Privacy

  • January 18, 2017

    DHS Proposes Rules For Contractors To Protect Sensitive Info

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday proposed rules that would expand security and privacy requirements for contractors, a move that's part of the agency's efforts to safeguard sensitive government information.

  • January 17, 2017

    Ex-Coin.mx Worker Pleads Guilty In Bitcoin Fraud Scheme

    A Florida man accused of helping criminals launder money through unlicensed bitcoin exchange site Coin.mx pled guilty to seven criminal counts including wire fraud in New York federal court on Tuesday, according to federal prosecutors.

  • January 17, 2017

    Miss. AG Hits Google With Suit Over Student Data Collection

    Mississippi’s attorney general is targeting Google over its collection and use of public school students’ personal information and search history, claiming in a suit filed in state court Friday the tech giant is unlawfully leveraging this data to build advertising profiles and gain an unfair advantage over its competitors.

  • January 17, 2017

    LabMD Steps Up Bid For Quick Appeal In Tiversa Fraud Row

    LabMD on Friday doubled down on its bid to take to the Third Circuit a ruling that shot down most of its defamation and fraud claims against Tiversa in a dispute over a leaked patient data file, telling a Pennsylvania federal court that Tiversa has no grounds to block the move.

  • January 17, 2017

    Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Prison Sentence

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the soldier convicted of leaking a trove of classified information to the website WikiLeaks, according to media reports. 

  • January 17, 2017

    Sentara Vendor Breach Exposes 5K Hospital Patients' Data

    A third-party vendor used by Sentara Healthcare recently experienced a data breach that exposed more than 5,000 Sentara patients' names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and other personal data, the health care provider revealed on Monday.

  • January 17, 2017

    Sausage Co. Says Insurer Owes In Money-Transfer Scam

    Quality Sausage Co. and a subsidiary filed suit against Twin City Fire Insurance Co. in Texas federal court Friday, alleging that the insurer wrongfully denied coverage after a hacker tricked one of the unit’s employees into transferring $1 million out of a client’s bank account.

  • January 17, 2017

    Green Dot Atty Faces DQ Bid In Prepaid Card Fraud Suit

    A proposed class of consumers suing Green Dot Corp. and the retailers that sold its reloadable prepaid cards for fraud told a federal judge in Texas Monday that it should disqualify the firm Tillotson Law from representing Green Dot because it didn't tell the other retail defendants about a settlement offer.

  • January 17, 2017

    Blue Shield Escapes TCPA Class Action Over Single Call

    A California federal judge last week gave Blue Shield a quick win in a proposed class action accusing the insurer of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act based on a single recorded phone call about plan renewal, saying common sense concludes a purely informational call isn’t an ad.

  • January 17, 2017

    HHS Pact Shows Data Breach Reporting Can't Fall Off Radar

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently dinged an Illinois-based hospital network for allegedly failing to timely report a breach of more than 800 patients' private information, signaling that even unintentional missteps that affect a relatively small number of individuals won't escape the regulator's watchful eye.

  • January 17, 2017

    LifeLock Can't Revive False Ad Suit Coverage Bid

    A New York appellate court on Tuesday rejected identity theft protection company LifeLock Inc.'s bid to revive its suit seeking coverage from Lloyd's of London underwriters for defense costs in a civil suit and related class actions over purportedly misleading claims, holding that a pair of policy exclusions preclude coverage.

  • January 13, 2017

    Spokeo May Bump Ikea Shopper's Suit To State Court: 9th Circ

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday granted an Ikea shopper’s request to ship her decertified class action back to district court for dismissal, opening the possibility for her to raise the issue in state court after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, which set a higher bar for claims of harm.

  • January 13, 2017

    11th Circ. Revives Suit Alleging JPMorgan Aided $1.3M Scam

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday revived a Florida man’s suit accusing JPMorgan Chase of helping a fraudster siphon $1.3 million of his money out of a Chase account, ruling the man had presented sufficient evidence that bank employees knew a scam was underway. 

