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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • December 14, 2018

    TCPA Suit Over Hotel Booking Text Messages Tossed

    A California federal court has thrown out a proposed class action accusing Singapore-based hotel booking firm Agoda Company Pte. of breaching the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending consumers spam messages, ruling that the room confirmation texts do not qualify as telemarketing.

  • December 14, 2018

    Tech Cos. Should Heed Same Privacy Rules As Attys: Sens.

    A group of Democratic senators is taking the latest stab at enshrining consumer privacy protections at the federal level, proposing legislation that would establish a fiduciary duty for online companies to responsibly use and safeguard personal information, as privacy groups continue to push Congress not to displace stronger state laws with their legislative efforts. 

  • December 14, 2018

    Airline May Face Sanctions For Withholding Docs In Site Fight

    A Canadian budget airline should be punished with sanctions, including dismissal of its complaint, for failure to produce crucial documents in its cybersquatting suit against a web design company, a travel consultancy and their shared director, the defendants told an Illinois federal court on Thursday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Facebook Says Bug Exposed 6.8M Users' Private Photos

    Facebook disclosed Friday that a software bug permitted as many as 1,500 apps to access private photos that more than 6.8 million users uploaded but didn't post to their timelines or authorize to be shared with third parties.

  • December 14, 2018

    PayPal Dodges Stock-Drop Suit Over Data Breach

    PayPal Holdings Inc. and its executives escaped a proposed shareholder class action accusing the company of concealing a data breach, which allegedly led to a stock drop when the hack was revealed, after a California federal judge dismissed the investors' complaint.

  • December 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sprint, McAfee, Bankia

    A U.S. national security panel is reportedly expected to OK a Sprint-T-Mobile merger, Intel Corp. and TPG Capital are in talks to sell McAfee to Thoma Bravo, and Bankia is close to offloading €3 billion ($3.4 billion) worth of bad loans and repossessed property.

  • December 14, 2018

    Rite Aid Asks 3rd Circ. To Keep Nix Of Background Check Suit

    Retail pharmacy company Rite Aid Corp. asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday to uphold the dismissal by a Pennsylvania federal judge of a suit that accused the company of refusing to hire a job applicant based on a background check conducted by a third party, saying the lower court was correct in finding the applicant had suffered no harm.

  • December 14, 2018

    NY AG Settles Cases With Equifax, Others Over App Security

    New York's attorney general's office announced Friday that it has settled cases with five companies, including Equifax Consumer Services LLC and Priceline.com LLC, whose mobile apps had security gaps that could have allowed hackers to intercept users' credit card and Social Security numbers.

  • December 13, 2018

    Feds Can't Ditch Fliers' Suit Over CBP Identity Checks

    A New York federal judge on Thursday refused to trim a suit over an incident in which two U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers forced people to show ID while getting off a domestic flight, ruling the plaintiffs had plausibly alleged they were likely to encounter this "routine" search practice again in the future. 

  • December 13, 2018

    Costco Execs Face Stock-Drop Suit Over Internal Controls

    Costco’s top brass failed to effectively address problems with its internal financial reporting systems and shared misleading information about those problems in public statements and to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a shareholder said in Washington federal court.

  • December 13, 2018

    Agencies Need To Shore Up Cyber, IT Operations, GAO Says

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday that while the Office of Management and Budget and other agencies have taken steps to implement cybersecurity protocols and improve the management of information technology operations and acquisitions, many of its recommendations have not been followed.

  • December 13, 2018

    Russian Woman Cops To Conspiracy To Sway US Policy

    A Russian woman who sought to create a back channel between the Kremlin and the U.S. government pled guilty to one count of conspiracy in federal court Thursday under an agreement that requires her to continue cooperating with federal law enforcement.

