Privacy

  • May 15, 2017

    WhatsApp Fined €3M By Italian Watchdog Over Data Policy

    The Italian government’s antitrust and consumer watchdog fined Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp €3 million ($3.29 million) on Monday after a pair of investigations concluded the messaging service was implementing unfair contract terms that required users to share their personal data.

  • May 14, 2017

    Global Cyberattack Exposes Big Liabilities For Simple Fixes

    The massive cyberattack that began sweeping the globe Friday not only threatened the ability of major businesses and institutions to function but left them exposed to a crush of legal risks attorneys say could have been avoided had they taken basic security steps.

  • May 12, 2017

    Seven Fla. Men Charged In $25M Tech Support Scam

    Federal prosecutors in Illinois announced charges Friday against seven Florida men they claim bilked more than 40,000 people out of in excess of $25 million through a tech support scam, part of a larger effort by the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on these types for crimes.

  • May 12, 2017

    Scottrade Data Breach Suit Belongs In State Court: Customers

    A putative class of customers suing discount brokerage firm Scottrade Inc. over a data breach that compromised more than 4.6 million people's personal information asked a Florida federal court Thursday to move their suit to state court, arguing that the suit has no business being in federal court.

  • May 12, 2017

    Ill. Panel Revives Claim For Coverage Of Minor's Bullying

    An Illinois appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that a family's counterclaim against American Family Mutual Insurance Inc. was time-barred after the family unsuccessfully tried to use their homeowners insurance for a lawsuit claiming their son had bullied another minor.

  • May 12, 2017

    Kroger Unit Sued Over Alleged Storage Of Worker Fingerprints

    An Illinois and Wisconsin supermarket chain owned by Kroger Co. has been hit with a putative class action alleging it stores employees' fingerprint information without their consent in violation of an Illinois state law barring the collection of biometric data, according to a suit removed to federal court Thursday.  

  • May 12, 2017

    Hospital Must Cough Up Review Docs In Quality Of Care Suit

    An Albany, New York, hospital will have to turn over a department review report relating to the treatment of a deceased cancer patient in a suit accusing the hospital of bungling her care, a New York appellate court has ruled.

  • May 12, 2017

    Massive Cyberattack Hits Hospitals, Universities, Businesses

    A sweeping cyberattack Friday using ransomware thought to be stolen from the National Security Agency hit more than 45,000 targets across at least 74 countries, security researchers said, with suspected victims including at least 16 British health care institutions, Spanish telecom Telefonica, the Russian Interior Ministry and FedEx.

  • May 12, 2017

    Wells Fargo Raises Phony Account Estimate To 3.5M, Class Says

    Wells Fargo & Co. has increased the estimated number of unauthorized checking, savings and credit card accounts that its employees allegedly opened over the past 15 years to 3.5 million, according to a class action’s court documents filed in California federal court Thursday.

  • May 12, 2017

    Whistleblower's Wiretapping FCA Suit Appealed To High Court

    A former federal prosecutor-turned-whistleblower who accused telecom companies of overbilling the government for wiretapping services urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up his appeal, arguing a circuit split over the ability of government employees to serve as relators requires review.

  • May 12, 2017

    AT&T Hit With New Robocall Class Action

    AT&T Corp. was sued Friday in Illinois federal court by a putative class of people who say they received nuisance phone calls that violated robocalling law.

  • May 12, 2017

    LifeLock Investor Suit Stays Dismissed For Lack Of Deception

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Thursday declined to revive a suit by a proposed class of LifeLock Inc. investors claiming the identity theft protection company lied about its compliance with a Federal Trade Commission false advertising order, saying the shareholders hadn’t shown any deception.

  • May 12, 2017

    GAO Sued To Block Publication Of Unredacted Bid Protest

    A military contractor sued the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Thursday, in an effort to prevent imminent publication of its unredacted bid protest, which the company says contains protected information that would harm it competitively if released.

  • May 12, 2017

    Westchester City Sued Over Wireless Expansion Shutdown

    A subsidiary of a national telecom infrastructure provider sued a Westchester County, New York, municipality in federal court Thursday, saying the city wrongly refused to grant it access to public right-of-way to expand an antenna system aimed at improving wireless service.

