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Ninth Circuit Finds No Vicarious Liability Under the TCPA for Marketing Text Message

by Burr & Forman on

In Kristensen v. Credit Payment Services, Inc., — F.3d —, 2018 WL 343758 (9th Cir. 2018), the Ninth Circuit recently held that three lenders and two marketing companies could not be vicariously liable under the TCPA for text...more

Google Puts Its SCA Warrant Appeal on Hold as High Court Prepares to Hear Microsoft Case

The fight over the privacy of electronic communications and the government’s ability to reach emails stored abroad in criminal investigations has finally moved to the U.S. Supreme Court. ...more

Anonymous Internet Users Beware: New Presumption in Favor of Unmasking the Losing Anonymous Defendant

Following a recent decision from the Sixth Circuit, anonymous bloggers and other Internet users who post third-party copyrighted material without authorization have cause for concern. They may be unable to preserve their...more

Second Circuit Finds that Flu Shot Reminder Text Does Not Violate TCPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Latner v. Mt. Sinai Health System, Inc., ___ F.3d ___, 2018 WL 265085 (2d Cir. 2018), the Second Circuit recently held that a single flu shot reminder text does not violate the TCPA when a patient gives prior express...more

December 2017: Supreme Court Takes on Drugs, Data, and Extraterritoriality

On October 16, 2017, the Supreme Court made a surprising grant of review in a case which may have far reaching consequences for tech companies and litigants generally. The case, United States v. Microsoft Corp., involves a...more

Fitbit Can’t Put Sleep-Tracking Claims to Bed

Fitbit may lose some sleep over a putative class action challenging the advertising claims for its sleep-tracking function after the court denied the company’s motion for summary judgment in the case....more

REPLY “STOP” to OPT-OUT: Recent Court Decisions Provide Guidance to Defeat Telephone Consumer Protection Act Claims Based on...

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey recently ruled that a plaintiff’s expansive text messages stating her desire to stop receiving text messages from the defendant did not constitute a reasonable...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Dec. 8th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 8, 2017 is below. OTA powerhouses, Expedia and Booking.com, feature prominently in this week’s Update....more

Massachusetts District Court Finds VoIP Service is Not Cellular Service Per Se Under the TCPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Breda v. Cellco Partnership, No. 16-11512-DJC, 2017 WL 5586661 (D. Ma. Nov. 17, 2017), the plaintiff, Robin Breda (“Plaintiff”) claimed Cellco Partnership (“Cellco”) violated § 227(b)(1) of the Telephone Consumer...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects VPPA Claims of Roku Channel User, Declining to Adopt Broad Definition of PII

In a decision that clarified aspects of the video privacy landscape, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an action alleging a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) based on an assertion that ESPN’s...more

Federal Court Denies Class Certification in TCPA Suit Against Auto-Lender Exeter Finance

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In Billy Ginwright v. Exeter Finance Corp., No. 8:16-cv-565-TDC, ECF No. 107, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 194739, 2017 WL 5716756 (D. Md. Nov. 28, 2017), a federal district court recently denied Plaintiff’s motion to certify a...more

Ninth Circuit Makes it Easier to Sue for Video Privacy Protection Act Violations But Harder to Win

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in Eichenberger v. ESPN that allegations that the Video Privacy Protection Act was violated are sufficient to establish Article III standing, but that the definition of...more

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Ninth Circuit Decision Regarding Willful Violations Of FCRA’s Disclosure Provision

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of one of 2017’s more significant Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) opinions, Syed v. M-I, LLC. (9th Cir. Jan. 20, 2017). In Syed, the Ninth Circuit...more

The 9th Circuit Adopts the “Ordinary Person” Standard for “Personally Identifiable Information” Under The Video Privacy Protection...

• The 9th Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action alleging that ESPN disclosed “personally identifiable information” in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (VPPA) by knowingly disclosing to...more

Can You Find Me Now? U.S. Supreme Court Considers Cell Phone Location Tracking Data In The Digital Age In Landmark Privacy Case

by King & Spalding on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in United States v. Carpenter, a case that could fundamentally change the way the government collects, uses, and tracks individuals’ location information...more

Drawing the Line: Supreme Court Addresses Major Privacy Rights in Cell Phone Dispute

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the appeal of Timothy Carpenter, a man convicted and sentenced to 116 years for his role in a series of armed robberies. In proving his guilt, prosecutors...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Grand Jury Subpoena for Identity of Glassdoor Users

by Reed Smith on

A November 2017 decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has weighed in on the expectation of privacy and First Amendment rights afforded to anonymous contributors to online content, finding that a subpoena issued by a...more

“A Gronking To Remember” Plaintiffs Lose Right Of Publicity Appeal

For those of you in desperate need of Christmas present ideas for a New England Patriots fan, you can rest assured that your ironic backup option – a copy of the romance novel, A Gronking to Remember – is still available for...more

November Trust and Estates Litigation Advisory

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Since our last newsletter, there has been one significant development in the Probate and Family Court, and one decision of note. First, effective as of November 20, 2017, the Probate and Family Court issued Standing...more

Judge Bencivengo Refuses to Change Her Stripes - District Court Doubles Down on Romero and Again Dismisses TCPA Claim for Lack of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

She may be the only judge in the country still actively dismissing TCPA claims for lack of Article III standing following Spokeo, but Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo demonstrated on Thursday that she is not going to change her...more

Buccaneers Could Lose On and Off the Field: Attempt to Reverse Auction TCPA Class Settlement Batted Down by Eleventh Circuit

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A leading Plaintiff's TCPA firm filed a class action against the Buccaneers in 2013, arguing certain company faxes violated the TCPA. The faxes in question contained advertisements promoting football ticket sales, and were...more

Monthly TCPA Digest - October 2017

by Mintz Levin on

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue examines a ruling from the US Court of Appeals...more

Human Intervention Means Program Not ATDS, Illinois Court Rules

Human intervention to make calls on behalf of the defendant ruled out the use of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS), an Illinois federal court judge has ruled, granting summary judgment in favor of the defendant....more

Court Reduces TCPA Damages From $1.6B to $32M

Finding $32 million to be a more reasonable award than $1.6 billion, a Missouri federal court judge ordered the producers of “Last Ounce of Courage” to pay for phone calls promoting the movie that ran afoul of the Telephone...more

Eight-Figure Settlements Continue for TCPA Disputes

Multimillion-dollar settlements continue to be a popular solution to Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class actions, as demonstrated by a recent retailer agreement....more

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