Sirius Settles Privacy Suit With 5 States For $9.5M

Law360, New York (March 14, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday approved a $9.5 million, five-state settlement in a class action accusing Sirius XM Radio Inc. of illegally recording customer calls, after denying approval to a similar 11-state deal.

Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank of the U.S. District Court for the District of California gave preliminary approval to a deal that covers Sirius customers in California, Florida, Maryland, Nevada and New Hampshire.

Judge Fairbank had previously ruled that the named plaintiff, Kambiz Batmanghelich, did not fulfill the typicality requirements for an 11-state...
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