Costco Recorded Calls Suit Heads To Dispute Resolution

Law360, New York (October 10, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday ordered alternative dispute resolution for Costco Wholesale Corp. and plaintiffs in a proposed class action accusing the retail giant of violating state privacy laws by recording customers’ phone calls without their consent.

U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt did not specify why he told the parties to head into settlement talks before a magistrate judge. But he had already partly denied Costco’s motion to dismiss the suit last week, saying lead plaintiff Joan Lewis sufficiently alleged she called Costco’s special...
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