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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • May 31, 2018

    EU Outlines Plan To Digitize Cross-Border Litigation

    The European Commission on Thursday released proposed new measures designed to promote and facilitate electronic document filing, aimed at increasing judicial cooperation on cases that range across national borders and reducing the costs incurred when documents are sent via regular mail.

  • May 31, 2018

    DHS Slapped With Suit Over Media-Monitoring Tools

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was hit with a suit in D.C. federal court Wednesday for allegedly putting out a call for tools to monitor news coverage and a database to track journalists and media influencers without properly assessing the privacy implications, and for withholding related documents from an advocacy group.

  • May 31, 2018

    Grindr Should Be Liable For Impersonation, 2nd Circ. Told

    A man accusing the online dating app Grindr LLC of lacking safety features that would have prevented a "malicious" impersonation scheme by his ex-boyfriend urged the Second Circuit to revive his allegations, saying in a brief made public Wednesday that providers of "interactive computer services" should be liable for fraud by users.

  • May 30, 2018

    Ex-Goldman Banker Wants Final Fed Decision On Lifetime Ban

    A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. investment banker accused of mishandling confidential documents sued the Federal Reserve in New York federal court on Wednesday for failing to act on his appeal of an industry ban and $300,000 administrative penalty.

  • May 30, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive National Park Service Receipt Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday upheld the toss of a putative class action accusing the National Park Service of failing to properly redact payment card expiration dates from receipts, ruling that the plaintiff had failed to link this allegedly unlawful conduct to subsequent identity theft she experienced and that the government was immune from such claims.  

  • May 30, 2018

    GDPR Allows Capture Of Site Registration Data, ICANN Says

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which coordinates the internet’s global system of web addresses, has lodged a German court action seeking a determination that the European Union’s sweeping new data protection regime permits the collection of information about the entities that buy and manage domain names.

  • May 30, 2018

    Wells Fargo's 'Imperfect' $142M Account Fraud Deal OK'd

    A California federal judge said Wednesday he’ll approve a $142 million deal between Wells Fargo and a class of customers who say they suffered financial losses from unauthorized accounts opened in their names, telling objectors the “imperfect” deal was “the least-worst solution” to the fraudulent account scandal.

  • May 30, 2018

    Web Platforms, Advocates Divided Over New Ad Disclosures

    Tech and public advocacy groups appeared divided in recent days over whether the Federal Election Commission should bring paid web advertisements under the same transparency standards applied to broadcast advertisements, or whether it should apply a less rigorous standard.

  • May 30, 2018

    Kaspersky Software Ban Within US Rights, DC Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge tossed two lawsuits brought by Kaspersky Lab over the U.S. ban on its antivirus products, finding Wednesday that the government had constitutional grounds to stop using the Moscow-based firm's software amid concerns that it could be hijacked by Russian spies.

  • May 30, 2018

    Court Can't Hear Challenge To GAO Unredacted Bid Protest

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge tossed a challenge to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s proposed release of an unredacted bid protest decision involving a military maintenance deal, ruling Wednesday that the court lacked jurisdiction because the GAO is not an “agency” under the relevant law.

  • May 30, 2018

    Alleged Scalpers Must Face Ticketmaster's Infringement Suit

    A pair of companies cannot escape a suit from Ticketmaster accusing them of violating cybersecurity laws and contributing to copyright infringement by using bots to purchase large numbers of tickets for resale, with a California federal judge finding that there was enough evidence to support the ticket giant's claims.

  • May 30, 2018

    Jones Day Nabs Ex-Assistant US Atty For White Collar Team

    Jones Day has hired a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois to work in Chicago with its white collar defense and investigations team, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 30, 2018

    Intel Stock-Drop Suit Will Be Led By La. Pension Fund

    A California federal judge Tuesday consolidated two proposed class actions and ruled that a Louisiana pension fund may lead the resulting suit that alleges Intel Corp. knew but failed to disclose the existence of two security flaws that sent its stock crashing, finding that the fund had the greatest financial interest in the case.

  • May 30, 2018

    Under Armour Wants To Arbitrate MyFitnessPal Security Suit

    Under Armour Inc. urged a California federal court Tuesday to compel arbitration of a proposed class action alleging the company failed to secure its MyFitnessPal nutrition app against a security breach, saying its terms and conditions of use include an arbitration provision.

  • May 29, 2018

    9th Circ. To Weigh Class Cert. In Facebook Face Scan Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday agreed to take up Facebook’s challenge to a ruling that certified a class of Illinois users who claim the company’s face-scanning practices violate the state’s unique biometric privacy law, rebuffing a California federal judge who earlier in the day said the case should move toward trial. 

  • May 29, 2018

    Suits Show Conflict Even At BigLaw's Best Places For Women

    Women have been gaining ground at Ogletree Deakins and Morrison & Foerster, but gender discrimination lawsuits against these firms and others suggest that expanding women's representation doesn’t necessarily lead to equal treatment.

  • May 29, 2018

    Reform Or Retreat? UK Firms Eye Next Steps On Pay Data

    U.K. law firms have come up with numerous approaches to a new requirement for disclosing gender pay gap information, and the ensuing PR storm is pushing them in conflicting directions.

  • May 29, 2018

    How Women Are Changing The Law Firms They Lead

    Female law firm leaders have scraped their way to the top. Now they want to pull up other women, too. And this may be their toughest challenge yet.

  • May 29, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Our latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that women remain underrepresented in the legal profession, particularly at the top levels of most — but not all — law firms. Here are this year’s Ceiling Smashers, our annual ranking of the firms with the most women in the equity tier.

  • May 29, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Verint, Vitol, Carlyle

    Verint Systems is reportedly negotiating a deal to buy Israeli cyber intelligence firm NSO Group, Vitol plans on publicly listing its Viva Energy unit, and the Carlyle Group's deal for Expereo valued the Netherlands-based company at more than $369 million.

Expert Analysis

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Facing The Homestretch Of GDPR Prep: Part 1

    Video

    The EU General Data Protection Regulation implementation date — May 25 — is quickly approaching, and many companies are wrestling with how to prioritize efforts in the final weeks. In this video, Brian Hengesbaugh of Baker McKenzie discusses the importance of keeping a low profile.

  • How Blockchains May Comply With GDPR Mandates: Part 2

    Kennedy Luvai

    The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation may present some challenges to certain blockchain-based solutions. Compliance issues include data minimization, rectification of inaccurate data, access to data and access to data portability, says Kennedy Luvai of Parsons Behle & Latimer PLC.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • How Blockchains May Comply With GDPR Mandates: Part 1

    Kennedy Luvai

    The treatment of hashed or encrypted data on a blockchain as pseudonymous data, subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, has far-reaching implications for privacy rights, including the right to erasure, says Kennedy Luvai of Parsons Behle & Latimer PLC.

  • After Trump’s Policy Purges, Who Speaks For The Victims?

    Daniel Karon

    Under President Donald Trump, federal agencies have killed or delayed key regulations and imposed drastically fewer penalties against corporate wrongdoers — thus enabling cheaters, victimizing consumers and compromising well-behaving companies. It falls to state attorneys general, as well as the private bar — plaintiffs and defense attorneys together — to pick up the slack, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • The Rapidly Evolving Medicare Telehealth Landscape

    Miranda Franco

    One of the biggest drivers of change in the telehealth industry is the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act, which was part of the recently passed Bipartisan Budget Act. The improvements included in the legislation are just the latest efforts signed into law to modernize telehealth nationwide, says Miranda Franco of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Without More Funding IRS Reform Bills May Not Change IRS

    Robert Kovacev

    Several bills intended to improve things at the IRS recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Attorneys Robert Kovacev and Carina Federico of Steptoe & Johnson LLP look at how the legislation would address three major issues and consider whether a legislative overhaul can be implemented without adequate funding.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.