• January 6, 2017

    Subway, T-Mobile Text-Offer Suit Sent To Arbitration

    A Washington federal judge Thursday told a class action of consumers accusing T-Mobile and Subway of sending unwanted text-message ads to their cellphones to take their claims outside of court, dismissing the case.

  • January 6, 2017

    Verizon Exec Says Outlook For $4.83B Yahoo Buy Is Uncertain

    A senior Verizon executive said on Thursday that the telecom giant is unsure about the outcome of its planned $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo Inc.’s core business, comments that come as Yahoo continues to deal with the aftermath of a recently revealed cyberattack.

  • January 6, 2017

    NY Times Wants Fed Records On Yahoo Email Scanning Order

    The New York Times Co. has asked a federal judge to order the U.S. Department of Justice to comply with its request for the production of documents related to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s alleged order requiring Yahoo Inc. to scan its users’ email accounts.

  • January 6, 2017

    Broker Wants Unadmitted Attys Sanctioned In Spam Text Suit

    WD Services LLC urged a Nevada federal court on Thursday to sanction two lawyers representing a proposed class claiming the short-term loan broker sent unauthorized marketing texts in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, arguing the out-of-state attorneys have failed to seek permission to appear in the case.

  • January 6, 2017

    5 Insights From General Electric's Alex Dimitrief

    “Data sovereignty” is a recent trend with important consequences for GE’s future as a digital industrial company. The technical challenges alone are immense. But compounding those challenges are the growing number of countries considering laws that would impede the flow of data across national borders, says Alex Dimitrief, general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • January 5, 2017

    Groups Ask DC Circ. To Weigh TSA Body Scanner Incidents

    Consumer groups asked the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to consider two recent highly publicized passenger screening incidents at airports in Los Angeles and Detroit as it weighs a challenge to the Transportation Security Administration's final rule on airport body scanners, saying the technology is intrusive and hurting passengers.

  • January 5, 2017

    Lifewatch Must Turn Over Docs In Robocall Suit, FTC Says

    The Federal Trade Commission and the state of Florida asked an Illinois federal judge to force Lifewatch Inc. and its president to turn over documents about the company’s relationship with several telemarketers Thursday, as part of the government’s suit over Lifewatch’s allegedly predatory marketing.

  • January 5, 2017

    FCC Takes Heavy Fire As Industry Seeks Privacy Reversal

    A bevy of industry organizations have asked the Federal Communications Commission to rethink its new privacy rules for broadband providers, with cable, advertising, carrier and other trade groups raising questions about the agency’s authority and process and whether the burdens are necessary.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • With The New Administration, A New FCC Focus?

    Anne Goodwin Crump

    With the potential of new blood soon coming into the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC may shift at least some of its attention back to broadcasting issues. Anne Crump of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth PLC discusses who the next FCC chairman might be, and what else the future might hold for the commission.

  • What Now For The OCC’s Fintech Proposal?

    Kevin Petrasic

    Much has changed in Washington since the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced plans last month to open a new office intended to promote financial innovation. How the election of Donald Trump to serve as the new president of the United States affects fintech and the OCC’s plans for its Office of Innovation remains unclear, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Risk When Acquiring A Payments Company

    Charles J. Morton Jr.

    Creating value for shareholders through acquisitions in the payment space is an important, time-tested strategy. However, regulatory pressure in the payments industry has increased considerably in the past few years. Combining regulatory insight with proven deal execution is essential if an acquisition is to have the intended results, say Charles Morton Jr. and Andrew Bigart of Venable LLP.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.