  • May 11, 2017

    Uber Sued By San Francisco In Driver Info Subpoena Row

    San Francisco filed a petition against Uber Technologies Inc. in California state court Thursday asking the court to force the company to hand over driver information sought by the city’s treasurer and tax collector, while the company has claimed the information is private and confidential.

  • May 11, 2017

    After $21M TCPA Verdict, Dish Network Fights Claims Method

    Dish Network said Wednesday it's ready to dispute every single one of 51,000 telemarketing calls that led a jury to tag the company with a $21 million verdict in January, urging a North Carolina federal judge to reject a claims roster based on telephone numbers and not people.

  • May 11, 2017

    Taiwan Co. Escapes US Court In FTC Data Security Case

    The Federal Trade Commission has agreed to drop D-Link Corp. from a suit accusing the company of failing to adequately secure its connected devices, ending a dispute over whether a California federal court has jurisdiction over the Taiwanese manufacturer and leaving the commission to pursue claims against D-Link’s U.S. subsidiary.

  • May 11, 2017

    Chicago Cop's Suit Against Officials Over Leaked Info Tossed

    A Chicago cop who sued the city, news organizations and the city's Independent Police Review Authority for allegedly leaking information about him to the media in retaliation had his case tossed without prejudice on Thursday when an Illinois federal judge granted the defendant's motion to dismiss.

  • May 11, 2017

    Retailer Says Spokeo Dooms Receipt Suit In NC State Court

    A bedding and home goods retailer has urged a North Carolina state court to dismiss litigation accusing it of violating the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act by including too many card digits on receipts, saying the consumer leading the suit lacks standing under the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Spokeo decision.

  • May 11, 2017

    Spokeo Nixes $12M Experian Judgment For Wrong Credit Info

    The Fourth Circuit axed a $12 million class action judgment against a unit of credit report provider Experian PLC on Thursday, saying the lead plaintiff had no case because his injury didn’t measure up to the standards set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in its Spokeo decision last year.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

  • Navigating Bid Protests Caused By DOD Cybersecurity Rules

    Robert Metzger

    The challenges faced by contractors in implementing new U.S. Department of Defense cybersecurity requirements are likely to result in adverse agency evaluations of proposals, which will form the basis for bid protests. Perceived defects in an awardee’s cybersecurity are also certain to be exploited by unsuccessful offerors seeking fodder for bid protests, say attorneys with Rogers Joseph O'Donnell PC.

  • What To Know About The 48th State Breach Notification Law

    Emily Westridge Black

    Unless and until a federal law creates a single data breach notification standard, companies must understand how to comply with each applicable state law. Enacted a few weeks ago, New Mexico’s Data Breach Notification Act has several unique characteristics, say attorneys with Haynes and Boone LLP.

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    Counsel To Counsel: 5 Challenges For A Law Firm GC

    John Koski

    Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.

  • Data Portability Issues In US Foreshadow Challenges In EU

    Chris Hydak

    While multinational and EU businesses are beginning to ponder the substance and the scope of the requirement to provide “data portability” under Article 20 of the General Data Protection Regulation, U.S. financial institutions and data aggregators have been actively debating and shaping the contours of data portability for close to a decade, says Chris Hydak, an attorney at USAA.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • AGs Weave Themselves Into Patchwork Of Digital-Health Regs

    Barry H. Boise

    Recent settlements reached between three health app developers and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman underscore the intense regulatory interest in the digital health arena. They also add to the growing concerns health app developers should consider when developing products, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • The Evolving Legal Landscape For Connected Products

    Sheila Millar

    As the internet of things continues its rapid expansion into homes, cars and offices, manufacturers must understand how safety, compliance and customer satisfaction depend on the software used to make a product “connect.” But they must also consider rules and regulations affecting the product itself — from physical safety standards to limits on chemical ingredients, says Sheila Millar of Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • Calif. Legislature Takes Aim At IoT Security

    Scott Lyon

    California recently introduced Senate Bill 327 which, among other provisions, imposes requirements on manufacturers to equip internet of things devices with reasonable security features. However, the amorphous concept of "reasonable security features" poses a challenge to those seeking to comply, says Scott Lyon of Sedgwick LLP.

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.