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California State Bar Faces Class Action Over Alleged Data Breach

May 13, 2022, 9:49 PM

The State Bar of California is taking its fight against a proposed class action over an alleged data breach to federal court, California filings show.

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

The complaint, which was later amended, alleges that about 322,525 nonpublic records 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 Friday.

Causes of Action: Violation of California Information Practices Act of 1977, invasion of privacy, Sherman Act, negligence, negligence per se.

Relief: Injunctive relief in the form of disclosures, damages, costs and attorneys’ fees.

Class Size: Proposed class includes all Californians identified in the 188 to 322,525 nonconfidential files released.

Response: The California State Bar declined to comment on pending litigation.

Attorneys: The plaintiffs are represented by Law Offices of Lenore Albert.

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

To contact the reporter on this story: David McAfee in Los Angeles at dmcAfee@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rob Tricchinelli at rtricchinelli@bloomberglaw.com