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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

Federal Circuit Review - February 2018

by Knobbe Martens on

Improperly Drafted Employment Agreement Leads to Dismissal of Patent Case Due to Lack of Standing - In Advanced Video Technologies LLC v. HTC Corporation et al., Appeal Nos. 2016-2309, 2016-2310, 2016-2311, the Federal...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

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

The Video Privacy Protection Act: Watching the Courts Through Crossed Eyes

by BakerHostetler on

The Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), passed by Congress in 1988, is intended to prevent a “video tape service provider” from “knowingly” disclosing an individual’s “personally identifiable information” (PII) to third...more

Intellectual Property Law Year in Review - March 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

This year was a significant year for intellectual property cases at the Supreme Court level. In fact, the Supreme Court granted certiorari for seven patent cases, and decided five of these cases before the end of the year....more

California Court Declines to Dismiss Illinois Facial Recognition/Biometric Privacy Suit against Facebook on Standing Grounds

This past week, a California district court again declined Facebook’s motion to dismiss an ongoing litigation involving claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 Ill. Comp Stat. 14/1 (“BIPA”),...more

Round One Goes to Roundup: Court Temporarily Enjoins Proposition 65 Warnings for Glyphosate and Glyphosate Residues in Foods

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last Monday, February 26, 2018, a federal judge temporarily barred California from requiring cancer warnings on products that contain detectable amounts of glyphosate—the main ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide...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

Pennsylvania Supreme Court: If You Want to Search a Cell Phone, Get a Warrant!

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a sweeping ruling “that accessing any information from a cell phone without a warrant” violates the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. ...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

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

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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

$50 Million Lawsuit Filed Against FDA

by Knobbe Martens on

On January 22, 2018, a $50 million lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Central District of California. The complaint was filed by Semler Research Center Pvt. Ltd., a contract research...more

Abbvie Inc. v. Medimmune Limited

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Prost, Dyk and Chen. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Summary: A party may not seek a declaratory judgment to obtain piecemeal...more

EPIC’s Standing Questioned in FAA Case

On January 25, 2018, oral arguments were heard in Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) case by a D.C. Circuit panel. The court questioned EPIC’s standing to contest the...more

Lenovo Wins Second Motion to Dismiss in Adware Class Action

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A California district court recently dismissed—for the second time—consumer claims that technology giant Lenovo Inc. violated New York’s Deceptive Acts and Practices Statute by selling laptops with preinstalled...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

ABA Gets Lawyers Heightened Protections For Device Searches At International Borders

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

U.S. Customs searches have become increasingly invasive over the years. Pursuant to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operates under the “broad search exception”, which...more

Dinner Invite Fax Could Be an Ad

A three-page fax inviting the recipients to a dinner program could constitute an advertisement and was sufficient to establish standing, an Illinois federal court has ruled in denying a defendant’s motion to dismiss a TCPA...more

D.C. Circuit Decision Puts More Pressure On Databases To Be Reliable

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Earlier this month, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the “D.C. Circuit”) found that inaccuracies in the Department of Transportation’s (“DOT”) trucking database, when shared to...more

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

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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

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