Judge Boots Verizon Workers' Privacy Suit Over GPS

Law360, New York (September 10, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has thrown out a putative class action brought by Verizon New England Inc. workers who alleged the telecommunications giant's requirement that they carry cell phones equipped with GPS tracking systems violated their privacy rights and breached a cell phone contract.

Judge Michael A. Ponsor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts issued the ruling Thursday, saying the employees' state-law privacy claims were preempted by the federal Labor-Management Relations Act, which requires the employees to exhaust all grievance procedures under their...
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