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Business Litigation E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Cyber threats take many forms. The widespread WannaCry ransomware attack in May of 2017 highlighted how computer files could be held hostage in return for payment, while the Dyn denial of service in October of 2016...more

Home Depot Settles Data Breach Class Action Case with Financial Institutions and Counsel for $42.55 million

Following its data breach in 2014, Home Depot was sued by thousands of financial institutions requesting recovery of costs associated with the issuance of new credit and debit cards to 50 million individuals affected by the...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Class Arbitration To Proceed Despite Absence Of Express Reference To Class Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

Lamps Plus appealed an order permitting class arbitration of claims related to a data breach of personal identifying information of its employees, alleging negligence, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, and other...more

European Court of Justice to Rule on Validity of Standard Contractual Clauses

On October 3, 2017, the High Court of Ireland issued its decision in Data Protection Commissioner vs Facebook and Schrems1 concerning the validity of the EU Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs)—a mechanism used by a very large...more

Will the EU box itself in? Fate of Standard Contractual Clauses (aka the Model Clauses) for personal data transfers is now in the...

Executive summary: The EU’s standard contractual clauses may be on the fast track to invalidation, putting a vast number of personal data transfers from the EEA at risk. A case brought by Maximilian Schrems (whose first...more

Recent Decision Highlights Viability of Factual Challenges to Standing in Data Breach Cases

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Private civil actions against companies that have suffered data security breaches raise a panoply of issues, but none more prevalent or decisive than those relating to injury and damages. This is because most plaintiffs in...more

Defending Breach-Of-Contract Claims In Data-Breach Litigation

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

We’ve previously discussed the “overpayment” theory of injury in data-breach litigation. This theory rests on the premise that the price of a product or service includes a payment for data security measures. When a data...more

Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

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In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

2017 Data Breach Litigation Report

by Bryan Cave on

2016 was another year in which data breaches continued to dominate the headlines, a constant reminder to people that their personal information was vulnerable and the target of criminal attacks. Yet, despite the fact that...more

Circuit Court Finds Putative Class Affidavits, Combined With Other Records, May Satisfy Ascertainability Requirement

by Carlton Fields on

Defendants BMW and Creditsmarts were parties to a marketing agreement through which BMW offered its direct automotive “up2drive” loans to borrowers at participating independent car dealers through Creditsmarts’ internet-based...more

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SharkNinja, manufacturer of the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum, made some strong claims regarding the popularity of its product. In television ads and online, the company boasted that “America preferred … Shark” and...more

Aetna and its Vendor Face Class Action Lawsuit over HIV Disclosure

A Pennsylvania man has filed a class action lawsuit against Aetna Inc., accusing it of violating his privacy rights when the insurer mailed him prescription information in an envelope with a large, clear window that disclosed...more

Business Litigation Reporter - August 2017

by Goodwin on

In This Issue - Though law firms have been handling litigation on behalf of corporate clients for decades, industrywide surveys continue to suggest that, in a significant portion of cases, these clients feel they are not...more

Call Me Maybe: 11th Circuit Broadly Interprets TCPA to Allow Partial Oral Revocation of Consent

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In light of the flux of recent litigation arising under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. §227 et seq., resulting in multimillion-dollar settlements and adverse judgments against companies across all...more

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

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

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

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

You Can’t Always Get What You Want—Second Circuit Affirms Parties Can Bargain Away TCPA Right To Revoke Consent To Automated Calls

As the Rolling Stones famously sing, “You can’t always get what you want.” And in the ever treacherous world of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227, et seq., the Second Circuit has ruled that means...more

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

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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

Second Circuit Holds Consumers Cannot Revoke Consent Given as Consideration in Bilateral Contract in TCPA Case

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a consumer who agrees to be contacted via telephone call or text messages as bargained-for consideration in a bilateral contract cannot subsequently revoke his or her...more

Customers Sue Darden Restaurants Over Information on Receipts

by Reed Smith on

A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Darden Restaurants, Inc. (“Darden”), alleging that Darden violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”). Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that...more

District of New Jersey Further Defines the Evolving Boundaries of Injury-in-Fact After Spokeo

by BakerHostetler on

On June 6, 2017, in Kamal v. J. Crew Grp, Inc., No. CV 2:15-0190, 2017 WL 2443062 (D.N.J. June 6, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed a plaintiff’s second attempt to assert a claim...more

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