Privacy

  • January 11, 2017

    Swiss Regulator Announces Data Privacy Deal With Microsoft

    Switzerland’s data privacy czar has reached an agreement with Microsoft on improvements to Windows 10 privacy features, it said Wednesday, warning other companies that the solution represented a “minimum standard” for them to follow.

  • January 11, 2017

    FCC Warns Consumers Of Financial Service Scams

    The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday alerted consumers to callers who falsely offer lower credit card payments and other purported attempts to help with refinancing opportunities, noting that such scams are more prevalent during and after the holiday season.

  • January 10, 2017

    'Duck Dynasty' Creators Hit ITV Studios With $100M Suit

    The producers behind A&E’s hit cable reality show “Duck Dynasty” slapped the majority stakeholder in their company with a $100 million suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, saying the entity schemed to smear their reputation to wrangle a discounted price for their minority interest.

  • January 10, 2017

    MoFo Snags DOJ's Former Top National Security Lawyer

    Morrison & Foerster LLP has gained the former top official of the U.S. Department of Justice's National Security Division as chair of its global risk and crisis management practice in New York, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    EU's New E-Privacy Rules Expand Its Authority Over Tech Cos.

    The European Commission floated a draft regulation Tuesday that will expose tech companies outside the traditional telecom space — including Facebook, Google and Apple — to stricter privacy rules on electronic communications, but the proposed regime's cross-border uniformity and eased customer-consent requirements could make the changes easier to swallow.

  • January 10, 2017

    Cause of Action Institute To Fight FTC In Privacy Row

    The limited-government organization Cause of Action Institute said Tuesday that it will represent electronics maker D-Link Systems Inc. in a privacy lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission that alleges the company's devices aren't secure and put thousands of customers' data at risk, saying the allegations are “unwarranted and baseless.”

  • January 10, 2017

    UK Watchdog Fines Insurer £150K For Failing To Secure Data

    The United Kingdom’s data protection regulator has slapped general insurance company Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance PLC with a £150,000 ($182,578) fine following the theft of a hard drive device containing the personal information of nearly 60,000 customers, the watchdog said Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    FDA Reports Hacking Risk In St. Jude Medical Heart Devices

    Medical device maker St. Jude Medical Inc.'s smart pacemakers and defibrillators may be vulnerable to cybersecurity hacking, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday, giving weight to late summer reports of the issues, which St. Jude vehemently contested at the time.

  • January 10, 2017

    DC Circ. Urged To Revive CareFirst Data Breach Class Action

    A putative class of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield policyholders on Tuesday urged the D.C. Circuit to revive their suit over a 2014 data breach targeting the health insurer's database, contending that the alleged injuries suffered by the plaintiffs established standing to sue.

  • January 10, 2017

    DC Police Want DC Circ. Rethink On Warrantless Search

    The District of Columbia on Monday warned the D.C. Circuit of hamstringing law enforcement by leaving intact a divided panel decision upending immunity for two officers accused of unconstitutionally searching a U.S. Army veteran's home for a bomb, based on his military experience.

  • January 10, 2017

    HHS, Ill. Hospital Network Settle Data Breach Action

    An Illinois-based hospital network settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights over claims it failed to properly notify more than 800 of its patients when their personal information was stolen, the department announced Monday.

  • January 10, 2017

    NSA Can't Skate Winter Olympics Spying Suit

    The National Security Agency can’t escape a proposed class action brought by the former mayor of Salt Lake City and six residents alleging the NSA spied on attendees of the 2002 Winter Olympics, after a Utah federal judge Tuesday said the class’ claims are believable.

  • January 10, 2017

    Constangy Snags Ex-Reed Smith Partner To Open SF Office

    Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP has opened a new office in San Francisco led by a former Reed Smith LLP partner as it moves to expand its national labor and employment law practice in California, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    Gmail, WhatsApp To Face Tougher EU Privacy Rules

    The European Union is beefing up its privacy rules for electronic communications to include web players such as WhatsApp, iMessage and Gmail, the union’s executive branch announced on Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    Prison Callers Defend Revamped Securus Recording Suit

    Prison phone users Monday stood by their class allegations that Securus Technologies Inc. recorded their calls without permission, arguing that the reasserted fraud and misrepresentation claims are detailed enough and that the telephone service provider is treading on already-decided ground.

