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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Wikimedia Upstream Suit to Proceed

by Alston & Bird on

On May 23, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion on Wikimedia foundation v. NSA/CSS. The Court vacated and remanded the NSA’s previously successful motion to dismiss Wikimedia’s Fourth and First...more

Substantial Risk of Harm in Data Breach Class Actions Ripe for Supreme Court Review

by BakerHostetler on

Early in May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Whalen v. Michaels Stores, Inc., No. 16-260 (L) (2d Cir. May 2, 2017), affirmed the dismissal of a data breach class action brought against Michaels Stores...more

Third Circuit Finds FCRA Violation Alone Confers Standing for Data Breach Suit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled that a data breach class action may proceed on the basis of a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violation alone, even where the putative class members do...more

Constitutional Standing Provides Fertile Battleground In Data Breach Litigation

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

A common and understandable concern of companies that suffer a data breach is whether the victims can sue the company. It is tempting to assume that the victims won’t sue if they do not suffer identity theft or monetary loss...more

The Future of Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

In today’s world, as technology costs decrease and personal information becomes more valuable on the black market, data breaches have seemingly joined the ranks of death and taxes as certainties. Add to that litigation:...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

Sixth Circuit Rules That Theft of PII from Insurance Company Results in Article III Standing

In its recent decision in Galaria v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., no. 15-3386 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2016). Co., No. 15-3386 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2016), a divided Sixth Circuit panel held that plaintiffs had standing to assert...more

Tracking The Elusive Consumer Data Breach Class Action

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Following the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Lewert v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 6766 (7th Cir. Ill. Apr. 14, 2016), many commentators quickly pronounced the Seventh Circuit fertile territory...more

Seventh Circuit (Again) Finds Consumers Have Standing To Sue Over Data Breaches

On April 14, 2016, the Seventh Circuit held in Lewart v. P.F. Chang’s that customers who may have had personal information compromised in a P.F. Chang’s data breach have standing, at the motion-to-dismiss stage, to sue the...more

Data Breach Class Action Against SuperValu Doesn’t Check Out

by Butler Snow LLP on

The data breach class action lawsuit filed against grocery store retail chain SuperValu Inc. (“SuperValu”) was put on the shelf by the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on January 7, 2016. The plaintiffs...more

In Cybersecurity, No Harm Does Not Necessarily Mean No Foul

How much does the question of harm matter in cybersecurity law? The answer is: It depends on who is bringing the claim. Businesses confronting data breaches can face litigation from private consumers as well as from...more

Courts Send Mixed Messages on Standing for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Litigation

New decisions from two federal courts may allow defendants in data breach class action litigation to breathe somewhat easier, following a run of adverse decisions last year. These decisions illustrate an emerging trend of...more

Are you covered? Emerging issues for health care providers under cyber risk insurance

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Providers are focusing on cybersecurity with increased urgency. Cyberattacks on health-care organizations reached an all-time high in 2015 and aren't expected to slow down in 2016, Harry Greenspun, director for Deloitte's...more

Data Breach Class Action Against Michael Stores Doesn’t Stick

by Butler Snow LLP on

The arts and crafts retail chain Michael Stores Inc. (“Michaels”) received a late holiday gift in the form of a dismissal of a data breach class action lawsuit. On December 28, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...more

Australia’s Proposed Data Breach Notification Law: What’s The Harm In A “Real Risk of Serious Harm” Standard?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Last week, the government of Australia released an “Exposure Draft” of a bill that, if passed into law, would amend Australia’s Privacy Act to require notification to the government and affected individuals in the event of a...more

Keeping the Data-Breach Headlines In Perspective

by LeClairRyan on

From the Sony Pictures settlement, to the Ashley Madison debacle, data breaches are making big headlines of late. And when it comes to one case in particular — the data breach at luxury retailer Neiman Marcus (Remijas v....more

Court Grants Standing Against Coca-Cola Employer for Breach of Employee Information

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The decision does not change the law on what is necessary to prove standing, although it does reinforce the notion that a plaintiff will have standing if he or she can allege a concrete injury. In the latest in a slew of...more

Pennsylvania Data Breach Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has allowed a data breach class action against Coca-Cola and several bottling companies to proceed, finding that the plaintiff has Article III standing even though he had left Coca-Cola’s...more

Data Breach Class Claims Survive Clapper

by Carlton Fields on

On appeal to the Seventh Circuit, a three-judge panel opinion written by Chief Judge Woods reversed the lower court. Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, LLC, No. 14-3122, 2015 WL 4394814, at *3 (7th Cir. July 20, 2015). The panel...more

Recent Seventh Circuit Data Breach Ruling Could be Big Win for Plaintiffs and Big Headache for Retailers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

For lawyers who frequently litigate class action lawsuits, whether or not the named plaintiffs have standing to bring a claim is one of the first issues that is analyzed and considered. Plaintiffs’ lawyers often look for...more

Circuit Split on Standing in Data Breach Class Actions Survives Clapper

by Carlton Fields on

Last Friday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied a retailer’s petition for rehearing en banc of a three-judge panel opinion holding that plaintiffs whose credit card information was stolen in a data breach had...more

OPM Faces Another Class Action For The Theft Of Data Affecting 21.5 Million Current, Former And Prospective Government Employees

by King & Spalding on

On August 14, 2015, a class action was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of about 21.5 million federal employees, contractors, and job applicants whose personal information was...more

Neiman Marcus Seeks En Banc Review of Seventh Circuit’s Watershed Data Breach Class-Action Decision

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Does a data breach of a retailer’s payment-card information automatically confer Article III standing on affected customers? Is the mere possibility that some criminal element may use pilfered information to commit future...more

Seventh Circuit Petitioned for Rehearing En Banc to Determine Whether Data Breach Class Claims Survive Clapper, Satisfy Article...

by Carlton Fields on

In January 2014, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus disclosed that it had suffered a cyberattack in which hackers may have gained access to 350,000 credit and debit cards used at its stores in late 2013. Plaintiffs, all of whom...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Article III Standing for Data Breach Class Action Based on Allegations of Future Harm

In the wake of numerous data breach cases dismissed for lack of Article III standing based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA, 133 S. Ct. 1138, 1147 (2013), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals...more

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