9th Circ. Neuters Plaintiff-Favored ‘Shine The Light’ Law

Law360, New York (March 3, 2014, 9:16 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit recently tossed a trio of class actions under California's "shine the light" law because the plaintiffs had failed to directly ask the companies if their information had been shared with third parties, establishing a high damages hurdle that attorneys say will shield companies from a surge of litigation.

In three nearly identical rulings dated Feb. 12, the same three-judge panel affirmed the dismissal of class actions brought against publishers Rodale Inc., Hearst Communications Inc. and Conde Nast Publications on the grounds that the...
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