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Amazon Echo’s Role in Murder Investigation Shows Vulnerability of Connected World

Security threats to your personal information or corporate systems are everywhere – even from your smart speaker, fitness tracking bracelet or video game console. Any tech device connected to the internet or an external system could be an entryway for hackers. Many of these devices can also record private conversations that could be revealed in…

Parties involved in $2.2 billion construction project face liability following disaster

The $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center construction project in downtown San Francisco is under intense public scrutiny for cracked support beams that closed the centerpiece of city infrastructure just weeks after it opened. An investigation will determine if the cracks are related to fabrication, installation or design, and if one or more specific parties are…

Senior Living Facilities Face Lawsuits in Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

A 90-year-old mother tragically passed away in the days following Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Florida last summer. According to a wrongful death lawsuit filed against an assisted living facility last week, her son states the facility failed to provide a safe and comfortable living environment—claiming its air conditioning and other mechanical systems failed after the…

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California Kidnapping, $2 Million Ransom Shows Need for Protection

A California man who owns a luxury car dealership remains missing after he was abducted by three men in July near Los Angeles, California, according to authorities. His captors have demanded $2 million in ransom. The kidnappers reportedly contacted missing entrepreneur Ruochen “Tony” Liao’s family in China to demand the ransom. The captors did not…

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Uber Driver Who Recorded Passengers Pushes Privacy Boundaries

An Uber and Lyft driver who live-streamed passengers in his vehicle to a channel on the video streaming website Twitch is part of a growing number of practices that challenge privacy rights in today’s surveillance society. Since March, hundreds of St. Louis-area passengers have been streamed online without their knowledge by their driver, Jason Gargac….

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Thai Cave Rescue: How Volunteers & Organizations Can Reduce Risk of Lawsuits

The rescue of 12 youth soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand captivated the world this week. The boys, ranging in age from 11 to 16, and their coach were exploring the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in northern Thailand on June 23 before they became trapped inside following heavy…

Design, Construction Flaws Can Result in Devastating Financial Liabilities

Florida International University (FIU) wanted a signature bridge to help highlight the school’s “institutional aspirations.” However, the project’s planners appear to have overlooked a design flaw that was likely a key factor in the 950-ton bridge collapsing in March. The tragic accident resulted in the death of one construction worker on the bridge and five…

As GDPR Takes Effect, Businesses Could be at Risk for Privacy Liability

Data protection rules are getting an overhaul in Europe, which likely will create a ripple effect that impacts U.S.-based organizations, regardless of whether they have European operations. Starting Friday, May 25, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect to update personal data rules, changing the requirements for organizations collecting and managing…

Allegations Against Tom Brokaw Illustrates Need for Liability Coverage

Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is the most recent celebrity to be accused of sexual misconduct, although he denies the claims. This latest example of the #MeToo era Americans live and work in is prompting organizations to ask whether their insurance policies protect their executive team and employees from accusations of sexual harassment. The insurance…