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Identity Theft

Court Expands Standing for Plaintiffs to Pursue Data Breach Claims

On August 1, 2017, the D.C. Circuit handed down its decision in the data breach class action Attias v. CareFirst. In doing so, it became the latest federal appellate court to recognize that individual victims of a breach have...more

D.C. Circuit Concludes Heightened Risk of Future Identity Theft Enough for Standing in Data Breach Class Action

by Fisher Phillips on

Much to the dismay of companies, on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit made it easier for plaintiffs, and their attorneys, to bring class action data breach cases. In Attias v. CareFirst, Inc.,...more

D.C. Circuit Finds that Theft of Health Insurance Subscriber ID Numbers Is a Cognizable Injury in Identity Theft Litigation

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Recently, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Attias v. CareFirst, Inc., No. 16-7108, that customers had standing to sue a health insurer for a 2014 data breach in which the customers’ information was stolen. ...more

Another Circuit Joins the Trend of Setting a “Low Bar” for Standing in Data Breach Actions

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Consistent with a growing trend among courts nationwide, the D.C. Circuit Court unanimously held that a group of plaintiffs had cleared a “low bar” to establish constitutional standing for their claims in a data breach case...more

Privacy Tip #100 – Scary Statistics on Identity Theft of Children

It is one thing to steal our identity as an adult, but children are defenseless against this type of fraud. According to Experian, it handles 25,000-30,000 cases of identity theft and fraud every year and a whopping 17...more

In Data Breach Lawsuit, Mere Risk of Identity Theft is Enough to Stand On

by Saul Ewing LLP on

As the frequency of data breach incidents increases at a record pace, courts are becoming less reluctant to open the floodgates and allow consumers to bring data breach lawsuits. In its recent Attias v. CareFirst, Inc....more

Are DC Federal Courts the Next Hotbed for Data Breach Class Actions?

by Carlton Fields on

We have previously reported on the evolving circuit split over standing in data breach class actions. On August 1st, a three judge panel for the District of Columbia Circuit became the latest to weigh in on the issue. In...more

Federal Appeals Court Says Healthcare Insurer Must Face Data Breach Lawsuit

A federal appeals court earlier this week dealt a blow to healthcare insurer CareFirst, Inc., concluding that a group of customers have the right to pursue a class action data breach lawsuit based on a 2014 cyberattack....more

Data Breach Class Action Reinstated

by Lathrop Gage on

Must plaintiffs allege actual identity theft from a data breach to avoid dismissal of their class action lawsuit? No, according to yesterday’s opinion from a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

D.C. Circuit Reverses Data Breach Class Action Dismissal on Standing Grounds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has reinstated a data breach class action filed against CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst). The lawsuit stems from a June 2014 data breach in which hackers infiltrated 22...more

Advertising Law - July 2017 #4

‘World’s Best’ Is Puffery, Not Objectively Provable Claim - The claim “World’s Best Glass Cleaner” is puffery, the National Advertising Division decided in a challenge brought by S. C. Johnson & Son Inc. against advertiser...more

VTech Escapes Class Action Case Over Breach of 11 Million Toy Users’ Information

In November 2015, VTech Electonics North America LLC (VTech) announced that an unauthorized party infiltrated its network and gained access to the personal information of 5 million adults and 6.5 million children through its...more

Federal Tax Treatment of Employer-Provided Identity Protection Services

In the wake of several recent high-profile security breaches, employers are increasingly viewing identity theft protection as an essential employee benefit for employees. According to Willis Towers Watson’s 2016 voluntary...more

Stolen Tax Returns? Virginia Seeks a Solution.

Did someone steal your tax return? You are not alone. Indeed, the rise in tax-related identity theft has been well documented. In 2015, the FTC reported a 50% increase in identity theft complaints. A primary cause for...more

Customers Sue Darden Restaurants Over Information on Receipts

by Reed Smith on

A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Darden Restaurants, Inc. (“Darden”), alleging that Darden violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”). Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that...more

Deeper Dive: Clapper Divide Expands In Data Breach Cases

by BakerHostetler on

As reported in our 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report, plaintiffs allege potential future harm as a basis for injury in 80 percent of data breach lawsuits. But are allegations of future harm sufficient to meet...more

J. Crew Credit Card Digit Class Action Dismissed Again Because of Overly Speculative Identity Theft, Fraud Risks

by Reed Smith on

As courts continue to grapple with close calls on standing following the U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Spokeo v. Robins, another court has given defendants a win for intangible injuries and risk of future harm. On...more

Self-Sovereign Identity and Distributed Ledger Technology : Framing the Legal Issues

by Perkins Coie on

Purpose - Distributed ledger technology (“DLT”), including the use of blockchain technology, has been touted as a way to create and validate digital identities that serve many of the same purposes that physical forms of...more

Litigation Alert: Second Circuit Limits Standing to Bring Data Breach Class Actions

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision in Whalen v. Michaels Stores, placing the court at the center of the controversy around what allegations are sufficient to establish...more

Dismissal in Michael Stores Data Breach Case

In the latest decision on Article III standing in a data breach case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a credit card holder – who neither pleaded specific facts about the time or effort spent...more

FTC releases final agenda for May 24 identity theft conference

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 24, 2017, the FTC will hold a daylong conference on identity theft in Washington, D.C. The conference, “Planning for the Future,” will include panel discussions about how identity thieves acquire and use consumer...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Consumer Privacy and Data Security

Judge Trims Proposed Class Action Over Wendy’s Data Breach - Torres v. Wendy’s Int’l, LLC, No. 16-cv-0210 (PGB) (DCI) (M.D. Fla. Mar. 21, 2017). A U.S. district court judge in Florida trimmed a proposed class action...more

Data Breach Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Bracewell LLP on

In an April 13, 2017 decision in Walters v. Kimpton Hotel, a California federal judge rejected the bid of hotel chain Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, LLC to dismiss a proposed class action arising from a data breach last...more

Trust but Verify? Liability for Engaging in Transactions with an Identity Thief

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

After a data breach, consumers often sue to recover for injuries they suffer, or fear they will suffer, when identity thieves use the stolen data. These suits usually target the company that suffered the data breach. ...more

IRS to Notify 100,000 Taxpayers That Their Information May Have Been Obtained Through Misuse of FAFSA Retrieval Tool

On Thursday, Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Commissioner John Koskinen testified that the personal data of up to a 100,000 taxpayers could have been compromised as a result of criminal use of the Free Application for...more

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