Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • November 7, 2017

    Spain Fines Google Over Street View Wi-Fi Data Harvesting

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Lyft, Jobcase Hit With TCPA Suit Over Spam Text Claims

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Cancer Center Patients Say Ch. 11 Can’t Nix Data Breach Row

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    SEC Says ‘Paid To Click’ $38M Ponzi Schemer Conned 150K

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Trump Campaign Adviser Denies Collusion In Russia Probe

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    TransUnion Loses Bid To Undo $60M FCRA Verdict

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Al Jazeera Says MLBers Must Subpoena Journo In Libel Suit

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Drivers Fight Fiat Chrysler's Quick Win Bid In Jeep Hack Suit

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    J&J Job Candidate Must Arbitrate Claims Against Recruiter

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Cybersecurity Key To Unlock Rural Internet Use, Senate Told

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    EU Promises Rapid Response After Paradise Papers Leaks

    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."

  • November 6, 2017

    Compass Bank Can't Use Spokeo To Ditch TCPA Row

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    Businesses Denied Class Cert. In Junk Fax TCPA Case

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    Spokeo Helps Steakhouse Beat Long-Running Receipt Action

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    A Guide To Insurance Coverage For Biometric Privacy Suits

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    The Law Firms Spinning The White House Turnstile

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    Post-Equifax, NY AG Proposes Tougher Data Security Laws

    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.”

  • November 6, 2017

    Who’s Repping Whom? Law360’s Guide To The Mueller Probe

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    Has Trump Been Good For BigLaw?

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    What Trump’s War On Regulations Means For Lawyers

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • When And How Cos. Should Address Cyber Legal Compliance

    Alan Raul

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    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 Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    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.

  • How Arbitrators Maintain Proportionality In Discovery

    Richard Seymour

    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.

  • CPA Cybersecurity Framework May Be Vital Tool

    Christian Leitner

    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.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    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.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    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.

  • Navigating The Pitfalls Of Civil Investigative Demands

    Chris Browning

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    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.

  • 5 Questions GCs Should Ask On Securing Internet Of Things

    Rebecca Eisner

    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.