Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • May 16, 2022

    Payment Processors Ask 11th Circ. To Uphold CFPB Sanction

    Payment processing and telephone service providers have urged the Eleventh Circuit to uphold a sanction that dismissed part of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's robocall case against them and others, saying it was warranted because of the agency's repeated refusal to comply with depositions.

  • May 16, 2022

    Ex-Miami Mayor Takes Senior Counsel Role With Actuate

    Actuate Law LLC announced Monday that former Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez has joined as senior counsel in its new Miami office.

  • May 13, 2022

    EU Officials Reach Deal To Strengthen Cybersecurity Rules

    European Union policymakers on Friday came to a tentative agreement on rules that would require banks, energy suppliers, medical device makers, digital services and a wide range of other critical infrastructure providers to follow beefed-up cybersecurity rules in the wake of mounting global cyberthreats. 

  • May 13, 2022

    Risks Of Web Scraping Loosen In Wake Of 9th Circ. Ruling

    The Ninth Circuit's recent finding that harvesting data from public websites is likely not a federal crime will make it easier for entities to engage in the popular practice, but other key challenges to data "scraping" remain to be hashed out in civil litigation.

  • May 13, 2022

    Snapchat's Parent Hit With Privacy Suit Over Photo Filters

    Snapchat's parent company has been hit with a federal lawsuit accusing the company of using facial recognition in its popular filter-application feature that captures and uses Illinois users' biometric facial data in violation of their privacy rights.

  • May 13, 2022

    OCC Deputy Stresses Risk Management As Banks Ramp Up AI

    An Office of the Comptroller of the Currency senior official told House lawmakers on Friday that while his agency is mindful of the risks that could come with broader bank adoption of artificial intelligence, it is also exploring how it can harness the technology.

  • May 13, 2022

    SolarWinds Investors Say Board Duty Failures Enabled Breach

    An attorney for SolarWinds Corp. stockholders told a Delaware vice chancellor Friday that the information technology giant ignored red flags and failed to oversee its business as Russians hackers exploited security failings to execute the world's largest cyberattack.

  • May 13, 2022

    Judge Agrees Russian Must Stay Jailed In Insider Hack Case

    A Russian national charged in an $82.5 million insider trading scheme will have to remain behind bars as his case plays out after a judge ruled Thursday that he has the means and motive to flee.

  • May 13, 2022

    No Sanctions For Google's 'Privilege' Labeling

    A D.C. federal judge refused to sanction Google based on the U.S. Department of Justice's allegations of the tech giant training employees to hide evidence of supposed monopolistic practices behind privilege claims, having previously indicated he believes he lacks the authority to punish prelitigation conduct.

  • May 13, 2022

    Ga. Judge Consolidates Horizon Data Breach Class Cases

    A Georgia federal judge has consolidated five proposed class actions against consulting firm Horizon Actuarial Services LLC over its November 2021 data breach, and appointed interim lead and liaison counsel.

  • May 13, 2022

    Jenner & Block Elevates 7 Partners To Leadership Roles

    Jenner & Block LLP has added seven partners to the leadership of its data privacy and cybersecurity, corporate and professional responsibility practices, the firm announced Thursday.

  • May 13, 2022

    Judge Questions Timing Of Trump Challenge To AG Biz Probe

    A New York federal judge questioned Friday why former President Donald Trump didn't raise constitutional challenges to a state attorney general investigation into his business dealings sooner, saying he sought to halt the probe only after furnishing millions of documents.

  • May 13, 2022

    Elon Musk Says Twitter Deal On Hold

    Elon Musk tweeted Friday that he has hit "pause" on his blockbuster, $44 billion Twitter acquisition while assessing reports that spam and fake accounts make up less than 5% of users.

  • May 12, 2022

    Conn. Privacy Law Hikes Pressure On Congress To Set Rules

    With Connecticut enacting the nation's fifth consumer privacy law, businesses are increasingly electing to roll out their new obligations to users nationwide rather than state-by-state and are intensifying their call for Congress to set a firm federal standard. 

