Yet another online privacy class action bit the dust on standing grounds on Wednesday. This time around, Google Inc. and its lawyers at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati dodged claims that Google illegally monitored users of the popular Web browsers Safari and Internet Explorer.
Customers go to Match.com looking for love, or at least a fling. But a group of class action plaintiffs lawyers spent four years looking for a payout from Match.com LLC, arguing that the company made it "virtually impossible" for subscribers to find a mate.
For 30 years, vendors in New York could tell customers that they'd get a discount for paying for items with cash instead of plunking down a credit card. But if they called the extra cost tied to credit card purchases a "surcharge," they'd be liable for penalties under the law.
In the second big ruling to go against Google this month, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh scoffed at the company's claim that it's exempt from wiretap laws, adding that Google violated its own privacy policies.
Google was looking for a quick way out of a high-stakes class action over its Street View project when it took a pretrial appeal to the Ninth Circuit over the meaning of the Wiretap Act. Now the tech giant is upset that the appellate court may have ended the dispute too quickly.
The court didn't buy the company's claim that data packets intercepted by its Street View cars were "radio communications" not covered by federal law.
But Manhattan U.S. District Judge Denise Cote refused to give the DOJ some of the requested remedies that Apple's lawyers at Gibson Dunn had called "a draconian and punitive intrusion into Apple's business."
A federal judge in California seemed skeptical Thursday that Gmail users consented to have their email content scanned for targeted marketing purposes.
Plaintiffs have been on a roll lately with claims that major banks wrongly denied loan modifications under a federal program meant to slow the tide of foreclosures. But this week Bank of America scored a big defense victory, fending off a bid to certify a massive consolidated class action brought by borrowers in 26 states.