  • January 13, 2017

    Ramirez Leaves An FTC Ready To Lead Privacy Enforcement

    With her resignation Friday, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez leaves an agency that has become a capable and powerful privacy and data security regulator, having pushed the commission to not only undertake more cutting-edge enforcement actions but also build up its technological capabilities to better address these issues.

  • January 13, 2017

    Trump Picks Giuliani As Cybersecurity Adviser

    President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that he has tapped former New York City mayor and Greenberg Traurig LLP cybersecurity practice leader Rudy Giuliani as an adviser, saying Giuliani will provide advice on cybersecurity matters and serve as a liaison with industry.

  • January 13, 2017

    FTC Settles 2 Illegal Robocall Suits For $500K

    Two large-scale telemarketing campaigns that have been blasting robocalls to people on the country’s do-not-call registry for nearly half a decade will pay the Federal Trade Commission half a million dollars to settle their cases, the agency announced Friday.

  • January 13, 2017

    Chicago Atty Sues Over Police Use Of Phone Tracking Tech

    The city of Chicago and several of its top police officials are the subject of a putative class action filed in Illinois federal court on Thursday claiming that the city violated its residents’ constitutional rights through police use of cell site simulators to search, track and eavesdrop on private cellphones.

  • January 13, 2017

    Wheeler Asks ‘Where’s The Fire?’ On Nixing Net Neutrality

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler lodged a final defense of his FCC’s Open Internet Order that set net neutrality rules in his last speech Friday, calling for new leaders not to rush to overturn an order that also provides the basis for privacy rules for internet service providers.

  • January 13, 2017

    Health Hires: 7 New Life Sciences, Health Additions

    The beginning of 2017 has seen Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Fenwick & West LLP grow their life sciences teams, and Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Mandelbaum Salsburg PC, Saul Ewing LLP and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC expand their health care groups.

  • January 13, 2017

    Russia Bombshells Leave Sanctions Bar Guessing

    With President Barack Obama taking one final strike at Russia for its purported tampering in the U.S. election and President-elect Donald Trump facing a slew of explosive allegations of Moscow-related impropriety, sanctions attorneys have been left grasping at straws regarding what comes next in the two countries' fractious relationship.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Death Knell For The Telephone Consumer Protection Act

    Lewis S. Wiener

    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act is generally considered a popular, pro-consumer statute, but the law may be dramatically altered following power shifts in Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. It is increasingly likely that the TCPA will transform to address existing criticism and to reflect changes in technology since the law's passage in 1991, say attorneys from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Evidence Substantiation Burden May Soon Shift To FTC

    Margaret E. Krawiec

    To date, questions about how the Trump administration will impact the Federal Trade Commission have focused primarily on antitrust issues, but clues to how the new administration will affect consumer protection issues might be found by examining the record of former Commissioner Joshua Wright, whom Trump has named to lead the FTC transition efforts, say attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • What Trump High Court Candidates Say About 1st Amendment

    Gayle C. Sproul

    As media advocates, we wondered how President-elect Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced U.S. Supreme Court nominee might react to Trump’s vow to shred the hard-won protections now embedded in the law of libel. We found that none of the opinions from judges on his shortlist hint at any inclination to depart from these established rules, say Gayle Sproul and Max Mishkin of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

  • New York Revises Cybersecurity Proposal: A Closer Look

    Michael A. Mancusi

    Although the revised version of New York's proposed cybersecurity regulations addresses several areas of concern or confusion for financial services firms, certain questions of scope and liability remain. In addition, the revised proposal's requirements remain extensive, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • The Serious And Immense Impact Of A Medical Device Hack

    Charles J. Andres

    A host of different government agencies enforce laws that impose obligations for companies that manufacture and sell medical devices to the public. Attorneys at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC explore the many different ramifications of a medical device hack and provide some suggestions on planning for and responding to such a breach.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 2

    David Fink

    Virtual and augmented reality technologies are here, and are raising very real legal issues. Technology firms and content creators must take care to safeguard private information collected from users, ensure respect for the laws of copyright, trademark and right of publicity, and grapple with moral and legal questions surrounding simulations of illegal acts, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.