The California attorney general on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to let 17 states and interest groups depose U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
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Calif. Urges Justices To OK Depositions On Census Question

The California attorney general on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to let 17 states and interest groups depose U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Read full article »

LabMD Exec Sees FCA Suit Against Tiversa Trimmed

A New York federal judge has trimmed a False Claims Act suit brought by the president of LabMD accusing cybersecurity firm Tiversa of fabricating data breaches to secure government contracts, concluding that the executive sufficiently alleged fraud for some claims, but that others don’t hold up. Read full article »

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. Read full article »

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. Read full article »

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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. Read full article »

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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. Read full article »

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. Read full article »

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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. Read full article »

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. Read full article »

Analysis

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. Read full article »

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. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

How New Calif. Law Will Impact Device Cybersecurity

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. Read full article »

No Bots About It: California's Crackdown On Chatbots

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. Read full article »

How GDPR Affects Targeted Marketing

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. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

White Collar Atty Named Interim White House Counsel

Veteran white collar lawyer Emmet Flood will serve as interim White House counsel until President Donald Trump's next choice for the role, Pat Cipollone, "comes on board," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday as the administration experiences another high-profile shakeup. Read full article »

Calif. Judges Want Clarification On High Court Recusal

Counsel for a class of over 3,000 California state appellate judges in an appeal involving $36 million worth of back wage and pension payments have asked the state's Supreme Court justices to clarify their decision to recuse themselves from the suit, saying that all judges may have a financial stake in the case. Read full article »

Sidley Austin Mourns Death Of LA Bankruptcy Partner

Sidley Austin LLP is grieving the loss of one of its attorneys, a 42-year-old bankruptcy partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office who died on Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the local medical examiner-coroner. Read full article »

Duane Morris Partners With Cannabis Trade Association

Duane Morris LLP announced a partnership with the American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp on Thursday in what the parties are touting as the first ever partnership between a major law firm and trade organization for the drug. Read full article »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

White & Case LLP earned the title of legal lion this week after the First Circuit overturned the certification of a class of buyers suing client Allergan over the price of its medication, while Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP landed on the lambs list after a federal judge sanctioned the law firm for engaging in “gamesmanship” while representing Purina in a patent fight. Read full article »

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