• January 5, 2017

    James Woods Can Unmask Dead Twitter User, Judge Rules

    A California judge on Tuesday granted James Woods' bid to unmask an anonymous Twitter user who allegedly defamed the actor by calling him a “cocaine addict,” ordering the Twitter user's attorney to reveal his reportedly since-deceased client's name and heirs.

  • January 5, 2017

    Atty Won't Stop Push To Keep IRS From Coinbase Users' Info

    A Berns Weiss LLP attorney and customer of the virtual currency exchanger Coinbase Inc. has told a California federal court that the IRS tried to “artificially moot” his efforts to quash a John Doe summons to obtain customer information from Coinbase by saying it no longer wants information on him.

  • January 5, 2017

    Ex-CBS Anchor Apologizes As Part Of Hacking Settlement

    Documents filed in Pennsylvania state court on Thursday reveal that an ex-CBS anchor in Philadelphia formally apologized to his former co-anchor as part of a settlement in a $15 million lawsuit over information he swiped from her email account and spread to other news outlets.

  • January 5, 2017

    D-Link Sued By FTC Over Security Flaws In Routers, Cameras

    The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday lodged a complaint against computer network manufacturer D-Link Corp. in California federal court over allegedly inadequate security measures in its routers and internet cameras that left consumers’ privacy at risk.

  • January 5, 2017

    Alleged Dating Site Swindler Denies Fraud, ID Theft Charges

    An alleged con man accused of draining $360,000 from women's credit accounts after finding them through dating sites, dazzling them with big promises and later threatening them to keep them quiet denied fraud and aggravated identity theft charges Thursday in Manhattan federal court.

  • January 5, 2017

    DHS Improved On Obama's Watch, Outgoing Head Says

    Outgoing U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday issued a memorandum highlighting the progress he believes the department achieved during the Obama administration and touting its efforts to become more effective and efficient in achieving its primary goal.

  • January 5, 2017

    Intel Chiefs Continue To Back Russia Election Hack Claims

    Senior U.S. intelligence officials on Thursday said that an unclassified version of a report into foreign interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election will be made public next week, and stood by earlier statements pointing to Russia for the pre-election hacks on Democratic groups.

  • January 5, 2017

    Feds Slam Bitcoin Exchange Operators' Bid To Ax Indictment

    Prosecutors told a New York federal court Wednesday there is no reason to dismiss the latest indictment against three men accused of laundering money through an unlicensed bitcoin exchange, arguing that the new filing does not substantially change the case before trial.

  • January 5, 2017

    FCC Republicans Rage At Broadcaster Reporting Order

    The Federal Communications Commission's GOP contingent slammed the agency's Media Bureau for upholding reporting requirements for noncommercial educational TV stations, saying Wednesday that the bureau misstepped in “unilaterally” making the decision without the FCC majority's support.

  • January 4, 2017

    White House Revamps Breach Response, Reporting Policies

    The White House on Tuesday laid out updated parameters for federal agencies to follow when preparing for and responding to data breaches and for complying with a federal statute that governs the disclosure of the personal information they hold.

  • January 4, 2017

    Former Federal Officials Want Probe Into Russia Hacks

    A group of prominent former intelligence and foreign policy officials called on Congress on Wednesday to establish an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying independent study was necessary to properly understand “what we can do to protect our democracy.”

  • January 4, 2017

    LabMD Gains Industry Support In FTC Data Security Row

    The business, tech and medical communities are lending support to LabMD in its challenge before the Eleventh Circuit to a Federal Trade Commission ruling that an alleged data leak harmed consumers, arguing that the commission doesn’t have the power to regulate data security or the expertise to police health care providers.

  • January 4, 2017

    Lands' End Hit With TCPA Suit Over Junk Faxes

    Clothing retailer Lands’ End was hit with a putative class action in Connecticut federal court on Wednesday that accuses it of benefiting from unsolicited faxed ads that wasted the time and resources of thousands of recipients.

  • January 4, 2017

    Spokeo Points To 2 New Decisions In 9th Circ. FCRA Row

    Spokeo Inc. on Tuesday highlighted two cases decided after the Ninth Circuit heard arguments last month in a closely watched battle over the company’s alleged publication of false personal information, saying the recent rulings bolster its position that the action remanded by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark May decision suffers from a lack of standing.

