Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • September 22, 2017

    SEC Takes Walk In Businesses' Shoes With Database Hack

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission provided companies with a crash course in what to do — and what not to do — when it recently revealed that its electronic public document filing system had been hacked last year. 

  • September 22, 2017

    Attys Want $1.6M Cut Of App Privacy Deal With Tech Giants

    The attorneys who worked out a $5.3 million deal with tech companies including Twitter, Instagram and Yelp in a consolidated proposed class action over alleged user privacy violations asked a California federal judge Friday to award $1.6 million in fees for their work.

  • September 22, 2017

    Home Depot Data Breach Attys Score $15.3M In Fees

    The attorneys representing banks and other financial institutions in litigation over Home Depot's 2014 data breach won a $15.3 million fee award on Friday that represents only a slight reduction to their hotly contested request, as a Georgia federal judge gave his final blessing to a $27.25 million settlement.

  • September 22, 2017

    Ex-Uber Drivers Say Data Breach Caused Real Harm

    A pair of former Uber drivers urged a California federal judge Thursday to keep their proposed class action against the company alive, arguing that they have suffered real harm, including identity theft, from a 2014 data breach that compromised drivers’ personal information.

  • September 22, 2017

    Trump's Latest US Atty Noms Include Sidley, Goodwin Alums

    President Donald Trump released on Friday his latest batch of nominations for U.S. attorney, including former associates at Sidley Austin LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • September 22, 2017

    Burger King Can't Pause Receipt Suit Pending Dismissal Bid

    A Florida federal judge on Friday rejected Burger King’s bid to pause a proposed class action accusing it of printing too many card digits on receipts, saying the likelihood of the restaurant succeeding in its bid to ax the suit isn’t so high that he needs to impose a stay while deciding the motion.

  • September 22, 2017

    Symantec Warns US To Devise Custom Security Software

    A major security software company says that the United States' cyber adversaries have an unexpected ally in their efforts to hack into the country’s critical agencies: the U.S.

  • September 22, 2017

    Feds Want Google Sanctioned For Defying Data Orders

    Federal prosecutors are seeking to have Google Inc. sanctioned for refusing to comply with a search warrant requesting certain user data stored overseas, telling a California federal judge Wednesday that the internet giant is flouting court orders.

  • September 22, 2017

    Lyft Hit With TCPA Suit Over Texts To Reassigned Numbers

    Lyft Inc. sends owners of recycled telephone numbers unsolicited promotional text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, says a proposed class action filed Friday in Ohio federal court.

  • September 22, 2017

    Jury Convicts Man For Infecting Army Computer Program

    A North Carolina federal jury has found an Atlanta resident guilty of placing malicious code onto a U.S. Army computer, causing issues with a program that handles pay and personnel actions for hundreds of thousands of reservists that cost about $2.6 million to fix, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Allscripts Seeks Pause For 7th Circ. Ruling On TCPA Consent

    Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. asked an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to stay a proposed class action against the company over advertising faxes that lacked opt-out clauses, arguing the court should first see whether the Seventh Circuit decertifies a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class in a related suit.

  • September 21, 2017

    FTC’s McSweeny Makes Urgent Call For New Data Regs

    The Federal Trade Commission's Terrell McSweeny warned Thursday that the agency’s century-old enforcement tools aren’t enough to handle the brave new world of internet-connected heart monitors, insulin pumps and other products posing data risks, calling for new regulations to lay out strict cybersecurity standards.

  • September 21, 2017

    AG Sessions Warns Of Rising Crime During Boston Visit

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions told an audience of prosecutors and law enforcement officials in Boston on Thursday that a rising tide of violence in America threatens to undo decades of crime-fighting progress.

  • September 21, 2017

    Home Depot 'Scorched Earth' Plan Merits $18M Fee, Attys Say

    Attorneys who secured a $27.25 million settlement for banks and other financial institutions against Home Depot over the retailer’s 2014 data breach blasted opposition to their $18 million fee request on Thursday, arguing that the company’s own “scorched earth” litigation tactics dragged the case out longer than necessary.

  • September 21, 2017

    Law Firm Says Its Workers Used AmEx On Amazon's Watch

    At least two employees at Selman Breitman LLP have used the firm’s private AmEx account information to make unauthorized purchases on Amazon.com, and Amazon is doing nothing to stop it, according to a suit filed Wednesday in California state court.

