With the compromise of customer data and resulting litigation making headlines nearly every day, it is more important than ever for companies that deal with consumers to have a solid litigation team available to assist them at a moment’s notice. Locke Lord’s Data Breach Litigation Team, working in conjunction with our colleagues involved with our Incident Response Team, have the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience necessary to effectively defend our clients against litigation arising from a data breach. Our litigators also regularly back up our Incident Response Team in mitigating the litigation risks related to data breach incidents. Conversely, our incident responders work with our Data Breach Litigation Team to inform their litigation strategies. We represent many of the United States' largest companies in a wide variety of industries including financial services, energy, retail, health care and numerous others.
The law governing data breaches is complex and varies by state, the types of data breaches that occur are also variable, and the theories of liability related to data breaches are multiplying. It is important for companies that handle consumer information to be prepared for data breach litigation before it occurs. Whether the breach is the result of an error, a breach by an affiliate or service partner, or an intentional attack by a third-party, data breach litigation can result in significant exposure in hard costs and reputational risk. Locke Lord’s litigators stand ready to quickly and strategically shield our clients against all types of data breach claims, including class actions.
We understand that positive resolution of a lawsuit is not necessarily the only goal in data breach litigation. We are sensitive to the fact that our clients deal with consumers and other business entities every day and that it is essential to not just prevail in the courtroom, but also in the "court of public opinion." We partner with our clients and third-party service providers to develop a comprehensive plan for dealing with data breach litigation that includes public relations and media plans.