Friday, September 20, 2013

Data Breach Class Action Lawsuits Settling Southern District FL

Al Saikali, an attorney with Shook, Hardy and Bacon, notes that "plaintiffs in data breach lawsuits have had a difficult time surviving motions to dismiss and for summary judgement."

However, two federal class action data breach lawsuits have resulted in proposed settlements; both suits are pending in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Saikali says this raises the question of "whether the plaintiff’s bar will perceive the Southern District of Florida as a Plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction for data breach lawsuits, resulting in even more lawsuits being filed there."

"These settlements are significant because they are two of the only publicly known settlements in class action lawsuits arising from data breaches, and they both occurred in the same court – the Southern District of Florida. Given the lack of the number of data breach lawsuits that have proceeded to a public settlement, it will be interesting to see whether more of these lawsuits will be filed in the Southern District of Florida as a result of these recent developments.."
-Al Salkali, Attorney,Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
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Sources:
(a) Data Breach Lawsuits Settling in the Southern District of Florida - www.DataSecurityLawJournal.com, 09/11/2011

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