Many observers, including even this blog, have speculated whether the rising wave of data breaches and cyber security attacks will result in litigation against the directors and officers of the affected companies. Indeed, in 2014, there were two sets of lawsuits filed against the boards of companies that had experienced high-profile data breaches, Target Corp. (refer here) and Wyndham Worldwide (refer here). But the Wyndham lawsuit was dismissed in late 2014, and since that time there really have been no additional significant cyber security related D&O lawsuits filed, even though there have been a number of high profile data breaches in interim (including, for example, Home Depot, Anthem and Sony Entertainment). However, as discussed below, there have been a couple of recent developments suggesting that the plaintiffs’ lawyers are working along the edges of this issue, and, at a minimum, looking for ways to develop D&O claims out of data breach incidents.
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