Julian Assange risked the lives of innocent people by publishing classified material online, a lawyer for the U.S. government told a London court Monday during the first day of the hearing over whether the WikiLeaks founder can be extradited from the U.K.
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Assange Put 'Lives At Risk' By Leaking Docs, US Tells Court

Julian Assange risked the lives of innocent people by publishing classified material online, a lawyer for the U.S. government told a London court Monday during the first day of the hearing over whether the WikiLeaks founder can be extradited from the U.K.

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MGM Glossed Over Breach Of 10.6M Guests' Data, Suit Says

MGM Resorts International failed to implement industry-standard data security measures that could have prevented a data breach last summer that compromised 10.6 million guests' personal information and that the hotel and casino giant tried to downplay, according to a putative class action filed Friday in Nevada federal court. 

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Justices Ask US SG To Weigh In On Calif. Donor Privacy Row

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the solicitor general to weigh in on two petitions by conservative advocacy groups challenging a California law requiring charitable organizations to disclose tax information about their largest donors.

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Canada's Privacy Watchdogs To Probe Facial Recognition Co.

Canadian privacy regulators have launched an investigation into facial recognition company Clearview AI, seeking to examine whether the controversial startup has breached local privacy law by building a photo database the company claims can help law enforcement solve crimes.

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Reed Smith Wants LabMD's $150M Suit Over FTC Probe Axed

Reed Smith LLP on Monday urged a Virginia federal court to toss allegations by LabMD Inc. that the firm should be partially liable for assisting a scheme that led to a Federal Trade Commission investigation of the company and its eventual shuttering.

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G20 Wants Countries To Implement Strict Crypto Rules

The G20 on Monday urged more countries to adopt regulations that would compel cryptocurrency exchanges to collect customer information as a means of combating money laundering and terrorist financing, plus other potential macroeconomic problems.

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Ex-Chainalysis Counsel To Oversee FinCEN Digital Innovation

A former Financial Crimes Enforcement Network executive is returning to oversee the agency's engagement with emerging technology and financial innovation as its deputy director and first digital innovation officer, the bureau said.

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Roger Stone Judge Won't Step Aside For Sentencing Remarks

The D.C. federal judge who oversaw Roger Stone’s criminal trial and sentenced him to more than three years in prison last week has shot down the longtime Trump political ally’s attempt to have her disqualified from ruling on his pending request for a new trial on alleged juror misconduct.

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Dish Says 4th Circ. Appeal Halts $61M TCPA Payout

Dish Network has told a North Carolina federal judge that the $61 million judgment the company was hit with after being found responsible for illegal telemarketing calls made on its behalf by a marketing company cannot be disbursed because Dish has appealed the disbursement to the Fourth Circuit.

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Ill. Casino Says Patrons Lobbing 'Bald' Biometric Claims

A group of patrons claiming an Illinois casino unlawfully uses facial recognition software to verify its patrons’ identities have lobbed accusations that are too vague to advance their suit, the casino told a federal judge.

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Chicago Marketer Seeks $467K Deal In Workers' Biometric Suit

An Illinois state court judge said Monday she will decide next week whether to grant early approval to a $467,500 biometric privacy settlement between a Chicago-based marketing company and employees who claim they were unlawfully required to scan their fingerprints for work.

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15 Minutes With Pitney Bowes' Chief Legal Officer

Pitney Bowes was hit with a cyberattack last year, but the company was able to come out on the other side mostly unscathed, largely because its leaders were prepared and transparent, Chief Legal Officer Daniel Goldstein said. Here, he explains the importance of being prepared for a crisis and the challenges the company faces in 2020.

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Proposed Privacy Laws Put Genetic Testing Cos. In Hot Seat

Proposed legislation in California, Tennessee and Washington seeks to regulate the privacy practices of direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies, highlighting the importance of analyzing a variety of internal documents and policies to comply with these laws, say attorneys at Moses & Singer.

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Updating The EU Product Liability Directive For The Digital Era

As the European Union considers adapting its product liability law for the era of artificial intelligence and self-driving cars, a shift toward making manufacturers prove that their products are compliant could lead to more litigation and a fear of innovation, rather than more product offerings and real protection for consumers, says Sylvie Gallage-Alwis of Signature Litigation.

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Courts May Clash With Litigants Over Document Review Tech

As courts increasingly accept technology-assisted document review, some are bordering on forcing parties to employ TAR, in which case attorneys may need to step in if their clients prefer other processes, say Donna Fisher and Matthew Hamilton at Pepper Hamilton.

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Kirkland's Paul Clement Joins Exclusive Club At High Court

Chief Justice John Roberts commended veteran Supreme Court lawyer Paul Clement for reaching his 100th oral argument Monday in a case over a permit for a $7 billion pipeline, thanking the Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner for years of representing clients “in an exemplary manner.”

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Justices Ceded Too Much Power To Agencies, Thomas Says

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Monday he favored overturning court precedent that grants government agencies deference in interpreting their own regulations as he dissented from the court's decision denying a movie producer couple's appeal in a tax case.

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Law Students Fear Federal Courts Unsafe For Female Attys

Student groups at three elite law schools urged federal court leaders Monday to redouble efforts to combat sexual misconduct by judges and to publicize more data reflecting workplace conduct issues.

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Ex-DLA Piper, Rolls-Royce Attys Form Compliance Boutique

DLA Piper's former Miami litigation chair Angela Crawford and ex-Rolls-Royce in-house counsel Lila Acharya have joined forces to form a new boutique firm aimed at handling corporate compliance matters.

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Law360's Guide To The Presidential Candidates' Legal Bills

As the presidential campaign heats up and the candidates barnstorm the country courting votes, an army of lawyers is working behind the scenes to handle their legal needs. Here are the law firms each candidate is calling on for trusted legal counsel, and how much those firms are getting paid for their efforts.

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Arizona's Senators Seek 5 New US District Judgeships

Arizona's bipartisan pair of U.S. senators on Monday touted their bill to add five permanent federal district judgeships in their state, an effort to relieve crisis-level caseloads that have swollen since 2002, when Congress last approved a permanent judgeship anywhere in the country. 

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Recruiter Says Freshfields Can't Toss Suit Over Ex-Cleary Hire

A recruiting firm said Monday that its suit accusing Freshfields of refusing to pay millions in fees for help luring a partner from Cleary shouldn't be dismissed because New York law, rather than Massachusetts law, should determine if there was an enforceable contract between the parties.

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UK Agency Won't Fight Ex-Freshfields' Atty Keeping License

The office that prosecutes misconduct cases against attorneys in the United Kingdom said Monday it would not fight a tribunal decision allowing a former Freshfields partner who engaged in a sexual tryst with a heavily intoxicated junior lawyer to keep practicing.

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Firing Back Over A Bad Review? NC Attys Told To Keep Cool

Attorneys in North Carolina have until the end of March to weigh in on a proposed opinion from the state bar's ethics committee that lawyers may publicly respond to a former client's negative online review but can't reveal that party's confidential information.

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Ill. County, Female Defenders Reach $14M Harassment Deal

Hundreds of female public defenders and law clerks in Chicago have reached a $14 million settlement with Cook County and its sheriff's office in a class action lawsuit alleging the county did not protect them from sexual harassment by detained clients and other men in the county lockup.

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