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The Telephone Consumer Protection Act Overview

The TCPA has been a source of significant class action activity in recent years as businesses seek to navigate the law and plaintiffs’ lawyers seek to exploit its many ambiguities....more

FTC Administrative Law Judge To FTC: "Not So Fast On Data Security Enforcement!"

After repeatedly losing various challenges to the Federal Trade Commission's ("FTC's") authority to investigate and sanction it for alleged data security violations, LabMD Inc. ("LabMD") has finally come out on top, at least...more

FTC Fails to Prove Case Against LabMD

Last Friday, Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell ruled that the FTC had failed to prove its case against LabMD and dismissed the FTC's Complaint. LabMD is one of only two companies (the other being Wyndham) to...more

7th Circuit: Consumers are Not Injured by the Undisclosed Sale of Personally-Identifiable Information

On November 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit held that consumers who authorized defendants to share their personally-identifiable information (PII) with third parties were not injured when defendants...more

FTC Jurisdiction in Data Security Regulation Potentially Limited in FTC v. LabMD

A November 13, 2015 decision from the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Administrative Law Judge, D. Michael Chappell, calls into question FTC jurisdiction in the data privacy space. The case began when the FTC filed a...more

FTC Case Against LabMD Dismissed Due to Lack of Harm

This past Friday the 13th was not a lucky day for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) dismissed the FTC’s data security enforcement proceeding against LabMD on the grounds that the FTC failed...more

ALJ Dismisses FTC’s Data Security Suit Against LabMD for Failure to Prove ‘Substantial Injury’ to Consumers

In a landmark decision, an administrative law judge dismissed the FTC’s long-running data security lawsuit against Atlanta-based cancer screening laboratory, LabMD Inc., following an alleged data breach. Chief Administrative...more

Cookies, Promises, and California: Why the 3rd Circuit Revived Privacy Claims Against Google

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit revived several privacy claims against Google pertaining to the Internet company’s practice of side-stepping “cookie blockers” on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and...more

Standing Issues Could Still Derail Google Cookie Placement Litigation

In a decision almost a year in the making, the Third Circuit’s recent opinion in In re Google Inc. Cookie Placement Privacy Litig. (3d Cir. Nov. 10, 2015), (“Google”), reversed a trial court order dismissing a lawsuit...more

FTC Blasted in LabMD Data Security Case

In a long-running and highly contentious data security enforcement action against LabMD, a small medical testing laboratory, the Federal Trade Commission was handed a stunning defeat late Friday. In a 92-page ruling, Chief...more

Which Way is the “Wyndham” Blowing? Cyber Regulation After FTC vs. Wyndham

Does the Third Circuit’s recent decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. usher in a new era of enforcement by the FTC and other federal agencies regarding cybersecurity practices? Regardless of the answer, it is important...more

The Land of the Rising Sun—and Rising Data Protection Requirements

Between January 2016 and September 2017, a series of amendments to Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) will go into effect. The amendments, which were promulgated in September 2015, are the first...more

FCC settles data security enforcement action with Cox

In what had been touted as the first data security enforcement action with a cable operator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has agreed to settle an enforcement action following a data breach with Cox...more

Advertising Law - November 2015 #2

It’s a FACT(A): Record Deals Reached Under the Statute - Two record-setting deals were recently reached in Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA) cases, where the Laboratory Corporation of America and Spirit...more

How to use the Rule 26(f) Conference to avoid data dumps

Back in the days of paper discovery—when productions came in bankers’ boxes and document reviews involved paper cuts—litigators would attempt to try to gain a tactical advantage by “burying” opponents under mountains of...more

U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework for Data Sharing

Exactly one month after the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) released its judgment in Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (C-362-14), the European Union released a Communication discussing the...more

Supreme Court denies cert in case involving cell location privacy rights

On July 31, 2015, Quartavious Davis petitioned for certiorari in Davis v. United States, No. 15-146 asking (1) whether the acquisition of a cell phone user’s location data from his cellular service provider constitutes a...more

“And That’s the End!” 11th Circuit Ends VPPA Action in Ellis, But Leaves the Question of What is PII Unresolved

Digital content and media providers got some good news from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in October when the court held that plaintiffs must be “subscribers” and not just users of a provider’s service to...more

Spokeo, Palatine Cases Discuss Negligible Harm from Privacy Breaches, Could Put Damper on Suits

A recent argument and non-decision at the Supreme Court could have significant effects on plaintiffs’ lawsuits under consumer data protection and privacy laws. Last week, the Court heard arguments on the standard of harm for...more

Safe Harbor Not Binding! European Court of Justice Bares Its Teeth

In its decision on October 6, 2015 (file-no. C-362/14), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) stated that the commonly used Safe Harbor Principles, which were previously deemed to be a safe way to legally transfer data to the...more

Privacy Law, Cross-Border Data Flows, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: What Counsel Need to Know

Privacy law has become such a hot-button issue that it now finds its way into multilateral trade treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP or Agreement). On November 5, 2015, the U.S. Trade Representative...more

Google seeks dismissal or stay of email scanning litigation

Google has recently asked a California federal court to dismiss a proposed class action alleging that the company’s practice of scanning Gmail users e-mail for marketing data violates federal and state privacy laws, primarily...more

Mind The Gaps: Path To Privacy And Cyber Related Insurance Coverage Remains Uncertain

As lawsuits against companies for breach of privacy-related laws and cyber security failures continue to rise, the only thing that is certain is that it is uncertain just how much coverage is out there under commercial...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms That Users of Free Mobile Applications Are Not Subscribers Under the Video Privacy Protection Act

The Video Privacy Protection Act was enacted in 1988 following the publication of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork’s family video rental records. The Act generally prohibits “video tape service providers” from knowingly...more

Court Rules Target Data Breach Internal Investigation Documents Largely Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege/Work Product...

The Minnesota magistrate judge presiding over discovery in the litigation seeking to hold Target Corp. liable for the retailer’s 2013 data breach issued an order denying the motion by a plaintiff class of about 9,000 banks to...more

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