Post-Gazette Features Pitt Law Alum Gary F. Lynch’s Corporate Data Breach Cases

The corporate data breaches of 2013-2014 rocked the consumer world with millions of credit card numbers stolen from retailers such as Home Depot, Target, and even insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee Anthem, and UPMC. Amid the mess, most states have no guiding legislation on corporate safeguarding of customer data or corporate liability for damages should a breach occur. High profile cases now seek to sort the mess to determine liability and recourse for millions of customers who experienced financial harm.

Pitt Law alum Gary F. Lynch (J.D. ’89), a partner at Carlson Lynch Sweet & Kilpela in Pittsburgh, is an attorney in one of those class-action cases. Lynch, a proposed co-lead counsel for the financial institutions suing Home Depot, was recently highlighted in a Post-Gazette feature on the tangled web of these corporate data breach cases.

“There has to be a standard of conduct [that’s] imposed on a retailer, or a health-care system,” Lynch told the Post-Gazette. “Or an insurer, to protect the [data] in their IT system.”

If there’s no baseline of responsibility, he said, “They can do whatever they want.”

Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Pittsburgh attorney Gary Lynch is involved in Target, Home Depot and UPMC cyber-attack cases