James Vorhis

James Vorhis

Nossaman LLP

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House Committee Warns Congress to Set Security Standards

Recently, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee told Congress that they must set cyber security standards for all devices connected to the internet or else face the possibility of a major cyberattack that could...more

11/28/2016 - Connected Items Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Security Internet Trump Administration U.S. House

Beazley Report Details Increase in Ransomware Attacks

A report issued last week by Beazley, one of the prominent insurance companies in the cyber field, revealed what industry experts predicted earlier in the year – ransomware is an increasingly prevalent menace. That report is...more

11/2/2016 - Cyber Attacks Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity Data Breach Hackers Incident Response Plans Insurance Industry Malware Privacy Concerns Ransomware

Bad Faith Actions for Excess Judgments….is There Trouble Brewing for Recalcitrant Primary Insurers

Can an excess carrier go ahead and fund an excess primary limits settlement and then assert a claim for bad faith against the primary insurer who previously refused to accept and fund a prior in-limits policy demand? On...more

8/11/2016 - Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Denial of Insurance Coverage Equitable Subrogation Film Industry Fireman's Fund Insurance Insurance Industry Insurance Litigation Movies Warner Brothers Entertainment Workplace Injury

Despite Adoption of EU-US Privacy Shield, Uncertainties Remain

You may recall our previous posts about the drafting and negotiation of the EU-US Privacy Shield, the law designed to implement a data sharing agreement that sets specific privacy standards for companies sharing information...more

7/27/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) Data Protection Authority EU EU-US Privacy Shield International Data Transfers Member State Personal Data Referendums UK UK Brexit US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

SEC Fines Morgan Stanley for Data “Breach”

Last week, the SEC fined Morgan Stanley $1 million for two data security failures resulting in the exposure of personal information of 730,000 of its customers. Andrew Ceresney, the director of enforcement at the SEC stated,...more

6/17/2016 - Data Breach Data Privacy Financial Markets Hackers Investors Morgan Stanley Personally Identifiable Information Popular SEC Securities

Courts Continue to Grapple with Data Breach Claims

Our last few blogs have focused on litigation under the Video Privacy Protection Act, including the recent ruling from the 10th Circuit in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7791 (1st...more

6/16/2016 - Anthem Blue Cross Class Action Cyber Attacks Data Breach Hackers Personally Identifiable Information PHI Popular Privacy Policy Standing

Stick Up Your Hands! The Increasingly Common Form of Ransom, and the Insurance That Will Help You Recoup Some of Your Funds

It was recently revealed that the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid $17,000 in bitcoins as ransom to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network. This is not the first time hackers have held up a...more

5/6/2016 - Cyber Attacks Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity Hackers Insurance Industry Malware Popular Ransomware

Fourth Circuit Finds Coverage for Information Breach under CGL Policy

For policyholders and attorneys that have feared the lack of coverage for data breaches under traditional policies (CGL, property), a recent ruling suggest that it is not time to write off those policies as a potential source...more

4/13/2016 - Class Action Commercial General Liability Policies Data Breach Duty to Defend Electronic Medical Records Insurance Industry Sony Travelers Property Casualty Co.

The Evolving World of Privacy and Data Security Covered at Nossaman-UCI Cyber Symposium

On October 12, Nossaman and UC Irvine hosted their first annual cyber symposium at the Los Angeles City Club. The event brought experts together to discuss a variety of critical issues in the worlds of privacy and data...more

10/26/2015 - Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cyber Insurance Cyber Threats Cyberforensics Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Security Google Hackers KPMG Popular Privacy Policy Sony

[Event] Cybersecurity, Data Breach, and Privacy:A Dialogue on the Rising Risks and Evolving Legal Landscape - Oct. 12th, Los...

Nossaman LLP and University of California, Irvine School of Law invite you to join us for this complimentary half-day seminar on recent developments in the areas of cybersecurity, data breach, privacy, and their implications...more

10/1/2015 - Cyber Attacks Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Intellectual Property Protection

Insurers Pay to Avoid a Precedent Finding CGL Coverage for a Cyberbreach – the Zurich v. Sony Settlement

It was reported today that the widely-watched data breach case, Zurich American Ins. Co., et al  v. Sony Corp. of America (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Feb. 21, 2014), has been settled before the New York appellate court could issue an...more

5/1/2015 - Commercial General Liability Policies Data Breach Invasion of Privacy Policy Exclusions Sony Zurich America Insurance Co.

The Treasury Recommends Cyberinsurance For Banks

If you think you are being overly paranoid about the recent cyber attacks on Sony, JP Morgan, and Target, think again. You aren’t the only one that has been paying attention – hackers are also front-and-center on the minds...more

12/15/2014 - Banks Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity Financial Institutions U.S. Treasury

Are you Really Protected? The Proliferation of Data Breaches Highlight the Increasing Role Cyber Insurance will Play

Every day seems to bring a new story about a significant data breach. Just within the last few weeks we have learned of the following cyber attacks... ...more

10/16/2014 - Commercial General Liability Policies Cyber Attacks Cyber Insurance Data Breach Liability Insurance

Mind the Details: Make Sure your WRAP Coverage is Done Right

A client recently asked for advice about insuring their development project with a wrap insurance policy. As we talked through the pros and cons, I was reminded of the intricacies of wrap insurance products. Undoubtedly,...more

10/13/2014 - Commercial General Liability Policies Commercial Insurance Policies Commercial Property Owners Construction Industry General Contractors Property Owners Real Estate Development Risk Mitigation Wraparound Coverage

If Exposed to Cyber-Attacks, Cyberinsurance May Cover Losses

Your network is your company’s life blood. You want to be protected in the event your cybersecurity is breached; the attack on Target being a recent, well-publicized reminder to the threat of cyber attacks. ...more

7/2/2014 - Cyber Attacks Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity

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