  • September 21, 2017

    Tesla Uses Test-Drivers’ Personal Info For Marketing: Suit

    Tesla Inc. stores and transmits consumers’ personal information to credit companies that assess drivers’ creditworthiness for the automaker’s marketing and sales purposes, a driver has alleged in a proposed class action filed in California federal court.

  • September 21, 2017

    Auto Software Maker Accuses Rival Of IP Cybertheft

    An Illinois-based maker of software designed to let car enthusiasts and repair shops tune vehicle computers went after a rival in Washington federal court Wednesday for allegedly hacking into the company's systems and making off with trade secrets.

  • September 21, 2017

    Accountant Sues Magazine For Story Tying Her To Sony Hack

    A woman who claims she was falsely linked to the notorious 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures in a Hollywood Reporter article sued the magazine's media company in Illinois county court Wednesday, claiming the article "has, in short, destroyed her career."

  • September 21, 2017

    SEC Failed To Heed Warnings Of Weak Cyber Defenses

    A July government watchdog report warned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it had not fully put in place a system for monitoring cyber intrusions on its financial systems, even as the hack of a key electronic filing system for public company disclosures, which was revealed Wednesday, may have enabled insider trading.

  • September 21, 2017

    Miller & Chevalier Adds Ex-DOJ National Security Counsel

    Miller & Chevalier Chtd. has nabbed a former national security counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., bolstering its international practice with his background in export controls and economic sanctions, foreign direct investment and cybersecurity.

Expert Analysis

  • Mass. Digital Health Developments: What To Know Now

    Ellen Janos

    Digital health is now an accepted part of the health care delivery system and has been widely adopted by both health providers and consumers. However, technology is evolving quickly and counsel for businesses entering this market in Massachusetts must keep up with a complex legal and regulatory landscape, says Ellen Janos of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • 4 Steps To A Successful Outsourcing Contract

    James Meadows

    The cause of British Airways' estimated £80 million information technology failure in May 2017 was human error, but human error outsourced. These kinds of disasters bring into sharp relief the exposures that may trip up even the most well-intentioned outsourcing arrangements, say James Meadows and Heather Clauson Haughian of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • Managing Digital Vendor Risk — The Next Compliance Frontier

    Chris Olson

    Unfortunately, heightened awareness of third-party cyberrisk and the urgency of identifying third-party activity has not fully extended to the consumer-facing digital assets — websites, mobile applications, social media — that form the backbone of modern business-to-consumer communications, says Chris Olson, CEO of The Media Trust.

  • Risks And Rules For Data Collection At Retail Properties

    Daniel Ray

    Brick-and-mortar retailers and other property-level businesses have increasingly taken advantage of technology in learning about consumer behavior. But security breaches of consumer information have led to government investigations and multimillion-dollar settlements. Businesses should incorporate privacy principles at every stage of the development of data tracking and collection programs, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Large And Small Cyberrisk Solutions For Health Care Cos.

    John Gilligan

    Following the radical changes brought by advances in internet of things technology, the health care industry must take both immediate micro steps and larger macro steps to protect its patients from cyberrisks, say John Gilligan and Kimberly Metzger of Ice Miller LLP.

  • Equifax Brings Early Lessons On Insider Trading Policies

    Gary Tygesson

    Insider trading allegations have surfaced at Equifax, where three executives sold nearly $2 million in shares of the company’s stock days after the cyberattack was discovered but before the news was announced. The situation raises a number of fundamental questions about Equifax’s insider trading policy, say Gary Tygesson and Cam Hoang of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • Opinion

    Congress Must Do More To Speed Up DOD Cyber Acquisitions

    Daniel Schoeni

    The slow pace of cyber acquisitions constitutes a significant vulnerability. Congress has relieved some of the U.S. Department of Defense's regulatory burden in the past two years, but the streamlining efforts do not go nearly far enough to deter our enemies, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • How To Stay Protected When Using Biometrics Post-Spokeo

    Benjamin Byer

    Recently, a wave of lawsuits has accused companies of violating biometric privacy laws. But the two-part test established by the Ninth Circuit in Robins v. Spokeo creates another hurdle for plaintiffs seeking to file these types of lawsuits, say Benjamin Byer and John Parsi of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.