Jeffrey L. Poston is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and is in the firm’s Litigation Group. He is a trial attorney focused on complex commercial cases involving data protection, financial services, business tort, antitrust, and healthcare disputes.
By Jeffrey L. Poston and Brandon C. Ge on Posted in Cybersecurity / Data SecurityOn June 15, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that explicitly allows self-driving cars on the state’s roads and highways, regardless of whether a human is physically present. While there was no ban on driverless cars, Texas law did not explicitly permit them either. This created a grey area of the law that fueled… Continue Reading
By Jeffrey L. Poston and Leigh Colihan on Posted in Internet of Things,PrivacyOn June 12, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed into law a bill requiring the operator of an Internet website to disclose the type of information it collects on Nevada residents. Under the law, any company or person who (1) owns or operates an Internet website or online service for commercial purposes, (2) collects information… Continue Reading
By Jeffrey L. Poston and Brandon C. Ge on Posted in Data Breach,LitigationEarlier this week, a federal Illinois court dismissed a class action against book retailer Barnes & Noble that alleged breach of contract, invasion of privacy, and violations of state consumer fraud and breach reporting laws. The case, dismissed for failing to establish economic harm, marks another data point in demarcating actionable data breaches and highlights… Continue Reading
By Jeffrey L. Poston and Brandon C. Ge on Posted in Admissibility,Litigation,PrivacyYesterday, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case with significant ramifications for privacy in the digital age. The case involves a man convicted of armed robbery based in part on cellphone location data obtained without a probable cause warrant. The conviction was appealed at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which held… Continue Reading
By Jeffrey L. Poston, Kate M. Growley and Charles Austin on Posted in Cybersecurity / Data SecurityLast week, a federal court sentenced a former systems administrator convicted of accessing his former employer’s computer network and uploading malicious code designed to disrupt and damage the company’s manufacturing operations. Brian P. Johnson worked for years as an information technology specialist and systems administrator at Georgia-Pacific’s Port Hudson, LA facility. In February 2014, Georgia-Pacific… Continue Reading
By Jeffrey L. Poston and Robin B. Campbell on Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security,PrivacyA Massachusetts federal court (“federal court”) certified several privacy related questions of first impression to the Massachusetts State Supreme Judicial Court (“State court”) to clarify the scope of state law. In response, the State court broadly construed “personal identification information” (“PII”) and held that collecting customer zip codes during credit card transactions violates Massachusetts privacy… Continue Reading