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  • February 16, 2021

    Facebook Users Argue Against Certiorari In Internet Use Tracking Suit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Several individuals who sued Facebook Inc. for tracking their online activity urge the U.S. Supreme Court in a Feb. 11 respondent brief to deny the social network’s petition for certiorari about application of the Wiretap Act to web-browsing activities, arguing that Facebook’s long-discontinued practice is “a relic of a previous internet age,” negating any need for high court review.

  • February 11, 2021

    Judge Dismisses UCL Case Against Marriott For Data Breach, Citing Lack Of Injury

    LOS ANGELES — A California federal judge on Jan. 12 granted a motion to dismiss a putative class action against the Marriott International Inc. hotel company for violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other laws in relation to a customer data breach that occurred in Russia, writing that the plaintiffs lack standing to sue because sensitive information was not accessed during the breach.

  • February 10, 2021

    Judge Rules For Insurers In Target’s Coverage Suit Over Data Breach Settlement

    MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge in Minnesota on Feb. 8 granted an insurer’s cross-motion for summary judgment in Target Corp.’s breach of contract lawsuit seeking coverage for its settlement with a group of financial institutions (FIs) over a 2013 data breach, finding that Target has failed to establish that its settlement liability stemming from the payment card claims constitutes loss-of-use damages.

  • February 10, 2021

    Fiduciary Duty Suit Over Theft From Account Dismissed For 2nd Time

    CHICAGO — A retiree whose identity was stolen and used to withdraw a large amount from her 401(k) retirement account failed in her amended complaint to show that her plan fiduciaries breached their duties of prudence or to monitor, a federal judge in Illinois ruled Feb. 8, dismissing the case for a second time but granting the retiree another chance to amend her complaint.

  • February 10, 2021

    Google Must Produce Some Documents In Suit Over App, Analytics Data Collection

    SAN FRANCISCO — Mostly denying plaintiffs’ requests to compel production from Google LLC in a putative class action over the company’s purported unauthorized collection of user data via its analytics service and Firebase software development kit (SDK), a California federal magistrate judge on Feb. 8, however, found that discovery of documents related to Google’s “Web & App Activity” (WAA) settings were relevant.

  • February 10, 2021

    Discovery Subpoenas On Airlines Deemed Unrelated To Foreign Embezzlement Suit

    DENVER — A Brazilian foundation did not establish that information it sought to subpoena from three airlines about the subjects of a foreign embezzlement proceeding was for use in that civil action, a Colorado federal magistrate judge ruled Feb. 5, denying in part the organization’s emergency motion for discovery per U.S. Code Title 28 Section 1782.

  • February 09, 2021

    JPMDL Won’t Consolidate Dickey’s Barbecue Data Breach Lawsuits In California

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Noting that only six putative class actions have been filed over the recently announced data breach experienced by Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc., the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) on Feb. 4 denied a motion by the plaintiffs in one of those cases to consolidate the suits in California federal court, holding that the parties and courts involved can instead engage in informal coordination efforts.

  • February 08, 2021

    7th Circuit: Employee Failed to Show Rights Violated By SEC Filing

    CHICAGO — A worker whose former employer identified her and gave the reasoning for her termination in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing lacked standing to bring a Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 retaliation claim as she was unable to show an injury, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Feb. 3, vacating a summary judgment ruling for the employer on that claim and remanding with instructions to dismiss while affirming dismissal of the former employee’s defamation and false light invasion of privacy claims.

  • February 08, 2021

    Contract, UCL Claims Over Google’s Android App Data Collection Survive Dismissal

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — An Android smartphone user’s putative class claims over Google LLC’s purported collection of use data of certain applications partly survived the tech company’s motion to dismiss on Feb. 2, when a California federal judge declined to dismiss claims for breach of contract and unfair competition, while disposing of invasion of privacy and intrusion upon seclusion claims, among others.

  • February 04, 2021

    Despite Reconsideration, Kids’ Privacy Claims Over Apps To Proceed Against Google

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Although a New Mexico federal judge, in a Feb. 2 reconsideration ruling, found that she had previously misapplied the standard for determining whether gaming apps are child-directed under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the judge concluded that the state of New Mexico sufficiently alleged that Google LLC had actual knowledge that the apps in question were geared toward children, leading her to again decline to dismiss a COPPA claim against the company and its advertising unit.

