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Calif. Law Does Not Bar Recording of Cell Phone Calls by Participants, Federal Court Rules

A California federal court recently ruled that the state’s call recording statute does not apply to cell phone call participants. This decision should help companies that record consumer calls for monitoring purposes defeat...more

Policyholder Takes the Insurer’s Bait and Loses Coverage

In an interesting Order coming from the United States District Court in Western District of Washington, case no C13-1014 (National Union et al v. Coinstar), National Union skillfully avoided a bad faith claim by timely...more

Data Breach Class Action Not Barred by Lack of Individual Injury in West Virginia

In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia reversed a trial court’s order denying class certification in a data breach class action. The case, Tabata v. Charleston Area Medical...more

Stolen Customer Data Results in Ontario's First Certified Privacy Class Action

Businesses that collect personal information have an added incentive to monitor employees handling customer data – Ontario's first class action arising from the new tort of "intrusion upon seclusion" was certified last week....more

Health Data Breach Victims Have Standing to Sue Says WV Supreme Court

The most common defense against class actions for data breach has itself been breached in a ruling last week by the West Virginia Supreme Court....more

Is TMZ Worse Than The NSA?

Donald Sterling’s private telephone conversation. George Clooney’s engagement party. Jay-Z and Solangé’s elevator scuffle. Is TMZ invading privacy rights more than the NSA? The California Constitution, Article 1,...more

California’s privacy statute regulates California companies, but not against out-of-state plaintiffs: a recent decision, 2...

Throughout 2013 and into the new year, the plaintiffs’ bar has continued to file a steady stream of privacy-related class action claims. With statutes such as California’s Invasion of Privacy Act and the federal Telephone...more

Massachusetts Court Ruling on ‘Upskirt’ Photos

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has overruled a lower court’s decision to arrest and prosecute a man for taking photos up women’s skirts and dresses. In 2010, Michael Robertson was arrested in a sting after...more

California Federal Court Requires Pre-Recording Notification of All Cell Phone Calls Under California Invasion of Privacy Act

A federal district court in the Northern District of California in March refused to dismiss a consumer class action against wireless telecommunications company Verizon alleging that a third-party collections agency hired by...more

Caught Snooping on Privacy Rights: Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates State Eavesdropping Law

Late last month, the Illinois Supreme Court essentially gutted the state’s long-standing eavesdropping law, placing the state into an unprecedented “no-mans-land” for the recording of private conversations. In two separate...more

Should You Install Security Cameras In Company Bathrooms? (Hint: NO)

Sometimes an employment lawyer is faced with a thorny question that involves multiple layers of analysis. Before advising a client, any good attorney will want to examine prior case decisions, statutory citations, regulatory...more

Court strikes down Illinois eavesdropping act, opens debate on privacy in the digital age

In two landmark rulings that may prompt further examination of how our laws identify and protect privacy interests, the Illinois Supreme Court has found unconstitutional Illinois’ long-standing electronic eavesdropping act....more

ABA Journal - “Lawyer censured for buying keywords for other lawyers and law firms.”

I thoroughly disagree with this anti-competitive, anti-consumer censure. It’s bad precedent. I was the defense’s law firm marketing/social media expert witness in Habush vs. Cannon & Dunphy on this very issue...more

Third Circuit Attempts to Untangle Defamation and False Light Invasion of Privacy

CaptureIn Graboff v. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that the defendant’s statement was not defamatory but was a false light invasion of privacy (“false light”). The...more

Stick to Flowers on Valentine’s Day: Nurse Sends STD Diagnosis to Patient’s Girlfriend

John Doe is out-of-luck for a romantic Valentine’s Day this year. He recently discovered that his protected health information regarding treatment for a sexually transmitted disease (“STD”) was sent to his girlfriend. ...more

What’s Going On With Class Actions Alleging That Businesses That Record Customer-Service Calls Are Violating California’s Invasion...

Since 2006, companies based outside California have been alert to the potential burdens of class actions under California’s Invasion of Privacy Act (“CIPA”), Cal. Penal Code § 630 et seq. The laws of most states, as well as...more

Google’s Breach of Canadian Privacy Rules

In a recent decision released by the Canadian Privacy Commissioner (PIPEDA Report of Findings #2014-001), the commissioner investigated a complaint that Google pitched ads to an individual based on medical information that he...more

Cyber Law Tracker: Recall Total v. Federal Ins. Co. – No Coverage for Data Breach under Commercial General Liability Policy

On January 14, 2014, the Connecticut Appellate Court issued a decision in Recall Total Information Management, Inc., et al. v Federal Insurance Company, et al., __ Conn. App. ___, 2014 WL 43529 (Conn. App. Ct. Jan 14, 2014),...more

Privacy Class Action – Article III Standing – 2013 Outlook

For a number of years, the key issue in data privacy class actions has been whether plaintiffs could allege damages sufficient for standing purposes or to state a claim for relief. Several key decisions addressed the issue in...more

Advertising Law -- Dec 19, 2013

FTC Focus in Spring 2014 – Privacy: Looking ahead to 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it will host three spring seminars focused on consumer privacy and the implications of new technology....more

Evolving Expectations of Privacy: Klayman v. Obama

In a 68-page opinion, Federal District Judge Richard J. Leon of the District of Columbia ruled yesterday in Klayman v. Obama that the NSA's systematic collection of telephone metadata of millions of citizens violates the...more

A House Divided: Federal Judges Take Conflicting Positions on Wiretap Act Claims Against Google in California's Northern District

Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a class action claim that Google’s modifications to its customer privacy policies and subsequent sharing of customer data across Google...more

Do Not Post What Should Be Kept Private

When you met her during drop-off at your children's school she seemed like such a modest woman, hair pulled back in a pony tail as she kissed her kid goodbye at the classroom door. You never would have guessed what she and...more

Google pays BIG to state Attorney Generals for Improper Consumer Tracking

Earlier this month, Google, Inc. (“Google” or “Company”) entered into an agreement with the Attorney Generals of 37 states and the District of Columbia, settling allegations of violation of the participating states’...more

The Reports Of The Death Of Privacy Were Exaggerated: California Breathes New Life Into The Privacy Rights Of Its Residents

In a series of new bills amending existing California privacy laws, the State of California increases the protections presently provided to its residents by broadening the requirements for reporting breach of personal data;...more

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