Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • 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.

  • February 02, 2024

    Ascension Says Medical Queries Don't Breach Genetic Privacy

    Questions about family medical history raised during a hospital job interview don't implicate an Illinois genetic privacy law, healthcare giant Ascension Health has told a Missouri federal court.

  • February 02, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen Dentons sued by a former high-profile partner in Saudi Arabia, Jaguar Land Rover rev its engine in the intellectual property court against automotive company HaynesPro, and the Russian National Reinsurance Company tackle a settlement with BOC Aviation over stranded aircraft. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 02, 2024

    Google, H&R Block Ask Court To Toss Tax Data RICO Suit

    Google and H&R Block asked a California federal court to toss a suit accusing them of scheming to intercept the private data of a man who used H&R Block's tax preparation software, saying there was no evidence the companies conspired.

Expert Analysis

  • SEC, NY Cybersecurity Rules Create Complexity For Insurers

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    Two separate cybersecurity rules recently adopted by the New York Department of Financial Services and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pose distinct challenges for insurance industry participants, with important interactions, and potential tensions, for those required to comply with both frameworks, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • A Look At FedNow Liability Allocation And A 4th Circ. Toss-Up

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    Dsu-Wei Yuen and Andrew Lorentz at Davis Wright break down the current legal requirements that are directly applicable to common electronic payment systems like FedNow and Automated Clearing House and how they could be affected by a decision in Studco v. 1st Advantage Credit Union, currently on appeal in the Fourth Circuit.

  • A Former Bankruptcy Judge Talks 2023 High Court Rulings

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    In 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued four bankruptcy law opinions — an extraordinary number — and a close look at these cases signals that changes to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code will have to come from Congress, not the courts, says Phillip Shefferly at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • 3 Defense Takeaways From The Bankman-Fried Trial

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    FTX founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s recent fraud conviction offers several key lessons for future white collar defendants, from the changing nature of cross-examination to the continued risks of taking the stand, say Jonathan Porter and Gregg Sofer at Husch Blackwell.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Inside New Classified Contract Guidance For Joint Ventures

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    A recent Information Security Oversight Office notice clarifies the interplay between small business joint-venture rules and eligibility determinations for U.S. Department of Defense classified contracts, but it's still unclear how this should be interpreted for non-DOD procurements, says Todd Overman at Bass Berry.

  • The State Of CFPB Focus On Credit Reporting Of Medical Debt

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    An increase in credit reporting complaints and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent annual report on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act — which focuses on medical debt in credit reporting — are both evidence of the fact that the bureau will continue to prioritize oversight of credit reporting of medical debt, says Kristen Watson at Burr & Forman.

  • FDA's Recent Litigation Records Are Strong, But Imperfect

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has notched its share of litigation wins in recent years thanks to a number of key advantages, but the FDA has been less successful in certain highly visible arenas, Jonathan Berman and Colleen Heisey at Jones Day.

  • 5 Steps For Healthcare Companies After Biden's AI Order

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    Rather than simply monitoring for the issuance of agency guidelines on artificial intelligence in the wake of President Joe Biden's October executive order, health and life sciences companies should take action now and begin building internal operational and technical infrastructures designed to govern the use of AI, says Joy Sharp at Faegre Drinker.

  • 7 Ways To Address Unknowns In Outsourcing Contracts

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    Amid rising business uncertainty, companies outsourcing critical functions should build flexibility into their contracts and adopt several contracting approaches to be prepared for a large range of unknown conditions, say Brad Peterson and Laura Buchanan at Mayer Brown.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • EU GDPR Ruling Reiterates Relative Nature Of 'Personal Data'

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    The Court of Justice of the European Union recently confirmed in Gesamtverband v. Scania that vehicle identification number data can be processed under the General Data Protection Regulation, illustrating that the same dataset may be considered "personal data" for one party, but not another, which suggests a less expansive definition of the term, say lawyers at Van Bael.

  • Energy Sector Takeaways From Biden's AI Executive Order

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    While the U.S. Department of Energy begins to establish rules in accordance with President Joe Biden's recent executive order on artificial intelligence, in-house counsel can work with business lines and executive teams to consider implementing their own AI governance process, say Joel Meister and James De Vellis at Foley & Lardner.

  • How AI Executive Order Aims To Compete For Foreign Talent

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    Immigration provisions within the Biden administration's executive order on artificial intelligence take a strategic approach to promoting the U.S. as a destination for AI and STEM talent by streamlining visa processing, enhancing educational and exchange programs, and improving current visa programs and pathways to permanent residency, says Eric Bord at Morgan Lewis.

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