  • May 12, 2022

    Shopify Wants Crypto Holders' Suit Over Data Breach Paused

    E-commerce venture Shopify Inc. has urged a Delaware federal judge to pause a suit brought by cryptocurrency users in four states in response to a 2020 security breach, saying another suit with similar claims has already been pending for a year.

  • May 12, 2022

    Sonic's $5.7M Settlement Over Data Breach Gets Judge's OK

    An Ohio federal judge has preliminarily signed off on Sonic Corp.'s $5.7 million settlement with financial institutions over a 2017 data breach at the burger chain that compromised millions of credit and debit card numbers, saying the deal reflects substantial mediation sessions with a magistrate judge.

  • May 12, 2022

    9th Circ. Hunts For Rationale To Cut $925M ViSalus TCPA Loss

    A Ninth Circuit panel appeared open Wednesday to slashing a jury's $925 million Telephone Consumer Protection Act verdict against health supplement maker ViSalus but was unsatisfied with the company's argument for doing so, with one judge saying, "I need you to tell me what the rationale will be."

  • May 12, 2022

    First American Dodges Investors' Data Breach Suit, For Good

    A California federal judge Wednesday tossed for good an investor suit alleging First American Financial concealed its flawed security, exposing 850 million customers' sensitive information and causing a stock drop, saying the reworked complaint doesn't add any evidence the company knew about the breach when it made data security disclosures.

  • May 12, 2022

    COVID-19 Fraud Scheme Earns Mass. Woman 2 Years

    A Boston federal judge on Thursday handed an admitted unemployment-aid fraudster a mandatory minimum two-year sentence for bilking the government's COVID-19 pandemic relief program.

  • May 11, 2022

    Congress Needs To 'Shame' Cos. On Kids' Privacy, Rep Says

    A House Democrat on Wednesday urged Congress to move quickly to update "woefully outdated" online privacy protections for kids and vowed to continue "shaming" social media companies into changing how they track and keep children engaged with their platforms. 

  • May 11, 2022

    Musk Recklessly Tweeted About Privatizing Tesla, Judge Says

    Elon Musk's August 2018 tweets claiming he had secured funding to take Tesla Inc. private were inaccurate and reckless, a California federal judge has ruled, finding that "there was nothing concrete" about financing from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund at the time.

  • May 11, 2022

    Texas Man Gets 5 Years For Theft Of 38K PayPal Accounts

    A Texas man who pled guilty to buying more than 38,000 stolen PayPal account credentials from an illegal online marketplace was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday and ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution.

  • May 11, 2022

    Confirmation Of 3rd FTC Dem Locks In Ambitious Agenda

    The Senate's vote to confirm Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday gave agency Chair Lina Khan more than just a full roster — it cemented the Big Tech critic's ability to restart a transformative agenda to deter mergers, challenge conduct and push the limits of the agency's rulemaking powers.

  • May 11, 2022

    PGA Tour, Tech Firm Owe Sponsorship Intro Fee, Suit Says

    A London sports consultant says the PGA Tour and cybersecurity firm Fortinet owe him millions after he linked them up for a six-year, $50 million sponsorship deal covering a tournament in Napa Valley, according to a California federal lawsuit.

  • May 11, 2022

    Bedoya Confirmed To FTC, Ending 7-Month Split

    The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Democrat Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission, giving agency Chair Lina Khan a full roster for the first time in seven months and ending a 2-2 split that stalled an aggressive agenda to deter mergers and challenge anti-competitive conduct.

