Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • June 29, 2022

    FCC Republican Calls On Smartphone Giants To Dump TikTok

    A Republican on the Federal Communications Commission called on Apple and Google to pull the TikTok app from smartphones after a deluge of reports laying out the Chinese-owned app's data-snooping risks to Americans.

  • June 28, 2022

    NY Law Firm Beats Malpractice Claim In 'Doxxing' Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has tossed a legal malpractice claim by an ex-Teamster who accused his union's New York law firm of failing to properly contest his firing from the New York Daily News after a purported left-wing activist exposed his personal information on Twitter to "dox," or harass, him.

  • June 28, 2022

    China Accused Of Influence Campaign Targeting Mining Cos.

    Chinese state actors posed as local residents in Texas and Oklahoma as part of an unsuccessful influence campaign targeting rare-earths mining giants that compete with Chinese companies, the cybersecurity firm Mandiant said Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2022

    FTC Claims Walmart Facilitated $197M Money Transfer Fraud

    The Federal Trade Commission sued Walmart in Illinois federal court on Tuesday, claiming the retail giant allowed its money transfer services to be used by fraudsters who cheated customers out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • June 28, 2022

    Wells Fargo Escapes Suit Over Alleged Zelle Scams, For Now

    A Seattle resident who filed a class action suit accusing Wells Fargo and Zelle of failing to protect customers from scammers, who can use Zelle's mobile payment app to potentially steal thousands of dollars from accounts, has dropped his claims.

  • June 28, 2022

    CFPB Says States Can Write Stricter Credit Reporting Laws

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday that states can enact tougher credit reporting restrictions than are provided for under federal law, endorsing a limited federal preemption view favored by consumer advocates.

  • June 28, 2022

    Feds Ask For Vigilance On Russian Export Sanctions

    Bureaus of the U.S. Treasury Department and U.S. Commerce Department urged financial institutions Tuesday to monitor for efforts of Russia and Belarus to evade export sanctions related to the invasion of Ukraine, providing some pointers that could help keep certain equipment out of the hands of Russia's military. 

  • June 27, 2022

    Fla. Consumer Tells Jury Experian Ran Afoul Of FCRA

    A Florida consumer whose Experian credit report falsely stated he was delinquent on a mortgage told jurors Monday that the credit reporting giant failed in its statutory duty under the Fair Credit Reporting Act to ensure "maximum possible accuracy" of the information in its reports.

  • June 27, 2022

    Mich. City Official OK To Block Facebook Critic, 6th Circ. Says

    A city manager in Michigan who maintained a personal Facebook page that identified him as a public official did not violate a critic's constitutional rights by blocking him, a Sixth Circuit panel ruled Monday, saying that maintaining the page was not part of his job description.

  • June 27, 2022

    Apple Rival Blasted For 'Defective And Unnecessary' Brief

    A California federal judge took a would-be Apple App Store competitor to task for a "procedurally defective" bid to tweak a ruling that tossed chunks of its monopolization lawsuit over Apple policies locking rivals out of the iPhone.

  • June 27, 2022

    Google Fights App Users' Class Cert. Bid In Antitrust Row

    A month after announcing a settlement to resolve app developers' antitrust claims, Google wants to escape allegations that its policies inflate the cost of apps on its Play Store, accusing a group of consumers seeking class certification of "misconstruing evidence and brushing aside competitive realities."

  • June 27, 2022

    Ga. Judges Revive Privacy Claim Over Law Firm's Advice

    A divided Georgia Court of Appeals on Monday revived an invasion of privacy claim against a family law firm and two attorneys accused of advising a client to secretly record his wife during divorce litigation and threaten to distribute footage of her having sex with another woman.

  • June 27, 2022

    Aon Failed Customers In Yearlong Data Breach, Suit Claims

    Aon Corp. was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit in Illinois state court claiming hackers had access to consumers' personal information for more than a year before the global insurer discovered its data was breached and offered only meager identity protection services to those affected.

