Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 13, 2024

    LabCorp Sued Over Sharing Sensitive Health Info With Google

    The Laboratory Corporation of America shares sensitive health information and website browsing history with Google without patients' knowledge or consent, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • February 13, 2024

    'She Didn't Ask, And I Didn't Tell,' Ex Says Of Fraud Scheme

    Both federal prosecutors and defense counsel for a Georgia woman accused of using her small business to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegally obtained pandemic loans agreed Tuesday that her ex-husband was not just a philanderer, but a fraudster to boot.

  • February 13, 2024

    FCC Runs Into Reality Of Limited Power To Fight Deepfakes

    The Federal Communications Commission drew headlines last week when it declared that cloned voices fall under a federal ban on junk calls. But the ruling may not be as powerful as supporters would like, especially as campaign shenanigans heat up as election season draws near.

  • February 13, 2024

    Judge Says Latham Deserves Default Win Over Scam Domains

    Latham & Watkins LLP should be handed a default win against an unknown scammer it accused of registering dozens of domain names to impersonate the firm and one of its attorneys in an attempt to defraud clients, a federal magistrate judge in Virginia recommended Tuesday, determining the firm has a protectable interest in a valid trademark.

  • February 13, 2024

    Accused Crypto Mixer 'Key' To Online Drug Market, Gov't Says

    Bitcoin Fog laundered hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bitcoin and played a "key role" in the online drug economy, prosecutors said in an opening statement Tuesday to kick off the trial of the accused operator of the cryptocurrency mixer in D.C. federal court.

  • February 13, 2024

    Voyager Investors Suing Mark Cuban Reach Deal With Gronk

    Investors suing billionaire Mark Cuban over his role in promoting now-bankrupt Voyager Digital Ltd. said Tuesday they had reached a tentative agreement with former NFL star Rob Gronkowski to stay claims tied to his social media posts and appearances boosting the cryptocurrency firm.

  • February 13, 2024

    Freedom Caucus Demands Warrants In FISA Overhaul

    House Freedom Caucus members on Tuesday said the reauthorization of the controversial warrantless foreign surveillance program must include a warrant requirement for Americans' information.

  • February 13, 2024

    App Users Want Class Certification In Data Breach Case

    Consumers suing a parking app company asked a Georgia federal judge Monday to certify a class in their lawsuit alleging lax cybersecurity led to their data being stolen, sold and then given away for free on the dark web following a March 2021 data breach.

  • February 13, 2024

    Comer Says FTC Is Stalling On Oversight Committee Worries

    House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., continued Tuesday to hammer away at the Federal Trade Commission and Chair Lina Khan, assailing the frequent target of Republican criticism for failing to "fully address" lawmaker inquiries into the FTC's handling of due process and federal ethics law.

  • February 13, 2024

    EU Says Apple IMessage, Microsoft Bing Not Gatekeepers

    European enforcers have found that Apple's iMessage and several Microsoft services do not qualify for "gatekeeper" designations under the Digital Markets Act, but the companies nevertheless must abide by new rules giving users more choice and freedom with other products.

  • February 13, 2024

    NY AG Inks $750K Deal In College Board Data Privacy Case

    New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office had reached a $750,000 settlement with the College Board, the nonprofit that administers the SAT and PSAT exams, to resolve claims that the organization illegally harvested students' data and sold it to colleges and scholarship programs.

  • February 13, 2024

    Crypto Exec Wants IRS Summonses Quashed, Citing Privacy

    A cryptocurrency executive charged in a 2020 bitcoin fraud investigation was never notified about Internal Revenue Service summonses later sent to two banks that sought his and his company's financial records, he told a Texas federal court, arguing that the summonses should be quashed.

  • February 13, 2024

    Life Insurer Failed To Secure Data From Hack, Class Says

    A life insurance provider and its parent company failed to protect sensitive customer information from a data breach, a proposed class action told an Indiana federal court, saying the parent company was hacked via a SIM swapping scheme targeting a senior employee.

