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  • May 16, 2019

    9th Circuit Remands Google Privacy Class Action To Address Standing

    SAN FRANCISCO — Two months after the U.S. Supreme Court remanded a privacy class action against Google LLC for lack of jurisdiction, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 13 granted a motion by Google to further remand the case for a determination of whether the class ever established that it had standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution (In re:  Google Referrer Header Privacy Litigation, No. 15-15858, 9th Cir.).

  • May 16, 2019

    Bump Stock Buy-Back Privacy Class Suit Is Dismissed By Plaintiffs

    TACOMA, Wash. — Plaintiffs, referred to only as John Does, who filed a class complaint against Washington officials seeking to stop the release of the names and addresses of individuals who participated in the state’s bump stock buy-back program, filed a notice of voluntary dismissal on May 2 (John Doe 1, et al. v. John R. Batiste, et al., No. 19-5334, W.D. Wash.).

  • May 16, 2019

    J. Crew Customer Amends Complaint In Remanded FACTA Lawsuit

    NEWARK, N.J. — A month after a judge changed the dismissal of a Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) complaint against J. Crew Group Inc. to without prejudice, a New Jersey man filed a third amended complaint (TAC) May 14 over the retailer’s purported printing of too many credit card digits on receipts, telling a New Jersey federal court that he suffered damages from a heightened risk of identity theft and because he can “no longer merely throw out his credit card receipts” (Ahmed Kamal v. J. Crew Group Inc., et al., No. 2:15-cv-00190, D. N.J.).

  • May 16, 2019

    After Depositions, Facebook Says ‘View As’ Hack Plaintiffs Allege No Injury

    SAN FRANCISCO — Following a hearing on its motion to dismiss and court-ordered depositions of the lead plaintiffs, Facebook Inc. argues in a May 13 supplemental brief in California federal court that a putative class action over a 2018 breach of the social network’s account “view as” feature merits dismissal for a failure to plead any injuries whatsoever (Jasper Schmidt, et al. v. Facebook Inc., No. 3:18-cv-05982, N.D. Calif.).

  • May 10, 2019

    Chinese Hackers Indicted For Conspiracy, Fraud Over Breach Of Anthem, Others

    INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana federal court on May 9 granted a motion by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to unseal a grand jury indictment that was filed two days earlier against two residents of China that are charged with partaking in large-scale data breaches of Anthem Inc. and three other companies (United States v. Fujie Wang, et al., No. 1:19-cv-00153, S.D. Ind.).

  • May 10, 2019

    Maryland Residents Sue Cellular Providers For Sale, Collection Of Geolocation Data

    BALTIMORE — With the filing of a May 2 putative class complaint against T-Mobile US Inc. in Maryland federal court, four major cellular carriers have been hit with lawsuits for allegedly selling their customers’ geolocation data to third-party data aggregators (Shawnay Ray, et al. v. T-Mobile US Inc., No. 1:19-cv-01299, D. Md.).

  • May 9, 2019

    Panel Affirms Dismissal Of Suit Alleging Insurers Violated Stored Communications Act

    PASADENA, Calif. — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 26 affirmed a lower federal court’s dismissal of complaints alleging that insurers violated the Stored Communications Act (SCA) when they gained unauthorized access to the plaintiff’s personal information from a website, finding that the plaintiffs failed to state a claim that the website, database or server functioned as an electronic communication service (ECS) provider under the SCA (Hector Casillas v. Cypress Insurance Company, et al., Nos. 17-56065 and 17-56071, 9th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 12583).

  • May 8, 2019

    Delta Customer Refiles Amended Class Complaint Over Data Breach

    LOS ANGELES — Two months after a California federal judge struck her amended complaint against Delta Air Lines Inc. and a customer service business partner over a 2017 data breach as untimely, a Florida woman on April 29 refiled her complaint alleging breach of contract and computer fraud two weeks after being granted leave to amend (Teresa J. McGarry v. Delta Air Lines Inc., et al., No. 2:18-cv-09827, C.D. Calif.).

  • May 6, 2019

    DOJ Seeks Vacatur Of Order Denying Biometric Unlocking Of Devices Via Warrant

    OAKLAND, Calif. — In a brief filed May 1 in California federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) requests review and vacatur of a magistrate’s order declining to compel suspects to unlock seized electronic devices by biometric means, arguing that even though a new warrant was issued in the underlying case, the matter is not moot because it will certainly arise in future investigations (In re Search of a Residence in Oakland, Calif., No. 4:19-mj-70053, N.D. Calif.).

  • May 6, 2019

    Class, Objectors Oppose Remand For Standing Determination In Google Privacy Suit

    SAN FRANCISCO — A class of plaintiffs who sued Google LLC for privacy violations and two class members who objected to a cy pres-only settlement of the class claims filed briefs with the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 2, opposing the tech giant’s motion to remand the case to the original trial court for a finding of whether the class has standing following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not rule on whether the settlement was fair due to uncertainty over the class’ standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution (In re:  Google Referrer Header Privacy Litigation, No. 15-15858, 9th Cir.).

