Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 04, 2024

    Maine Slams Trade Secret Claim In Lobstermen's Tracking Suit

    The Maine state government is pushing back against lobstermen who want a federal court to block a state requirement to have tracking devices on their boats, slamming arguments that the monitoring will reveal fishing patterns and locations they consider trade secrets.

  • March 04, 2024

    FCC Inks Anti-Scam Partnership With UK Counterpart

    The Federal Communications Commission said Monday it will work formally with its U.K. counterpart to combat scam robocalls and robotexts, an announcement that came days after reaching a similar agreement with Britain's data privacy enforcer.

  • March 04, 2024

    Regal Cinemas Must Face Ex-Worker's BIPA Suit

    Regal Cinemas can't ditch a lawsuit alleging the movie theater chain violated a worker's rights under Illinois' biometric privacy law by collecting fingerprint scans without informed consent, an Illinois federal judge ruled Friday, rejecting the company's argument the plaintiff needed to show it was negligent, recklessness or intentional in its data collection.

  • March 04, 2024

    Laptop Dustup Pits Steptoe & Johnson Against Bookkeepers

    A Manhattan federal judge on Monday prodded Steptoe & Johnson PLLC to try to settle claims that it unlawfully exploited the contents of a Pennsylvania accounting and tax concern's laptop, but the law firm's counsel denied it had any such device.

  • March 04, 2024

    1st Circ. Grapples With Crypto Exchange Tax Doc. Seizure

    First Circuit judges grappled Monday with an investor's claim that the IRS violated his privacy and property rights when it seized his account records from cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, trying to establish during oral arguments to what extent the exchange was different from a traditional bank.

  • March 04, 2024

    Pa. Court Won't Unveil Votes In 2020 Election Info Fight

    An electronic database showing every vote in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, is the digital equivalent of the "contents of a ballot box" and was therefore exempt from being released to members of the public seeking information on the 2020 election, a divided state appellate court ruled Monday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Pentagon Leaker Faces Lengthy Prison Term After Plea

    Jack Teixeira, the 22-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guardsman charged with one of the most significant military intelligence leaks in U.S. history, is facing more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty Monday to multiple violations of the Espionage Act.

  • March 01, 2024

    LGBTQ+ Org. Seeks To Ward Off Paxton's Documents Demand

    An LGBTQ+ advocacy group has sued Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his office over a civil investigative demand for documents in connection with a state law banning gender-affirming care for transgender youths, saying the demand violates the organization's and its members' constitutional rights.

  • March 01, 2024

    Judge Says TCPA Class Limits Affect Only State Law Claims

    A Washington federal judge denied UnitedHealthcare's move to dismiss illegal automated call claims from non-Washington members in a Washington man's class action, calling the company's invocation of a 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling a "strained theory that has been rejected by every Circuit Court that has considered it."

  • March 01, 2024

    Top Groups Lobbying The FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission heard from companies and interest groups close to 200 times in February on subjects ranging from net neutrality rules to "all-in" cable pricing, device security labels, minimum broadband speeds and more.

  • March 01, 2024

    'We Don't Know If They Prejudged Meta,' Judge Says Of FTC

    The D.C. federal judge handling Meta's case attacking the Federal Trade Commission's constitutionality and its efforts to reopen a 2020 privacy settlement balked Friday at preliminarily stopping the agency from banning the monetization of children's data.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ex-Raytheon Worker Asks Full 5th Circ. To Revive Firing Suit

    An ex-Raytheon engineer pressed the full Fifth Circuit to reconsider a panel decision blocking claims that he was fired for reporting concerns with a naval system, saying the panel wrongly expanded a national security court review bar to government contractors.

  • March 01, 2024

    Account Manager Who Stole $3M From Employer Gets 2 Years

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced an account manager from Long Island to two years in prison Friday, after she admitted embezzling $3 million from her former employer over seven years, including via the use of forged signatures.

  • March 01, 2024

    Thoma Bravo Ups Everbridge Deal Size By $300M, To $1.8B

    Cooley LLP-advised software company Everbridge said Friday that Kirkland & Ellis LLP-led Thoma Bravo has agreed to up its proposed acquisition of Everbridge to $35 per share from $28.60, boosting Everbridge's implied value on the transaction from $1.5 billion to $1.8 billion and sending its stock soaring an additional 25%. 

  • March 01, 2024

    Colo. Real Estate Brokerage Settles Data Breach Class Claims

    A proposed class settled a data breach lawsuit against a Denver-based real estate brokerage and property management company in Colorado federal court.

  • March 01, 2024

    Iranian National Faces 20 Years For Defense Hack Scheme

    An Iranian national faces up to 20 years in prison for his alleged role in a yearslong hacking scheme that targeted U.S. companies, including defense contractors, often by using fake female personas on social media, according to a freshly unsealed indictment.

  • March 01, 2024

    Legal Study Site Says Data Privacy Claims Don't Apply To It

    Sellers International has asked a California federal court to dismiss a law school student's proposed class action claiming it shares video-watching data and other personal information with a third party without consent, arguing that the suit fails to show it is a videotape service provider and that it disclosed any personal information, and his suit risks violating the company's First Amendment rights.

  • March 01, 2024

    Employment Law Firm Sues IT Co. Over Ransomware Attack

    California-based employment law firm Mastagni Holstedt has sued an IT solutions company in Sacramento County Superior Court, saying that after hiring the company to install a network system and server, the firm suffered a ransomware attack forcing it to pay a group known as Black Basta to retrieve its data.

