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Supreme Court Hears Argument in Spokeo, a Case That Could Impact Many Statutory-Damages Class Actions

Article III of the U.S. Constitution extends the federal judicial power only to “Cases” and “Controversies.” The Supreme Court has long held that no case or controversy exists unless the party invoking federal jurisdiction...more

Federal Judge Rules Against NSA Telephone Surveillance Program

On Monday, November 9, Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled, in Klayman v. Obama, against part of the National Security Agency’s (“NSA”) surveillance program that collects domestic...more

Supreme Court Conducts Oral Argument On Spokeo Case

On November 2, 2015, the United States Supreme Court conducted oral argument in a case that will decide the question of whether violation of a statute alone, without other “concrete” injury, can give a plaintiff access to...more

7th Circuit: Consumers are Not Injured by the Undisclosed Sale of Personally-Identifiable Information

On November 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit held that consumers who authorized defendants to share their personally-identifiable information (PII) with third parties were not injured when defendants...more

PSQIA held to preempt florida constitutional right to access adverse medical incident reports

On October 28, 2015, the District Court of Appeal in the First District of Florida held in Southern Baptist Hospital, Inc. v. Jean Charles, Jr. et al. that the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005...more

Standing Issues Could Still Derail Google Cookie Placement Litigation

In a decision almost a year in the making, the Third Circuit’s recent opinion in In re Google Inc. Cookie Placement Privacy Litig. (3d Cir. Nov. 10, 2015), (“Google”), reversed a trial court order dismissing a lawsuit...more

California Updates Privacy Rights with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Starting on New Years Day 2016, a new law will prohibit California law enforcement agencies from compelling California residents and businesses to turn over metadata or electronic communications (e.g., texts, emails,...more

California Enacts Electronic Communication Privacy Statute, Connected Television Privacy Statute

The California legislature recently enacted the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“CalECPA”) (Senate Bill 178), which provides greater protections against governmental searches for persons’ electronic...more

Supreme Court denies cert in case involving cell location privacy rights

On July 31, 2015, Quartavious Davis petitioned for certiorari in Davis v. United States, No. 15-146 asking (1) whether the acquisition of a cell phone user’s location data from his cellular service provider constitutes a...more

Spokeo, Palatine Cases Discuss Negligible Harm from Privacy Breaches, Could Put Damper on Suits

A recent argument and non-decision at the Supreme Court could have significant effects on plaintiffs’ lawsuits under consumer data protection and privacy laws. Last week, the Court heard arguments on the standard of harm for...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Spokeo

Last Monday, the Supreme Court heard argument in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, one of this Term’s closest-watched cases, especially in the data-privacy field. While attempting to “read the tea leaves” from oral argument can be...more

California Gives the Fourth Amendment a 21st Century Makeover

The average American today generates more media than they did at any other point in history, and the ease with which our communications, photos, and videos are sent and stored digitally means most of us have more media stored...more

Should Smartphone Manufacturers Be Legally Compelled to Unlock Users’ Devices?

Picture this: A criminal defendant is indicted for three counts related to the possession of methamphetamine, and federal prosecutors obtain a warrant for the defendant’s iPhone. But the iPhone is passcode protected, and...more

California Reaffirms First Amendment Right to Record Police in Public

As deputy U.S. marshals detained a group of people in Beatriz Paez’s neighborhood, the 34-year-old South Gate, Calif. resident began recording the incident. Video from another camera-wielding bystander rolls as a different...more

Advertising Law - October 2015 #4

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Application of VPPA to Free App - The latest decision interpreting the application of the Video Privacy Protection Act in the context of twenty-first century technology provides positive news for...more

The Limits to Ordering Computer Monitoring as a Special Condition of Supervised Release in the Federal Court System

There are limits to when a Federal District Court Judge may order computer monitoring by United States Probation as a special condition of supervised release. While it can be argued that individuals on supervised release...more

U.S. Supreme Court Ponders Whether an Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer Can Moot a Plaintiff’s Claims as It Hears Argument in Gomez

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez on October 14, 2015, an important case presenting the question of whether a defendant can defeat a class action by offering complete individual relief...more

Keeping the Data-Breach Headlines In Perspective

From the Sony Pictures settlement, to the Ashley Madison debacle, data breaches are making big headlines of late. And when it comes to one case in particular — the data breach at luxury retailer Neiman Marcus (Remijas v....more

California Law Enforcement and Industry Gain Procedural Certainty with Historic Cal-ECPA Bill

On October 8, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law Senate Bill 178, known as the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal-ECPA). Cal-ECPA mandates that California law enforcement agencies...more

United States v. Microsoft: ‘Global Chaos,’ Outdated Legislation And a Judge’s Plea to Congress

The Second Circuit’s challenge in considering the validity of a U.S. Stored Communications Act warrant to Microsoft for e-mails located on servers in Ireland involves interpreting the SCA, which was enacted nearly three...more

Court Grants Standing Against Coca-Cola Employer for Breach of Employee Information

The decision does not change the law on what is necessary to prove standing, although it does reinforce the notion that a plaintiff will have standing if he or she can allege a concrete injury. In the latest in a slew of...more

District Court Rules That Smartphone Passcodes Are Testimonial; Protected by Fifth Amendment

In Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, the district court held that the Fifth Amendment protected two former employees against having to disclose their personal passcodes for company-issued smartphones to government...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — September 2015

Pacira sues FDA, alleging it illegally attempted to restrict truthful and non-misleading speech about its post-surgery pain drug Exparel - The drugmaker filed a First Amendment suit seeking an injunction to prevent the...more

Questions Remain About Social Media Privacy Rights During Workplace Investigations

Employees’ social media activities often play a key role in workplace investigations. For example, an employee may complain that a coworker sent a harassing Facebook message or posted something offensive on Twitter...more

Fiat moves to dismiss proposed class action suit

Late last week, Fiat filed a Motion to Dismiss the proposed class action against it following reports of hacking into vehicle information systems and its announcement that it was recalling 1.4 million Dodge, Ram and Jeep...more

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