Cybersecurity & Privacy

The internet is nowhere near its full capacity. An estimated one million more people join the internet every day. From 2020 to 2030, the number of global internet users is expected to increase to over 7 billion people.

In the cyber security industry, attack surface is the sum of all possible security risk exposures, across all hardware, software, and network components. More people joining the internet means more networked devices, more data, and more data stored in the cloud. And this ever-growing cyber attack surface means more opportunities for cyber criminals.

Cybercrimes cost the global economy around $7 trillion in 2022 and are projected to cost $10.5 trillion by 2025. If it were a country, cybercrime would be the third largest economy in the world.

Internet crimes cost businesses a host of issues, including damage and destruction of data, disruption of normal operations, embezzlement, forensic investigation, fraud, lost productivity, restoration and deletion of hacked data and systems, stolen money, theft of intellectual property, personal, and financial data, and reputational harm.

For individuals, cybercrimes cost time and money spent trying to repair the damage, as well as emotional impacts, such as anger, fear, and paranoia. From the inability to obtain loans and open new accounts, to employment and housing struggles, to nonstop collection agency calls about fraudulent accounts… victims of identity theft may experience a wide range of negative impacts.

Preserving the online security and protecting the privacy of internet users is paramount to ensuring a healthy cyber environment.

Milberg’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice Group

Milberg is currently involved in some of the largest and most complex class action cases pending in the country and is particularly active in the field of cybersecurity and privacy litigation. Our Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice Group has extensive experience serving as leadership in numerous privacy class actions.

Over just the past three years, Milberg has settled on a class-wide basis more than fifty (50) class actions involving privacy violations in state and federal courts across the country as lead or co-lead counsel. No other plaintiffs’ class action firm in the country has settled and won court approval of more data breach and data privacy class actions during this time period.

Moreover, Milberg is largely responsible for developing the favorable case law that many plaintiffs rely on in the cybersecurity and privacy space.

Notable Cases & Recent Recoveries

  • Belozerov v. Gannett Co. – Defeated a motion to dismiss a privacy class action under the Video Privacy Protection Act alleging company unlawfully disclosed consumers’ personally identifiable information (PII) to social media site in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) – Decision was first of its kind
  • John v. Advocate Aurora Health, Inc. – Settled on a class-wide basis a data privacy class action against a healthcare provider over its use of tracking technologies – Preliminary approval of a $12.25 million settlement
  • Allen v. Novant Health, Inc. – First of its kind privacy class action against a healthcare provider alleging that it disclosed patients confidential and private medical information to Meta Platforms, Inc., commonly known at relevant times as “Facebook,” without their consent, in breach of contract, and in violation of statutory and common law duties – Milberg defeated motion to dismiss