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Privacy Tip #20 – FTC releases new online tools for identity theft victims-take advantage of them!

As one who is frequently asked “What happens when I become the victim of identity theft?” or “How do I prevent myself from becoming the victim of identity theft?”, I am a pretty big fan of the FTC’s website and refer people...more

Victoria’s Secret hit with TCPA class action for text messages

Last week, Victoria’s Secret was hit with a class action in California alleging that the lingerie company sent Michael Hannegan almost 100 texts in one day in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

Sixty Civil Liberties Groups Petition FCC For Broadband Privacy Rules

A group of sixty prominent civil liberties organizations sent a joint letter to the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) on January 20, urging Chairman Tom Wheeler to propose new privacy rules governing broadband...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial of TCPA Class Cert. On Predominance/Ascertainability Grounds

On January 12, 2016, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the denial of class cert. in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 USC 227 action on  predominance and superiority grounds in the case Paul Gannon v. Network Telephone...more

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hit with a hefty FTC fine

Two developers of mobile apps for children recently learned an expensive lesson about their legal responsibilities when it comes to protecting children’s privacy. Together, the companies will pay a total of $360,000 in...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - January 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss, among other matters, the status of the EU/U.S. Safe Harbor negotiations, as well as changes to privacy laws in Delaware and California that regulate online...more

Weak Baby Monitor Security Subject of FTC Internet of Things Study

On January 19, the Federal Trade Commission posted the results of a small study of baby monitor security, finding that four out of five devices tested did not have basic security procedures in place. The FTC warned that such...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 24, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Last-minute change to privacy bill adds tension to US-EU negotiations - Privacy law is easy for companies to overlook until a problem arises, and even more so...more

Facebook biometric case dismissed

We previously reported about a proposed class action suit against Facebook for the alleged violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. Facebook moved to dismiss the case for lack of personal jurisdiction....more

New York District Court Holds TCPA Claim Within Scope of Arbitration Provision

Plaintiff brought suit against a credit card company, alleging the company violated the TCPA by autodialing her cell phone without consent. The calls at issue were made in conjunction with a “big box” electronic store card,...more

FTC’s PrivacyCon Highlights Consumer Privacy Perceptions and Targeting

The Federal Trade Commission is currently the most aggressive enforcement agency on privacy and data security. The agency kicked off 2016 with PrivacyCon on January 14, which put the spotlight on academic research on consumer...more

Is the Internet expanding privacy expectations?

Is the Internet invading privacy, or expanding privacy? The conventional wisdom is that the Internet is eviscerating privacy. But in some ways a heightened focus on privacy in the digital era may be creating new and greater...more

Ringing Off The Hook: TCPA Issues Still At Forefront As Calendar Turns To 2016

We may only be three weeks into 2016, but the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) has already received a considerable amount of attention this year....more

FTC warns, connected baby monitors are more susceptible to hackers

At the PrivacyCon event held by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week in Washington, D.C., the FTC warned that several brands of baby monitors lack basic security features like complex passwords and data encryption,...more

Supreme Court Holds Unaccepted Settlement Offer to Satisfy Named Plaintiff’s Individual Claim Does Not Moot Case

The writing was on the wall following Justice Elena Kagan’s dissent in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. v. Symczyk, 133 S. Ct. 1523 (2013), wherein Justice Kagan blasted the view that an unaccepted offer of complete relief made to...more

Supreme Court Holds Unaccepted Offers for Full Relief Do Not Moot Class Actions

Relying on “basic principles of contract law,” the Supreme Court on Wednesday held that an unaccepted settlement offer and offer of judgment under Rule 68 are “legal nullit[ies]” that have no effect on whether a live...more

Shutterfly and Facebook fighting biometrics suits in Illinois

Friday was a busy day in Illinois with arguments over the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. We previously reported that the first known biometric case has been given the green light to proceed. The case alleges that...more

Unaccepted Settlement Offer Cannot Moot Consumer Lawsuits

On Wednesday, January 20, in a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court held that an unaccepted settlement offer, or offer of judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68, cannot moot a plaintiff's case. The ruling...more

Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer Does Not Moot a Plaintiff's Claims, U.S. Supreme Court Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an unaccepted Rule 68 settlement offer does not moot a class action even when the offer would provide the named plaintiff with complete individual relief. The decision in Campbell-Ewald...more

Supreme Court opinion in Campbell-Ewald co. v. Gomez: kicking the can down the road

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857. The question presented was whether an unaccepted offer of full relief on the named plaintiff’s individual claim will render a putative class...more

Civil Liberties Organizations Call on FCC To Regulate Broadband Privacy

In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made public on January 20, 2016, sixty civil liberties organizations, including the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, called on the FCC to use its...more

FCC Releases Order Denying Club Texting’s 2009 Petition on Text Broadcaster Liability Standards

On January 11, 2016, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (“Bureau”) acted on a petition filed in 2009, and denied Club Texting, Inc.’s (“Club Texting”) petition for declaratory ruling, which asked the FCC to...more

Think You Can Moot Plaintiff's Claim With a Rule 68 Offer of Judgment? Think Again

As we have previously noted, federal appellate courts have been split on whether a defendant can moot a class action by making a Rule 68 offer of judgment, agreeing to pay all of the damages to which the named plaintiff seeks...more

Breaking: Supreme Court Rules Today that TCPA Class Action Not Mooted by Unaccepted Settlement Offer to Named Plaintiff

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that a company’s unaccepted offer of complete relief to a named plaintiff in a putative class action does not moot the plaintiff’s case. Before the ruling, authored by Justice Ruth Bader...more

Rise in Cyberattacks on Professional Services Firms

Wilson Elser’s Cyber Incident Response Team has seen an alarming uptick in cyber-criminal activity targeted at professional services firms, particularly accounting firms. As described in more detail below, the criminal...more

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