Privacy

  • April 6, 2017

    Agencies Seek End To British Businessman's Privacy Suit

    The federal government urged a D.C. federal court Wednesday to nix litigation alleging that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies leaked false information to the media about the British founder of industrial conglomerate Chagoury Group, saying he lacks standing and his due process claim doesn’t hold up.

  • April 6, 2017

    Nunes Steps Aside From Russia Probe

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Thursday that he will temporarily step aside from the ongoing probe into Russian interference with the presidential election and potential ties with President Donald Trump’s administration, blaming complaints lodged by “leftwing activist groups.”

  • April 5, 2017

    Pa. Transit Agency SEPTA Beats Background Check Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday tossed a proposed class action accusing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of violating federal law by not giving job applicants proper notice it was using consumer reports to check their backgrounds, finding the three men who brought the suit lack standing to do so.

  • April 5, 2017

    MPAA, HBO Say Ax Murderer's Privacy Win Chills Film Biz

    HBO and the Motion Picture Association of America are pressing a New York appeals court to clear the way for the state’s highest court to review a ruling that kept alive the privacy claims of a man convicted of murdering his father with an ax in 2004, who took issue with a fictionalized movie about him on Lifetime.

  • April 5, 2017

    FTC, FCC Chiefs Seek To Set 'Record Straight’ On Privacy

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen sought Tuesday to rebut “hyperventilating headlines” over the repeal of FCC privacy rules for ISPs, saying the move makes way for restoring FTC privacy authority.

  • April 5, 2017

    Venable Gets Digital Health, Privacy Pro From Cooley

    Venable LLP has brought on a partner from Cooley LLP who specializes in digital health and privacy to co-chair its health care practice in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

  • April 5, 2017

    Trump Claims Obama Adviser Criminally Leaked Intelligence

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice had committed a crime, amid allegations that she had “unmasked” and leaked the names of Trump administration transition officials, referred to in intelligence reports, for political gain.

  • April 5, 2017

    NY High Court Nixes Facebook's Challenge Of Bulk Warrants

    New York state’s highest court on Tuesday denied Facebook the chance to challenge bulk search warrants issued by the Manhattan district attorney for user information related to a criminal investigation, affirming that a lower court’s order rejecting a motion to quash those warrants wasn’t appealable under state law.

  • April 5, 2017

    Bill To Curb Colo. Sales Tax Reporting Rule Advances

    The Colorado Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill proposed by the Senate Republican majority leader to eliminate a hotly contested state requirement that remote retailers turn over detailed customer purchase records to state tax authorities, a measure the lawmaker says will protect consumers’ online privacy.

  • April 5, 2017

    Sprint Hit With Junk Fax Suit Over Unwanted Ads

    A proposed class action was filed in Connecticut federal court, claiming that Sprint Communication Co. LP repeatedly faxed unsolicited ads for discounted smartphones and data plans without an opt-out notice, in violation of the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005.

  • April 5, 2017

    Merchant Processors Reach $3.7M Deal In Autodial Row

    A West Virginia woman asked a federal court Tuesday for preliminary approval of a $3.7 million deal resolving her proposed class action over allegedly autodialed calls made by Patriot Payment Group LLC to advertise North American Bancard LLC’s merchant processing services.

  • April 4, 2017

    Congress Needs To Tackle Net Neutrality, FCC's O'Rielly Says

    Republican Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly told Law360 he believes Congress should take on net neutrality but also hopes the commission revisits the Obama-era Open Internet Order soon as lawmakers and the FCC chairman weigh the best course.

  • April 4, 2017

    Ohio Paper, Telemarketer Face TCPA Suit Over 'Cold Calls'

    Ohio's largest newspaper, the Plain Dealer, and a marketing partner were hit with a putative class action in Missouri federal court Monday accusing them of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by pestering potential subscribers with autodialed telemarketing calls without their consent.

