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Community Banking Excellence -Fourth Quarter 2015

In This Issue: - Looking Back, Looking Forward: A 2015 Retrospective and 2016 Predictions: This past year has seen many changes in the community banking industry. Some of these issues we expected and some had more...more

Online Services Companies Await Supreme Court Ruling on Standing to Bring Class Actions under Fair Credit Reporting Act

On November 2, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a contentious round of oral arguments in a case that may significantly change the landscape of consumer class actions. The case, Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, is a class action...more

Target Settles With Credit Card Issuers

Today, Target and a class of banks that issued credit cards that were compromised in the Target data breach announced they have reached a $39.4 million settlement. Up to $20,250,000 of the settlement will go to a...more

Target Reaches $67 Million Settlement with Visa over Data Breach Claims

More than a year-and-a-half after Target’s December 2013 announcement of a massive data breach, the retailer has reached an agreement with Visa, whereby it will reimburse Visa and certain affected card issuers up to $67...more

Target and Visa Announce $67 Million Settlement

Last winter, following a well-publicized data breach, a group of financial institutions sued Target, arguing that Target should be held responsible for the damages that they had experienced as a result of the data breach...more

CFPB Using its Enforcement Powers Yet Again for UDAAP Violations, This Time Against PayPal

Even after the PayPal settlement, the definition of “abusive” remains as subjective and fact specific as ever. On May 19, PayPal agreed to a $25 million settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or...more

Target Court Refuses to Block MasterCard Settlement Reached Prior to Class Certification

In another development in the multi-faceted litigation arising from Target’s December 2013 data breach, Defendant Target announced a tentative $19 million settlement with non-party MasterCard, to resolve claims of...more

Tronox: The Weed that Choked a Flower – Lessons for Buyers on Remedies

As we noted in Parts 1 and 2 of this series, any buyer of assets from a company in any degree of financial stress should be concerned about the transaction being attacked as a fraudulent transfer. Officers and directors of a...more

Target settles with MasterCard for $19M for data breach losses

Target Corp. announced yesterday that it has settled the claims of MasterCard International Inc. (MasterCard) against it to reimburse MasterCard and its card issuers for the losses it sustained in issuing new credit and debit...more

UPDATE: Target Confirms It Has Negotiated A $19 Million Data Breach Settlement With MasterCard

Target confirmed a report in the Wednesday edition of The Wall Street Journal of a settlement with MasterCard concerning claims of card-issuers arising from Target’s 2013 data breach. The data breach, which occurred during...more

Report: Target Close To $20M Data Breach Settlement With Master Card

According to a report published today in The Wall Street Journal, Target and MasterCard are close to reaching a settlement of the claims of MasterCard-issuing institutions in connection with Target’s 2013 data breach. The...more

Standing in Data Breach Cases – Still a Moving Target

Where do we stand on standing in data breach cases? It depends on which court you ask. In December 2014, two courts considered whether plaintiffs alleged sufficient injury in their complaints involving well-known data...more

SDNY Clarifies Scope of Contractual Exclusions of Consequential Damages Under New York Law

On December 15, 2014, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in PNC Bank v. Wolters Kluwer Financial Services that defendant Wolters Kluwer Financial Services ("WKFS") was not liable for...more

Data Breach Litigation – A New Wave of Class Actions by Financial Institutions

Rarely does a day go by without news of a data security breach. According to the Identify Theft Resource Center, there have been a total of 447 data breaches to date this year, which represents a 20.5% increase over the same...more

SEC Files Another Settled Insider Trading Case

Insider trading continues to be a key priority in the new get tough enforcement era. Last week closed with the filing of an insider trading action centered on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This week begins with...more

Target Data Breach Suit By Banks Extends To Security Vendor

December 18, 2013, was a dark day for Target Corp. Nationally ousted as the victim of the largest retail data breach in history, Target’s CEO Gregg Steinhafel took pains to assure consumers “they will not be held financially...more

Court Holds that Hannaford Data Breach Suit Cannot Proceed as Class Action

On March 20, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Maine denied a motion brought by plaintiffs in In re Hannaford Brothers Company Data Security Breach Litigation that would have allowed the suit to...more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Stem Cell Funding Case

In an order issued earlier today, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in Sherley v. Sebelius, ending the efforts by two adult stem cell researchers to prevent the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from funding research...more

Bank Agrees to Reimburse Company for Funds Taken Through Online Bank Account Theft

We reported in July on a First Circuit Court of Appeals decision finding that a bank failed to implement commercially reasonable security methods to prevent unauthorized transfers by a criminal that gained the online banking...more

The Tale of Two Banks: Final Settlement in Maine Bank Security Practices Case and a Failure of Bank Security Procedures in Florida

In a case that we have written about, People’s United Bank of Maine has agreed to pay about $ 390,000 to settle a claim that its security practices allowed unauthorized persons to withdraw funds from a construction company’s...more

Morgan Stanley Sued Over $110 Million in Mortgage Loans

On September 28, an RMBS trustee sued a Morgan Stanley unit in the Supreme Court for the State of New York, alleging that Morgan Stanley sold RMBS backed by defective mortgage loans. The trustee asserts that Morgan Stanley...more

Door to Increased Liability for Banks Opened by U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has opened the door to increased liability for banks when hackers make fraudulent withdrawals....more

Court Rules on What is “Commercially Reasonable” Bank Security

Small business owners have new hope that they may be on the same footing as individuals when it comes to cybertheft from their bank accounts. ...more

MF Global Creditors take action in wake of Bankruptcy

Since the bankruptcy filing of MF Global on October 30, the brokerage firm’s creditors have started to take action to recover their losses. These include suing the company’s advisers, searching for assets overseas and seeking...more

Merchant Liability for Security Breaches

In the world of security breach, the momentum has clearly shifted to the states, maybe this time for good. More than thirty-five states have already enacted breachnotification statutes. This trend may be unstoppable, with...more

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