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A group of Yahoo Inc. shareholders has filed a derivative complaint in Delaware Chancery Court claiming the company breached its fiduciary duty by failing to properly alert consumers that nearly 1.5 billion of its users’ data was stolen by hackers, which was disclosed late last year.
A Colorado resident launched a proposed class action against GrubHub on Friday in Illinois federal court, claiming that though he’d never before used the take-out delivery service, it repeatedly sent him unauthorized, automated text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
The most recent installment of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review includes a number of recommendations for physical and cybersecurity protection of the nation's power infrastructure. Although the report recommends developing and implementing "necessary" security measures, it provides limited details in some areas, and does not identify revenue sources for some initiatives, say attorneys from Husch Blackwell LLP.
Several areas of civil litigation appear poised for growth this year, including securities class action activity, which could outpace even the significant 2016 levels, and trade secret litigation, which could see further growth in the coming year under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Meanwhile, as companies increasingly face the specter of data breaches, several developments in 2017 could bring greater clarity to this area of the law, say Reid Schar and Kevin Murphy of Jenner & Block LLP.
As Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation continues to grow at a staggering rate, the Spokeo defense remains an intriguing, if unsettled, means of attacking TCPA claims in federal court. Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness might not be the TCPA killer defendants have hoped for, but it is at the very least a welcome refuge for companies under siege, say Michael Reif and David Martinez of Robins Kaplan LLP.