A Washington federal magistrate judge on Wednesday recommended that the court should not toss a suit alleging Amazon.com Inc. collected facial scans of teens playing a popular video game without proper disclosures or consent, saying the plaintiff sufficiently alleges that Amazon knowingly obtained the data and disseminated it.
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Amazon Shouldn't Escape BIPA Suit, Judge Recommends

By Henrik Nilsson

A Washington federal magistrate judge on Wednesday recommended that the court should not toss a suit alleging Amazon.com Inc. collected facial scans of teens playing a popular video game without proper disclosures or consent, saying the plaintiff sufficiently alleges that Amazon knowingly obtained the data and disseminated it.

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Forescout Investors Win Class Cert. Over Tanked Sale

By Sydney Price

A California federal judge agreed to certify a class of shareholders of cybersecurity company Forescout who allege the company deceived investors ahead of a sale that ultimately fell apart, marking the latest win for plaintiffs who previously saw the case dismissed with prejudice three years ago.

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Feds Dismantle Massive Botnet, Arrest Malware's Admin

By Lauren Berg

Following an investigation by law enforcement in the U.S., Singapore, Thailand and Germany, the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced it has dismantled a botnet used in cyberattacks, child exploitation, massive fraud and export violations, and arrested a Chinese national behind the malware.

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TikTok Ban Gets Expedited Sept. Hearing Date At DC Circ.

By Gina Kim

The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday agreed to expedite the briefing schedule for a constitutional challenge against a federal law banning TikTok from the United States unless it severs its ties with its Chinese parent company, ByteDance Ltd., with oral arguments set to be heard this fall. 

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Interview

6 Questions For FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez

By Christopher Cole

A year after she was nominated for the Federal Communications Commission's third Democratic seat, Anna Gomez says she's steadily progressing toward goals tied to connectivity, innovation, public safety and media localism in what she calls the "best job I've had in my career."

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POLICY & REGULATION

House Judiciary Leaders Seek Briefing On FISA Court Access

By Courtney Bublé

The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee are looking for an update on a request by members of Congress for access to the secretive proceedings of the court that hears matters on the controversial warrantless foreign surveillance law.

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New Colo. Law Targets AI Deepfakes In Political Ads

By Daniel Ducassi

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed a bill that aims to crack down on the malicious use of artificial intelligence for producing political messaging.

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CFPB Says Citi 'Wrong' On Wire Transfer Rules In NY Suit

By Jon Hill

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is backing New York's attorney general in a lawsuit accusing Citibank NA of failing to adequately protect customers from online wire transfer fraud, arguing the bank is "wrong" about what rules govern its obligations to scam victims.

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ENFORCEMENT

Ex-Calif. Atty Cops To Role In $9.5M Crypto Ponzi Scheme

By Jack Karp

A disbarred California attorney has pled guilty in federal court to his role in promoting a $9.5 million cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme.

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LITIGATION

Makeup Co. BIPA Suit Trimmed As Arbitration Bid Denied

By Celeste Bott

An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday said plaintiffs accusing e.l.f. Cosmetics of violating the state's biometric privacy law with its online virtual try-on tool lacked standing to bring two of their claims, while rejecting the company's arguments that the remaining claim should be arbitrated.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Fintech Compliance Amid Regulatory Focus On Sensitive Data

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent, expansive pursuit of financial services companies using sensitive personal information signals a move into the Federal Trade Commission's territory, and the path forward for fintech and financial service providers involves a balance between innovation and compliance, say attorneys at Wilson Sonsini.

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Series

Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

More Law Firms Are Relocating, Signing New Leases In 2024

By Dorothy Atkins

More law firms have relocated or renewed their office leases in the first quarter of 2024 than during the same period over the last four years, continuing a post-pandemic trend that began late last year as more firms made moves, according to a recent report by real-estate services company Savills.

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Greenberg Traurig Gets 30-Year Tax Break From Saudi Arabia

By Tracey Read

Greenberg Traurig LLP is among the first law firms to get licensed as a regional headquarters, or RHQ, company in Saudi Arabia, allowing the firm to take advantage of a major tax break, the firm announced Tuesday.

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From Virtual Roots, Husch Blackwell To Grow Nashville Office

By Aebra Coe

After hiring eight attorneys based in Nashville, Tennessee, through its fully remote Link office over the past year, Husch Blackwell announced plans Wednesday to open a brick-and-mortar location in the city, to be led by intellectual property partner Tim Capria.

