Rise Of Personal Data Market Could Aid Class Actions

Law360, New York (August 9, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT) -- While judges often toss data breach class actions on the grounds that privacy invasion alone does not cause economic harm, courts may begin to greenlight them as personal data becomes more valued and plaintiffs can attach a dollar figure to it, some experts say.

Plaintiffs lawyers file putative class actions after major data breaches like the Sony PlayStation hacking almost pro forma. But data breach suits often die right away because judges find that plaintiffs do not have Article III standing, meaning that they do not...
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