joanne Lee Molinaro and Susan Poll Klaessy of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Can Blockchain Deliver Secure IT Solutions For Health Care?

    Jonathan Gordon

    Blockchain-powered tools may revolutionize health care by allowing providers to easily exchange medical and health records while still protecting patients' information, but entrepreneurs must carefully consider novel legal challenges and questions, say Jonathan Gordon and Jesse Welsh-Keyser of Alston & Bird LLP.