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Are Law Firms Too Sophisticated for Their Own Good?

By Hugh A. Simons |

The dangerous path Big Law is headed down and what it has to do to change course.

Settling Ashley Madison Data Breach Lawsuit Was Likely 'Inevitable'

By Ed Silverstein |

Experts say that the settlement, announced for $11.2 million earlier this month, made sense for all parties involved.

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5 Ways Legal and Compliance Teams Can Benefit from Office 365 Migration

By Jake Frazier and Chris Zohlen, FTI Consulting, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

Legal and compliance groups also run unneeded risks if the process is not conducted in the context of strong legal and regulatory guidelines.

Wendy Riggs, senior analyst with Keesal, Young & Logan.

Former Twitter E-Discovery Manager Moves From Big Tech to Big Law

By Rhys Dipshan |

E-discovery veteran Wendy Riggs discusses the compliance challenges of dealing with homegrown tools and ever-evolving technology platforms.

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Vendor Breached Your Company Data? Sorry, You're Still Liable

By Rhys Dipshan |

The liabilities companies face due to vendor cybersecurity incidents can vary widely depending on the particular situation and the actions they take beforehand.

I Fell for a Phishing Email, and the Law Couldn't Help Me

By Rhys Dipshan |

Despite regulating spam emails, the federal CAN-SPAM Act may do little to prevent phishing spam from reaching your inbox.

‘Doing AI’: What Legal Should Remember About Big Data

By Adi Prakash, Yerra Solutions |

The term AI may be exploited in legal in present, but AI technology can be part of a revolutionary future—if there are some fundamental shifts.

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The DoNotPay Dilemma: Can Chatbots Provide Access to Justice Without a Lawyer?

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The ticket-challenging chatbot has expanded into 1,000 areas of law, across all 50 states, but questions loom around providing legal services without attorneys.

Airbnb Host Fined for Cancelling Law Student's Reservation Based on Race

By Cheryl Miller |

An Airbnb host who refused to rent her Southern California house to a woman because she is Asian will pay $5,000 in damages and take a college-level course in Asian-American studies, the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing said Thursday in announcing the agreement.

Outside Counsel Guidelines Lack Cyber Requirements. Does It Matter?

By Rhys Dipshan |

A lack of formal cybersecurity requirements for outside counsel doesn't necessarily equate to higher cyberrisks.

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The Forensics Take: Authenticating Trump Jr.'s 'Russia Meeting' Evidence

By Rhys Dipshan |

For data forensics experts and investigators, authenticating emails and social media poses unique technical and legal challenges.

Dan Katz, associate professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, speaks at the Janders Dean & Chicago-Kent College of Law Legal Horizons conference on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

LexPredict Goes Open Source, Hopes Others Will Follow

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The company will make the core of its ContraxSuite analytics system free and open source while offering retrofitting services at a cost.

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What Worries a Calif. Supreme Court Justice About AI and the Law?

By Ben Hancock |

Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar isn't afraid of the robot uprising. But when is reliance on AI arbitrary and capricious? That's a heavy question.

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Data Breaches Have Lingering Effect on Stock Prices, Study Says

By David Ruiz |

According to a study by Comparitech, cyberattacks can drive a stock's performance down on the day of the announcement and slow future growth for years.

GC Data Sharing Plan Is 'Wake-Up Call' for Law Firms

By Roy Strom |

A group of 25 general counsel announced a plan to share and analyze data on the law firms they use and the outcomes they achieve, which elicited both trepidation and excitement.

Leadership Shake-Up at Morae Global Marks Stronger Push for Global GC, CCO Clients

By Ian Lopez |

Pulling from the talent pool built through the Morae Legal and Clutch Group merger, new leadership roles aim at getting services and technology in front of corporate legal departments.

What Courts Have Said About the Legality of Data Scraping

By Paven Malhotra and Andrea Nill Sanchez, Keker, Van Nest & Peters |

Parties have sought to stop scrapers using a number of legal bases, from the CFAA to copyright law.

Firms Take DIY Approach to Tech, but With Limits

By Lizzy McLellan |

Large and mid-sized firms alike give two simple reasons for their in-house tech investments: cost and differentiation.

NY Public Defenders Get an Access to Justice Boost with New Technology

By Rhys Dipshan |

The NYSDA partnered with Contegra Systems and dtSearch to upgrade its document and case management tools.

Laura Jehl, privacy and data protection partner at Baker & Hostetler.