  • January 4, 2017

    Hilton Subsidiary Can't Escape Suit Over Vacation Ad Calls

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday refused to allow a Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. subsidiary out of a proposed class action accusing the company of violating consumers’ privacy by using an autodialer to place prerecorded telemarketing calls, ruling the individual who brought the suit properly pled her claims.

  • January 4, 2017

    NJ Halts Calif. Fertility Clinic's Bad Review Ban

    A California fertility clinic has agreed to stop barring its customers from posting negative commentary about the facility and its personnel on crowd-sourced review websites as part of a settlement with New Jersey, state Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Wednesday. 

  • January 4, 2017

    7th Circ. Skeptical Of TWC Data Class Action After Spokeo

    Multiple judges on a Seventh Circuit panel Wednesday made clear they believe a class action brought against Time Warner Cable Inc. over its alleged storage of former customers' information should stay dead Wednesday, telling the customers’ attorney no one was harmed by the company’s actions.

  • January 3, 2017

    NY Revises Cybersecurity Rule, Extends Compliance Deadline

    The New York Department of Financial Services last week revamped a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity rule for banks and insurers, easing some requirements for tasks such as encrypting data and breach notification and officially extending the compliance deadline to March 1.

  • January 3, 2017

    Licenses On 5 Russian Entities Restricted For Hacking

    The Department of Commerce is placing restrictions on five Russian entities deemed current or potential threats to U.S. national security due to their suspected involvement in hacking operations intended to effect the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

  • January 3, 2017

    FTC Launches Prize Competition To Address IoT Security

    The Federal Trade Commission says it will hand over as much as $25,000 to the person who comes up with the best tool to help consumers combat security risks associated with out-of-date connected devices in the home, the agency announced Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Spokeo 6 Months Later: An Undeniably Dramatic Impact

    Ezra D. Church

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision immediately sparked predictions in the class action bar as to the future of statutory damage claims in consumer class actions. And that issue is being vigorously litigated in federal courts throughout the country. Attorneys at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP take stock of the decision’s initial impact and some trends observed to date.

  • Consumer Data In Bankruptcy: Lessons From Key Cases

    John A. Drennan

    Companies must be aware from the start that there is a trade-off between the privacy assurances they provide to their customers and the value of their customer lists in the bankruptcy and M&A contexts, says John Drennan of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • A $650,000 Lesson In Cybersecurity Shortcomings

    Glen Kopp

    Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation's recent settlement with FINRA over the exposure of confidential customer information highlights the need for firms to scrutinize carefully both their own security policies and those of their third-party vendors, say Glen Kopp and Laura Prebeck Hang of Bracewell LLP.

  • The Future Of Insurance Under A Trump Administration

    Thomas G. Rohback

    Currently, little is known for certain about how Trump's administration will influence the insurance industry. However, Thomas Rohback and Patricia Carreiro of Axinn Veltop & Harkrider LLP discuss some of the potential challenges and opportunities likely to arise once Trump comes into office.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • How Trump's Administration Will Affect Communications

     Shawn H. Chang

    It is well established that in January President-elect Trump will seek to alter or replace many of President Obama's regulations and executive orders. However, Trump is unlikely to significantly alter Obama's executive orders relating to the communications sector, says Shawn H. Chang of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Venue Choices

    Alan Rothman

    A critical — and arguably the least predictable — facet of the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation's practice is the selection of the venue for a new MDL proceeding. In this installment of his bimonthly series on the panel, Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP looks at the panel’s reasoning for its selection of particular venues, as well as arguments advanced by the parties, over the past year.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • FinCEN Cybercrime Advisory Expands SAR Requirements

    Carlton Greene

    Some of the expectations in the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s recently issued cybercrime advisory are likely to be new to most financial institutions, and have the potential to increase suspicious activity reporting burdens substantially, both by expanding the types of events that must be reported and by expanding the types of information that must be gathered, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Do Big Data Analytics Hinder Workplace Diversity?

    Judith Biggs

    As more and more employers use new analytical tools for recruiting and hiring, the potential exists for employment decisions to become more fair, objective and unbiased. However, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is exploring whether the use of big data and technology-driven decision-making could disfavor candidates who lack a robust digital footprint, says Judith Biggs of Holland & Hart LLP.