• March 15, 2017

    Yahoo Hack Charges Boost Feds' Profile For Future Victims

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday showcased their skills and appetite for tackling nation-state cyberthreats with an unprecedented indictment of Russian intelligence officials on charges of stealing data from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts, a case that may make businesses more willing to cooperate with government investigations, attorneys say.

  • March 15, 2017

    Sens. Won't Say If FBI Has Launched Trump Russia Probe

    Lawmakers on Wednesday following a meeting with FBI Director James Comey refused to reveal whether the FBI is investigating potential links between campaign staff for President Donald Trump and Russian officials, as House Intelligence Committee leaders pushed back against Trump’s claims that he had been wiretapped by the previous administration.

  • March 15, 2017

    Internet Group Urges FCC To Align Privacy Rules With FTC

    The Internet Association on Tuesday told the Federal Communications Commission that it should work to bring its privacy rules for internet service providers in line with the Federal Trade Commission’s framework in a way that avoids disrupting the services offered by edge providers such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc.

  • March 15, 2017

    White House Picks Top NSA Hacker For Cybersecurity Chief

    The White House has picked National Security Agency official Rob Joyce as its new “cyber czar,” a role that will give him oversight of the executive branch’s cybersecurity efforts, an administration official confirmed Wednesday.

  • March 15, 2017

    Buzzfeed Seeks Toss, Transfer Of Suit Over Trump Dossier

    A Russian technology executive’s defamation lawsuit against Buzzfeed for publishing a dossier alleging Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump without redacting his name has no business being decided in Florida federal court and should be dismissed or moved to New York, the media company argued on Tuesday.

  • March 15, 2017

    Senate Confirms Coats As Trump's Intel Chief

    The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the intelligence community Wednesday, as former Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., sailed through a pair of votes.

  • March 15, 2017

    Avis Says 3rd Circ. Ruling Supports Expert Nix In Fee Suit

    In its quest to hinder a proposed class action alleging it secretly charged car renters for an electronic toll-payment service, Avis urged a New Jersey judge Tuesday to nix the testimony of the suing group’s expert in light of a recent Third Circuit class certification ruling.

  • March 15, 2017

    DOJ Indicts Russian Spies For Hacking 500M Yahoo Accounts

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has charged a pair of Russian Federal Security Service officers and two others with hacking Yahoo’s systems to steal information from at least 500 million user accounts in a 2014 data breach that the company disclosed last year.

  • March 14, 2017

    Home Depot Deal May Spur Banks To Sue Data Breach Targets

    Home Depot has agreed to fork over more than $25 million to put to bed a proposed class of financial institutions' data breach claims, a move that could prompt more banks and credit unions to go after the retailers that suffered the data breaches rather than pursue more traditional card brand recovery programs to recoup their losses.

  • March 14, 2017

    Google Wants 7th Circ.'s Input In Biometric Privacy Row

    Google is pushing to appeal to the Seventh Circuit a recent Illinois federal court ruling declining to nix a putative class action accusing it of violating Illinois’ biometric privacy law by using face-mapping technology, arguing that the question of whether the statute applies to information derived from photographs warrants immediate review.

  • March 14, 2017

    No New Trial, No Atty Fees In $15M Finjan IP Win, Judge Says

    Six months after a California federal jury found that cybersecurity firm Sophos infringed Finjan’s patents and awarded $15 million in damages, the judge overseeing the case on Tuesday denied Sophos' motion for a new trial but also Finjan's motion for attorneys' fees, saying it wasn’t an exceptional case.

  • March 14, 2017

    Cohen & Grigsby Nabs K&L Gates Privacy, Insurance Pro

    A co-founder of K&L Gates LLP’s cyber law and cybersecurity practice group has made the jump to Cohen & Grigsby PC, joining its data security and insurance recovery groups in Pittsburgh, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • March 14, 2017

    Social Media Co. Asks Justices To Hear Facebook CFAA Suit

    A social media aggregation company has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit ruling that it accessed Facebook users’ accounts in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, calling the lower court’s order both “erroneous and unprecedented.”

  • March 14, 2017

    Data-Selling 'Right To Know' Bill Clears Hurdle In Ill.

    A bill to require websites and apps to notify Illinois consumers what data the companies may collect and to whom they sell the data passed out of an Illinois Senate committee Tuesday, but may face challenges from the business and technology community as it proceeds through the General Assembly.

