Hunton & Williams LLP

Subscribe to all posts by Hunton & Williams LLP

Will Spokeo Undermine CAFA?

As we previously reported, the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo v. Robins, has been nearly universally lauded by defense counsel as a new bulwark against class actions alleging technical violations of federal statutes. But Spokeo also poses a significant threat to defendants by defeating their ability to remove exactly the types of cases that defendants most want in federal court.… Continue Reading

Pharmaceutical Company to Plead Guilty and Settle Drug Marketing Charges

Recently, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals announced that it will enter into several settlements and plead guilty to two misdemeanors in connection with alleged violations of HIPAA, drug marketing regulations and securities laws. The criminal charges stem from the company’s marketing of a cholesterol drug called Juxtapid. Aegerion allegedly failed to comply with risk evaluation and management strategies and … Continue Reading

EU Council Adopts the Network and Information Security Directive

On May 17, 2016, the European Council adopted its position at first reading on the Network and Information Security Directive. The NIS Directive was proposed by the European Commission on February 7, 2013, as part of its cybersecurity strategy for the European Union, and is designed to increase cooperation between EU Member States on cybersecurity issues.… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Finds Consumers Must Prove Injury in Class Actions

On May 16, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Thomas Robins, holding that the Ninth Circuit’s ruling applied an incomplete analysis when it failed to consider both aspects of the injury-in-fact requirement under Article III. The Court found that a consumer could not sue Spokeo, Inc., an alleged consumer reporting agency that operates a “people search engine,” for a mere statutory violation without alleging actual injury.… Continue Reading

FTC Orders Mobile Device Manufacturers to Provide Information about Security Updates for Study

On May 9, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced it had issued Orders to File a Special Report to eight mobile device manufacturers requiring them to, for purposes of the FTC's ongoing study of the mobile ecosystem, provide the FTC with "information about how [the companies] issue security updates to address vulnerabilities in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices."… Continue Reading

CIPL Releases Outcomes Report of First GDPR Implementation Project Workshop in Amsterdam

Recently, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP co-hosted a one-day workshop in Amsterdam with the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, as part of its kick off of CIPL’s new long-term project on the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. This blog entry provides highlights on the project and a link to its workshop report.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces First APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules Enforcement Action

On May 4, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release announcing its recent settlement with hand-held vaporizers manufacturer Very Incognito Technologies, stemming from charges that the company falsely claimed it had certified under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules framework.… Continue Reading

Korean Privacy Law Updated

On April 26, 2016, Korean law firm Bae, Kim & Lee LLC released a Privacy News Alert outlining amendments to Korea’s Personal Information Protection Act and the Act on the Promotion of IT Network Use and Information Protection.… Continue Reading

CII Issues Investor-Engagement Guide on Cyber Risk

Recently, the Council of Institutional Investors issued a guide to shareholder engagement on cyber risk. The guide is intended to enable shareholders to ask appropriate questions of boards to gauge whether companies are taking proper steps to mitigate cyber risk.… Continue Reading

Parliamentary Committee Approves Denham ICO Appointment

On April 27, 2016, the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee confirmed Elizabeth Denham’s appointment as Information Commissioner. Denham, currently the Privacy and Information Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada, was announced as the UK Government’s preferred choice on March 22, 2016.… Continue Reading

Simulated Attack on Power Grid Highlights Need for Improved Communications

In its third simulated test of the security of the power grid, the North American Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) reported general progress across the electric utility industry in defending against physical and cyber threats, while also identifying several areas for further improvement. The NERC exercise, dubbed GridEx III, took place over two days in November 2015 … Continue Reading

FTC Releases Interactive Tool for Mobile Health Apps

The Federal Trade Commission recently released an interactive tool for mobile health apps. The tool was developed in conjunction with several other federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the Food and Drug Administration.… Continue Reading
LexBlog