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First Foreign Hacker Is Convicted In The United States Of Hacking Crimes Involving Theft Of Trade Secrets From American Companies

A 22-year-old Canadian hacker has been sentenced to federal prison by a Delaware court for engaging in a conspiracy to break into the computer networks of several large gaming companies, to steal trade secret and other...more

E-Retailers Beware: DOJ Files First Criminal Prosecution for Online Price Fixing

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced its first criminal antitrust prosecution in e-commerce. David Topkins was charged on April 6, 2015, with price fixing in violation of Section 1 of...more

China Update: Privacy Law and Network Security Developments

The past 16 months have been eventful in China in connection with privacy law and network security developments. Key privacy law developments included: .. the coming into effect of new privacy provisions of the...more

Between Bridges - April 2015

Navinder Singh Sarao, a London-based trader, was arrested at his home in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2015, and accused by both the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the US Department of Justice of engaging in...more

Department of Justice Antitrust Division Charges Former E-Commerce Executive with Price-Fixing in First Ever Online Marketplace...

On April 6, 2015, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of wall décor, had pled guilty to a one-count felony charge for conspiring to fix the...more

Status Updates - April 2015

Dueling for ad dollars. U.S. companies will spend $52.8 billion on digital advertising this year, 2.5% more than they spent on it in 2014. And, while television advertising is still king—corporate marketers will invest almost...more

Sweden: Proposed amendments to the Swedish Lotteries Act

An inquiry commissioned by the Swedish government has proposed amendments to remove the differences between the prohibition and sanctions against the promotion of unlicensed foreign lotteries and unlicensed national...more

Powers of Regulators Brought Into the Spotlight by High Court Decision - Australian Communications and Media Authority v Today FM...

Recently the High Court of Australia handed down its unanimous decision in Australian Communications and Media Authority v Today FM (Sydney) Pty Ltd [2015] HCA 7 (HCA Decision) which relates to the powers of the Australian...more

Your Mom and the Courts Agree: Naked Online Pix are Not OK

Since the 1990s and the rise of the Internet and social media, each one of us has become increasingly aware of the risks and dangers of unwanted posts and how fast a “discreet” image can go viral....more

The Pirate Bay blocked in Portugal

A recent Intellectual Property Court decision in Portugal determined that the main telecommunications operators have until the end of March to block the access of its users to The Pirate Bay domains, either through its main...more

Legal Reflections for the Venture Community on the “Serial” Podcast

No doubt many venture capitalists were, like millions of others, captivated by the recent podcast “Serial,” produced and narrated by This American Life reporter Sarah Koenig. The podcast had all the charm of an old-fashioned...more

Australia: ACMA’s Broad Powers to Hold Media Accountable Confirmed by High Court

The High Court last week confirmed that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has the power to make administrative findings that a person has committed a criminal offence, for the purpose of determining...more

Business Law Newsletter - March 2015

In This Issue: - Small Businesses: Responding to and Resolving Scathing (or False) Online Reviews - DWI in Your Driveway - Excerpt from DWI in Your Driveway: Drivers in the Commonwealth be...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Online Threats Are Illegal

As the internet continues to swiftly transform the way we do business, shop and socialize, it also offers a new platform for those with more criminal or malicious intentions. While some of these activities are clearly...more

Belgium: eStrategy games attracting Belgium’s Gaming’s Commission attention

Belgian media recently reported the story of a minor having lost large sums of money by playing a strategy game on his iPad. It concerned a strategy game with the aim of building a medieval city and an army, for which...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House of Representatives adopted several ethics reform measures (public meeting notice, Freedom of Information Act/public records, and public official reporting requirements) this week. In addition, the House Ways and...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds the U.S. DOJ’s Expansive Approach to Anti-Corruption Enforcement

On February 9, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed Jean Rene Duperval’s convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering, approving the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) expansive approach to...more

California May Limit Law Enforcement’s Warrantless Data Collection

Eager to retain its spot among the principal laboratories for domestic privacy legislation, California’s legislature is set to debate Senate Bill 178, legislation restricting state law enforcement agencies from requesting...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Conviction of Haitian Telecommunications Executive for Role in a Bribery Scheme

In a case against the recipient of bribes paid in a scheme by executives of US companies to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the conviction...more

FTC obtains $9.5 million judgment against fraudulent sweepstakes operators

On February 11, 2015 the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had accepted a $9.5 million settlement in a case brought against a sweepstakes operator for violating a previous FTC order. The settlement also permanently...more

Kight vs. CashCall – raising the bar for certification in call recording class actions

The California Invasion of Privacy Act, Penal Code sections 630 et seq. (CIPA) is only a credible threat if plaintiffs can achieve class certification. Otherwise, the case is nearly valueless, and will fall to the curb in no...more

A Winnable Fight Against Crimes In Cyberspace

California boldly made an example out of a felonious website owner who operated a website dedicated to shaming, embarrassing and harassing complete strangers. Following the first ever prosecution of the operator of a “revenge...more

Not So Silky Road

The founder of Silk Road, the black market website where illegal goods were bought with bitcoin, was found guilty on all 7 counts, including money laundering, drug trafficking and computer hacking. While this is an...more

2014 Year in Review: OPDP Warning and Untitled Letters

In 2014, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s (CDER) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) issued a total of 10 enforcement letters to pharmaceutical manufacturers. Of the 10 letters, nine were Untitled...more

They Know Computers But Not How to Help Your Case

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq. When corporate goes criminal, i.e., an investigation involving a corporation leads to a criminal case headed to trial, you often need computer forensic experts to testify about...more

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