Class Action Defense - Privacy and Data Protection

Overview

"Baker[Hostetler] has a rare combination of industry leading expertise of privacy and data security law and highly skilled litigators. More importantly, they are excellent strategic thinkers in an area of law that is very unclear."

– This comment appears on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" website at bestlawfirms.usnews.com

Our Privacy and Data Protection team is highly skilled in providing swift and effective data breach responses, having handled some of the largest incidents in the financial services and healthcare industries. Recognizing that data breach litigation is on the rise, we strategically guide clients through the critical moments from the first discovery of a breach through remediation and response, with an eye on mitigating liability and avoiding class actions.

In the event a class action is filed, our team, with hands-on experience obtained in the trenches of breach response, joins forces with the litigators in our Class Action Defense team, who are proficient in the procedural aspects of class action matters and come armed with a stockpile of proven defense tactics. Seamlessly coordinating with the crisis response team, our litigators have the advantage of knowing the case inside and out from its inception and act as trusted advisors to our clients throughout class action defense proceedings.

Our National Privacy and Data Protection team is ranked in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and five Class Action Defense team members are ranked as leaders in litigation.

Select Experience

  • Defending Schnucks Markets, one of the largest privately held supermarket chains in the country, in six class actions and one individual action related to a payment card data breach in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois.
  • Obtained dismissal of a class action suit against KeyBank, the member bank sponsoring Heartland Payment Systems, a card transaction processor that experienced a data breach. The lawsuit was filed by payment card issuers for possible exposure of confidential data connected to as many as 130 million MasterCard and Visa cards resulting from the breach.
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Experience

  • Defending Schnucks Markets, one of the largest privately held supermarket chains in the country, in six class actions and one individual action related to a payment card data breach in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois.
  • Obtained dismissal of a class action suit against KeyBank, the member bank sponsoring Heartland Payment Systems, a card transaction processor that experienced a data breach. The lawsuit was filed by payment card issuers for possible exposure of confidential data connected to as many as 130 million MasterCard and Visa cards resulting from the breach.
  • Representing Eisenhower Medical Center, an acute care hospital, in a potentially precedent-setting putative class action that is one of the first attempts to apply the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act to a data breach incident.
  • Representing South Broward Medical District DBA Memorial Healthcare System in a putative class action arising from alleged unauthorized access to patient information by employees.
  • Representing Sentara Healthcare in a putative class action following the theft of a desktop computer containing medical information.
  • Representing Advocate Health in the defense of class actions arising from a breach involving four million patients, making it the second largest HIPAA breach ever recorded. Defending against a variety of claims based primarily on the allegation that Advocate insufficiently secured its patients’ personal information, including negligence, breach of express and implied contract and invasion of privacy.
  • Defending a putative class action seeking damages for Vistaprint’s use of cookies in its website in the Circuit Court of Maries County, Missouri.
  • Defending LivingSocial Inc. in a consumer class data breach litigation following a cyber-attack that exposed the personal information of its 50 million users.

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: Litigation
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio) – Band 2 (2019)
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Colorado) – Recognized (2019)
    • Retail: National – Recognized (2019)
  • Chambers USA:
    • Paul Karlsgodt – Litigation: General Commercial (Colorado), Band 4 (2019)
    • Daniel Warren – Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio), Band 2 (2019)
    • Ernest Vargo – Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio), Band 4 (2019)
  • Law360: Class Action "Practice Group of the Year" (2014)
  • LA Daily Journal: Top Appellate Reversals of 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2018:
    • Rodger Eckelberry
    • Joseph Ezzie
    • Mark Johnson
    • Richard Knoth
    • Jerry Linscott
    • George Tzanetopoulos
    • Ernest Vargo
    • Daniel Warren
  • Corporate Counsel® magazine guide to in-house law departments: "Go-to Law Firm" for litigation.
  • Recognized as one of the top law firms for client service, BakerHostetler was named to the 2019 BTI Client Service 30 for the fifth consecutive year.

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Data Privacy Monitor
EU Updates: ePrivacy Regulation Inches Forward, EDPB Issues Guidance on Interplay Between GDPR and ePrivacy Directive
July 17, 2019
Adoption of the ePrivacy Regulation Introduced in 2017, and originally slated to go into effect with the GDPR (on May 25, 2018), it now appears the ePrivacy Regulation will not be implemented before late 2021. With the Romanian...
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Data Privacy Monitor
FTC Announces Enforcement Action, Warning Letters for Companies Falsely Claiming Privacy Shield Participation
June 21, 2019
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a compliance sweep of companies claiming to be in compliance with the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield and U.S.-Swiss Privacy Shield Frameworks. The U.S.-EU Privacy Shield and the U.S.-Swiss...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Texas Moves Forward With Updates to Breach Notification Law and Institutes Privacy Council to Study Data Privacy Legislation
By Caroline B. Brackeen, William R. Daugherty
June 10, 2019
Texas is one of the many states that looked to be following in the footsteps of California’s enactment of a broad consumer privacy law (the California Consumer Privacy Act), which has far-ranging implications for businesses and consumers...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Attempt to Expand CCPA Private Right of Action Fails, While Bills Exempting Employee Data and Otherwise Refining CCPA Advance
By Taylor A. Bloom, Alan L. Friel, Niloufar Massachi
June 5, 2019
Over the past several weeks, the California State Assembly has voted in favor of advancing to the California Senate bills that would narrow the reach of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Senate bills did not fare as well and have...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Nevada Adds "Do Not Sell" Requirement to Privacy Law
By Alan L. Friel, Shea M. Leitch
June 5, 2019
Last week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed new privacy legislation into law in Nevada. Senate Bill 220 (SB-220) updates Nevada Revised State 603A to provide consumers a new right to opt out of the sale of their data. Effective Oct. 1...
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