  • January 9, 2017

    Consumer In Spokeo FCRA Row Slams Cite Of Other Rulings

    A consumer suing Spokeo over its alleged reporting of inaccurate information in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a case that prompted a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, urged the Ninth Circuit Saturday to disregard two recent appellate court decisions that Spokeo argues support its bid to nix the dispute.

  • January 9, 2017

    The Firms That Dominated In 2016

    Law360's Firms of the Year rose above the competition in 2016 by earning a combined 20 Practice Group of the Year awards on the strength of work that helped their clients attain game-changing judgments and close record deals.

  • January 9, 2017

    11th Circ. Won't Revive Privacy Suits Over Fla. Driver Info

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a Florida couple's cases against local governments and their workers over allegedly improper access of their personal information through state driver and motor vehicle records, ruling that their claims are time-barred.

  • January 9, 2017

    Insurer, Gym Resolve Coverage Row Over Nude Taping Suits

    A North Carolina federal judge on Monday dismissed Scottsdale Insurance Co.'s coverage dispute with a gym regarding two lawsuits over its former employee's alleged videotaping of female patrons undressing in a tanning bed after the parties informed the court of a settlement in the underlying actions last week. 

  • January 9, 2017

    Reps. Reintroduce Widely Supported Email Privacy Act

    A pair of D.C. lawmakers on Monday reintroduced federal legislation aimed at barring the government from accessing stored electronic communications held by service providers without a warrant, a proposal which received wide bipartisan support last year but ultimately stalled in the U.S. Senate.

Expert Analysis

  • Are You Prepared For A 'Post-Fact' Jury?

    Ross Laguzza

    The media has been full of stories lately about the death of facts and the rise of “fake news.” It is reasonable to wonder if people sitting on juries will be able to function appropriately in this post-fact world, says Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Addressing IoT Security: Collaboration Is Key

    Sonja S. Carlson

    Security threats simply used to be considered technical matters for the information technology department or, more recently, the chief information officer. This approach does not work in today’s threat environment. Cybersecurity generally, and internet-of-things security specifically, is an enterprise-wide concern, say Sonja Carlson of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and Alan Brill of Kroll.

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.

  • 10 Tips For Presenting Complex Cases In Arbitration

    Bill Wagner

    What should companies expect when involved in the arbitration of aerospace, aviation, defense, cyber, security and technology-related disputes? Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP partners Bill Wagner and Michael Diamant share 10 tips for presenting complex cases in arbitration.

  • How Trump May Impact EEOC Subpoena Ruling At High Court

    Anne Knox Averitt

    President-elect Donald Trump’s election injects uncertainty into the U.S. Supreme Court’s makeup and its future rulings, including for employment-related cases. Employers might view this election as a win, given the influence it could have on the ruling in McLane v. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, say attorneys at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • The Truth About The Russians And The Election

    John Reed Stark

    Last week, media outlets flooded the airwaves with dark tales of online Russian operatives who prevented Hillary Clinton from becoming U.S. president. However, the conclusory allegation of a Russian-orchestrated and targeted cyberstrike seems more akin to propaganda than truth, and is not only disquieting, but also irresponsible, says John Reed Stark, president of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC and former chief of the U.S. Securiti... (continued)

  • The Panama Papers: The Story So Far, And What Comes Next

    Jeremy Maltby

    The offshore banking industry attracted global attention earlier this year with the publication of 11.5 million leaked documents detailing decades of information about over 200,000 bank accounts and shell companies. Jeremy Maltby and Grant Damon-Feng of O'Melveny & Myers LLP examine government responses to the Panama Papers and offer tips for companies to minimize their risk of exposure to unlawful shell company activity and its consequences.

  • What The FCC Will Look Like In 2017

    Stephanie A. Roy

    Given that the Republican Party will soon hold three of five commissioner seats at the Federal Communications Commission, its agenda will likely hold sway for at least the next four years. The FCC may shift its attitude toward issues such as spectrum management and major mergers, says Stephanie Roy of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Are Courts In The Discovery Driver’s Seat?

    Cristin K. Traylor

    I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • A Trademark Year In Wine And Beer 2016: Part 4

    David Kluft

    In the penultimate article in his five-part series, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP continues to bring you the most interesting beer and wine trademark dispute cases of 2016.