Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to establish a "data-broker clearinghouse" that would enable consumers to monitor and demand the deletion of data held by companies that operate under the radar, marking the latest entry in the simmering debate over the best way to regulate tech giants' handling of consumer data. 
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Apple CEO Draws Data Brokers Into Federal Privacy Law Fight

Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to establish a "data-broker clearinghouse" that would enable consumers to monitor and demand the deletion of data held by companies that operate under the radar, marking the latest entry in the simmering debate over the best way to regulate tech giants' handling of consumer data.  Read full article »

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Mondelez's $100M Fight With Zurich May Curb Hack Coverage

Mondelez International Inc. is battling Zurich American Insurance Co. over coverage for $100 million in losses the snack food giant suffered in a 2017 cyberattack that the U.S. and its allies blamed on Russia, and experts say a ruling permitting the insurer to invoke a war exclusion to deny the claim could leave companies uninsured for similar hacks. Read full article »

Privacy Hawk Hits Tech Firms With Fresh GDPR Complaints

Austrian privacy lawyer Max Schrems on Friday hit eight companies — including Apple, Amazon and Netflix — with complaints claiming they have breached the EU's General Data Protection Regulation by failing to give users adequate access to data. Read full article »

Officials Flout Constitution By Blocking Twitter Critics: Court

One Wisconsin Now notched a win Friday in its litigation that targeted three Republican state assemblymen for blocking the liberal-leaning advocacy group on Twitter, with a Wisconsin federal judge adding to the growing case law declaring it unconstitutional for officials to shut out critics on social media. Read full article »

Mueller Disputes BuzzFeed Report Trump Told Cohen To Lie

In a rare public statement on Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office challenged a BuzzFeed News report suggesting President Donald Trump had directed his lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about Russia-related matters. Read full article »

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Cybersecurity & Privacy Group Of The Year: BakerHostetler

The fast-growing privacy and data protection team at BakerHostetler won a precedent-setting ruling for Southwest Airlines that dismissed a suit brought under Illinois' hotly debated biometric privacy law, while steering a diverse group of companies through the legal fallout from data breaches, earning the firm a spot as one of Law360’s 2018 Cybersecurity & Privacy Groups of the Year. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

Bill Would Ban Tech Sales To Some Chinese Telecom Cos.

Several congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill that would impose penalties and restrict sales to Chinese telecom companies that have violated export control or sanctions laws, after the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies was detained last month in Canada. Read full article »

ENFORCEMENT

Bitcoin Boss Deserves 2 1/2 Years For SEC Lies, Gov't Says

Alternative currency purveyor Jon E. Montroll should serve about 2 1/2 years in prison for lying to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and defrauding customers after hackers stole 6,000 bitcoins from his businesses, prosecutors told a Manhattan federal judge. Read full article »

Leaker Cleared As UK Appeals Court Clarifies Data Law

A U.K. appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of a London man who leaked a confidential report investigating sexual harassment at his company, ruling that while the country's data protection laws require defendants to submit evidence suggesting they believe the disclosure was somehow warranted, they don't have to prove it.  Read full article »

LITIGATION

Justices Won't Hear Arguments In Citizenship Question Case

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear oral arguments over evidentiary disputes in a case related to the Trump administration's inclusion of a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, according to a Friday docket entry. Read full article »

Retailers Slam DC Circ. Appeal In Centerplate Receipt Row

Groups representing retailers and the franchise industry have urged the D.C. Circuit to toss a consumer's appeal of a lower court ruling that dismissed her proposed Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act class action against sports concessionaire Centerplate Inc., arguing that such suits unnecessarily threaten businesses. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

5 Fraud Insurance Decisions Sure To Shape 2019

Last year, the circuit split on computer fraud insurance coverage continued, with courts slightly favoring coverage for phishing scams, but oversimplifying those decisions into a simple coverage versus no-coverage distinction would be a mistake, says Patricia Carreiro of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP. Read full article »

Automated Vehicles In 2019: Predictions And Suggestions

As the automated vehicle industry continues to grow and expand in 2019, innovators will face novel questions concerning data privacy, open source compliance, advertising claims, and local, state, federal and international regulations, say attorneys with O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Skadden's Deal With DOJ Comes With Woes For Greg Craig

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP called its $4.6 million deal with the U.S. Department of Justice “closure” after failing to register its lobbying work for the Ukrainian government, yet experts say the settlement actually exposes serious legal risks faced by ex-partner Greg Craig and potentially others. Read full article »

Analysis

Skadden Began Ukraine Work With Caution, Ended It In Lies

Emails released by the U.S. Department of Justice show how Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyers slowly abandoned caution toward a foreign lobbying law and began openly lying to federal investigators during their engagement with the Ukrainian government from 2012 to 2013. Read full article »

Analysis

For Skadden's Brand, Ukraine Scandal A Shot Across The Bow

Skadden’s unregistered lobbying work for the Ukrainian government has cost the law firm $4.6 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but could the debacle cost the firm even more in reputational damage? Read full article »

Analysis

Skadden Deal Shows DOJ's FARA Focus Shifting To High Gear

The settlement announced Thursday between Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP and the U.S. Department of Justice is the latest sign of increased enforcement of the current Foreign Agent Registration Act, even as efforts to update the law have gone nowhere. Read full article »

How Skadden's Foreign Agent Scandal Unfolded

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has agreed to pay a $4.6 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to register as a foreign agent. Here, we look at how the firm got to this point. Read full article »

Feature

Could A Tougher Standard For Law Schools Hurt Diversity?

The American Bar Association’s governing body is poised to vote later this month on a proposal to create stricter standards for law school bar passage rates, a move some say could have a negative impact on the diversity of the legal profession. Read full article »

Feature

Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes. Read full article »

Fed. Circ. To Remain Open During Shutdown

The Federal Circuit said in an order published on Friday that it would remain open during the partial government shutdown, with all deadlines remaining in place and all oral arguments proceeding as scheduled, as the federal courts brace themselves to run out of available funds within the coming days. Read full article »

Judge Orders Blue Cross Attys To Shape Up In Antitrust MDL

The Alabama federal judge overseeing sweeping antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield network has said he can no longer wait for the insurance giant’s army of lawyers to marshal themselves into a more manageable group, ordering a dozen attorneys into a "Council of Twelve" to streamline a leadership plan. Read full article »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Two new reports found that in-house lawyers are increasingly looking for nontraditional perks such as flexible work arrangements and paid meals in addition to hefty bonuses, and that law firm leaders in the new year are overall fairly confident about their own shops' prospects but have more gloomy predictions about the domestic and global economies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

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 full article »

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Law360's Pro Say LIVE: SDNY Chief Talks Women In The Law

This week the Pro Say podcast is live from the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting, talking with the chief judge of the Southern District of New York about how women are faring in the legal profession. Read full article »

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