Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • January 5, 2018

    TransUnion, Chamber Back Spokeo's High Court Standing Bid

    Spokeo on Friday received a swell of support in its bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Article III standing issues in its dispute over alleged credit reporting inaccuracies, with TransUnion, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others arguing the justices' input was again necessary to clear up widespread “chaos and confusion.”

  • January 5, 2018

    Basketball Referee's Suit Over Death Threats Sent To Ky.

    A Nebraska federal judge on Friday transferred to Kentucky an NCAA referee’s suit accusing a sports radio blog and two employees of broadcasting and encouraging threatening messages he received after he made a number of controversial calls during a University of Kentucky basketball game, ruling that nothing tied the defendants to the state.

  • January 5, 2018

    UK Loss Adjuster Gets Record Fine For Flouting Privacy Law

    An insurance claims firm and two of its senior members were hit with record fines after an English jury convicted them of hiring private detectives to illegally hunt down the personal bank records of a businessman they were researching, the U.K’s privacy watchdog said Friday.

  • January 5, 2018

    Apollo-Backed Home Security Co. ADT Launches $2B IPO

    ADT Inc. on Friday set terms for an estimated $2 billion initial public offering, moving forward with plans to return to public markets nearly two years after private equity giant Apollo Global Management LLC acquired the home security services giant and took it private.

  • January 5, 2018

    Up Next At High Court: State Squabbles And Police Searches

    The U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes Monday for its fourth oral argument session this term, kicking off 2018 with state-against-state cases from its "original jurisdiction" docket and a pair of Fourth Amendment questions that have befuddled lower courts. Here’s what’s to expect.

  • January 5, 2018

    US Gov't Seeks Record Amount Of Amazon Customer Data

    The federal government is asking Amazon.com Inc. to turn over more customer data than it has at any time in the company’s history, the e-commerce giant has announced.

  • January 5, 2018

    Insurer Says It Had No Duty To Defend Yahoo In Email Suits

    An American International Group Inc. subsidiary told a California federal court on Thursday that it had no duty to defend or indemnify Yahoo Inc. in class actions accusing it of scanning certain emails, arguing the internet giant's policies don't cover such broad claims.

  • January 5, 2018

    Group Not Entitled To Info On Employee Who Quit: NJ Panel

    A New Jersey appellate court ruled Friday that a Libertarian watchdog group wasn’t entitled to personnel records that might explain why an employee in the Ocean County Prosecutor's office decided to resign, although the group claimed it was told he'd failed a drug test.

  • January 5, 2018

    NY Surgical Instruments Co. Hit With Junk-Fax Claims

    A New York medical equipment company was slapped Thursday with a putative class action from a group of businesses that told a Northern Illinois federal court they had been inundated with unauthorized faxes from the company.

  • January 4, 2018

    Intel Hit With Consumer Class Action Over Security Issue

    Less than 24 hours after Intel Corp. announced a potentially performance-slowing fix to an alleged security defect in its nearly ubiquitous chips, the company was hit with a proposed class action in California by consumers who on Wednesday said the technology giant's patch doesn't make Intel users whole.

  • January 4, 2018

    Texas Securities Watchdog Blocks UK Cryptocurrency Outlet

    Texas securities regulators issued an emergency halt of certain operations of U.K. cryptocurrency marketplace BitConnect on Thursday, saying its cryptocurrency offerings are opaque and promises to investors are unrealistically rosy.

  • January 4, 2018

    High Court Urged To Pass On CareFirst Breach Standing Row

    A group of CareFirst policyholders is pressing the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a request to weigh in on whether corporate data breaches automatically give consumers standing to sue, arguing that reports of a circuit split on the type of harm needed to maintain such claims are greatly exaggerated.

  • January 4, 2018

    Dating Site Swindler Hit With Nearly 4-Year Prison Term

    A 48-year-old serial fraudster who preyed on women he met through dating websites, stealing their personal information, accessing their bank accounts and taunting them, was sentenced to 46 months in prison by a Manhattan federal judge on Thursday.

  • January 4, 2018

    Manafort's Unlikely Shot At Mueller Aimed For Public Splash

    Paul Manafort's new civil suit against special counsel Robert Mueller risks jeopardizing his odds of a negotiating a plea and his standing in the parallel criminal case, but white collar attorneys say the onetime Trump campaign chair could be signaling his loyalty to the president by publicly attacking Mueller's mandate.

