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Content and Purpose Governs Connecticut’s New Standard for Determining Attorney/Client Privilege

On September 6, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court published its opinion regarding Michael C. Harrington v. Freedom of Information Commission, et al. (SC 19586). As discussed below, this opinion creates a new standard for...more

The Power of Autowrong in Life and Employment Litigation

Are you tired of people refusing to take accountability for their actions? Tired of excuse after excuse for potentially offensive words? Sick of folks blaming grammar lunacy on their iPhones? If you answered “yes” to all...more

New Rules for OTT Services—The EU Commission’s Draft Electronic Communications Code

In December 2015, we reported about a German court that classified Google’s Gmail as a regulated telecommunications service. This court decision added to the discussion of whether and to what extent communications services...more

Court of Appeals Holds Email Deliberations Among a “Quorum" of a Public Body Violates the Open Meetings Act

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that email deliberations among a quorum of public body members violates the Open Meetings Act. The Nov. 1, 2016, unpublished opinion was issued by a three-judge panel in the case of...more

President Donald J. Trump – What Lies Ahead for Privacy, Cybersecurity, e-Communication?

Following a brutal campaign – one laced with Wikileaks’ email dumps, confidential Clinton emails left unprotected, flurries of Twitter and other social media activity – it will be interesting to see how a Trump Administration...more

New National Privacy Law in Qatar

The State of Qatar has announced that it has issued Law No. 13 of 2016 Concerning Privacy and Protection of Personal Data (the Law). Once gazetted, the Law will officially be the first national level legal regime...more

Court Finds Airport Cannot Fly Under the Radar on Employee’s Email Privacy Claims

A federal district court in Virginia recently grounded an airport’s attempt to escape liability for accessing an employee’s email account. (Hoofnagle v. Smyth-Wythe Airport Commission.) The decision, which delivered a mixed...more

This is a Non-Political Post: eDiscovery Trends

At the outset, I feel that I should state that, given that this post is about the Hilary Clinton emails and the FBI handling of them. In his latest post (E-Discovery Lessons from the Huma Abedin E-Mails), Craig Ball...more

Class Action Filed Against Indianapolis Colts over App

This month, the Indianapolis Colts, app developer Yinzcam, Inc., and ultrasonic technology provider Lisnr, Inc., were hit with a federal class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania for violating the Electronic Communications Privacy...more

Takeover Code: changes to communicating and distributing information

There have been recent changes to the Takeover Code. The purpose of these is to ensure that the Code's rules on communicating and distributing information and opinions during a takeover offer adequately reflect recent...more

What Happens When My Company Receives a National Security Letter? A Primer

Even today, most companies—even technology companies—do not think they have information that the U.S. Government wants or needs, particularly as it might relate to a national security investigation. The reality is that as...more

Alleged Wiretap Act and CIPA Violations Held to Satisfy Spokeo Test for Standing in Latest Gmail Privacy Class Action

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), lower courts have begun to address whether alleged violations of statutes intended to protect privacy suffice, in the absence of...more

Rules Amendments Mean That Proportionality Limits Even MDL Discovery

We’ve blogged several times over the past couple years about the 2015 amendments to the federal rules as they pertain to discovery, including electronic discovery. Earlier this year, after the amendments had been in effect...more

Health Care E-Note - September 2016

In an article published in the September 2016 MASA Newsletter, Jim Hoover and Angie Cameron Smith discuss how physicians should properly respond to subpoenas and requests for patients’ health information. They stress how...more

FTC Weighs-in on Telehealth, Comments on Delaware’s Occupational Therapy Practice Rule

On August 3, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff submitted public comments regarding the Delaware Board of Occupational Therapy Practice’s proposed regulation for the provision of occupational therapy services via...more

Recent HHS Report Provides Insight into Government’s View of the Challenges of and Need for Expanded Telemedicine

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued, at Congress’s request, a report on the Department’s progress and efforts in the telemedicine arena, which has yet to be fully integrated within the government’s health...more

Sexual Harassment Goes Digital

News of the $20 million settlement reached in the FOX News sexual harassment suit has us—and other commentators—thinking about the current wave of sexual harassment claims. Sexual harassment remains a significant and...more

UK Digital Economy Bill

The UK government has published its Digital Economy Bill, intended to lead to a new Digital Economy Act. Although this is not the first time that the UK has produced legislation on the Digital Economy, the timing of the...more

NHTSA Proposes Adding Electronic Communication to Notify Consumers of Recalls

Last week, NHTSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to allow manufacturers to notify owners and purchasers of a safety recall through electronic means. Currently, under the National Traffic and Motor...more

Labor Day Wouldn’t Be Labor Day Without New NLRB Decisions

The onset of Labor Day and the end of the NLRB fiscal year (September 30) one can count on seeing a number of decisions issued.  This year is no different, and perhaps more are being issued during these last few days because...more

Court Upholds Enforceability of “Clickwrap” Employee Agreement

As we have previously discussed, if you want your electronic contracts to be enforceable, it is a best practice to require the counterparty to affirmatively accept the contract by checking a box or clicking a button. A recent...more

The Florida Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

When Justin Ellsworth was killed in Iraq in 2005, his family requested that Yahoo grant them access to Justin’s Yahoo e-mail account. Yahoo refused, forcing Justin’s family to sue Yahoo to gain access. Ultimately, the...more

Tales from the (Quantum) Crypt

The dream of hack-proof communication just got a little closer to reality. On August 16, 2016, China launched the world’s first “quantum satellite,” a project the Chinese government hopes will enable it to build a...more

Litigation Alert: The Sixth Circuit Expands Potential Federal Wiretap Act Liability for Developers and Sellers of Cloud-Based...

Last week, the Sixth Circuit expanded potential liability for violations of the Federal Wiretap Act for manufacturers of devices that can be used for wiretapping, like monitoring software, in reversing the dismissal of a...more

Illinois AG Rules That Public Employees' Personal Emails Are Public Records - Messages Pertaining to Public Business in Personal...

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a binding opinion under the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that email messages sent or received through public employees' personal email accounts may be public...more

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