  • June 27, 2022

    Linklaters Loses Cybersecurity Co-Chair To Debevoise

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP on Monday announced it had hired the former co-chair of cybersecurity for the U.S. for Linklaters LLP.

  • June 24, 2022

    RNC Tells DC Circ. Jan. 6 Panel's Subpoena Too Intrusive

    The Republican National Committee argued to the D.C. Circuit Friday that a subpoena from the Jan. 6 House select committee is too broad, urging the appellate court to block the bid for email campaign records and testimony from, the RNC's software vendor.

  • June 24, 2022

    Dems Call For FTC Probe Of Mobile Tracking By Apple, Google

    Four members of Congress on Friday urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how Apple and Google track mobile phone users, saying they're particularly concerned about third parties' ability to access this location data in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.  

  • June 24, 2022

    Judge Asks DOJ If Meadows Is Immune From Jan. 6 Subpoena

    A D.C. federal judge is seeking clarity from the U.S. Department of Justice whether former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is entitled to any level of immunity from a subpoena issued by the House select committee investigating last year's deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.

  • June 24, 2022

    OCC's Veteran Examiner And Ex-Acting Chief To Retire

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced Friday that its senior deputy comptroller for supervision risk and analysis, who served briefly as acting comptroller last year, will retire from the agency after 36 years.

  • June 24, 2022

    Carnival Fined $5M By NY For Cybersecurity Violations

    A New York agency on Thursday levied a $5 million penalty on Carnival Corp. for allegedly violating state cybersecurity regulations in relation to four data breaches from 2019 to 2021 that the regulator said exposed a "substantial amount of sensitive" customer data.

  • June 24, 2022

    PNC Gets Trims In Calif. Man's Suit Over Fraudulent Transfer

    PNC Bank NA didn't violate Pennsylvania's wire-transfer or consumer-protection laws when it allegedly misled a California-based customer about stopping a money transfer to a scammer, but it may have violated its duty of good faith and fair dealing, a Pittsburgh federal judge said.

  • June 24, 2022

    Akerman Brings On Ex-CFPB Senior Counsel To DC Office

    A former senior counsel with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has joined Akerman LLP's consumer financial services, data and technology practice group in Washington, D.C., where she will focus on defending financial services providers, the firm announced.

  • June 24, 2022

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This week in London has seen promoter Boxxer accused of punching below the belt in a defamation case from competitor Probellum, pharmaceutical company Amgen back in the ring in a patent claim from rival Pfizer, and a former Cambridge Analytica boss on the ropes in a claim from an SPV set up by the consultancy firm's former directors. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 24, 2022

    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld a Mississippi abortion ban and overturned the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, setting the stage for a widespread rollback of abortion rights in many statehouses around the country.

  • June 23, 2022

    Pelosi, JPMorgan Beat Suit Over Docs Used In Jan. 6 Probe

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by a spokesman for former President Donald Trump against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Jan. 6 House select committee, and JPMorgan Chase Bank NA that challenges the firm's decision to hand over his financial records to the committee.

  • June 23, 2022

    House Panel Advances Data Privacy Bill, With Changes Ahead

    The House's consumer protection subcommittee voted Thursday to move a bipartisan data privacy bill to the full Energy and Commerce Committee, although key lawmakers promised to further "refine" the proposal to resolve two long-standing issues that have derailed previous efforts. 

Expert Analysis

  • Cybersecurity Basics Are Key to Combating Ransomware

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    Recent prohibitions on ransom payments and other public policy measures vastly underestimate the breadth and complexity of the ransomware problem and will only work if organizations adopt basic cyber defenses, says Kate Margolis at Bradley.

  • Texas Infrastructure Act And Renewables Projects: 1 Year In

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    A year into implementation of Texas' Lone Star Infrastructure Protection Act, Jennifer Pier at Husch Blackwell discusses how renewable energy project developers, owners and investors planning projects in Texas can incorporate LIPA-related provisions into transaction and financing documents.

