Consumers’ Complaint Against Target

The class action lawsuit in connection with the Target stores security breach is an important one in a rapidly developing field of cyber law. In the case, the plaintiffs allege that in late November 2013 certain Eastern European hackers stole Target’s network credentials from its HVAC contractors. Using the credentials, the hackers were able to access to Target’s computer network, upload card-stealing software onto Target’s cash registers, and begin collecting Targets’ customers’ credit and debit card information.

Although Target had measures in place to detect attacks, plaintiffs contend Target ignored warnings from malware detection and antivirus systems that twice spotted suspicious activity on Target’s network in late 2013. Plaintiffs also allege that Target ignored the alerts while the hackers continued to steal card data from Target’s systems unabated until December 12, 2013 – the day United States Justice Department allegedly alerted Target to the breach and Target began purging its computer systems of the malware.

The Target_Complaint is available for download and we encourage clients to peruse it for color on how courts are considering this rapidly changing area of law.

This case highlights some areas companies can focus on to both better protect customers from injury and mitigate litigation risks in the context of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework’s core functions.

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Jason D. Gabbard is a partner at Forefront and the related New York law firm of Gabbard & Kamel PLLC with a focus on corporate transactions and cyber security. Forefront attorneys are available to assist with any questions you may have regarding these issues.  To arrange a consultation, please contact Mr. Gabbard – Partner (New York) at +1-646-290-9001.

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Forefront Law Becomes First Law Firm to Accept Bitcoin Payments

Innovative New York City law firm, Forefront Group Ltd, recently became the first prominent firm to accept Bitcoin for payment of legal fees. The new chapter in legal billings opened on June 25, 2013, with the launch of Forefront’s new web site.

Forefront itself was launched two years ago with a primary focus on serving growth companies from start-up through the entire company life cycle. Forefront’s highly experienced lawyers bring practical guidance and deep legal expertise to their clients. Nearly 50 growth companies now rely on Forefront as their “general counsel” providing strategic and legal advice from an experienced team of legal experts and entrepreneurs.

“As a former econ prof, I find the Bitcoin story irresistibly fascinating,” explains founding partner Don Carlson, who taught economic theory at Williams and Harvard and worked at Goldman Sachs before starting Forefront. “Bitcoin is rapidly establishing itself as an important new economic reality, with major implications for global markets. We want to be ‘on the Forefront’ of shaping the development of virtual currency. The best way for us to be on the cutting edge is for us to accept Bitcoin ourselves — so we have a real time feel for the practical pros and cons of this emerging currency.”

Forefront advises clients ranging from private equity firms to angel investors to entrepreneurs, breaking the traditional law firm mold by using novel pricing structures, creative lean staffing, and a flat team of senior expert lawyers. “As an entrepreneurial firm started just two years ago, we are in the start up game ourselves rather than advising from the sidelines,” says Founding Partner Jason Gabbard (ex-Cravath). “Together with scores of our clients, we understand the key pain points of the start-up community. Most important, we shoulder the responsibility for efficient staffing and delivery of legal services, so our clients don’t have to. The Forefront model brings certainty to legal fees and shifts the burden of worrying about cost from our clients to ourselves.”

For more information, contact Don Carlson or Jason Gabbard via info@the-forefront.com.

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