New Baker Hostetler Partner Says Trump Administration's Cybersecurity Agenda Still 'A Big Question Mark'

By Ian Lopez |

Fresh off a move from Sheppard Mullin to Baker & Hostetler, cybersecurity expert Laura Jehl chats corporate security under the Trump administration, new cyber threats and more.

Luminance and HighQ Announce Product Integration to Automate Data Management

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The two UK-based platforms will create a pipeline from HighQ's data room into Luminance's AI analysis.

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Twitter Users Blocked by President Trump File First Amendment Suit

By B. Colby Hamilton |

The plaintiffs claim the move violates the First Amendment, as the president's Twitter account, they allege, represents a public forum.

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Ashley Madison Class Accord Question: What If Claimants Don't Want to Be Found?

By Amanda Bronstad |

Many users gave fake email or street addresses when setting up accounts and might not want notices of the deal sent to their businesses or home addresses.

4 Ways Legal Technology Helps Law Firms Protect Client Data

By Haley Altman, Doxly CEO |

Though software security protocols may seem overwhelming, ignoring them will lead to much higher costs in the aftermath of a breach.

L to R: Joshua Klayman, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group; Jae Kwon, co-founder, All in Bits, Cosmos, and Tendermint; Nick Chirls, founder & partner, Notation Capital; Subhankar Sinha, Co-Founder, PwC’s Global Blockchain Practice, Emma Channing, General Counsel, The Argon Group; Greg Murphy, Partner, Outlier Ventures; John Tabacco, Co-Founder, T0, and President, Rev4, during a panel discussion titled “Blockchain for Bankers: ICOs and Similar Investments” at Morrison Foerster in New York.

A Market with ‘Zero Regulation’: Experts Disagree on Regulator Role in Cryptocurrency

By Ian Lopez |

Some view the regulatory environment around cryptocurrency as burdensome, others nonexistent.

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Mira Edelman Moves From Google to Director of E-Discovery Services at Facebook

By Zach Warren |

Before joining Facebook as director of e-discovery services, the noted e-discovery expert and speaker spent six years at Google.

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IoT Gadgets: Exploring the New Sources of Discoverable Evidence

By Michael Ciaramitaro, FRONTEO |

Personal assistants, fitness trackers, and automotive black boxes are among the devices whose data and metadata may have big impact in legal cases.

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Cornerstone Discovery Launches Docfol.io App to Automate Trial Exhibit Management

By Rhys Dipshan |

Called Docfol.io, the cloud-based application streamlines the naming of digital exhibit files, and the creation of bates stamps, exhibit stickers and the like.

The Critical Role of Sampling in Discovery

By Phil Favro, Driven |

Sampling can simplify the discovery process while reducing expenses and wasted opportunity costs.

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Deeper Pool of Data: Companies Dive In on Managing New Nontext Sources

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Video, audio and other multimedia sources are increasingly a part of e-discovery and compliance efforts, but the technology needed to index their contents is still fairly new.

Award-Winning Litigation Tracking Tool Lifts a Burden for Ricoh Lawyers

By David Ruiz |

Ricoh and Reed Smith developed a shared software tool to track employment litigation matters and create a "knowledge center" accessible by in-house employment lawyers.

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Legal Hackers Scotland Hackathon Builds App to Support Grenfell Tower Fire Victims

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Hackathon participants created an app that locates local financial, emergency and legal assistance on a map.

Tweeting From the Bench: Judges Discuss Social Media Pitfalls

By Ross Todd |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Thursday in the first federal appellate court decision to address issues raised when jurists post to social media.

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Cyber Victims Defense Clinic to Launch at California Irvine School of Law

By Ed Silverstein |

The clinic will provide free legal and technical help to those who were victimized by cyberattacks, such as the elderly and other at-risk groups.

How WordPress Takes On the Challenges of Protecting User Data

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Paul Sieminski, Automattic's GC, said that the Snowden leaks significantly changed the data privacy and government requests landscape.

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Google Scores in Data Battle With Labor Department

By David Ruiz |

A San Francisco judge granted Google some protection from a deep data probe for employee compensation, salary history and contact information.

Verizon Data Exposure Incident Highlights Importance of Third-Party Due Diligence

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

As companies rely on these vendors more and more, often handing over sensitive data, in-house counsel have to be increasingly concerned about minimizing risks.

How to Focus Your Thinking About Scatter Plots in Law

By Rees W. Morrison, Altman Weil |

Scatter plots are one the most common types of graphs to help legal managers make decisions. Here’s how to make sure you’re using them effectively.

