Having spent several years as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey investigating and prosecuting high-stakes financial, healthcare and cyber fraud, Kent Anderson’s practice now focuses on complex commercial litigation, including class action consumer matters and technology-related litigation in the areas of data transfer and privacy. He also handles shareholder disputes as well as trade secret and IP-related litigation work.
A Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), Kent has extensive experience with data breach investigations and response. Kent also has deep appellate experience, having represented clients (including the State of New Jersey) in cases before the New Jersey Appellate Division, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the Third Circuit.
During Kent’s time as a government attorney, he was a member of the Government & Healthcare Fraud Section. In that role, Kent investigated and prosecuted healthcare fraud, government contractor fraud, and data privacy/cybersecurity consumer fraud matters. Kent acted as both lead and co-counsel in federal/state, multistate, and New Jersey-initiated investigations into violations of the New Jersey False Claims Act, New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, Identity Theft Prevention Act, Computer Related Offenses Act, HIPAA/HITECH, and COPPA laws, among others.
He has experience with False Claims Act cases involving major financial institutions, pharmacy benefit managers, pharmaceutical companies, health care providers, and health insurance companies, as well as data privacy cases involving the retail and health care industries, data aggregators, and consumer-facing websites/devices. While at the Division of Law, Kent also served as a member of the Attorney General's Cyber Working Group, which coordinates the state's approach to cyber issues across criminal/civil law enforcement. In 2017, Kent was awarded an Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contribution by a New Employee.
Kent also clerked for the Honorable Barry P. Sarkisian, J.S.C. in the New Jersey Superior Court, Civil Division. In addition, while in law school, Kent was an Associate Editor of both the Moot Court Editorial Board and the Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal.
- Represented a medical provider and obtained a dismissal of class action consumer fraud claims on summary judgment.
- Involved in a complex financial fraud case being litigated in bankruptcy court.
- Co-counsel in In the Matter of the Enforcement of New Jersey False Claims Act Subpoenas, 229 N.J. 285 (2017), a case that decided the scope of the New Jersey Attorney General’s subpoena power under the New Jersey False Claims Act.
- Co-counsel in Burgos v. State, 222 N.J. 175 (2015), a case that decided the constitutionality of Chapter 78, New Jersey’s pension-funding statute.
- While at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, reached a $2.5 million joint settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and smart TV manufacturer VIZIO, Inc. to resolve allegations that VIZIO violated consumer protection laws by surreptitiously tracking consumers' television viewing habits and selling the information to marketing companies and data brokers.
- While at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, reached a $1.5 million joint settlement with the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the State of Delaware, and translation services company Para-Plus Translations, Inc. to resolve allegations that Para-Plus violated the False Claims Act by submitting fraudulent invoices to various government agencies that deliberately overstated travel time and mileage incurred by its interpreters.
- "The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Will It Replace the Diminishing Restrictive Covenant?," Corporate Counsel Business Journal (co-author), September 26, 2018
- Panelist, “Dissecting the Equifax Breach,” Princeton University, November 28, 2017
- International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Member
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Member