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Equifax Week Two: Hack Headaches Continue

The barrage of bad news for Equifax Inc. keeps getting worse. Here’s a recap of yesterday’s events: ? Mass AG Files Lawsuit – In the first enforcement action filed against Equifax Inc., the Massachusetts Attorney General...more

Equifax Data Suppliers Urged by DFS to Give Hack “Highest Degree of Attention”

Yesterday, New York’s top financial regulator asked state-chartered banks and insurers to take immediate precautions to protect consumers and the financial markets “in light of the cybersecurity attack” at Equifax Inc....more

After Equifax: What Should the Public Do?

As we have discussed in previous posts, Equifax Inc. suffered a cybersecurity breach potentially affecting 143 million individuals in the United States. Although Equifax’s investigation is ongoing, the data at risk includes...more

The Equifax Breach: Protecting Yourself Against Threats to Your Finances and Identity

On September 7, U.S. credit reporting agency Equifax reported that it had been hacked and more than 140 million people might have had their information stolen. The breach could have global implications: Equifax has stated...more

Equifax Breach Affects 143M: If GDPR Were in Effect, What Would Be the Impact?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The security breach announced by Equifax Inc. on September 7, 2017, grabbed headlines around the world as Equifax revealed that personal data of roughly 143 million consumers in the United States and certain UK and Canadian...more

2017 Data Breach Litigation Report

by Bryan Cave on

2016 was another year in which data breaches continued to dominate the headlines, a constant reminder to people that their personal information was vulnerable and the target of criminal attacks. Yet, despite the fact that...more

8th Circuit Affirms Standing as Barrier in Data Breach Class Actions

by Hogan Lovells on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has become the latest appellate court to enter the contested debate over Article III standing in data breach litigation. The Eighth Circuit held that 15 of 16 named plaintiffs...more

Will I Get Sued After a Data Breach? D.C. Circuit Broadens Scope of Data That Gives Rise to Identity Theft in CareFirst

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

In the latest sign that data breach class actions are here to stay—and, indeed, growing—the D.C. Circuit resuscitated claims against health insurer CareFirst BlueCross and Blue Shield, following a 2015 breach that compromised...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Data Breach Plaintiffs Must Allege Actual Injury to Establish Standing

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that allegations of a future risk of identity theft resulting from a data breach are not sufficient to establish standing. The August 30 ruling in In re SuperValu Customer...more

D.C. Circuit Holds Cyber-Theft of Customers’ Medical Identifying Information Created Sufficient Increased Risk of Harm to...

Earlier this month, an appellate panel of the federal DC Circuit unanimously held that individuals affected by a healthcare insurer’s data breach in 2014 could pursue claims against the insurer stemming from the cyberattack....more

Avoiding Management Struggles When it Comes to Data Breaches: Part 8

by Bryan Cave on

The best way for a company to handle a data breach is to be prepared. As we discuss in our data breach readiness handbook, preparation includes, among other things, drafting an incident response plan, reviewing...more

Kansas Judge Rejects Discovery From Putative Class Members

by Carlton Fields on

A magistrate judge in Kansas denied the defendant’s request to conduct discovery of putative class members via a voluntary questionnaire. Plaintiff Hapka filed a class action against home health care provider CareCentrix...more

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

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

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

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

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

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