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Ashley Madison Owner Taps Am Law Firms Amid Massive Hack

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 20, 2015

While worried spouses continue to sift through the sea of identifying data posted online this week by hackers that targeted AshleyMadison.com, a dating and social networking service that markets itself to would-be cheaters, the controversial company has wasted no time getting lawyered up.

Avid Life Media, the Toronto-based parent company of Ashley Madison, is turning to a trio of high-powered firms to pick up the pieces following the purported disclosure of information about more than 32 million users, a hack so devastating that it has everyone from divorce lawyers to cybersecurity experts and others pondering the potential ramifications of a somewhat unprecedented data dump. (The information posted online, which some well-credentialed cybsecurity experts have said appears legitimate, includes the names, addresses and phone numbers of those who signed up for the service.)

Avid Life’s vice president and general counsel, Avi Weisman, confirmed in an email to The Am Law Daily that the company is currently working with DLA Piper and Barnes & Thornburg in the U.S. and leading Canadian firm Stikeman Elliott north of the border.

Weisman, who has spent the past two years handling Avid Life’s legal affairs, noted that DLA Piper is assisting in the practice areas of cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, while Barnes & Thornburg is providing technology and IP counsel, as well as corporate representation. The team from Stikeman is focused on communications and privacy law, including cross-border legal matters.

Read the whole story at The American Lawyer

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