Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • November 25, 2020

    Amazon Nears Win In EBay Fight Over Poaching Top Sellers

    An arbitration panel has awarded Amazon.com a win against eBay's claims the Seattle-based online retail giant and its managers orchestrated a massive campaign to poach top sellers from eBay's online trading platform, according to documents filed in California federal court.

  • November 25, 2020

    Texas A&M Sued After Supervisor's Restroom Spying Arrest

    A Texas A&M employee has sued the university and her former supervisor, who was arrested on suspicion of secretly recording women using the restroom, claiming her employer did not stop him from sexually harassing her or properly investigate the incident.

  • November 25, 2020

    Feds Say NC Atty Used Fraudulent Funds For Plastic Surgery

    A North Carolina attorney has been charged with bank fraud after she and two others allegedly applied for loans and credit cards using Social Security numbers that were not theirs to pay for her plastic surgery and other expenses, according to federal prosecutors.

  • November 25, 2020

    What To Watch As High Court Takes On Computer Crime Law

    A computer crime law whose scope has been hotly debated since it was passed in 1984 will be in the limelight Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether a Georgia police officer violated federal law by abusing his access to an online government database. Here's a breakdown of three key questions that may arise and could decide where the court ultimately comes down.

  • November 25, 2020

    Sen. Presses Twitter, Facebook On 'Coordinated Censorship'

    Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., submitted additional questions to Facebook and Twitter regarding their practices of content moderation and user data tracking, after he grilled the CEOs of both companies when they spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

  • November 25, 2020

    Ex-Credit Suisse Regulatory Head Joins Libra Networks As GC

    The Libra Association has brought aboard a former Credit Suisse managing director and banking regulator to serve as general counsel for its operating subsidiary Libra Networks LLC as the organization pushes forward on its digital currency initiative.

  • November 25, 2020

    Facebook's $650M Biometric Privacy Deal Draws 1.5M Users

    More than 1.5 million Illinois Facebook users are seeking to claim a share of a proposed $650 million deal to resolve biometric privacy claims brought against the social media company in California federal court, according to a Wednesday filing by counsel for the parties, who had previously said that roughly 6 million consumers were eligible to participate in the settlement.

  • November 25, 2020

    FCC Won't Reverse Move Labeling ZTE As Nat'l Security Risk

    The Federal Communications Commission held to its designation of Chinese telecom ZTE as a national security threat and its decision to deny federal funds to telecom companies that use its equipment, saying the company hasn't taken solid steps to reduce risks to U.S. networks.

  • November 25, 2020

    Trump Pardons Former Nat'l Security Adviser Michael Flynn

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted twice to lying to FBI agents about his 2016 contacts with Russia and has been trying to rescind his plea.

  • November 25, 2020

    Intuit Will Ditch Credit Karma Tax Biz To Save $7.1B Deal

    Intuit will have to sell off Credit Karma's tax business to win the U.S. Department of Justice's blessing for its $7.1 billion acquisition of the credit reporting upstart, the agency revealed Wednesday.

  • November 25, 2020

    4 Key Insurance Appeals To Watch In December

    Appeals courts will take on several important insurance coverage issues in 2020's final month, with the Delaware Supreme Court set to weigh whether an excess insurer must contribute to Dole's $222 million settlements of stockholder suits and Indiana's high court primed to consider whether a ransomware attack is covered by crime insurance. Here, Law360 breaks down four insurance appeals attorneys will be watching in December.

  • November 24, 2020

    Kansas Atty Suspended After Copping To Role In Cyberattacks

    Oklahoma's highest state court on Tuesday suspended for over two years a Kansas personal injury lawyer who pled guilty last year to knowing about cyberattacks waged on his behalf against Leagle.com and others.

  • November 24, 2020

    FTC's Zoom Deal Signals New Data Security Plan Under Dems

    The Federal Trade Commission's two Democrats offered a detailed strategy for boosting the agency's data security and privacy enforcement approach in an objection to a recent nonmonetary settlement against Zoom, laying out a plan that could soon come to fruition as their party readies to take the helm of the agency next year.

  • November 24, 2020

    SG Tells Justices Calif. Donor Privacy Law Unconstitutional

    A federal appeals court erred in upholding a California law requiring charitable organizations to disclose tax information about their largest donors because it infringes on the First Amendment right of association, the U.S. solicitor general told the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • November 24, 2020

    Home Depot To Pay $17.5M To States Over 2014 Data Breach

    Home Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $17.5 million and improve its data security to resolve a multistate investigation into a 2014 breach that exposed the credit card information of 40 million of its customers nationwide.

  • November 24, 2020

    Trump Campaign Rally Auto-Text TCPA Suit Tossed

    A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action accusing President Donald Trump's reelection campaign of sending unsolicited text messages using an autodialer, more than two weeks after Minnesota residents and the company that handles most of the president's political ads reached a stipulation to end the case.

  • November 23, 2020

    World of Warcraft Co. Faces Privacy Suit Over Tracking Code

    Blizzard Entertainment Inc. has been spying on World of Warcraft players' mouse clicks and keystrokes in violation of California privacy law with the help of a tracking code supplied by Mouseflow Inc., according to a class action filed Friday in California federal court, the second such suit filed last week.

