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Big loss for Facebook on IL privacy law, big win for trial lawyers; Legal questions could be ticketed for Supreme Court
A recent decision from a California federal appeals court has handed a big win to a group of plaintiffs seeking to use an Illinois privacy law to squeeze Facebook for potentially billions of dollars, and could forebode a date before the U.S. Supreme Court, should trial lawyers seek to use the decision to boost other attempts to sidestep the high court’s earlier attempt to limit their ability to bring large class actions over claims in which no one suffered any actual harm.
Facebook will need to face a class action under Illinois’ biometrics privacy law for its face-tagging technology, as a federal appeals court in California rejected both the social media giant’s attempt to argue the plaintiffs couldn’t prove they were actually harmed by the program, and Facebook’s contention a class action would dissolve into a pool of “mini-trials” over individual Illinois residents’ claims.
Courts unlikely to dismiss whistleblower cases filed on behalf of feds, just because DOJ asks, attorney says
The U.S. Justice Department has signaled a greater willingness in recent months to seek to short-circuit lawsuits filed by private plaintiffs seeking to collect money from companies, supposedly on behalf of the federal government.
Recent decisions to grant standing in data breach cases reflects 'social shift' in how data is viewed
Two recent decisions in two different federal appeals courts regarding who has the right to sue over data breaches reflect a “social shift” in how “we view our data,” according to an attorney specializing in privacy law.
A California federal appeals court's ruling that Thomas Robins and other consumers have actually alleged sufficient injury to pursue their claims in federal court against online personal information listing service Spokeo - the first such ruling in the case since a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision - could have far reaching implications.