Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • January 19, 2021

    DOJ's Delrahim Calls For Antitrust Reforms On Way Out

    The U.S. Department of Justice's top antitrust official, Makan Delrahim, offered a laundry list of potential legislative reforms just hours ahead of his departure from the agency on Tuesday, including calling for the creation of a rulemaking board for digital markets.

  • January 19, 2021

    No Permanent Ban On Scrapped Airport-Screening Exclusions

    A Manhattan federal judge denied a bid by New York state to permanently void the Trump administration's exclusion of New Yorkers from expedited screening at airports, ruling on Tuesday that the court had already overturned the exclusion on procedural grounds.

  • January 19, 2021

    Texas Courts Order Sensitive Docs Filed Offline After Breach

    The Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas have ordered parties to file only physical copies of certain "highly sensitive" documents in the wake of a sprawling, suspected Russia-backed data breach that compromised the federal courts case management system.

  • January 19, 2021

    Surveilled Ex-Trump Aide Can Speak At FBI Atty's Sentencing

    A D.C. federal judge is allowing former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to speak at this month's sentencing hearing for an ex-FBI lawyer who pled guilty to falsifying an email to justify surveilling Page, but declined to rule on whether he qualifies as a victim under federal law as he has insisted.

  • January 19, 2021

    FCC Warns Amateur Radio: Don't Air Criminal Threats

    The Federal Communications Commission has issued a stark warning to amateur radio operators not to broadcast anything that incites criminal activity, an admonition that comes amid rising extremist speech over the transfer of White House power.

  • January 19, 2021

    SEPTA Inks $3.6M Deal To End Background Check Suit

    The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has agreed to pay $3.6 million and to rescind its alleged "blanket ban" on job applicants with prior drug convictions in order to end a class action alleging the hiring policy violated state and federal law.

  • January 19, 2021

    Ga. Election Reform To Follow Historic Democratic Wins

    Georgia election attorneys say voting reform is all but guaranteed in the upcoming weeks of the state legislative session, on the heels of a highly contested election cycle that saw record absentee voting and razor-thin margins turn the once-staunch Republican stronghold blue.

  • January 19, 2021

    Android Users Slam Google's 'All Or Nothing' Privacy Stance

    A proposed class of Android smartphone users urged a California magistrate judge Tuesday to keep alive claims that Google illegally harvests data to gain an advantage over rivals like TikTok, with the users arguing that Google's "broad" data-collections disclosures are insufficient, and "consent is not an all or nothing proposition."

  • January 19, 2021

    Trump Tells Agencies To Stop Buying Risky Foreign Drones

    President Donald Trump on Monday directed agencies to develop ways to halt federal purchases for drones made by U.S. adversaries such as China, citing "unacceptable" risks to national security and a desire to build up a domestic industrial base.

  • January 19, 2021

    FCC Exempts Certain Pharma Calls From TCPA Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission has declared that prerecorded calls seeking participants for clinical pharmaceutical trials did not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • January 19, 2021

    Ex-U.S. Atty Carpenito Jumps To King & Spalding's NY Office

    King & Spalding announced Tuesday that it bolstered its government investigations group with former U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, a President Donald Trump appointee who will leave behind the District of New Jersey to tackle pandemic-era private practice as a partner in the international firm's New York office.

  • January 19, 2021

    Meghan Markle Seeks Fast Win In Privacy Suit Against Tabloid

    Meghan Markle's lawyer told a London judge Tuesday that her case against the British tabloid that published her letter to her father could be resolved without a trial because English law protects every citizen's right to "respect" for their private life and correspondence.

  • January 19, 2021

    GDPR Fines In EU Hit $330M As Data Breaches Rise

    The European Union has hit companies with fines of €272.5 million ($330 million) for breaching the bloc's data protection laws since they came into force in 2018, as the number of violations and penalties handed out rise, DLA Piper said on Tuesday.

  • January 19, 2021

    FTC Head Simons Stepping Down

    Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph J. Simons announced Tuesday he will step down from the agency's top post on Jan. 29, paving the way for a new, Democratic FTC majority under the Biden administration.

  • January 15, 2021

    Excellus To Pay $5.1M In HHS Deal Over Data Hack

    Excellus will fork over $5.1 million to the federal government and do a rigorous risk analysis as part of a deal to resolve a probe into a massive breach of health data, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday.

  • January 15, 2021

    NY, FTC Lead Charge To Expand Biometric Privacy Shields

    New York lawmakers and the Federal Trade Commission are the latest to step up pressure on companies to be upfront with consumers about the use of their biometric data, signaling that more laws and regulatory scrutiny are expected for the increasingly popular technology, attorneys say. 

  • January 15, 2021

    FCC Inks $10M Fine For Racist Political Robocaller

    After sending out thousands of racist robocalls in an attempt to sway public opinion against Black and Jewish political candidates, an Idaho white supremacist is being hit with nearly $10 million in fines from the Federal Communications Commission.

  • January 15, 2021

    Trump White House Finalizes 5G Network Security Plan

    The White House announced Friday it has finalized a four-pronged strategy to help the U.S. roll out safe and effective 5G networks, including promoting "core security principles" in new wireless infrastructure and encouraging global allies to do the same.

  • January 15, 2021

    Manhattan DA Subpoenas NY Towns Over Trump Property

    Manhattan's district attorney has subpoenaed records from three New York towns, seeking information about a Trump Organization property called Seven Springs Estate, which is already under scrutiny by the state's attorney general, according to a news report Friday.

  • January 15, 2021

    Calif. Unemployment Recipients Sue Bank Of America

    A California unemployment insurance recipient on Thursday filed a proposed class action against Bank of America NA in San Francisco federal court, accusing the bank — the Golden State's partner in unemployment benefits administration amid the pandemic-linked economic downturn — of failing to protect benefits recipients from fraudsters.

  • January 15, 2021

    Ex-CEO Mulls Plea Amid Probes Into Cyber-Fraud Company

    A Nevada entrepreneur charged with looting $17 million from NS8 Inc., a cyberfraud protection company he founded, is considering a possible plea deal amid ongoing investigations by prosecutors and in bankruptcy court, a Manhattan federal judge heard Friday.

  • January 15, 2021

    Pa. Medical Pot Biz Says Ex-Employee Hacked Network

    A Pennsylvania medical marijuana company has accused a fired employee and several unnamed defendants of hacking its networks for ransom, stealing trade secrets and making defamatory statements online as part of a civil racketeering conspiracy.

  • January 15, 2021

    Southwest Hits Travel Site With TM Suit Over 'Scraped' Fares

    Southwest Airlines, which doesn't allow online booking services to sell its tickets, is using trademark law to sue a website that allegedly "scraped" Southwest's reservation system to offer flights without authorization.

  • January 15, 2021

    Taxation With Representation: Baker, Wachtell, Shearman

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, New Fortress Energy snaps up two liquefied natural gas firms for $5 billion, health care products company Steris buys Cantel Medical Corp. for $3.6 billion, and cryptocurrency platform Bakkt goes public.

  • January 14, 2021

    DOD Finalizes Ban On Chinese, Russian Telecom Equipment

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday finalized a rule barring the department from buying or using certain Chinese and Russian telecommunications and video equipment, making only minor tweaks despite concerns raised by contractors. 

Expert Analysis

  • Arizona May Have Nudged US Law Firms Toward Future IPOs

    Author Photo

    No U.S. law firm has its shares listed on a public stock exchange unlike some lucrative overseas counterparts, but by allowing nonattorneys to become stakeholders in law firms, Arizona may have paved the way for this to change should other U.S. states — particularly New York — follow suit, says Marc Lieberman at Kutak Rock.

  • Addressing The Security Risks Of University Foreign Funding

    Author Photo

    Higher education institutions that accept foreign funding should address serious concomitant security risks by identifying specific sources and establishing compliance procedures that promote transparency, protect data and research, and account for U.S. national security interests, say attorneys at Manatt.

  • 4 Legal Industry Trends Litigation Financiers Are Watching

    Author Photo

    Some recent litigation developments demonstrate efforts by law firms and their clients to search for opportunities in the COVID-19 economic fallout, while others — such as the rise of contingency fee arrangements — reflect acceleration of tendencies that were already underway, says William Weisman at Therium Capital.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Setting Well-Being Goals In 2021

    Author Photo

    In the face of rising client demands due to the pandemic and the changing regulatory environment, and with remote work continuing for the foreseeable future, lawyers should invest in their well-being by establishing inspiring yet realistic goals for 2021 — one month at a time, says Krista Larson at Morgan Lewis.

  • Lessons From 2020 Life Sciences Securities Class Actions

    Author Photo

    Life sciences companies can draw important insights from the many dismissal opinions that federal courts issued during 2020 in securities actions arising from adverse U.S. Food and Drug Administration actions and clinical development setbacks, say Yvonne Puig and Peter Stokes at Norton Rose.

  • Keyword Searches To Improve Your Privilege Doc Review

    Author Photo

    "Confidential" and other search terms commonly used to locate privileged documents during e-discovery are pretty ineffective, so practitioners should consider including specific types of keywords that are demonstrably better at targeting privilege, say Robert Keeling at Sidley and Rishi Chhatwal at AT&T.

  • 6 Advertising Law Trends To Watch In 2021

    Author Photo

    For the world of advertising, 2021 will bring new challenges and considerations shaped not only by the ongoing pandemic, but also by new legal developments regarding social media, cannabis and consumer privacy, say Jason Gordon and Casey Perrino at Reed Smith.

  • Cybersecurity Event-Driven Securities Litigation Has Arrived

    Author Photo

    A recent shareholder lawsuit against First American Title Insurance Co. highlights that securities litigation prompted by regulatory actions may become increasingly prevalent in the cybersecurity context, say attorneys at Pasich.

  • State AGs' 2020 Actions Offer Hints At 2021 Priorities

    Author Photo

    A review of state attorney general actions in 2020 addressing consumer concerns including data privacy, product safety and marketplace competition can help companies prepare for the expected regulatory enforcement wave in 2021, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Opinion

    A Law Of The Digital Sea Could Expand Data Rights, Oversight

    Author Photo

    Democracies should implement a law of the digital sea that can balance innovation with individual rights and national security by mandating personal ownership of data, rigorously enforcing antitrust law, and empowering agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to grade cyberhygiene, says Luke Schleusener at QOMPLX.

  • The Benefits Of More Alternative Dispute Resolution At GAO

    Author Photo

    While disruption amid the pandemic undoubtedly contributed to a 210% uptick in the use of alternative dispute resolution at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in fiscal year 2020, bid protest practitioners should hope the upward trend continues given the various efficiencies it brings to the procurement process, says Noah Bleicher at Jenner & Block.

  • ABA Approves Remote Practice, But Questions Remain

    Author Photo

    Lawyers working remotely during the pandemic while physically outside the jurisdictions in which they are licensed will find some comfort in a recent American Bar Association opinion sanctioning such practice, but there is ambiguity regarding the contours of what's allowed, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • How Biden Administration Can Crack Down On Ransomware

    Author Photo

    By using the novel prosecutorial tactic known as access theory, President-elect Joe Biden can initiate a 2021 offensive to stop ransomware, says John Stark at John Reed Stark Consulting.

  • Keys To Creating Standout Law Firm Thought Leadership

    Author Photo

    Whether geared toward a global audience or a particular client, a law firm's articles, blog posts and client alerts should strive to be original by harnessing a few editorial tools and following the right distribution sequence, say Steven Andersen and Tal Donahue at Infinite Global.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Power Of Discretion In Criminal Justice

    Author Photo

    Judges should take into consideration the several points of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion — from traffic stops to charging decisions and sentencing recommendations — that often lead to race-based disparate treatment before a criminal defendant even reaches the courthouse, say Judge Juan Villaseñor and Laurel Quinto at Colorado's Eighth Judicial District Court.

Want to publish in Law360?


Submit an idea
Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Beta
Ask a question!