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Deeper Dive: Application of Work-Product Doctrine to Forensic Investigations

by BakerHostetler on

In a recent post, we addressed the role a forensic investigation plays in a company’s response to a data security incident. We noted that to maximize the likelihood that a forensic firm’s work will be covered by the...more

Review Of Previously Opened Email May Violate SCA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the midst of a heated litigation commenced by an employer against its former employee for alleged violations of a non-compete agreement, an employee returned the cell phone she used during her employment. Prior to...more

Former Employee Need Not Allege Emails Were Unopened to Assert Claim of Unauthorized Access Under Stored Communications Act

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this month, a federal court denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a claim that it violated the Stored Communications Act (SCA) by accessing a former employee’s personal emails, concluding that the plaintiff need not...more

Defending Novel Theories In Data-Breach Litigation

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

The success of a data-breach lawsuit often turns on whether the plaintiff has standing to sue. Showing actual injury can be especially hard when the only alleged damage consists of a risk of future identity theft....more

VTech Escapes Class Action Case Over Breach of 11 Million Toy Users’ Information

In November 2015, VTech Electonics North America LLC (VTech) announced that an unauthorized party infiltrated its network and gained access to the personal information of 5 million adults and 6.5 million children through its...more

Alaska Genetic Privacy Suit Survives Motion To Dismiss

by King & Spalding on

On June 30, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska—in Cole v. Gene by Gene, Ltd., No. 1:14-CV-00004-SLG, 2017 WL 2838256, at *5 (D. Alaska June 30, 2017)—denied a motion to dismiss a putative class action...more

Solicitor General Urges Supreme Court Review of Second Circuit Microsoft Decision

On June 23, 2017, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court requesting reversal of a 2016 decision in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Law Firms’ Data Duty: Protecting Client Information From Cybercriminals

by McGuireWoods LLP on

July 1, 2017 The impact from the recent Petya/NotPetya ransomware attack — or what was reported as a ransomware attack but now appears to be something even more damaging — continues to spread around the globe, with several...more

Class Action and Regulatory Settlements Reflect the Rising Cost of Data Breaches

by Carlton Fields on

As the number of data breaches continues to increase, so too do the costs. After a breach occurs, companies typically expend significant sums conducting investigations, notifying customers and regulators, and engaging in...more

Supreme Court of Canada Allows British Columbians to Pursue Privacy Class Action Against Facebook

On June 23, 2017, in Douez v. Facebook Inc. (Douez), the Supreme Court of Canada considered the enforceability of forum selection clauses involving consumers and privacy rights. The application judge had declined to enforce a...more

Anthem Settles Data Breach Suit for Record $115 Million

Anthem Inc. has reportedly agreed to pay a settlement of $115 million to its customers that were affected by what is being called one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history....more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #4

Website, Mobile App Get Changes Thanks to CARU - A new decision from the Children’s Advertising Review Unit demonstrates the self-regulatory body’s efforts to work with a mobile application and website operator to ensure...more

Customers Sue Darden Restaurants Over Information on Receipts

by Reed Smith on

A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Darden Restaurants, Inc. (“Darden”), alleging that Darden violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”). Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that...more

District of New Jersey Further Defines the Evolving Boundaries of Injury-in-Fact After Spokeo

by BakerHostetler on

On June 6, 2017, in Kamal v. J. Crew Grp, Inc., No. CV 2:15-0190, 2017 WL 2443062 (D.N.J. June 6, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed a plaintiff’s second attempt to assert a claim...more

Northern District of Illinois Dismisses Barnes & Noble Data Breach Lawsuit

by Alston & Bird on

Earlier this month, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered an order dismissing with prejudice a putative class action concerning a security breach affecting PIN pad devices at numerous...more

U.S. Court Upholds Privilege Claim Respecting Report Prepared Following Data Breach

Those following developments in the data breach litigation space will be interested in the recent decision, In re Experian Data Breach Litigation (In Re Experian), where the California District Court upheld a privilege claim...more

The Age of Competition - The Supreme Court Decides the First BPCIA Case

by King & Spalding on

In a landmark ruling for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, a unanimous Supreme Court decided Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc., 582 U.S. ____, Nos. 15-1039, 15-1195 (June 12, 2017), its first biosimilar case governed by the...more

Class Certification Denied in TCPA Fax Class Action Due to Dishonesty

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

On June 2, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied class certification in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) putative class action. In doing so, the district judge chided...more

Deeper Dive: Clapper Divide Expands In Data Breach Cases

by BakerHostetler on

As reported in our 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report, plaintiffs allege potential future harm as a basis for injury in 80 percent of data breach lawsuits. But are allegations of future harm sufficient to meet...more

The “Third Party” Catch-22

by Ifrah PLLC on

As the Department of Justice has been doubling down on law enforcement overreach, the Supreme Court has just decided to hear a case that may limit the use of a common tool that law enforcement uses to infringe upon the...more

J. Crew Credit Card Digit Class Action Dismissed Again Because of Overly Speculative Identity Theft, Fraud Risks

by Reed Smith on

As courts continue to grapple with close calls on standing following the U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Spokeo v. Robins, another court has given defendants a win for intangible injuries and risk of future harm. On...more

Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing On Cross-Border Data Warrants

by King & Spalding on

On May 24, 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing on issues related to warrants for data stored abroad by U.S. entities and possible reforms of the Electronic Communications...more

Lyft Drivers Allege Uber Spied on them for Competitive Edge

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A former Lyft driver filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Uber, alleging Uber violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the California Invasion of Privacy Act...more

Court Applies Work Product Protection to Breach Investigation Reports

One of the most significant questions in data security law is whether reports created by forensic firms investigating data breaches at the direction of counsel are protected from discovery in civil class action lawsuits. ...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Data Breach Class Action for Failure to Allege Actual Injury

Takeaway: With new stories of data breaches popping up almost daily, a recent Second Circuit decision illustrates the difficulties named plaintiffs face establishing actual injury and surviving a motion to dismiss based on...more

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