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Not So Fast: Limits of "Settlement Negotiation" Protections

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Think Twice Before Assuming Your "Settlement Negotiations" May Not Be Used Against You - Most people who are involved in resolving disputes or negotiating deals for their businesses have seen documents labeled...more

Are firms ready to exploit Pinterest?

by Adrian Dayton on

If you knew of a social media platform boasting that 93% of its active users utilize it to help them plan purchases, and 87% say they actually made the purchase because they found it on the site, would your firm be on...more

Reflections on the Origin of a Ten-Year-Old Blog

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Every good superhero story needs an origin story. I’m not a superhero but I’ve got a super origin story to tell....more

What Is so Important About Blockchain?

by Carlton Fields on

It seems everyone today is talking about blockchain and cryptocurrencies. In this podcast, you're going to hear from David Adams, Matthew Kohen, and Justin Wales, who consult on these exciting emerging technologies....more

LinkedIn and Microsoft Announce New Windows 10 App

by Nancy Myrland on

LinkedIn is on a bit of a roll. Last week, it announced the reintroduction of video to the platform. I say reintroduced because their video effort last year was less than stellar. Today came the first noticeable result of...more

Three Tips for Avoiding Social Media Conflicts

by Dentons on

While most attorneys recognize the value of social media in promoting their practices, attorneys do not always apply the same level of care when using social media in a supposedly personal capacity. However, recent...more

What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

According to a February 2017 American Bar Association press release, “cyber-related risks have escalated based on the sensitivity and nefarious uses of that data. Last year, for example, the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office...more

Cybersecurity Steps Every Lawyer Should Consider

All lawyers face technology threats, ranging from the inconvenient to practice-threatening disasters. From unauthorized access, lawyers risk having confidential information stolen, destroyed or made inaccessible. Hackers...more

Federal district court refuses to dismiss CFPB lawsuit against law firms and attorneys for unlawful debt relief practices

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A California federal district court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the CFPB in January 2017 against several law firms and attorneys alleging that the defendants violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and...more

Data Breaches and the Significance of Outside Counsel

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the Central District of California joined two other district courts (D. Minn. and M.D. Tenn.) in holding that forensic reports resulting from a data breach investigation, conducted at the direction of...more

ABA Encourages Encryption of Emails When Transmitting Confidential Client Information

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a recent formal Ethics Opinion, the American Bar Association stressed that lawyers must make reasonable efforts to prevent inadvertent or unauthorized access to confidential information relating to the representation of...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief - Summer 2017

by LeClairRyan on

Compliance programs - policies and procedures designed to prevent violations of laws,c rules and regulations – have become a big deal. That’s because government regulators and enforcers closely scrutinize companies that...more

ABA Issues Opinion on Use of Email for Lawyers

On May 11, 2017, The American Bar Association (ABA) updated its 1999 opinion regarding lawyers’ use of email for communication. Although many state bar associations have issued opinions on electronic communications and the...more

New ABA Opinion – Attorneys Must Take Reasonable Cybersecurity Measures To Protect Client Data

by Dentons on

On May 11, 2017, the American Bar Association (ABA) issued Formal Opinion 477, making clear that a lawyer may transmit information relating to the representation of a client over the Internet without violating the Model Rules...more

Unlocking the Value of Outside Marketing and Communications Agencies in LMA Mid-Atlantic Newsletter

by Blattel Communications on

Blattel Communications Senior Media Director Michael Bond authored the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) – Mid-Atlantic Region Newsletter article titled, “Unlocking the Value of Outside Marketing and Communications Agencies.”...more

[Webinar] What Attorneys Need to Know About Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in 2017 - May 31st, 10:00am PT

by CloudNine on

You’ve heard the horror stories. Data breaches are happening within organizations at an alarming rate, and sensitive data is being compromised regularly. As an attorney, what can you do to protect yourself, your firm and your...more

United Airlines: Principle Over People & Profits…Was It Worth It?

by Nancy Myrland on

You have to think twice. No, you have to think more than twice. You have to think before, during and after a crisis to make sure your response is calm, measured, sympathetic, accurate, and correct. Unless you’ve been...more

PR in the Age of Alternative Facts

by Knapp Marketing on

Pitching stories for our legal clients in the days following January 20th, one fact is abundantly clear: like everything else since the inauguration of the new US president, public relations has changed dramatically. The...more

Q&A with Joshua Gans, author of “The Disruption Dilemma”

by Hogan Lovells on

Your recent book “The Disruption Dilemma” examines how disruption can destroy even the best managed corporations. The case studies in your book – the mobile phone industry disrupted by Apple, Blockbuster’s store-based video...more

Lawyers, Is Social Media Worth It? You Decide.

by Nancy Myrland on

I’ve heard these comments, or ones similar to them, many times in the past several years. “I’m not sure this is all worth it….this Social Media thing.” “I tried LinkedIn, but it didn’t produce anything for me.”...more

Eighth Circuit: A Debt Collector May Call A Third Party More Than Once Without Violating § 1692b(3) of the FDCPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Kuntz v. Rodenburg LLP, No. 15-2777, – F.3d –, 2016 WL 5219884 (8th Cir. Sept. 22, 2016), the Eighth Circuit held that a law firm hired to collect a debt did not violate § 1692b(3) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

CFPB Presents New Regulatory Requirements for Third-Party Debt Collectors

On July 28, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an outline of proposals and alternatives under consideration for regulating debt collection practices. The outline’s release triggers the formation of...more

Voicemail Message Without Express Statement It Was From Debt Collector Did Not Violate FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A debt collection law firm did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by leaving a voicemail message for the plaintiff that identified the law firm but did not expressly state that the law firm was a debt...more

CFPB Issues Sweeping and Unprecedented Rulemaking Proposals Seeking to “Drastically Overhaul Debt Collection Market”; Proposals...

by Burr & Forman on

Early in the morning on July 28, 2016, in coordination with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (the “Bureau”) field hearing on debt collection being held the same day in Sacramento, California, the Bureau released a...more

Are Online Trolls Ruining Social Media Marketing?

Earlier this year, I helped moderate a lively panel discussion on social media business and legal trends. The panelists, who represented well-known brands, didn’t agree on anything. One panelist would make an observation,...more

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