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Court Refuses To “Bail Out” Data Breach Plaintiffs By Dismissing Bailment Claim

At this point in the development of data breach litigation, it is clear that plaintiffs may be on a sinking ship when they try to establish liability and damages against defendants. In order to meet their burden, a plaintiff must show they… Continue Reading →

It May Be Time To Admit That Criminals Will Outpace Privacy Laws

Cyber criminals’ entire business model is based on developing threats faster than the public can develop safeguards.  Privacy laws are fast becoming the first place data collectors look for guidance when they have suffered a cyber attack.  Unfortunately, the legislatures… Continue Reading →

The Line Between Obligations To Disclose Information And Obligations To Protect Private Information

For many years, governmental bodies and some commercial companies have had a responsibility to provide information conveniently to the public.  Specifically, under Open Records Acts, Freedom of Information Action requests and other similar requirements, many governmental bodies have to provide… Continue Reading →

2015 Data Breach At Toy Manufacturer VTech Continues To Provide Insight In 2017

On December 1, 2015, VTech Holdings Ltd., a manufacturer of digital toys and telephones, reported that it suffered a data breach on November 14, 2015.  VTech’s “smart toys” breached the personal information of at least 6.4 million children in addition to the… Continue Reading →

Square Pegs: Recent Case Shows Problems With Fitting Cyber Liability Claims Into Law That Is “A Bit Dated”

Many litigants are struggling with how to fit the “square peg” of cyber security claims into the “round hole” of law that may have been around for a number of decades.  One recent example was seen on June 27, 2017, when… Continue Reading →

Through Thick And Thin: Anthem Breach Shows Lasting Commitment For Data Breach Cases

There should be little question that data breach litigation will continue to present unique issues for courts.  However, we are also starting to see a trend showing settlements in data breach litigation may present novel issues.  For example, the documents publicly available related… Continue Reading →

P.F. Chang’s Leftovers: District Court Refuses To Address Motion To Dismiss Again After Seventh Circuit Finds Plaintiffs Have Standing In Data Breach Case

The threshold question in data breach lawsuits has been whether a litigant has “standing” to bring a cause of action against the party that allegedly caused a breach. This hurdle for litigants rises out of Article III of the Constitution that… Continue Reading →

Rowe In Advisen: The WikiLeak’s Data Dump Cannot Be Undervalued By The Insurance Industry

This article originally appeared in Advisen’s Front Page News, Cyber Edition, on March 16, 2017. Over the last few months, there have been a number of news stories concerning allegations that the Russians may have hacked US political parties and… Continue Reading →

Illinois Court Struggles With Biometric Information Stored On The “Cloud”

Last week, we analyzed Rivera v. Google Inc., 16 C 02714 (N.D. Ill 2016), a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois which examined the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) (740 ILCS 14/1 et seq.)…. Continue Reading →

Emerging Privacy Issues In Discovery Of Social Media

By Danita L. Davis Sudac Individuals’ willingness to share detailed accounts of their lives on social media sites, such as Facebook, has created an unparalleled source of evidence for lawyers seeking discovery.   There is little question that social media evidence… Continue Reading →

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