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Sixth Circuit Lowers Bar For Plaintiff’s Standing To Sue In Data Breach Cases

On September 12, 2016, a split panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held in an unpublished opinion that customers of Nationwide Mutual Insurance (“Nationwide”) could pursue claims stemming from a 2012...more

Employee’s Wife Pleads Guilty to Charges After He Stole Patient Information

The Manhattan District Attorney announced this week that a former employee of Lenox Hill Hospital’s wife plead guilty to grand larceny, identity theft in the first degree, and criminal possession of stolen property after her...more

6th Circuit “Stands” Up for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Suit

A recent decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lowers the threshold for standing in data breach cases, giving data breach victims an easier path to sue the companies from which their data was stolen. Adam Frey...more

Gannett Cannot Escape Privacy Suit Over USAToday App

On Friday September 2, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled against Gannett Company, Inc. (“Gannett”) in a case where Gannett allegedly violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) by...more

Tales from the Trenches: Lessons Learned from the Ashley Madison Data Breach

In July 2015, the online cheating website Ashley Madison was hacked and data pertaining to its 37 million users were published online. The story made headlines given the sensitive nature of the information exposed, the number...more

Big Data, Big Risk? Privacy and Security Tips for Fintech Companies

Many fintech companies collect and process vast amounts of data in order to provide financial services quickly and inexpensively. Much of this data is highly sensitive personal information such as date of birth, social...more

How to Respond To Third Party (Non-Government) Civil Subpoenas And Document Requests That Ask For Personal Information

Litigants in a civil dispute often use subpoenas, subpoenas duces tecum, and discovery requests to obtain personal information about individuals who may not be present in the litigation. A request for documents and...more

Litigation Alert: The Sixth Circuit Recognizes Article III Standing in Data Breach Case Despite Absence of Identity Theft...

Last week, the Sixth Circuit held that allegations that personal information was stolen following a data breach was sufficient to confer Article III standing to sue to the affected individuals, even in the absence of...more

Hackers Post Athletes’ Medical and Drug Testing Records Online

Hacking group Fancy Bear, reportedly a Russian group, who allegedly hacked into the Democratic National Committee emails which made headlines, has posted U.S. Olympians’ medical and drug testing records online. Although it...more

U.S. House Of Representatives Announces OPM Data Breach Findings

On Wednesday, September 7, Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a report detailing the events leading up to the sweeping hack of the federal Office of...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: September 2016 #3

Last week, the legal battle between federal authorities and North Carolina over transgender bathroom access took a turn. North Carolina’s governor quietly withdrew the state’s suit against the federal government, instead...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

LabMD Seeks To Stay FTC Decision Related To Evidence Of Consumer Harm Pending Appeal

LabMD—a medical testing lab that, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) alleged, exposed consumer personal information through a peer-to-peer (“P2P”) file-sharing network—is now seeking a stay pending its appeal of the FTC’s...more

Galaria v. Nationwide: Data Breach Plaintiffs Standing Strong in the Sixth

This week, in the first post-Spokeo circuit court decision to address standing in a data-breach class action, the Sixth Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit in holding that plaintiffs whose sensitive personal information has...more

Eighth Circuit Clarifies Spokeo Ruling to Require Injury-in-Fact to Satisfy Article III Standing

In a victory to the defense bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has published the first appellate opinion to apply the principles the U.S. Supreme Court articulated in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins regarding...more

Banner Health Suits Raise Significant Questions for Data Breach Class Actions

Banner Health recently announced that hackers may have gained “unauthorized access to patient information” and “payment card data” from approximately 3.7 million patients, health plan members, food and beverage customers, and...more

Litigation Alert: The Eighth Circuit Applies Spokeo to Reject Standing for Technical Violation of Privacy Statute

Last week, the Eighth Circuit became the first Circuit Court to address the reach of Spokeo v. Robbins in a privacy case, holding that a plaintiff’s allegation that a cable company’s retention of his personal information in...more

Privacy Tip #51 – Check Up on Your Tax Preparer’s Data Security Measures

We have written before about the ability of hackers to file false tax returns to get fraudulent refunds by using the IRS website, and how hundreds of thousands of Americans have become victims of tax fraud. The IRS...more

Information From 700+ Patients Stolen from LAC+USC Medical Center

Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center (LAC+USC) has notified patients that the protected health information of over 700 patients seen in the LAC+USC neurosurgery clinic was stolen from an employee’s car. The information,...more

MedStar Health Cardiology Associates Employee Emails Patient Information to Personal Account and Gets Fired

MedStar Health Cardiology Associates, (“MedStar Cardiology”) affiliated with MedStar Health, which was recently in the news for a ransomware attack, discovered that an employee sent protected health information of 907...more

NAIC's New Cybersecurity Model Law Draft Is Still Flawed

Insurers are a prime target for hackers as a result of the vast stores of valuable data they maintain. Not all information is created equal, and it varies in value. Hacker services and software, illegal drugs, cyberweapons...more

Blog: BDO Analysis Of Tech Industry Risk Factors Shows Increased Impact Of Cybersecurity And M&A Concerns

An analysis by audit firm BDO of the incidence of disclosure of various risk factors among tech companies over five years reflects increased emphasis on security breaches, the impact of M&A (including goodwill impairment) and...more

Mobile App VPPA Suit Survives Spokeo Standing Challenge

In Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., a user of the free USA Today app alleged that each time he viewed a video clip, the app transmitted his mobile Android ID, GPS coordinates and identification of the...more

SCAN Health Plan Notifies Patients of Data Breach Affecting 87,000 Individuals

SCAN Health Plan of California, SCAN Health Plan Arizona, and VillageHealth are in the process of notifying certain plan members and non-plan members of a breach of protected health information, including names, addresses,...more

Orleans Medical Clinic Notifies 6,890 Patients of Data Breach

Orleans Medical Clinic (Orleans) in Indiana has notified the Office for Civil Rights that the protected health information of 6,890 patients was compromised as a result of an upgrade to its server. Orleans is in the process...more

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