Verizon Bests Workers' Phone Privacy Suit In 1st Circ.

Law360, New York (July 27, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive a putative class action against Verizon New England Inc. brought by field technicians claiming that the requirement that they carry GPS-equipped phones invaded their privacy and breached a cellphone contract.

A three-judge panel affirmed a lower court's decision holding that the employees' state law privacy claims were preempted by the federal Labor-Management Relations Act.

The field technicians alleged that by requiring them to carry company-issued cellphones allowing VNE to track their locations, the telecom company violated their privacy...
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