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Into the Breach: Tips for Effectively Partnering With Outside Counsel in the Data Breach Planning Process

Target recently announced that the total cost of its data breach response efforts since late 2013 now exceeds $252 million (approximately $90 million of that has been offset by insurance proceeds). Such news, particularly...more

Cybersecurity Breach: Are Board Members at Risk?

It seems a month does not pass in which some sort of breach of confidential data of a business is not announced to the public. With the increase in cybersecurity breaches, so increases board members’ exposure to litigation...more

Reps. Burgess, Blackburn and Welch Release Data Breach Bill

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX), along with Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT), released draft text of...more

Customer Collaboration and Predictive Analytics Can Lead to Successful Product Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing companies increasingly implement “Intellectual Property Plus,” an expanded view of IP assets and risks. Through this lens, companies incorporate customer expectations and preferences in new product...more

Calling All Boards of Directors: Four Recommendations from the SEC

SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar recently spoke at the New York Stock Exchange Conference “Cyber Risks and the Boardroom.” In his speech, Commissioner Aguilar emphasized the importance of cybersecurity and how fast the need for...more

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 3: Top Questions Directors Should be Asking about D&O Coverage

Our series “Cyber Risks – Director Liability and Potential Gaps in D&O Coverage” continues – Part 3 of 5: Top Questions Directors Should Be Asking About D&O Coverage Directors never want to be in the unenviable...more

Address Boardroom Confidentiality

Bill Ackman’s public disclosure earlier this year of confidential JC Penney board deliberations not only outraged his fellow directors but also stunned the corporate community. His actions, however, were not without...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2014

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2014 - U.S. public companies face a host of challenges as they enter 2014. Here is our list of hot topics for the boardroom in the coming year: 1. Oversee strategic planning amid...more

Corporate governance also means protecting your technology and information

Not a day passes without news of a data breach or cyber-attack on a company’s operations or a nation’s critical information infrastructure. Indeed, data security and operational risk are the top two concerns of public company...more

Flaming Worms, Stuxnets et autres Cyber Menaces – La Réponse de l’Union Européenne

Les médias n’ont de cesse de se faire l’écho d’attaques de botnet à l’assaut de Spamhaus, de flaming worms voleurs d’informations stratégiques au Moyen-Orient ou des dommages causés par Stuxnet, l’arme fatale capable de...more

Big Regulation’s Big Data

In March 2012, the Obama Administration announced its Big Data Research and Development Initiative. The program involves a total of over $200 million in new commitments from several departments and agencies to improve the...more

Cloud Storage Providers Storing Protected Health Information May Be Obligated to Comply with HIPAA Regulations

A recently issued government rule may unknowingly create significant liability and legal risk for many technology enterprises. The expanded definition of "business associates" and related interpretations by the Department of...more

BLG Monthly Update for April 2013

Bird deaths, contracts cases, Lindsay Lohan, IP and more in the BLG Monthly Update for April 2013...more

Missouri Uniform Trade Secrets Act Does Not Protect Customer Information Insufficiently Guarded or Which is not Truly "Trade...

In this case, a corporate successor, Central Trust Investment Company (hereafter also "Central Trust") sued the former employee (Kennedy) of its acquired company, Springfield Trust & Investment Company (hereafter also "STC"),...more

R (on the application of Prudential plc and another) v Special Commissioner of Income Tax

Privilege – Lawyers Only

The Supreme Court has given judgment in a long awaited case on whether or not legal advice given by accountants is privileged. The case is R (on the application of Prudential plc and another) (Appellants) v Special...more

What Standard must be Met for and Emailed Contract to be Considered Valid

A new ruling that could affect how Phoenix law offices advise their clients on contract law is currently in the news. In September, an Arizona appellate court advised that a trial court needed to determine what constitutes...more

IP Law Issues Impacting New York and New Jersey Businesses in 2013

For New York and New Jersey businesses, 2013 is slated to be a big year for intellectual property law. In addition to the further implementation of the America Invents Act, several important copyright, trademark, and patent...more

Data Privacy And Security Risks

If there is one issue which causes sleepless nights for business executives, it has to be data privacy and security. While the laws are still being updated and drafted for new technologies and new threats, businesses need to...more

Beyond The Privacy Policy: New Guidance

On September 5, 2012, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (“IPC”) released a new guidance paper, entitled “A Policy is Not Enough: It Must be Reflected in Concrete Practices”. This guidance paper will be...more

Trust in On-Line Advertising

It’s no surprise that people trust online reviews from consumers more than traditional advertisements. After all, advertisements are created by the company selling a product of service, whereas third party reviews are by...more

California Employment Bill Recap

California legislators have been active passing several employment law bills that impact local businesses in recent months. Here’s a recap of some with brief summaries. Legal counsel should be sought for a complete...more

Mobile App Privacy Developments In California

The Attorney General of California has begun sending non-compliance letters to mobile app developers who are not complying with the State’s privacy laws because their apps do not have a privacy policy. The apps targeted are...more

Privacy Enforcement By California Attorney General’s Office

California takes citizen privacy rights seriously. That’s the unmistakable message communicated by a recent announcement that the Office of the Attorney General of California is creating a Privacy Enforcement and...more

Reducing Cyber Risk

The European perspective on managing cyber risk is valuable for US companies operating internationally and also as risk management guidance when operating in the US. Recently, an arm of the UK Government Communication...more

Corporate Social Media Policies Should Comply With Recent NLRB Decision

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a decision with significant impact upon employer policies that apply to employee use of social media. [Costco Wholesale Corporation, 358 NLRB No. 106 (Sept. 7,...more

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