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The Ninth Circuit Revives Consumer Class Action, Finding Intangible Harm Sufficient to Confer Article III Standing

by Hogan Lovells on

The six-year fight over the type of harm a plaintiff must allege to satisfy the “injury in fact” requirement for lawsuits alleging false reporting of credit information took its latest turn this week. On Tuesday, August 15,...more

Mistake in Your Credit Report? The Latest Spokeo Decision Suggests You May Have A Case.

In the 9th Circuit’s August 15, 2017 decision in Robins v. Spokeo, the latest in the long-running legal debate about when a consumer cause of action exists for a data breach, the 9th Circuit has declared that inaccuracies in...more

D.C. Circuit Concludes Heightened Risk of Future Identity Theft Enough for Standing in Data Breach Class Action

by Fisher Phillips on

Much to the dismay of companies, on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit made it easier for plaintiffs, and their attorneys, to bring class action data breach cases. In Attias v. CareFirst, Inc.,...more

D.C. Circuit Finds that Theft of Health Insurance Subscriber ID Numbers Is a Cognizable Injury in Identity Theft Litigation

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Recently, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Attias v. CareFirst, Inc., No. 16-7108, that customers had standing to sue a health insurer for a 2014 data breach in which the customers’ information was stolen. ...more

Apple Takes Bite From Data Security False Ad Suit

Apple scored a victory in a data security suit when a California federal court judge denied a plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of consumers asserting false advertising claims....more

The DC Circuit Opens the Door to Data Breach Plaintiffs Alleging Substantial Risk of Future ID Theft

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has held that allegations of a heightened risk of future identity theft resulting from a data breach established a concrete injury at the pleading stage....more

In Data Breach Lawsuit, Mere Risk of Identity Theft is Enough to Stand On

by Saul Ewing LLP on

As the frequency of data breach incidents increases at a record pace, courts are becoming less reluctant to open the floodgates and allow consumers to bring data breach lawsuits. In its recent Attias v. CareFirst, Inc....more

Key Considerations for Adopting Ephemeral Communications Tools

by Mintz Levin - Mintz Edge on

The combination of emerging technologies, information security risks and electronic discovery obligations continues to give rise to questions regarding best practices for adoption of modern ephemeral communication tools in...more

Are DC Federal Courts the Next Hotbed for Data Breach Class Actions?

by Carlton Fields on

We have previously reported on the evolving circuit split over standing in data breach class actions. On August 1st, a three judge panel for the District of Columbia Circuit became the latest to weigh in on the issue. In...more

Federal Appeals Court Says Healthcare Insurer Must Face Data Breach Lawsuit

A federal appeals court earlier this week dealt a blow to healthcare insurer CareFirst, Inc., concluding that a group of customers have the right to pursue a class action data breach lawsuit based on a 2014 cyberattack....more

D.C. Circuit Reverses Data Breach Class Action Dismissal on Standing Grounds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has reinstated a data breach class action filed against CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst). The lawsuit stems from a June 2014 data breach in which hackers infiltrated 22...more

Monkey See… Now, How NOT To Do

Wells Fargo’s inadvertent production of personal identifying information (“PII”) in a case involving a former employee became national news when the New York Times broke the story late last week. Discovery practices are...more

Follow the Money and Beware the Extra “L”: First Department Sustains Claims against Fund Administrator After Hackers Grab Millions

A legal feud is underway between the world’s biggest hedge fund administrator and a former client over an email scam that resulted in hackers stealing millions in client funds. And not surprisingly, the time-honored...more

Colorado District Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action Against Noodles & Company

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado recently dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit filed by financial institutions relating to a 2016 data breach that involved hundreds of Noodles & Company (Noodles)...more

Bullet-Point Update: Electronic and Federal Court Discovery Issues for the Week of July 14, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Cloud Computing - • Use this to convince your clients that their cloud storage may be discoverable: Open Text Corp. v. Grimes, 2017 WL 2733937 (D. Md. June 26, 2017) (Noting earlier entry of an agreed order requiring a...more

Deeper Dive: Application of Work-Product Doctrine to Forensic Investigations

by BakerHostetler on

In a recent post, we addressed the role a forensic investigation plays in a company’s response to a data security incident. We noted that to maximize the likelihood that a forensic firm’s work will be covered by the...more

Review Of Previously Opened Email May Violate SCA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the midst of a heated litigation commenced by an employer against its former employee for alleged violations of a non-compete agreement, an employee returned the cell phone she used during her employment. Prior to...more

Former Employee Need Not Allege Emails Were Unopened to Assert Claim of Unauthorized Access Under Stored Communications Act

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this month, a federal court denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a claim that it violated the Stored Communications Act (SCA) by accessing a former employee’s personal emails, concluding that the plaintiff need not...more

Defending Novel Theories In Data-Breach Litigation

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

The success of a data-breach lawsuit often turns on whether the plaintiff has standing to sue. Showing actual injury can be especially hard when the only alleged damage consists of a risk of future identity theft....more

VTech Escapes Class Action Case Over Breach of 11 Million Toy Users’ Information

In November 2015, VTech Electonics North America LLC (VTech) announced that an unauthorized party infiltrated its network and gained access to the personal information of 5 million adults and 6.5 million children through its...more

Alaska Genetic Privacy Suit Survives Motion To Dismiss

by King & Spalding on

On June 30, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska—in Cole v. Gene by Gene, Ltd., No. 1:14-CV-00004-SLG, 2017 WL 2838256, at *5 (D. Alaska June 30, 2017)—denied a motion to dismiss a putative class action...more

Solicitor General Urges Supreme Court Review of Second Circuit Microsoft Decision

On June 23, 2017, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court requesting reversal of a 2016 decision in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Law Firms’ Data Duty: Protecting Client Information From Cybercriminals

by McGuireWoods LLP on

July 1, 2017 The impact from the recent Petya/NotPetya ransomware attack — or what was reported as a ransomware attack but now appears to be something even more damaging — continues to spread around the globe, with several...more

Class Action and Regulatory Settlements Reflect the Rising Cost of Data Breaches

by Carlton Fields on

As the number of data breaches continues to increase, so too do the costs. After a breach occurs, companies typically expend significant sums conducting investigations, notifying customers and regulators, and engaging in...more

Supreme Court of Canada Allows British Columbians to Pursue Privacy Class Action Against Facebook

On June 23, 2017, in Douez v. Facebook Inc. (Douez), the Supreme Court of Canada considered the enforceability of forum selection clauses involving consumers and privacy rights. The application judge had declined to enforce a...more

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