British Airways data class action settles

Following a stay of proceedings to pursue ADR, a number of the claims being pursued as part of the Group Litigation known as the British Airways Data Event Group Litigation (the “BA GLO”) have now been settled. We last updated on the procedural developments in this case in February 2021, when a ruling was given … Read more

Regulators collaborate to oversee digital

UK Regulators will be working more closely together in future to oversee digital markets. Concerns about tech have increased during the pandemic with a sharp increase in cyber crime and the use of data collected during the pandemic causing concern amongst citizens. Data has become a more contentious area. Read more

Consumer class actions – global perspectives

The latest edition of our Future of Consumer series looks at key areas of class action risk that businesses in the Consumer sector are facing across key jurisdictions of the UK, the US, and Australia, including: Product liability and consumer law; Supply-chain issues (with a focus on business human rights and environmental, social, and governance); … Read more

FLAG meeting: Ransomware and data class actions

Herbert Smith Freehills and the Federation Against Software Theft are delighted to invite you to our joint webinar on Wednesday 20 January 2021, where expert speakers from Herbert Smith Freehills will provide insights into the following topical issues: Ransomware: Ransomware attacks are on the increase and the impact in terms of disruption and damage to reputation … Read more

UK Telecoms (Security) Bill: Stronger cyber security controls for the UK telecoms sector with a sting in their tail

Today the UK government introduced the Telecommunications (Security) Bill (the “Bill”) to Parliament, to more heavily regulate the UK telecoms sector and improve cyber security risk management, policy and enforcement. With significant sanctions for non-compliance, this “ground breaking” Bill is expected to provide the UK with “one of the toughest telecoms security regimes in the … Read more

Data Class Actions: the threat to business

Our Data Class Actions team has today published an article about the future of class actions in the August 2020 issue of PLC Magazine – https://hsfnotes.com/ip/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2020/07/PLC-Article-on-Future-of-Class-Actions-1.pdf. The article first appeared in the August 2020 issue of PLC Magazine https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/Browse/Home/Resources/PLCMagazine. The article follows the Supreme Court’s decision in Various Claimants v WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc (Morrisons) … Read more

Joint UK and US Government Advisory: COVID-19 exploited by malicious cyber actors

An increasing number of malicious cyber actors are exploiting the current coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19“) pandemic for their own purposes. In the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre (“NCSC“) has detected more UK government branded scams relating to COVID-19 than any other subject. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, both the United States Department of Homeland Security … Read more