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October 2012 Archives

Browserwrap Agreements May Fail to Protect from Cyberliability

Connecticut and national companies doing business online may not be sufficiently protected by their Terms of Service agreements. In the ongoing In re Zappos.com, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, the defendant, Zappos.com, Inc., lost a major decision preventing its arbitration and anti-class action provisions from taking effect. Zappos.com notified its customers of a major data breach in January 2012. Several of the customers brought lawsuits against Zappos.com, which were joined in the federal district court in Nevada. Zappos.com sought to apply its Terms of Service appearing on its website to force the Plaintiffs into individual arbitrations. The Court denied that request.

Halliburton exec arrested; company's action depends on contract

Connecticut is an at-will employment state, and what this means is that the connection between employer and employee is very open. At any point, an employer can fire an employee for any reason; and, likewise, an employee can end their employment with a company for any reason. There are exceptions to at-will employment laws, creating chances for employees or employers to seek legal help and action if they are wronged during the termination of employment.

How to Report a Data Breach in Connecticut

personal data.jpgAll business owners in Connecticut need to learn how to report a data breach. A new Connecticut law requires business owners to notify the Office of the Attorney General in the event of a breach of security involving unauthorized access to or acquisition of electronic files, media, databases or computerized data containing personal information. Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 36a-701b

Alien Tort Statute's expanding power could be clipped by SCOTUS

In 1789, Congress passed a law called the Alien Tort Statute. The law basically said that district courts have jurisdiction over tort litigation brought by non-citizens that involved laws of other nations or treaties involving the U.S. and other nations. The ATS was barely used for about 200 years.

Woman's wrongful termination appeal mostly denied

For the most part, when you hear the phrase "wrongful termination" thrown around, you are inclined to believe that the company must have been at fault. Somehow, someway, the big bad corporation did what it needed to do in order to get an employee off the books.

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