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How to Avoid Choosing the Wrong Cybersecurity Firm

Although the inherent nature of cybersecurity radiates urgency, businesses should not let this characteristic dictate the vendor selection …

Cybersecurity

What's Popular Right Now at the Intersection of Social Media and the Law?

Reading recap - here's a look at some of the most popular JD Supra posts at the intersection of social media and the law. Live streaming, hashtag …

I was an irrational compliance calculator

In what might be described as a “companion guide” to my Ethikos article Does Compliance Need More “Darkside,” I had a chance to read Scott …

The DOJ’s Cyber Incident “Best Practices” Guidance

The Cybersecurity Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice released in April its “Best Practices for Victim Response and Reporting of Cyber Incidents,” …

World War C: Cyber Warfare

[author: Winthrop Smith]

State-sponsored hacking occurs when a country funds cyber hacking organizations or groups in order to infiltrate a company’s …

Cybersecurity Oversight: What is a Board of Directors to Do?

Cybersecurity and the risks of data breaches figured prominently at the 35th Annual Ray Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute held April 30, …

Board of Directors

Facebook is Not a Picket Line

The National Labor Relations Act protects the rights of employees to connect and address conditions at work, and recent decisions have held that this …

Like It or Love It: How Not to Get Pinned (Legally) When Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand

Twitter®, Instagram®, Facebook®, Pinterest® and other social media websites and apps are great ways to interact with friends, family and potential …

#Trademarks?: Hashtags as Trademarks

Hashtags have become ubiquitous in social media, but their status as intellectual property—particularly as trademarks—is still developing. First …

Effort to Hide Facebook Evidence by Deactivating Account Ends Badly for Louisiana Man

As social media has become ubiquitous, courts are wrestling with more discovery disputes involving social media accounts.

In a recent case, Crowe v.

Facebook

Is Posting Obscenities Aimed At Supervisor On Facebook A Terminable Offense?

Maybe not, according to a recently published NLRB decision. In Pier Sixty LLC, a majority of a three-member NLRB panel affirmed an ALJ’s decision that …

Federal Court Limits Employer's Right to Discover Information About the EEOC’s Own Hiring Policies and Expands the EEOC's Rights on Discoverability

In recent years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has aggressively sought to enforce its April 2012 enforcement guidance concerning how, …

In a Win for Employees, Fourth Circuit Finds That Two Racial Slurs May Support Harassment Claim

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently made two noteworthy rulings in a single case concerning sexual harassment and retaliation under Title …

SEC Proposes Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued its long-awaited proposal for "pay-versus-performance" disclosure. The proposed rules …

China’s Tax Authority Issues New Circular to Regulate Payment to Overseas Affiliates

On July 29, 2014, the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) released The Notice Regarding the Launch …

Game-Changing Developments Threaten Franchise Business Model

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have been coordinating attacks on the franchise business …

New Release for Spring 2015: The Annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report

It’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air, flowers are in bloom, and Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) has been …

Verizon

The Best Compliance Reads Are Not About Compliance

Lately, during a number of webinars and speaking engagements where I frequently cite the work of what I consider to be thought leaders in …

Who Wins With Google's New Patent Marketplace (Other Than Google)?

There’s something off about Google’s Patent Purchase Promotion. Purchasing patents is not new. In fact, Google has a long history of buying patents. …

Need to Know

Quantum Computers for Mining Bitcoins

Today’s computers encode data into bits – binary digits in one of two definite states, 0 or 1. Any calculation that needs to be performed with the …

Quantum Computing

[Webinar] Formation Issues and Changes in Structure: Tax Considerations - Mar. 19, 12-1PM PST

Please join Sheppard Mullin for our monthly Third Thursday Emerging Company Webinar Series educating entrepreneurs and emerging companies on the key …

Webinars

Lawyers: How to Be Valuable ... Aside from Practicing Law

Lawyers have a problem. We’re consistently perceived as experts on one thing: law. This not only dominates how others view us, but also dominates how …

Life Sciences

Feb 2015

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How Recent Data Breaches are Changing the Face of Cybersecurity for the Private Sector

If "The Year of the Breach" and the rapid start to data breaches in 2015 have taught us anything, it is that any company is susceptible to a cyber …

Security

Breaches in the Boardroom: What Directors and Officers can do to Reduce the Risk of Personal Liability for Data Security Breaches

Corporate directors and officers may increasingly be targets of shareholder derivative lawsuits in the wake of the surge of regulatory actions and …

Anthem Data Breach Spawns Class Action Suits and “Phishing” Scams

Last week, Anthem Inc. – the nation’s second largest health insurer – reported a data breach involving the disclosure of the personal information of …

Is 2015 the Year of Data Protection?

The growing frequency, impact and sophistication of cyberattacks in the U.S. and abroad have highlighted the need to address America's lack of a …

The Anthem Data Breach: The Fallout and What’s Next

By now (unless you have been under a snow drift), you have likely heard about the apparent intrusion into a database at the nation’s largest health …

Privacy

5 Simple Steps Startups Can Take to Protect Intellectual Property

All emerging companies can and should take basic steps to protect their uniquely valuable intellectual property.

For many companies, especially …