Plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation targeting Clearview AI's allegedly unlawful practice of "scraping" internet photos to collect biometric facial data told an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday they have struck a "unique" deal giving the class a stake in the company's future growth.
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Clearview AI Makes 'Unique' BIPA Deal Tied To Future Value

By Lauraann Wood

Plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation targeting Clearview AI's allegedly unlawful practice of "scraping" internet photos to collect biometric facial data told an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday they have struck a "unique" deal giving the class a stake in the company's future growth.

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Vt. Gov. Blocks 'Outlier' Data Privacy Bill With Lawsuit Trigger

By Allison Grande

Vermont's governor on Thursday vetoed a legislative proposal that would have given consumers not only new data privacy rights but also the rare opportunity to sue large businesses for certain violations, expressing concerns with the significant "risks" created by the "outlier" measure and urging the Legislature to instead embrace the model adopted by Connecticut and more than a dozen other states.

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Judge Asks If Amazon Is Doomed To Stay In Wiretapping Suit

By Greg Lamm

A Washington federal judge questioned Thursday if Amazon Web Services Inc.'s terms of use with Capital One for call center technology "doom" the cloud-computing giant's attempt to avoid a proposed class action accusing it of violating California's wiretapping law.

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Apple Wants Discovery Hearing Closed In IPhone Class Action

By Jared Foretek

Apple is asking a California federal judge to close the courtroom during an upcoming discovery hearing in the ongoing antitrust class action it's facing from consumers, arguing that the proceeding is likely to reveal consumer data and billing information that should be kept out of public view.

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Zoom's $150M Investor Deal Nears OK, But $50K Award Iffy

By Bonnie Eslinger

A California federal judge indicated Thursday that he'll preliminarily approve Zoom's $150 million deal to end claims it misled investors by stating that it offered end-to-end encryption on its videoconferencing software, but told the plaintiffs' lawyers, "You're going to have to persuade me" to award the lead plaintiff $50,000.

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Dechert Backs Special Master In Airline Mogul's Hacking Suit

By Hayley Fowler

Dechert LLP has said a special master got it right when she largely denied an airline tycoon's numerous bids to access allegedly privileged information in his suit seeking to prove an international hacking conspiracy, asking a North Carolina federal judge to affirm the decision.

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Michigan Supreme Court Curbs Voter Interference Law

By Carolyn Muyskens

The Michigan Supreme Court narrowed the reach of a law criminalizing voter intimidation Thursday due to fears it could be used to chill political speech, sending prosecutions for robocalls that aimed to suppress Black voter turnout back to an appellate panel for more review.

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Meta Facing Complaint Over Plans To Train AI With User Data

By Jamie Lennox

A Norwegian consumer protection group has hit Meta with a legal challenge over its plans to deploy its users' data — including images and posts — to train artificial intelligence models.

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POLICY & REGULATION

GOP Lawmakers Want China Patent Data Amid Tech Pact Talks

By Dorothy Atkins

Republican lawmakers are urging the U.S. Commerce Department to provide a full accounting of whether the U.S. government has funded research that resulted in Chinese patents, arguing they need the data to assess potential national security risks as the Biden administration negotiates a new science and technology agreement with China.

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CFPB's Chopra Sees 'Pressing Need' For Data Protections

By Jon Hill

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Rohit Chopra zeroed in on data usage and privacy during a Thursday hearing with House lawmakers, calling for sharper limits on what financial firms can do with customer data while also seeking to assuage concerns about his agency's plans for data sharing and data broker rules.

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FTC Urged To Get Moving On Stalled Privacy Rulemaking

By Allison Grande

Nearly three dozen consumer advocacy groups are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to stop dragging its feet on efforts announced almost two years ago to craft sweeping data privacy and security rules, arguing that time is running out for the agency to clamp down on companies' "historic" drive to amass personal information and track consumers online. 

