Data security breaches – and data security breach litigation – dominated the headlines in 2015 and continue to do so in 2016. Continuous widely publicized breaches have led to 30,000 articles a month being published that reference data breach litigation. Law firms have collectively published more than 156,000 articles on the topic.
While data breach litigation is an important topic for the general public, and remains one of the top concerns of general counsel, CEOs, and boards alike, there remains a great deal of misinformation reported by the media, the legal press, and law firms. At best this is due to a lack of knowledge and understanding concerning data breach litigation; at worst some reports border on sensationalism or fearmongering.
Bryan Cave LLP began its survey of data breach class action litigation four years ago to rectify the information gap and to provide our clients, as well as the broader legal, forensic, insurance, and security communities with reliable and accurate information concerning data breach litigation risk. We are proud that our annual survey has become the leading authority on data breach class action litigation and is widely cited throughout the data security community.
Our 2016 report covers litigation initiated over a 15 month period from the fourth quarter of 2014 through the fourth quarter of 2015 (the “Period”).
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