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Will the New CCPA Cause an Uptick in Class Action Cases?

Privacy remains a hotly debated subject in the U.S. and many states are taking steps to protect customer’s personal information.  The newest legislation with the most teeth belongs to California, who in February 2019 passed the California Consumers Protection Act (CCPA) which goes into effect January 1, 2020. 

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UK Companies May Face Liability for Breaches By Independent Actors

On January 12, 2017, a U.K. court rendered a decision in a class action that could affect the way U.K. courts view vicarious liability for data breaches.

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Long Term Planning for Class Action Settlements

While class action settlements are often the most efficient way to deliver quick relief to similarly situated class members, complexities arise when these settlements do not offer immediate relief.

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Courts Split on Issue of Standing and Class Action Certification

Putative class action claims often have the potential to reach individuals across state lines, therefore invoking multiple state laws. This can be an obstacle to class certification. Say a plaintiff files a lawsuit against a company that leaked their private information during a data breach, allowing third-parties to misappropriate this information. The plaintiff discovers that the data breach contained private information about many other individuals and requests to certify a class of individuals who suffered the same harm. The judge will have to decide whether individuals residing out-of-state could fall into the class description, and if so whether these potential unnamed plaintiffs need standing in order to make certification proper. The federal circuits are not in unison on this issue.

Filed under: class action

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