  • May 3, 2019

    Tribes Cite Unique History, Discovery Needs In Equifax Data Breach Lawsuit

    ATLANTA — In an April 30 reply brief, three Native American tribes defend their motion to establish a separate track for tribal governments in the multidistrict litigation against Equifax Inc. over its 2017 data breach, arguing to a Georgia federal court that a history of financial discrimination has caused heightened harm to them that necessitates separate class representation and unique discovery (In Re:  Equifax Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, No. 1:17-md-2800, N.D. Ga.).

  • May 1, 2019

    Prison Experts Can Testify In Class Suit Over County’s Online Inmate Search Tool

    PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania federal judge on April 29 allowed most expert testimony for a man who filed a class action against a county and its prison for publishing his mugshot and disorderly conduct arrest information in an online prisoner lookup tool more than a decade after the charges had been expunged (Daryoush Taha v. Bucks County, et al., No. 12-6867, E.D. Pa., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71553).

  • May 1, 2019

    TRO Hearing Set In Bump Stock Buy-Back Privacy Class Suit

    TACOMA, Wash. — A Washington federal judge on April 29 scheduled a hearing for May 2 on a motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) filed in a lawsuit by two Washington residents, referred to only as John Does, seeking to prevent the release of the names and addresses of individuals who participated in the state’s bump stock buy-back program (John Doe 1, et al. v. John R. Batiste, et al., No. 19-5334, W.D. Wash.).

  • April 30, 2019

    Most Expert Testimony Permitted In Identity Theft Claims Against Bank

    SANTA ANA, Calif. — A California federal judge on April 25 allowed most expert testimony being challenged and then mostly denied summary judgment to a customer and a bank in their dispute over alleged fraudulent accounts opened under the customer’s name by a bank employee (Samuel Liera Soria v. U.S. Bank N.A., No. 8:17-cv-00603, C.D. Calif., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70068).

  • April 30, 2019

    11th Circuit Vacates Prior Opinion, Issues New One In FACTA Settlement Appeal

    ATLANTA — An 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 22 vacated its October 2018 opinion in an appeal filed by two objectors to a $6.3 million settlement by Godiva Chocolatier Inc. to end class claims over receipts and issued a new one in its place, once more affirming the settlement but rewriting the portion of the opinion addressing the lead plaintiff’s standing (Dr. David S. Muransky, et al. v. Godiva Chocolatier, Inc., Nos. 16-16486 and 16-16783, 11th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 11630).

  • April 26, 2019

    9th Circuit Requests Briefs On Standing In Argued Facebook Message-Scanning Suit

    SAN FRANCISCO — Three months after hearing oral arguments in an appeal of the approval of a privacy class action over Facebook Inc.’s now-discontinued practice of scanning users’ private messages (PMs), a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 23 directed the parties to submit supplemental briefs addressing whether the named plaintiffs had standing in light of two U.S. Supreme Court rulings (Matthew Campbell, et al. v. Facebook Inc., et al., No. 17-16873, 9th Cir.).

  • April 25, 2019

    Final Approval Granted To $8.3 Million Settlement Of Lenovo Adware Class Action

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Five months after preliminarily approving an $8.3 million settlement of privacy claims against Lenovo (United States) Inc. over its use of intrusive, hidden adware on computers, a California federal judge on April 24 granted final approval to the settlement (In Re:  Lenovo Adware Litigation, No. 3:15-md-02624, N.D. Calif., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69797).

  • April 24, 2019

    Supreme Court: No Compelled Class Arbitration Over Data Breach Claims

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A divided U.S. Supreme Court on April 24 reversed and remanded a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision that upheld class arbitration for allegations of negligence and breach of implied contract levied against an employer (Lamps Plus, Inc., et al. v. Frank Varela, No. 17-988, U.S. Sup.).

  • April 23, 2019

    Lenovo Adware Class Defends Attorney Fee Request In California Federal Court

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Following a hearing for final approval of an $8.3 million settlement of privacy claims over intrusive computer adware installed by Lenovo (United States) Inc., a class of consumers submitted a supplemental brief on April 22 at the direction of a California federal judge, citing parallel cases that they contend support their proposed attorney fees rate of 30 percent of the settlement fund (In Re:  Lenovo Adware Litigation, No. 3:15-md-02624, N.D. Calif.).

  • April 23, 2019

    Google Asks 9th Circuit To Remand Privacy Suit For Determination Of Standing

    SAN FRANCISCO — A month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on the fairness of a cy pres privacy class settlement, remanding the case to resolve questions on standing, Google LLC filed a motion in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 22, seeking remand to the original trial court for the ordered standing determination (In re:  Google Referrer Header Privacy Litigation, No. 15-15858, 9th Cir.).

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