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  • April 08, 2019

    Judge Rules Online Publication Of Employment Suit Documents Did Not Violate GDPR

    NEW YORK — Because a British resident chose to file a now-dismissed complaint against her former employer, which included her address, in U.S. federal court, a New York federal judge on April 3 held that the information was publicly available and, therefore, the subsequent online publication of the complaint by two websites did not violate the General Data Protection Act (GDPR) (Miheala Popa v. Robert E. Moritz, No. 1:18-cv-11300, S.D. N.Y., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58458).

  • April 08, 2019

    Oral Argument Set In 9th Circuit Appeal Over Facebook Tag Suggestions Feature

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 31 set an oral argument date of June 12 for an Illinois man’s appeal of the dismissal of his lawsuit claiming that Facebook Inc.’s facial recognition technology violates an Illinois biometric privacy law (Frederick William Gullen v. Facebook Inc., No. 18-15785, 9th Cir.).

  • April 05, 2019

    Facebook Users Defend Standing To Sue Over ‘View As’ Data Breach

    SAN FRANCISCO — Opposing a motion by Facebook Inc. to dismiss a consolidated lawsuit over a 2018 data breach related to the user profile “View As” feature, a group of the social network’s users filed a brief in California federal court on April 4, arguing that they sufficiently alleged injuries that are fairly traceable to the breach, as well as negligence and breach of contractual duties by Facebook (Jasper Schmidt, et al. v. Facebook Inc., No. 3:18-cv-05982, N.D. Calif.).

  • April 04, 2019

    Google, Objector Argue Impact Of High Court Ruling On 3rd Circuit Privacy Suit

    PHILADELPHIA — In an April 2 letter brief, Google LLC tells the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a recent ruling in which the U.S. Supreme Court declined to decide whether a cy pres privacy class action settlement was appropriate has no bearing on the present case due to differences in relief sought and damages claimed (In Re:  Google Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation, No. 17-1480, 3rd Cir.).

  • April 04, 2019

    Equifax, Consumers Oppose Separate Native American Track In Data Breach MDL

    ATLANTA — Equifax Inc. and a putative class of consumers each filed briefs in Georgia federal court on April 1, opposing a motion by three Native American tribes to establish a separate track for the tribes in the centralized multidistrict litigation MDL over the 2017 Equifax data breach, arguing that the tribes have not identified any unique claims or discovery means that would necessitate a separate track (In Re:  Equifax Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, No. 1:17-md-2800, N.D. Ga.).

  • April 03, 2019

    Children’s Privacy Claims Against Google, YouTube Dismissed By Federal Judge

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — A mother who filed a putative privacy class action against Google LLC and YouTube LLC for purportedly collecting her minor child’s personally identifiable information (PII) without consent, saw her claims dismissed March 31 by a South Carolina federal judge, who found that she did not sufficiently allege “highly offensive” behavior or any resulting harm (Sirdonia Lashay Manigault-Johnson, et al. v. Google LLC, et al., No. 2:18-cv-01032, D. S.C.).

  • March 27, 2019

    Banks Move To Amend In Equifax Data Breach Suit; 2 State Actions Remanded

    ATLANTA — One day after a Georgia federal judge remanded claims by 100 California plaintiffs from a consolidated class action against Equifax Inc. over its 2017 data breach, a group of banks and financial institutions (FIs) filed a motion on March 20 to amend their claims against the credit-reporting service provider, some of which had been previously dismissed by the judge, to plead damages that they claim to have experienced due to the breach (In Re:  Equifax Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, No. 1:17-md-2800, N.D. Ga.).

  • March 26, 2019

    Amended Complaint Filed In Consolidated Data Breach Class Action Against Insurer

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — More than a year after a group of policyholders saw some of their dismissed claims over a 2013 data breach reinstated, the plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint in New York federal court on March 25 against their insurer, abandoning previously asserted claims for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation (Matthew Fero, et al. v. Excellus Health Plan Inc., et al., No. 6:15-cv-06569, W.D. N.Y.).

  • March 25, 2019

    Judge Finds Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy In Employee’s Dropbox Account

    JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A former employee had a reasonable expectation of privacy in files and photographs stored in her personal cloud-based Dropbox account, even though she sometimes used the account for work-related purposes, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled March 19, declining to dismiss a civil rights claim based on an alleged violation of the employee’s rights under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Elizabeth Frankhouser v. Clearfield County Career and Technology Center, et al., No. 3:18-cv-00180, W.D. Pa., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44559).

  • March 25, 2019

    Zappos Denied Certiorari For Article III Question In Data Breach Class Action

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than three months after a case over a 2012 data breach was first distributed for conference, the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 declined to consider a question presented by Zappos.com Inc. in which the online retailer sought a uniform standard to determine what constitutes a concrete injury for purposes of standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution in class actions over data breach incidents (Zappos.com Inc. v. Theresa Stevens, et al., No. 18-225, U.S. Sup., 2019 U.S. LEXIS 2106).

