Social engineers who hack humans instead of computers are predicted to make this the “Year of the Phish,” and their evolving scams may well be outpacing your clients’ fraud coverage.
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Are Insurance Lawyers Ready For The ‘Year Of The Phish’?

Social engineers who hack humans instead of computers are predicted to make this the “Year of the Phish,” and their evolving scams may well be outpacing your clients’ fraud coverage. Read more »


Facebook Threatened With $125M Fine For Tracking Belgians

A Belgian court on Friday ordered Facebook to stop tracking Belgian citizens’ online activity on third-party websites — or face up to €100 million ($125 million) in fines. Read more »

Spy Court Suggests Lawmakers Ask DOJ For FISA Case Info

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer told senior Republican lawmakers Thursday that the court was still analyzing their “novel” requests for documents related to allegations that the U.S. Department of Justice misled the FISC to surveil a Trump campaign adviser, suggesting instead that they go to the DOJ directly. Read more »

Mueller Charges 13 Russians With US Election Tampering

Thirteen Russian nationals and three organizations were charged on Friday with crimes related to interference in U.S. politics, including attempts to influence U.S. voters in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced. Read more »

Intel Says Chip Security Flaws Led To 30+ Suits Against It

Intel said on Friday in a regulatory filing that it is facing more than 30 lawsuits, including proposed consumer and securities class actions, over the discovery in 2017 that security flaws, dubbed Spectre and Meltdown, make virtually every computer chip vulnerable to hacking. Read more »

SEC Halts Trading In 3 Penny Stocks Tied To Cryptocurrency

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday suspended trading in three penny-stock companies, questioning the accuracy of recent statements they all made claiming substantial acquisitions in assets tied to cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. Read more »

Hiscox Escapes Trial As Illness Halts Data Protection Case

The Information Commissioner’s Office will not seek a retrial in its case against Hiscox Underwriting Ltd. over alleged breaches of data protection laws, because a key witness has fallen ill and will not be able to give evidence, a London court heard Friday. Read more »


FCC Halts Bitcoin Miner For Cell Network Interference

The Federal Communications Commission said it has been forced to come down on a New York man whose operation of a bitcoin transaction monitor was interfering with T-Mobile’s cellular network. Read more »


MLBers Want Hearing Over Info In Al Jazeera Libel Suit

Major League Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard are pushing for an answer as to whether Al Jazeera will be forced to hand over information gathered by an undercover investigator for a controversial 2015 documentary that accused them of using performance enhancing drugs, and if it is the subject of their defamation lawsuit. Read more »

Fla. Software Co. Hit With TCPA Class Action Over Calls

A software company that specializes in condominium and homeowners association communication platforms was hit with a putative class action in Illinois federal court Friday alleging the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by soliciting people to attend a conference. Read more »

Santa Monica Seeks To Toss Airbnb, HomeAway Rental Suit

The city of Santa Monica asked a California federal judge to toss a suit by home-sharing websites Airbnb and HomeAway challenging an ordinance that requires landlords renting rooms through their sites to first get a license, arguing the legislation is essential to helping the city counter a mounting housing crisis. Read more »

Uber Says 3rd Time Not Charm For Driver Data Hack Class

Uber Technologies Inc. on Thursday urged a California federal judge to toss for good a third amended putative class action claiming Uber lied about a 2014 data breach that compromised drivers’ personal information, saying the lead plaintiffs still haven’t demonstrated they were immediately harmed by the hack. Read more »


How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP. Read more »

A Look At US And EU Fintech Regulatory Frameworks

The regulatory fragmentation on the federal level, and at the U.S. state and EU member state levels, presents challenges and uncertainty for many fintech companies. The resolution of these uncertainties will directly impact the evolution of this sector, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. Read more »

Autonomous Drones: Set To Fly, But May Not Comply

A California company has unveiled a fully autonomous "selfie" drone, which promises to stay trained on a moving subject, capturing footage while avoiding any obstacles. But a drone that flies itself may run afoul of a number of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, even if it has fancy obstacle detection and personal tracking, say Sara Baxenberg and Joshua Turner of Wiley Rein LLP. Read more »



5 Ways Law Firms Can Avoid Lateral Hiring Regret

Despite valuing lateral hiring as an integral element of their strategies, many law firms are failing to properly screen potential hires and, as a result, are often disappointed when promises made during the interview don't pan out. Here, Law360 looks at five ways firms can avoid lateral hiring remorse. Read more »


How To Turn Jurors Into Advocates For Your Case

It may seem like a nightmare scenario for a trial attorney: giving a closing argument and feeling the majority of the jury is going against you. But trial attorneys say that as long as you know there's one juror committed to your case who's been armed with your arguments, a verdict in your favor is no dream. Read more »

Ex-Allen & Overy Atty's Psych Exam Story Falls Flat

Two New York state appeals judges scoffed at a fired Allen & Overy LLP attorney seeking to lift sanctions and revive her sexual harassment suit against the firm at a hearing Friday, hammering the attorney for cutting short a court-ordered psychiatric examination by threatening to have the doctor arrested. Read more »

Convicted Dewey Exec's SEC Deal Hinges On Criminal Appeal

A settlement between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP chief financial officer Joel Sanders, who was convicted of fraud, rests on the outcome of Sanders' criminal appeal, a Manhattan federal judge heard Friday. Read more »


Up Next At High Court: Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court will enter the underworld of burglars, spouse abusers and drug dealers in its first week back on the bench after a long winter recess, hearing a busy criminal docket presenting constitutional questions around double jeopardy and self-incrimination that are critical to the white collar bar. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

The general counsel for the parent company of Midas received a​ two-year stayed suspension for practicing out of state, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed optimism that the burgeoning #MeToo movement will have a sustained impact,​ and PNC Bank’s general counsel shared with Law360 why he​​ moved in-house after spending much of his career at law firms. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read more »


Law360's Pro Say: What Does 'Partner' Even Mean?

On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss how law firms are full of people with the title “partner,” but after years of change the title ain’t always what it used to be; a big ruling on the destruction of New York City graffiti space “5Pointz”; a new lawsuit claiming bar prep giant Barbri colluded with top law schools to crush competitors; and Taylor Swift’s efforts to shake off a lawsuit over song lyrics. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

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