Privacy

  • March 20, 2017

    High Court Asked To Pass On ACLU Suit Over Torture Report

    The CIA asked the U.S. Supreme Court to not take up the American Civil Liberties Union's argument that the courts erred in deciding that a nearly 7,000-page U.S. Senate report on torture during the George W. Bush administration was a congressional record not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

  • March 20, 2017

    Princeton Fights DOE On Publishing Admission Docs

    Princeton University asked a D.C. federal judge on Friday to stop the U.S. Department of Education from making public certain documents it shared during a past investigation into its admissions process, saying that information is highly confidential and will cause it substantial damage.

  • March 20, 2017

    FBI Confirms Probe Into Possible Trump Team Ties To Russia

    FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed that the FBI is investigating both links between, and potential coordination between, election campaign officials for President Donald Trump and the Russian government, while throwing cold water on Trump’s claims that he had been wiretapped by the previous administration.

  • March 20, 2017

    AT&T Asks FCC To Make Jewish Center Call Traces Permanent

    AT&T pushed the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to make permanent a temporary waiver that allows Jewish community centers to get increased access to blocked phone numbers when facing bomb threats.

  • March 20, 2017

    UPS Fights FCRA Suit Over Employment Background Checks

    UPS urged a Florida federal court Friday to toss a proposed class action accusing the company of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by using background checks to make employment decisions without providing proper notice, arguing that the job applicant leading the suit lacks standing.

  • March 20, 2017

    Facebook Users Fight 9th Circ. Take On Birthday Text Row

    The consumers behind a proposed class action alleging Facebook’s text message reminders about friends’ birthdays violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act urged a California judge not to certify for appeal his previous rejection of the social media giant’s dismissal request, calling it nothing but a stall tactic.

  • March 17, 2017

    Trump's Budget Unlikely To Cover Gaps In Cybersecurity

    The Trump administration’s budget blueprint released Thursday acknowledges the importance of protecting networks from mounting cyberattacks, requesting $1.5 billion for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to fund various cybersecurity efforts. But the failure to allot similar funding to other agencies and initiatives is likely to leave significant vulnerabilities, experts say.

  • March 17, 2017

    Neiman Marcus To Pay $1.6M In Shopper Data Breach Suit

    Neiman Marcus has agreed to pay $1.6 million to resolve a data breach class action in Illinois federal court over a December 2013 cyber intrusion that revealed the credit card data of 350,000 shoppers of the luxury retailer, according to a court document filed Friday.

  • March 17, 2017

    IRS Files Suit To Force Coinbase To Produce Client Info

    The IRS filed a court petition Thursday to enforce a summons for client information from Coinbase Inc., an information demand that the virtual currency exchange company and one of its customers, a Berns Weiss LLP attorney, had sought to quash.

  • March 17, 2017

    $1M, Uncapped Deals Get Nod In Cellphone 'Cramming' Suits

    A Nebraska federal judge on Thursday granted final approval to a $1 million agreement and to a separate deal without a monetary cap that would settle claims by a class of consumers that three mobile messaging companies “crammed” their mobile phones by charging them for content services without authorization.

  • March 17, 2017

    Industry Mounts Final Assault On FCC’s ISP Privacy Rules

    A slew of industry organizations on Thursday lodged a last rebuttal to challengers in their effort to overturn privacy rules for internet service providers adopted by the Federal Communications Commission late in the Obama administration, complaining of “meritless” opposition on rules that are inconsistent with the Federal Trade Commission's tried and true approach.

  • March 17, 2017

    New Colo. Bill Aims To Curb Sales Tax Reporting Rules

    A new proposed bill in Colorado would eliminate a hotly contested state requirement that remote retailers turn detailed customer purchase records over to state tax authorities, which is meant to boost revenue but has been described by at least one e-commerce group as a blatant invasion of privacy.

  • March 17, 2017

    FTC, Spam Marketers Settle Charges In Fake Diet Pill Case

    Three Florida-based marketers of fake weight-loss products have reached an agreement to pay $500,000 to settle federal charges they used illegal spam email, false weight-loss claims and phony celebrity endorsements to market their products, the Federal Trade Commission announced Friday.

