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USA Today Defeats Video Privacy Class Action

In Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. d/b/a USA Today, No. 14-13112 (D.Mass. May 15, 2015), the District Court for the District of Massachusetts recently granted a motion to dismiss a putative class action...more

Court Applies Video Privacy Protection Act to the Internet Streaming Era; Declares Hulu the Victor

After nearly four years of litigation, Hulu has prevailed against claims that it unlawfully disclosed its users’ video viewing selections and personal identification information to Facebook and other online networks. In In Re...more

Court Further Clarifies Required Elements Of A Video Privacy Protection Act Claim In In re Hulu Privacy Litigation

After over four years of litigation on the cutting edge of modern Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA” or the “Act”) litigation, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler of the United States District Court for the Northern District of...more

Too Much Information – Eleventh Circuit’s Review of Ellis May Define “Personally Identifiable Information” for Cell Phone Users

On March 2, 2015, The Cartoon Network Inc. (“Cartoon Network”) filed its response brief in Mark Ellis v. Cartoon Network Inc., asking the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the district court’s dismissal of the...more

Appellate Courts Being Drawn Into VPPA Fray

Last week the Third and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals assigned case numbers to the appeals of In re Nickelodeon Privacy Litigation and Locklear v. Dow Jones & Co., Inc., two recently dismissed class actions in which...more

Rewind and Replay: Plaintiffs Appeal Dismissal of VPPA Suits against Viacom, Google and Dow Jones

Plaintiffs in two recently dismissed class actions alleging violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) filed notices of appeal this week, asking the Third and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals to hit the rewind...more

Courts Continue To Find That Unique Device Identifiers Are Not Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Under The Video Privacy...

Two recent federal district court rulings regarding the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) follow the emerging trend of decisions indicating that courts are reluctant to find violations of the VPPA for sharing anonymous...more

Dow Jones’ Disclosure Of User Viewing History Found Not To Violate Video Privacy Protection Act

On January 23, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia held that disclosure of user viewing history and a Roku viewing device serial number by Dow Jones Company (“Dow Jones”) did not violate the...more

Quoth the Maven: “Without More!” Federal Judge Dismisses Dow Jones VPPA Class Action, While Hulu Parties Square off Over...

A Growing Chorus of Federal Courts Finds User IDs, by themselves, Do Not Count as Personally Identifiable Information under the VPPA Recently, a federal district judge joined a number of his colleagues around the country who...more

Social Media: 10 Fundamental Questions All Businesses Should Consider About Their Online Presence

Twenty years ago, the social media world we now live in was the stuff of science fiction. Today, social media is a critical business tool creating unprecedented opportunities for direct consumer interaction, brand awareness,...more

When Plaintiffs Try to Fit Square Pegs in Round Holes – U.S. District Court Ends VPPA, State Law Class Action Against Viacom,...

On Tuesday, Jan.20, New Jersey Federal District Judge Stanley R. Chesler dismissed with prejudice the last remaining allegations in a multidistrict class action against Viacom and Google, formally ending plaintiffs’ suit...more

Advertising Law - December 2014 #3

FCC Proposes Online Disclosures for Broadcast Contests - The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a rule change that would allow broadcast stations to disclose on the Internet the material terms for contests...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #2

Shhhhh…Whisper Faces Lawmaker Scrutiny Over Privacy Claims - Just how safe is the purported “safest place on the Internet”?: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) wants to find out. The Chair of the Senate Committee on...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #5

..Tale of the tape. Remember the 1980s? Back then, watching a movie on demand meant visiting your local video store and renting the video tape version of the film that you wanted to watch (assuming it was available). During...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

Advertising Law - September 2014

Complimentary TCPA Update Webinar: The Year in Review and What Lies Ahead - One year has passed since the implementation of the Federal Communication Commission’s revised Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules....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

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - June 2014

In This Issue: - New Studies Highlight Privacy and Cybersecurity Risks and Costs - SEC Commissioner Addresses the Role of the Board on Cybersecurity Matters - Supreme Court Decision on Cellphone Searches...more

Low-Tech Proof In a High-Tech World: Northern District of California Denies Class Certification In Hulu Data Privacy Case

On June 16, the Northern District of California denied a motion for class certification in In re Hulu Privacy Litigation, No. C 11-03764 LB, ECF No. 111. The plaintiffs in that action alleged that Hulu violated the Video...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 3 - May 2014

In This Issue: - Jerked Around? Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms Into Federal Law? - Which Way Is Aereo Pointing? The Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Public Performance Copyright Case - The...more

Getting A Handle On VPPA Risk - A Data Driven Approach

Getting a Handle on VPPA Exposure in the Wake of Hulu - Given all the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) activity lately - in particular Hulu's failure to get the VPPA case against it dismissed on summary judgment -...more

Disclosures Need Not Contain Customers’ Actual Names to Violate the Video Privacy Protection Act Rules Hulu Court

In the latest of a string of victories for the plaintiffs in the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) class action litigation against Hulu, LLC, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Hulu’s...more

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