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Massachusetts Fines Bank for Data Breach

On December 8, a large bank settled with the state of Massachusetts for $825,000 over a data breach that exposed the personal information of at least 260,000 customers. In March 2012, the bank allegedly lost unencrypted...more

Storing IP addresses – German referal to the ECJ

(Decision of 28 October 2014, VI ZR 135/13) - The German Federal Supreme Court had to decide whether the Federal Republic of Germany may save the IP address of a visitor to their websites beyond the termination of the...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #2

Shhhhh…Whisper Faces Lawmaker Scrutiny Over Privacy Claims - Just how safe is the purported “safest place on the Internet”?: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) wants to find out. The Chair of the Senate Committee on...more

Bank to Make $850,000 Payout for 2012 Data Breach

A major national bank will pay $850,000 for allowing a data breach to compromise the personal information of 260,000 of its customers. Nine states — Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,...more

The FCC Moves To Expand Its Data Security Regulatory Reach - The FCC fines two telecommunications companies $10 million—and faces...

On October 24, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) levied a $10 million fine against two telecommunications companies that allegedly stored unencrypted personally identifiable customer data online with no...more

Data protection damages have to be proven

Data protection breaches do not entitle per se to claim damages that damages have to be proven by the plaintiff according to the Italian Supreme Court....more

California District Court Finds Threat of Future Harm Sufficient to Confer Article III Standing in Data Breach Action

In a departure from the mounting body of case law finding that the “increased risk of future harm” is insufficient to confer Article III standing on victims of a data breach, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District...more

The Celebrity Hacking Scandal and You: 3 Takeaways for Everyone

By now we all know a hacker accessed the personal iCloud accounts of dozens of A-list celebrities and leaked nude photos of stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and Victoria Justice. The anonymous...more

UPDATE: Germany to Tighten Data Protection Laws: Consumer Protection Associations and Trade Associations shall be Granted Right to...

As contemplated in the Newsflash in March 2014, the German Federal Ministry of Justice in June 2014 finally presented the new draft bill that allows consumer protection associations as well as trade associations to take...more

Parens Patriae Action By State Attorney General Is Not Removable Under CAFA’s Class Action Provision

A federal district court in Hawaii held that a parens patriae action brought on behalf of the State of Hawaii by its Attorney General was not removable under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) because it was not a class...more

Update on Google Unauthorized Children’s In-App Purchase Class Action: THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

U.S. District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte has issued an order granting in part and denying in part Google’s Motion to Dismiss the class action filed against the Company on ­March 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern...more

Federal Judge Trims Diet Supplement Maker’s Earnings by $40M and Orders Recall of Banned Labeling

On May 14, a Georgia federal court dished out severe contempt sanctions against Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, its president and two others for violating a 2008 court order relating to the advertising and labeling of Hi-Tech’s...more

The Next Generation of Data Breach Notice Law — Florida’s Information Protection Act of 2014

In a harbinger of data-breach-laws to come, the Florida State Legislature just passed a new Florida Information Protection Act, which establishes tough new notification requirements for businesses and governmental entities....more

Germany to Tighten Data Protection Laws: Consumer Protection Associations shall be Granted Right to take Businesses to Court

Germany's data protection laws, already known as one of the strictest in the world, are facing an even stricter approach when Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas on February 11, 2014 announced a new draft bill that would...more

Providing Cell Phone Number To Register Membership Gives TCPA Consent for Text Message

A consumer who voluntarily provides a cell phone number when registering online for membership has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive a text message containing...more

Damages Issues Again Thwart the Bulk of Plaintiffs’ Claims in the PlayStation Network Data Breach Class Action

In the latest chapter in the Sony PlayStation Network (“PSN”) data breach saga, a decision that issued on January 21, 2014 permanently dismissed all but a handful of the class action claims advanced in a 51 count complaint. ...more

Langone v. FanDuel, Inc. (Fantasy Sports)

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER re Dismissal of Civil Action

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (Judge Thomas M. Durkin); MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER re Dismissal of Civil Action based upon the Illinois Loss Recovery Act, 720 ILCS...more

Notice to US Full Tilt Poker Player Victims re Fund Remission Protocols

Electronic Notice by Claims Administrator Garden City Group to US Full Tilt Poker Player Victims re Fund Remission Process, Protocols, and Procedure. --- On September 16th, 2013 the Full Tilt Poker Claims...more

Mandatory Data Breach Reporting Bill Introduced Into Parliament

The Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2013 was introduced into Parliament on 29 May 2013. Having been recommended by the Senate Committee report tabled on 24 June, it appears that Parliament intends to pass the Bill...more

Facebook v. Typosquatters: Damages and Domains Awarded Under Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act

On April 30, 2013, Magistrate Judge Westmore recommended that the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California award Facebook $2.8 million in damages from typosquatters under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection...more

New FTC Advertising Guidelines Are Worth a Review

In a recent post, I discussed how a company could be liable for referencing a third-party’s unbiased endorsement if, unbeknownst to that company, the basis for the endorsement turned out to be unjustified. In another...more

Google Settles Another Privacy Allegation — This One Concerning Its ‘Street View’

Google recently agreed to a settlement after a three-year investigation conducted by 38 state attorneys general stemming for allegations that it had violated individuals’ privacy rights when it collected information from...more

The Data Breach Lawsuit Powder Keg

Most data breaches occur because companies fail to implement adequate safeguards to protect personal identifiable information, and data breaches are growing in scope and sophistication. A study by NetDiligence concluded that...more

US v. Pokerstars, et. al. (Christopher Ferguson)

SDNY Hon. Judge Kimba M. Wood executed STIPULATION AND ORDER OF SETTLEMENT IN REGARD TO CHRISTOPHER FERGUSON

Approved and Executed STIPULATION AND ORDER OF SETTLEMENT IN REGARD TO CHRISTOPHER FERGUSON: Ferguson agrees to forfeit to the United States all funds in the Ferguson Account (the "Ferguson Account Funds") for disposition...more

US v. Pokerstars, et. al. (Christopher Ferguson)

LETTER addressed to Judge Kimba M. Wood from Sharon Cohen Levin dated 02/19/2013

LETTER addressed to Judge Kimba M. Wood from AUSA Sharon Cohen Levin dated 02/19/2013 re Christopher Ferguson Settlement Stipulation. ...more

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