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Alito Won't Recuse From Jan. 6 Cases Over Flag Controversy

By Katie Buehler

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito announced Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from deciding cases related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol or former President Donald Trump's criminal immunity following reports that two flags used by protesters of Trump's 2020 election loss were flown outside his houses.

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NY Jury Eyes Trump Tower 'Conspiracy' As Deliberations Start

By Frank G. Runyeon, Rachel Scharf and Stewart Bishop

Jurors in Donald Trump's criminal hush money trial ended their first day of deliberations Wednesday without a verdict, as the panel appeared to home in on testimony about a key 2015 meeting where the alleged scheme was hatched.

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Coverage Recap: Day 1 Of Deliberations In Trump's NY Trial

By Stewart Bishop

Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a recap from the first day of deliberations Wednesday.

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Colo. Suspends Ex-Trump Atty For Aiding Ga. Election Lies

By Thy Vo

A Colorado disciplinary judge has suspended Jenna Lynn Ellis from practicing law in the state for three years over her guilty plea in a Georgia election interference case, after the former attorney and legal adviser to Donald Trump disavowed her actions in a letter that admitted, "I was wrong."

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Menendez Trial Judge Sticks With Order Barring Texts

By Carla Baranauckas

The federal judge presiding over the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez announced Wednesday that he is holding firm to his decision barring prosecutors from using text messages to bolster their claims that the New Jersey Democrat took bribes in exchange for authorizing millions of dollars in aid for Egypt.

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Wash. Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Judge

By Madison Arnold

A Washington man is charged with intimidating a judge on allegations he threatened to kill Asotin County Superior Court Judge Brooke Burns, as well as her dog, Motley, after she oversaw his guilty plea to charges alleging he made threats to shoot up an elementary school and a county fair parade.

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Quinn Emanuel Atty Ducks Sanctions Over Musk Deposition

By Jake Maher

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Alex Spiro beat an attempt to sanction him for alleged "astonishingly unprofessional" conduct at a deposition while defending billionaire and investor Elon Musk from a defamation suit in Texas state court, but the suit survived a motion to dismiss, according to an order signed Wednesday.

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Interview

Acting Boston US Atty Says Fraud Cases Still High Priority

By Julie Manganis

Prosecuting a range of fraud cases despite finite resources will remain a priority for Massachusetts acting U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy as he enters his second year in the job, he told reporters on Wednesday in a question and answer session at his office.

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Meta's Policy On Threats List 'Sounds Nefarious,' Judge Says

By Dorothy Atkins

The California federal judge overseeing claims Meta blacklists certain adult performers questioned the social media giant's practice of keeping its list of dangerous organizations and individuals as a "living document" that changes constantly and isn't archived, saying the policy appears to destroy evidence and "sounds nefarious."

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Whistleblower Counsel Can't Get 'Exorbitant' $11.5M Fee

By Brian Dowling

A Boston federal judge slashed an "exorbitant" $11.5 million fee request made by counsel for a False Claims Act whistleblower in a case involving lab testing company Fresenius Medical Care, hammering the attorneys for inflated hourly rates, inflated time entries and a host of questionable billing practices.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Abraham Fruchter

Baker Donelson

Barnes & Thornburg

Bass Berry

Bradley Arant

Buchalter APC

Covington & Burling

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Dentons

Dewsnup King

DiCello Levitt

Dowd Bennett

Durrell Law Group

Farrar & Ball

Fenwick & West

Finnegan

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Goldenberg Heller

Greenberg Traurig

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Husch Blackwell

Jones Day

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Manatt Phelps

Mayer Brown

Milberg Coleman

Mishcon de Reya

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

O'Melveny & Myers

Parsons Behle

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Pomerantz LLP

Quinn Emanuel

Richilano Shea

Ropes & Gray

Shackelford Bowen

Sidley Austin

Spencer Fane

Steptoe LLP

Tousley Brain

Wiley Rein

Wilson Sonsini

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Advent International Corp.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bankers Association

Army and Air Force Exchange Service

Bank Policy Institute

Brandeis University

ByteDance Ltd.

Citigroup Inc.

Community Financial Corp.

Ferrari SpA

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA

Google LLC

Instagram Inc.

Rite Aid Corp.

Savills Inc.

States United Democracy Center

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

TikTok Inc.

Twitter Inc.

World Acceptance Corporation

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Colorado Secretary of State

Colorado Supreme Court

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Reserve System

Federal Trade Commission

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Marin County, California

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

New York Attorney General's Office

Office of Foreign Assets Control

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

Washington Attorney General's Office