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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • November 16, 2018

    What Construction Attys Must Know On Information Modeling

    Building information modeling — a collaborative, multi-dimensional “blueprint” well-known across the construction industry — has been popular since at least the turn of the century, but that doesn’t mean it comes without concerns for construction lawyers and their clients.

  • November 16, 2018

    Credit One Ducks TCPA Suit Over Calling Reassigned Number

    A Minnesota federal judge axed a suit accusing Credit One Bank NA of unlawfully placing 140 debt-collection calls to a phone number it believed belonged to one of its customers, ruling the equipment used to make the calls couldn't be considered an "autodialer" under a recent D.C. Circuit ruling.

  • November 16, 2018

    UK's Approach To Regulating Crypto-Assets Looks 'Measured'

    The U.K. appears ready to move forward on regulating cryptocurrency-related assets, seeking what some attorneys describe as a measured approach that is likely to expand regulation to protect mom-and-pop investors from dicey crypto-backed investments, while trying to avoid dampening innovation in the underlying technology supporting digital assets.

  • November 16, 2018

    Facebook GC Staying For Now Despite Announced Departure

    Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, who in July announced he would step down from the position at the end of the year, will stay on as the social media giant's top lawyer into 2019, the company said, as it continues to be involved in a slew of scandals that include investigations into its data privacy practices.

  • November 16, 2018

    Activists See Net Neutrality As Civil Rights Battleground

    Almost a year after the FCC's decision to upend its so-called net neutrality rules, public interest groups are pushing Congress to restore those rules while casting their absence as a civil rights issue likely to silence minority voices.

  • November 16, 2018

    Bill Would Give FCC More Power To Punish Robocallers

    A bipartisan pair of senators introduced legislation Thursday aimed at staunching the flood of robocalls to consumers’ phones, laying out harsher penalties against marketers and scammers who use automatic dialing devices and giving the Federal Communications Commission more power to go after lawbreakers.

  • November 16, 2018

    Perkins Coie Snags Digital Currency Partner From SEC

    A former branch chief of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has joined Perkins Coie LLP’s blockchain technology and digital currency industry group in Washington, D.C., as a partner.

  • November 16, 2018

    Supreme Court Will Hear Case Over Ross' Census Deposition

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted the federal government’s petition to review a New York federal court ruling greenlighting the deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding the Trump administration's decision to include a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census.

  • November 16, 2018

    MoFo, Jones Day Steer BlackBerry’s $1.4B Cylance Buy

    BlackBerry Ltd. on Friday said it will take over private equity-backed cybersecurity and artificial intelligence firm Cylance in a $1.4 billion deal, with Morrison & Foerster LLP steering the buyer and Jones Day guiding the Irvine, California-based seller.

  • November 15, 2018

    Growing Privacy Laws Raise GCs' Fears Of Legal Exposure

    As the global patchwork of data protection and cybersecurity laws continues to expand, companies are feeling more exposed than ever to legal disputes over these issues and are spending more time thinking about how to balance their discovery obligations with these new privacy rules, a recent survey of corporate counsel released Thursday by Norton Rose Fulbright has found. 

  • November 15, 2018

    Ex-Playboy Model Keeps 'Hush Money' Row Public

    Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy can't force an ex-Playboy model to arbitrate her contract claim stemming from their $1.6 million "hush money" deal, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday, saying it's too intertwined with her suit's claims against attorneys Michael Avenatti and Keith Davidson to break off.

  • November 15, 2018

    US Must Use 'Full Toolkit' To Fight Cybercrime: Ex-DOJ Chief

    John P. Carlin, who ran the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division before going into private practice, tells Law360 how a deterrence campaign can help America win its "code war" against Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. He also shares advice for firms deciding whether to tell authorities about cyberattacks.

  • November 15, 2018

    Russian Co. Can't Duck Election Interference Indictment

    A D.C. federal judge ruled Thursday that a Russian company cannot escape an indictment from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel accusing it of conspiring to influence the outcome of the 2016 elections, saying there is sufficient evidence to support the charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

  • November 15, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Director Deemed Responsible In Ch. 7

    The elusive director of scandal-plagued political consulting shop Cambridge Analytica LLC has been designated the "person responsible" for the bankrupt entity in its Chapter 7 case, a move that could aid the beleaguered attorneys at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP who've been trying to withdraw as the debtor's counsel for months.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Applauds Step Toward Stemming Spoofed Calls

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday praised steps taken by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions to get a system in place to prevent robocallers from pestering consumers with calls from spoofed numbers.

  • November 15, 2018

    FYE Must Face The Music For Bogus 'Free' Offers, Suit Says

    The parent company of music and movie retailer FYE and a Meredith Corp. subsidiary were hit with a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday alleging they duped consumers into signing up for “free” offers that actually led to monthly charges.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Tees Up New GPS Signals And Space Debris Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission took steps Thursday to update a lineup of satellite-related regulations, including an inquiry into the proliferation of orbital debris and a vote to allow American devices to begin receiving signals from the European global positioning system Galileo, with the lone Democratic commissioner saying the move brings up security concerns.

  • November 15, 2018

    Holland & Knight Snags Another Reed Smith Pro As Partner

    Holland & Knight LLP has lured a new partner to its New York office — a tech-focused intellectual property associate from Reed Smith LLP, who defended Google against Oracle’s copyright claims in district court.

  • November 15, 2018

    GDPR Could Last 20 Years Despite Brexit, PwC Expert Says

    British companies are likely to face the threat of massive fines under the European Union’s information protection regime for the next two decades, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ lead partner for data protection told Law360 on Thursday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Sanctions Sought In Alleged Cryptocurrency Pyramid Scheme

    An Alabama man accused of promoting a cryptocurrency investment pyramid scheme faced questioning in Florida federal court Wednesday about his involvement with similar businesses as the Federal Trade Commission pushed for sanctions over his alleged failure to follow a court order to produce and preserve certain documents.

Expert Analysis

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • High Court May Dim Lights On Class Arbitration In Lamps Plus

    Adam Primm

    Following recent U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Lamps Plus v. Frank Varela, the Ninth Circuit’s decision in the case appears to be facing an uphill battle to uphold the authorization of class arbitration, say Adam Primm and Peter Kirsanow of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    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 Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Press Pause Before Using Biometric Tech In The Workplace

    Robert Quackenboss

    As demonstrated by a recently filed class action against a hospital housekeeping company in Illinois federal court — Byczek v. Xanitos — the ever-changing legal landscape surrounding biometric data should give employers pause when considering its use in the workplace, say Robert Quackenboss and Madalyn Doucet of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Sekura Case Expands Scope Of Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

    Greg Abrams

    An Illinois state appeals court's recent decision in Sekura v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan appears to break from multiple Biometric Information Privacy Act cases that had required plaintiffs to allege some harm beyond mere technical violations to qualify as “aggrieved,” say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Consider Potential Risks Of Scraping Publicly Available Data

    Kris Kappel

    One legal regime currently wrestling with the concept of data scraping is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. An important distinction that is emerging from the CFAA case law is whether the targeted data is publicly available or private and protected, say Kris Kappel and Liam Reilly of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Many Lives Of Michael Chertoff

    Randy Maniloff

    Randy Maniloff begins his interview with the nation’s second secretary of homeland security by saying he wants to go over his resume. The look on Michael Chertoff's face: “Bring it on.”

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.