TECHNOLOGY, OUTSOURCING, AND COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS
NEWS FOR LAWYERS AND SOURCING PROFESSIONALS

Russia has amended its main laws governing the internet to allow the government to restrict access to the internet and to control internet traffic in emergency situations.

Federal Law No. 90-FZ of 1 May 2019 introduced a set of amendments to the Federal Law on Communications and the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies and on Protection of Information (the Amendments). The Amendments are colloquially referred to as the “sovereign runet law” or the “law on the secured internet.”

Morgan Lewis partner Peter Watt-Morse (Pittsburgh) and associate Eric Pennesi (Pittsburgh) will be participating in the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 2019 Cyberlaw Update, which will address trending topics, including blockchain and cryptocurrency and security and privacy concerns related to social media, in addition to GDPR.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Social Media Ethics – Its Use and Impact on the Practice of Law
  • IP in the Age of Cloud Computing and Artificial Intelligence
  • Responding to Data Breaches – Legal Update and Practical Counsel

The event will be hosted at the PBI Professional Development Center (Heinz 57 Center, 339 Sixth Avenue, 7th Floor, Pittsburgh PA, 15222) on Tuesday, April 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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London partner Pulina Whitaker recently published a LawFlash discussing how the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union will make the UK a “third country”—meaning that unrestricted cross-border transfers of data will no longer automatically be able to take place between the UK and the EU—and considers whether the UK will be “adequate” after Brexit.

Moscow partners Anastasia Dergacheva and Brian L. Zimbler and associate Kseniya Lopatkina recently published a LawFlash on the new rules in Russia for platforms that aggregate information from online stores. Federal Law No. 250-FZ, signed on July 29, 2018, provides additional protection for consumers acquiring goods and services through online platforms. For more information on the effects of this new law, read the LawFlash.

The Russian Parliament on April 12 approved at a first hearing a new draft law aimed at owners of public networks. This latest bill in a series of legislation on internet-related activities and services would create new obligations on any internet resources with more than 100,000 users in Russia per day that allow enrolled users to post or exchange electronic messages.

For more details on this new proposed legislation, read the LawFlash here.

The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (ABA Committee) issued Formal Opinion 480 on March 6, titled, “Confidentiality Obligations for Lawyer Blogging and Other Public Commentary” (the Opinion). The ABA Committee’s Opinion serves as a reminder of certain ethical obligations for lawyers who engage in blogging and online commentary, as well as participate in webinars, white papers, podcasts, and similar public forums. Specifically, the Opinion covers three main Model Rules: 1.6(a) (Confidentiality of Information), 3.5 (Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal), and 3.6 (Trial Publicity).

Join Morgan Lewis at our Boston office on Wednesday, December 6 for an interactive event on top issues impacting commercial and transactional lawyers and sourcing professionals. The event will kick off with a collaborative discussion on negotiations and strategies in commercial and technology transactions, followed by a presentation on ethical issues for transactional lawyers.

Morgan Lewis partner Don Shelkey, of counsel Emily Lowe, and senior attorney Ada Finkel will speak at the event.

Morgan Lewis is hosting an interactive event regarding top issues impacting commercial and transactional lawyers and sourcing professionals on December 6 in Boston. The event will kick off with a collaborative discussion on negotiations and strategies in commercial and technology transactions, followed by a presentation on ethical issues for transactional lawyers. Morgan Lewis partner Don Shelkey, of counsel Emily Lowe, and senior attorney Ada Finkel will be speakers at the event.

Discussion topics will include the following:

  • Current trends in commercial and technology contracts
  • Commercial due diligence and transition service agreements
  • Online presence management questions
  • Ethics for lawyers on social media

The discussion will be followed by lunch and a networking reception. We hope to see you at the event!

Register for the interactive “Review and Negotiation of Strategic Commercial Agreements” event in Boston.

Last month, Morgan Lewis introduced a new LinkedIn and Twitter handle and hashtag: MLGlobalTech.

@MLGlobalTech. This new Twitter account features the latest global business and legal news affecting the tech industry from Morgan Lewis’s leading technology team, located around the world and across practice groups and industry sectors. In addition, this is a great resource to follow for technology-related events (both live and online) hosted by Morgan Lewis.

ML Global Tech. Join Morgan Lewis’s new group on LinkedIn.

Finally, the new hashtag: #MLGlobalTech can be used to find technology content related to the newly launched Twitter and LinkedIn accounts as well as a broad range of supplemental content from Morgan Lewis lawyers, staff, and others using the hashtag on their own profiles.