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TCPA Connect - November 2014

Ruling on ATDS Capability, California Court Dismisses TCPA Suit - Siding with courts that evaluate a system’s present – not potential – capacity to store or produce telephone numbers when considering whether a system...more

Could Your Client’s Choice Of Service Provider Jeopardize The Attorney-Client Privilege?

Most of us realize that we give up a certain amount of privacy when we use Gmail or other providers that serve ads based on the contents of our email messages. But we probably aren’t in the habit of reading our service...more

Two Privacy Class Actions: Facebook and Apple (Part 2)

This was a claim by a representative plaintiff, Ms. Ladas, alleging that Apple breached the customer’s right to privacy under the Privacy Act (B.C.), since iOS 4 records the location of the “iDevice” (that’s the term used by...more

Lawsuit against LinkedIn Latest in Battle over Use of Big Data in Employment

Following up on a topic discussed recently in this space, a class action filed last month against LinkedIn represents just the latest development in the burgeoning battle over defining the permissible and impermissible uses...more

Avoid a Class Action Lawsuit Landing in Your Holiday Stocking

The holidays are quickly approaching, and shoppers are expected to spend in excess of $600 billion this season. The holiday season is shaping up to become a winter wonderland for retailers. However, brands that market or...more

Two Privacy Class Actions: Facebook and Apple

Two privacy class actions earlier this year have pitted technology giants Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. against Canadian consumers who allege privacy violations. The two cases resulted in very different outcomes. First,...more

Northern District of Illinois Declines To Restrict Defense Counsel’s Communications With Putative Class Members

The Northern District of Illinois refused to restrict a defense counsel’s communications with putative class members, reasoning that the communications were not misleading or coercive. The case arose when a “romantic...more

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

Discovery and Social Media

The advent of social media has brought about many changes in the world of litigation, not the least of which is the availability of information that previously would have been impossible to discover. It is hardly an...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

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

Japan – Google Privacy Case

On 9 October 2014, Judge Nobuyuki Seki of the Tokyo District Court granted a provisional injunction against Google Inc. (“Google“) and ordered Google to delete search results of a plaintiff who claimed his privacy rights had...more

Recent 11th Circuit Cases Provide Important HIPAA Guidance - Healthcare Providers Should Be Proactive by Reviewing Their HIPAA...

On Oct. 10, 2014, the 11th Circuit opinion in Murphy v. Dulay provides significant guidance regarding HIPAA authorization forms. One of the most important provisions of the opinion focuses on the fact that HIPAA...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #6

..Buy local. Facebook has just announced that it’s going to provide hyper-local advertising services for merchants who want to reach consumers in very specific geographic areas. This new feature reportedly will allow 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

Google Street View Plaintiffs on the Hunt for “a Needle in a Haystack” to Demonstrate Standing, but District Court Grants...

Back in April, Google filed a Petition for Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Street View case, seeking review of the Ninth Circuit’s decision holding that unencrypted Wi-Fi signals are protected from interception...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Marketing Consultant Can Be Held Vicariously Liable for Text Messages under TCPA

In a ruling issued late last week, the Ninth Circuit held that a marketing consultant that hired a firm to send text messages for a third party could also be held vicariously liable for violations of the Telephone Consumer...more

Why Are Companies Getting Sued Under the Video Privacy Protection Act? - Minimizing Your Company's Risk of a VPPA Lawsuit...

Plaintiffs' class action attorneys have filed a cascade of recent Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) suits against major brand names. These suits can present a significant exposure because the VPPA provides for statutory...more

Between the "Like" Button and a Hard Place: Understanding the Implications of Hulu's Latest Argument Against User's Privacy...

Companies commonly utilize Facebook as part of their online social media advertising strategy. Companies should revisit this strategy in light of a recent finding in the Northern California U.S. District Court (In re Hulu...more

Microsoft Stands Up in Court for European Privacy Rights?

A Stored Communications Act (SCA) search warrant case arising out of a New York federal narcotics trafficking investigation is being closely watched by EU data protection authorities, privacy advocates, multinational...more

If a Tree Falls on the Internet … An Insurer Has a Duty to Defend

Legal bloggers sometimes ask themselves: If my post appears on the Internet, but there’s no evidence anyone has read it, have I been published? The question has not yet been finally resolved among law firm compensation...more

FCC Announces Record $7.4 Million Settlement for Failure to Provide CPNI “Opt-Out” Notices to Customers

On Tuesday, September 3, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced that it had entered into a consent decree with Verizon, under which Verizon will pay $7.4 million to the U.S. Treasury for violating the FCC’s “Customer...more

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