Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 06, 2024

    Polsinelli Adds 9 Cybersecurity Attys From Maynard Nexsen

    Polsinelli PC said Tuesday that it has expanded its cybersecurity and data privacy team with the addition of a nine-lawyer group from Maynard Nexsen PC, including four former practice leaders.

  • February 06, 2024

    Cybersecurity Biz To Go Private Following $350M Merger

    External cybersecurity provider ZeroFox Holdings Inc., advised by Venable LLP, will no longer be a public company following its all-cash $350 million acquisition by private equity firm Haveli Investments, led by Ropes & Gray LLP, according to a Tuesday statement.

  • February 06, 2024

    Alphabet Investors Ink $350M Deal In Google Plus Privacy Suit

    Google's parent company Alphabet and a proposed class of investors have reached a $350 million settlement to end claims that the company deceived them about a March 2018 software glitch that allegedly gave third-party app developers the ability to access the private profile data of 500,000 users of the Google Plus social media site.

  • February 06, 2024

    Cybersecurity & Privacy Group Of The Year: Stueve Siegel

    Within days of T-Mobile announcing its 2021 data breach that exposed more than 76 million Americans' personal information, Stueve Siegel & Hanson LLP filed one of the first lawsuits on the matter, leading an eventual multidistrict litigation that resulted in a $500 million settlement on behalf of consumers and earned the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Cybersecurity and Privacy Groups of the Year.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ex-Lawyer Can Lead £1.3B Amazon Class Action In UK

    The Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled that consumer rights advocate Robert Hammond is the most suitable representative to bring a class action worth an estimated £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) against Amazon over alleged breaches of competition law.

  • February 06, 2024

    Pillsbury Cyber Leader Jumps To Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring announced on Tuesday the hiring of a cybersecurity lead at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a partner overseeing the firm's digital law practice in Europe.

  • February 05, 2024

    Kochava Can't Shake FTC's Location Data Privacy Suit

    An Idaho federal judge has refused to ax the Federal Trade Commission's suit accusing mobile app analytics provider Kochava Inc. of unlawfully selling precise geolocation data, finding that the expanded consumer harm allegations that the agency put forth in its revised complaint were sufficient to allow the dispute to move forward. 

  • February 05, 2024

    SEC's SolarWinds Suit May Chill Disclosures, Ex-Officials Say

    A group of 21 former government officials from both Democratic and Republican administrations has urged a New York federal court to consider the possible chilling effects of public-private information sharing on cyber incidents in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's case against SolarWinds.

  • February 05, 2024

    Okta Investors Win Cert. In Cyberattack Coverup Suit

    Investors in identity and access management software company Okta Inc. have received certification for a class in a suit alleging the company misled them about a 2022 cyberattack.

  • February 05, 2024

    High Court Rejects COVID App's Emergency Apple Appeal

    Justice Elena Kagan refused Monday to grant immediate high court relief that could have opened up iPhones to alternative distribution outside the App Store, rejecting a petition accusing the Ninth Circuit of "egregious error" in declining to revive antitrust allegations over Apple's rejection of COVID-19-tracking and bitcoin apps.

  • February 05, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Last week, Delaware's chancellor gave us 55 billion reasons to keep an eye on the First State in a case involving Tesla CEO Elon Musk's pay package, while the court of equity also took on cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, space flight and country music.

  • February 05, 2024

    States Ask Justices To End Feds' Alleged Online Censorship

    The Biden administration is trying to "flip the First Amendment on its head" by arguing that the government has free speech rights that are being trampled by an order banning it from working with social media companies to combat disinformation, Louisiana and Missouri have told the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • February 05, 2024

    State Department Limits Visas For People Abusing Spyware

    The U.S. Department of State announced a new policy Monday restricting visas for people who use commercial spyware to surveil, harass or suppress journalists, activists and others.

  • February 05, 2024

    Subscriber Accuses FuboTV Of Illegally Sharing Viewer Data

    FuboTV Inc. is facing a new proposed class action in New York federal court, with a subscriber alleging that the company illegally shares viewing records and personally identifiable information with third parties in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act.

  • February 05, 2024

    No CGL Coverage For Home Depot Data Breach, 6th Circ. Told

    Two insurers have told the Sixth Circuit they owe no commercial general liability coverage to Home Depot for its $172 million settlement with financial institutions over a 2014 breach of customer payment information, arguing an electronic data exclusion wholly barred coverage for the institutions' claimed losses.

  • February 05, 2024

    Hack Disrupts Pa. Courts A Week After Ga. Cyberattack

    A cyberattack Sunday night on the Pennsylvania court system's website has disrupted several public-facing services Monday, nearly a week after a similar incident tied up online systems in Fulton County, Georgia.

  • February 05, 2024

    Cybersecurity & Privacy Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's data privacy and security practice successfully thwarted what was potentially one of the largest class actions in history — with hundreds of millions of litigants and more than $5 billion in damages at stake — defending Google in a nationwide data collection suit, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 05, 2024

    Kirkland Guides Thoma Bravo On $1.5B Everbridge Buy

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP-led Thoma Bravo has agreed to purchase Everbridge, represented by Cooley LLP, in a take-private deal that values the critical event management software company at approximately $1.5 billion, the companies said Monday.

  • February 02, 2024

    US Chamber Calls SEC SolarWinds Suit An FCPA 'Power Grab'

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday urged a New York federal court to ax the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's suit against software provider SolarWinds Corp., saying the agency is using a provision of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as a power grab for broader corporate policing authority.

