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Standing In Data Breach Class Actions: The Fourth Circuit Weighs In, Affirming Dismissal For Lack Of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a unanimous opinion in Beck v. McDonaldon February 6, 2017, clarifying the standard for Article III standing and what constitutes sufficient injury-in-fact in putative...more

Litigation Alert: The Fourth Circuit Limits Standing to Bring Data Breach Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has made it more difficult to establish Article III standing in data breach cases both at the pleading stage and at summary judgment by requiring plaintiffs to allege and show...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

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

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

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

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

The Digital Divide Widens: Data Stored on Foreign Servers Within Reach of U.S. Warrants

The rules defining privacy rights in the digital ether just became more complicated – and many didn’t believe that was possible. In a decision issued late Friday by a federal magistrate in Philadelphia, Google Inc. was...more

One More Reason to Call a Sweepstakes Lawyer

Last month, an Ohio federal district court refused to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit filed against Foot Levelers, Inc. (“Foot Levelers”) concerning the orthotics maker’s sweepstakes sponsorship and marketing...more

Employer (Still) Has No Duty to Protect Confidential Information

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center continues to get support from the court system in a data breach suit that affected more than 60,000 former and current employees, as Barley Snyder attorneys continue to follow the...more

Facial Scan Case Dismissed Under Illinois Biometrics Law

The developers of two NBA video games were successful this week in getting a putative class action alleging violations of the Illinois Biometrics law dismissed....more

Eighth Circuit Vacates Data Breach Class Action Settlement; Gently Rebukes Trial Court

Target Corporation announced a data breach in 2013, which occurred, as it noted in an SEC filing, when “an intruder stole certain payment card and other guest information from [its] network.” Estimates as to the number of...more

Biometric Privacy Claims over Facial Recognition Feature in Videogame Dismissed for Lack of Concrete Harm

For the second time in the past six months, a district court has dismissed a lawsuit alleging procedural and technical violations of the Illinois biometric privacy statute for lack of Article III standing. In Vigil v....more

Business Cybersecurity: Two Recent Court Decisions Highlight the Need to Take Preemptive Action Against Data Breaches

Nowadays, the prudent business owner should be cognizant of cybersecurity and the public relations and legal costs that can arise from a data breach. By holding personal information of customers, employees, or anyone else,...more

Eighth Circuit Remands Proposed Settlement in Target Data Breach Class Action

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has remanded a $10 million settlement in the Target data breach class action on the grounds that the district court had not rigorously analyzed the propriety of the class...more

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