  • March 22, 2019

    Border Search Of Phone, Devices Deemed Good Faith By 7th Circuit Panel

    CHICAGO — Border agents’ warrantless search of a traveler’s electronic devices, which revealed the existence of child pornography, was conducted in good faith and with reasonable suspicion, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled March 19, finding no violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and affirming a trial court’s denial of a motion to suppress the obtained data (United States v. Donald Wanjiku, No. 18-1973, 7th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 8154).

  • March 21, 2019

    University Of Connecticut, UCONN Health Hit With Class Suit Over Data Breach

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The University of Connecticut and UCONN Health failed to properly secure patients’ personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI), resulting in a hacker accessing the personal data of more than 326,000 patients, one patient claims in a March 18 class complaint filed in a Connecticut federal court, seeking an injunction and damages (Yoselin Martinez, et al. v. University of Connecticut, et al., No. 19-416, D. Conn.).

  • March 21, 2019

    Google, Apple, Facebook File Motions To Dismiss Location-Tracking Lawsuit

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Google LLC, Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. each filed motions in California federal court on March 18 to dismiss a putative class action over the social network’s purported tracking of users’ locations via their smartphone apps (Brendan Lundy, et al. v. Facebook Inc., et al., No. 4:18-cv-06793, N.D. Calif.).

  • March 21, 2019

    Android Users Oppose Facebook’s Motion To Dismiss Data-Scraping Privacy Suit

    SAN FRANCISCO — Arguing that they sufficiently alleged a lack of consent to Facebook Inc.’s practice of scraping data from their phones’ call and text logs, as well as resulting economic injury, a group of Android smartphone users filed a brief in California federal court on March 19 opposing the social network’s motion to dismiss their putative class action alleging privacy and data access violations (Lawrence Olin, et al. v. Facebook Inc., No. 3:18-cv-01881, N.D. Calif.).

  • March 20, 2019

    High Court Declines To Rule In Google Privacy Class Action Due To Standing Issues

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — After oral arguments and a round of supplemental briefing, the U.S. Supreme Court on March 20 concluded in a per curiam majority opinion that it lacked jurisdiction to rule on the fairness of a cy pres settlement of a privacy class action against Google LLC, remanding the case for a determination of whether the plaintiffs sufficiently established standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution (Theodore H. Frank, et al. v. Paloma Gaos, et al., No. 17-961, U.S. Sup.).

  • March 19, 2019

    Facebook Seeks Dismissal Of Class Complaint Over ‘View As’ Data Breach

    SAN FRANCISCO — Telling a California federal court that the remaining plaintiffs in a consolidated class action over a 2018 hacking of its profile “View As” feature failed to plead to any harm, Facebook Inc. on March 14 filed a motion to dismiss the complaint (Jasper Schmidt, et al. v. Facebook Inc., No. 3:18-cv-05982, N.D. Calif.).

  • March 13, 2019

    Wendy’s $50 Million Franchisee Hacking Settlement Preliminarily Approved

    PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania federal judge on Feb. 26 granted preliminary approval of a $50 million settlement to be paid by a fast food chain to end financial institutions’ class claims against its franchisees in connection with a data breach first reported in 2016 (First Choice Federal Credit Union, et al. v. The Wendy’s Company, et al., No. 16-506, W.D. Pa.).

  • March 12, 2019

    Spokeo Settles FCRA Suit, Agrees To Post Disclaimers, Opt Out Links

    LOS ANGELES — A California federal judge on March 11 approved a stipulation settling a long-running putative class action between online data aggregator Spokeo Inc. and a man that sued it for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), with the website operator agreeing to post disclaimers about the accuracy of information on its site and how such information may be used (Thomas Robins v. Spokeo Inc., No. 2:10-cv-05306, C.D. Calif.).

  • March 12, 2019

    School District, Employee Settle Suit Over Data Breach Whistleblower Retaliation

    PHOENIX — Five months after a split summary judgment ruling, a school district and a former employee who claims he was fired for exposing negligence that led to multiple data breaches announced that they had settled their remaining claims, leading an Arizona federal magistrate judge to grant dismissal of the case with prejudice on March 7 (Miguel Corzo v. Maricopa County Community College District, et al., No. 2:15-cv-02552, D. Ariz.).

  • March 11, 2019

    Insureds Ask 4th Circuit To Find Insurer Has Duty To Defend Data Breach Suit

    RICHMOND, Va. — A cybersecurity provider insured recently asked the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a lower federal court’s finding that a commercial general liability insurer has no duty to defend it against underlying personal injury claims arising from a credit card breach involving hotel customers, contending that the lower court “incorrectly applied Florida insurance coverage law” (St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co. v. Rosen Millennium Inc., No. 18-14427, 4th Cir.).

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