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Premera Breach Shows What Happens When Litigants Cross Each Other by Trying to Shield Documents from Discovery in Breach Litigation

Data breach litigation inherently involves a significant amount of information, so it is no surprise to see discovery issues in breach cases. The typical data breach lawsuit may include discovery requests for pre-breach information (response plans, audits), response information (notification… Continue Reading →

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Finds Collecting and Storing Employee Data Gives Rise To Duty: Is the Pendulum Swinging Back In Favor Of Data Breach Plaintiffs?

Not long ago, data collectors could feel secure in the fact that plaintiffs had a significant hurdle to establish standing to bring a lawsuit related to a data breach. However, on November 21, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its… Continue Reading →

New ABA Formal Opinion Indicates Data Breach May Present Ethical Issue for Lawyers

On October 17, 2018, the American Bar Association published Formal Opinion (“F.O. 483) to directly address cyber security for lawyers. Specifically, F.O. 483 provides guidance on “attorney’s ethical obligations when a data breach exposes client confidential information.”  As an initial… Continue Reading →

The Neiman Marcus Case is Back and is Causing “Class Warfare”

The litigation resulting from the Neiman Marcus breach in 2013 continues to create interesting law and precedent.  The history on this matter is significant since Neiman’s breach exposed customers’ credit card numbers. This litigation has already created significant law on… Continue Reading →

One-Size Does Not Fit All: Court Finds Not Every Crime Involving A Computer Is A Cyber Crime

Over the years there have been questions whether the term “cyber” is adequate in light of the exponential growth of privacy law.  First, the term “cyber” tried to do too much when it was used to describe everything from large-scale… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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