Mississippi's highest court has refused to entertain Google's challenge to a ruling that kept alive a suit lodged by the state's attorney general over the tech giant's allegedly unlawful collection and use of public school students’ personal information, a conclusion that was met with opposition by the court's chief justice. 
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Miss. High Court Won't Let Google Slip Student Privacy Suit

Mississippi's highest court has refused to entertain Google's challenge to a ruling that kept alive a suit lodged by the state's attorney general over the tech giant's allegedly unlawful collection and use of public school students’ personal information, a conclusion that was met with opposition by the court's chief justice.  Read full article »

$115M Anthem Data Breach Deal Gets Final Nod

A California federal judge on Thursday gave final approval to a $115 million deal that ends claims Anthem Inc. put 79 million consumers’ personal information at risk in a 2015 data breach, casting aside calls for the settlement to go even further to punish the nation’s second-largest health insurer. Read full article »

BofA Customers Win Final OK For $1.8M FCRA Settlement

A class of Bank of America NA customers won final approval Thursday for their $1.8 million Fair Credit Reporting Act settlement over allegedly unauthorized soft credit report inquiries, with a California federal judge saying that though it offered a small $4 payout per class member, the deal was fair. Read full article »

Auto Software Maker Seeks Temporary Ban On Rival's Sales

A car software company urged a Washington federal court Thursday to temporarily bar a rival from selling competing products that allegedly were made with hacked trade secrets, asserting that an anonymous informant supplied it with images and communications that back up its contentions. Read full article »


Groups Urge FTC To Fine Facebook Amid EU Data Row

EPIC and a coalition of like-minded internet consumer groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to slap Facebook with a hefty fine and conclude the agency's investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal by September or potentially see the legal basis for transferring data across the Atlantic grind to a halt. Read full article »


Ex-BP Economist Gets Prison In Bitcoin Extortion Plot

A former BP America Inc. economist who pled guilty to attempting to extort the company out of more than $300,000 by demanding bitcoin payment in exchange for not releasing classified documents was sentenced on Thursday by a federal judge in Houston to 27 months in prison. Read full article »

Man Can't Get Evidence Others Were 'Duped' Into Stock Fraud

A man accused of conspiring with an unnamed Russian to use hacked brokerage accounts in a pump-and-dump scheme said Thursday he was "duped" into participation because of his autism spectrum disorder, but a Brooklyn federal judge spiked his bid for evidence that others had been similarly victimized. Read full article »


Former Brooklyn ADA, City Clash Over Illegal Wiretaps

New York City has urged a Brooklyn federal judge to toss a suit brought by a former assistant district attorney seeking to hold the city liable for a colleague's illegal wiretap on her phone, while the former prosecutor said her complaint clearly shows the city was at least negligent. Read full article »

Free Speech Group Backs Trump In 2nd Circ. Twitter Appeal

Free speech organization the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation on Wednesday stood behind President Donald Trump in his Second Circuit appeal challenging a lower court's decision deeming his blocking of critics from his personal Twitter account unconstitutional, saying the ruling misconstrued the First Amendment. Read full article »


Health Staffing Firm Wins Injunction In Trade Secrets Suit

A Texas federal judge has granted a health care staffing firm's request for an injunction against a rival in a suit accusing its former employees of stealing trade secrets and sabotaging the firm's information database before they left. Read full article »

FCC’s Pai Says Debunked Cyberattack Put Him In A Pickle

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday defended his decision to delay publicly disavowing since-debunked claims that a cyberattack brought down its public comment system last year, telling lawmakers that an agency watchdog’s request to keep mum put him in a difficult position. Read full article »



A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC. Read full article »


How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 1

The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act empowers the U.S. government to review a far broader group of transactions than ever before to determine if they threaten national security. FIRRMA's expansive new coverage includes oversight of real estate investments and transfers of "emerging and foundational technologies," say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP. Read full article »

Internet Of Things Cos. Must Prepare For Law Enforcement

As the internet of things device market develops, companies that proactively develop compliance strategies should be able to avoid many of the pitfalls that are sure to come as law enforcement changes the way it investigates cases, say attorneys at Wiley Rein LLP. Read full article »

Sports Teams Need A TCPA Game Plan

For professional sports franchises, texting is a wonderful fan-engagement tool. But it is also a potential legal hazard, as illustrated by several recent Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions. If you want your fans screaming at the refs and not at you, heed five TCPA lessons, say attorneys with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Read full article »


Mayer Brown Partner's Brother-In-Law Charged With Murder

Mayer Brown LLP appellate practice leader Stephen Shapiro's brother-in-law had been receiving financial assistance from Shapiro's wife Joan for several months and was told "she would no longer just give him money" in the days before he fatally shot Shapiro and tried to kill her, a state prosecutor told an Illinois state court judge Thursday. Read full article »

'Indefensible' Fees Request Slashed In ACA Birth Control Row

In a sternly worded opinion, an Oklahoma federal judge rejected a request for $3.1 million in attorneys' fees from lawyers representing a group of Catholic institutions that sued over Affordable Care Act rules concerning birth control, ruling that the request was "indefensible" and reducing it by more than 75 percent. Read full article »

Judge Rips Twombly For Straining Resources In IP Row

A California federal judge appeared unswayed Thursday by SAP America Inc. and HP Inc.’s arguments that a software company hasn't met the stringent pleading standards required under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Twombly decision, saying Twombly has created more work than it’s saved, and "you get to the point where we’re wasting time and resources when you know what their pleading is." Read full article »

Senate Confirms 2 Trump Nominees To 4th Circ.

The Senate Thursday voted to confirm a pair of Trump nominees to serve on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, giving favorable votes to federal Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum and prosecutor Jay Richardson, both of South Carolina. Read full article »

Nat'l Archives Pans Committee's Release Of Kavanaugh Docs

The National Archives, which has found itself in the middle of a bitter struggle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s documents from his Bush White House service, on Wednesday sought to put some distance between its review process and that of the current Senate Judiciary Committee. Read full article »

Squire Patton Nabs 3 Leaders Of Dissolved IP Boutique

Squire Patton Boggs LLP has swallowed intellectual property boutique Singularity LLP, snagging a trio of veteran tech litigators from the dissolved boutique as part of the global firm’s efforts to bolster its intellectual property presence in the Bay Area. Read full article »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Kicking off the legal lions this week is a team of attorneys who helped secure a $66 million award for client Lumileds LLC in a trade secrets dispute, while the lambs include the remaining members of West Virginia’s Supreme Court, all of whom were impeached this week. Read full article »

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