  • April 4, 2017

    Illinois Sheriff Pushes 'Right To Know' Data Selling Bill

    Proposed legislation requiring websites and apps to notify Illinois consumers what data the companies may collect and to whom they sell the data was trimmed in the Illinois General Assembly Tuesday with an amendment that would only allow the Illinois attorney general and state's attorneys to sue companies for the information.

  • April 4, 2017

    Amazon, FTC End Appeals, Letting App Refunds Start Soon

    The Federal Trade Commission and Amazon have agreed to drop their appeals in litigation accusing the online retailer of charging customers for unauthorized app purchases made by their children, opening the door for the refund process to move forward, the agency announced Tuesday.

  • April 4, 2017

    Johnson & Bell Hits Edelson With $1M Defamation Claim

    An ongoing fight between Chicago law firms Johnson & Bell and Edelson PC escalated last month when Johnson & Bell filed a $1 million state court suit claiming Edelson had defamed it by publicizing a client suit alleging lax computer security at the practice.

  • April 4, 2017

    Comcast Hit With Class Action Over Credit Checks

    An Illinois consumer hit Comcast Corp. with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Tuesday, alleging the cable giant ran a credit check on him and damaged his credit despite the fact that he’d paid a deposit specifically to avoid having his credit checked.

  • April 4, 2017

    Twitter, Yelp Among Apps Signing On To $5.3M Privacy Deal

    Several major tech companies, including Twitter Inc., Yelp Inc., Instagram LLC and Foursquare Labs Inc., have agreed to pay a consolidated $5.3 million to resolve a putative class action pending in California federal court accusing them of violating user privacy through their apps for Apple’s mobile operating system.

  • April 4, 2017

    Credit Unions' Counsel Bid Denied In Noodles & Co. Suit

    A Colorado federal judge shot down a request by financial institutions for the appointment of interim class counsel in litigation over a Noodles & Co. data breach, telling the proposed class Tuesday to explain why so many firms and lawyers from several cities are needed.

  • April 4, 2017

    Spokeo Frees Health Co. From Suit Over Patient Receipt

    A Utah federal judge held Monday that a patient lacked standing for his proposed class action accusing IHC Health Services Inc. of improperly including his payment card expiration date on a receipt, saying he failed to allege a concrete injury as required by the Supreme Court’s landmark Spokeo decision.

Expert Analysis

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Public Records Act And The Price Of Privacy: Part 2

    Gregory J. Rolen

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in City of San Jose v. Superior Court will forever change the nature of public service. Luckily, there are some practical suggestions that can be offered to respond to this sea change, says Gregory Rolen of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Public Records Act And The Price Of Privacy: Part 1

    Gregory J. Rolen

    While the California Supreme Court's recent decision in City of San Jose v. Superior Court could be characterized as "Jeffersonian," it will immediately change the way we conduct business as public institutions and private people, says Gregory Rolen of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • Beware Unintended Consequences Of Class Action Reform

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    The U.S. House of Representatives currently has before it a bill — H.R. 985 — intended to reduce abusive class action and mass tort practices that undermine the integrity of the legal system. Class action litigation does need reform, but some features of this legislation could perpetuate existing problems and create new ones, say Anthony Anscombe and Mary Beth Buckley of Sedgwick LLP.

  • Consent Kills: Trends In Defeating TCPA Class Actions

    Jason Tompkins

    In Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases, consent comes in many forms and quite commonly arises from an existing business relationship. Because business relationships vary widely even among customers of the same business, fertile ground exists to challenge class treatment of TCPA disputes. A discussion of three recent denials of class certification shows why, say attorneys with Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • Insights From Oral Arguments In McLane V. EEOC

    Anne Knox Averitt

    Although the only issues before the U.S. Supreme Court in McLane v. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are the appellate review standard and the relevance of employee contact information, it will behoove employers if the court sheds additional light on how to factor other considerations in responding to EEOC subpoenas, says Anne Knox Averitt of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.