On February 9, 2015, Girard Gibbs LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against health insurer Anthem on behalf of Anthem members and employees whose personal information was allegedly exposed as a result of the data breach announced in February 2015. The lawsuit alleges that Anthem, the nation’s second-largest insurer, failed to implement reasonable security measures to prevent, detect, and limit the scope of the breach.
On January 12, 2015, President Barack Obama announced that he plans to propose to Congress laws designed to protect the privacy of consumers’ personal and financial information and student data, as well as a national data breach notification law. President Obama spoke at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. and stressed the importance of protecting Internet users from hackers. “If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected,” said the President. “As Americans, we shouldn’t have to forfeit our basic privacy when we go online to do business.”
Attorneys with Gibbs Law Group are investigating consumer complaints about Health Net’s provider lists for Arizona healthcare plans offered under the Affordable Care Act. Some consumers in Arizona are reporting that they looked at the Health Net website’s list of doctors and hospitals to see if they would be covered in network, but when they went to make appointments they found out that their providers were actually out of network.
On December 22, 2014, Girard Gibbs LLP partner Mathew George spoke with CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” to discuss the class action lawsuit that was filed on behalf of all current and former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose personal information was compromised as a result of the Sony Pictures data breach.
SAN FRANCISCO, December 17, 2014 — The law firm of Girard Gibbs LLP has filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of all current and former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose personal information was compromised as a result of the Sony Pictures data breach first publicized in November 2014.
Data security is a growing concern among consumers who have been victims of recent data breaches involving retailers and banks. Although there is no federal law requiring security of customer data, state governments have implemented laws dictating how companies manage customer data and respond to data breaches, with many requiring prompt notification to affected customers after a breach.
Home sharing businesses, such as AirBNB, Homeaway, Roomorama, and VRBO have created online platforms to facilitate short-term rentals. Earlier this year, Forbes reported that the largest of these companies, AirBNB, Inc., achieved a valuation of $10 billion following a $450 million funding round. However, tenant groups have accused home sharing companies of driving rental costs up at the expense of renters in San Francisco, where AirBNB is based.
SAN FRANCISCO — On September 24, 2014, the law firm of Girard Gibbs LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against retailer Home Depot on behalf of all customers nationwide whose personal information was compromised as a result of the data breach announced in September 2014.
On May 6, 2014, a class action lawsuit was filed in New York against JP Morgan Chase, alleging that the company failed to file proof of mortgage satisfaction in a timely manner, as required by state law. A mortgage satisfaction is a document generated and signed by a mortgage lender, acknowledging that the borrower has paid off the mortgage in full. To update the property deed and to obtain clear title to the property, a mortgage satisfaction document must be filed.
In the second-largest data breach in U.S. History, an unknown number of 145 million eBay user accounts were illegally accessed and potentially compromised, eBay announced Wednesday. In a statement issued to the press this week, eBay explained that cyberhackers had obtained access to “a small number” of employee login credentials sometime between late February and early March and used the credentials to access the corporate network.