  • Tips For Managing Pre-Merger Information Exchanges

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    During merger discussions and negotiations, eight strategies can help manage the exchange of competitively sensitive information, including hiring a clean team and awareness of overlaps, says Tim Haney at LexisNexis.

  • Opinion

    Now's The Time To Address Archaic Law School Curricula

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    With law school enrollments jumping significantly ahead of a potential recession and more students graduating than the market can absorb, law schools should turn to creative solutions to teach students how to negotiate, work with clients, specialize and use technology to practice their craft more efficiently, says University of Colorado adjunct professor Jason Mendelson.

  • Lessons From Lawyer Fee-Sharing Agreements Gone Wrong

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    The recent fee-sharing dispute between Edelson and Girardi Keese is a reminder that lawyers who do not strictly follow the applicable rules may risk a disciplinary complaint, lose their share of the fee, or wind up in costly litigation with co-counsel, says David Grossbaum at Hinshaw.

  • LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Highlights Pass-Through Tax Issue

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    A Virginia bankruptcy court's recent ruling in the case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan shows there may be serious tax consequences for pass-through entity partners who give up their ownership interest without following operating agreement exit provisions and updating bankruptcy court filings, say Edward Schnitzer and Hannah Travaglini at Montgomery McCracken.

  • SEC Crypto Unit Expansion Is A Warning To Industry

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent decision to expand its Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit is a clear signal that federal regulators may increase enforcement against those violating securities laws in the digital asset space, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

  • A Robust Tool For Defending Against Illinois Biometric Suits

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    Many defendants in class actions brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act may be able to avail themselves of the law's financial institution exemption, which, as two recent cases demonstrate, covers a range of entities beyond traditional banks — but parties must be able to establish their entitlement to this defense, says David Oberly at Squire Patton.

  • 8 Steps To Creating A Legal Ops Technology Road Map

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    Legal departments struggling to find and implement the right technologies for their operations should consider creating a road map that summarizes their approach to technology changes, provides clearly defined metrics for success, and serves as the single source of truth for stakeholders, says Melanie Shafer at SimpleLegal.

  • What Outbound Investment Reviews Would Mean For US Cos.

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    A recent legislative proposal to establish outbound investment controls appears more sweeping than its predecessors and, if enacted, may significantly affect deal timing, feasibility and certainty for U.S. investors and companies engaging in ex-U.S. transactions, particularly those involving China, say Mario Mancuso and Luci Hague at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Data And Data Analysis In Litigation

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    Understanding, analyzing and effectively presenting large data sets is an increasingly important skill in litigation as it allows plaintiffs to dramatically scale up the scope of cases and is often critical to defeating motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, says David Burnett at Motley Rice.

  • Senate Bill Could Be A Sea Change For Crypto Regulation

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    The recently introduced Responsible Financial Innovation Act, if passed, would transform the digital asset landscape by replacing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as cryptocurrency's default regulator, and by shifting oversight away from the current regulatory framework and legal standard for the space, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Suits Against Google Signal Increased 'Dark Patterns' Scrutiny

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    Recent lawsuits brought against Google by attorneys general in multiple states illustrate a growing trend of pushback against dark patterns — design tricks that harmfully manipulate consumer behavior — so companies should ensure their current and future marketing practices do not put them at risk, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • How Cos. Can Track Infrastructure Act Projects — And Funds

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    As federal funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act begin to flow to thousands of infrastructure projects across the nation, savvy contractors can determine which types of funded projects are likely to offer the best opportunities, and then follow the flow of federal money into those projects, says Nena Lenz at Fredrikson & Byron.

  • Steps Companies Can Take To Mitigate Privilege Labeling Risk

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    Although Google prevailed on a recent privilege labeling sanctions motion, an important takeaway from the decision is that companies should assess their in-house procedures and employee training programs regarding privileged communications to mitigate risks of the potential appearance of bad faith privilege claims, say Gareth Evans at Redgrave and e-discovery attorney James Hertsch.

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