Spain's data protection authority has hit Google with a €300,000 ($347,835) fine for unlawfully scooping up email addresses, passwords and other personal data available through unsecured wireless networks as part of its Street View mapping program in 2010, the regulator said Tuesday.
Ride-hailing giant Lyft Inc. and employment social network Jobcase have been accused of sending unsolicited spam texts to prospective drivers, in a proposed nationwide class action filed Tuesday in Florida federal court.
A putative class of patients arguing that a data breach at bankrupt cancer treatment center operator 21st Century Oncology exposed their personal information told a New York bankruptcy court on Monday that allowing them to file a class action claim would be best for all concerned.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday announced a civil enforcement action against a Florida businessman for allegedly running a ‘paid to click’ scam at the center of a $38 million Ponzi scheme that roped in more than 150,000 investors.
Former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page admitted to meeting with a senior Russian politician during the 2016 presidential election campaign, but said the discussion was superficial and denied involvement in any collusion with Russian officials, according to a congressional hearing transcript made public late Monday.
A California judge denied TransUnion’s bid for a new trial or reduced damages in a class action claiming the agency violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by confusing the names of consumers with those of people on a terrorist watch list, saying the jury was fully justified in reaching its $60 million verdict.
Al Jazeera America LLC on Monday blasted efforts by MLB players to force the media organization to collect and turn over information an undercover reporter gathered while making a 2015 documentary about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, arguing that the players must subpoena the reporter because the organization does not control the documents they want.
Car owners claiming some Jeep vehicles are susceptible to hacking told an Illinois federal court on Monday that Fiat Chrysler can’t duck claims it breached warranty agreements with consumers, arguing in a heavily redacted brief that they’ve obtained substantial evidence that the alleged vulnerabilities have caused injuries.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday granted recruiter Kelly Services Inc.'s renewed bid to arbitrate a putative class action alleging a would-be employee unfairly lost his job offer due to a background check, finding the worker, who was in line for a position with Johnson & Johnson, had signed a valid arbitration agreement.
A strong cybersecurity regimen is critical to helping rural America adopt internet-connected devices because people won’t use technology they don’t trust, according to health care, agriculture and technology experts who spoke at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.
The European Union has "new political momentum" to name and shame global tax havens and stop corporations ducking their bills, senior officials said Tuesday, as it reels from new revelations dubbed the "Paradise Papers."
An Alabama federal judge on Friday refused to toss a putative class action accusing Compass Bank of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, finding that the placement of two allegedly unsolicited autodialed calls resulted in harm that was concrete enough to meet the standing bar established by the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision.
An Illinois federal judge on Friday refused to grant class certification to a business that claims it was sent junk faxes in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, as the court said it would be too difficult to determine who among the class actually may have solicited the faxes by signing up at one time or another.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse on Monday beat a proposed class action over payment card expiration dates on customers’ receipts when a New York federal judge found, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s Spokeo decision, that the customers weren’t actually harmed by the revealed data.
Specialized cyberinsurance may be the best bet for companies to defray the costs of litigating the recent flood of class action complaints brought under Illinois' stringent biometric privacy law, but experts say they may also be able to find coverage in commercial general liability and other more traditional policies. Here, attorneys share where defendants can seek coverage.
A change in administration opens revolving doors for BigLaw, allowing some attorneys to transition to a government gig while giving others the chance to move into the private sector. Here are the firms and attorneys cycling through some prominent executive branch positions.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman introduced new legislation bolstering efforts to protect consumers’ personal information from breaches, saying the Equifax hack has shown that the state's data security laws are “weak and outdated.”
As Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign draws a slew of corporate attorneys to the scene, here’s a look at the legal firepower representing figures in the special counsel’s inquiry.
Last November’s Election Day triumph for Donald Trump seemed likely to bring about, as one consultant put it, a “legal industry on steroids.” A year on, though, the picture for law firms is decidedly mixed.
Corporations and their attorneys can be some of the country’s most ardent deregulation enthusiasts, but many are struggling to navigate uncertainty clouding the Trump administration’s efforts to pare down the rulebook.
Companies commonly conduct technical audits of their defensive cyber posture, but it is not until a cyber incident occurs that they assess whether — from a legal standpoint — they are well situated to defend themselves in enforcement proceedings or litigation should a breach occur. That is too late, say Alan Raul and Kate Heinzelman of Sidley Austin LLP.
Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.
Financial Crisis Anniversary
The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.
There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.
While the cybersecurity attestation framework from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is still in its adoption phase, it likely will open new ways for law firms across the U.S. to deal with cybersecurity questions, says Christian Leitner of OUM & Co. LLP.
Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.
Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.
In U.S. v. Dish Network, currently on appeal to the Tenth Circuit, the district court awarded statutory damages of $280 million in favor of the U.S. and the four plaintiff states. Buried among the thousands of pages of interlocutory orders issued by the district court is a warning that should be heeded by all parties that are the subjects of governmental investigations, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.
In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.
Connected devices are creating new markets and new efficiencies for global businesses. But the internet of things also raises a wide range of cybersecurity and data privacy considerations for general counsel and their legal teams, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.