First data security class action against law firm is sent to individual arbitration

The first filed privacy class law against a law firm was sent to arbitration. On April 15, 2016, Plaintiffs filed the first class action complaint against a law firm for “systematically exposing confidential client information and storing client data without adequate security”. The complaint accuses Johnson & Bell, a mid-sized Chicago firm, of failing to […]

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Compelling password production does not violate the Fifth Amendment

On March 20, 2017, the Third Circuit affirmed a ruling of contempt over an Appellant’s claimed inability to remember his drive-decryption passwords. The issue in appeal was whether the Government has the right to compel owners to cooperate in the decryption of digital devices after the Government seizes those devices pursuant to a valid search […]

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Online attorney directories like Avvo protected under the First Amendment, a federal court held

On September 12, 2016, an Illinois District Court ruled that the publication of online attorney directories is fully protected under the First Amendment and does not violate an Illinois law that prohibits the use of someone’s identity for commercial purposes without permission. In this putative class action, Plaintiff alleged that defendant violated the Illinois Right […]

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Non-resident attorneys need physical office in NY to practice law, Second Circuit holds

On March 31, 2015, the New York State Court of Appeals concluded that nonresident lawyers in New York must maintain a physical office in the jurisdiction in order to practice. In this case, a New Jersey resident admitted to practice law in New York alleged that Judiciary Law § 470 – which mandates that a nonresident attorney […]

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Attorney suspended on several grounds, including breach of confidentiality to respond to clients’ online criticism

A Colorado attorney was suspended from the practice of law for 18 months on several grounds, including answering to clients’ criticism on line, disclosing confidential information. By way of background: a couple retained lawyer to provide his services in a post-marital issue. Although clients signed a fee agreement, they were not fully explained the terms of payment. […]

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Google sues SEO company

On September 16, 2015, Google filed a complaint in federal court against a Californian corporation that provides Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services. SEO companies help businesses to have their website rank high on search engines. According to the complaint, Defendant falsely claimed to represent Google, or to be certified and affiliated with it. Google also claimed […]

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European Court of Human Rights found lawyer’s freedom of expression was violated when convicted for defamation after press release criticizing judges in the context of a public debate on a matter of public interest

On April 23, 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Convention on Human Rights held, in addition to one other finding, that the conviction for defamation of a lawyer revealing serious shortcomings in the justice system was a disproportionate interference with his right to freedom of expression. Morice v. France, (Application no. 29369/10). On 19 October 1995 […]

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