Corporations swept up by Europe's year-old data protection law are more comfortable now with their vast compliance obligations than when the law was enacted, but key questions about regulators' expectations and the price of noncompliance still linger as the landmark regulation enters its second year.
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As GDPR Enters 2nd Year, Cos. Still Searching For Answers

Corporations swept up by Europe's year-old data protection law are more comfortable now with their vast compliance obligations than when the law was enacted, but key questions about regulators' expectations and the price of noncompliance still linger as the landmark regulation enters its second year.

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First American Security Flaw Exposes 885M Mortgage Records

A security slip-up by First American Title Insurance Co., one of the biggest title insurance companies in the U.S., exposed more than 885 million customer records, many of which contain sensitive financial information about home buyers and sellers, news outlets reported on Friday.

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Feds Must Detail Violations In Russian Troll Farm Case

A federal judge on Friday ordered prosecutors to give a Russian company accused of funding a 2016 disinformation campaign more detail on how the actions allegedly skirted laws requiring disclosures on campaign finance and foreign lobbying.

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Home Depot, Atlantic Water Ink $4.35M TCPA Deal

Home Depot and Atlantic Water and Air have agreed to pay a combined $4.35 million to end a suit alleging the companies robocalled customers without permission in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, according to documents filed Thursday in New Jersey federal court.

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Class Attys Get $1M Fees In TCPA Deal Over Unwanted Faxes

An Illinois federal judge gave the final signoff Friday to a $3.3 million settlement, including $1 million in attorney fees, to end a class action accusing Mesa Laboratories Inc. of sending thousands of unsolicited faxes for spore-testing services without the legally required opt-out information.

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Feature

In-House Attorneys Reflect On A Year With GDPR

By the time the Europeon Union's sweeping data protections took effect last year, in-house attorneys were already in the thick of trying to mitigate the risk for companies. Now, lawyers from heavyweights like Uber, Intel and Honeywell are sharing lessons from the past 365 days and their expectations for the future.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Analysis

History Gives No Clues To Trump-Huawei Endgame

President Donald Trump’s recent blacklisting of Huawei marked the second time in just over three years that the U.S. moved to block a Chinese telecom giant from the domestic supply chain. But unlike before, the path to a resolution of this high-stakes trade dispute is not immediately clear.

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Kaspersky Lab Sees Spike In Mobile Banking Cyberattacks

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab, a cybersecurity and antivirus company, announced Thursday that during the first quarter of 2019, they discovered a significant increase in malware that was designed to steal credentials and money from users’ bank accounts.

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ENFORCEMENT

Rights Group Wants ICE Sanctioned For ‘Atrocious’ Conduct

A civil rights nonprofit has urged a Colorado federal judge to sanction the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for displaying “atrocious litigation conduct” by making it complete a “word search” to find documents about conditions at two immigrant detention centers.

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LITIGATION

Pizza Hut Wants Out Of TCPA Class Action

Pizza Hut asked a Florida federal judge for a quick win in a class action brought by cellphone users who say Pizza Hut and several franchise owners breached the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by texting them unsolicited advertisements after their friends passed on their numbers during a promotion.

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Data Co. Worker Fired For Workload Complaint Gets Job Back

The National Labor Relations Board has ordered an Ohio data security company to rehire an engineer it fired after he said it should have used an executive’s pay to bring on more workers, saying the company's explanation for canning him rings false.

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PEOPLE

Venable Lands Tech-Focused M&A Partner In DC Office

A former Crowell & Moring attorney with experience handling technology-centric mergers and acquisitions in regulated industries has joined Venable's corporate practice as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

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Brokers Are Putting Investors' Info At Risk, SEC Says

Investment advisers and brokers are putting their customers’ information in danger of a breach, staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission warned in a risk alert issued Thursday.

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Class Attys Get $200K For Winning $50K Fla. FDCPA Suit

A Florida federal judge has split the difference in awarding about $200,000 in attorney fees and costs to a class of consumers who won a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case, coming up with a figure that was more than a magistrate's recommendation but less than the lawyers' $276,000 request.