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LITIGATION

Legal Aid Org Wants DHS Records On Asylum Data Leak

By Alyssa Aquino

A legal services provider sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in California federal court, looking to force the agency to hand over records on its accidental disclosure of the personally identifiable information of more than 6,200 asylum seekers.

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KeyBank Borrowers' $6M Data Breach Deal Gets Initial OK

By Sydney Price

A Georgia federal judge on Thursday granted preliminary approval to a $6 million settlement deal resolving a class suit over data breaches at KeyBank and other regional lenders and a technology contractor despite objections from a subclass of borrowers — who had previously settled their claims — saying the deal was inequitable.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Opinion

California Has A Duty To Curtail Frivolous CIPA Suits

As plaintiffs increasingly file class actions against companies for their use of website tracking cookies and pixels, the Legislature should consider four options to amend the California Invasion of Privacy Act and restore the balance between consumer privacy and business operational interests, say Steven Stransky and Jennifer Adler at Thompson Hine and Glenn Lammi at the Washington Legal Foundation.

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Risks And Promises Of AI In The Financial Services Industry

Generative artificial intelligence has immense potential to revolutionize the financial services industry, but firms considering its use should first prepare to show their customers and the increasingly divided international regulatory community that they can manage the risks inherent to the new technology, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

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Playing The Odds: Criminal Charges Related To Sports Betting

In light of recent sports betting scandals involving MLB player Shohei Ohtani and NBA player Jontay Porter, institutions and individuals involved in athletics should be aware of and prepared to address the legal issues, including potential criminal charges, that sports gambling may bring to their door, say attorneys at Steptoe.

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Series

Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

All The World's A Stage For Tony-Nominated Dechert Co-Chair

By Tracey Read

Mark Thierfelder is not only a Dechert LLP co-chair and partner; he’s also a Tony-nominated Broadway producer up for an award this June 16. Here, Law360 Pulse talks to Thierfelder on how he balances his legal work with his creative pursuits.

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Littler Aims To End Theft Suit After $1M Deal With Ex-Firm Atty

By Lynn LaRowe

Littler Mendelson PC this week moved to drop a lawsuit accusing a former associate of stealing confidential documents following a settlement in which the firm agreed to pay her nearly $1 million, though a separate, newer case in which the lawyer accuses Littler of violating that deal remains open.

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McDermott Says Financial Firm Owes $800K In Atty Fees

By Madison Arnold

McDermott Will & Emery LLP says it is owed more than $800,000 in legal fees for representing a financial firm's employee in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a lawsuit by his former employer.

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Real Estate Broker Claims Lewis Brisbois Breached Deal

By Madison Arnold

A real estate broker who had exclusive rights to represent Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has slammed the firm with a breach of contract suit in California state court, alleging its abrupt termination of their deal will cost him millions in commissions.

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Goetz Fitzpatrick To Merge With Platzer Swergold Next Year

By Tracey Read

Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP and Platzer Swergold Goldberg Katz & Jaslow LLP will combine forces next year to create a single New York City firm.

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Update On Ex-George Mason Prof's Suits Over Sex Allegations

By Aebra Coe

After two women came forward last August accusing former BigLaw partner, FTC commissioner and George Mason University law professor Joshua D. Wright of sexual improprieties with students and direct reports, a number of additional accusations and lawsuits followed. Here are updates on the litigation and everything else surrounding the allegations.

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Analysis

Blistering Dissents Belie Justices' Penchant For Consensus

By Katie Buehler

Thirteen days into June, the U.S. Supreme Court had recorded one of the highest rates of unanimous decisions in the past four decades. But the era of historic consensus was tarnished a bit Friday when the court issued three split decisions and two scathing dissents highlighting how much the nine justices differ.

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Senate Passes Bill For State, Local Judge Security

By Courtney Bublé

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill unanimously to better protect state and local judges from threats amid "unacceptable attacks" on the judiciary.

