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Why Banning Criminals From The Web Doesn’t Work

by Ifrah PLLC on

A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Packingham v. North Carolina, 137 S. Ct. 1730 (U.S. 2017) invalidating a state law outlawing registered sex offenders from accessing websites which could...more

Competition Law Review 2017

TOP STORIES - Mediation works - Parkland Fuel Corp. reached a mediated consent agreement (the first of its kind) with the Competition Bureau to remedy concerns raised by its acquisition of Pioneer Energy. Parkland...more

Hacker Sentenced To Nearly Five Years In Prison For Phishing Scheme

by King & Spalding on

On Monday, June 5, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that a Cameroonian citizen, Eric Donys Simeu, had been sentenced to four years and ten months in prison for phishing campaigns targeting...more

Privacy Perils: Don't "Play" Around with Some Google Apps

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A group of researchers at the University of Michigan has discovered that hundreds of applications in Google Play, whose function is to turn Android phones into a server that allows the user to connect their phone directly to...more

Supreme Court Fells North Carolina Statute on First Amendment Grounds, Recognizes Cyberspace and Social Media As the Most...

by Jackson Walker on

Yesterday’s unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Packingham v. North Carolina is one of the first decisions in which the Court has addressed broadly the relationship between the First Amendment and social media,...more

Murder Arrest Warrant Weaves Web of Data Evidence in – Fitbit, Facebook, Alarm Systems and More

The warrant that led to the arrest of a husband for the alleged murder of his wife weaves a web of electronic evidence. Based in large part on Fitbit fitness tracker data, Connecticut authorities have charged Richard Debate...more

A Long Journey Through “Silk Road” Appeal: Second Circuit Affirms Conviction and Life Sentence of Silk Road Mastermind

On May 31, 2017, the Second Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in the “Silk Road” case, United States v. Ulbricht, (15-1815-cr) (2nd Cir. May 31, 2017) (Newman, Lynch, Droney)....more

In Lengthy Opinion, Second Circuit Affirms “Silk Road” Conviction and Life Sentence

On May 31, 2017, the Second Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in the “Silk Road” case, United States v. Ulbricht, (15-1815-cr) (2nd Cir. May 31, 2017) (Newman, Lynch, Droney). The panel affirmed Ulbricht’s conviction...more

Ransomware Attacks: Why They're Growing, Who They Target, and What You Can Do

by JD Supra Perspectives on

In the world of cyber-espionage, ransomware is playing a huge and growing role....more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 5

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Final 2017-18 New York State Budget Bill Enacted - The New York State Budget Bill was enacted by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. S. 2009-C, A. 3009-C. Among the Governor’s...more

Facebook Warrant Case: Stark Debate and a Divided Court

We previously posted about a case before the New York Court of Appeals that concerned whether Facebook has the legal standing to challenge search warrants seeking its users’ data. In April, the court sided with the Manhattan...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Two former senior executives of Magyar Telecom, controlled by Deutsche Telekom AG, resolved long running FCPA charges with the Commission. The charges stem from the 2011 settlements of the company with the SEC and DOJ tied to...more

Permissible Disclosures Under the Stored Communications Act

by Revision Legal on

The Stored Communications Act, which is codified at 18 USC 121, sections 2701-2712, is federal law that governs the conduct of electronic communication service providers and the voluntary and compelled disclosure of the...more

Defending Against Social Engineering Attacks

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The term “social engineering” used to conjure up images of social scientists with Ph.D’s brainstorming ways to improve race relations or provide lower income groups with greater access to education and employment...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a holiday shortened week the Commission began preparation for argument before the Supreme Court in an action which could have a significant impact on its enforcement program. The question for resolution is whether the...more

Trademark Owners Beware of Chinese Domain Name Marketing Ploy

by Jaburg Wilk on

Some e-mail marketing ploys are pretty clever and some spam or phishing attempts brilliantly disguised as valid e-mail. While there are many great reasons to register your trademark with the United States Patent & Trademark...more

Third Circuit Holds Criminal Defendant in Contempt for Refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives

In a precedential ruling, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld a lower court’s ruling holding a criminal defendant in contempt for refusing to decrypt two external hard drives that were seized during a child...more

Lessons from the Historic ZTE Enforcement Action

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On March 7, 2017, Chinese telecommunications company, Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp. (ZTE), signed on to three separate settlement agreements with the United States, agreeing to pay $892 million for violations...more

Digital Divide Deepens: Tech Community Backs Second Circuit in Clash with Magistrates over Reach of U.S. Warrants

The technology community took aim at a recent federal magistrate’s ruling that ordered Google Inc. to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored on servers abroad, calling the decision “an impermissible...more

ZTE Is Assessed $1.19 Billion in Penalties for Criminal and Civil Violations of Export Control and Economic Sanctions Laws and...

On March 7, 2017, the U.S. government announced that China's Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and its affiliate, ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. (collectively "ZTE"), have agreed to a global settlement...more

Southern District Of New York Finds That Government Leaks Do Not Warrant Dismissal Of Insider Trading Charges Against Billy...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 1, 2017, Judge P. Kevin Castel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied professional gambler William “Billy” Walters’ motion to dismiss his indictment on charges of insider...more

US Magistrate Judge Upholds Search Warrants for Google Data Stored Overseas, “Shards” and All

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Another front recently emerged in the legal battle over whether US law enforcement authorities can use a search warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to obtain data stored overseas. Until now, the battle...more

Does Facebook Have the Right to Challenge Search Warrants Seeking Facebook Users’ Data? New York’s Highest Court Hears Argument

Facebook is the latest social media giant to push back on law enforcement efforts to seek user information. On Tuesday, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument in a case focusing on whether Facebook has the...more

Litigation Alert: Pennsylvania Court Holds Google Must Produce Emails Stored Overseas

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Last week, in In re Search Warrants Nos. 16-960-M-01and 16-1061-M to Google, a federal magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ordered Google to comply with three search warrants to turn over users’...more

First Criminal Prosecution Under Amended Arizona Telemarketing Law

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, Arizona State resident Lukeroy Rose became the first person to plead guilty to an alleged criminal violation of a recently amended Arizona telemarketing law. How can telemarketers and text message marketers...more

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