Expert Analysis

  • The Fastest Federal Trial Courts: A Look At Virginia, Florida

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    The Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket and the Northern District of Florida were last year’s fastest civil trial courts in the nation, and interviews with two of their judges reveal they have some of the same practices to keep litigation moving efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Post-Ramirez Courts Split Over Data Breach Standing Issues

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    In the aftermath of last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision in TransUnion v. Ramirez, lower courts' inconsistency on standing in data breach class actions has left litigants unsure about the type of harm required to press such claims, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Tips For Evaluating Machine Learning For Contracts Review

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    Law firms considering machine learning and natural language processing to aid in contract reviews should keep several best practices in mind when procuring and deploying this nascent technology, starting with identifying their organization's needs and key requirements, says Ned Gannon at eBrevia.

  • Opinion

    Courts Must Tackle Lack Of Diversity In Class Counsel

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    When federal courts appoint lead lawyers in federal class actions, the counsel chosen are almost always white and male — but if courts adopt a broader view of what kind of experience is relevant for class counsel appointments, the class action bar can be diversified, says Alissa Del Riego at Podhurst Orseck.

  • Ruling Casts Doubt On Illinois Biometric Class Action Defense

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    An Illinois federal court's recent finding in Sosa v. Onfido that faceprints derived from photographs are biometric identifiers regulated by the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act casts doubt on a defense used by many companies targeted in BIPA class actions, and clarifies the scope of potential BIPA liability exposure, says David Oberly at Squire Patton.

  • In Del. Chancery, A Cautionary Tale Of Hacked M&A Payouts

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    A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision in Sorenson v. Continental provides guidance on who is liable when legal counsel's emails are hacked and a stockholder's merger consideration is paid to the hackers, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • How To Efficiently Deploy Your Professional Growth Strategy

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how time-strapped legal professionals can efficiently implement a professional growth framework by focusing on only the most effective actions to build the reputation and relationships key to their ideal practice.

  • Nonpublic Info Compliance After SEC's Fund Manager Alert

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    A recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission risk alert shows heightened scrutiny of investment advisers' material nonpublic information compliance, so firms should pay attention to four key points that could influence their MNPI-related policies, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • A 6-Step Framework For Legal Industry Professional Growth

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how implementing a professional growth framework will help legal professionals gain expertise in a relevant niche to build credibility, focus marketing efforts and build an ideal practice.

  • Ransomware Risks For Health Cos. And How To Avoid Them

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    As the health care industry is a particularly valuable and vulnerable target of ransomware attacks, it's important for companies to understand possible attack methodologies and best steps for mitigating risks, says Nathan Kottkamp at Williams Mullen.

  • How New Framework Could Ease EU-US Data Transfer Burden

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    The recently proposed Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework would facilitate the transfer of personal data between the EU and participating U.S. companies and leave the U.K. to play catch-up, but there remain risks of the same legal challenges that invalidated previous data transfer arrangements, says Fred Saugman at WilmerHale.

  • Why Contempt May Be Apt Punishment For High Court Leaker

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    Contempt of court is an overlooked but potentially effective tool to punish whoever leaked the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade and protect the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court, says Michael Zuckerman at Zuckerman Dispute Resolution.

  • Antitrust Law As A Tool Against Privacy Abuses

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    As consumer protection statutes prove insufficient in combating privacy harms, regulators and courts increasingly recognize privacy violations as anti-competitive harm — with potentially momentous effects, say William Reiss and Matthew Geyer at Robins Kaplan.

  • Opinion

    Clients' Diversity Mandates For Law Firms Are Necessary

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    Coca-Cola recently scrapped its proposed diversity staffing requirements for outside counsel, and other companies may be reassessing their mandates due to external pressures, but it is important to remember the myriad factors supporting these policies and why they are more important now than ever before, says David Hopkins at Benesch Friedlander.

  • CBPR Forum Is An Opportunity For Global Privacy Framework

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    The U.S. and other countries participating in the recently announced Global Cross-Border Privacy Rules Forum should align the new CBPR standards with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and develop a privacy framework that can truly function globally, creating consistency for businesses and consumers, say Jeremy Beutler and Taylor Osher at Stubbs Alderton.

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