  • March 17, 2017

    EPIC, SPLC Wade Into Fetal Tissue Researcher Privacy Suit

    A group of University of Washington fetal tissue researchers locked in a Ninth Circuit battle to keep their personal information from being disclosed by an anti-abortion group found support Thursday from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center and a host of medical and women's rights organizations.

  • March 17, 2017

    Mondelez Beats Job Applicant's Credit Reporting Suit

    An Illinois federal judge Friday tossed a Fair Credit Reporting Act suit over Mondelez Global LLC’s online job application, saying a procedural violation of the law was not sufficient for an applicant to bring suit against the food and beverage company.

  • March 17, 2017

    Judge Says Insurer Doesn't Owe For $11M Cyberattack

    A Georgia judge Thursday found a Great American Insurance Co. policy against computer fraud does not cover $11.4 million in fraudulent debit card redemptions made over the phone.

  • March 17, 2017

    Judge Shaves Attys' Fees In Rita's Ice TCPA Settlement

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday trimmed to $651,000 from $1 million the attorneys’ fees awarded in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action suit brought against Rita’s Water Ice Franchise Co. LLC, an amount the judge determined after performing an analysis of class counsel's fee request.

  • March 17, 2017

    EU Regulators Demand Policy Tweaks From Facebook, Twitter

    Social media giants including Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have a month to propose changes to their terms of use policies to comply with European consumer protection laws and address scams that occur via their platforms, or else face “enforcement action,” the European Union’s top regulators said on Friday.

  • March 16, 2017

    Trump Budgets $1.5B To Fund DHS Cybersecurity Efforts

    President Donald Trump floated a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year Thursday that sets aside $1.5 billion for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from cyberattacks, funding that falls well below the $19 billion the Obama administration proposed spending on such cybersecurity initiatives last year.

  • March 16, 2017

    Calif. Judge Rejects Google Email-Scanning Settlement

    It’s back to the settlement drawing board for Google Inc. and a proposed class of non-Gmail users accusing the internet giant of unlawfully scanning their emails after a California judge struck down their proposed $2.2 million deal, saying the class benefits were “difficult to understand.”

Expert Analysis

  • FCC Takes A Backseat In Regulating Online Privacy

    Adrienne Ehrhardt

    Shortly after the Federal Communications Commission stayed the data security regulation piece of its broadband privacy order, a joint resolution of Congress proposed to repeal the entire order. Despite this rollback on FCC regulation of internet privacy, the FCC may still have a role in cybersecurity regulation outside the online space, say Adrienne Ehrhardt and Michelle Dama of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

  • Cybersecurity In NY: An Update For Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Charles A. Ross

    Recent New York court decisions on cybercrime involve conduct that likely would be reportable under the newly enacted cybersecurity requirements for financial services companies, says criminal defense lawyer Charles Ross.

  • Rebuttal

    Beware Intended Consequences Of Class Action Reform, Too

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    The authors of a recent Law360 guest column on H.R. 985, a class action reform bill before the House, insist it is needed to protect corporations forced to settle meritless claims. But studies have debunked the myth of class action blackmail. The new bill simply creates obstacles for true victims of corporate fraud, say David Stein and Andre Mura of Gibbs Law Group LLP.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Public Records Act And The Price Of Privacy: Part 2

    Gregory J. Rolen

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in City of San Jose v. Superior Court will forever change the nature of public service. Luckily, there are some practical suggestions that can be offered to respond to this sea change, says Gregory Rolen of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Public Records Act And The Price Of Privacy: Part 1

    Gregory J. Rolen

    While the California Supreme Court's recent decision in City of San Jose v. Superior Court could be characterized as "Jeffersonian," it will immediately change the way we conduct business as public institutions and private people, says Gregory Rolen of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • Beware Unintended Consequences Of Class Action Reform

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    The U.S. House of Representatives currently has before it a bill — H.R. 985 — intended to reduce abusive class action and mass tort practices that undermine the integrity of the legal system. Class action litigation does need reform, but some features of this legislation could perpetuate existing problems and create new ones, say Anthony Anscombe and Mary Beth Buckley of Sedgwick LLP.