  • December 13, 2018

    Consumers Win Cert. In Cruise Co. TCPA Suit

    A Florida federal judge has certified a class of consumers who say Grand Bahama Cruise Line LLC sent them robocalled offers of "free" cruises in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • December 13, 2018

    Top Insurance Legislation & Regulation Stories Of 2018

    This year brought many major policy developments that affected insurers, with the European Union's stringent data security rules spurring demand for cyber insurance and U.S. regulators ending an era by rescinding Prudential's designation as a systemically important financial institution, leaving no nonbank firms with the controversial tag. Here, Law360 looks back at the biggest regulatory and legislative developments that impacted insurers in 2018.

  • December 13, 2018

    Steptoe Adds Blockchain Atty To Ranks In Chicago

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP has added a securities, cryptocurrency and blockchain pro from Barnes & Thornburg LLP as a partner in its Chicago office, the firm has announced.

  • December 12, 2018

    FDA Explains Expectations For Drugmakers' Data Retention

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration answered drugmakers’ questions Wednesday about how to maintain data from drug tests and the manufacturing floor, following an uptick in violations of federal information retention standards.

  • December 12, 2018

    Centerplate Customer Takes 2nd Swing At Receipt Privacy Suit

    Sports concessions vendor Centerplate Inc. should have to face claims it violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act by printing customers’ full credit card numbers on receipts, a customer told the D.C. Circuit in a bid to revive her case.

  • December 12, 2018

    AriseBank Execs Settle SEC's ICO Scam Claims For $2.7M

    Two top executives of the now-shuttered AriseBank have agreed to pay a combined $2.7 million to settle claims by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the cryptobank fraudulently raised money in an unregistered initial coin offering, the regulator told a Texas federal court on Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2018

    Senate OKs Resolution Overturning Donor Disclosure Rule

    The U.S. Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday that would overturn guidance released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that limits the disclosure requirements of certain nonprofits.

  • December 12, 2018

    Charter Looks To Nix TCPA Suit Over Unwanted Calls

    Charter Communications Inc. asked a West Virginia federal judge Tuesday to dismiss a complaint accusing it of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited calls using an autodialer, saying the calls were not made by the company and it does not do business in West Virginia.

Expert Analysis

  • A Series Of 1st-Time Crypto Actions For The SEC

    David Zaslowsky

    November was an especially aggressive month for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in terms of cracking down on unauthorized digital activities. Three enforcement actions described as "firsts" demonstrate that the SEC will be using all of the tools in its toolkit, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • How The GDPR Changed Data Privacy In 2018

    Jessica Lee

    The European Union General Data Protection Regulation became enforceable on May 25, 2018, bringing in a flurry of privacy notice updates, the shutdown of certain EU-facing websites and advertising activities, and a good amount of heartburn for companies within its territorial scope, says Jessica Lee of Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • The Latest On Article III Standing In False Ad Class Actions

    Joshua Briones

    Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit provided a clear rule regarding plaintiffs' standing to assert claims concerning products they did not purchase. To no one’s surprise, the decision has already been used to defeat defendants’ motions to dismiss, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 14

    Barry Reingold

    The eighth hearing in the Federal Trade Commission’s series on competition in the 21st century addressed concerns that stock holdings by institutional investors of noncontrolling interests in competing portfolio companies may have anti-competitive effects. Barry Reingold of Perkins Coie LLP offers some key takeaways.

  • The TSA's Road Map For Aviation Cybersecurity

    Norma Krayem

    The recent release of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's cybersecurity road map is the culmination several years of discussion to determine which U.S. government agency should be responsible for regulating and managing cybersecurity risks in the aviation industry, says Norma Krayem of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    Ohio's Risky Foray Into Bitcoin: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    By interacting with a cryptocurrency institution for tax payments, Ohio is exposing its operations to a potential cyberattack. In addition, the noxious mix of federal and state regulatory requirements creates a foggy compliance labyrinth, even for a U.S. state, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Opinion

    Ohio's Risky Foray Into Bitcoin: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Last month, cryptocurrency hit yet another milestone when Ohio began accepting bitcoin payments for taxes. However, Ohio’s treasury, or any other state or federal government entity, should be the very last institutions to even consider accepting this dubious form of payment, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.