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  • May 19, 2022

    9th Circuit Orders Briefs On State Secrets Privilege In Remanded Surveillance Suit

    SAN FRANCISCO — Two months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) does not displace the state secrets privilege, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 10 directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a group of Muslim Americans who sued over domestic surveillance to submit briefs on questions about application of the privilege that the appeals court should address on remand.

  • May 13, 2022

    NSA To High Court:  State Secrets Privilege Barred Discovery In Surveillance Suit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Security Agency (NSA) and other governmental parties tell the U.S. Supreme Court in a May 10 brief that two of its recent rulings confirmed that the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals correctly found that the state secrets privilege barred a group of petitioners from obtaining classified surveillance documents that they sought to establish their standing to pursue constitutional and wiretap claims against the government, thus meriting denial of their petition for certiorari.

  • May 10, 2022

    Ill. High Court Amicus Briefs Support Worker’s Arguments In Fingerprint Scan Case

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Three separate amicus curiae briefs filed April 19 in the Illinois Supreme Court present arguments supporting the position of a restaurant worker in a certified question from the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the accrual of claims under the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA) in a putative class complaint.

  • May 10, 2022

    7 Classes Certified For Bellwether Claims In Marriott Data Breach Suit

    GREENBELT, Md. — A Maryland federal judge on May 3 partly granted a class certification motion filed by the consumer plaintiffs in a class action over the massive data breach experienced by Marriott International Inc., combining and revising some of the plaintiffs’ proposed classes to certify seven state-specific classes related to existing bellwether claims.

  • May 09, 2022

    Opt-Outs, Objections Argued As Court Mulls Final OK Of TikTok Privacy MDL

    CHICAGO — In a May 4 reply brief, a group of multidistrict litigation plaintiffs ask an Illinois federal court to reject as meritless four objections to a $92 million settlement of privacy claims against TikTok Inc. and grant final approval.

  • May 06, 2022

    U.S., Railway Battle Over Privacy In Libby, Mont., Asbestos-Screening Lawsuit

    MISSOULA, Mont. — The United States on April 21 told a judge that federal law protects private Medicare and Social Security information and argued that the information would become relevant to a railway’s case against a Libby, Mont., asbestos screening company only in the event that the court awarded damages.  But in an April 28 reply in support of its second motion to compel, the railway said any privacy issues can be remedied by subjecting the relevant evidence to an existing protective order.

  • May 06, 2022

    WhatsApp To High Court: No Sovereign Immunity For Private Foreign Entities

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) extends sovereign immunity to foreign-state-owned entities, not private entities, WhatsApp Inc. tells the U.S. Supreme Court in a May 3 brief opposing an Israeli spyware firm’s petition of certiorari appealing the denial of its motion to quash computer fraud claims brought against it by WhatsApp.

  • April 29, 2022

    Judge: Phone Company’s Failure To Stop $466K Crypto Hack Didn’t Violate UCL

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge on April 27 dismissed in part a man’s lawsuit accusing a cellular service provider of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and federal statutes by failing to protect his phone’s private data from hackers who used his data to access and steal his cryptocurrency holdings worth $466,000.

  • April 28, 2022

    Panel Affirms City’s Contingency Fees With Law Firms For UCL Suit Over Data Leak

    SAN DIEGO — A California appellate panel on April 26 affirmed San Diego’s contingency fee arrangement with three private law firms hired for a suit against a data analytics company accused of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) by allegedly allowing a Vietnamese hacker access to the personal information of more than 400,000 California residents, finding that the arrangement doesn’t violate standards of neutrality or the UCL.

  • April 28, 2022

    Plaintiffs Seek Final Approval Of $92 Million TikTok App Privacy Class Action

    CHICAGO — Six months after an Illinois federal judge preliminarily approved an agreement that would settle a privacy multidistrict litigation accusing TikTok Inc. of collecting user data without permission, the plaintiffs on March 31 moved for final approval, calling the settlement’s $92 million settlement fund and injunctive relief “an excellent result.”

