Recent Publications - Privacy, Data & Cyber Law


Facing a Flood of BIPA Lawsuits
June 15, 2020 | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
As New York continues the process of reopening and individuals, families, and businesses, as well as the courts, adjust to the “new normal” of living in a world still fighting the coronavirus, internet- and technology-related privacy and security issues are at the top of many lawyers’ and corporate executives’ minds. Certainly privacy and security breach …
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Ransomware Attacks Continue Unabated in the Era of COVID
June 10, 2020 | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
On June 9, the Beazley Group, a specialty insurer affiliated with Lloyd’s Underwriters, issued a pointed reminder that, as we continue to fight the global pandemic of COVID-19, the cyber pandemic of ransomware continues. According to Beazley’s Breach Response Services group, ransomware incidents in the first quarter of 2020 increased by 25% compared to Q4 …
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Blue Bell Creameries Pleads Guilty to 2015 Listeria Outbreak, Former CEO Charged
May 5, 2020 | Compliance, Investigations & White Collar | Commercial Litigation
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had reached an agreement with Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, to permit the company to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated ice cream in violation of the federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and pay a criminal fine and forfeiture amount …
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Law360: Tenn. Hospital Bankruptcy May Be the First of Many
April 16, 2020 | Health Services | Bankruptcy
Jim Lagios, Bob Iseman and Stu Gordon wrote an article for Law360 regarding the impact of coronavirus on the financial well-being of hospitals and health systems. To read the article, click on the link below. Tenn. Hospital Bankruptcy May Be The First Of Many …
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Alert Offers Guidance against Coronavirus-Related Cyber Crimes
April 14, 2020 | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
It seems that, even in the worst of times, cyber criminals will find a way to exploit the situation to their advantage. The United States Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NSCS) have jointly issued Alert (AA20-099A) entitled. “COVID-19 Exploited by Bad Actors.”  …
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FTC and FCC Take Joint Action to Stop COVID-19 Scam Robocalls
April 8, 2020 | Compliance, Investigations & White Collar
On April 3, 2020 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) announced that they had issued Warning Letters to VoIP providers: SIPJoin, Connexum and VoIP Terminator d/b/a BLMarketing. According to the letters, investigations have revealed that the companies transmitted calls offering fraudulent COVID-19 home testing kits or claiming that HVAC cleaning …
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New York Courts Expand Virtual Operations To Non-Essential Matters.
April 7, 2020 | Commercial Litigation
Update: On April 8, 2020, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks issued Administrative Order AO/85/20 to promulgate the procedures and protocols in non-essential matters, which take effect on April 13, 2020. Although the order extends virtual operations to non-essential matters, no new non-essential matters may be filed until further notice. Nor may additional papers be filed …
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Protect Your Videoconference from the ‘Zoombombing’ Epidemic
April 1, 2020 | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
The New York Times reported that New York Attorney General Letitia James sent a letter to Zoom Video Conferencing, Inc. asking it to address recent challenges to its data privacy and security practices. One security problem that the letter discussed was the infiltration of hackers into the Zoom videoconference platform in a practice referred to …
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Legal Protections for Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 31, 2020 | Medical Malpractice Defense | Health Services
At a time when medical professionals are overwhelmed by the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order expanding resources to healthcare workers. The goal is to meet the treatment demands of coronavirus patients, and most significantly, provide health care providers with protection, in most instances, from lawsuits for medical malpractice and other potential liability. …
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DOJ Takes First Action against COVID-19 Fraud
March 24, 2020 | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
On March 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release announcing its first action against COVID-19 fraudsters: a civil complaint seeking an injunction ordering the website coronavirusmedicalkit.com to shut down while an investigation into the site’s operators continues. According to the complaint, filed in the Western District of Texas, “Information published …
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