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by Maureen O'NeillNovember 19, 2015
In federal court—and in most state courts—parties must meet and confer at the beginning of the litigation to discuss various case management issues, and hopefully reach stipulated agreements about those issues. The discussions must address the discovery of electronically stored information, a subject that in too many cases causes needless amounts of disagreement, delay, expense, and overall angst among the litigants and counsel. Why is the negotiation of ESI stipulations so difficult?
by Maureen O'NeillNovember 9, 2015
n Sunday night’s episode of the CBS television show CSI: Cyber, a hacker “cyber-jacks” automobiles—some empty, some with drivers behind the wheel—and uses them as remote-controlled cars to cause deadly crashes. As I watched the show, I couldn’t help but think back to my blog post earlier this year about the security vulnerability of our cars (and other devices we use every day) that are connected to the Internet of Things. Is the premise of the television show pure fiction? Exaggeration of a minor threat for dramatic effect?
by Maureen O'NeillOctober 2, 2015
My household owns an Audi A3 “clean diesel” car, which unfortunately turned out to be not-so-clean. So, I’ve been closely watching the news about the Volkswagen emissions testing scandal. (In case you haven’t followed the story, last month Volkswagen admitted to cheating on U.S. pollution tests for more than 500,000 diesel engine vehicles, by installing software called “defeat devices.” The software detects when the car is hooked up to an emissions testing system, and reduces emissions during the test; once out on the open road, the emissions ramp back up, and the cars spew as much as 40 times the permitted amount of pollutants. Affected cars include Volkswagen’s Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat, and the Audi A3.
by Maureen O'NeillSeptember 21, 2015
Many people followed the news about the AshleyMadison.com data breach with a mix of prurient interest, schadenfreude, and—for some—fear of personal exposure. Here at DiscoverReady, we followed the news to understand the data security failures that allowed a breach of this severity, and the lessons that could be learned and shared with our clients.
by Maureen O'NeillAugust 28, 2015
Last month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit departed from most other federal courts, and allowed a data breach litigation to proceed where plaintiffs demonstrated no actual injuries, but a “substantial risk” of future injury.