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Cyber Attacks Reach Subrogation

It was just a matter of time. As cyber-attacks rose and the data security breaches became increasingly devastating to businesses and individuals, cyber breach insurance became more prevalent. And where insurance appears, subrogation recovery follows. We have not seen an overwhelming number

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Posted in Cyberattack, Data Breach, Legislation, Litigation

Courts: We Hear No Suit Based on Cyber Crime Before its Time

Two recent decisions out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland illustrate the difficulty that cyber breach victims can have in establishing standing to sue. In both cases, the court dismissed the cyber breach suits for lack

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Posted in Cyber crimes, Cyberattack, Data Breach, Litigation, Privacy

Chinese Leftovers: P.F. Chang’s Not Entitled to $2 Million in Breach Costs

In what is thought to be the first published decision in a cyber insurance coverage case, popular Chinese restaurant chain, P.F. Chang’s, was denied coverage for certain costs incurred as a result of a 2014 data breach. Unfortunate as it

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Posted in Data Breach, Insurance, Litigation

Delaware Court Allows Some Claims To Proceed In Data Breach Subrogation Action

Earlier this month, a Delaware state court dismissed multiple implied-warranty claims in a subrogation lawsuit against cybersecurity company Trustwave Corp., but allowed discovery to proceed on certain claims. The suit involved a data breach at Euronet Worldwide Inc., a credit

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Posted in Data Breach, Litigation

Recent SCOTUS Decision on Standing Will Significantly Impact Data Breach Cases

Whether a plaintiff has standing to sue is a wellspring of dispute in the context of data breach cases, and in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the U.S. Supreme Court recently made clear that the battle must be fought on two

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Posted in Data Breach, Litigation, Privacy

Cyber-Security Alert: D.C. Area Hospital Chain MedStar Targeted By Hackers

MedStar, a Washington, D.C.-area hospital chain, became the latest healthcare industry victim of a cyber-attack when hackers breached its systems with a crippling virus. MedStar operates 10 hospitals in the D.C./Baltimore region, employs 30,000 staff, has 6,000 affiliated physicians, and

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Posted in Cyber crimes, Cyberattack, Data Breach, Data Security, HIPAA, Privacy

Insurance Company Must Defend Against Data Breach Class Action, 4th Cir. Says

On Monday, the Fourth Circuit held that Travelers must defend Portal Healthcare in a class action claim arising out of an alleged medical records data breach. The class action, filed in New York state court in April 2013, alleges that

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Posted in Data Breach, Data Security, Insurance, Litigation

SuperValu Latest in Debate over Standing

Last month, a Minnesota federal judge tossed out extensive multidistrict legislation concerning a proposed class action of SuperValu shoppers. Shoppers from Illinois, Minnesota, and Idaho had alleged that the supermarket chain caused them harm when hackers penetrated SuperValu’s systems and

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Michaels Crafts Successful Motion to Dismiss in Data Breach Case

Plaintiffs continue to battle for standing in data breach cases, and another federal court recently added to a growing body of decisions helpful to companies who find themselves on the receiving end of a lawsuit after falling victim to hackers. 

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Posted in Data Breach, Data Security, Litigation, Privacy

FTC Loses in LabMD Data Security Case: ALJ Sets High Bar for Consumer Harm

On November 13, 2015, an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) ruled against the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in its high-profile data security case against LabMD. The ALJ ruled that the FTC had failed to show that LabMD’s conduct had caused harm

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In the new digital world, individuals and businesses are almost entirely dependent on computer technology and electronic communications to function on a daily basis. Although the power of modern technology is a source of opportunity and inspiration—it also poses huge challenges, from protecting privacy and securing proprietary data to adhering to fast-changing statutory and regulatory requirements. The Cyber Law Monitor blog covers privacy, data security, technology, and cyber space. It tracks major legal and policy developments and provides analysis of current events.
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