Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 05, 2021

    7 Questions For Covington EU Privacy Chief Daniel Cooper

    Covington & Burling LLP's European data protection chief Daniel Cooper talks to Law360 about how data privacy practice has developed over the course of his career and discusses the latest litigation and enforcement trends.

  • March 05, 2021

    Taxation With Representation: Latham, Skadden, Sullivan

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, cloud company Okta buys identity authentication company Auth0 for $6.5 billion, Las Vegas Sands sells property holdings for $6.3 billion, and insurance technology company Hippo inks a $5 billion merger.

  • March 05, 2021

    Kaplan Saunders' Website Replaced With Viagra Spam

    Kaplan Saunders' website suffered a cybersecurity breach Friday, as the firm's official URL redirected to a website that sells Viagra for part of the afternoon.

  • March 05, 2021

    Tabloid Loses Bid To Appeal Meghan Markle Privacy Win

    A London judge on Friday rejected a tabloid's request to challenge his ruling that the Daily Mail publisher had violated Meghan Markle's privacy by running extracts of a letter she wrote, saying he saw no prospect of success with an appeal.

  • March 04, 2021

    Judge Rips Attys For Google, Users Over Privacy Arguments

    A California federal judge criticized counsel for both parties Thursday in a putative class action accusing Google of secretly tracking users' browsing activity on third-party mobile apps, saying their arguments on Google's motion to dismiss veered outside the pleadings.

  • March 04, 2021

    Centra Tech Boss Gets 8 Years For $36M Crypto Scam

    The founder of Centra Tech Inc. on Thursday was sentenced to eight years in prison over a scheme that conned victims into investing more than $36 million into the cryptocurrency company that claimed to offer a digital currency payment card.

  • March 04, 2021

    GableGotwals Nabs Long-Serving DOJ Attorney Trent Shores

    Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma and longtime Justice Department attorney Trent Shores is joining GableGotwals' Tulsa office as a shareholder, the firm has announced.

  • March 04, 2021

    Bipartisan Bill Aims To Double Spoofed Robocall Penalties

    A bipartisan group of senators proposed doubling the fines for illegal robocalls that "spoof" telephone numbers for caller ID on Thursday, raising the maximum penalty from $1 million to $2 million.

  • March 04, 2021

    Swedish Crypto Fraudster Cops To $16M Investment Scheme

    A Swedish hotelier accused of using the proceeds of a $16 million investment scam to buy a resort in Thailand pled guilty Wednesday to running the scheme and laundering money through various platforms, including popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.

  • March 04, 2021

    Alleged Charity Robocall Scammers Cut $110M FTC Deal

    Telemarketers behind an alleged massive robocall scheme cut deals totaling $110 million to resolve allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and dozens of states they bombarded 67 million consumers with 1.3 billion deceptive charitable fundraising calls, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court Wednesday.

  • March 04, 2021

    Ill. Judge Says Labor Law Blocks Worker's Finger Privacy Suit

    A southern Illinois federal judge has tossed a biometric privacy suit claiming a kitchen and bath surfaces manufacturer collected and used employees' fingerprint data without informed consent, finding the claims preempted under the Labor Management Relations Act.

  • March 04, 2021

    Faegre Drinker Scores Veteran International Employment Atty

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has scored a heavyweight employment attorney to co-lead its international employment law team in New York, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • March 03, 2021

    Latham Reps Okta's $6.5B Buy Of Perkins Coie-Backed Auth0

    Latham & Watkins LLP-guided Okta, which provides cloud-based tools to help businesses manage employee access to software and devices, announced Wednesday a definitive agreement to buy Perkins Coie LLP-guided Auth0 for $6.5 billion.