  • April 26, 2022

    Alleged Misstatements In Marriott Data Breach Investor Suit Properly Dismissed

    RICHMOND, Va. — A federal district court did not err in dismissing investor claims against hotelier Marriott International Inc. and certain of its executive officers and members of its audit committee stemming from a major breach of sensitive guest data by hackers because the lead plaintiff in the action failed to sufficiently plead any actionable misstatements or omissions in making its federal securities law claims, a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled April 21 in affirming.

  • April 25, 2022

    High Court Won’t Consider 4th Amendment Questions Over Cellular Data Acquisition

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Questions about whether the collection of cell site location information (CSLI) by law enforcement personnel violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will go unheard by the U.S. Supreme Court, which on April 25 denied a petition for certiorari by a convicted armed robber who was placed at the scene of several crimes by the use of such data.

  • April 25, 2022

    Judge Approves $85M Settlement Of Zoom Privacy Class Action

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Six months after granting preliminary approval to an $85 million settlement of privacy and unfair competition claims against Zoom Video Communications Inc., a California federal judge on April 21 granted final approval, concluding that it “provides good value” to the plaintiffs while being fair to the defendant.

  • April 22, 2022

    Data-Aggregator Can’t Dismiss Putative Class UCL And Privacy Claims, Judge Rules

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge on April 19 denied a motion by a personal information data-aggregator website to dismiss putative class action claims against it including for violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) as well as Ohio and Indiana privacy laws, finding that the website cannot claim immunity under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) or free-speech protection under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Const. amend. I.

  • April 22, 2022

    Consumer Class Gets Final OK For $9 Million Settlement Of Wawa Data Breach Suit

    PHILADELPHIA — Nine months after preliminarily approving a settlement between a class of consumer plaintiffs and Wawa Inc. in a lawsuit over a 2019 data breach the convenience store chain experienced, a Pennsylvania federal judge on April 20 granted the plaintiffs’ motion for final approval of the $9 million settlement that provides for distribution of Wawa gift cards and cash payments to affected customers.

  • April 18, 2022

    Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge To Santa Fe’s Donor Data Reporting Ordinance

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A nonprofit organization’s challenge under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution of a Santa Fe, N.M., ordinance requiring the reporting of political donors’ personal information in certain instances will go unheard by the U.S. Supreme Court, as the organization’s petition for certiorari asserting the chilling of speech was denied April 18.

  • April 15, 2022

    Facebook’s Attorney Denies Discovery Misconduct, Touts Spotless Sanctions Record

    SAN FRANCISCO — The day after Facebook Inc. filed its opposition to a sanctions motion brought by the plaintiffs in the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing class action, the company’s lead attorney, who is also named in the motion, filed a declaration in California federal court on April 12, attesting to a clean sanctions record in his professional career and defending the discovery conduct of Facebook and his firm in the litigation.

  • April 13, 2022

    Railway:  Privacy Act No Bar To Discovery In Asbestos Screening Lawsuit

    MISSOULA, Mont. — A railroad embroiled in a False Claims Act (FCA) suit involving diagnosis of asbestos diseases filed a second motion to compel on April 8, seeking a federal court in Montana’s help in securing the release of Social Security and tax records from the federal government.

  • April 06, 2022

    E-Commerce Platform Firm Sued Over Hack Of Cryptocurrency Users’ Info

    WILMINGTON, Del. — E-commerce platform operator Shopify Inc. and its data processing vendor were hit with a putative class complaint in Delaware federal court on April 1, with cryptocurrency users claiming that the defendants’ negligence led to a data breach that exposed the personally identifiable information (PII) of the clients of a cryptocurrency wallet company.

  • April 05, 2022

    Judge Remands Voter Registration Data Sales Class Action To State Court

    SAN DIEGO — A California federal judge on March 17 granted a woman’s motion to remand to state court her putative class action accusing two tech companies of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) by conspiring to illegally sell California voter registration data, finding that the local controversy exception to the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) applies.

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