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Alberta Arbitration Board Rules Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Unreasonable

In the ongoing debate on random drug and alcohol testing of employees, an Alberta Arbitration Board (the “Board”) has found that an employer’s random drug and alcohol testing policy is unreasonable. The Board’s...more

HIPAA Complaint Seeks Class Action Status

A complaint filed in the Superior Court of California on March 14, 2014, requested certification as a class action and sought a wide variety of damages arising from a breach of personal information. Doe vs. Sutherland Health...more

No Harm, Still Foul? Florida Court Approves Data-Breach Class Action Settlement

Data-breach class action suits may have just gained significant traction. On Feb. 28, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida approved a first of its kind class action data breach settlement that...more

Germany to Tighten Data Protection Laws: Consumer Protection Associations shall be Granted Right to take Businesses to Court

Germany's data protection laws, already known as one of the strictest in the world, are facing an even stricter approach when Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas on February 11, 2014 announced a new draft bill that would...more

Employees Seek To Take Bite From Apple (and Urban Outfitters)

Chances are that if you ask someone what they remember from the cult-classic Paul Verhoeven film Total Recall, they’ll recall (among other things) the sequence where Arnold Schwarzenegger attempts to sneak through security....more

Commercial Financial Services Brief: Can My Bank Recover Costs Related to Replacing Debit or Credit Cards?

Many financial institutions are counting the costs they are incurring for replacing customer debit or credit cards as a result of recently discovered security breaches at various national retailers. These costs will be...more

Once Again, Clapper Defeats Data Breach Class Action

Article III standing has once again proved to be an insurmountable hurdle for data breach class action plaintiffs whose personal information hasn’t been misused. In Galaria v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., an Ohio federal...more

Google To Get Grilling Before UK Courts for Covert Safari Browser Tracking

High Court Judge Mr Justice Michael Tugendhat has declared in the case Vidal-Hall & Ors v Google Inc. [2014] EWHC 13 (QB) (16 January 2014) that infamous U.S. corporation Google Inc. (‘Google’) will face the scrutiny of the...more

Damages Issues Again Thwart the Bulk of Plaintiffs’ Claims in the PlayStation Network Data Breach Class Action

In the latest chapter in the Sony PlayStation Network (“PSN”) data breach saga, a decision that issued on January 21, 2014 permanently dismissed all but a handful of the class action claims advanced in a 51 count complaint. ...more

Are Confidential Witness Reforms Looming On The Horizon? Can The Plaintiff’s Bar Stop Them?

A decision is expected shortly in the highly publicized so-called confidential witness “scandal” involving the Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd law firm. Judge Suzanne B. Conlon of the United States District Court, Northern...more

A Weapon Against Hackers on the Home Front

Although headlines have focused on foreign cyberattacks, plenty are U.S.-based—and can be remedied. Over the past year the national press has repeatedly reported on the vulner­ability of our intellectual property to...more

Class Action – Damages and Class Treatment – 2013 Year in Review

In 2013, theories of injury and damages revealed themselves to be deciding factors at the class certification stage of litigation and whether plaintiffs are able to prove damages on a class-wide basis. Even in those cases...more

Privacy Class Action – Article III Standing – 2013 Outlook

For a number of years, the key issue in data privacy class actions has been whether plaintiffs could allege damages sufficient for standing purposes or to state a claim for relief. Several key decisions addressed the issue in...more

Fear FACTA: Beware the Truncation Requirement of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act

All businesses, large and small, that issue electronically generated credit or debit card receipts to consumers at the point of transaction are subject to the “truncation” requirement of the Fair and Accurate Credit...more

Calif. Case Limits Health Care Data Breach Claims

The California Court of Appeal recently limited plaintiffs’ ability to state a claim under the California Medical Information Act (CMIA), Cal. Civ. Code §§ 56 et seq., and their ability to get statutory damages under the act....more

U.K. Court of Appeal’s Award of Compensation for Distress to an Individual Following a Breach of the Data Protection Act: Opening...

Whilst regulatory action by the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Of?ce (‘‘ICO’’) is relatively commonplace and well reported following data breaches, particularly since the ICO was granted powers to issue on the spot ?nes for...more

Third Circuit Finds Delaware Chancery’s Arbitration Program Unconstitutional

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed an injunction against the Delaware Court of Chancery’s arbitration program, finding that the confidential proceedings violate the First...more

Little Harm, Big Damages: AvMed Settlement Could Change the Landscape for Privacy Breach Class Actions

On October 21, Florida-based health insurer AvMed, Inc. (AvMed) settled a data breach class action lawsuit for $3 million, even though no plaintiffs in the class demonstrated that they had suffered identity theft or any other...more

Does The SCOTUS "Like" Cy Pres Distributions In Class Action Settlements?

On November 4, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review the Ninth Circuit’s approval of Facebook’s $9.5 million privacy class action settlement, which, with the exception of attorneys’ fees and “modest...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

District Court rejects supervisor liability for state employee’s motor vehicle record data breach

In a recent decision, the Federal District Court of Minnesota found that state agencies were not liable in a data breach class action suit involving a rogue employee’s unauthorized viewing of personal information in drivers...more

HHS States That It Will Issue Guidance On HIPAA Regulation For Prescription Refill Reminders

On September 11, 2013, HHS stated in a joint motion filed in the case of Adheris, Inc. v. Sebelius, No. 1:13-cv-1342 (D.D.C.), that it plans to issue guidance on a HIPAA regulation related to prescription drug refill...more

OfficeMax Class Action Zip Code Plaintiffs Again Seek Approval for Settlement and Attorney Fee Payment

Lawyers representing a purported class of customers who accused retailer OfficeMax North America Inc. (OfficeMax) of illegally recording their zip codes tried again this week to gain court approval of a settlement deal agreed...more

HIPAA Marketing Rules Prompt First Amendment Challenge

In what is believed to be the first legal challenge to the HIPAA Omnibus Rule (the “Rule”), a vendor of prescription drug adherence services is seeking an injunction to block certain provisions of the Rule related to drug...more

Privacy on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

After the settlement approved by the US District Court of Northern California obliging Facebook to pay $20 million for putting users’ names and faces in “Sponsored Story” ads without their permission and without paying them,...more

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