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Are Insurance Lawyers Ready For The ‘Year Of The Phish’?

Social engineers who hack humans instead of computers are predicted to make this the “Year of the Phish,” and their evolving scams may well be outpacing your clients’ fraud coverage.

  • Merck Unit Loses $2.5B Verdict As Hep C Patent Invalidated

    A Delaware federal judge dismantled a Merck & Co. unit’s $2.5 billion jury verdict win over Gilead Sciences Inc. in an infringement suit over a hepatitis C drug patent, finding Friday that the patent’s claims weren’t specific enough for an experienced scientist to successfully re-create the formula.

  • DC Circ. Partially Vacates 2008 EPA Ozone Rule

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday partially vacated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 ozone standards implementation rule, finding the agency improperly relaxed compliance measures that are mandatory under the Clean Air Act.

  • Google's Firing Of Outspoken Engineer Was Legal, NLRB Says

    Google Inc. did not violate federal labor law when it fired a software engineer after he wrote a divisive memo that criticized the company’s inclusion and diversity policies and argued that women are less biologically suited for tech jobs, the National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s office has said in an advice memorandum.

  • Intel Says Chip Security Flaws Led To 30+ Suits Against It

    Intel said on Friday in a regulatory filing that it is facing more than 30 lawsuits, including proposed consumer and securities class actions, over the discovery in 2017 that security flaws, dubbed Spectre and Meltdown, make virtually every computer chip vulnerable to hacking.

  • Ex-Allen & Overy Atty's Psych Exam Story Falls Flat

    Two New York state appeals judges scoffed at a fired Allen & Overy LLP attorney seeking to lift sanctions and revive her sexual harassment suit against the firm at a hearing Friday, hammering the attorney for cutting short a court-ordered psychiatric examination by threatening to have the doctor arrested.

  • Mueller Charges 13 Russians With US Election Tampering

    Thirteen Russian nationals and three organizations were charged on Friday with crimes related to interference in U.S. politics, including attempts to influence U.S. voters in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced.

  • SEC Nixes Sale Of Chicago Exchange To Chinese Investors

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday rejected the politically sensitive sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange to a group of Chinese investors, citing “unresolved questions” over the proposed ownership structure and concerns for the regulatory agency’s ability to maintain oversight of the exchange after the sale.

  • US, UK Officials Blame Russia For 'NotPetya' Cyberattack

    The U.S. and U.K. governments blamed Russia on Thursday for a June 2017 cyberattack that paralyzed part of Ukraine’s infrastructure and wreaked havoc on computers worldwide, including at DLA Piper.

  • Jury Awards Ex-UCLA Doctor $13M In Gender, Age Bias Trial

    A Los Angeles jury on Thursday awarded $13 million to a former UCLA oncologist who claims she was forced to take a job elsewhere after complaining about disparate treatment because of her gender, though it found in favor of the school on an age discrimination claim.  

  • Trump's Travel Ban 3.0 Blocked By Another Circuit Court

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday asserted that the third iteration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban unconstitutionally targeted Muslims as evidenced by his own public statements, marking the second time a federal appeals court has ruled against the policy.

  • Warner Wolf Says Firing By Don Imus Was Age-Based

    A battle of legendary New York broadcasters broke out Thursday when sportscaster Warner Wolf accused longtime radio personality Don Imus of illegally firing him from the “Imus in the Morning” radio show because he was too old.

  • Hedge Fund Owner Convicted Of $4M Fraud, Lavish Spending

    A hedge fund owner was found guilty Thursday in New Jersey federal court of defrauding two investors out of about $4 million and spending most of those funds on what prosecutors said was a lavish lifestyle that included a $1 million home and a roughly $100,000 diamond ring.