Frances Goins Quoted in WESTLAW Data Privacy – Practitioner Insights

Frances Floriano Goins, Co-Chair of Ulmer’s Data Privacy and Information Security Practice Group, contributed her legal perspective to an article published in WESTLAW Data Privacy – Practitioner Insights. The article spotlights the recent 8th Circuit decision in Kuhns v. Scottrade Inc., a case that explored the level of harm plaintiffs are required to allege in a data breach case.


Frances Floriano Goins, a partner at Ulmer & Berne who has been watching the case, said the decision may provide a blueprint for future plaintiffs to survive a dismissal motion if they allege similar breach-of contract claims about failures to follow specific data security standards.

“For instance, if Kuhns had alleged and could support a contractual duty on Scottrade’s part to follow specific [Securities and Exchange Commission] or [Federal Trade Commission] rules and guidance on data security and had alleged Scottrade failed to comply with those standards, the complaint might have survived,” she said.

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