Consumer Privacy/Data Breach
Data breach and privacy issues are of enormous interest to the public. The recent data breaches of Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels and Adobe have affected millions of Americans. On December 19, 2013, Target announced that the debit and credit card information of 40 million people across the country had been compromised. Later, Target announced that up to 70 million more people had their personal information, such as mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers stolen. To date, law firms across the country have filed more than 70 class action cases against Target.
There have also been many other privacy and data breach cases, such as privacy and data breach cases brought against Adobe, Yahoo, Sony, Gmail, and Facebook. Privacy and data breach cases often involve claims for negligence, breach of contract, and violations of various state and federal statutes, such as state data breach laws or state and federal privacy laws. Many cases also involve HIPAA, or various state statutes that are meant to protect the health information of patients. The cases involve common issues, such as what steps a company needs to take to reasonably protect the data of its users.
The Litigation Group assists attorneys involved in consumer privacy and data breach litigation by sharing their expertise and collaborating on case strategies. Through seminars, meetings, and the Group’s list server, members discuss successful strategies and share potential pitfalls in data breach and privacy litigation. Members also stay abreast of current developments.
This Litigation Group was formed in February 2014.
The Consumer Privacy/Data Breach Litigation Group has a list server and a document library where members can share information, documents, and pertinent information as well as holds education programs.
AAJ Annual and Winter Conventions, or as needed by group members.