Foley Forms Privacy Litigation Task Force

08 December 2008 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Group to Tackle Emerging Privacy, Security and Information Management Issues.

Foley announced today the formation of a Privacy Litigation Task Force, a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team of attorneys and support personnel that will help clients address the growing threat of privacy-related litigation.

“We are the first to form a specialized and committed litigation team of this kind that is able to assist clients with developing and implementing policies to address privacy, security and information management risks, and with the litigation that can ensue when these policies are compromised,” said Andrew Serwin, chair of the Privacy, Security & Information Management Practice and co-chair of the Privacy Litigation Task Force. “Being able to provide these unique services is extremely important as more companies are faced with privacy and information security incidents.”

This team will assist clients in addressing such matters as litigation arising from security breaches; improper exporting and disclosure of information; improper delivery of commercial emails, including the email case brought by then Attorney General Eliot Spitzer; violation of state medical privacy laws, and other matters related to the disclosure of emails and personally identifiable health and financial information.

An increased focus on information security and privacy concerns has resulted in an increase in the number of lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers whose data has been compromised, as well as litigation that results from misuse of a company’s information. As a result, Foley has assembled a multidisciplinary team of attorneys with strong backgrounds in class actions, government enforcement matters and electronic discovery to address these unique issues. Team members include co-chairs Andy Serwin, founding chair of the Privacy, Security & Information Management Practice, Eileen Ridley, vice-chair-elect of the Firm’s Litigation Department and its Litigation Specialties Practice and Michael Tuteur, chairman-elect of the Firm’s Litigation Department and a member of its Securities Enforcement and White Collar Defense practice.

Members of Foley’s Privacy, Security & Information Management Practice have significant experience with counseling clients in the health care, financial services, online and telecommunications industries. Their expertise includes representing clients in numerous actions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and actions arising from credit card receipt laws, the FACT Act and other violations of state and federal financial privacy laws. Additionally, the team has handled litigation arising under CAN-SPAM and state email laws and numerous class actions under state unfair competition laws, which frequently serve as the basis of privacy claims.

For more information about the Privacy Litigation Task Force, please visit:

Foley & Lardner LLP continually evolves to meet the changing legal needs of our clients. Our team-based approach, proprietary client service technology, and practice depth enhance client relationships while seeing clients through their most complex legal challenges. The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Massachusetts) recently recognized Foley as one of the top four law firms shaping the U.S. legal market, while CIO magazine has named Foley to its CIO 100 list six times for our client-focused technology. With more than 1,000 attorneys in 22 offices and more than 50 practices, Foley strives to provide high-caliber business and legal insight.


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