Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 09, 2024

    SEC's 'Orwellian' Trade Database Is Unlawful, 11th Circ. Told

    Citadel Securities LLC and the American Securities Association have laid out their objections to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission directive that requires brokerage firms to fund the buildup of a database known as the consolidated audit trail, telling the Eleventh Circuit that the tool created an "Orwellian surveillance regime" that puts American investors at risk of being hacked.

  • February 09, 2024

    Tubi Can't Tune Out Viewing History Privacy Suit

    Streaming service Tubi must litigate a user's proposed class suit claiming the company unlawfully shares her and others' viewing history and personal information with advertisers, an Illinois federal judge has ruled, rejecting Tubi's bid to either arbitrate or dismiss the claims.

  • February 09, 2024

    Freight Co. Workers Fight To Keep Fingerprint Data Suit Alive

    Old Dominion Freight is only raising a timing argument to dodge claims it unlawfully scans and stores employees' fingerprints without their consent because "it is upset," a group of workers told an Illinois federal judge Friday.

  • February 09, 2024

    Healthcare Cybersecurity Bill Puts Focus On HHS Oversight

    Members of a U.S. Senate cybersecurity commission introduced a bill Friday that would require federal health officials to conduct regular evaluations of digital security systems and issue biennial reports to Congress.

  • February 09, 2024

    Social Media Is Now A 'Product,' But Forget New Regs In 2024

    A grassroots parental movement demanding federal regulations to hold social media accountable for harming children is unlikely to see success in Congress this election year, but families are hearing a change in how lawmakers and tech executives call these platforms "products" instead of digital publishers, which could impact how liability claims play out in court.

  • February 09, 2024

    Calif. Court Restores Privacy Agency's Power To Enforce Regs

    The California Privacy Protection Agency has won the reversal of a ruling that delayed its ability to enforce a dozen privacy regulations it has finalized under the state's landmark consumer data privacy law, paving the way for the agency to immediately begin taking action against companies under the rules. 

  • February 09, 2024

    AI Companies Say Artists' Copyright Suit Still Falls Short

    Four artificial intelligence companies behind image-generating platforms asked a California federal court to dismiss a proposed copyright class action from artists, arguing the plaintiffs' amended complaint still does not support allegations that their works were ripped off to train various AI programs.

  • February 09, 2024

    Jordan Calls For Investigation Into DOJ's Deal With IRS Leaker

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan is investigating whether federal prosecutors were politically motivated to allow the former IRS contractor who leaked former President Donald Trump's tax returns to plead guilty to a single count of illegal disclosure, calling the arrangement "a sweetheart deal."

  • February 09, 2024

    Salesman Used AI To Transcribe Calls, Steal Secrets, Cos. Say

    Two Nebraska-based technology companies say a former Connecticut salesman used the "unauthorized" artificial intelligence program Otter to record meetings, forwarded more than 200 confidential messages to his personal email address and made off with trade secrets for accounts worth $12 million after he was fired for cause on Feb. 1.

  • February 09, 2024

    SEC To Collect $81M In Fines In Latest Texting Probe Cases

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday that it has secured agreements to pay more than $81 million in fines from 16 firms over their employees' use of personal messaging apps to do business, though the agency added that one set of firms ended up paying much less for having self-reported the violations.

  • February 09, 2024

    NAR Agrees To Mediate Subscriber Data Disclosure Claim

    The National Association of Realtors and a subscriber to its official magazine agreed to mediate their dispute in Michigan federal court over the group's alleged illegal sharing of personal information.

  • February 09, 2024

    Feds Seek Over 5 Years For NYC Atty In $18.8M Ponzi Scheme

    Federal prosecutors are seeking 5¼ to 6½ years in prison for a New York City attorney who admitted to running an $18.8 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded real estate investors, in addition to separately laundering funds from an expansive insurance fraud scheme.

  • February 09, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Sullivan & Cromwell, Kirkland

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, California Resources Corp. acquires Aera Energy, ZeroFox Holdings goes private, and Acerinox purchases Haynes International.

  • February 08, 2024

    Texas Jury Clears Cloudflare, Axes Router Patent Claim

    San Francisco software company Cloudflare did not infringe a router patent owned by Sable Networks, a Texas federal jury determined Thursday, while also finding that Sable's asserted claim is invalid.

