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Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Federal Enforcement Trends

Editors’ Note: This is the third of a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Up next: trends in state enforcement....more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Today in Major Case Regarding Cell Phone Location Privacy

In Carpenter v. United States, federal investigators sought cellphone location data for a set of persons suspected in a series of robberies. The Fourth Amendment prevents the government from conducting unreasonable searches...more

Court Says Glassdoor Must Disclose Anonymous Reviewers’ Information in Grand Jury Proceedings

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a case with free speech implications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on November 8, 2017, affirmed the denial of Glassdoor, Inc.’s motion to quash a grand jury subpoena for the identities of the Glassdoor...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - November 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the formal withdrawal of the United States from the EITI; the...more

Founder Of Energy Industry Networking Site Sentenced To Year And A Day For Hack

by King & Spalding on

On October 6, 2017, the creator of a social networking site for oil and gas industry professionals was sentenced to a year and a day in prison by U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote in the Southern District of New York. David...more

Microsoft: Supreme Court Decision on Jurisdiction over Foreign-Located Communications Anticipated

by Cozen O'Connor on

On October 16, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in In re Warrant to Search a Certain Email Account Controlled & Maintained by Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft). In taking the case for review, the Supreme Court has...more

EU Digital Single Market Update – Online Platforms and Illegal Content

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As part of its Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission has identified the issue of combatting illegal content online as a key challenge for online platforms. It has now released guidance to online platforms...more

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

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

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

“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

U.S. Attorney General Announces Plans to Pursue Leak Investigations

by Jackson Walker on

Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a potential sea change in the Department of Justice’s treatment of the news media. Sessions proclaimed that the Justice Department will pursue leak...more

DOJ Obtains Price-Fixing Guilty Plea

by Jones Day on

Texas-based e-commerce company Zaappaaz, Inc.—doing business as WB Promotions, Inc., Wrist-Band.com, and Customlanyard.net—and its president both agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix prices for customized promotional...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - August 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Advising Clients Regarding Potentially Criminal Conduct – Assisting Clients in Connection with the Medical or Recreational Marijuana Industry - Rhode Island Ethics Advisory Panel Op. 2017-01 - Risk Management Issue: In...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

Food and Beverage News and Trends - August 2017

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FDA brings about voluntary recall of coffee product with Viagra-like substance. On July 13, the FDA announced that Texas-based Bestherbs Coffee, LLC is issuing a voluntary recall of a coffee product, New of Kopi Jantan...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

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

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

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