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Dynamic IP Addresses May Qualify as Personal Data

In a key decision, the European Court of Justice has ruled that dynamic IP addresses may qualify as personal data in certain circumstances—ending years of uncertainty about whether such fundamental building blocks of the...more

Data subject access request cannot be used to circumvent CPR disclosure regime

Where a data subject access request (DSAR) is made relating to "mixed data" (ie data within a document containing the data of individuals other than the data subject) there must be a careful balancing exercise between the...more

Sixth Circuit: Substantial Risk of Harm and Mitigation Costs Sufficient to Confer Standing in Data Breach Case

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a petition for an en banc rehearing of its September 12 decision in Galaria, et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nos. 15-3386/3387). In...more

US Class Actions Filed In Wake Of Yahoo Hack Disclosure

As has been widely reported, Yahoo announced on September 22, 2016 that it had suffered a hack in 2014 that compromised customer information relating to 500 million user accounts, approximately half of all accounts Yahoo...more

Update on Data Breach and Data Privacy Class Actions Post-Spokeo

In May, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Spokeo v. Robins, providing guidance on the “injury-in-fact” aspect of the constitutional standing requirement for putative class action plaintiffs. 136 S. Ct. 1540...more

Barnes & Noble Data Breach Class Action Dismissed

On Monday, October 3, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a putative class action lawsuit concerning a 2012 data breach at Barnes & Noble, Inc. (“B&N”) during which hackers obtained...more

16 data breach class action lawsuits filed again 21st Century Oncology consolidated

We previously reported that 21st Century Oncology suffered a data breach in October 2015 involving an intrusion into its systems which compromised around 2 million patients’ records, including their names, Social Security...more

Supreme Court Denies Cert in Leading Case on Internet Tracking and Analytics

The Supreme Court recently declined to review In re Google Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation—a consolidated class action alleging that Google and third-party advertisers evaded web browser privacy settings,...more

Your Credit Card Number’s Been Stolen. Have You Been Injured? Courts’ Answers Continue to Vary

Seemingly not a day goes by without news of another major data breach. In the past few weeks, Yahoo! announced that at least 500 million of its user accounts were stolen in 2014, hot on the heels of Dropbox’s announcement...more

Vague Pleading Causes Data Privacy Class Action Against Grocer to Fail at the Check-out

Particularity and plausibility are recurring themes from Judge Reagan’s order last week in the most recent round of litigation stemming from a 2012-2013 data breach at Schnucks grocery. See Community Bank, et al. v. Schnuck...more

Data Breach Class Action Case Dismissed Against Barnes & Noble

A federal judge in Illinois dismissed the class action lawsuit filed against Barnes & Noble stemming from a data breach in 2013. The breach occurred when credit and debit card PIN pads were compromised at 63 Barnes & Noble...more

Despite Plaintiffs Satisfying Standing Requirements, Barnes & Noble Closes the Book on Data Breach Class Action

In data breach class actions, standing is often the major obstacle, and has taken on renewed focus following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (May 24, 2016). See, e.g., Federal Court Finds...more

Avoiding Close Calls: Sixth Circuit’s Galaria v. Nationwide Decision Offers Valuable Pleading Tips

The Sixth Circuit’s split decision last month finding Article 3 standing in a data breach case is the first of its kind post-Spokeo. See Galaria v. Nationwide Nos. 15-3386/3387 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2016) (unpublished). It is...more

TalkTalk Loses Appeal Against £1,000 fine at the Information Tribunal

Telecoms service provider TalkTalk has lost an appeal against it for a £1,000 fixed penalty after the Information Commissioner’s office (ICO) ruled it had failed to report a personal data breach within the required 24 hours’...more

Alleged Wiretap Act and CIPA Violations Held to Satisfy Spokeo Test for Standing in Latest Gmail Privacy Class Action

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), lower courts have begun to address whether alleged violations of statutes intended to protect privacy suffice, in the absence of...more

Are You Sitting Down? Standing in Privacy Cases After Spokeo

In May of this year, in Robins v. Spokeo, the Supreme Court ruled on the important issue of standing for plaintiffs asserting statutory claims for damages in federal court. Some observers thought the decision would guide...more

Sixth Circuit Eases Plaintiffs’ Burden for Standing in Data Breach Claims

Insurance companies are susceptible to the same sort of data breaches as suffered by many other businesses, such as the recently reported theft from Yahoo of the personal data in half a billion accounts. In a major decision...more

Considering E-Discovery in Cloud Contracts

Earlier this year, I predicted that 2016 would be a year of increased focus on e-discovery from cloud-based sources and postulated that many organizations would demand better e-discovery solutions and increased cooperation...more

Key Legal Issues in Privacy and Data Security on Display in Sixth Circuit Data Breach Class Action Decision

A September 12, 2016 decision out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit adds new fuel to an ongoing legal debate: when a data breach places a business’s sensitive customer information into the hands of hackers,...more

Lessons From Yahoo Breach Continue

Yahoo has (not surprisingly) been hit with multiple consumer class action claims relating to its massive data breach. It is unclear exactly when Yahoo uncovered the 2014 breach; news reports characterize the find as "recent."...more

Wearable Device Data: The Next Big Thing for Employment Litigation Cases

Wearable device data may be the next big thing in the world of evidence for employment cases since social media. Given that it has already been used in personal injury and criminal cases, it is only a matter of time before...more

Sixth Circuit Lowers Bar For Plaintiff’s Standing To Sue In Data Breach Cases

On September 12, 2016, a split panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held in an unpublished opinion that customers of Nationwide Mutual Insurance (“Nationwide”) could pursue claims stemming from a 2012...more

6th Circuit “Stands” Up for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Suit

A recent decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lowers the threshold for standing in data breach cases, giving data breach victims an easier path to sue the companies from which their data was stolen. Adam Frey...more

Gannett Cannot Escape Privacy Suit Over USAToday App

On Friday September 2, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled against Gannett Company, Inc. (“Gannett”) in a case where Gannett allegedly violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) by...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Two Recent Decisions Further Definining Liability Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In July, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued two decisions by which it intends to clarify liability under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030 (“CFAA”). The CFAA imposes criminal penalties and...more

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