  • March 03, 2021

    Marriott Beats Proposed Class Action Over Data Breach

    A Marriott guest's proposed class action related to a massive data breach cannot proceed because the complaint fails to properly allege facts about the hotel giant's cybersecurity or steps it could have taken to prevent the breach, a Maryland federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

  • March 03, 2021

    TransUnion 'Belittling' Harms In FCRA Fight, High Court Told

    A man accusing TransUnion of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a statutory damages award secured by class members following a jury trial, arguing that the reputational harm suffered by those falsely labeled as terrorists is enough to support their standing to sue the credit reporting giant. 

  • March 03, 2021

    Nvidia Beats Claims It Masked $1B In Crypto Mining Sales

    Technology hardware company Nvidia Corp. beat an investor suit alleging that it understated over $1 billion in sales to cryptocurrency miners, after a federal court in California found that investors hadn't proved any deliberate recklessness by the company's directors.

  • March 03, 2021

    NY Regulator Fines Mortgage Lender $1.5M Over Data Breach

    New York's Department of Financial Services said Wednesday that an independent East Coast mortgage lender has agreed to pay a $1.5 million fine to the agency as part of a cybersecurity settlement tied to a March 2019 data breach involving an email phishing attack.

  • March 03, 2021

    Georgia High Court Finds No-Warrant Cell Data Search OK

    Georgia's Bureau of Investigation was not in the wrong when it obtained a double homicide suspect's cellphone data from AT&T without a warrant in 2013, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.

  • March 03, 2021

    CFPB Says Payment Processor Aided $71M Elder Fraud

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accused a Chicago-area payment processing company of knowingly assisting tech support scammers in a scheme that swindled mostly elderly victims out of $71 million over four years.

  • March 03, 2021

    Insurers Still Exposed To 'Silent' Risk From Cyberattacks

    Insurers are exposed to losses on claims for cybercrime because such cover is bundled with other unrelated policies and because of unclear terms in the fine print, a data analytics agency has warned.

  • March 02, 2021

    Va. Becomes 2nd State To Enact Consumer Privacy Law

    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping consumer privacy bill that will restrict how businesses handle and share personal data beginning in 2023, making the state the second behind California to put in place such protections. 

  • March 02, 2021

    $92M TikTok Privacy Deal Held Up By Objections

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday held off on granting preliminary approval of a $92 million settlement in multidistrict litigation accusing TikTok of biometric privacy violations after objectors slammed the recovery amount, the "embarrassingly low" claims rate and the proposed notice plan.

  • March 02, 2021

    Microsoft Hires Trump Trade Atty, Williams & Connolly Alum

    A former trade attorney from Donald Trump's administration who previously worked on international disputes and arbitration at Williams & Connolly LLP has joined Microsoft Corp. as deputy general counsel for U.S. international trade and its cloud program Azure, according to his LinkedIn page.

  • March 02, 2021

    San Francisco Giants, MLB Hit With TCPA Suit Over Robotexts

    Major League Baseball and the San Francisco Giants have been illegally sending robotic marketing text messages in an attempt to stay on their fans' minds as television ratings and game attendance plummet, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • March 02, 2021

    Watchdog Says US Gov't Cybersecurity 'Regressed' Since '19

    The federal government's level of cybersecurity has "regressed" since 2019 due in part to the White House failing to appoint a single leader responsible for rolling out its national cybersecurity program, a congressional watchdog said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethics Tips For Attorneys Telecommuting Across State Lines

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    Attorneys working remotely from jurisdictions in which they are not admitted should take precautionary steps to avoid engaging in unauthorized practice of law, say John Schmidt and Michael Seaman at Phillips Lytle.

  • 6 Ways Legal Employers Can Help Pandemic-Weary Parents

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    Parenting during the pandemic has introduced a series of competing personal and professional obligations for attorneys and professional staff, and even organizations that are supportive of their parent employees can take steps to do better, says Meredith Kahan at Saul Ewing.

  • Renewable Energy Cos. Need New Risk Management Tools

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    As President Joe Biden seeks to ramp up renewable energy development, the industry's risk managers must not only rely on traditional insurance and contractual warranties, but also explore new risk management products like proxy revenue swaps, say Leslie Thorne and Andrew Van Osselaer at Haynes and Boone.

  • Remote Working Tips For Lawyer Trainees And Their Firms

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    The prospect of joining a law firm during the pandemic can cause added pressure, but with a few good practices — and a little help from their firms and supervising attorneys — lawyer trainees can get ahead of the curve while working remotely, say William Morris and Ted Landray at King & Spalding.

  • Compliance Lessons From Newest Fla. Privacy Class Actions

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    To prepare for a new slate of privacy class actions, brought under Florida’s wiretapping statute against retailers using tracking software, companies should be assessing the placement, display and content of their technology disclosures and user agreements, say Ian Ross and Jorge Perez Santiago at Stumphauzer Foslid.

  • What Biden's Ethics Pledge Means For Gov't Revolving Door

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    Attorneys at Nossaman look at how President Joe Biden’s ethics pledge goes beyond those of his predecessors by imposing post-employment shadow lobbying and golden parachute restrictions on his administration’s appointees — and how a House bill proposing expansion of federal ethics law could affect enforcement.

  • Opinion

    Punishing Bar Exam Policies On Menstrual Products Must Go

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    Law graduates across the states are sitting for the grueling two-day bar exam this week despite menstruation-related barriers, such as inadequate menstrual product and bathroom access, which could be eradicated with simple policy tweaks, say law professors Elizabeth Cooper, Margaret Johnson and Marcy Karin.

  • Int'l Arbitration Rules Revision Reflects Flexible Approach

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    The International Bar Association's recent update to its Rules on the Taking of Evidence resists prescriptive requirements in favor of a nuanced revision, especially when it comes to areas where technology is altering the practice, say Albert Bates and Zachary Torres-Fowler at Troutman Pepper.

  • Mitigating BIPA Suit Risk Under Alternative Liability Theories

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    A recent Illinois federal court decision allowing a suit to proceed against Enterprise Leasing and its parent company for violating the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act shows why even companies that don't directly use biometric data must take proactive contractual measures to mitigate alternative liability exposure, says David Oberly at Blank Rome.

  • It's Time For Law Firms To Start Loving And Leveraging Data

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    The volume and diversity of data managed by law firms today — from client files to internal financial records — may seem daunting, but when properly organized, good data can help practitioners stay competitive by providing sharper insight into firm resources and cost of work, say Jaron Luttich and Barry Wiggins at Element Standard.

  • Keys To Protecting Clients During Law Firm Dissolution

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    Whether a law firm dissolution is amicable or adversarial, departing attorneys should take steps to maintain their legal and ethical responsibilities toward clients, and beware client confidentiality pitfalls when joining new firms, say John Schmidt and Colin Fitzgerald at Phillips Lytle.

  • Legal Pitfalls HOAs Should Avoid When Using Drones

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    As drone technology becomes more advanced and accessible, more homeowners associations are beginning to use drones to enforce covenants, but they must be careful to avoid three areas of potential legal liability, say Gary Kaleita and Ty Pryor at Lowndes Drosdick.

  • What A New Virginia Privacy Law Could Mean For Businesses

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    As Virginia moves to become the second state to pass a comprehensive data privacy law, businesses that have been building compliance programs for California's new laws will be well positioned to comply with the Virginia law, as long as they note some key differences, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Digitization Of Environmental Audits May Be Here To Stay

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    While digital environmental audits — relying on remote tools to collect data, interview employees and conduct site inspections — present logistical and cybersecurity challenges, they also offer regulated entities opportunities to explore efficient processes that are likely to outlast the pandemic, say attorneys at Saul Ewing.

  • DOD's New Cyber Rules May Spur Contract Disputes

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    Contractors adapting to solicitations and contracts that include new cybersecurity assessment requirements from the U.S. Department of Defense should familiarize themselves with adjacent new areas for contract disputes and the potential avenues for relief should a controversy arise, say attorneys at Rogers Joseph.

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