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New CIRCIA Bill and What It Means for Whistleblowers

May 3, 2022

By: Christopher A. Iacono

Takeaway: Uncertainties over threats of cyberattacks resulted in both the House and Senate passing CIRCIA, which created an opportunity for whistleblowers to come forward under the False Claims Act with information about agencies and contractors failing to report cybersecurity breaches in a timely manner. Following CIRCIA, Congress voted to pass the Better Cybercrime Metrics Act to help analyze the effectiveness of cybercrime reporting. Read More

Cybersecurity Class Actions Drawing a Split Among Circuit Courts

April 13, 2022

By: Martin T. Shepherd , Quintin DiLucente

Takeaway: In the wake of a data breach, a class of Plaintiffs whose personal and/or financial information is disseminated to third parties all share the same concern – the risk of future harm. But in order for these Plaintiffs to have standing to sue over the wrongful dissemination of their information resulting from the breach, the mere threat of future harm may not be enough. As more courts across the country have had the opportunity to address this issue, the emerging trend seems to be that the mere threat of future harm, by itself, is insufficient to confer standing; the threat of future harm must pose a substantial likelihood of materializing into actual harm for Plaintiffs to recover damages resulting from a data breach. Read More
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Pamela Coyle Brecht to present at Federal Bar Association’s Qui Tam Section Roundtable
June 8, 2022
Pietragallo partner Pamela Coyle Brecht will be presenting virtually on “She Persisted: How Women Have Shaped False Claims Act Law” at the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) 2022 Qui Tam Section Roundtable Discussion. Read More
Jeremy Abay to present at Seton Hall University School of Law
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Jeremy Abay will present “The False Claims Act and Dealing with Whistleblowers” at Seton Hall University School of Law on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Read More
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