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Tomo Takaki is an associate in the Los Angeles office, where his practice focuses on litigation, white collar criminal defense, and internal investigations.

The Third Circuit recently reinstated the putative class action Clemens v. ExecuPharm Inc., concluding there was sufficient risk of imminent harm after a data breach to confer standing on the named plaintiff when the information had been posted on the Dark Web.

Continue Reading Data Breach and the Dark Web: Third Circuit Allows Class Action Standing With Sufficient Risk of Harm

A court in the Southern District of New York recently compelled arbitration in the putative class action Skillern et al v. Peloton Interactive, Inc. (No. 1:21-cv-06808), concluding that the defendant did not waive its ability to seek arbitration by defaulting in a prior unrelated arbitration proceeding.  The judge differentiated between this case and a series of other decisions where a movant had failed to pay arbitration fees in an earlier arbitration proceeding involving the same parties.  This case is another helpful precedent strongly favoring arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution process in lieu of class actions.

Continue Reading No Pay, No Problem: New York Federal Court Compels Arbitration Despite Prior Unrelated Failure to Pay Arbitration Fees

A magistrate judge in the Western District of New York recently recommended dismissing the putative class action Tassmer et al v. Professional Business Systems, concluding that any risk of identity theft or other injury was too “speculative” to show standing.  The recommendation is in line with numerous other federal circuit and district courts similarly requiring plaintiffs in data breach cases to show concrete harm, not merely a risk of future harm.  This recommendation, if adopted, will be another helpful precedent for companies facing class action lawsuits as a result of a data breach or cyber hack.

Continue Reading No Harm, No Foul: New York Federal Court Recommends Dismissing Sensitive Data Breach Class Action for Lack of Standing