High court upholds measure against "soft money" to state, local parties | Supreme Court deals blow to "forum shopping" | Commentary: Ransomware attack shows importance of strong cybersecurity
May 23, 2017
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High court upholds measure against "soft money" to state, local parties
"Soft money" contributions made to state and local parties to sidestep legal limits remain prohibited following a Supreme Court decision on Monday. Advocates of less restrictive campaign-finance rules said they will seek congressional action on the issue.
Roll Call (free content) (5/22) 
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Supreme Court deals blow to "forum shopping"
A Supreme Court decision released Monday is expected to bring an end to "forum shopping," in which plaintiffs in patent cases file suit in courts thought to be friendly to their views. The justices found that a 1990 ruling by an appeals court that essentially allowed defendants in patent cases to be sued anywhere they do business was made in error.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/22) 
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Commentary: Ransomware attack shows importance of strong cybersecurity
The WannaCry ransomware attack demonstrates the need for firms to make cyberattack mitigation a priority by taking steps such as backing up data and having an incident-response plan, write Mark Krotoski and Martin Hirschprung of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Legal issues that can arise from cyberattacks include complying with notification requirements and responding to regulators, they write.
The National Law Review/Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (5/22) 
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CBO estimates $6M price tag to improve small-business cybersecurity
A House bill that would put the National Institute of Standards and Technology in charge of developing resources including guidance and tools for small-business cybersecurity would cost $6 million to place into action, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Similar legislation in the Senate would have the same cost, the CBO estimates.
The Hill (5/22) 
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Business Practices and Professional Development
Viewing a case through client's eyes is beneficial, lawyer says
Melissa Judd of Littler Mendelson said that examining a case from a plaintiff's perspective helps her represent defendants more effectively. Judd also said that her life as a lawyer, wife and mother is "a constant juggling act."
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (5/22) 
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Laws, Cases and Regulations
Flynn invokes Fifth Amendment, won't comply with Senate subpoena
A lawyer for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday told the Senate intelligence committee that Flynn will invoke Fifth Amendment protections and decline to comply with a subpoena in the committee's investigation of Russian involvement in last year's presidential election. Flynn could face criminal contempt charges if lawmakers opt to enforce the subpoena, according to a Congressional Research Service report.
Reuters (5/22) 
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Advocates hope for more voting-rights wins after high court ruling
Monday's Supreme Court decision that two North Carolina congressional districts were illegally drawn for racial reasons is a positive sign for similar litigation involving other states, according to voting-rights advocates and legal experts.
The Associated Press (5/23) 
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D.C. Bar News
Ransomware: Why law firms are vulnerable
Ransomware: Why law firms are vulnerable
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In the wake of the most recent massive ransomware attack to grip the internet, what can lawyers and law firms do to protect their data? Sharon Nelson and John Simek of Sensei Enterprises explain why the legal industry is particularly vulnerable and what it must do to guard against cyberattacks.
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Lawyer-bloggers serve up legal insights and humor
The internet is loaded with law-related blogs, and the May issue of Washington Lawyer offers a sampling of the range of themes populating the blogosphere, from the serious to the absurd. The magazine's latest Media Bytes roundup also offers a starting point for the beginner lawyer-blogger.
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