In-House Tech

Statutory Damages: The Future of Cybersecurity Litigation

By Thomas G. Rohback and Patricia M. Carreiro |

After 'Spokeo', some courts took the decision to be an exclamation point on their continuing dismissals of cases for lack of standing where there hasn’t been concrete harm. Other courts, however, recognized the subtle but significant distinction raised by 'Spokeo' where a claim is based on a statute providing a private cause of action and a remedy of statutory damages for a violation.

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In-House Legal Technology Adoption Often Pivots on One Key Variable: Project Sponsors

By Rhys Dipshan |

It is often up to general counsel and legal operations managers to support, and closely manage, their department's technology adoption.

How Do I Secure My World? Keeping Info Safe as Lines Blur Between Personal, Professional Lives

By Ian Lopez |

IBM CISO Shamla Naidoo said at ABA Tech show that much of preventing organizational cyber threats hinges on the individual.

10 Ways to Avoid W-2 Phishing Schemes

By Cinthia Motley, Sedgwick |

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of tax season to lure valuable W-2 information from vulnerable businesses.

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Tech GCs Tell Us About How Their Companies Become a Court 'Friend'

By David Ruiz |

As more than a hundred companies used the court system to show opposition to the president’s travel bans, GCs say the process involves a few, quick conversations and stakeholders.

Beware the W-2 Phishing Scam

By Patrick H. Haggerty and Kathryn C. Mellinger |

In 2016, numerous businesses fell victim to a surge of phishing scams involving W-2 forms. In response, the IRS sent a broad consumer alert regarding these schemes after seeing an approximate 400% surge in phishing and malware attacks during the 2016 season. As the tax filing season ramps up for 2017, we have already seen a number of successful attempts to obtain W-2 forms from unsuspecting employees.

Dr. Xuning (Michael) Tang, Chief Data Scientist at Vista Analytics,

Behind the Tech: E-discovery Data Scientist Discusses Future of AI, Document Review

By Rhys Dipshan |

Xuning Tang, chief data scientist at Vista Analytics, sees an expanding role for AI in corporate e-discovery, with little impact on in-house legal jobs.

Back in the GDPR: Using Data Mapping to Arrive at a Privacy Impact Assessment

By Dan Panitz, UnitedLex, and H. Bruce Gordon, Teva Pharmaceuticals |

Any company operating globally should protect their value through exposure containment under both Privacy Shield and the forthcoming GDPR.

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This Factor Is Drawing Increasing Scrutiny in Class Action Settlements

By Amanda Bronstad |

The claims rate, or percentage of class members filing actual claims, can often run under 1 percent. That's getting more attention from judges, Congress and the FTC.

Corporate Legal Looks to Be Major Benefactor in Accounting Cybersecurity Standards

By Rhys Dipshan |

The AICPA evaluation standards, which encompass an audit report based on a set of uniform criteria, can standardize how organizations talk and report on their cyber risk management controls.

DOJ Indicts 4 in Yahoo Data Breach Linked to Russia

By Ross Todd |

An indictment unveiled in San Francisco Wednesday includes two Russian Federal Security Service officers.

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12 Office 365 Considerations for Your E-Discovery Team

By Nishad Shevde, Exterro |

If you don't know exactly how the technology works on its own and with your current system, the benefits of making the switch will be lost.

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Microsoft and Google's Cloud Tools Compete for Attorney Attention

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Both Google and Microsoft's cloud networks support document creation, but firms and legal departments tend to favor one over the other based on integration and collaboration needs.

6 Steps to Excellent E-Discovery in Product Liability Litigation

By John Del Piero, Discovia; Jennifer G. Swanton, Medtronic; and Catherine McPherson, Bartlit Beck |

Product liability litigation brings with it some unique e-discovery challenges, risks and costs for litigants on both sides of the table.

What You Need to Know to Get Started with Privacy Shield Certification

By David F. Katz, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

If your company maintains operations in the European Union or is U.S. based but obtaining personal data from European citizens, you will need to strongly consider obtaining certification under the new Privacy Shield framework. Certification began in August 2016, and will make compliance with EU privacy laws when transferring data to the U.S. possible for the immediate future.

Sanjay Singh, Laurent Wiesel, Matteo Balzarini – the team behind Justly.

From Big Law to Big Business: Former McGuireWoods Attorney Talks Becoming a Tech Entrepreneur

By Ian Lopez |

A former McGuireWoods associate is betting he can help legal operations departments make predictions on litigation and spend.

5 Key Cyber Trends Dominating the Early 2017 Discourse

By Jason Straight, UnitedLex |

These talked-about trends span not only the progress made, but also the cybersecurity challenges that still lie ahead.

5 Things GCs Should Know About Litigation Finance

By Travis Lenkner, Burford Capital |

A broader understanding reveals at least five reasons why litigation finance can become a relevant tool for in-house counsel in various corporate circumstances.

The Corporate Blockchain Groups Defining the Future of Legal Ops

By Rhys Dipshan |

For counsel, blockchain trade association groups offer a place to learn about the technology and take part in defining its future.

Increased Adoption Aside, Encryption in Corporate Law Still Faces Cultural, Operational Hurdles

By Rhys Dipshan |

Encryption adoption in most legal departments is stymied by operational challenges and a culture that doesn't see encrypted communications as necessity.

Demonstrators celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges in June.

53 Companies Back Transgender Teen in SCOTUS Fight

By Marcia Coyle |

Major technology companies and other businesses, warning of the negative business consequences of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against a transgender boy's sex discrimination claim, on Thursday stepped into a simmering controversy that pits them against the Trump administration.

Business Strategy, Tech Become Bigger Focus for Some GCs in Europe

By Rebekah Mintzer |

General counsel in Europe are increasing their focus on business strategy and legal technology.

Ron Bell, GC at Yahoo.

Yahoo General Counsel Ron Bell Resigns Amid Data Breach Controversy

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Ron Bell, general counsel at Yahoo, has resigned from the company amid revelations that the company's legal team and senior executives did not sufficiently pursue investigation of a massive 2014 data breach.

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When Lawyers Become Hackers

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A look at how attorneys might find “ethical hacking” useful in the e-discovery process.

Counsel Face Major Challenges with Rise of the Internet of Things

By Rhys Dipshan |

In addition to heeding ever-changing regulations over Internet of Things devices, counsel must reckon with novel security and discovery burdens.

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Privacy Laws and Listener Data in the Music Industry

By Adrian J. Perry and Sari Sharoni |

Listener preference data is a valuable resource in the music industry. It can drive the way music is commoditized, consumed and promoted. It can drive how concert tours are routed. It can drive which artists and songwriters are signed and which are left to toil away in obscurity. It can drive the dollar value of recording and publishing agreements for artists and songwriters that do get signed.