Social Media Sleuthing of Job Candidates Could Be Risky Business

By Miriam Rozen |

Some employment lawyers have begun to encourage having hiring partners and direct managers walled off from their subordinates' social media accounts.

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Tech Scene Pulls Firms to Pittsburgh, but Not Just for Clients

By Lizzy McLellan |

Legal industry watchers in Pittsburgh say more large firms are likely to build outposts in the city, as they aim to be close to its research institutions and young talent pool.

James Neath, president of Clutch Group.

Former BP Head of Litigation to Head Clutch

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Neath, a former BP associate general counsel, looks to help Morae Global build inroads with the financial and energy sectors.

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Wells Fargo Shares Private Info on 50,000 Clients and Advisors: Report

By Janet Levaux, ThinkAdvisor |

The inadvertent data release includes clients' portfolio and asset information, as well as FA compensation and client lists, according to The New York Times.

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Finding Legal Answers Online Gets a Little Smaller with ‘Micro’

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The new service, hosted by LawTrades, allows users to get an answer to a legal question for a flat fee from a registered attorney.

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Edelson Credits In-House Forensics Lab for Data Security, Privacy Litigation Success

By Scott Flaherty |

The lab combines lawyers with technical backgrounds and engineers to determine whether there are privacy or data security concerns in devices and apps.

Mainstream Alternatives: Cyber & ESI Certifications Making Moves in a New Era

By Jared Coseglia, TRU Staffing Partners |

Choosing certifications and education to invest in continues to be challenging, but worthwhile, for legal professionals. Here’s a look at two more launching this year.

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Corporate Heavy Hitters Speak Out on Net Neutrality

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Among the more than 9 million comments filed thus far are a number from giants such as Verizon Communications Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and AT&T Services Inc.

Small Offices Face Closure as Law Firms Seek Efficiency

By Lizzy McLellan |

Firms are instead seeking to minimize costs and take advantage of the increased flexibility technology provides through virtual work.

Service Disruptions to WhatsApp in China Raise Wider Censorship Concerns

By Ed Silverstein |

WhatsApp joins Facebook Messenger and other apps facing government pressure, but there are still ways users and companies can encourage private messaging.

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Sentenced Russian Hacker a 'Key Resource' For Cyber Underworld

By R. Robin McDonald |

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say Mark Vartanyan developed, improved, and distributed a pernicious computer malware toolkit known as Citadel.

Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo Data Fiasco Raises Red Flags, Demands Serious Change: Lawyer

By Janet Levaux, ThinkAdvisor |

Other bank observers point to the multiple problems exposed by the recent leak of private data of 50,000 clients and advisors.

Reliance on Location Tracking Data Growing in Divorce Cases, But It's Trickier in NY

By Ed Silverstein |

New York judges may ignore phone tracking data from services like Uber in divorce cases because of the state’s no-fault divorce law.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Steve Schuster. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Georgia Judges Set to Eye Changing Rule Over Use of Electronic Devices in Courtrooms

By R. Robin McDonald |

Georgia's Superior Court judges are considering a major overhaul of a court rule governing the use of cameras and electronic recording devices in courtrooms.

Expert Witness Testimony Gets a Big Dose of Big Data

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Two forthcoming startups are looking to leverage Big Data to help attorneys and judges retain or critique expert witnesses.

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Copyright Royalty Board Launches E-Filing, Case Management System

By Rhys Dipshan |

Designed by solution provider NIC, the new system will seek to automate the cumbersome and manual process of filing claims and tracking case progress.

Multi-State Suits Target 'Bait & Switch' Online Legal Ads

By Greg Land |

Exclusive Legal Marketing and two of its client firms are accused of using online bait-and-switch advertising to lure potential clients, but the founders say there's nothing illegal or improper about their methods.

New Baker Hostetler Partner Says Trump Administration's Cybersecurity Agenda Still 'A Big Question Mark'

By ian lopez |

Fresh off a move from Sheppard Mullin to Baker & Hostetler, cybersecurity expert Laura Jehl chats corporate security under the Trump administration, new cyber threats and more.

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Who Will Own the Rights to Autonomous Cars?

By Van Lindberg, Dykema |

As the Supreme Court tackles key patent issues that could relate to autonomous cars, the DMCA and cybersecurity could throw a wrench in the IP engine.

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Bar Exam Test-Takers Get Some Tweet Relief

There’s no getting around the fact that taking the bar exam stinks. The test is grueling, stressful, and high-stakes for aspiring lawyers. But at least Twitter is there to help bar takers blow off some steam and pump themselves up.