  • February 02, 2024

    Wells Fargo Gets Elder Abuse Suit Dismissed, For Now

    A California federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Wells Fargo of facilitating a financial scam against a senior, saying that while the bank's employees should have known something was suspicious about the victim's transactions, the bank's alleged actions did not inherently constitute elder abuse.

  • February 02, 2024

    Suspect In $400M Crypto Theft Put Under Monitoring

    The man suspected of leading a SIM swapping scheme that appears to encompass more than $400 million stolen from cryptocurrency exchange FTX appeared in Chicago federal court Friday, where he was released without bond to face federal wire fraud charges in Washington, D.C.

  • February 02, 2024

    ACLU Atty On How To Protect Civil Liberties In The AI Era

    Because artificial intelligence and algorithmic systems often operate in the shadows, there's a new need for legislation, regulation and enforcement to ensure the technology doesn't undercut civil liberties by engaging in discrimination in housing, education or employment, according to Cody Venzke, senior policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.

  • February 02, 2024

    Country Star Lainey Wilson Urges Congress To Tackle AI Fakes

    The rapid spread of AI-generated duplicates of individuals' likeness and voice was the subject of a congressional hearing Friday in Los Angeles ahead of this year's Grammy Awards, with country music superstar Lainey Wilson pleading with lawmakers to act to protect celebrities and their fans from deepfakes.

  • February 02, 2024

    Consumer Data Co. Cleared To Seek Ch. 11 Plan Votes

    A Pasadena, California-based consumer data gathering platform can solicit votes for a Chapter 11 plan that the company hopes to get confirmed in March, a Delaware bankruptcy judge decided on Friday.

  • February 02, 2024

    New England Patriots App Harvests Users' Data, Suit Claims

    A Massachusetts man has hit the New England Patriots with a proposed class action alleging the team's app surreptitiously tracks and shares users' personal information, including location data accurate to within 40 feet, in violation of federal video privacy laws.

Expert Analysis

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    In The CFPB Playbook: Rulemaking Rush Before Election Year

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    In this quarterly Consumer Financial Protection Bureau activity recap by former bureau personnel, attorneys at McGuireWoods explain the regulator's recent push to finalize new rules about data aggregators, digital payment apps and more before the election-year Congressional Review Act window opens.

  • Ill. BIPA Ruling May Spark Violation-Of-Law Exclusion Fight

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    An Illinois appeals court's recent holding in National Fire Insurance v. Visual Pak that a violation-of-law exclusion didn't preclude coverage for an underlying Biometric Information Privacy Act suit contradicts an earlier Seventh Circuit decision that aligns with long-standing insurance law principles — which may lead the state's high court to weigh in, says Tae Andrews at Pasich.

  • 5 Privacy And Cybersecurity Resolutions For 2024

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    In 2023, companies grappled with an unprecedented array of data privacy and cybersecurity challenges that are likely to continue in 2024, meaning businesses will be well-served to incorporate strategies, such as data governance and website configuration, into their compliance programs, say Steven Stransky at Thompson Hine and Violet Sullivan at Crum & Forster.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Shopify Ruling May Support Personal-Jurisdiction Defenses

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    Litigators, cybersecurity practitioners and web-based entities should all take note of the Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling in Briskin v. Shopify, as it could lend significant support to personal-jurisdiction defenses, but such entities should still consider how their operations might tie them to certain states, say John Gray and Patrick McCormick at Lewis Roca.

  • Texas Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q4

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    Among the most noteworthy developments in the Texas banking sphere in the last quarter of 2023 were the Texas Department of Banking's extension of the state banking commissioner's authority, a recommendation to implement an updated ransomware self-assessment tool, and ongoing litigation in the state involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, says Patrick Hanchey at Alston & Bird.

  • 6 AI Cases And What They Mean For Copyright Law

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    Artificial intelligence cases filed last year, some decided and others pending, demonstrate how the appellate courts that set binding precedent look at the intersection between copyright and AI, so legal frameworks must adapt and provide clarity in order to foster innovation, protect creators, and ensure fair and equitable outcomes, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Cybersecurity Issues For Financial Industry To Track In 2024

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    In 2024 financial institutions will confront new federal, state and industry regulations around cybersecurity that require additional procedures, enhanced proactive security measures, and timely disclosure of security incidents, say Alex Koskey and Matt White at Baker Donelson.

  • How AI Is Changing The Game Of Professional Sports

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    As more professional sports teams and organizations employ the use of artificial intelligence, counsel should keep a critical eye on several legal issues, including both state and federal regulatory developments, data privacy concerns, and how AI tools could potentially affect applicable intellectual property rights, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • What To Expect From The CFPB This Year

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    The potential for upheaval at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be greater during an election year, and there are several opportunities and challenges ahead for the bureau in 2024, say Eric Mogilnicki and David Stein at Covington.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • 10 Privacy Compliance Areas To Focus On In 2024

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    The fast pace of change in the cybersecurity realm means reactive approaches to new laws, regulations and enforcement actions are not effective ways to build or scale privacy programs, so companies should plan strategically and prepare for a few emerging risks and requirements in the first half of this year, says Sam Castic at Hintze Law.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Artificial Intelligence Is In Need Of Regulation — But How?

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    Since most of the artificial intelligence-related laws in 2023 were part of more extensive consumer privacy law, the U.S. still has a lot of work to do to build consensus on how to oversee AI, and even who should do the regulating, before moving forward on specific and reasonable guidelines as AI's capabilities grow, say Nick Toufexis and Paul Saputo at Saputo Toufexis.

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