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FCC Announces Record $7.4 Million Settlement for Failure to Provide CPNI “Opt-Out” Notices to Customers

On Tuesday, September 3, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced that it had entered into a consent decree with Verizon, under which Verizon will pay $7.4 million to the U.S. Treasury for violating the FCC’s “Customer...more

Recording Calls? Five Things You Can Do to Avoid the Litigation Frenzy

Restaurant chain Applebee’s has joined other businesses such as Overstock.com, Hilton, Capitol One, and Bass Pro Shops as defendants in purported class action lawsuits alleging that they illegally recorded calls to or from...more

Data Breach Litigation – A New Wave of Class Actions by Financial Institutions

Rarely does a day go by without news of a data security breach. According to the Identify Theft Resource Center, there have been a total of 447 data breaches to date this year, which represents a 20.5% increase over the same...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 182

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Holds Company Can Sue Competitor For Unfair Competition Even If It Complies With FDA Labeling Regulations: In an 8-0 decision announced on June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court held...more

UPDATE: Germany to Tighten Data Protection Laws: Consumer Protection Associations and Trade Associations shall be Granted Right to...

As contemplated in the Newsflash in March 2014, the German Federal Ministry of Justice in June 2014 finally presented the new draft bill that allows consumer protection associations as well as trade associations to take...more

Delaware's New Data Destruction Law Takes Effect January 1, 2015

Delaware House Bill 295 was signed into law on July 1. The law provides that if a commercial entity seeks to dispose of records containing consumers' personal identifying information, the commercial entity must take...more

Court Orders Google to Remove Site from Worldwide Search Results

In a recent decision by the British Columbia courts (Equustek Solutions Inc. v Jack , 2014 BCSC 1063), Google has been ordered to de-index a website selling goods that were the subject of intellectual property (IP)...more

Florida Federal Judge Approves Settlement Agreement Providing Payments to All Victims of Data Breach, Even Those Who Suffered No...

On February 28, 2014, in Resnick et al. v. AvMed Inc., a Florida federal judge gave final approval to a groundbreaking settlement agreement in a data breach class action lawsuit. The settlement for the first time provides...more

The Next Generation of Data Breach Notice Law — Florida’s Information Protection Act of 2014

In a harbinger of data-breach-laws to come, the Florida State Legislature just passed a new Florida Information Protection Act, which establishes tough new notification requirements for businesses and governmental entities....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

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

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

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

Seventh Circuit Declines to Review Class Certification Order in Enormous Computer Privacy Class Action

In its recent decision in Harris v. comScore, Inc., the Seventh Circuit declined to review a trial court order certifying a plaintiff class consisting of hundreds of thousands of computer owners who downloaded software that...more

Massachusetts Zip Code Class Action: Take 3

Another class action suit has been filed in Massachusetts in the zip code wars. This time, the target is instrument retailer Guitar Center for allegedly requesting customers to provide their zip codes when making purchases...more

Burr Alert: Blowing The Cap Off Statutory Damages Under The FCCPA?: An Analysis Of Kahmeyer v. Federal Credit Corporation

In Kahmeyer v. Federal Credit Corporation, the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, Florida released an opinion that has given new life to the argument that each violation of the Florida Consumer Collection Practices...more

Zip Code Requests Off-Limits in Massachusetts Credit Card Transactions

In a recent decision, Tyler v. Michaels Stores, Inc., the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that zip codes are “personal identification information” and that a merchant asking for that information during a credit card...more

Retailers Beware: Massachusetts Court Restricts Ability To Collect ZIP Codes At Point Of Sale

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts recently held that collecting a consumer's ZIP code at the point of sale may violate Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93, Section 105(a) (Section 105(a)), which restricts the...more

Retail Customers Obtain Unusually Favorable Settlement In Zip Code Collection Case

On January 11, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved a settlement between a retailer and a class of customers to resolve allegations that the retailer violated the California Song-Beverly...more

When Banks Are on the Hook for Cybertheft

This Wall Street Journal Article features Bernstein Shur Attorney Dan Mitchell. Banks typically are responsible for losses when personal accounts are hacked. But commercial clients that fall victim to cyber theft have...more

After Sanford company’s money stolen, court rules banks are responsible if hacked

This BDN Maine article features Bernstein Shur Attorney Dan Mitchell. SANFORD, Maine — A recent court ruling involving a Sanford construction company and its bank could have nationwide implications as attorneys and...more

Bank Agrees to Reimburse Hacking Victim $300K in Precedent-Setting Case

This Wired Magazine article features Bernstein Shur Attorney Dan Mitchell. In a case watched closely by banks and their commercial customers, a financial institution in Maine has agreed to reimburse a construction...more

Class Actions Adding to the Cost of Data Breaches

Big data yields big data breaches, and potentially produces large class sizes, making such lawsuits attractive to plaintiffs’ lawyers. Companies that store or process personal information face an increasing risk of class...more

Do You Follow Your Posted Online Terms and Conditions?

There are dozens of federal statues and regulations that govern consumer privacy. They regulate what data a company can collect and how you must protect it once you have it. One of the best ways to mess up in e-commerce is...more

Court Decision in Sony PlayStation Data Breach Case Places Burden on Plaintiffs to Allege Actual Damages

Class action plaintiffs asserting claims against Sony in connection with the 2011 Sony PlayStation Network (“PSN”) data breach face permanent dismissal of their claims unless they can allege actual losses resulting from the...more

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