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Recent Circuit Court Opinions Offer Guidance on Challenging the Standing Requirement for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Cases

By following trends and monitoring successful defenses in data breach litigation, companies can often avoid the reputational harm caused by making headlines. For most companies,it is not a question of whether they have been...more

Wendy’s Successful in Trimming Data Breach Class Action Suit But No Dismissal

We have previously discussed the class action case filed against Wendy’s as a result of a data breach. The case was initially dismissed based upon lack of standing, but the plaintiffs were given the opportunity to amend the...more

Veteran Class-Action Suits Following Data Breaches Dismissed for Lack of Standing

In a decision consolidating two cases involving two veterans and two separate incidences of data breaches at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in South Carolina, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit...more

Post-Spokeo, Michigan’s VRPA Still a Thorn in the Side of Magazine Sellers

Last month, a federal district court held that alleged violators of Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act (the “VRPA”) cannot seek shelter under the United States Supreme Court’s Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins ruling. The Court also...more

Fourth Circuit To Plaintiffs: “Could” Isn’t Enough For Standing

A split continued to develop in the federal courts last month as the Fourth Circuit denied Article III standing to the plaintiffs in a data breach case whose alleged injuries were limited to the increased risk of future...more

Law Firm Sued for Alleged Lax Data Security Obtains Significant Win in District Court

Back in December of last year, we reported that for the first time, a U.S. law firm – Johnson & Bell, a mid-sized Chicago firm – was publicly named in a class action data security lawsuit. Last month, the firm obtained a...more

Plaintiffs in Horizon Breach Win Key Article III Ruling at 3rd Circuit

Recently, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissal of a class action filed in the aftermath of a data breach at Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.,...more

District Court Rules That Statutory Violation Without Actual Damages Counts As Injury In Fact For Article III Standing

On February 15, 2017, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan denied Time Inc.’s (“Time”) motion to dismiss a lawsuit predicated on Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act (the “Act”). According to...more

Ninth Circuit: Redefining the Reach of Spokeo, and “Effective Consent” under the TCPA

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that, for purposes of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), the scope of a consumer’s consent depends on the transactional context in which it is given. Van...more

Standing In Data Breach Class Actions: The Fourth Circuit Weighs In, Affirming Dismissal For Lack Of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a unanimous opinion in Beck v. McDonaldon February 6, 2017, clarifying the standard for Article III standing and what constitutes sufficient injury-in-fact in putative...more

Litigation Alert: The Fourth Circuit Limits Standing to Bring Data Breach Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has made it more difficult to establish Article III standing in data breach cases both at the pleading stage and at summary judgment by requiring plaintiffs to allege and show...more

Van Patten V. Vertical Fitness Is No TCPA Killer

The rise of Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation in the past decade has been staggering. From just 14 cases in 2007, the number of TCPA-related filings has exploded to 4,860 in 2016 — a total that is expected to...more

Fourth Circuit Weighs In on Article III Standing in Data Breach Suits

Earlier this month, the Fourth Circuit weighted in with the most recent decision in the developing case law on Article III standing in data breach litigation, a topic that we have been covering extensively on this...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Discharge of Employee in Safety-Sensitive Position Who Tested Positive for Cocaine

On February 6, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wyandotte County, Kansas, did not violate the U.S. Constitution by discharging an employee in a safety-sensitive position after he tested positive for cocaine...more

Ninth Circuit Weighs in on Prior Express Consent and Revocation of Consent

The Ninth Circuit recently weighed in on the limitations of prior express consent and revocation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”). In Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness Group, LLC, the consumer provided...more

Ruling Vacating Target Consumer Class Settlement Highlights The Problem Of Standing In Data Breach Cases

When hackers steal consumer data, injury to consumers is not a foregone conclusion. This is particularly so where credit and debit card numbers are stolen. Banks, not consumers, bear the cost of fraudulent charges. ...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in...more

Beck v. McDonald – 4th Circuit Weighs In on Standing in Data Breach Case

We don’t see a lot of data breach litigation here in the Fourth Circuit. So it is notable that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion yesterday that weighs in on the standing debate (For more on the debate:...more

TCPA Class Certified Based Largely on “Concrete Injury” Determination

Following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540, 1549 (2016) – which held that Article III standing requires a concrete injury, even when an injury has otherwise been established...more

Spokeo-Based Challenge to TCPA Lawsuit Denied by Illinois Federal Court

A recent Spokeo-based challenge to a plaintiff’s standing in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) lawsuit was denied by a federal court in the Northern District of Illinois. With the denial of the motion to dismiss,...more

Third Circuit Finds FCRA Violation Alone Confers Standing for Data Breach Suit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled that a data breach class action may proceed on the basis of a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violation alone, even where the putative class members do...more

Litigation Alert: The Ninth Circuit Holds That a Telephone Consumer Protection Act Violation Alone Is Sufficient To Establish...

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that allegations that unsolicited advertisement text messages were sent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) established a concrete...more

The Latest Word (or Text) on TCPA Standing Post-Spokeo and Consent

On January 30, 2017, in Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness Group, No. 14-55980, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) plaintiff had sufficiently alleged an Article III...more

Third Circuit Moves Toward a Broader View of Standing in FCRA Data-Breach Class Action

Recently, the Third Circuit widened the gates for certain data-breach plaintiffs, holding that alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) constitute injuries-in-fact sufficient for Article III standing. In...more

Seventh Circuit Sheds Light on Spokeo; Affirms Dismissal of Class Action for Lack of Standing

When Derek Gubala subscribed to Time Warner Cable in 2004, he gave it his birth date, home address, home and work phone numbers, social security number, and credit card information. Gubala canceled his subscription in...more

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