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by Sharon D. Nelson Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

California State Bar:  Class Action over Alleged Data Breach

May 18, 2022

Bloomberg Law reported on May 13 that the State Bar of California is moving its battle against a proposed class action over an alleged data breach to federal court, as shown in California filings.

Plaintiffs, who proceeded under pseudonyms, sued the California State Bar and JudyRecords.com in March in Orange County Superior Court.

The complaint, later amended, alleges that about 322,525 nonpublic records held by the State Bar were published on Judyrecords.com between October 2021 to February 2022.

The suit alleges the State Bar failed to notify those affected in a timely manner.

Defendants moved the suit to federal court on May 13.

The causes of action are violation of California Information Practices Act of 1977, invasion of privacy, Sherman Act, negligence, negligence per se.

The relief sought is injunctive relief in the form of disclosures, damages, costs and attorneys’ fees.

The proposed class includes all Californians identified in the 188 to 322,525 nonconfidential files released.

Bloomberg Law said the California State Bar declined to comment on pending litigation.

The case is Roe v. State Bar of Cal., C.D. Cal., No. 8:22-cv-00983, 5/13/22.

I am sure every state bar and bar association in the country will be watching this one.

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., PresidentSensei Enterprises, Inc.
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