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Massachusetts Fines Bank for Data Breach

On December 8, a large bank settled with the state of Massachusetts for $825,000 over a data breach that exposed the personal information of at least 260,000 customers. In March 2012, the bank allegedly lost unencrypted...more

Right to privacy still tentative in Japan

The Tokyo District Court has ruled in the case of a plaintiff who claimed his privacy rights had been violated because Google search engine results of his name included news articles suggesting he had a criminal past....more

Grand Theft PHI – Are Vendors Putting You at Risk for a HIPAA Breach?

Your vendor’s employee goes home after a long day of collecting wellness questionnaires and biometric screening results only to wake up the next day to discover that her car has been stolen from her driveway. As you can...more

Blog: Beth Israel To Pay $100,000 for Massachusetts Health Information Breach

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Beth Israel) reached a settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office for a data breach in which a physically unsecured laptop was stolen containing personal and protected...more

Employer Wins Dismissal of Federal Claims for Wiping Data from Terminated Employee’s Smart Phone

In one of the first reported cases of its kind, a federal district court in Texas recently dismissed federal claims brought under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) and the Consumer Fraud & Abuse Act (“CFAA”)...more

Storing IP addresses – German referal to the ECJ

(Decision of 28 October 2014, VI ZR 135/13) - The German Federal Supreme Court had to decide whether the Federal Republic of Germany may save the IP address of a visitor to their websites beyond the termination of the...more

Pharmacy Liable for Employee’s Illegal Peek at Customer Prescription Records

In what’s being touted as a national precedent, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a $1.4 million trial court verdict for a Walgreens customer whose prescription information was leaked by a pharmacist to a third party. This...more

Your Contract May Not Be as Confidential as You Think: Another Lesson in Safeguarding Trade Secrets in Government Procurement

For a second time this year, the Washington Court of Appeals has rejected claims that pricing and other information contained in contracts between private companies and government agencies are trade secrets not subject to...more

Texas Supreme Court weekly orders (11/14)

In its weekly orders (11/21/14), the Texas Supreme Court issued five new opinions and granted review in three cases. Click here to read the order list and find the opinions....more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #2

Shhhhh…Whisper Faces Lawmaker Scrutiny Over Privacy Claims - Just how safe is the purported “safest place on the Internet”?: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) wants to find out. The Chair of the Senate Committee on...more

FTC Challenges Privacy Self-Regulation Offered by TRUSTe

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced an enforcement action against TRUSTe, a provider of privacy certifications for online businesses. The settlement resolves allegations that TRUSTe deceived consumers about...more

FTC Settles With Debt Broker That Posted Consumer Financial Information

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has settled a complaint against consumer debt broker Bayview Solutions, LLC, as well as its principal, Aron Tomko, based on allegations that they had publicly disclosed the personal...more

Let’s Go To The Videotape: Can School Security Videos Be Subject To Disclosure Under FOIA?

School districts usually deny requests to view school video recordings, such as security tapes, in light of concerns about the privacy rights of students featured on these recordings. In a recent decision, the Freedom of...more

EEOC Attacks Another Wellness Program

EEOC Files Lawsuit and Motion for TRO and Injunction. Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota to prevent Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell)...more

Publix to Pay $6.8 Million for Alleged FCRA Violations

Publix Super Markets Inc. has agreed to pay $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over the supermarket chain’s background check procedures. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers must provide prior...more

Bank to Make $850,000 Payout for 2012 Data Breach

A major national bank will pay $850,000 for allowing a data breach to compromise the personal information of 260,000 of its customers. Nine states — Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,...more

Judge Posner’s Scathing Critique of a Proposed Coupon Settlement

The topic of potential self-dealing in class action settlements has been written about extensively. While class counsel may be fully aligned with the class in seeking to maximize the settlement, their interests diverge...more

The FCC Moves To Expand Its Data Security Regulatory Reach - The FCC fines two telecommunications companies $10 million—and faces...

On October 24, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) levied a $10 million fine against two telecommunications companies that allegedly stored unencrypted personally identifiable customer data online with no...more

Data protection damages have to be proven

Data protection breaches do not entitle per se to claim damages that damages have to be proven by the plaintiff according to the Italian Supreme Court....more

California District Court Finds Threat of Future Harm Sufficient to Confer Article III Standing in Data Breach Action

In a departure from the mounting body of case law finding that the “increased risk of future harm” is insufficient to confer Article III standing on victims of a data breach, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District...more

Japan – Google Privacy Case

On 9 October 2014, Judge Nobuyuki Seki of the Tokyo District Court granted a provisional injunction against Google Inc. (“Google“) and ordered Google to delete search results of a plaintiff who claimed his privacy rights had...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #44

We are pleased to present the 44th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases that address subpoena enforcement, a rejected class action settlement, and...more

Recent Trends in HIPAA Liability

Since the passage of the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule, there has been a substantial increase in HIPAA enforcement actions brought by the Department of Health and Human Services, including an increase in so-called “high-impact...more

California Appellate Court Limits Liability under California’s Medical Confidentiality Act for Disclosure of Medical Information

In what should be considered a win for the defense, the California Third Appellate Court recently overturned the lower court’s denial of a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit seeking $4 billion in damages under...more

Breaking News: The COPPA Enforcement Actions Are Here!

As we predicted in prior blog posts, the Federal Trade Commission has begun its vigorous enforcement of the Amended COPPA Rule. And one of the players is not a child-related site, so read on. The Commission just announced ...more

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