Don’t Mess With Texans’ Personal Data — Texas Comptroller’s Massive Data Breach Will Cost State Millions

As originally published in Forbes (Apr. 26, 2011). The State of Texas has a really big mess on its hands. In the past week alone, the State has incurred $1.8 million to help mitigate a year-long data breach by the State’s Comptroller’s Office. Personal data of approximately 3.5 million Texans was freely available on a…

How To Make Sure Your Company’s Data Doesn’t Get Stuck In Europe

As originally published in Forbes (Apr. 22, 2011). As debates about data privacy rage in the United States—the Wikileaks Twitter case is a recent and prominent example—it is important for multinational corporations and other potential litigants (both plaintiffs and defendants) not only to understand the nuances of the markedly different privacy definitions and security standards in…

The Dodd-Frank Act’s Robust Whistleblowing Incentives

As originally published in Forbes (Apr. 14, 2011). The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) settled three securities cases in July 2010 worth $550 million, $100million, and $75 million, respectively. Last year alone, the SEC and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) settled three cases involving claims of corruption under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Those cases…