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Ninth Circuit Rules That Redbox's Collection of Customer ZIP Codes Falls Under "Deposit" Exception to California's Song-Beverly...

In a 2-1 decision, a Ninth Circuit panel has affirmed a district court's dismissal of a putative class action against Redbox - the company with the bright red DVD-rental kiosks - alleging violations of California's...more

Collection of Email Addresses in Credit Card Transactions May Be Prohibited by California Law

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California has held that the prohibition against requesting or requiring personal identification information in connection with credit card transactions contained in...more

The Download - November 2013

In this issue: - Senator Markey and Representative Barton Reintroduce Do Not Track Kids Act - House Bipartisan Working Group Continues Discussion on Privacy - Federal Trade Commission Holds Workshop on...more

California Court of Appeal Says Chevron Can Collect ZIP Code Information for Pay-at-the-Pump Transactions

On June 20, 2013, the California Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action which alleged that Chevron violated California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act (“Song-Beverly”) by requiring California...more

A Consumer Protection Ruling That Actually Protects Consumers: Fraud Prevention Allowed Under California’s Song-Beverly Act

A California court ruled last week that retailers could lawfully collect ZIP code information to reduce credit card fraud, efforts that result in lower prices for consumers. Following the California Supreme Court’s decision...more

Advertising Law -- May 31, 2013

A Friendly Reminder from the FTC: You May Be in Trouble - Continuing the countdown to the effective date of the amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, the Federal Trade Commission sent “educational...more

California Federal Court Holds Online Purchase Transactions For Shipped Merchandise Not Covered By Song-Beverly Credit Card Act

On April 30, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California held that Section 1747.08 of the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, which prohibits retailers from requiring personal information as a condition to...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2013

In This Issue: - Data-Breach Class Actions After the Supreme Court Decision in Clapper - California Supreme Court Holds That Song-Beverly Credit Card Act Does Not Apply to Online Purchases -...more

Advertising Law -- Feb 21, 2013

In This Issue: Neutrogena Escapes Class Certification; It's Not "Hip" to Steal Contact Info; Leibowitz Leaves the FTC—Who Will Take His Place?; A Court Ruling Wouldn't Be Kosher; California Supreme Court: Some Online...more

California Supreme Court Rules That Song-Beverly Act Does Not Apply To On-Line Transactions

A little over a year ago, the United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled that California’s Song-Beverly Act (the Act), which prohibits collection of “personal identification information” in...more

California Supreme Court Holds Online Retailers of Downloadable Products May Require Personally Identifying Information For Credit...

The California Supreme Court held on February 4, 2013 that the provision of the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971 (the “Act”) prohibiting retailers from requesting personally identifying information as a condition to...more

Online, But Off Song-Beverly: California Supreme Court in a Narrow Ruling Finds That Song-Beverly Does Not Apply to Retailers...

In at least one specific type of transaction, California retailers can now breathe a little easier. In Apple Inc. v. Superior Court (Krescent), No. S199384 (Cal. Feb. 4, 2013), the California Supreme Court found that Section...more

California Supreme Court Holds that Song-Beverly Act Does Not Apply to Online Downloadable Purchases

On February 4, 2013, the California Supreme Court held in Apple Inc. v. Superior Court (Krescent) that the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act’s prohibition against recording customers’ personal identification information as a...more

California Supreme Court: Online Retailers May Require Personal Info for Electronic Downloads

Online retailers do not violate California's credit card privacy law by requiring consumers to provide personal information, including their addresses and phone numbers, as a condition of accepting credit card payments for...more

You Can’t Make a Square Peg Fit in a Round Hole: California Supreme Court Holds Online Purchases of Electronically Downloadable...

Handing a victory to online retailers, on February 4, 2013, the California Supreme Court held in a split decision that online transactions involving electronically downloadable products fall outside the scope of the...more

Major Win for eCommerce Businesses: California Supreme Court Rules On-Line Merchants May Collect Personal Information to Verify...

The California Supreme Court held today in Apple v. Superior Ct. that on-line merchants may require customers to provide personally identifying information (such as home address and phone number) to purchase electronically...more

California Supreme Court Decision Signals Victory For Online Retailers

The California Supreme Court recently issued a landmark ruling in Apple Inc. v. Superior Court (formerly Krescent v. Apple Inc. in trial court proceedings), a case with wide-reaching implications for consumer privacy in...more

The California Supreme Court Loosens Restrictions On Internet Retailers

Attempting to strike a balance between the competing concerns of privacy and fraud protection, the California Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act does not apply to online retailers that collect...more

California District Court Holds Song-Beverly Credit Card Act Does Not Prohibit Post-Transaction Collection Of Zip Codes, Denies...

On January 28, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion for class certification filed by a group of plaintiffs seeking to challenge, on behalf of similarly situated individuals, a...more

California Supreme Court To Rule On Legality Of Collecting Customer Information During Online Credit Card Purchases

Companies that accept online credit card payments should be keeping an ear very close to the ground for the California Supreme Court’s decision in Apple v. Superior Court (Krescent), expected within the next few weeks. ...more

Retail Customers Obtain Unusually Favorable Settlement In Zip Code Collection Case

On January 11, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved a settlement between a retailer and a class of customers to resolve allegations that the retailer violated the California Song-Beverly...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again: California Federal Court Finally Tells Merchants When They Can Ask Consumers for Personal Infomation - But...

A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued an opinion Dec. 17, 2012, that seems to answer definitively a question that has weighed on the minds of California merchants for the...more

The Unforeseeable Transaction: Apple Argues that the California Song-Beverly Credit Card Act Should Not Apply To Online Retailers

When is a gallon of gas like an iTunes track? That may sound like a riddle from a Lewis Carroll novel, but it was one of the questions considered by the California Supreme Court during oral arguments in Apple v. Superior...more

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