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Federal Judge in Maryland Remands Data Breach Class Action Following in Spokeo Decision’s Footsteps

Just days after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo v. Robins, the highly anticipated decision is already impacting data breach class actions across the country. The defendant in the Spokeo case contended that the plaintiff...more

TCPA Under Scrutiny in Court and by Senate

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and a 2015 omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (2015 Order) interpreting the TCPA issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have recently faced additional challenges...more

Will Spokeo Impact Standing In Data Breach Cases?

Despite months of anticipation, the majority opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins reads more like a teacher (the Supreme Court) telling a student (the Ninth Circuit) to go back and show the work behind a long division answer...more

Supreme Court Rejects Standing Argument in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected the standing argument of a “bare procedural violation” advanced by the plaintiff in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. The Court reaffirmed that the injury-in-fact...more

The Supreme Court’s Spokeo Decision and its Potential Impact on Privacy and Data Security Class Actions

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, ruling that a plaintiff must sufficiently allege an injury that is both concrete and particularized in order to have Article III standing, and further that a...more

Seventh Circuit Sets Relatively Low Threshold to Establish Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

With the proliferation of storage of personal data and the increase in hacking efforts and phishing scams, Wisconsin courts are likely to see more data breach class actions on the horizon. Wisconsin businesses handling...more

Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: Supreme Court Holds Class-Action Plaintiff Must Suffer Concrete Harm to Sue in Federal Court

On May 16, the United States Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, a class action brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The Court had granted certiorari to decide whether...more

Advertising Law - May 2016

Kanye's Promise of Exclusivity a Siren Song, Suit Says - Kanye West's latest drama involves the courtroom—specifically, a putative class action complaint alleging false advertising, unfair competition, and unjust...more

Credit Card Theft Plaintiffs Discover Warm Home After 7th Circuit Rulings

One of the great scourges for retail companies in the digital age has been the ever-present threat of massive data breaches by hackers attempting to steal millions of consumers ’debit and credit card information. In...more

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

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