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Fed. Circ. Revives Uniloc Patents Axed Under Alice At EDTX

The Federal Circuit on Friday revived infringement claims involving two of Uniloc 2017's four patents asserted against multiple companies, faulting an Eastern District of Texas judge for being too aggressive in invalidating patents as abstract ideas under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision.

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AMD Gets Investor Suit Over Chip Flaw Axed

A California federal judge has tossed a stock-drop suit filed against Advanced Micro Devices Inc. after a revelation that its chips were more vulnerable to a security flaw, finding the investors hadn't shown that risk disclosures were false or misleading.

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Virus Sends Philly Attys Back To Pre-Digital Dark Ages

A virus that has knocked computer systems offline in Pennsylvania’s busiest court system over the past week is sowing confusion in judicial proceedings and forcing attorneys in the City of Brotherly Love to hearken back to the days before e-filing.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

5 Tips To Help Your Summer Associates Succeed

There are a number of ways that attorneys can ensure their summer associates successfully manage critical writing assignments and new types of professional interactions, says Julie Schrager of Schiff Hardin.

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TCPA Presents Ongoing Compliance Challenges For Insurers

As major insurance companies are continually drawn into costly Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions, there are several common TCPA issues that should be on every insurance company’s radar, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.

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Real-Life Lessons For Lawyers From 'Game Of Thrones'

What lessons can the various hands, maesters, council members and other advisers in "Game of Thrones" impart to real-life lawyers? Quite a few, if we assume that the Model Rules of Professional Conduct were adopted by the Seven Kingdoms, says Edward Reich of Dentons.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

3 Ways Law Firms Can Fight Back Against Bullying

Whether it’s an attorney screaming at underlings, hurling insults at colleagues or cracking cruel jokes, bullying at law firms is exceedingly common, according to a newly released survey. But firms can take action to combat such behavior and create workplaces centered around respect. Here’s how.

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Women Fight To Stay Anonymous In Jones Day Sex Bias Suit

Four anonymous former Jones Day associates involved in a proposed class action accusing the firm of rampant bias against women are trying to turn the legal giant’s secrecy against it, citing the firm's success sealing a different discrimination suit as support for their bid to keep withholding their names. 

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Robinson Bradshaw Calls Atty Claims In Bias Suit 'Outlandish'

Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA fired back Thursday against a black female attorney's court filing accusing the law firm of using racial stereotypes in its efforts to escape her bias suit against it, saying the attorney "caustically embellishes the most outlandish allegations of her complaint."

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Analysis

Meet The Attorneys Facing Off In The Oklahoma Opioid Trial

A landmark trial over the pharmaceutical industry's responsibility for the opioid crisis is about to get underway in Oklahoma, and it will give some of the Sooner State's sharpest legal minds a chance to showcase their skills by either opposing or working with BigLaw partners in front of a national audience.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

In-house counsel in the U.S. saw an average salary bump of 4.4% in 2018 compared to 2017, ransomware attacks targeting bigger companies have surged this year, and a task force said legal employers should credit attorneys for their diversity efforts. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: The Freewheelin' John Roberts

Have you ever wondered what Chief Justice John Roberts thinks about amicus briefs? What about his penchant for including Bob Dylan lyrics in his opinions? This week the Pro Say team went to Washington, D.C., for the Burton Awards, which recognize excellence in the law, and we share with you highlights of Justice Roberts' remarks, as well as interviews with Burton honorees Second Circuit Chief Judge Robert Katzmann, Oracle general counsel Dorian Daley and 3M general counsel Ivan Fong.

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Target In Ex-BigLaw Atty's Defamation Suit Wants Case Moved

The former Equinox employee accused of smearing an ex-Hughes Hubbard partner has argued that the defamation suit filed against him in New York state court in Manhattan belongs in Brooklyn, where there are multiple cases related to purported misconduct at the gym already pending.

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