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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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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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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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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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CONTACT: Drew M. Hicks

Cybersecurity Updates Across the Three Branches

As the Supreme Court revels in its summer hiatus, and the federal government slows to its August halt, here is a status update and forecast on pending data breach litigation: 

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TAGS: Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, Data Breach

Seventh Circuit Sides with Plaintiffs and Reinstates Consumer Data Breach Class Action Previously Dismissed for Lack of Standing

Last week the Seventh Circuit reinstated the Neiman Marcus data breach class action, holding that plaintiffs had satisfied Article III’s standing requirements based on at least some of the injuries they alleged. In doing so, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal court of appeals to rule on a challenge to the standing of purported data breach victims in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Clapper v. Amnesty International, 133 S. Ct. 1138 (2013), and diverged from the growing majority of federal district courts that have held similar allegations are insufficient to confer standing.

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CONTACT: Jacob D. Rhode

Another Court Joins Majority In Dismissing Data Breach Class Action For Lack of Standing, But Spokeo Could Change the Litigation Landscape

Last week, the Eastern District of Louisiana joined the growing majority of district courts around the country that have held increased risk of future identity theft or identity fraud posed by a data breach is not sufficient to confer Article III standing on individuals whose information has been compromised but not yet misused.

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The Value of Cyber Insurance in Managing the Risk of a Data Breach

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The risk of a data breach now tops the list of concerns of many in-house counsel and C-suite executives. Cyber insurance is an important component in managing this risk and mitigating the damages and loss that follow a data breach.

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