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Out-of-Business File Storage Company Paid $100K for Alleged HIPAA Violations

by Murtha Cullina on

Yesterday, DHHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $100,000 settlement with a dissolved medical records moving and storage company in Illinois. This is another example of OCR bringing enforcement actions against a...more

Cloud Cybersecurity New Hot Area For Patent Disputes: Blue Coat Systems In Major Patent Battle On Its Cloud-Based Security...

Today’s threats against enterprise and personal data are more formidable and advanced than ever. Over the past decade the cybersecurity industry has rapidly expanded in response to the need for increased online and...more

Connecticut Recognizes New Cause of Action for Breach of Patient/Physician Confidentiality

by Murtha Cullina on

Based on the decision in a recent Connecticut Supreme Court case, patients may now sue physicians for breaching confidentiality. Previously, Connecticut did not recognize breach of confidentiality as a cause of action. ...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes New Cause of Action for Patient Privacy Breach

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On January 16, 2018, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision recognizing a common law duty of confidentiality arising from the physician-patient relationship, and the corresponding right of a patient to sue his or her...more

Six Flags Survives Biometric Law Roller Coaster Courtesy of Appellate Court

Companies that collect and store biometric information from their customers and employees received good news from an Illinois appeals court in late December, a much-needed win in an area that has seen a massive rise in class...more

FOIL Request Denials Could Come with a Cost to NYS Agencies and Municipalities

by Harris Beach PLLC on

State agencies and New York State municipalities must have a reasonable basis to deny Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) requests or they will be subjected to mandatory attorney’s fees when a denial is successfully...more

Florida Supreme Court Says Right to Privacy Survives Death and Prohibits Ex Parte Interviews in Medmal Actions

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In the case of Weaver v. Myers, a sharply divided Florida Supreme Court recently struck down part of the 2013 amendments to Fla. Stats. §§766.106 and 766.1065, which govern the informal discovery process of the medical...more

Litigants Alleging Procedural Violations of Illinois Biometric Privacy Statute (BIPA) Are Not “Aggrieved” Parties That May Seek...

As 2017 drew to an end, we noted the continuing flood of Illinois biometric privacy suits filed over the past year. There are literally dozens of cases pending, most in Illinois state courts, alleging violation of Illinois’s...more

Public Access Policy Requirements Begin January 6, 2018

Effective on January 6, 2018, the PA Supreme Court’s “Public Access Policy” adds significant new requirements related to information contained in documents filed in Pennsylvania’s courts, including the Orphans’ Court Division...more

Illinois Appellate Court Turns The Tide In Favor Of Employers In Class Actions Brought Under The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Illinois Information Biometric Privacy Act (“BIPA”) has exploded in the last six months, defendants have been eagerly awaiting guidance...more

CGL Policies And Data Breaches: No Publication, No Coverage

by Carlton Fields on

As cyber hacking and phishing schemes become more common, one issue that is often raised is whether, and to what extent, damages resulting from these incidents fall within the coverage afforded under a standard commercial...more

Wave of Illinois Biometric Privacy Suits Continues Unabated

After noting the flood of Illinois biometric privacy suits in September, it appears that the flow of such suits remains robust. Dozens of suits have been filed in Illinois state court against Illinois-based employers and...more

Federal Court Denies Class Certification in TCPA Suit Against Auto-Lender Exeter Finance

by Burr & Forman on

In Billy Ginwright v. Exeter Finance Corp., No. 8:16-cv-565-TDC, ECF No. 107, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 194739, 2017 WL 5716756 (D. Md. Nov. 28, 2017), a federal district court recently denied Plaintiff’s motion to certify a...more

Third Circuit’s Spokeo Decision Applied by Alabama District Court

The Third Circuit’s standing opinion in Sussino v. Work Out World Inc. might be having a ripple effect at the district court level, most recently in an opinion issued in a putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...more

The Law of Unintended Consequences: BIPA and the Effects of the Illinois Class Action Epidemic on Employers

Has your company recently beefed up its employee identification and access security and added biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints, facial recognition, or retina scans? Have you implemented new timekeeping technology...more

FTC’s Unfairness Claim is Dismissed in Closely Watched Device Data Privacy-Based Action

The January 5, 2017, Complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (“Court”) against D-Link Corporation and D-Link Systems, Inc. (Federal Trade...more

State and Local Governments Move Swiftly to Sue Equifax.

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The cities of Chicago and San Francisco and the Massachusetts Attorney General have filed the first enforcement actions against Equifax following the announcement of a data breach affecting an estimated 143 million consumers....more

Out of the Fryer: Burger King Beats FACTA Suit

by Goodwin on

On September 27, 2017, the Southern District of Florida dismissed a Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) suit against Burger King on standing grounds. In Gesten v. Burger King Corp., Case No. 1:17-cv-22541 (S.D....more

Wow! Illinois Biometric Privacy Suits Proliferate

This month, in one of the many recently-filed Illinois biometric privacy suits, a class action complaint alleging violations of Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) was lodged against Wow Bao, a restaurant...more

Deceptive Business Practices & The FTC Act

by Revision Legal on

Businesses that engage in deceptive and unfair internet practices are subject to injunctions and large monetary damage awards under the Federal Trade Commission Act (“FTC Act”). Just as importantly, the owners and principals...more

A Spam Story - How One Law Firm's Spam Blocker Proved Costly to Them and to Their Client

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The Mailbox Rule is a contract law principle concerning acceptance of an offer. The rule relies on the concept that once a party places a legal document in the postal system, it will arrive at its destination and be read by...more

Cy Pres Abuse Poster Child

by Reed Smith on

We’ve never liked the “cy pres” concept in the context of class actions. We opposed it (not terribly successfully) when the ALI was considering it. We believe that taking money supposedly representing “damages” owed to class...more

Ashley Madison: Life Is Short. Settle.

On July 21, 2017, Judge John A. Ross of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri issued a preliminary approval of a settlement agreement between the owner of AshleyMadison.com and the class representing...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - August 2017

Ninth Circuit Finds in Spokeo Remand That Certain Statutory Violations Can Satisfy Article III’s Standing Requirement - In a highly anticipated decision, the Ninth Circuit ruled that violations of the Fair Credit Reporting...more

The Rise of Biometric Lawsuits in Illinois

by Vedder Price on

In the past few weeks, five putative class action lawsuits have been filed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq., targeting defendants in the health care, senior living,...more

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