Call-Recording Privacy Class Actions At Crossroads In Calif.

Law360 (April 20, 2020, 4:51 PM EDT) -- The stage is set for what will likely result in the most important California Invasion of Privacy Act decision in more than a decade.

On April 1, the California Supreme Court granted a petition for review in Jeremiah Smith v. LoanMe Inc.,[1] a case that puts the interpretation of California Penal Code Section 632.7 squarely before the court for the first time.

In recent years the plaintiffs bar has filed numerous class actions under Section 632.7 seeking billions of dollars in statutory damages against companies that record calls with their customers but allegedly fail to obtain consent. Most of these lawsuits...

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