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Class Action Quarterly Update - Winter 2017

Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) cases have continued to dominate class action filings over the past quarter. Second in volume to TCPA cases are those alleging claims of false advertising. These cases are heavily...more

Spokeo: On the One-Year Anniversary of the Pivotal Case, Insights for Retailers

by Morgan Lewis on

Dear Retail Clients and Friends, Many of you are likely familiar with the US Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. On the one-year anniversary of Spokeo, data shows that retailers’ chances of success in...more

Warrant Needed for “Black Box” Data in Florida

by Wilson Elser on

In a case of first impression in Florida, a split appellate court in State of Florida v. Charles Wiley Worsham Jr., No. 4D15-2733 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Mar. 29, 2017), held that a warrant was necessary before law enforcement...more

Substantial Risk of Harm in Data Breach Class Actions Ripe for Supreme Court Review

by BakerHostetler on

Early in May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Whalen v. Michaels Stores, Inc., No. 16-260 (L) (2d Cir. May 2, 2017), affirmed the dismissal of a data breach class action brought against Michaels Stores...more

Standing hurdles continue to bedevil data breach plaintiffs

Plaintiffs presenting a claim in federal court must have standing to sue, under Article III of the Constitution (as we have written about in the past). The Second Circuit recently entered an order reminding plaintiffs,...more

Standing Room Only: Spokeo And The Video Privacy Protection Act

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

As we’ve discussed before, standing is often a key issue in data-breach litigation. Standing is also frequently at issue in another type of privacy case: litigation arising from violations of privacy rights created by...more

Blurring The Line Between Foreign and Domestic: The Expansion of Search Warrant Powers Overseas

A dispute in California federal court over whether Google must turn over documents stored overseas in response to a search warrant may have major implications for white collar practitioners and their clients. Last week Google...more

Education Newsletter Volume 1, Number 1: Arizona Senator Introduces Bill to Expand the Rights of Student Speech

by Dickinson Wright on

This session, Arizona Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee (R-Phoenix) introduced Senate Bill 1384 to expand the rights of student journalists. If passed would grant both high school and college level student journalists the...more

Second Circuit Holds Data Breach Class Action Plaintiff Lacks Sufficient Injury to Support Standing

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Those who tuned in to McGuireWoods’ data breach class action webinar last month know that attacking the plaintiff’s standing can be an effective defense strategy in these cases. Here’s our analysis of the most recent...more

Litigation Alert: Second Circuit Limits Standing to Bring Data Breach Class Actions

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision in Whalen v. Michaels Stores, placing the court at the center of the controversy around what allegations are sufficient to establish...more

Facebook Warrant Case: Stark Debate and a Divided Court

We previously posted about a case before the New York Court of Appeals that concerned whether Facebook has the legal standing to challenge search warrants seeking its users’ data. In April, the court sided with the Manhattan...more

Q: Could You Be Dragged Into Court For A Company Data Breach? A: It Depends

by Fisher Phillips on

This same time last year, many in the business community were eagerly anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, which was to decide the standard that should be applied to determine whether...more

Dismissal in Michael Stores Data Breach Case

In the latest decision on Article III standing in a data breach case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a credit card holder – who neither pleaded specific facts about the time or effort spent...more

Litigation Alert: Eleventh Circuit Expands Standing to Bring Video Privacy Protection Act Actions But Also Limits Their Scope

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that allegations that personally identifiable information was disclosed without consent in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act were sufficient to...more

Data Breach Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Bracewell LLP on

In an April 13, 2017 decision in Walters v. Kimpton Hotel, a California federal judge rejected the bid of hotel chain Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, LLC to dismiss a proposed class action arising from a data breach last...more

Mobile targeting: A ‘secret weapon’ for good or ill?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

It’s an advertiser’s dream — the ability to target customers through their mobile devices, right to down to where they are and what they are doing. But can such precisely targeted messages become a recipient’s nightmare?...more

The Trump Administration Retweets and Retreats

by Jackson Walker on

Perhaps now more than ever before, Twitter takes center stage for social and public discourse. Many have wryly commented that we elected a “Tweeter-in-Chief” with President Trump, due to his prolific tweeting about...more

Permissible Disclosures Under the Stored Communications Act

by Revision Legal on

The Stored Communications Act, which is codified at 18 USC 121, sections 2701-2712, is federal law that governs the conduct of electronic communication service providers and the voluntary and compelled disclosure of the...more

Kimpton Data Breach Decision Highlights Lingering Confusion on Standing Issues

When data thieves steal payment card data, consumers suffer no legally cognizable injuries. Card issuers absorb the fraudulent charges and replace the affected cards. Because fraudulent charges are not billed to consumers,...more

Filling the Void in Internet Privacy: Time to Turn to the Courts (Again)

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Now that the U.S. government has overturned the FCC’s privacy regulations, are courts more likely to step in to protect the Internet privacy rights of individuals?...more

States Continue to Fill Gaps in Privacy Legislation: Illinois Biometric Law Gains Traction and Serves as Model for Other States

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Enacted in 2008, Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (740 ILCS 14/1 or BIPA), generally requires companies to obtain a person’s consent before collecting, capturing, or purchasing a person’s “biometric identifier” or...more

The FTC and LabMD’s Legal Battle Gets Personal: First Amendment Claims Against FTC Lawyers Survive

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) sprawling and contentious legal battle with now-defunct medical testing company LabMD recently took an unusual turn when a federal court allowed LabMD (and its former CEO) to proceed with...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: More on CBP Searching Electronic Devices – What is Left of the Fourth...

As mentioned in a prior blog post, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can conduct searches of individuals departing the United States, a fact that many are not aware of. In fact, the rule that failure to declare...more

On the Border: Lawmakers Seek to End Warrantless Searches of Electronic Devices by Border Authorities

by Snell & Wilmer on

The controversial practice of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents randomly demanding that Americans turn over passwords to their mobile devices so they can be searched at the border and at ports of entry may be...more

Recent settlements highlight plaintiff pitfalls in data breach cases

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a recent post, we discussed how plaintiff class members who have not suffered financial harm as a result of a data breach face challenges meeting the Article III standing requirement necessary to invoke a federal court’s...more

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