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Defence & Indemnity - August 2016: II. LIABILITY ISSUES #4

D. Canadian court recognizes new tort of public disclosure of embarrassing private facts and awards damages totaling $100,000 and issues an injunction against the Defendant. Jane Doe 464533 v. D.(N.), 2016 ONSC 541, per...more

Third Circuit Dismissal Affirmance Based on Economic Loss Doctrine Shows Spokeo Shouldn’t Be Your Only Data Breach Class Action...

While the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), has garnered much attention after being cited by numerous courts as a means to dismiss data privacy class actions, defendants should...more

Third Circuit Finds Photo Placement Sufficient to Permit Defamation, False Light Claims to Go Forward in Suit Alleging Harm from...

In a case demonstrating the difficulties of applying long-established but arguably outdated legal principles to modern technology, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last week reversed itself to permit a...more

Rosa Parks Name and Likeness Free for Use? (Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development v. Target Corp.)

Addressing the balance between privacy rights and matters of public interest, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint, holding that the defendant...more

Massachusetts Court: Patients Have Standing to Sue for Data Breach Based on Data Exposure Alone

A Massachusetts Superior Court judge held that a plaintiff has standing to sue for money damages based on the mere exposure of plaintiff’s private information in an alleged data breach. The court concluded that the plaintiff...more

Businesses rejoice but poster beware: Yelp ordered to identify anonymous reviewer

Many business have suffered the misery and frustration of a harshly negative, anonymous online review. That anonymity, critics argue, frees the reviewer from worries about the need for accuracy and, worse yet, encourages the...more

Ask But Don’t Tell: Kentucky Allows Defendant to Seek Ex Parte Interviews of Plaintiff’s Treating Physicians

We walked into the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber’s room last night to find her packing for her return to college while the ignored TV blared in the background. Onscreen was a popular cable reality franchise involving...more

Social Media E-Discovery: Are Your Facebook Posts Discoverable in Civil Litigation?

Judge Richard J. Walsh began his opinion in Largent v. Reed with the following question: “What if the people in your life want to use your Facebook posts against you in a civil lawsuit?” With the explosive growth of social...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Article III Standing for Data Breach Class Action Based on Allegations of Future Harm

In the wake of numerous data breach cases dismissed for lack of Article III standing based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA, 133 S. Ct. 1138, 1147 (2013), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Federal Court of Appeal Expands Scope of Privacy Class Action

The Federal Court of Appeal recently allowed an appeal expanding the scope of a certified privacy class action relating to the loss of personal data of Canada Student Loans recipients. The case, Condon v. Canada (Condon), had...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - June 2015

In This Issue: - USA Freedom Act Brings Changes to Surveillance Program - Connecticut Enacts Bill Imposing Tighter Data Security Obligations - Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Data Breach Negligence...more

Insurance May Cover Call Recording Class Actions

Companies often monitor or record conversations between their employees and customers for training or quality control purposes. California law prohibits monitoring or recording unless both parties consent. Class actions have...more

CFAA and SCA Do Not Prohibit Creation Of A Fake Facebook Page

The defendants in a case pending in Chicago federal court were accused of contravening Facebook’s terms of use by accessing its computers in order to create a phony page and then using it to ridicule someone. In Bittman v....more

Connecticut Supreme Court Affirms No Coverage under CGL Policy for Damages Arising from Lost Computer Tapes

The Supreme Court of Connecticut recently affirmed the lower court’s finding that no coverage obligation exists for insurers in Recall Total Info. Mgmt. v. Fed. Ins. Co., 2015 Conn. LEXIS 150 (Conn. May 26,...more

Employees Who Suffer Only Economic Losses From a Data Breach Cannot Sustain a Negligence Claim Against Their Employer

Creating a private cause of action in negligence for data breaches could result in the filing each year of possibly hundreds of thousands of lawsuits by persons whose confidential information may be in the hands of third...more

Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Data Breach Claims

In 2014, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s computer system was hacked, resulting in the disclosure of sensitive personal information of current and former employees, including names, addresses, birthdates, social...more

PA Judge Nixes Employees’ Negligence Claim for Data Security Breach

Red On May 28, 2015, in the first known ruling of its kind, a trial court in Allegheny County held that Pennsylvania law does not recognize a civil cause of action against companies for failing to secure its employees’...more

Data Breach Negligence Claims Not Recognized in Pennsylvania

In an important and well-reasoned 12-page decision, Judge Wettick of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County refused to create a common law duty to protect and secure confidential information. The decision was issued in...more

Pennsylvania Court Refuses to Create a Duty of Care to Protect Confidential Personal Data

On May 28, 2015, Judge R. Stanton Wettick, Jr. refused to create a new cause of action sounding in negligence allowing a claim for damages resulting from improper disclosure of confidential personal and financial...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Likely To Affirm Personal Injury Coverage For Data Breach Requires Actual Publication To Third Parties

The Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday April 27th on an appeal testing the scope of coverage afforded for a business’s data loss or theft events under its Commercial General Liability insurance’s “Personal...more

UK Court Of Appeal Issues Landmark Decision In Privacy Case

On March 27, 2015, a United Kingdom Court Of Appeal addressed two fundamental but long-unsettled issues in UK privacy law, holding that the right to privacy is an independent tort and that the showing of harm necessary to...more

Beware medical records subpoenas: Connecticut Supreme Court issues opinion on negligence for noncompliance with HIPAA standards

Health care providers and their medical records custodians constantly find themselves under pressure to release medical records immediately upon receipt of a subpoena. However, regardless of the subpoena or the pesky...more

Intellectual Property Exclusion Bars Coverage for Unauthorized Use of Famous Inventor’s Name to Sell Toys

In Alterra Excess & Surplus v. Estate of Buckminster Fuller (No. A140453, filed 3/9/15), a California Appeals Court held that an ISO policy’s exclusion for intellectual property unambiguously barred coverage for a Lanham Act,...more

Privacy Settings Won’t Keep Social Media Posts Out Of Court

On Jan. 7, 2015, in Nucci v. Target Corp., et al, the District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, upheld a lower court’s order compelling plaintiff Maria Nucci to produce photographs originally posted...more

The Federal Wiretap Act and the Law of Unintended Consequences

The law of unintended consequences – a distant cousin of Murphy’s Law – states that the actions of human beings will always have effects that are unanticipated and unintended. The law could prove a perfect fit for recent...more

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