Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • January 23, 2020

    Fla. Cruise Line Hit With TCPA Suit Over Alleged Robocalls

    A Florida cruise line on Wednesday was hit with the latest in a series of proposed class actions accusing travel companies of robocalling consumers who say they never gave the company the go-ahead to call them.

  • January 23, 2020

    Insurer Must Cover Co.'s Costs After Ransomware Attack

    A Maryland federal judge on Thursday ruled that State Auto Property & Casualty Insurance Co. must cover an embroidery and screen printing company’s costs to replace its computer systems following a ransomware attack in 2016.

  • January 23, 2020

    IBM Hit With Biometric Privacy Suit Over Image Use

    ​​​​​​IBM Corp. is accused in an Illinois court lawsuit of violating the state's landmark biometrics law when it allegedly collected photographs to develop its facial recognition technology without getting consent to use biometric information from the subjects.

  • January 23, 2020

    Cannabis Dispensaries, Customers Exposed In Data Breach

    Tens of thousands of cannabis customers and at least three dispensaries were exposed to a massive data breach that left sensitive personal information and business records unsecured and unencrypted, according to cybersecurity researchers.

  • January 23, 2020

    AT&T Says $1.8M Crypto Theft Claims Have 'Critical Holes'

    AT&T is defending its motion to dismiss claims that it failed to prevent the theft of $1.8 million in cryptocurrency, telling a California federal court that a technology consultant's arguments contain "critical holes" that sink his complaint.

  • January 23, 2020

    Class Fights To Keep Cert. In Crypto 'Miners' Ponzi Case

    A class of purported victims of a cryptocurrency mining Ponzi scheme asked a Connecticut federal judge not to take away its certification at the behest of a crypto investor facing secondary liability claims over the scheme.

  • January 23, 2020

    Paul Hastings, Kirkland Lead Moody's $700M Deal For RDC

    Moody’s Corp. said Thursday it plans to buy Regulatory DataCorp., which provides risk and compliance intelligence, data and software, from Vista Equity Partners for $700 million, in a deal led by Paul Hastings and Kirkland. 

  • January 23, 2020

    Underwriter CFC Snaps Up Insurtech Cyberrisk Co.

    Specialist insurer CFC Underwriting has bought ThreatInformer, an insurance technology company that uses data to identify how exposed business customers are to the risk of cyberattack.

  • January 22, 2020

    NHL's Panthers The Latest Target Of Spam Text Claims

    Two Florida residents are suing the Florida Panthers for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by automatically enrolling them in "aggressive" text messaging marketing campaigns, marking the latest such suit against a major sports franchise in the Sunshine State.

  • January 22, 2020

    Execs On Notice After Report Of Saudi Bezos Cellphone Hack

    Revelations that Saudi Arabian leader Mohammed bin Salman may have personally duped Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos into clicking on a WhatsApp file loaded with malware, allowing Saudi spies to snoop on his cellphone, should make executives consider submitting their devices to security scans even if it means sacrificing their privacy.

  • January 22, 2020

    Michael Flynn Wants Sentence Of 'No More Than' Probation

    Former Trump administration adviser Michael Flynn asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge Wednesday to hand down a sentence of “no more than” probation in a case in which Flynn stands accused of lying to the FBI during a probe of Russian interference with the 2016 election.

  • January 22, 2020

    Canadian Law Can't Save Pot Co. From TCPA Suit, Class Says

    A proposed class of consumers who allege a cannabis software company sent them unwelcome text messages said Wednesday that the company can't claim it's protected from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by Canadian law, asserting that the argument should have been raised earlier.

  • January 22, 2020

    Default Judgment In Cryptocurrency Scam Case Reversed

    A California federal judge on Tuesday reversed default judgment against two companies, saying that they should be considered alongside their purported principal in an action alleging they defrauded an elderly couple with promises of two- and threefold returns on cryptocurrency investments.

