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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

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

FinCrimes Update - September 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 7

IN THIS ISSUE: BSA/AML & OFAC | Virtual Currency & Payment Systems | FCPA & Anti-Corruption | Criminal Enforcement. BSA/AML & OFAC: FINCEN OFFERS RED FLAGS GUIDANCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #44

We are pleased to present the 44th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases that address subpoena enforcement, a rejected class action settlement, and...more

Eastern District Court Of Texas Enjoins Bitcoin Investment Scheme And Orders Founder To Pay Civil Penalty

On September 18, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held that the defendant’s bitcoin investment program was a Ponzi scheme, and enjoined the founder and the investment program from violating Section...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

When Banks Are on the Hook for Cybertheft

This Wall Street Journal Article features Bernstein Shur Attorney Dan Mitchell. Banks typically are responsible for losses when personal accounts are hacked. But commercial clients that fall victim to cyber theft have...more

After Sanford company’s money stolen, court rules banks are responsible if hacked

This BDN Maine article features Bernstein Shur Attorney Dan Mitchell. SANFORD, Maine — A recent court ruling involving a Sanford construction company and its bank could have nationwide implications as attorneys and...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

Bank Agrees to Reimburse Hacking Victim $300K in Precedent-Setting Case

This Wired Magazine article features Bernstein Shur Attorney Dan Mitchell. In a case watched closely by banks and their commercial customers, a financial institution in Maine has agreed to reimburse a construction...more

Bank Agrees to Settle Suit Over Cyber Security Procedures

On November 19, a bank sued by a commercial account holder to recover funds lost after cyber attackers gained electronic access to its account and made a series of unauthorized withdrawals reportedly agreed to pay the...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

First Circuit Holds Bank May Be Liable For Customer Losses from Cyber Attacks

On July 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit became the first federal appellate court to address the issue of bank liability for the loss of customer funds resulting from a breach of a bank’s cyber security,...more

Angel Investors: Secondary Liability for DCI Copyright Infringement

Digital content intermediaries (DCIs) such as YouTube, Facebook, Ebay and others handle vast quantities of digital content uploaded by users, raising questions about their potential secondary liability for copyright...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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