Margaret A. Dale

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Margaret Dale is a versatile first-chair litigator who handles different types of complex business disputes for a wide variety of clients across many industries.

While her practice is diverse, she regularly handles privacy and data security matters, including regulatory investigations and class action lawsuits stemming from data breaches. She also focuses on intellectual property, where she represents individual artists and arts-related organizations and museums. With respect to securities and corporate governance, Margaret handles SEC enforcement proceedings, shareholder and partnership disputes, stock option, warrant and preferred stock matters, escrow fights and Delaware 220 actions, as well as regulatory and internal investigations.

Latest Articles

For digitally savvy investors itching to know whether U.S. courts would treat crypto-tokens as securities subject to the regulatory requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the wait is over—sort of. The first federal judge to decide the issue in the class-action context landed on the same side as the SEC did back in 2017, finding that the virtual tokens in the case could be characterized as securities. We discussed the SEC’s 2017 report in…
Large-scale corporate data breaches have unfortunately become increasingly common events, posing a variety of challenges to the companies that suffer them. A few weeks ago, a district court in Georgia dismissed one of the first shareholder derivative actions that challenged the adequacy of a corporation’s data-breach prevention strategy. While that court held that the business judgment rule shielded the company’s actions, it remains to be seen whether that position becomes the majority one. Read the full New York Law Journal article.…
Finding that the Plaintiffs lacked Article III standing to pursue their case, Google, Inc. (“Google”) won dismissal of the Android users’ putative class action lawsuit after more than three years of litigation.   In re Google Inc. Privacy Policy Litigation, No. 12-01382 (N.D. CA July 15, 2015).   The Android users had claimed that Google violated its own privacy policy by disclosing personal information to third parties without permission.…
The Court hearing the Target data security breach litigation issued a ruling on December 2, 2014, largely denying Target’s motion to dismiss the Consolidated Amended Class Action Complaint in the Financial Institutions Cases.  In his decision, Judge Magnuson found that Target owed the issuer banks a duty to protect customer data from hackers, a determination that was based on allegations that Target played a “key role” in allowing the break-in to occur by intentionally disabling one…
Capital One Financial Corp. (“Capital One”) and three collection agencies have agreed to pay one of the largest settlement amounts in history — $75.5 million — to end a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the companies used an automated dialer to call customers’ cellphones without consent in violation of the twenty-two-year-old Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). Judge Holderman of the Northern District of Illinois preliminarily approved the settlement in late July. …
On December 1, 2010, the FTC issued its long-awaited report, titled “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change:  A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers” (the “Report”).  The Report was developed after a series of roundtable discussions among stakeholders designed to explore privacy issues in the 21st century.  Those discussions focused on the challenges associated with advancing technology and business practices that allow for the collection and sharing of consumer data that often…