  • January 22, 2020

    GCs Must Brace For AI-Based Litigation Risks

    As in-house lawyers embrace artificial intelligence, they should get ahead of growing litigation risks by beefing up their compliance departments and preparing for breaches, according to a report released Wednesday by Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • January 22, 2020

    UK Cybercrime Laws Need Reform, Report Says

    Britain’s cybercrime laws need to be brought into the 21st century, according to a legal report published Thursday that warns outdated rules could lead to courts prosecuting professionals who have ethical motives for accessing company data.

  • January 21, 2020

    Cybersecurity Co. Joins LOT Network To Fight 'Patent Trolls'

    Trend Micro Inc. this week became the latest company to join the LOT Network, a patent-licensing initiative aimed at curbing lawsuits filed by so-called "patent trolls."

  • January 21, 2020

    NJ High Court Challenges Legality Of Forced IPhone Access

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday challenged prosecutors’ bid to look inside a rogue cop’s lawfully seized iPhones, questioning whether a trial court ran afoul of Fifth Amendment and state law protections against self-incrimination by ordering him to reveal his pass codes over criminal charges he assisted a drug trafficking ring.

  • January 21, 2020

    State AGs Object To Google's $13M Street View Deal

    Arizona and eight other state attorneys general urged a California federal judge to reject a $13 million cy pres settlement resolving allegations that Google illegally gathered Wi-Fi network data with its Street View car fleet, arguing it compensates cy pres recipients and class counsel but doesn’t directly benefit consumers.

  • January 21, 2020

    Crypto Co. Can't Have More Time To Serve Foreign Firms

    A magistrate judge on Tuesday denied Florida cryptocurrency company United American Corp.’s request for another extension of its deadline to serve its antitrust suit on foreign crypto firms, saying the company has dragged its feet and does not deserve additional time.

  • January 21, 2020

    NJ Justices Skeptical Restroom Camera Claims Can Survive

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed skepticism over whether 30 women could pursue an invasion of privacy lawsuit considering that how they failed to present a trial court with evidence that they used an office building's restrooms when the spaces were being secretly recorded by a janitor.

  • January 21, 2020

    Bill Would Cut Off US Intel For Allies That Use Huawei For 5G

    A bill introduced in the House on Tuesday would block the government from sharing intelligence with foreign countries that allow parts from a Chinese telecommunications company in next-generation networks.

  • January 21, 2020

    Ill. Judge Rejects CVS' Bid To Block Class Cert. In TCPA Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid by CVS to block class certification in a proposed class action over alleged robocalls, saying denying certification so early in the case would be an "unusual step" that isn't warranted at the pleading stage.

  • January 21, 2020

    Brazil Charges Journalist Glenn Greenwald With Cybercrimes

    Brazilian federal prosecutors charged Glenn Greenwald, a prominent American journalist and vocal critic of President Jair Bolsonaro's administration, with cybercrimes Tuesday for his role in publishing articles on government corruption using the hacked cellphone messages of prosecutors and public officials.

  • January 21, 2020

    FCC Seeks $2.1M In Fines From Fusion Connect

    Federal prosecutors have hit Fusion Connect Inc. with a suit that seeks to force the bankrupt phone and internet provider to pay $2.1 million it still owes from a 2016 civil penalty over fraudulent telemarketing practices.

  • January 21, 2020

    FTC Advertising Atty Who Led POM Wonderful Case To Retire

    The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that Mary Engle, who led the case against juice maker POM Wonderful's misleading ads, as well as the FTC’s first privacy case, will be retiring after 30 years with the agency.

Expert Analysis

  • Comparing US And EU Approaches To Paying Cyber Ransoms

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    As the cyber insurance market grows across U.S. and European markets, cultural and technological differences could explain why European companies seem to be paying disproportionately fewer cyber ransoms than U.S. companies are paying, says Charlotte Worlock of Atheria Law.

