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Back at it Again (with the Standing Opinions): Seventh Circuit Reiterates Article III Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

On July 20, 2015, the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion in Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, 794 F. 3d 688 (7th Circ. 2015), which immediately became the low-water mark for Article III standing in data breach cases. In short,...more

Early Settlement of the Home Depot Consumer Data Breach Claims – The Start of a Trend?

Last week, a federal court in Atlanta issued an order preliminarily approving a proposed settlement – valued up to $19.5 million – of the consumer claims arising from the 2014 theft of payment card data from Home Depot. The...more

Proactive Protection of Consumers or Premature Penalty? Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Bucks the Trend in Data Security...

Data breaches and cybersecurity attacks appear to be growing in frequency. Despite the increase in the number of such attacks, plaintiffs have found it difficult to establish a legal foothold for data breach claims, as...more

In Cybersecurity, No Harm Does Not Necessarily Mean No Foul

How much does the question of harm matter in cybersecurity law? The answer is: It depends on who is bringing the claim. Businesses confronting data breaches can face litigation from private consumers as well as from...more

Courts Send Mixed Messages on Standing for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Litigation

New decisions from two federal courts may allow defendants in data breach class action litigation to breathe somewhat easier, following a run of adverse decisions last year. These decisions illustrate an emerging trend of...more

Cybersecurity: What is on the horizon for 2016

JD Supra recently published an attorney perspective piece on defining cybersecurity issues for 2016. It should come as no surprise that resolution of insurance coverage issues made the list. Despite a plethora of data...more

Supreme Court Holds Unaccepted Offers for Full Relief Do Not Moot Class Actions

Relying on “basic principles of contract law,” the Supreme Court on Wednesday held that an unaccepted settlement offer and offer of judgment under Rule 68 are “legal nullit[ies]” that have no effect on whether a live...more

Unaccepted Settlement Offer Cannot Moot Consumer Lawsuits

On Wednesday, January 20, in a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court held that an unaccepted settlement offer, or offer of judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68, cannot moot a plaintiff's case. The ruling...more

Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer Does Not Moot a Plaintiff's Claims, U.S. Supreme Court Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an unaccepted Rule 68 settlement offer does not moot a class action even when the offer would provide the named plaintiff with complete individual relief. The decision in Campbell-Ewald...more

Supreme Court opinion in Campbell-Ewald co. v. Gomez: kicking the can down the road

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857. The question presented was whether an unaccepted offer of full relief on the named plaintiff’s individual claim will render a putative class...more

Data Breach Class Action Against Michael Stores Doesn’t Stick

The arts and crafts retail chain Michael Stores Inc. (“Michaels”) received a late holiday gift in the form of a dismissal of a data breach class action lawsuit. On December 28, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...more

Think You Can Moot Plaintiff's Claim With a Rule 68 Offer of Judgment? Think Again

As we have previously noted, federal appellate courts have been split on whether a defendant can moot a class action by making a Rule 68 offer of judgment, agreeing to pay all of the damages to which the named plaintiff seeks...more

Breaking: Supreme Court Rules Today that TCPA Class Action Not Mooted by Unaccepted Settlement Offer to Named Plaintiff

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that a company’s unaccepted offer of complete relief to a named plaintiff in a putative class action does not moot the plaintiff’s case. Before the ruling, authored by Justice Ruth Bader...more

Supreme Court holds that an unaccepted offer of judgment doesn’t moot a class action

Article III of the Constitution limits the jurisdiction of federal courts to “cases” and “controversies.” As the Supreme Court recently explained in Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk, a lawsuit does not present an Article...more

“We’ve Been Hacked!”—New Developments in Cyber-Security Litigation

February’s Business Litigation Report advised clients that they could prepare for potential data breaches by conducting readiness audits and preparing cyber incident response plans. (See Traversing the Breach, February 2015.)...more

Top Posts of 2015

In descending order, here were the top posts from 2015. #7 Will Net Neutrality Kill the Internet 3.0? In February, the FCC passed the net neutrality rules. This seems like one of those issues, like most, that seemed...more

Data Breach Class Actions: 2015 Year in Review and 2016 Preview

As 2015 draws to a close, questions over standing in data breach class actions remain. Earlier this year, the Seventh Circuit denied retailer Neiman Marcus’s petition for rehearing en banc of a panel opinion holding that...more

What’s Hot in Class Actions (Part 1/3): SCOTUS on Company’s Power to Moot an Action & Congress’ Power to Create One

Class actions consume considerable company resources and can pose significant risk of exposure in the $ millions or $ billions. Therefore, it is critical for companies to prepare themselves – to know the trends in class...more

No Harm, No Foul: Undisclosed Sale of Personally Identifying Information Does Not Give Rise to Standing to Sue

At a time when cybersecurity issues, privacy issues, and the protection of confidential personally identifying information (“PII”) from unauthorized use or identity theft are at the forefront of the minds of businesses and...more

Uber Data Breach Lawsuit Dismissed

A federal magistrate judge in California dealt another blow to data breach class actions by dismissing a proposed lawsuit against Internet car service Uber Technologies. The suit was filed after Uber revealed that as...more

Supreme Court Hears Argument in Spokeo, a Case That Could Impact Many Statutory-Damages Class Actions

Article III of the U.S. Constitution extends the federal judicial power only to “Cases” and “Controversies.” The Supreme Court has long held that no case or controversy exists unless the party invoking federal jurisdiction...more

Supreme Court Conducts Oral Argument On Spokeo Case

On November 2, 2015, the United States Supreme Court conducted oral argument in a case that will decide the question of whether violation of a statute alone, without other “concrete” injury, can give a plaintiff access to...more

7th Circuit: Consumers are Not Injured by the Undisclosed Sale of Personally-Identifiable Information

On November 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit held that consumers who authorized defendants to share their personally-identifiable information (PII) with third parties were not injured when defendants...more

Standing Issues Could Still Derail Google Cookie Placement Litigation

In a decision almost a year in the making, the Third Circuit’s recent opinion in In re Google Inc. Cookie Placement Privacy Litig. (3d Cir. Nov. 10, 2015), (“Google”), reversed a trial court order dismissing a lawsuit...more

Spokeo, Palatine Cases Discuss Negligible Harm from Privacy Breaches, Could Put Damper on Suits

A recent argument and non-decision at the Supreme Court could have significant effects on plaintiffs’ lawsuits under consumer data protection and privacy laws. Last week, the Court heard arguments on the standard of harm for...more

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