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  • May 29, 2017

    Turning 50, Greenberg Traurig Tops The Law360 400

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is celebrating its golden anniversary with a trip to the top of Law360’s list of the largest U.S. law firms, capping off decades of steady growth by ousting Jones Day from the No. 1 spot.

  • May 29, 2017

    Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

    The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Lost The Most Ground In 2016

    Four firms saw their roster of U.S.-based attorneys shrink by more than 10 percent last year, according to the latest Law360 400. In some cases, a dramatic exodus can be devastating, but experts say there can also be a silver lining.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Grew Fastest Without Merging

    Often with one hire at a time, five firms drove double-digit growth last year, according to the latest Law360 400. Here’s how they added headcount without putting their culture at risk.

  • May 29, 2017

    Biggest US Firms Opt For Modest Growth In Sluggish Market

    In a highly competitive legal market, U.S. law firms on average appear to be leaning on a strategy of slow-but-steady growth as they continue to adjust to sluggish demand for legal services, according to the latest Law360 400.

  • May 26, 2017

    EU Agency, Semiconductor Cos. Seek IoT Privacy Standards

    The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security has joined several semiconductor makers in calling upon the European Commission to lay out baseline requirements for the privacy and cybersecurity of connected devices, saying the current lack of guidance is worrisome in light of the rise of the internet of things.

  • May 26, 2017

    DC Circ. Rejects Challenges To TSA Body Scanner Rule

    The D.C. Circuit held Friday that none of the arguments raised in a challenge by several advocacy groups to the Transportation Security Administration’s final rule on airport body scanners merited a published decision, saying the regulation sufficiently responded to their concerns and the panel would defer to the agency’s judgment.

  • May 26, 2017

    Scottrade Says Data Breach Suit Should Stay In Federal Court

    Discount brokerage firm Scottrade Inc. asked a Florida federal judge Thursday not to remand to state court claims brought against it by a putative class of customers over a data breach, arguing that the case should be stayed pending an appeal at the Eighth Circuit.

  • May 26, 2017

    Fla. Chicken Chain, TCPA Class To Refute Settlement Denial

    Fast-casual chicken restaurant operator Pollo Operations Inc. and a proposed consumer class said Friday they will refute a Florida magistrate judge's denial of a $975,000 settlement over alleged federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations, noting that the court can expect to see them file a new request.

  • May 26, 2017

    Insurers Needn't Cover Spyware Suits, 9th Circ. Affirms

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday affirmed that subsidiaries of Hartford and Liberty Mutual don't have to cover a pair of lawsuits accusing an Aaron's franchisee of spying on customers through rental computers, finding that all of the underlying allegations either don't fall within the terms of the insurers' policies or are subject to exclusions.

  • May 26, 2017

    Discover's Debt Collector Disclosed Credit Scores: Suit

    Discover Bank and a debt collector it employs publicly filed confidential credit scores of consumers who owed debt without prior permission, a violation of federal consumer protection laws, according to a putative class action filed in Wisconsin federal court on Friday.

  • May 26, 2017

    Objector Must Pay Bond For $15M Fee Appeal In TCPA Action

    An Illinois federal judge will require well-known objector counsel Christopher Bandas to post a bond to appeal the award of nearly $15 million in attorneys' fees for plaintiffs firms in a class action accusing cruise marketing companies of robocalling more than a million people.

  • May 26, 2017

    Chipotle Hit With 2nd Suit From Financial Institution Over Hack

    The legal backlash against Chipotle over a late-April data breach continued to mount on Friday, as the second financial institution in less than a month filed a proposed class action in Colorado federal court accusing the restaurant chain of failing to maintain adequate security measures.

  • May 26, 2017

    Anti-Abortion Activist Told To Remove Covert Recordings

    A California federal judge on Thursday forced an anti-abortion activist to remove online recordings of National Abortion Federation meetings as well as postings about group members and future meetings, saying their publication violated a preliminary injunction.

  • May 26, 2017

    ComEd Refuses To Hire People With Bad Credit, Suit Says

    Commonwealth Edison Co. was hit in Illinois court Thursday with class allegations that the electricity utility denies jobs to applicants who have poor credit histories even though a state privacy law prohibits employers from inquiring about credit reports.

  • May 26, 2017

    Avis Denied Forced Arbitration Of TCPA Class Action

    Car rental company Avis can’t yet force a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit into arbitration, a New Jersey federal judge said Thursday, finding that the company and the renter who brought the proposed class action disagree on whether an arbitration agreement exists.

  • May 25, 2017

    Watchdogs Ask FTC To Investigate TRUSTe Over Child Privacy

    A pair of privacy and consumer protection watchdogs on Thursday called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether TRUSTe Inc. violated a past settlement agreement with the agency by not properly assessing some website operators’ tracking technology under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. 

  • May 25, 2017

    Fla. Hospital Escapes TCPA Suit Over Autodialed Calls

    A Florida federal judge Thursday released Central Florida Regional Hospital from a proposed class action accusing it and debt collector Transworld Systems of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by bombarding consumers with autodialed calls after a former emergency room patient dropped his claims against the hospital.

  • May 25, 2017

    Judge Will OK Wells Fargo Class’ $142M Deal After Tweaks

    A California federal judge on Wednesday declared that he will approve a $142 million settlement in a class action between Wells Fargo and the owners of 3.5 million unauthorized bank accounts that were surreptitiously opened in their names, saying that certain changes need to be made to the settlement first.

  • May 25, 2017

    Staples Unit Strikes Data Breach Deal With CVS Customers

    A Staples Inc. unit that handled website operation and photo management for retailers such as Costco Wholesale Corp. and CVS Health Corp. reached a deal with customers who said they were damaged by a 2015 data breach, according to a motion in Georgia federal court on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Sharing Private Information Through 3rd-Party Suppliers

    Stewart Baker

    As businesses expand their sharing of cybersecurity information, they are increasingly relying on companies that make information sharing more efficient and practical. Turning information over to third parties usually brings company lawyers to the table, but careful planning can greatly reduce the related risks, says Stewart Baker of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Countdown To GDPR Compliance: 1 Year To Go

    Heather Sussman

    The EU's sweeping General Data Protection Regulation will take effect on May 25, 2018. With so much on the line, data controllers and processors will want to take immediate action to prepare for enforcement. The first step is determining whether the GDPR applies to your organization, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • The Next Steps For Biometrics Legislation Across The US

    Justin Kay

    This month, Washington became the third state after Illinois and Texas to enact its own legislation generally governing the collection, use and retention of biometric data. As biometric information becomes more commonplace, there appears to be a renewed focus on the Illinois law, as well as a new impetus in other states to pass similar laws, say Justin Kay and Brendan McHugh of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • A Gov't Contractor's Guide To Trump Cybersecurity Order

    Christian Henel

    Although many aspects of the Trump cybersecurity executive order follow along the same lines as the 2013 Obama order, there are three important takeaways for government contractors, says Christian Henel of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • What To Look For In Strong Ransomware Insurance

    Evan Bundschuh

    Organizations should take care to avoid developing a false sense of security over the simple placement of ransomware coverage. Terms can vary greatly, so insureds must take a close look at the definitions, terms and conditions to ensure adequate protection, says Evan Bundschuh of Gabriel Bundschuh & Associates Inc.

  • 3 Tips For Using Forensic Firms In Data Breach Response

    Patrick Haggerty

    A company’s ability to quickly and efficiently conduct a forensic investigation is critical to limiting the impact of a data security incident and determining the scope of the incident, says Patrick Haggerty of BakerHostetler.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • Phishing For Coverage Under Crime Policies

    Marc Schein

    Companies victimized by phishing have sought coverage under the computer provisions of their insurance policies for their losses, but they have met with no success. Help may be on the way, as some insurance companies are starting to include phishing coverage in their crime policies, say Marc Schein of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. and Robert Chesler of Anderson Kill PC.