  • Legal Lessons From Esports Sponsorship Deals

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    Riot Games’ recent global partnerships with Louis Vuitton, OPPO and Red Bull may provide a potential template for other companies, leagues and players seeking to form similar agreements, and they should serve as a reminder of how carefully constructed such deals will need to be, say James Chang at Pillsbury and Sean Gilbert and Neil Thakur at Teknos Associates.

  • Nissan Ex-CEO Illustrates Do's And Don'ts Of Image Repair

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    Lawyers can draw a number of useful lessons about reputation management from the efforts of former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn — who recently escaped house arrest in Tokyo — to restore his sullied reputation, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • HIPAA Compliance Lessons From 2019 Enforcement Trends

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    Although 2019 was a comparatively quiet year for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act enforcement, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights is still prioritizing the HIPAA security rule and right of access claims, and is not afraid to impose civil money penalties or take action against smaller providers, says Dena Castricone of DNC Law.

  • 4 Cases That Will Shape Clickwrap Litigation In 2020

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    Four recent cases involving companies' online user agreements will have major impacts on the ways courts assess evidence in such cases, the types of evidence that companies must bring in order to enforce their terms, and the types of arguments that both defendants and plaintiffs will make, says Brian Powers of PactSafe.

  • Anti-Ransomware Strategies Must Evolve With Threat

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    With a recent FBI report warning of ransomware that encrypts and exfiltrates data, it is now more important than ever for businesses and governments to assess and implement prevention and preparation strategies, including an offensive litigation approach, says John Gray of Lewis Roca.

  • NY State Flexes Muscles With Energy Service Co. Restrictions

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    The New York State Public Service Commission's new regulations for energy service companies — imposing enhanced eligibility criteria, price caps, and limitations on products and services — raise concerns about how the commission might impose similar restrictions in the broader distributed energy resource markets, say Thomas Puchner and Kevin Blake of Phillips Lytle.

  • How Associate Life Has Evolved Over The Past Decade

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    During the last 10 years, the need to embrace change was fundamental for law firms, and that change affected associates in many ways — most, but not all, for the better, says Brad Kaufman, co-president of Greenberg Traurig.

  • The New Class Action Frontier Under Illinois Privacy Law

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    One year after a pivotal Illinois Supreme Court ruling broadened liability under the Biometric Information Privacy Act, companies in a wide variety of industries need to be vigilant of a rise in potentially financially ruinous class action filings, and there are several steps they can take to protect themselves from BIPA liability, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • What's Changed And What's The Same In Final CFIUS Rules

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    The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s final rules implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act complete the revamp of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which will be more complex and better resourced to address evolving national security risks that arise in the context of foreign investments, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • Energy Cos. Face China State Secrecy Law Risks

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    Multinational energy and natural resources companies doing business in China face particular risks related to China's state secrecy laws, due to the broad and vaguely defined range of information that may be classified as secret, say Alvin Xiao and Fabian Roday of Fangda Partners.

  • Autonomous Vehicle Guidance Gives Industry Room To Grow

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    The White House's recently updated guidance on the deployment of autonomous vehicles outlines broad principles for AV development, but does not identify best practices or create binding requirements, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • 2019 Trends In DOJ Civil Health Care Fraud Cases

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    Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice maintained aggressive enforcement efforts in the health care industry, again relying heavily on the False Claims Act, but the agency is also taking steps to guide those efforts toward fairness and consistency, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Breaking Down Brazil's 1st Data Protection Law

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    Brazil's General Law on Data Protection, which comes into effect later this year, is largely modeled on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation but has some key differences that companies doing business in Brazil should keep in mind when formulating compliance plans, say Felipe Saraiva and Dean Forbes of Sidley.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Dyk Reviews 'Democracy And Equality'

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    In their new book "Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court," Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss provide valuable context for U.S. Supreme Court decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren that have profoundly affected the country, but their overly protective attitude sometimes obscures reality, says Federal Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk.