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New D.C. Circuit Ruling Finds Substantial Risk of Harm Inherent to Data Breach

Last week, the D.C. Circuit joined an increasing number of federal courts applying a broad interpretation of the degree of harm required to satisfy Article III standing and expanding the holding of last summer’s Spokeo, Inc. v. Robbins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016).

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TAGS: Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, Data Breach

Target Class Action Settlement Temporarily Upended

Last week, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the district court’s approval of the class action settlement in the Target data breach litigation. See In re Target Corp. Customer Data Sec. Breach Litig., 2017 U.S. App. Lexis 1767 (8th Cir. Feb. 1 2017). 

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TAGS: Class Action Litigation, Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, Data Breach

Spokeo Continues to Divide the Lower Courts in Cybersecurity Litigation

Two decisions last week further widened the divide among the Courts of Appeals in applying Spokeo in cybersecurity litigation.

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TAGS: Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, Cybersecurity Regulation, Data Breach

Cyber Breach Incident Notification Guidelines Ahead

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is implementing new reporting requirements beginning April 1, 2017, and just released new guidelines to help federal departments and agencies; state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities; information sharing and analysis organizations; and foreign, commercial and private-sector organizations submit incident notifications to the federal government.

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CyberSecurity News: Spokeo, Galaria and Braitberg

Two Courts of Appeals have issued decisions during the past week related to cybersecurity and data retention which anyone who maintains electronic data and personal information should read.

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TAGS: Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, Cybersecurity Regulation, Data Breach

Privacy Class Action Dismissed Under Spokeo

As we recently touched on at the KMK Cybersecurity Seminar, lower courts are beginning to apply Spokeo Inc. v. Robins as defendants renew challenges to class certification. 

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TAGS: Class Action Litigation, Cybersecurity and Privacy Law

Cybersecurity Issues in M&A Transactions – Part II

This post is a follow-up to January’s cybersecurity post discussing the cybersecurity considerations in performing due diligence in M&A transactions. The previous discussion can be found here. This post addresses two contractual provisions, the closing conditions and indemnification, which, if properly utilized, can protect acquiring companies from taking on too much cybersecurity risk in M&A transactions.

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TAGS: Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

CISA Makes Its Debut in 2016

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), S. 754, was signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015 as part of the larger 2016 Omnibus Spending Bill, and arrived on the cybersecurity landscape with an equally strong set of supporters and opponents.  With strong views on both sides, CISA is the first step in building what all will likely agree is of critical importance – improving cybersecurity in the United States.  

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TAGS: Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, Cybersecurity Regulation, E-Discovery
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Cybersecurity Issues in M&A Due Diligence

In today’s M&A transactions, cybersecurity deficiencies in a target company pose potentially significant financial and regulatory risks to the acquiring company. For this reason, new measures must be implemented in M&A transactions to protect both companies from today’s emerging cybersecurity epidemic.

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TAGS: Corporate Law, Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

Federal Trade Commission’s Position As Cybersecurity Regulator Is Confirmed

In a case that will have significant ramifications for the legal landscape relating to cybersecurity, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s decision that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had the authority to regulate companies’ data security practices.

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TAGS: Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, Cybersecurity Regulation, Data Breach, Federal Trade Commission
CONTACT: Drew M. Hicks