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Dealing with High Risk Data

When people think of high risk data, most think of Personal Health Information and Personally Identifiable Information as it relates to HIPAA and the health care industry, but Steve Shebest’s very informative article “High...more

President Obama Proposes Legislation Requiring Businesses to Notify Customers of Data Security Breaches Within 30 Days

In a speech given before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday, January 12, President Obama proposed federal legislation that would impose a nationwide standard on companies that experience a data security breach. The...more

State Data Breach Notification Laws

The general definition of “personal information” or “PI” used in the majority of statutes is: An individual’s first name or first initial and last name plus one or more of following data elements: (i) Social Security number,...more

California Data Breaches Require Identity Protection Services

California has long set the standard for protection of its residents’ personal information. California’s constitution explicitly recognizes a right to individual privacy and California’s legislature has been on the forefront...more

California’s Northern District Bucks Standing Trend in Data Breach Class Action

A recent California federal district court order may prove a massive boon to data breach class action plaintiffs. The Northern District of California order, issued in In re Adobe Systems, Inc. Privacy Litigation, denied...more

Federal District Court Judge Orders Compulsory Mediation In FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp.

In 2012, the FTC sued Wyndham and three of its subsidiaries after hackers broke into Wyndham’s corporate computer system as well as systems at several of its individual hotels from 2008 to early 2010, resulting in exposure of...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #47

We are pleased to present the 47th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight a case that addresses claims against Facebook based on the U.S. Wiretap Act, a case...more

Consumer Claims Survive Motion to Dismiss in Target Data Breach Class Action

A recent ruling by Federal District Judge Paul Magnuson will permit most of the consumer claims in the Target data breach litigation to survive Target’s motion to dismiss. This most recent ruling follows on the heels of the...more

Consumers Permitted To Proceed With Data Breach Class Action Against Target

On December 18, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota ruled, in a 46-page opinion, that a putative class of consumers could proceed with a majority of their claims against Target arising from the data...more

Illinois Federal Court Dismisses Customer Data Breach Class Actions Against P.F. Chang’s

On December 10, 2014, a United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois dismissed the class action complaints filed by two customers of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro who alleged damages resulting from a data...more

Court Allows Consumers To Proceed With Data Breach Class Action Against Target

On December 18, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota ruled, in a 46-page opinion, that a putative class of consumers could proceed with a majority of their claims against Target arising from the data...more

The Neiman Marcus Group LLC Urges Seventh Circuit To Deny Appeal

Neiman Marcus Group LLC (“Neiman Marcus”) filed its response to plaintiffs’ appeal of the Illinois federal district court’s decision dismissing plaintiffs’ purported class action claims. Plaintiffs alleged that Neiman Marcus...more

What Do Employers Need to Know in the Wake of the Latest Data Breach?

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. is the latest high-profile business victim of data theft. The consequences have been significant. In response to threats of violence, Sony has reconsidered its range of options for the...more

Did You Know…Sony Faces Class Action Lawsuit by Former Employees Over Data Breach

It’s happened. The first class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony for failing to prevent hackers from stealing its current and former employees’ social security numbers, medical records, and salary...more

Did Sony Let the Terrorists Win?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve probably heard about the hoopla caused by the new Seth Rogen and James Franco movie called the interview. The movie follows a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator...more

Let the Games Begin: First Sony Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Data Breach

It’s happened. The first class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony for failing to prevent hackers from stealing its current and former employees’ social security numbers, medical records, and salary information....more

Massachusetts Fines Bank for Data Breach

On December 8, a large bank settled with the state of Massachusetts for $825,000 over a data breach that exposed the personal information of at least 260,000 customers. In March 2012, the bank allegedly lost unencrypted...more

On the Fifth Day of Privacy, California (and Delaware) gave to me

sing it with me now…. Five Golden Rules…….(well, five new privacy laws/requirements) There are five significant new privacy laws/amendments that will be effective as of New Year’s Day — January 1, 2015 — and...more

Class Certification Trends in Consumer Data Breach Litigation—Individualized Damages Theories May Preclude Certification

In the last two years, there has been a proliferation of class action lawsuits filed in response to high-profile data breaches compromising the personally identifiable information of customers of various companies. Major...more

Don’t Be the Next Data Breach Target

As the much-publicized data breaches of the last year reveal, third parties are often the gateway to an organization’s data. As repositories of vast amounts of confidential client data in e-discovery, such as personally...more

In the Cybersecurity Hot Seat: How Law Firms are Optimizing Security While Reducing Cost and Risk

Your Highest Priority is also Your Greatest Challenge - Data breaches are not just dramatic headlines in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times—they are events that increasingly are affecting companies and...more

U.S. District Court in Minnesota Denies Target’s Motion to Dismiss Data Breach Lawsuit

On December 2, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota denied Target’s motion to dismiss the claims of a group of five payment-card-issuing banks, credit unions, and savings associations (the “Banks”) that...more

California Amends Law to Expand Businesses’ Obligations in the Wake of a Data Breach

Entities that own, license or maintain personally identifiable information on California residents beware – on January 1, 2015, an amendment to California’s privacy and breach law goes into effect that may have a significant...more

Did You Know…Cybersecurity Made More Complicated by the NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board has recently inserted itself into the world of cybersecurity after the United States Postal Service suffered a security breach involving the personal data of several hundred thousand of its...more

Encryption and Securing BYO Devices at the Heart of Massachusetts AG $100,000 Settlement

The Massachusetts Attorney General announced Friday that her office had reached a settlement with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) surrounding a 2012 data breach in which a physician’s unencrypted personal laptop...more

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