InsideCounsel Magazine January 2015

Features

  • Rising to the occasion

    The increasing risk to reputation and financial status is now bringing others to the table when it comes to cybersecurity and privacy, and legal can have a considerable impact on protecting a corporation against cyber-compromise.

  • Risky business

    That's why data privacy and security has become such a focus of enterprise risk management (ERM)—because it is so integral to the way that companies do business today.

  • Big fish and whacked moles

    Even the big online marketplaces, such as eBay, understand that counterfeit goods are harmful for all involved, from the brand owner to the purchaser to the sites that host these transactions.

  • The employees’ cyber shield

    While there are similarities when it comes to protecting consumer and employee information, knowing some key differences can help in-house counsel institute preventive measures and limit damaging litigation if disaster does strike.

From The Editor

  • New focus for the New Year

    While making generalizations can be risky business, on the whole, lawyers, especially those in-house, are some of the most time-strapped people I know. Yet even for them, the holiday season and the celebration of a pending New Year leave some time for much needed revelry and relaxation. Perhaps, most importantly,...

Inside Perspective

Technology

  • The next big thing: Consortium buying

    The “next big thing” that I would nominate for adoption in the legal ecosystem is the concept of consortium buying. Although not prevalent—yet—in the legal market, buying groups and purchasing cooperatives are very common in a variety of sectors.

Litigation

  • Labor & Employment Digest: January 2015

    Perhaps no other subject represents a more treacherous legal obstacle course than the use and protection of private employee information. Federal and state regulatory bodies are not only taking an aggressive stance on breaches of customer data, but also the misuse of employee or candidate data by employers.

IP

  • A pivotal year for patent reform

    For corporate and IP counsel, 2014 was the year of patent reform, as the landscape shifted from good ideas into practical actions. Those actions are still taking shape, and it's unclear how comprehensive, effective and sustainable they will be. Nevertheless, legislative and regulatory patent reform was finally in play.

Compliance

  • GCs must take a proactive approach to regulation

    AlixPartners’ second annual “Litigation and Corporate Compliance Survey” of in-house counsel and compliance officers confirms the notion that demands placed upon corporate legal departments are changing.

  • Cybersecurity and compliance: Who is accountable?

    Make no mistake, the compliance challenges arising from data breaches and other cyber incidents are not limited to industries that, like retail and financial, garner the most conspicuous publicity for events that so directly affect the public.

  • Privacy, consumers and reputation

    If you’re involved in online commerce, social media or advertising, chances are that you’re collecting information on the demographics that you target. While this is a longstanding practice in business, never before has it represented the reputational risk that it does today.

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