Case Study: Salmonson V. Microsoft

Law360, New York (January 17, 2012, 12:32 PM EST) -- The California Supreme Court’s February 2011 decision in Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma Stores Inc.[1] spawned hundreds of lawsuits against brick-and-mortar retailers complaining that retailers collected customers’ personal identification information in violation of the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act. Pineda also triggered a wave of lawsuits against online businesses, raising the question of whether the act applies to online transactions.

In a case brought against Microsoft Corporation, a California federal court has recently answered that question in the negative — reasoning that Pineda supports the conclusion that online transactions...
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