Sierra Trading Post Can't Dodge Call Recording Suit

Law360, New York (December 4, 2013, 1:02 PM EST) -- A California federal judge refused Tuesday to release outdoor gear retailer Sierra Trading Post Inc. from a putative class action accusing it of covertly wiretapping calls to and from its representatives, ruling that recorded customer service calls don’t fall under an exemption to the state Privacy Act.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller rejected Sierra’s dual contentions that the eavesdropping alleged by plaintiff Scott Bales occurred on calls which consumers had no reasonable expectation would remain private and which were exempt from statutory liability.

The complaint...
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