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Burford Bound To Sysco And Pilgrim's Unsigned Chicken Deal

By Lauraann Wood

An Illinois federal judge on Friday rejected a Burford subsidiary's bid to block a global protein price-fixing settlement that Pilgrim's Pride and Sysco memorialized through email but never signed on paper, saying it's clear the parties reached a material agreement.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Williams & Connolly LLP and Littler Mendelson PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to win injunctions against employers.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Michele Gorman

The governor of Vermont vetoed a legislative proposal that would have given consumers not only new data privacy rights but also the rare opportunity to sue large businesses for certain violations, and a multipart Delaware General Corporation Law amendment that would let boards cede some governance rights to big stockholders sailed through the state's Senate without debate or an opposing vote. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Laura Stewart Liberty

This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Consumer Law Group

Baker & Hostetler

Barnow & Associates

Baute Crochetiere

Binnall Law Group

Brooks Pierce

Brown Rudnick

Bursor & Fisher

Cahill Gordon

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Carson & Noel

Cohen Milstein

Conrad & Scherer

Cooley LLP

Cravath Swaine

Dechert LLP

Evangelista Worley

Freshfields

Gibson Dunn

Goetz Fitzpatrick

Grabel & Associates

Hamlins LLP

Hancock Daniel

Hill Dickinson

Hirschler

Hogan Lovells

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Kaplan Hecker

Kellogg Hansen

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Law Office of Steven J. Fink PLLC

Lewis Brisbois

Littler Mendelson

Loeb & Loeb

Loevy & Loevy

Lynch Thompson

Lynn Pinker

McDermott Will & Emery

Miller & Chevalier

Nelson Mullins

O'Melveny & Myers

Parker Poe

Pearson Warshaw

Perkins Coie

Pillsbury & Coleman

Pinsent Masons

Platzer Swergold

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Robbins Geller

Ropes & Gray

Ryan Law Partners

Searcy Denney

Seeger Weiss

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Skadden Arps

St John & St John

Steptoe LLP

Thompson Hine

Vasseghi Law

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

Wolf Haldenstein

Womble Bond

Zaiwalla & Co

gunnercooke LLP

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Adidas AG

Aldi GmbH & Co. KG

Amazon.com Inc.

American Gaming Association

American International Group Inc.

Apple Inc.

Associated Press

Bloomberg Industry Group

Bregal Investments Inc.

ByteDance Ltd.

Choice Hotels International Inc.

Consumer Federation of America

Delaware State Bar Association

Delta Air Lines Inc.

ESPN Inc.

FedEx Corp.

Ferrari SpA

Fulton Financial Corp.

Harvard University

Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.

Hot Topic, Inc.

Instagram Inc.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Johnson Controls International PLC

KeyCorp

Kuwait Finance House KSC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

London Stock Exchange Group PLC

Macy's Inc.

Major League Baseball Inc.

Major League Soccer LLC

Marks & Spencer

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

Microsoft Corp.

National Basketball Association Inc.

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National District Attorneys Association

National Rifle Association of America

New York University

OSI Systems Inc.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Pearson PLC

Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

PowerSchool Group LLC

Princeton University

Rapiscan Systems Inc.

RedRidge Finance Group LLC

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

S&P Global Inc.

Sanderson Farms Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southwest Airlines Co.

Starbucks Corp.

Sysco Corp.

The Gatorade Company Inc.

The New York Times Co.

The Procter & Gamble Co.

TikTok Inc.

TransPerfect Global Inc.

Twitter Inc.

USA Today International Corp.

Volkswagen AG

Washington Legal Foundation

YouTube Inc.

Zoom Video Communications Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bank of England

California Labor Commissioner's Office

California Privacy Protection Agency

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Congressional Research Service

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dallas County, Texas

Delaware Court of Chancery

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Trade Commission

Financial Conduct Authority

House of Lords of the United Kingdom

Michigan Attorney General's Office

National Labor Relations Board

Prudential Regulation Authority

State Justice Institute

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

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

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

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

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

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

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. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court