  • February 04, 2021

    Insurer Reiterates Cross-Appeal Seeking Reversal Of ‘Excessive’ Attorney Fee Award

    SAN FRANCISCO — A commercial general liability insurer on Feb. 2 reiterated its cross-appeal to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that Yahoo forfeited its claim to $618,380 in attorney fees under Brandt v. Superior Court in their data privacy coverage dispute.

  • February 03, 2021

    Sportswear Firm, Customer Settle Privacy Class Claims Over Cookie Deployment

    SAN FRANCISCO — In a Feb. 3 filing, sportswear maker New Moosejaw LLC and a California man, who filed putative class claims against the firm for purportedly collecting his personally identifiable information (PII) via cookies, announced that they had reached a settlement and asked a California federal court to dismiss the suit, save a co-defendant’s counterclaim.

  • February 02, 2021

    LexisNexis Risk Solutions Agrees To Crash Report Changes In Class Settlement

    STATESVILLE, N.C. — A federal judge in North Carolina granted preliminary approval on Jan. 25 to a class settlement that would end five years of litigation over LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc. and PoliceReports.US LLC’s release of crash reports by limiting the disclosure of the reports nationwide.

  • February 02, 2021

    Contract, State Law Claims Revived In Lawsuit Over Insurer’s Data Breach

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Granting in part a motion to reconsider his dismissal of class claims brought over a 2014 data breach experienced by a health insurer, a District of Columbia federal judge on Jan. 29 found that an intervening District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling compelled reconsideration of two state law claims, while a closer look at District of Columbia case law pertaining to actual damages led the judge to rethink his dismissal of a breach of contract claim.

  • February 01, 2021

    Amici Supporting Microsoft Condemn SCA Nondisclosure Orders In 2nd Circuit

    NEW YORK — In a Jan. 27 amicus curiae brief supporting Microsoft Corp. in a dispute with law enforcement personnel, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other organizations added to a chorus of amici warning the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that the government’s now-common practice of obtaining a nondisclosure order along with a warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) often does not comply with the strict scrutiny standards of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and threatens to chill free speech and grant undue power to the government.

  • January 28, 2021

    Former Cop To High Court: Compelling Smartphone Passcode Violates 5th Amendment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A former law enforcement officer tells the U.S. Supreme Court in a Jan. 7 petition for certiorari that a court order requiring him to provide passcodes to unlock his smartphones violated the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution because the passcodes might lead to the discovery of incriminating evidence.

  • January 28, 2021

    Arizona Denied Summary Judgment In Google Location Data Collection Suit

    PHOENIX — Questions over whether Google LLC engaged in deception in its practice of collecting the location data of Android smartphone users involve “a myriad of factual issues that must be resolved at trial,” an Arizona judge ruled Jan. 25, denying the motion for summary judgment by the state of Arizona brought against Google under the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act (CFA).

  • January 27, 2021

    Settlement Of Class Claims Over Supermarket Chain’s Data Breach Gets Initial OK

    PEORIA, Ill. — Class claims over a 2018/2019 data breach experienced by the Hy-Vee Inc. grocery store chain moved one step closer to resolution on Jan. 25, when an Illinois federal judge preliminarily approved a settlement between the parties, which is valued at more than $20 million, that provides for direct reimbursement to customers and the implementation of data security improvements by the defendant.

  • January 27, 2021

    1 Facebook Location-Tracking Suit Dismissed; Amended Complaint Filed In Another

    SAN FRANCISCO — One month after a California federal judge dismissed all of the claims in a putative privacy class action alleging unauthorized location tracking by Facebook Inc.’s mobile app, the judge on Jan. 25 issued a final dismissal order in light of the plaintiffs’ failure to file an amended complaint.

  • January 26, 2021

    Yahoo Reinforces Claim That Court Erred In Enforcing Deductible Coverage Endorsement

    SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo! Inc. on Dec. 14 replied to a commercial general liability insurer’s response to its appeal asking the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a California federal court’s ruling that the policy’s deductible coverage endorsement is enforceable and precludes it from recovering the $3,048,598 in contract damages that it incurred in defending and settling underlying email scanning lawsuits.

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