  • February 29, 2024

    Veteran Journalist Held In Contempt For Not Divulging Source

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday found veteran journalist Catherine Herridge in civil contempt of his order to reveal her sources for a series of stories she wrote while at Fox News about a Chinese American scientist who was the subject of a federal investigation.

  • February 29, 2024

    Pentagon Leak Suspect To Change Plea In Hearing Next Week

    Federal prosecutors indicated Thursday that a former Massachusetts Air National Guardsman will change his not guilty plea to charges he posted hundreds of top-secret military intelligence documents online, asking a Massachusetts federal judge to schedule a change of plea hearing for next week.

  • February 29, 2024

    GSA's Chinese Cameras Better Off In Russia, House Rep. Quips

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives criticized the federal government's 2022 purchase of 150 Chinese cameras over national security concerns during a Thursday hearing, with one lawmaker calling to get rid of them and send them to Russia instead.

  • February 29, 2024

    US Eyes Rules To Secure Chinese-Made Connected Cars

    The U.S. Department of Commerce said Thursday that it's considering crafting regulations to address potential data privacy and security risks posed by connected vehicles that are imported from China and other foreign adversaries. 

  • February 29, 2024

    X Corp. Judge Blasts Suit Against Hate Speech Nonprofit

    A California federal judge on Thursday appeared inclined to toss X Corp.'s contract suit against a nonprofit claiming hate speech has surged on the former Twitter platform with Elon Musk's ownership, saying X's argument on damages "reduces foreseeability to one of the most vapid extensions of law."

  • February 29, 2024

    Palo Alto Seeks Ax Of $151.5M Patent Verdict For Centripetal

    Palo Alto Networks has urged a Virginia federal judge to discard a $151.5 million jury verdict against it for infringing Centripetal Networks cybersecurity patents or order a new trial, saying some patents cover only abstract ideas and that improper evidence "infected the entire trial."

  • February 29, 2024

    UnitedHealth Unit Says Blackcat Group Behind Cyberattack

    A UnitedHealth unit on Thursday announced that the "Blackcat" ransomware group is behind a cyberattack that has taken out its information technology systems and services for the past nine days.

Expert Analysis

  • The Pros And Cons Of Protecting AI As Trade Secrets

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    Despite regulatory trends toward greater transparency of artificial intelligence models, federal policy acknowledges, and perhaps endorses, trade secret protection for AI information, but there are still hurdles in keeping AI information a secret, say Jennifer Maisel and Andrew Stewart at Rothwell Figg.

  • Conn. Data Privacy Enforcement Takeaways For Cos.

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    In light of the Connecticut attorney general's recently released report on its enforcement of the Connecticut Data Privacy Act, which focuses on companies' privacy policies, protections of sensitive data and more, businesses can expect increased enforcement scrutiny — especially in areas that are the subject of consumer complaints, say Paul Pittman and Abdul Hafiz at White & Case.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • Regulatory Trends Offer 4 Lessons For Debt Relief Providers

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    A string of enforcement actions, including a New York lawsuit filed last month by seven states and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, underscore the regulatory scrutiny that debt relief and credit repair companies face and offer important lessons on telemarketing and deceptive practices compliance, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Bracing Cos. For Calif. Privacy Agency's Restored Authority

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    A recent California state appeals court decision greenlights the California Privacy Protection Agency's enforcement of certain consumer privacy regulations, which may speed up compliance requirements, so businesses considering use of artificial intelligence, for instance, may want to reassess their handling of privacy notices and opt-out requests, say Kevin Angle and Matthew Cin at Ropes & Gray.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • 2 Emerging Defenses For Website Tracking Class Actions

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    Putative class actions premised on state wiretapping statutes that bar website activity tracking continue to be on the rise, but they are increasingly being dismissed on two procedural grounds, says Sheri Pan at ZwillGen.

  • No AI FRAUD Act Is A Significant Step For Right Of Publicity

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    The No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications Act's proposed federal right of publicity protection, including post-mortem rights, represents a significant step toward harmonizing the landscape of right of publicity law, Rachel Hofstatter and Aaron Rosenthal at Honigman.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Keeping Up With Class Actions: Data Breach Litigation In Flux

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    In this monthly look at notable class action decisions, Gerald Maatman at Duane Morris examines a recent mixed-bag data breach ruling from an Illinois federal court — in the context of case law developments over the last year — which illustrates the range of issues confronting litigants going forward.

  • Considerations For Disclosing AI Use In SEC Filings

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    Recent remarks from U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler should be heard as a clarion call for public companies to disclose artificial intelligence use, with four takeaways on what companies should disclose, says Richard Hong at Morrison Cohen.

  • Using Arbitration And Class Waivers As Privacy Suit Tools

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    Amid a surge in data breach class actions over the last few years, several federal court decisions indicate that arbitration clauses and class action waiver provisions can be possible alternatives to public court battles and potentially reduce the costs of privacy litigation, say Mark Olthoff and Courtney Klaus at Polsinelli.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • SEC Regs Give Banks Chance To Step Up Cyber Safety Game

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    Just as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act forced financial institutions to undertake best practices in recordkeeping, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently effective cybersecurity regulations stand to similarly drive those same enterprises to seek out and implement best practices in cybersecurity, to everyone's benefit, says James Gerber at SimSpace.

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