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