District Court denies motion for corrective notice in class action data breach case – Lexology


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April 22 2022

On April 18, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina denied the plaintiffs’ motion for corrective notice in a putative class action, ruling that the defendant cloud computer service provider is not required to issue a corrective notice related to a 2020 data breach. In 2020, a data breach exposed the personal data of individuals whose information was managed by the defendant and provided to the defendant’s clients. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant’s “deficient” security program led to the data breach, and that the defendant failed to implement security measures to mitigate the risk of unauthorized access, used outdated servers, stored obsolete data, and maintained unencrypted data fields. The judicial panel on multidistrict litigation eventually consolidated several putative class actions arising from the data breach for coordinated pretrial proceedings. Plaintiffs argued that corrective notice to customers was appropriate, claiming the defendant “made numerous misrepresentations” related to the type of data stolen and performed “an unreliable risk of harm analysis that did not actually take into account the harm class members faced as a result of the breach.” The court disagreed, ruling that such corrective notice is improper at this stage. “Ultimately, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not authorize Plaintiffs’ request to widely disseminate a notice endorsing their position on dispositive issues to [Defendant’s] customers, who are not parties or putative class members in this case, where Plaintiffs have not shown that [Defendant] made misleading communications regarding this litigation,” the court ruled.

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