Dick’s Sporting Goods has sued Modell’s Sporting Goods and its prominent fourth-generation CEO, Mitchell Modell, claiming Modell brazenly visited a Dick’s retail location and impersonated a Dick’s executive to unlawfully gain...more
The Washington Post recently published an article reminding individuals not to tweet or otherwise share information concerning their medical conditions on social media, warning that disclosing such information publicly “is...more
The FTC released its annual Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book on February 27, 2014, providing national and state-by-state data on consumer complaints received by the FTC, all U.S. and Canadian Better Business Bureaus, the...more
On February 12, the Federal Reserve Board proposed to repeal its Regulation DD, which implements the TISA, and Regulation P, which implements Section 504 of the GLBA because the Dodd-Frank Act transferred rulemaking authority...more
Anyone can become a victim of identity theft, and it can happen anywhere. Michael Stores, Neiman Marcus and Target are simply the latest merchants to report that customer information was stolen. While being a victim of...more
Attorney General Eric Holder said, “There are only two categories of companies affected by trade secret theft: Those that know they’ve been compromised—and those that don’t know it yet.” According to former FBI Director...more
On a brisk January day, Mary A. Richman opened her mailbox and was confronted with the sobering sight of thick envelopes from Visa, American Express and MasterCard each containing a month’s worth of extravagant Christmas...more
This week's headlines charged employers with preserving and protecting data in the workplace. This advice is timely given that this week is “Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week,” a time when employers are reminded to safeguard...more
We recently reported that the number of cyber events involving the healthcare industry is expected to rise in 2014.
The reliance on electronic medical records and the use of insurance exchanges increase efficiency but...more
. . . a data breach class action.
Hackers and plaintiffs’ lawyers could combine to make 2014 the year when class actions concerning theft of sensitive information proliferate. On this 11th Day of Privacy, we look...more
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought an enforcement action against JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Chase Bank USA, N.A. (collectively, the Bank), pursuant to 12 U.S.C. §§ 5563 and 5565 with regard to their...more
How secure is your information in this digital age? And what are your legal rights if your information is compromised and you become a victim of identity theft? A couple of recent events are enough to make you wonder....more
On November 18, 2013, E-Verify announced an enhancement to combat identity fraud. USCIS can now “lock out” social security numbers that appear to have been used fraudulently. Once locked out, “tentative non-confirmations”...more
On November 18, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of a new program meant to help combat fraud and identity theft. The new E-Verify safeguard enables USCIS to “lock” a...more
Unlike financial identity theft, which targets a victim’s financial health, medical identity theft threatens a victim’s very existence. The unauthorized access of a victim’s medical record not only grants the thief access to...more
Compliance, like many other aspects of the business world, is a balance of risks. Unfortunately, it often takes an organization being rebuked in some fashion before it realizes the importance of failure to be in compliance. ...more
On October 21, Florida-based health insurer AvMed, Inc. (AvMed) settled a data breach class action lawsuit for $3 million, even though no plaintiffs in the class demonstrated that they had suffered identity theft or any other...more
Congress these days seems to have noticed that we have too many federal criminal laws - which is a good thing (the Congressional notice, less the excessive criminal laws).
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee heard...more
Identify theft remains a very real threat in 2013, so much so that Georgia has made it a felony offense (Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 6-9-121). If you don’t want your good name and reputation sullied by the...more
As a reminder, the Identity Theft Red Flags Rules jointly adopted by the SEC and CFTC, which took effect on May 20, 2013, have an upcoming compliance date of November 20, 2013. Under these rules, certain SEC and...more
In this Issue:
- Limited Liability Companies — The Best of All Worlds?
- Employees Are Responsible for Beneficiary Designations
- Protect Your Plastic
- HOA Can Regulate Common Area
Multiple outlets are reporting that on October 15, 2013, William Reed, a Nevada businessman, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States, tax evasion, and...more
For the first time in nearly a decade, a province has enacted comprehensive private sector privacy legislation. Learning from the experiences federally and in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, Manitoba has...more
The club of Canadian provinces with private-sector privacy legislation welcomes a new member this year: Manitoba has passed the The Personal Information Protection and Identity Theft Prevention Act (PIPITPA), joining B.C.,...more
On Friday, September 27, California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill, S.B. 46, which increases the online protection of potential identity theft for Californians by requiring companies to give notice when a California...more
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