Data breaches: Two major representative actions discontinued in wake of Google ruling

Two major representative actions over alleged data breaches have been discontinued in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Lloyd v Google. The YouTube data breach claim that sought damages of up to £2.5bn, was one of the cases discontinued, and was advised by Hausfeld and backed by funder Vannin Capital. The other case discontinued was one brought by Mishcon de Reya on behalf of approximately 1.6 million people whose confidential medical records were obtained by Google and DeepMind Technologies in breach of data protection laws.

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LCM backs class action against Google and DeepMind Technologies

LCM is backing a new representative action in the UK being brought by Mishcon de Reya on behalf of up to 1.6 million individuals against Google and DeepMind Technologies for the unlawful use of patients’ confidential medical records. The claim arises out of an arrangement formed in 2015 between Google and DeepMind and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. The tech companies obtained and used a substantial number of confidential and private medical records without patients’ knowledge or consent.

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FX rigging claimants win bitter-sweet certification ruling

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) ruled last week that the collective action, FX Claim UK, brought by Phillip Evans, can be certified. However, it said this should be done on an opt-in basis only, rather than the opt-out basis on which the action had been filed – a ruling which Evans and his legal advisers Hausfeld intend to appeal. The claim is on behalf of investors damaged by the unlawful rigging of foreign exchange markets between 2007 and 2013. Bench Walk Advisors is backing the claim. 

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New group litigation association launched

Six leading laws firms have joined forces to establish a collective redress association for claimant practitioners and stakeholders in the group litigation sector. UK group litigation firms Edwin Coe, Hausfeld & Co, Keller Lenkner UK, Leigh Day, Milberg London, and PGMBM have founded CORLA, the Collective Redress Lawyers Association. CORLA is urging law firms, lawyers, barristers and others involved in collective redress nationwide to apply to become members and join CORLA in its drive for change.

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