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Van Patten V. Vertical Fitness Is No TCPA Killer

The rise of Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation in the past decade has been staggering. From just 14 cases in 2007, the number of TCPA-related filings has exploded to 4,860 in 2016 — a total that is expected to...more

Sixth Circuit Denies Arbitration in TCPA Class Action for Calls to Past Customers

Phone calls made by a lawn care company after the termination of a customer's contract were beyond the scope of the parties' agreement to arbitrate any claim "arising from or relating to" their contract, the U.S. Court of...more

Privileged information is generally safe from Subject Access Requests

Subject Access Requests ("SARs") are an increasingly popular weapon in litigation, because they can be used to provide a cheap and quick form of pre-action disclosure. However, courts have confirmed that information subject...more

Russia Supreme Court Rules On Phone Recordings

In a December 6, 2016 ruling [No. 35-KG16-18], the Supreme Court of Russia confirmed that secret recordings of telephone conversations can be admissible evidence in certain circumstances, changing a long-standing position. ...more

Eighth Circuit Undoes Target Data Breach Settlement Class

The $10 million settlement class in the Target data breach case was unraveled by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in a recent decision that will force the district court to address the impact of the Supreme Court’s...more

TCPA Violations Claimed Against Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (Rady) was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court this week for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for autodialed debt-collection calls...more

Court Declines to Issue Seizure Order under Defend Trade Secrets Act

As we previously reported, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) enacted last May includes a powerful ex parte seizure proceeding that allows courts in “extraordinary circumstances” to order the seizure of property...more

Fourth Circuit Weighs In on Article III Standing in Data Breach Suits

Earlier this month, the Fourth Circuit weighted in with the most recent decision in the developing case law on Article III standing in data breach litigation, a topic that we have been covering extensively on this...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Discharge of Employee in Safety-Sensitive Position Who Tested Positive for Cocaine

On February 6, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wyandotte County, Kansas, did not violate the U.S. Constitution by discharging an employee in a safety-sensitive position after he tested positive for cocaine...more

TCPA: The Next Wave of Class Action Lawsuits Asserts Consumer’s Right to Withdraw Consent to Receive Text Messages

Last year, we warned large and small companies about the proliferation of class action lawsuits brought by plaintiffs alleging violations of the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act (TCCWNA),...more

Beware What You Share – Disclosure of Medical Information Results in Retaliation and Interference Claims

A United States District Court in Florida thwarted an employer’s attempt to toss the FMLA claims of an employee who sued after his medical condition was disclosed to co-workers who subsequently made fun of him. The employee...more

The Anthem Breach – A Retrospective (Part II)

We published Part I of our “Anthem Breach Retrospective” in January 2017. Coincidentally, at around the same time several plaintiffs in one of the earliest filed cases arising out of the Anthem data breach voluntarily asked...more

No Love For Proposed Consumer Class Settlements

Two consumer class actions recently hit a roadblock when courts denied final approval for class settlements. In In re Target Consumer Data Security Breach, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota preliminarily...more

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on Data Privacy

Last month, the President announced his nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch—a federal appeals court judge—to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch must still go through Senate confirmation hearings before officially becoming the ninth...more

Ninth Circuit Weighs in on Prior Express Consent and Revocation of Consent

The Ninth Circuit recently weighed in on the limitations of prior express consent and revocation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”). In Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness Group, LLC, the consumer provided...more

WIPO - France: Domain name used for cyber fraud

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a Panel ordered the transfer of a domain name because, although it had never been...more

FTC and State of New Jersey Settle Consumer Privacy Claims with VIZIO

On February 6, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it, along with the New Jersey State Attorney General, has reached a $2.2 million consumer privacy settlement with VIZIO, Inc. (“VIZIO”), one of the...more

Ruling Vacating Target Consumer Class Settlement Highlights The Problem Of Standing In Data Breach Cases

When hackers steal consumer data, injury to consumers is not a foregone conclusion. This is particularly so where credit and debit card numbers are stolen. Banks, not consumers, bear the cost of fraudulent charges. ...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in...more

Ascertainability and Predominance Foil Certification of Spyware Invasion of Privacy Class

A Georgia district court denied certification of a multi-state common law invasion of privacy class in which plaintiff sought damages and an injunction against the lessor of computers allegedly containing unauthorized...more

Beck v. McDonald – 4th Circuit Weighs In on Standing in Data Breach Case

We don’t see a lot of data breach litigation here in the Fourth Circuit. So it is notable that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion yesterday that weighs in on the standing debate (For more on the debate:...more

TCPA Class Certified Based Largely on “Concrete Injury” Determination

Following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540, 1549 (2016) – which held that Article III standing requires a concrete injury, even when an injury has otherwise been established...more

VIZIO to Pay $2.2 Million to Settle Consumer Tracking Charges; FTC Treats Television Viewing History as “Sensitive Information”...

On February 6, 2017, the FTC and New Jersey Attorney General and Department of Consumer Affairs filed a Complaint and Stipulated Order for Permanent Injunction and Monetary Judgment against television manufacturer VIZIO,...more

Spokeo-Based Challenge to TCPA Lawsuit Denied by Illinois Federal Court

A recent Spokeo-based challenge to a plaintiff’s standing in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) lawsuit was denied by a federal court in the Northern District of Illinois. With the denial of the motion to dismiss,...more

Tennessee Court Awards $1.9 Million in Mapco Express Data Breach Class Action Suit

Last month, a Tennessee Federal court ordered Mapco Express, Inc. (“Mapco”) to pay approximately $1.9 million to settle class action claims arising from a 2013 data breach of its retail computer systems. The lawsuit was...more

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