June 18, 2015

In this article, Jenner & Block Partner Mary Ellen Callahan and Associate Emily A. Bruemmer explore the potential legal implications of the alleged hack by the St. Louis Cardinals front-office employees into the computer database of the Houston Astros internal network.  The range of civil and criminal penalties is significant, in addition to any actions that Major League Baseball could take under its own rules.  The news of the investigation is a sign that the bases are loaded for criminal prosecutions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), and the authors examine the reach of the CFAA and applicability of potential felony enhancements. The article is the latest installment of Ms. Callahan's regular Privacy and Information Governance (PIG) Tales column in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal.