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Worried About Fake News? You Should Really Worry About Fake Drugs

While the concept of “fake news” continues to trigger Twitter followers and grab headlines, the trade in counterfeit drugs is a worldwide problem of significant scale. This article discusses the problem and talks about some...more

Pennsylvania District Court Agrees That Google Must Give Up Foreign Server Data

by Bracewell LLP on

On August 17, 2017, a Pennsylvania district court upheld a magistrate judge’s order that Google comply with warrants issued pursuant to the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) and produce to the FBI data that was stored, in...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Turn Attention to Cybersecurity

by Mintz Levin on

In the wake of growing concerns about data privacy and cyber threats, Massachusetts lawmakers are increasingly focused on evaluating and improving the state’s cybersecurity policies and information technology infrastructure....more

European Court to France: DNA Database Violates Fundamental Rights

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Court of Human Rights decided on June 22, 2017 that France’s DNA database for convicted criminals disproportionately interferes with individuals’ privacy rights because of its one-size-fits-all retention period...more

“Not so fast, my friend*” — Judge Orders DreamHost Comply with DOJ’s Disruptj20 Search Warrant, with Caveats

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Can the government force the hosting service of an activist website company to turn over vast amounts of user data in order to track down political protesters? According to a federal court ruling, the answer — Yes, but...more

Phishing in Flood Waters: Avoiding Hurricane Harvey Cyber Risks

by Jackson Walker on

Unfortunately, it is common for cyber criminals to capitalize on natural disasters. The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) warns users to exercise caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or...more

IRS Issues Urgent Warning to Beware IRS FBI Themed Ransomware Scam

The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to avoid a new phishing scheme that impersonates the IRS and the FBI as part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage....more

Criminal Overreach

by Reed Smith on

Come visit us in our office whilst we are poring over a brief and, with minimal provocation, we will put aside the task at hand and start gabbing about our days as a prosecutor. Come sit next to us while we are pouring a...more

THE LATEST: Another E-Commerce Retailer Pleads Guilty in DOJ Investigation of Online Promotional Products Industry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On August 14, 2017, we reported on an online retailer’s guilty plea for conspiring to fix the prices of “customized promotional products” such as silicone wristbands and lanyards, and the ongoing US Department of Justice...more

Day 17 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Financial Health Monitoring

by Thomas Fox on

Continuous improvement can take many ways, shapes and forms. Typically, when it comes to third-party risks, a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance professional will consider the ownership structure to see if there is...more

Blockchain Week in Review – August 2017 #6

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

China’s Cyberspace Administration announces first state level investigations under Cybersecurity Law

by Dechert LLP on

China’s Cyberspace Administration announced that it has commenced investigations into Tencent Wechat, Sina Weibo and Baidu Tieba for violation of China’s Cybersecurity Law late last week (11 August 2017). More particularly,...more

IRS and States Crack Down on POS Systems: Zapper Software

by Bowditch & Dewey on

A good point of sale (“POS”) system is critical for any business engaged in sales to the public and having one in place goes a long way to ensuring that revenue and profits are being reported properly to federal, state and...more

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

FDA Announces Import Staffing Change at International Mail Facilities

Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that he was reallocating three dozen employees to international mail facilities (IMF), as well as...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Not to Take Certiorari in United States v. DeCoster is a Reminder to the Food and Drug Industries to...

by Liskow & Lewis on

Earlier this year there was hope in the food and drug industries that the Supreme Court would revisit and possibly revise the Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine, also known as the Park Doctrine, by granting certiorari to...more

Contraband Drone Crashes Near Prison in Washington State

Recently, a drone carrying 16 individual bags of marijuana, cell phones and chargers, two bags of tobacco, and 31 oxycodone pills crashed into the ground near the Washington State Prison yard....more

FinCEN Action Demonstrates the Agency’s Ability to Use Anti-Money Laundering Laws Against Non-U.S. Entities

On Wednesday, July 27, 2017, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced a $110 million fine levied against BTC-e, a digital currency exchange, for BTC-e’s alleged refusal to abide by...more

Bridging the Week - July 2017 #3

LedgerX Approved by CFTC as First Derivatives Clearing Organization for Fully Collateralized Swap Contracts Potentially Settling in Bitcoin: On July 24, LedgerX was approved by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as a...more

U.S. Department of Justice Indicts Russian National and Bitcoin Exchange

by Goodwin on

On July 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a grand jury in the Northern District of California had indicted Alexander Vinnik, a Russian national, and BTC-e, the bitcoin exchange that Vinnik allegedly...more

2017 Mid-Year Global Cartel Enforcement Report

by Morgan Lewis on

Fines significantly down, several enforcement firsts and a strong pipeline of new, mainly domestic cartel cases around the world....more

Another Rematch Between Tech Companies and the Government over the Territorial Reach of the Stored Communications Act

Lawyers for the tech community are gearing up for argument next month in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, seeking to overturn another magistrate’s order that requires digital information stored outside of the U.S. to...more

Court Holds Crime Policy Covers Business Compromise Email Loss

The “business compromise email” is what the FBI calls the “$5 billion scam,” but apparently an insurance company did not agree with an insured company that they had been the victim of a crime....more

Nationwide Healthcare Prosecutions Targeting an Array of Practices . . . Is "Just The Beginning"

by Bracewell LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the Department of Justice ("DOJ"), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), continued its annual tradition of coordinating the filing of charges and sweeping arrests in...more

The Fourth Amendment Implications of Sharing Server Space

The prosecution of Martin Shkreli, whom the BBC has called “the most hated man in America,” reveals some important lessons about the Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizure in the digital corporate context:...more

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