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Ninth Circuit Gives Leg Up To Shoe Purchasers’ Data Breach Suit

by Carlton Fields on

On March 8, a Ninth Circuit panel held that fear of identity theft in the wake of a data breach satisfies the standing requirements of Article III of the United States Constitution....more

Facebook Can’t Shake Illinois Biometric Proposed Class Action Case

We have previously reported on Facebook’s fight against a proposed class action case alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)....more

9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCRA Putative Class Action for Lack of Standing

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Ninth Circuit has ruled that a plaintiff failed to allege a concrete injury-in-fact sufficient for Article III standing in a suit alleging a violation of the Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA). The panel affirmed the district...more

About face: court finds biometric information creates unique privacy rights

Just two months after an Illinois appellate court dismissed a similar complaint alleging a violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), a California federal court found that a claim asserted under BIPA...more

The Standing Struggle in Data Breach Litigation Continues

by Murtha Cullina on

Two courts. Two days. Two different results. On March 7, on remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, a federal district court judge in Minnesota granted a motion to dismiss a consumer class action suit...more

Appellate Court Finds Risk of Identity Theft Sufficient to Establish Standing, Circuit Split Worsens

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has found that allegations of a future risk of identity theft resulting from a data breach are sufficient to establish standing....more

Spokeo Strikes Down Another Data Privacy Class Action

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins continues to have an impact on class actions involving data privacy statutes. Most recently, a federal district court dismissed yet another class action involving claims...more

United States v. Microsoft Raises Significant Questions Regarding Application of the Stored Communications Act

by White and Williams LLP on

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the US Supreme Court heard oral argument in connection with an ongoing dispute between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Microsoft over data in the corporation’s datacenter in Ireland. At the...more

The Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In United States v. Microsoft

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Microsoft, No. 17-2. The case presents the question whether a U.S.-based entity (Microsoft) must comply with a judicially-authorized...more

Supreme Court to Hear Argument on California Law Requiring Pro-Life Clinics to Notify Patients of Abortion Services

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The United States Supreme Court is poised to hear a First Amendment case likely to determine the boundaries for government-imposed speech. Although the case arises in the controversial area of abortion rights, the outcome may...more

Spokeo Fails Facebook: Privacy Violation Held to Constitute Concrete Harm Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

On Monday, February 26, 2018, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied defendant Facebook’s motion to dismiss In re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation, finding plaintiffs...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2018

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the Identity Theft Research Center's findings on data breaches in 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court's denial of certiorari that leaves in place the circuit...more

Supreme Court Declines to Address Circuit Split on Data Breach Standing Issue

A circuit split on whether actual misuse of personal data is required to have standing to assert data breach claims remains unresolved. Last week the Supreme Court rejected a petition to review that issue in CareFirst v....more

Plumbers Overcome Spokeo-Based Standing Blockage in Putative TCPA Class Action

by Carlton Fields on

The Northern District of Illinois cleared the way for a plumbing company’s putative TCPA class action against Allstate Insurance Company and Oh Insurance Agency by denying defendants’ motions to dismiss, which were inspired...more

Ninth Circuit: Speculative Injuries Do Not Confer Article III Standing

As Dwight Schrute of hit NBC show “The Office” said, “identity theft is not a joke, Jim! Millions of families suffer every year!” In response, Congress has passed a variety of legislation over the years aimed at curbing...more

Supreme Court Denies Cert Petition in CareFirst v. Attias

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari in CareFirst v. Attias, a closely watched case that some thought provided the Court with an opportunity to clarify the standing analysis under Spokeo...more

Supreme Court Declines Review of Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

Counsel hoping for Supreme Court guidance on standing issues dividing the circuit courts will have to wait a bit longer. On February 20, the Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in Attias v. CareFirst to resolve a...more

U.S. Supreme Court Watch: Whether to Resolve Circuit Split on Standing for Data Breach Plaintiffs

At its first conference this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to weigh in on a Circuit split over standing to sue in the aftermath of a data breach. ...more

Carpenter v. United States Privacy Case Pushes Supreme Court to Decide Fourth Amendment Protections of Cell Phone Metadata

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in what may become one of the defining consumer privacy cases of our generation. The central question in Carpenter v. United States asks whether the government violates the Fourth...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Second Bid for Review in Spokeo

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied the petition for certiorari seeking review of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's most recent decision in Spokeo v. Robins (Spokeo II), foregoing an opportunity to clarify...more

Excellus Court Reverses Prior Decision: Risk of Future Identity Theft Suffices to Convey Standing in Data Breach Case

A federal judge in New York has reinstated claims brought against a healthcare provider by customers whose personal information was exposed in the 2015 data breach of Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield. The breach affected the...more

Illinois Appellate Court Employs Spokeo-type Reasoning to Hold Biometric Data Class Action Should be Dismissed for Lack of Actual...

The desire to avoid Spokeo’s standing requirements constitutes yet another reason for class action plaintiff’s counsel to seek to litigate in state courts, as state courts may not require a Spokeo injury-in-fact test to...more

D.C. Circuit Finds Dissemination, but Not Mere Existence, of Inaccurate Information in Government Database Satisfies Article III...

by Reed Smith on

“[I]f inaccurate information falls into a government database, does it make a sound?” Partly affirming summary judgment for the defendant in Owner-Operator Indep. Drivers Ass’n, v. DOT, No. 16-5355 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 12, 2018),...more

The Data Breach Legal Limbo On Consumers’ Ability To Sue Hacked Companies

by Ifrah PLLC on

The first of the year is a good time to makes assessments, resolutions and predictions. We have some recommendations for companies that store and process consumer data: It is a good time to assess the strength of your data...more

Standing to Sue under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act after Spokeo

by K&L Gates LLP on

After paying for groceries with a credit card or debit card, the clerk hands the receipt to the customer. In addition to the last four digits of the card number, it contains the first digit. Or perhaps it contains the first...more

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