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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 21, 2019

    Ill. Residents Get Class Nod In Prerecorded Cruise Call Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday certified a class of state residents who claim the travel company behind Holiday Cruise Line blasted them with unwanted prerecorded calls marketing a free vacation but refused to allow call recipients who live outside the Prairie State to join the class. 

  • March 21, 2019

    Experian Gets $3M Verdict In FCRA Case Slashed To $490K

    A man who convinced a jury to impose $3 million in punitive damages against Experian for misreporting his credit history saw an Alabama federal judge on Thursday cut the award to $490,000 to bring it closer in line with the $5,000 he won in compensatory damages.

  • March 21, 2019

    $240M Wells Fargo-Investor Deal Missing Key Factor: Judge

    A California federal judge on Wednesday told investors he needed more information to evaluate their proposed $240 million settlement with Wells Fargo & Co. executives over how the bank's fabricated accounts scandal affected its reputation, finances and stock prices.

  • March 21, 2019

    Nationwide’s $5M Sales Robocall Deal Gets Initial Approval

    A Georgia federal judge Wednesday signed off on a $5 million proposed settlement ending claims that Nationwide Mutual Insurance violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with marketing robocalls to unsuspecting consumers.

  • March 21, 2019

    'Training Wheels' Come Off New NY Cybersecurity Rules

    New York’s financial services regulator has demonstrated an eagerness to help companies get up to speed on the state's landmark cybersecurity rules over the past two years, but with the implementation grace period now over, enforcement is likely to heat up, experts say.

  • March 21, 2019

    GAO Axes Bid Protest In Army Cyberspace Deal

    The U.S. Army reasonably rejected MacAulay-Brown Inc.’s bid for a cyberspace operations deal after the Ohio-based company failed to meet certain technical and management-related requirements, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2019

    O'Melveny Adds Ex-Obama Adviser As Privacy Co-Chair

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has tapped a national security and counterterrorism adviser to former President Barack Obama as partner and co-chair of its data security and privacy group, the firm said in a press release Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Trader-Pastor Gets 5 Years For Hack-Based Insider Trading

    A former hedge fund manager turned Slavic Baptist pastor on Thursday was sentenced to five years in prison, following his conviction at trial for a purported $30 million scheme to trade on nonpublic information gleaned from hacked, unpublished press releases.

  • March 21, 2019

    Facebook Staff Had Access To Millions Of User Passwords

    Facebook admitted Thursday that it stored hundreds of millions of users' passwords in a format that would have allowed Facebook employees to read them, the latest of several privacy lapses for the company.

  • March 21, 2019

    Crypto Bank CEO Faces 5 Years After Copping To $4M Fraud

    Federal prosecutors have agreed to seek a five-year prison sentence for the CEO of now-shuttered AriseBank in exchange for his guilty plea in Texas federal court Wednesday to fraudulently raising $4.25 million through an unregistered initial coin offering for the bank’s proprietary digital currency, AriseCoin.

  • March 20, 2019

    Google Ruling Hints At High Court Wariness Of Cy Pres Deals

    The U.S. Supreme Court punted Wednesday on deciding the fairness of Google's $8.5 million cy pres privacy deal that steered funds to third parties instead of class members, but Justice Clarence Thomas' unequivocal criticism of the arrangement is a sign that the high court may soon curtail the practice.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    Morrison & Foerster Adds Cybersecurity Partner To NY Office

    Morrison & Foerster LLP has bolstered its global privacy and data security group by bringing in a former Proskauer Rose LLP attorney as a partner in its New York office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2019

    Burger King Franchisee Skirts Ill. Biometric Law, Worker Says

    The nation’s second-largest Burger King franchisee and its Illinois subsidiary got hit Tuesday with a lawsuit claiming its employees in the state were required to scan their fingerprints for timekeeping purposes in violation of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.

  • March 20, 2019

    1st Amendment Defense Prevails In Ref's Death Threats Suit

    An NCAA men's basketball referee who received death threats and whose business got hundreds of damaging online reviews after a radio program highlighted his controversial calls can't sue the program's hosts for the "sinister and unfortunate" episode, a Kentucky federal judge said Wednesday, finding the commentary was protected by the First Amendment.

  • March 20, 2019

    Size Doesn't Matter For Old Mergers, FTC Chair Says

    The Federal Trade Commission doesn’t consider the size of companies when examining whether a past merger was a bad idea, but instead focuses on what future the individual companies would have had absent the merger, the agency’s chairman said Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2019

    FTC Has Its Eyes On Lying Advertisers, Chairman Says

    The Federal Trade Commission will go after advertisers who make misleading claims about their products with renewed force, Chairman Joseph Simons said Wednesday at an advertising law conference in Washington, D.C.

  • March 20, 2019

    Auto Financier, Consumers Seek Final OK On $4M TCPA Deal

    A class of consumers suing an auto loan financier for allegedly "bombarding" them with unwanted robocalls asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday to approve a $4 million settlement in the case, with $1.3 million in attorneys' fees and expenses going to Sergei Lemberg and Stephen F. Taylor of Lemberg Law.

  • March 20, 2019

    High Court Boots Google Privacy Deal For Standing Issues

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday remanded an $8.5 million Google privacy class action settlement to a lower court, saying it could not address an underlying dispute over the deal's fairness because of questions over whether the Google users can plausibly claim to have suffered concrete harm.

Expert Analysis

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Keeping Up With DOD Cybersecurity Compliance Demands

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    The Defense Contract Management Agency recently updated its contractor purchasing system review guidebook, assuming obligations beyond those imposed by the defense federal acquisition regulation supplement clause. Contractors should be aware of the new requirements which will likely show up in future contracts or modifications to existing contracts, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • The Challenge Of Suing A Defunct Virtual Currency Exchange

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    A Colorado federal court's recent decision in Shaw v. Vircurex underscores the risks in asserting personal jurisdiction over virtual currency exchanges — which are often decentralized, operate algorithmically, do not engage in marketing activities and have no traditional physical presence, says Scott Kimpel of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • What Musical.ly Settlement Means For COPPA Compliance

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent settlement with lip sync music video app Musical.ly under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act does not suggest that COPPA fines are necessarily rising, but sheds light on where the FTC believes responsibility for future regulatory shortcomings may fall, says Dana Gausepohl of The Norton Law Firm PC.