Apple Shakes Privacy MDL Over App Tracking

Law360, New York (September 21, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that a putative nationwide class of consumers lacked standing to maintain multidistrict litigation accusing Apple Inc. and several others of violating consumer privacy laws by offering smartphone apps that allegedly track user data.

In granting the defendants' motion to dismiss for Article III standing, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh found that the plaintiffs had failed to allege concrete, particularized injuries to themselves as opposed to consumers in general, or to assert an injury in fact.

“Plaintiffs do not identify...
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