A proposed class of data-breach victims asked a California federal judge Thursday to greenlight an $8 million settlement with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in litigation over a March 2023 data breach that purportedly exposed Social Security numbers and other personal information of more than 638,000 individuals.
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Orrick To Pay $8M To Settle Data Breach Litigation

By Lauren Berg

A proposed class of data-breach victims asked a California federal judge Thursday to greenlight an $8 million settlement with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in litigation over a March 2023 data breach that purportedly exposed Social Security numbers and other personal information of more than 638,000 individuals.

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Proposed BIPA Penalty Reforms Advance In Ill. Legislature

By Hailey Konnath

The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would update the Biometric Information Privacy Act as well as tweak its liability guidelines, a clarification that proponents say is needed to protect businesses from costly, frivolous litigation.

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FTC Curtails Treatment Provider's Sharing Of Health Data

By Allison Grande

The Federal Trade Commission took its latest step Thursday to crack down on the mishandling of sensitive health information, announcing a settlement that requires a New York-based alcohol addiction treatment service to obtain affirmative consent before sharing this data with third parties and bars the company from disclosing this information for advertising purposes.

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Judge Grants $3.2M In Fees For Wawa Class Counsel

By James Boyle

There is no evidence of side agreements or collusion between attorneys representing a proposed class in a suit against Wawa Inc. and the convenience store's defense counsel, according to a Pennsylvania federal judge's order approving $3.2 million in attorney fees following appellate court review.

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Pro-Trump Mich. Atty Gets New Trial Date After Skipping Court

By Danielle Ferguson

A Michigan attorney accused of accessing voting machines after the 2020 presidential election said Thursday her old lawyer was dragging his feet in sharing critical documents as a judge rescheduled her trial for July following her attorney swap and her arrest for failing to appear in court.

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Visa Beats Some Merchant Claims In Antitrust MDL

By Katryna Perera

A New York federal judge has trimmed claims lodged by Home Depot and other merchants against Visa and several banks in sprawling multidistrict antitrust litigation dating back to 2005 over network rules forcing merchants to accept the companies' cards.

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POLICY & REGULATION

CFPB, EU Say Teamwork 'Critical' As Fintech Bridges Atlantic

By Aislinn Keely

The consumer protection watchdogs in Europe and the U.S. said Thursday that their ongoing dialogue has yielded three shared focuses — the expansion of technology firms' payment services, the use of artificial intelligence in consumer markets and buy now, pay later products.

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Treasury Proposes Steeper Foreign Investment Law Penalties

By Charlie Innis

The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a notice Thursday proposing to sharpen its procedures and enforcement practices for reviewing foreign investment deals for national security issues, according to an announcement.

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LITIGATION

Judge Sends Tax Data Suit Against H&R Block To Arbitration

By Anna Scott Farrell

A man who used H&R Block to prepare his taxes online and then sued the company, along with Google and Meta Platforms Inc., for sharing his private data must pursue his claims against the tax preparation software giant in arbitration, a California federal judge ruled Thursday.

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Ernest Health Hit With Suit After Cybercriminal Data Breach

By Spencer Brewer

A group of former Ernest Health Inc. patients has hit the Texas-based hospital system with a proposed class action after a notorious group of cybercriminals breached the company's systems, saying that the company should've done more to protect patient data in a Thursday complaint.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

OJ Simpson's Jury Was Sequestered. Why Not Trump's?

By Phillip Bantz

Unlike jurors in the murder case of O.J. Simpson, the 12 Manhattanites picked to hear criminal charges against Donald Trump likely won't be sequestered during the trial — easing psychological and financial burdens but potentially exposing them to outside pressures.

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Calif., NY And SD Judicial Nominees Advance To Full Senate

By Courtney Buble

Four judicial nominees were voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, including one scrutinized for his affiliation with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the group's position on hot button issues.

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Leonard Leo Rebuffs Senate Judiciary Committee Subpoena

By Courtney Bublé

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, served influential conservative and longtime Federalist Society executive Leonard Leo with a subpoena on Thursday as part of his U.S. Supreme Court ethics probe, which Leo is refusing to comply with.

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Tax Controversy Quintet Joins Bradley Arant In Atlanta

By Adrian Cruz

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that it hired a five-person tax controversy team from Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry highlighted by the addition of three experienced partners, including two former Internal Revenue Service trial attorneys.

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Ex-Ellenoff Grossman Atty Faces Possible Firing Suit Remand

By Patrick Hoff

A former Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP associate's suit saying she was fired for protesting sexual harassment should return to state court, a New York federal judge recommended, saying the federal court can't enforce arbitration pacts invalidated by a 2022 amendment to the Federal Arbitration Act.

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Jewish Attys Sue Union Over Dues After Pro-Palestine Stance

By Emily Brill

A public defenders union violated the First Amendment by forcing two Jewish attorneys who oppose its pro-Palestine rhetoric to continue paying dues, the New York City-based attorneys claimed in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, naming the city and their employer as defendants as well.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alston & Bird

Arnold & Porter

Baker & Hostetler

Berger Montague

Berkowitz Oliver

Bondurant Mixson

Bradley Arant

Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Constantine Cannon

Cooley LLP

Culp Elliott

Daniel G. Suber & Associates

Davenport Evans

Ellenoff Grossman

Federman & Sherwood

Fine Kaplan

Ford O'Brien

Fox Rothschild

Freed Kanner

Gibson Dunn

Grant & Eisenhofer

Green & Noblin PC

Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute

Hilliard & Shadowen

Hoge Fenton

Holwell Shuster

Kendall Law Group PLLC

Latham & Watkins

Littler Mendelson

Morgan Lewis

Nelson Mullins

Nussbaum Law Group

Orrick Herrington

Paduano & Weintraub

Paul Weiss

Pendley Baudin

Quinn Emanuel

Schubert Jonckheer

Schwartz Perry

Turke & Strauss

Vorys

White and Williams

Willkie Farr

Wisner Baum

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

7-Eleven Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees

Apple Inc.

BetterHelp

Federalist Society

GoodRx Inc.

Google LLC

H&R Block Inc.

KPMG International

LinkedIn Corp.

Lowe's Cos. Inc.

MasterCard Inc.

Meta Platforms Inc.

The Home Depot Inc.

TikTok Inc.

United Auto Workers

University of Southern California

Wawa Inc.

White Castle Management Co.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

City of New York

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

European Commission

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Trade Commission

Illinois General Assembly

Illinois Supreme Court

Internal Revenue Service

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Supreme Court

United Nations