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Landmark UK Data Protection Ruling

The English Court of Appeal has recently handed down a landmark decision confirming that an individual can recover damages under the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 (the “Act”) for non-financial losses....more

The New Wave of Data Breach Settlements

4.8 million. 10 million. 15 million. 25 million. Before 2014, these large numbers were likely to represent the number of individuals affected by a data breach. Today, they are the dollar figures that companies must spend to...more

Federal Courts in the Third Circuit are Following the National Trend and Dismissing Data Breach Cases for Lack of Standing

Data breaches are becoming increasingly common. These incidents have spawned considerable litigation, including class action lawsuits brought by individuals whose personal information has been compromised. But many of these...more

Court Says Cyber Forensics Covered by Legal Privilege

The Middle District of Tennessee recently issued a key decision in the ongoing Genesco, Inc. v. Visa U.S.A., Inc. data breach litigation. The court denied discovery requests by Visa for analyses, reports, and communications...more

Data Breach Class Actions: Don’t Overlook Standing Defense Just Because Plaintiff Alleges Identity Theft

A New Jersey federal district court recently dismissed the putative class action claims of four plaintiffs against a health care defendant following the theft of two password-protected laptops allegedly containing personal...more

Denial of Class Certification In Computer Spyware Suit Vacated By Third Circuit

On April 16, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated a district court’s order denying class certification of a computer spyware suit against Aaron’s Inc., concluding that district court had...more

Target and MasterCard Reach $19 Million Agreement Over Data Breach

On April 15, retail company Target agreed to set aside up to $19 million to settle claims brought by MasterCard and its credit card issuers to cover operational costs and fraud-related losses resulting from a data breach...more

Court Denies Request to Release a Video Deposition of Steve Jobs Shown During Trial

While sitting for a videotaped deposition, in one of his last public appearances, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs swiveled impatiently in his chair and answered questions regarding Apple’s digital rights management technology...more

Middle District of Pennsylvania Dismisses Data Breach Class Actions for Lack of Standing

Yet another federal judge has concluded that an individual whose personal information was allegedly accessed during a data breach lacks standing to sue unless and until there has been a misuse of that personal information or...more

Health Plan Lawsuits and Data Breach Claims: Recent Developments and Implications

Five class action lawsuits have been filed against Premera Blue Cross in federal court in Seattle, Washington following the recent report of a data breach that affected approximately 11 million individuals. The lawsuits make...more

Target’s Consumer Class Action Settlement: A New Way to Resolve Big Data Breach Cases?

Many will recall the 2013 holiday shopping season when Target announced that cyber thieves had accessed and stolen as many as 70 million customer credit and debit card numbers and extracted personal information for another 40...more

Microsoft versus the Federal Government; Round Three

Microsoft Corporation’s (Microsoft U.S.) reply brief is due this week in its appeal of The District Court for the Southern District of New York’s order to comply with the U.S. government’s warrant requiring the turnover of a...more

Data breach class action suit against Horizon Blue Cross dismissed

Late last week, a federal court judge in New Jersey dismissed a putative class action lawsuit against Horizon Blue Cross for a data breach involving two unencrypted laptops that were lost in 2013. The case alleged that close...more

PF Chang’s continues its success in thwarting data breach class action lawsuits

We have been closely watching the class action suits against PF Chang’s (and other retailers) relating to the bistro’s data breach last year. In December, a federal district court in Illinois dismissed a proposed class action...more

Multiple class action lawsuits filed against Premera Blue Cross for data breach

Days following Premera Blue Cross’s public announcement that it had experienced a data breach affecting approximately 11 million, it has been sued five times (as of the time of this writing) in proposed class action lawsuits...more

US District Court in Pennsylvania Dismisses Data Breach Class Action on Article III Standing

In Storm & Holt v. Paytime, Inc., 1:14-cv-01138-JEJ (MD Penn. Mar. 13, 2015), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania addressed the Article III standing issue of when a cause of action may...more

Target Reaches Preliminary Settlement in Consumer Data Breach Class Action

Last week, a Minnesota federal district court granted a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement of putative consumer class action claims against Target in the wake of a data breach at the retailer over the 2013...more

ECJ case on Safe Harbor

The ECJ heard arguments, this week, in the action against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner that Safe Harbor should be declared invalid.  The case was originally brought by Austrian law student, Max Schrems....more

Threat of Identity Theft is Not Enough: Another Data Breach Class Action Dismissed for Lack of Standing

Hewing to prior Third Circuit precedent in Reilly v. Ceridian and the Supreme Court’s precedent in Clapper v. Amnesty International, the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently joined the majority of federal district courts...more

Good News for Companies: Pennsylvania District Court Rules That Plaintiffs Lack Standing without Actual or Imminent Misuse of Data

“There are only two types of companies left in the United States … those that have been hacked and those that don’t know they’ve been hacked.” That is how U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of...more

District Court Dismisses Data Breach Case for Lack of Standing

The US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently dismissed a consolidated class action against Paytime, Inc. arising out of a data breach by hackers who accessed the personal and financial information of...more

The $10 Million Target Settlement

In the past two years, there have been a number of lawsuits filed against major corporations as a result of data breaches, including the class action filed against Target following the data breach it suffered in late 2013. ...more

Too Much Information – Eleventh Circuit’s Review of Ellis May Define “Personally Identifiable Information” for Cell Phone Users

On March 2, 2015, The Cartoon Network Inc. (“Cartoon Network”) filed its response brief in Mark Ellis v. Cartoon Network Inc., asking the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the district court’s dismissal of the...more

Federal Court Holds that Data Breach Plaintiffs Have No Standing Unless They Show Misuse

Storm v. Paytime, Inc. — a recent case decided by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania — gives companies that have suffered third-party data breaches another decision to support dismissing class...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #3

Response To FCC’s New Net Neutrality Regs Anything But Neutral - In a split vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved a new net neutrality measure that would ban fast lanes and re-label broadband as a...more

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