  • February 08, 2024

    Dechert Pushes To Deep-Six Hacking Cover-Up Suit

    Dechert LLP, its former white collar practice leader and others on Thursday urged a New York federal judge to find that alleged concealment of a hacking campaign to discredit a critic of a firm client isn't enough to support a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act case.

  • February 08, 2024

    Calif. AG Not To Be Counted Out In Privacy Enforcement Arena

    The California attorney general's recent moves to crack down on streaming providers' data privacy practices and push for heightened digital safeguards for children show that the agency has no intention of backing down in this arena, even as the state's unique stand-alone data protection regulator ramps up its activity.

  • February 08, 2024

    FSOC 'Very Focused' On Nonbank Mortgage Risk, Yellen Says

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told lawmakers on Thursday that federal regulators have "concern" about potential nonbank fragility in the mortgage market, and offered encouragement for legislative efforts to guard against artificial intelligence risks to the financial sector.

  • February 08, 2024

    Broker Hit With Suit Over Data Breach Affecting 1.5 Million

    A California insurance broker is facing a proposed class action filed Thursday in federal court accusing the company of failing to keep the health and personal information of more than 1.5 million customers safe from exposure in an August cyberattack.

  • February 08, 2024

    GolfNow And NBC Hit With Class Action Over Data Sharing

    GolfPass subscribers have hit GolfNow LLC and NBC Universal Media with a proposed class action claiming the companies collect and share consumers' personally identifiable information with Meta without their consent.

  • February 08, 2024

    Homeland Security's AI Use Records Faulty, Watchdog Says

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has failed to accurately note that some of its cybersecurity programs use artificial intelligence as required under a presidential executive order, according to a government watchdog assessing vulnerabilities to cyberattacks.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Must Revamp Social Media Defamation Suit

    The social media influencer facing a $150 million defamation lawsuit claiming he misrepresented an ex-Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney's nightmarish divorce can breathe a sigh of relief — for now — as a Florida federal judge tossed the suit Thursday after finding it is "far longer than it needs be," but said most of it can proceed if refiled properly.

  • February 08, 2024

    Conn. Doc Says Website Must Unmask Fake Online Reviewer

    A Connecticut plastic surgeon asked a state court Wednesday to force the operator of website HealthGrades.com to unmask the person who posted an allegedly fake review saying she was "disfigured" by a recent procedure.

  • February 08, 2024

    Alex Jones Atty Calls Infowars 'Nonsense' In $1.4B Appeal

    Arguing in front of the shooting victims' families and squarely calling his client's broadcasts "nonsense," a lawyer for Alex Jones told the Connecticut Appellate Court on Thursday that $1.44 billion was too high a price for the Infowars website host's claims that the Sandy Hook school massacre was a "hoax."

  • February 08, 2024

    EU Says It's Not Debating Sanctions For Broadcaster Carlson

    The European Union is not currently discussing any sanctions against U.S. broadcaster Tucker Carlson for what the EU considers is the spreading of Russian propaganda, although each EU country may at any time propose possible media candidates for blacklisting, the European Commission said Thursday.

  • February 08, 2024

    FCC Bans Junk Robocalls Using AI-Cloned Voices

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday banned unwanted robocalls using cloned voices developed with artificial intelligence.

Expert Analysis

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    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.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • The Basics Of Law Firm Cyber Liability Insurance Applications

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    Cyber liability insurance has become a common consideration for law firms as cyber threats have escalated, but these insurance forms can be quite complicated given the nature of the industry and associated risks, so simply filling out the form won't necessarily result in an ideal policy for your firm, says Kevin Haight at WAMS.

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    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Private Industry Is Taking The Lead On AI Governance

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    Although no mature body of law for artificial intelligence exists yet, businesses promoting responsible AI governance are responding in real time to real-world concerns about the risks of this emerging technology, instead of relying on regulators and lawmakers, whether driven by altruistic motivations, competitive concerns or regulatory tactics, says Chris Wlach at Huge.

  • Expect CFPB Flex Over Large Nonbank Payment Cos.

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    A recent enforcement action and a new rule proposal from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicate a growing focus on the nonbank payment ecosystem, especially larger participants, in 2024, say Felix Shipkevich and Jessica Livingston at Shipkevich.

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