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Part III: Has Congress Spoken and Does It Really Matter? The Wyndham Worldwide Case and the Expanding Power of the FTC to Police...

In the first and second parts of this series, we provided a summary of the District Court of New Jersey’s recent decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and then focused on whether the FTC has given “fair notice” to...more

How Significant is the Wyndham Case to the US Cybersecurity Legal Landscape?

The security community has been abuzz this week with the US. District Court of New Jersey's April 7 ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, et al. Wyndham had asserted in a motion to dismiss that...more

Redbox Covers the Nation with Red Box DVD Rental Units, But its CGL Policy Doesn’t Cover Redbox

Companies facing liability for possible violations of privacy protection statutes are continuing to look to their traditional commercial general liability policies (“CGL”) for coverage. But, as Redbox recently discovered,...more

Business News Digest – April 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity Assessments – Using the Tool Well - A SOX in the Gut: Supreme Court Vastly Expands Workplace "Whistleblower" Law - SEC to Scrutinize Never-Examined Investment...more

Banks Withdraw Lawsuits Against Target and Trustwave

UPDATE to our story yesterday: In what apparently is a big “oops,” two banks that took legal action against Target over its recent data breach have withdrawn their claims. The suits were withdrawn due to an erroneous...more

Settlement on the Horizon in Massachusetts ZIP Code Litigation

A recent proposed settlement in Massachusetts may signal readiness on the part of retailers to end so-called “ZIP code” litigation. In 2011, customers of the arts and crafts retailer Michaels Stores Inc. filed a proposed...more

Personal Injury Coverage Does not Apply to Data Breach

According to a Law360 report, Sony Units Denied Coverage For Suits Tied To Cyber Attack (subscription required), a New York state judge ruled last Friday in the Zurich v. Sony insurance litigation that the stealing of...more

What is “Expedient” Notification of a “Data Breach?”

One of the first questions companies ask us when we are hired to help them respond to a new security incident is how fast they have to notify if the investigation shows that a “breach” occurred. Except for a couple of states...more

Illinois Court Holds Junk Fax Claim Not Within Products Coverage

In its recent decision in Windmill Nursing Pavilion v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2013 IL. App. (1st) 122431, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider the scope of products-completed operations...more

What’s Going On With Class Actions Alleging That Businesses That Record Customer-Service Calls Are Violating California’s Invasion...

Since 2006, companies based outside California have been alert to the potential burdens of class actions under California’s Invasion of Privacy Act (“CIPA”), Cal. Penal Code § 630 et seq. The laws of most states, as well as...more

Back to Google’s Backyard: Forum and Venue Clause Enforced to Dismiss Putative Class Action

For most corporations, standard forum and venue “home court advantage” clauses are par for the course. For companies with an expansive reach like Google’s, they are essential. Google has long included these clauses in its...more

Privacy Class Action – Theories of Liability – 2013 Year in Review

One hot area of data privacy litigation over the past several years has been data breach class actions brought under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (“CMIA”), which provides that a person may recover...more

Litigation Update – The Electronic Loss of Privilege

The art of communication has changed considerably over the past few years. Rather than in-person or telephonic, the majority of communications in today’s business world are electronically transmitted. Likewise, professional...more

Genesco Wins One, Loses One in Its Case Challenging PCI DSS Fines and Assessments

On November 25, 2013, Chief Judge William Haynes filed the latest order in Genesco v. Visa, Civ. No. 3:13-cv-00202 (M.D. Tenn.). In his one-line order, Judge Haynes denied Genesco’s motion for partial summary judgment...more

Recent California Decision Upholds Data Breach Coverage

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently upheld coverage under a commercial general liability policy for a hospital data breach that compromised the confidential medical records of nearly 20,000...more

Class Action Settlement Based on Voucher Payout Wins Preliminary Approval by California District Court

On November 5, 2013, a California federal district court preliminarily approved a revised coupon-based class action settlement agreement between plaintiffs and OfficeMax (see Order Granting Preliminary Approval of Revised...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claim against Insurer for Indemnification or a Defense for a Privacy Claim under a...

On October 22, 2013, in The Zodiac Group, Inc. v. Axis Surplus Insurance Co., the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of The Zodiac Group’s (Zodiac’s) claim against...more

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Challenge to Facebook's "Beacon" Class Action Settlement

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a case challenging the fairness of a cy pres settlement of a class action against Facebook related to Facebook’s “Beacon” program that was launched in late 2007. Although the...more

Limit the Risks Associated with Distributing Privileged Communications Inside the Company

Our team at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck recently alerted you to the risk of corporate executives using business email accounts for personal purposes. Click here to read the first alert. In light of developing case law in...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Oct 29, 2013

California Insurance Dreamin’ - Why it matters: The Swanson decision establishes a clear boundary line for an insurer’s Cumis obligations. Just because a conflict existed at one point in the litigation and the insurer...more

Al Jazeera America, LLC v. AT&T Services, Inc., C.A. No. 8823-VCG (Del. Ch. Oct. 14, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery ordered plaintiff Al Jazeera America, LLC (“Al Jazeera”) to file a revised public copy of its complaint, removing a majority of the redactions contained in the public copy it had...more

California Federal Court Denies Class Certification In Song-Beverly Credit Card Act Case

On October 4, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California denied certification of a putative class of consumers that had alleged a major retailer’s policy of requiring online customers to provide their...more

ICO fine overturned: An eye off the ball but still on the money

For the first time ever, a fine issued by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has been overturned on appeal. On 21 August 2013, the UK Information Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) handed down its preliminary decision...more

Court of Appeal Upholds Ordinance Regulating Medical Marijuana

A trial court enjoined enforcement of a City of Los Angeles ordinance that regulates the number and geographic distribution of medical marijuana collectives. The court of appeal reversed the trial court’s order finding that...more

Wal-Mart Prevails in Credit Card Class Battle Over Practice of Collecting Addresses and Phone Numbers

In a victory for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a federal district court judge has refused to certify a Rule 23(b)(3) class in a lawsuit for violation of California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act (Cal. Civ. Code § 1747 et...more

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