  • November 23, 2020

    7 National Security Names To Watch In The Biden Admin.

    President-elect Joe Biden has so far prioritized both experience and diversity in his choices for a national security team. Here are seven key people likely to take the helm in guiding U.S. foreign policy over the next four years.

  • November 23, 2020

    Ex-Fugitive Accused Of Medicare Fraud Gets 3 Years

    A New York federal judge sentenced the former co-owner of a medical equipment supplier to three years in prison Monday for health care fraud, after the accused was expelled from Haiti following 11 years on the lam.

  • November 23, 2020

    Abbott Labs Fights Amended ERISA Claims Over Stolen $245K

    Abbott Laboratories argued Friday that a former employee's amended claims still aren't enough to hold it liable for allegedly allowing an identity thief to steal $245,000 from her retirement account and urged an Illinois federal judge to permanently toss her claims.

  • November 23, 2020

    UK's CMA Mulling Complaint Over Coming Google Changes

    The U.K.'s competition enforcer said Monday it is reviewing a complaint from a coalition of online marketers contending that changes Google plans to implement to its browser will further cement the search and advertising giant's "dominance of online business."

  • November 23, 2020

    Lawmakers Urge FCC To Initiate 'Rip And Replace' Effort

    A bipartisan pair of U.S. House members urged the FCC on Monday to start rolling out a congressionally mandated plan to pay internet providers for the replacement of network equipment that could pose national security risks.

  • November 23, 2020

    Ticket Seller Asks Ill. Judge To Toss Finger Scan Privacy Suit

    Online ticket seller Vivid Seats argued Friday that an Illinois federal judge should toss accusations that it collected a former employee's biometric information without informed consent because his claims are time-barred and blocked by the state's workers' compensation laws.

  • November 23, 2020

    Judge Nixes Suit For Crypto Co. Investor's $728K Atty Fees

    A New York federal judge tossed a lawsuit by an alleged pump-and-dump scheme mastermind asking for his attorney fees to be paid by a cryptocurrency company involved in the alleged scheme, ordering the man to pay the company's fees instead.

  • November 23, 2020

    Blackbaud Faces Class Suit Over Ransomware Attack

    Blackbaud Inc. has been hit with a proposed class suit claiming the cloud-based software and service provider failed to safeguard users' personal information and did not notify them until months after a ransomware attack compromised their information.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Ill-Fated Emergence Of The Bitcoin Balance Sheet

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    Other corporations may follow MicroStrategy's lead and invest in problematic Bitcoin, in what appears to be a new chapter of irresponsible corporate behavior, says cybersecurity consultant John Reed Stark.

  • Ethics Reminders As Employees Move To Or From Gov't

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    Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.

  • 5 Tips For In-House Counsel Anticipating Cyber Class Actions

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    In light of a 270% increase in data breaches this year, and the attendant class actions, in-house counsel can prepare to efficiently manage litigation by focusing on certain initial steps, ranging from multidistrict litigation strategy to insurance best practices, say David McDowell and Nancy Thomas at MoFo.

  • A Key To Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis

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    As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.

  • Expect Major Changes In Aerospace And Defense Under Biden

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    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to significantly shift aerospace and defense industry priorities, revoke certain Trump administration government contractor policies, strengthen "Buy American" requirements, and increase use of defense and NASA budgetary authority to combat climate change, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Where Data Privacy And CFPB Are Headed Under Biden

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    Data privacy is likely to be a key area of legislative and enforcement focus for President-elect Joe Biden, and consumer financial protection is expected to be an immediate priority due to the economic impact of the pandemic, with the most drastic shift likely to occur at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Mitigating Supply Chain Risks Related To Uighur Forced Labor

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    In light of recent U.S. actions concerning China’s purported forced labor of Uighurs — an ethnic minority long targeted by the Chinese government — companies should conduct human rights due diligence, implement grievance mechanisms to capture abuses in their supply chains, and review supplier contracts, says Betsy Popken at Orrick.

  • Ethics Considerations For Law Firms Implementing AI

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    Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.

  • Uncertainty Around Border Phone Search Standard Continues

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent cert denial in Williams v. U.S. continues confusion on the level of suspicion required for border agent electronic device searches, so international travelers should take steps to protect their sensitive information, say Alexander Lawrence and Sara Stearns at MoFo.

  • Picking The Right Location And Tools For Virtual Courtrooms

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    Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Beware Atty Ethics Rules When Reporting COVID-19 Fraud

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    Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.

  • Looking For Judicial Activists? Check The Footnotes

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    U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.

  • Best Practices For Legal Technology Adoption

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    The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.

  • Post-Breach Response To Business Email Scams Is Critical

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    Preventative measures do not sufficiently protect against email compromise scams, which have become increasingly prevalent during the pandemic, so businesses, governments and educational institutions should have post-breach investigation processes in place, says Jonathan Osborne at Gunster.

  • Opinion

    FTC Exceeded Its Authority In Zoom Cybersecurity Settlement

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    In light of the Federal Trade Commission's requirement, in excess of its statutory authority, that Zoom overhaul its data security as part of a recent deceptive practices settlement, companies shouldn't assent to unfounded relief even when challenging the agency could result in costly litigation, say attorneys at Orrick.

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