  • February 13, 2024

    Jones Day Adds Proskauer Privacy Group Head In DC

    The head of the privacy and cybersecurity group at Proskauer Rose LLP has moved to Jones Day in Washington, D.C., the firm said Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    OpenAI Gets Author Copyright Claims Trimmed — For Now

    A California federal judge dismissed the bulk of two proposed copyright class actions against ChatGPT creator OpenAI Inc. while giving two putative classes led by comedian Sarah Sliverman and author Paul G. Tremblay a chance to cure deficiencies in their pleadings in some instances.

  • February 13, 2024

    Ex-IRS Contractor Appeals 5-Year Sentence For Tax Info Leak

    A former IRS contractor sentenced to five years in prison for stealing and leaking former President Donald Trump's tax returns — and those of thousands of other wealthy people — to the media told a D.C. federal court he will appeal his final judgment.

  • February 12, 2024

    Meta Can't Trim Non-Facebook Users' Health Privacy Suit

    Meta Platforms can't cut down a proposed class action alleging it illegally received consumers' sensitive health information through its Meta Pixel tool, a California federal judge ruled Monday, saying the consumers have provided specific enough allegations of the kinds of sensitive information they claim was intercepted.

  • February 12, 2024

    'Pig Butchering' Scheme Took Down Small Bank, Fed IG Says

    The July collapse of a Kansas community bank appears tied to a type of crypto scam known as pig butchering, enabled by a failure of internal controls that allowed its former CEO to allegedly siphon off enough money to force the bank's closure, according to a new report by a bank regulatory watchdog.

  • February 12, 2024

    Retailer Sues Zimmerman Reed To End Privacy 'Shakedown'

    Zimmerman Reed LLP and thousands of its clients are unlawfully conspiring to "weaponize" a California wiretapping law in bringing a crush of arbitration claims against L'Occitane over its website user tracking practices, the cosmetics and home goods retailer alleged in urging a California federal court to put an end to this "shakedown."

  • February 12, 2024

    9th Circ. Sends Sports Buyers' Data Breach Suits To Arbitration

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday backed a California federal judge's ruling that a group of consumers must arbitrate their claims in six proposed class actions against online sports apparel retailers after their personal information was exposed in a data breach.

  • February 12, 2024

    Ohio Judge Refuses To End Pause On Social Media Age Law

    An Ohio federal judge has extended a temporary hold on a new state law requiring social media platforms and other sites to get parents' consent before opening accounts for children under 16, issuing a preliminary injunction after finding the law unconstitutional.

  • February 12, 2024

    Debt Collector Signs $2.45M Deal In Ransomware Breach Suit

    Convergent Outsourcing will pay $2.45 million to settle a proposed class action stemming from a ransomware attack two years ago that potentially exposed the names, contact information and Social Security numbers of over 640,000 people, according to a renewed preliminary approval motion filed Friday in Washington federal court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Google Says AI Data-Scraping Suit Still Doesn't Hold Up

    Google has once again asked a California federal judge to throw out, for good this time, a proposed class action claiming it steals private and copyrighted information from Americans to train its artificial intelligence chatbot, arguing consumers "have only made things worse" in the latest version of their complaint.

  • February 12, 2024

    Colo. Public Defender's Office Hit By Computer Hack

    The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender said Monday it has shut down its computer network following a cybersecurity breach.

  • February 12, 2024

    Drivers Who Ran JFK Airport Taxi Line Hack Scam Get Prison

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced two drivers from Queens, New York, to prison Monday after they admitted joining with Russian hackers to compromise JFK Airport's taxi dispatch system, charging other drivers $10 each — $323,000 in total — to cut the line.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Inside Higher Education's New FCA Liability Challenges

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    As the educational sector expands its use of government funding, schools are at increased risk under the False Claims Act, but recent settlements offer valuable lessons about new theories of liability they may face and specific procedures to reduce their exposure, say James Zelenay and Jeremy Ochsenbein at Gibson Dunn.

  • 5 Most Notable Class Action Standing Cases Of 2023

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    Key appellate class action decisions this past year continued the trend of a more demanding approach to the threshold issue of standing during each phase of litigation, say attorneys at MoFo.

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