  • March 14, 2017

    Carriers Say FCC Privacy Regs Hurt Small ISPs

    The Competitive Carriers Association has pressed the Federal Communications Commission on its request for the agency to reconsider privacy rules passed last year for broadband providers, saying they create uneven regulation in the internet ecosystem and hurt small providers.

  • March 14, 2017

    MLB Wearable Tech Experiment Raises Athlete Privacy Issues

    Major League Baseball will allow players to use wearable fitness devices, becoming the first major U.S. professional league to allow such devices during games, but expanded use of this growing technology could open a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns and potential labor issues for athletes across sports.

  • March 14, 2017

    DC Circ. Says Firm Faces No Threat From ITAR Broker Rule

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected a law firm’s challenge to a State Department rule on arms export “brokering activities” that the firm claimed could wrongly force it to reveal confidential client information, saying there was no credible threat of the rule being enforced against the firm.

  • March 14, 2017

    Volkswagen, Marketing Co. Fight Class Cert. In TCPA Spat

    Volkswagen Group of America Inc. and a marketing company told a California federal judge Monday that a group of car owners and lessees accusing them of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with autodialed calls aren’t entitled to class certification, saying too many individualized issues are involved.

  • March 14, 2017

    Uber Can't Force Illinois TCPA Suit Into Arbitration

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday rejected Uber's bid to force into arbitration a proposed class action claiming the ride-hailing giant sent users of its app unsolicited text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, saying it’s unclear if users even knew about the arbitration agreement.

  • March 14, 2017

    Kohl's, Service Provider Settle In Customer Class Action

    Kohl's Corp. has agreed to dismiss a third-party complaint it brought against a contractor who handled services related to the retailer’s credit cards in a putative class action brought by cardholders who claimed Kohl’s forced customers into frivolous payment protection and credit monitoring programs.

Expert Analysis

  • Using The SAFETY Act To Comply With NY Cyber Rules


    There is a way for banks, investment firms and insurers to reduce the chance that their risk assessment will be deemed "inadequate" under New York's new cybersecurity regulations — by having their policies and procedures vetted through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's SAFETY Act, says Brian Finch of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Addressing V2V Data Privacy Concerns In New NHTSA Rules

    Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik

    If adopted, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s proposed rules concerning vehicle-to-vehicle communications would enable cars to generate and receive an enormous amount of data from and about every new car on the road. Attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP survey some of the proposed measures and discuss a major unresolved privacy question introduced by V2V communications.

  • John Doe Summonses: A Key IRS Tool Against Tax Evasion

    Matthew Lee

    A John Doe summons may be used to obtain information and records about a class of unidentified taxpayers if the IRS has a reasonable belief that they are engaged in conduct violating U.S. laws. Taxpayers with undisclosed offshore assets are advised to take advantage of IRS voluntary disclosure options, as the agency continues to crack down on tax evaders, says Matthew Lee of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Electronic Device Searches At Airports: Business As Usual?

    A. Jeff Ifrah

    In the midst of the furor over President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, travelers and employers should not overlook another recent suggestion by the administration: that foreign visitors to the U.S. be required to disclose information from their personal electronic devices before being allowed to enter the country, say Jeff Ifrah and David Yellin of Ifrah Law.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • Avoiding FTC's Cross-Device Tracking Crosshairs

    Julie O’Neill

    While the Federal Trade Commission’s recent report on cross-device tracking does not introduce any materially new suggestions for compliance beyond existing industry self-regulatory efforts, it draws attention to the importance of compliance with those efforts and the potential risks of enforcement for failing to clearly and accurately describe cross-device tracking practices, say Julie O’Neill and Adam Fleisher of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Takeaways From NASA Cloud Security Audit

    William C. Wagner

    Last month, the NASA Office of Inspector General issued a report on the security of NASA’s cloud computing services. William Wagner of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP suggests eight discussion points for a review of the audit's findings with your company's management and board.

  • Limiting Remedies On Celebrity Right-Of-Publicity Claims

    Arsen Kourinian

    When a licensee uses a celebrity’s image or likeness past the term of a license agreement, but in the same manner previously consented to, the claim falls squarely into a right-of-publicity tort and is like an intellectual property claim for economic damages. Emotional distress damages should not be available, says Arsen Kourinian of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • How 401(k) Benefits Can Attract Millennial Legal Talent

    Nathan Fisher

    If today’s law firms are willing to rethink their perceptions of millennials, they may see greater success in attracting and retaining new talent by giving the younger generation the kind of retirement planning benefits they want and need, says Nathan Fisher of Fisher Investments.