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Third-Party Provider Of Customer Service Falls Within Exception To Video Privacy Protection Act

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of Redbox Automated Retailer (“Redbox”), in a suit alleging that Redbox violated the Video Privacy Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2710 (“VPPA”). Sterk v....more

“Th-th-th-that’s All, Folks!” Federal Judge Dismisses Class Action against Cartoon Network, Finds Anonymous User IDs Don’t Qualify...

On October 8, Georgia Federal District Judge Thomas Thrash, Jr., dismissed a putative class action against The Cartoon Network, Inc., where the plaintiff alleged that the animation company violated the Video Privacy...more

Sterk v. Redbox: 7th Circuit’s Affirmation of Exceptions to the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA)

In a recent 7th Circuit decision, the court rejected an appeal that sought relief against Redbox Automated Retail, LLC under 18 U.S. Code §2710. Redbox Automated Retail, LLC utilizes a third-party, Stream Global Services,...more

Cartoon Network Defeats Video Privacy Class Action

In Ellis v. Cartoon Network, Inc., No. 14-cv-00484 (N.D. Ga. Oct. 8, 2014), the Northern District of Georgia recently granted a motion to dismiss a putative class action filed against Cartoon Network for alleged violations of...more

Affirmative “Motion To Deny Class Certification” Granted Due To Conflicting State Consumer Protection Laws

Amy Coe filed a putative class action against Philips Oral Healthcare, Inc. (“Philips”), alleging that several of the defendant’s vibrating toothbrushes were defective and failed to perform as advertised. Coe v. Philips Oral...more

Advertising Law - October 2014 #3

Permanent Ban From Prize Promotion Business After Sweepstakes Scam - A sweepstakes operator agreed to a permanent ban from the prize promotion business pursuant to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after...more

Rising Number of Class Actions Targeting Outlet Stores Based on Claims of False and Deceptive Advertising

1. Class Action Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against Retailers That Operate Outlet Stores Based on Their Alleged Pricing Claims - Plaintiffs’ class attorneys have a new target in sight and it is outlet shopping. In the...more

TCPA Connect - October 2014

9th Circuit Affirms Vicarious Liability–for Anybody–Under TCPA - In a blow to Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendants, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a defendant may be liable for...more

Northern District of Illinois Applies Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard to Affirmative Defenses in TCPA Case

In a TCPA action involving allegedly unsolicited fax advertisements, the Northern District of Illinois applied the plausibility standard articulated in Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007) and Ashcroft v. Iqbal,...more

California Court Has a Bone to Pick with Male Enhancement Pill Maker

We try to avoid puns in this blog but sometimes, well, we just can’t help it. The makers of “Rockhard Weekend,” a male sex enhancement pill, have successfully sidestepped a claim that they violated federal drug...more

ZocDoc Treats Doctor With Some Rule 68 Medicine

We have discussed several TCPA mootness decisions, mainly those coming out of the federal courts in Florida. Those cases hold that plaintiffs should not file “placeholder” class certification motions solely for the purpose of...more

Second Circuit Adopts FCC’s Narrow Construction of “Implied” Express Consent for Autodialed Calls to Cell Phones

This updates our report last summer on a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) letter brief filed at the invitation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Nigro v. Mercantile Adjustment Bureau, which...more

Telephone Consumer Protection Act Express Consent Narrowed Again

Albert Nigro just wanted to turn off his deceased mother-in-law’s electricity. He called the electric company, but it required that he provide his mobile telephone number to disconnect service. It turned out though that the...more

Debt Collector’s Automated Calls Did Not Fall within TCPA’s ‘Prior Express Consent’ Exception, Second Circuit Holds

Yesterday, the Second Circuit held that a plaintiff did not provide his “prior express consent” under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to automated calls to his cell phone when he gave his cell phone...more

The Eleventh Circuit Reaffirms FCC’s Authority To Coordinate National TCPA Policy And Ensure Uniformity Of Enforcement in Mais v....

Courts that have confronted the application of the “prior express consent” requirement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, see 47 U.S.C. § 227 – a.k.a., the TCPA – have in the main taken their cues from and adhered to...more

Just the Fax: Illinois Appellate Court Concerned That TCPA Settlement Between Insured and Class Action Plaintiffs May Be Collusive

An all too familiar scenario: an insurer believes there is no coverage for a claim, but has a duty to defend its insured. In these situations, an insurer often pays for the insured’s independently-selected defense counsel and...more

The Incredible Shrinking Red Bull Refund: How Should Courts Verify Class Membership?

A recent class action settlement has brought fresh attention to two age-old questions. The first: does Red Bull actually give you wings? The second: how carefully should courts screen out bogus claimants from proposed classes...more

New Jersey Federal Court Rejects FCC’s Dish Network Ruling in Blast Fax Case, Relies on FCC’s Letter Brief in Sarris

As we previously reported, on July 17, 2014, the FCC filed a letter brief in Palm Beach Golf Center-Boca, Inc. v. Sarris, No. 13-14013 (11th Cir.) (“Sarris”), in which it took the position that entities can be held directly...more

Somewhere Out There, a Certain Gecko Lets Out a Sigh of Relief

Judge Kathleen M. Williams of the Southern District of Florida handed GEICO a decisive victory on September 29, 2014, when she denied a renewed motion to certify a class of individuals who purportedly received robo-calls from...more

Legal Alert: Eleventh Circuit Reverses Outlier Decision on TCPA Prior Express Consent Standard

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has clarified the standard for “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in a September 29, 2014 decision reversing an outlier ruling by a...more

Food and Beverage Alert (US)

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Judge refuses to dismiss “all natural” class action. On September 9, a...more

Mais Reversed: If You Give Me Your Number, I Can Call It, However I Want.

“If you give me your number, I can call it, however I want.” For more than twenty years this statement has summarized the Federal Communications Commission view of prior express consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection...more

Plaintiffs Target Outlet and Factory Stores In Putative Class Actions

Plaintiffs recently filed several putative class actions in New York and California against prominent retailers including Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus, The Gap, Saks Fifth Avenue, Levi Strauss, Nordstrom and Ralph Lauren. They...more

District Court Certifies TCPA Class Over Objections to Adequacy of Named Plaintiff and Individualized Issues of Consent

A New York federal district court, after holding an evidentiary hearing, certified a class for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). Plaintiff alleged that the defendant, a collection agency,...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant Taco Bell in Putative TCPA Text Message Class Action

The recipient of a text message advertising Taco Bell products sued the company, alleging that the message violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA) prohibition on calls to cell phones using an auto-dialer or...more

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