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First Circuit Decision Creates Ambiguity in Consumer VPPA Class Actions

The vast majority of courts confronted with “free app” cases under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) have dismissed those claims.  A recent First Circuit decision, however, signals a change in that trend.  ...more

PayPal Reaches Settlement With Texas Over Venmo Privacy and Security Disclosures

Venmo is a peer-to-peer mobile payments service that PayPal acquired in 2013. Users can transfer money to another person using a mobile or web application (e.g., send money to a friend to split the cost of dinner). On May 20,...more

…And We’re Back! Still No Resurgence of “Picking Off” After Campbell-Ewald

Following an interlocutory appeal, in which the First Circuit ruled that a Rule 68 offer made prior to class certification did not moot the plaintiff’s claim, defendant returned to the Massachusetts district court seeking...more

Data Breach Lawsuits: Challenges Persist After Spokeo v. Robins

Data breaches are as common as the common cold—unfortunately, just as incurable. Run a news search on “data breaches” and you’ll find that all kinds of institutions—major retailers, tech companies, universities, even...more

Recent SCOTUS Decision on Standing Will Significantly Impact Data Breach Cases

Whether a plaintiff has standing to sue is a wellspring of dispute in the context of data breach cases, and in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the U.S. Supreme Court recently made clear that the battle must be fought on two fronts....more

Supreme Court rules technical statutory violations do not establish standing without actual injury

In a decision that will impact a consumer’s standing to bring a claim under a number of federal statutes that allow for significant statutory penalties, such as the Video Privacy Protection Act, the Stored Communications Act,...more

Concrete and Particularized: What the Supreme Court’s Spokeo Ruling May Mean for Privacy Class Actions and Big Data – the First in...

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Robins v. Spokeo, No. 13–1339, 578 U. S. ____ (2016), putting to rest months of speculation as to whether the Court could come to a meaningful...more

CA Court Plays “Tag” – Judge Refuses to Drop Facebook Photo-Tagging Privacy Case

Earlier this month, a judge from the Northern District of California allowed a putative class action suit to proceed against Facebook. In this case, the plaintiffs alleged Facebook collected and stored biometric data of...more

Facebook biometric class action continues in California

A federal district court in California recently rejected Facebook’s request to dismiss a class action lawsuit related to Facebook’s biometric facial recognition database. The case arises from a complaint by Illinois residents...more

Caribou Coffee faces TCPA class action for unwanted text messages

Caribou Coffee Co. Inc. (Caribou Cofee) was hit with a class action this week in Wisconsin. which alleges that the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when it sent unsolicited text messages to...more

No Expectation of Privacy in Relation to Workplace Emails and Evidence Seized by the Police in the UK

In the recent case of Garamukanwa v Solent NHS Trust the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT") held that the Claimant, Mr Garamukanwa, had no reasonable expectation of privacy in respect of emails sent to a work colleague...more

Mobile Apps – New Frontier of the Video Privacy Protection Act

The First Circuit Court of Appeals, in its recent decision in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., breaks new ground, extending the reach of the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (VPPA) to video content...more

Uber hit with class action case for sending political texts to customers

Uber Technologies, Inc. was hit with another class action lawsuit last week for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when it sent text messages to its customers without prior written consent....more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #2

New Jersey Statute Causing Uptick in Class Actions - Businesses in New Jersey are facing an influx of consumer class actions over common terms of service based on a plaintiff-friendly interpretation of a 36-year-old...more

California Court Refuses to Dismiss Biometric Privacy Suit against Facebook

The District Court for the Northern District of California recently issued what could be a very significant decision on a number of important digital law issues. These include: the enforceability of “clickwrap” as compared...more

Consumer VPPA Class Action Against CNN Dismissed

The Northern District of Georgia recently granted CNN’s motion to dismiss a consumer class action that alleged CNN committed a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”), 18 U.S.C. § 2710. Perry v. Cable News...more

Court Grants Motion Of Non-Signatory To Compel Arbitration Of Privacy Violation Claims Of Putative Class Of Verizon Customers

The class action was brought by Verizon subscribers against a “targeted advertising” company business partner of Verizon (Turn, Inc.) for deceptive trade practices under New York law. Plaintiffs alleged that Turn violated...more

Legal Challenge to FCC’s TCPA Omnibus Ruling Ready for Court Decision

The FCC’s July 2015 Omnibus Ruling ("the Ruling") interpreting certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has been widely denounced by business interests for its expansive interpretation of the...more

Supreme Court Rules Against Using Settlement Offers to Moot Class Actions

In Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a decision released in January, a majority of the United States Supreme Court held that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment by a defendant cannot moot a putative class action....more

First Circuit Opens New World of Potential Liability for Video Producers

You may be too young for this to have been a big thing to you, but almost 30 years ago, D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court, and Washington, D.C. went into a tizzy. Coming as it did just a year...more

User of Free App May Be “Consumer” under the Video Privacy Protection Act

This past week, the First Circuit issued a notable opinion concerning the contours of liability under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) – a decision that stirs up further uncertainty as to where to draw the line...more

Ashley Madison Update: Hacked Data Is Off-Limits

On April 29, 2016, Judge Ross issued his ruling on Ashley Madison’s motion for a protective order, prohibiting Plaintiffs from using the leaked documents, reports quoting the leaked documents, and information “stolen from...more

Monitoring Employee Communications: A Brave New World

Over the last decade, communication via email and text has become a vital part of how many of us communicate in the workplace. In fact, most employees could not fathom the idea of performing their jobs without the use of...more

Facebook argues Motion to Dismiss in ‘happy birthday’ message campaign TCPA class action

On April 25, 2016, Facebook Inc. (Facebook) pled with a California federal judge, asking that the court dismiss the claims filed against the social media giant for its alleged Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...more

German Labor Court Allows Review of Employee’s Browsing History

European courts continue to clarify the right of employers to review their employees’ emails. As we discussed previously, the European Court of Human Rights and the National Labor Relations Board of the U.S. have recognized...more

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