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Denying Coverage Based on Advertising Injury, Court Finds Corporations are Not Persons

A New York appellate court recently found that a corporation is not the kind of "person" that can suffer a violation of privacy rights for purposes of advertising injury coverage. In Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. v. Twin City...more

Hedge Fund Hack Results in Trade Secret Loss, and Raises SEC Reporting Issues

Data breaches may be nothing new, but they are certainly evolving into bigger and more notorious infractions. While the data breaches of yesterday may have involved accidental disclosure or disgruntled former employees, the...more

Court Orders Google to Remove Site from Worldwide Search Results

In a recent decision by the British Columbia courts (Equustek Solutions Inc. v Jack , 2014 BCSC 1063), Google has been ordered to de-index a website selling goods that were the subject of intellectual property (IP)...more

Protecting Trade Secrets in the Digital Age Requires Extra Vigilance

Technology allows businesses around the world to easily communicate and access data, increasing both business opportunities and worker productivity. However, this same technology also makes corporate data more vulnerable to...more

Data Security in a Technological World

The Uniform Trade Secrets Act, adopted by 47 states including Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, generally defines protectable trade secrets as information that derives independent economic value from not being...more

Legal Considerations for E-Commerce Businesses

Nearly all companies now use online or mobile websites and/or social media network pages to promote their businesses, sell goods or services, conduct business transactions, and connect and communicate with customers, clients,...more

"Cybersecurity: Amid Increasing Attacks and Government Controversy, a Framework to Reduce Risk Emerges"

2013 likely will be considered a watershed period in the role of cybersecurity in corporate strategy and management. While there were few significant legislative developments, a marked increase in cybersecurity attacks...more

Keeping Up with Technology and the Law: What Your Nonprofit Should Know about Apps, the Cloud, Information Security, and...

In this presentation: - Apps - The Cloud - Information Security - Electronic Contracting - Excerpt from: Apps: But, What Exactly Is an App? - A software application designed to run on...more

Can I Use The Social Media Picture For My Story? – Part Two

Last time, we looked at whether the media can use images from social media sites applying fair use to several typical situations. Today, we look at the specific terms of service of various popular sites to see if some make...more

Privacy Causes of Action

An outline of privacy law that cites to potential causes of action, whether common law or statutory, with a focus on New York law....more

Business Law Newsletter - September 2013

In This Issue: - Proactive Steps to Protect Trade Secrets - Finding a Safe Path to Following the FCC’s Newest Consumer Privacy Directives - A Tactical Approach to Defending Virginia Non-Competes - Excerpt...more

Employment Newsletter - August 2013: Strong Policies and Vigilance Are Key to Protecting the Confidential Information of...

Unless companies are involved in technology or related products, most do not consider how they are going to protect their confidential information until there is a problem. Problems can arise in very common scenarios, for...more

Non-Disclosure Agreements: A Cautionary Tale

Agreements which contain non-disclosure obligations (also known as a confidentiality agreements, CAs, NDAs or confidential disclosure agreements) are common in many industries - from licensing deals to franchise agreements,...more

Help Clients Insure Against Cyberattacks

The constant threat of cyberattacks presents many and varying challenges for businesses. Insurance provides one way to deal with them....more

Texas Public Information Act: Shielding Your Company from the Open Records Sword

The Texas Public Information Act (the "Act" or "PIA") permits public access to government records and encourages open government through transparency. However, astute and enterprising companies and consultants have realized...more

Labor Letter, July 2013: Social Media And Trade Secrets

Most employers are well aware of the various implications that the social media explosion has on the workplace. The various issues created by Facebook, LinkedIn, and other similar platforms lead to constant requests for...more

Securing Your Company's Confidential Data and Intellectual Property

Many of my clients are concerned with confidential information and trade secrets in their businesses. Even if it happens to be a very small, family-run business, doing everything you can to make sure you have established and...more

Mobile App Series: Privacy by Design [Video]

Fenwick & West's Tyler Newby discusses the Federal Trade Commission's concept of Privacy by Design....more

Information Security Implications for Business Agreements

On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order (“Order”) that outlined a voluntary cybersecurity framework (“Framework”) designed to help protect the nation’s critical infrastructure, which is generally...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

SEC Changes Position on Use of Social Media for Company Announcements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently made headlines when it issued a press release announcing that it was OK to use social media to disseminate company news. Under the SEC’s new social media position,...more

BLG Monthly Update March 2013

Fake judgments, fashion law, lots on contracts and privilege in the BLG Monthly Update for March 2013!...more

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - March 2013: Is your trade secret safe with me? Trade secrets and the federal Freedom of Information Act

Most states have adopted some version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which is designed to prevent the disclosure of trade secrets. FOIA, or the Freedom of Information Act, allows individuals to access records collected by...more

The Storm Has Arrived: Cybersecurity, Risks And Response

Every day the headlines report another Fortune 500 company suffering a hacking incident. For companies, the hack itself creates substantial risks of economic devastation caused by the theft of valuable trade secrets. Add to...more

Supreme Court Hears Argument on States’ Ability to Exclude Public Records Access for Non-Citizens

On February 20, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in McBurney v. Young, No. 12-17, a case with potentially major implications for businesses that use state freedom of information acts (FOIAs) to obtain...more

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