  • January 4, 2018

    Justices Asked To Weigh Deal Fairness In $8.5M Google Case

    The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Class Action Fairness petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to review the fairness of cy pres-only settlements in class actions, asking it to take on a privacy case involving Google where an $8.5 million settlement resulted in no payout to class members.

  • January 4, 2018

    State Regulators Warn Public On Cryptocurrencies, ICOs

    An organization representing state securities regulators on Thursday joined the growing chorus of government officials warning the public of potential pitfalls relating to cryptocurrency investments and so-called initial coin offerings.

  • January 4, 2018

    IRS Cooperator Gets 2 Years For Lying About Tax Fraudsters

    A Massachusetts resident was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for misleading federal agents and falsely implicating someone when he was purportedly aiding in a tax fraud investigation, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2018

    Texas Auto Dealer Must Face Privacy Class Action

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday refused to toss a proposed class action against an auto dealership accused of flouting the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act by snooping on state motor-vehicle records to pursue potential customers.

  • January 4, 2018

    Senate Dem Warns Of Russian Net Neutrality Interference

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida blasted the GOP-controlled Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday over what he called the “flawed” handling of its net neutrality repeal, which he said was tainted by hundreds of thousands of falsified comments with Russian email addresses that he attributed to Russia’s government.

  • January 4, 2018

    DOD Shakes Up Background Checks In Takeover

    The National Background Investigations Bureau is barely a year old, but already the agency charged with background checks governmentwide is losing the bulk of its responsibilities to the U.S. Department of Defense, and contractors are sure to feel the fallout.

Expert Analysis

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • The Most Noteworthy Class Action Developments Of 2017

    Neal Marder

    This year has seen significant developments in the field of class action litigation. The impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Spokeo decision continued to work its way through the courts, the appeals courts have made strides on issues like ascertainability and standing to pursue injunctive relief, and Congress is considering legislation that would alter the class action landscape, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Is Your Company Ready For Artificial Intelligence?

    Erin Bosman

    Evolving technologies such as artificial intelligence will change countless aspects of how companies do business. Consumer product companies ceding control to technology should weigh efficiencies against the risks posed by such novel movements, say attorneys at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Assessing New Cybersecurity Regs For Defense Contractors

    Theodore Augustinos

    With a new set of cybersecurity compliance requirements for defense contractors and subcontractors becoming effective at the end of this month, now is the time to review and update cybersecurity programs and incident response plans, say Theodore Augustinos and Berne Kluber of Locke Lord LLP.

  • Wrestling With Location Data Privacy At The High Court

    Vanessa Arslanian

    Last week during arguments in Carpenter v. United States, both conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to limit warrantless government access to historical cell-site location data, but they voiced different ways to do so, says Vanessa Arslanian at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • SEC Enforcement: Past, Present And Future

    Brian Rubin

    In Dan Brown’s latest best-seller "Origin," he explores where we come from and how we will evolve. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's fiscal 2017 enforcement report is no "Origin," "The Da Vinci Code" or even "Inferno," but the SEC has raised "Origin"-like questions, say Brian Rubin and Gregory Amoroso of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Congressional Forecast: December

    Richard Hertling

    Members of Congress face a daunting to-do list in the final weeks of 2017. While some believe a looming deadline will help get things done, there is worry on Capitol Hill that the legislative pileup and long-simmering partisan battles on major budget and policy issues have created a prime opportunity for political brinkmanship to paralyze the high-stakes negotiations, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Key Areas For Reviewing Software-As-A-Service Agreements

    Jane Song

    Agreements for software-as-a-service are often provider favorable and not subject to much negotiation. Still, customers should focus on material areas and attempt to improve on the key terms and conditions present in such agreements, say Jane Song and Ryan Enchelmayer of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • A Critical Review Of The 1st Drone Preemption Case

    Stephen Migala

    There is an objective and fundamental flaw in the recent Singer v. Newton opinion, which involved a city law restricting drones and related questions of federal preemption. The Massachusetts federal court's decision was based in large part on a miscodifed part of the U.S. Code that is not actually the law, says Stephen Migala of Winston & Strawn LLP.