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Privacy Class Action Against Google Denied
By Sarah O’Loughlin – Edited by Ken Winterbottom

Google, Inc. scored a victory last week when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied class certification to Gmail users attempting to sue the company for violating the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of email users. On March 18, 2014 Judge Koh issued an opinion, finding that the issue of consent is too fundamental to the case and too different among the parties seeking class action status together.

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Posted On Mar - 27 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Class Action Suits Filed Against Mt. Gox in the United States and Canada
By Mark Verstraete — Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

Putative class action suits have been filed against Mt. Gox—the now defunct online bitcoin exchange—in both the United States and Canada. In Febrauary 2014, Mt. Gox halted withdrawals after being hit with a sustained distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Several days later, it filed for bankruptcy when 850,000 bitcoins were stolen.

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Posted On Mar - 24 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Objectors Appeal Fraley v. Facebook Privacy Settlement
By Zoe Bedell – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

On February 14, 2014, objectors appealed the proposed settlement in Fraley v. Facebook, which surrounded Facebook’s practice of using names and images of users in sponsor advertisements without consent. Appellants, led by the nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen, argued that the approved settlement violated the law of multiple states by allowing Facebook to use images of minors without their parents’ consent.

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Posted On Feb - 26 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Dumb Starbucks Prank Sparks a Tangle of Legal Concerns
By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

Last weekend, Los Angeles residents stood in line to taste free coffee at a new coffee shop in town: “Dumb Starbucks.” The stunt was later discovered to have been orchestrated by Comedy Central comedian Nathan Fielder. Although short-lived—the shop was shut down by the Los Angeles Health Department for operating without a health permit—Dumb Starbucks coffee shop has drawn considerable attention and raised an array of legal issues.

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Posted On Feb - 15 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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